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calumny, as the Bishop of Edinburgh hath suggested of me to the good Bishop
of London. It is a strange, arrogant imposing upon so wise a person, as
against common sense, to assert ane impossibility, as if I could carrie on in a
secrett, hidden, and clandestin manner, that address which is preparing by
our clergy, which must necessarlie pass the hands off aboue sixtie presbyters
here, besides bishops. Non knows better than your worthie brother, my
lord justice clerk, that I haue, ever since your Lordship parted, solicited


and courted my Lords St. Andrews and Edinburgh to come franklie in and
owne and serve the Queen, and to concurr in and recommend that address.
God knows how great joy it wold prove to me if I could not onlie perswad
them, but all others, now to come in to her Majestys service and interest,
which, I am perswaded wee must be either madd and distracted, or wee must
now see to be our duetie and interest. They need not entertain anie jealousie
of me, as iff I intended to do anie thing without your concurrence in reference
to the Church; for I am not so blind as not to see that a joint and vnited
allegiance to the Queen is the best and most effectuall way to help us and to
releeve our suffering brethren. Nor did I ever propose, so much as in a single
thocht, anie releef or bounty from her ]\Iajesty to myself, which I did not
wish and endevor might also in a due proportion be granted to them ; for our
interests do no wyse interfere, as all the world sees. I send your Lordship
here a copie off my letter to my Lord Bishop of London, which I am sorrie to
write, but that self-defence makes it necessarie ; but I relate to him the
whole case as it truelie stands as to matter off fact, without saying or advancing
anie thing which is not exactlie just and true. I send my letter to him in the
black box, and I begg your Lordship may cause deliver it safelie. Your Lord-
ships brother is so kynd to me as to write my vindication this post, both to
your self and to his Lordship, which I know my Lord of London will regard.
As for my brother William his effair, it lyes in safe and kynd hands,
because it is lodged in your Lordships owne, and I doubt not your Lordships
kynd concern to effectuat it in the best and most secure way ; nor doe I wish
it to be done till your Lordships next moneths attendance on the Queen. As
for a becoming gratification to your Lordship, I sail answer for it to be done
thankfuUie at your brothers sight and myne ; and I hereby bind and oblige
my self to make effectuall payment thereoff to your self or order, that is, that
my brother and I salbe conjunctlie bound to your Lordship for it ; and that


if he soiild faile (which I am sure he never will), I sal become your debitor
for it, upon the Queens grant in his favors taking effect here.

It needs must discourage our laicks from their intended addresses for our
church and episcopall clergy, when they find some bishops discountenancing
and diswading addresses from the clergy to the Queen for releef to our
church and to our selves. Good God, under what dementation and infatua-
tion are some fallen !

Indorsed by Lord Tarbat : " Letter, Bishop of Glasgow."

142. John Fullerton and others to John Archbishop of Glasgow.

Glasgow, February 1st, [1]703.
May it please your Grace, — As we gave your Grace ane account of
our resolutions to observe the solemnitie of January 30th, quhich has been
frequently observed by us here since the revolution, so we now think it our
duty to acquaint yow likewise, that the day being come, and the people to a
considerable number of the best qualitie in the place peacably assembled at
Sir John Bells house, we were attacked with great furie by a rout, who
threw stones of a considerable bigness in at windows, broke the glass and putt
the hearers into great confusion ; and at lenth the fury of stones throwing
grew so high, that we were necessitated to break off in the midst of the
worship. This account we doe the rather give your Grace, because we are
informed the magistratts of the place have given a false representation of the
matter, in quhich they indeavour to load us as the authors of the tumult, as
though we had hired persons to begin it ; but so farre was it from this, that
we are credibly informed the common ringleader of the tumults in this
place was the day before with the masters of the colledge, the magistratts
and ministers of the city, consulting with them about the designed tumult.


and accordingly was present at it with her complices and many students of
the colledge, who were the chief actors in it. It's true the magistratts came
down with a pretext to dissipatt the rout, but quhen they came they made
but a mock of it, for none of the authors were seized on nor the rout scat-
tered. But the magistratts withdrawing, they fell on with fresh fury and
forced us to break off. AYe are farther certainly informed, that the com-
mandant in this place sent to the magistratts to desire them either to prevent
the mob themselves, or to allow them and they would doe it, but were
answered that they had no service for them. Upon the whole matter, that
quhich we especially regrate is, that Sir John Bell and his sons, having so
oblidgingly invited us thither and offered their house for that use, should
have been so injured and affronted, and had their house so damnified and
almsed. This is a short account of the ^vhole matter, quhich we leave to
your Grace to make use of as ye think fitt, and still beg your blessing and
prayers on behalf off, my Lord,

Your Graces most humble and obedient servants,


J. Bogle. Alexr. Duncan.

It need not be thought strange such tumults should fall out in this place,
considering the doctrine taught in the churches, in quliich, the very Lords
day before, the field conventicles were justified, the solemne league openly
owned and recommended, the supremacy test and prelacy exclaimed against
and condemned. But that which we should especially take care off is, to
free our selves of that aspersion of being the authors or abettors of the
tumult, and for this it may be thought sufficient to vindicatt us, that the sons
of ministers, elders, and magistratts, were the chief actors in all this bussiness.

For my Lord Archbishop of Glasgow, his Grace.


143. Geokge Halibukton, Bishop of Aberdeen, to [George first Earl of


Neutyl, 3 February [1]703.
My Lord, — I presume to congratulate your Lordships being placed in a
post wherin you may excercise those eminent induements God has blissed you
uith, and heartily pray you may have success in all your just designs for the
good of this poor divided kingdome and aflicted church. I supose your Lord-
ship has had frequent acounts of the calamitous condition of our poor clergie,
which pleads for pity ; and the condition of the bishops is not much better,
after this long tryall. Your Lordship has given such marks of your affection
to the church that, after what has been offered to your consideration by the
bishops uho live about Edinburgh, and other true freinds, I need give your
Lordship no information, and hop your Lordship will wittnes your concern
for the church, as far as the state of affairs will adniitt, about which I will
not adventure to prescribe, and that an effectuall remedie be applyed to the
starving necisity of the clergie. I have presumed to trouble your Lordship
uith acount of my oun circumstances, which my Lady Prestonhall has
inclosed in a letter to your Lordship. I ever am, my Lord,

Your Lordship's most devoted and humble servant,

Geo. Aberdonen.

144. George Eraser, Eegent, King's College, Aberdeen, to The Same.

Kings Colledge, 3 February 1703.
My Lord, — I cannot sufficiently expresse how acceptable I find it to all
I converse with, that a person of your Lordships experience and prudence is


established secretary to her Majestic, or how happy ly my own repeated wishes
are fulfilled, so that if I were capable of any of your Lordships favours I
might promise my self a share of your former kindnesse. But that which
brings this present trouble is the recomendiug to your Lordship a gentleman
who, with all his relations in this countrie, are my good freinds, and may be,
as still they are very significant in this shire, most usefull in what your Lord-
ship may propose as to her Majesties service. The gentleman is ]\Ir. Arthur
Forbes, writer to the signet, a son of Cragivars, who proposes to himself, by
your Lordships procurement, to be her Majesties writer, which office Com-
misser Home formerly hade. I am told it base beene already spoke of to
your Lordship with satisfaction. If any interest I can plead in your Lord-
ship can be of any weight, I do earnestly begge you would countenance
Mr. Arthur, who is a deserving young man ; and his father, Cragivar, on of
the fastest freinds any man ever took by the hand, who hase great influence,
not only amongst all the name of Forbes, but with most of the gentrie of
the shire, and respected by all ; whose freindship is by no method better
obtain'd then by favours done to his sones, and particularly to this young
man, whom he loves dearly. So that your Lordships countenancing of him
in this affaire will make both and all they can do intirely yours. Leaving
it wholly at your Lordships feet, and praying Almightie God to continue
you in health and prosperity, I am, in all sincerity, my Lord,

Your Lordships most dutyful and oblidged humble servant,

Geo. Frasee.

For the right honourable the Viscount of Tarbat, on of his Majesties
chief- secrataries for the kingdom of Scotland, London.


145. -John Earl of Tullibardine, afterwards first Duke of Athole,
to [George first Earl of Cromartie].

Dunkeld, Febraaiy 11, 1703.

i\lY Lord, — I liave writt fully to you of the 8tli, in answer to yours of
the 30 last month, which, if you please, you may show to the Queen or Duke
Marlborough and Treasurer, that I may be vindicatt of any misrepresenta-
tions have been made. I expect this justice from your Lordship,

I shal now tell you that I have perused the project of the regiment with
my father, who aproves of itt, but sayes he is grown so infirm that he cannot
be collonel to it, but desires that I should be it instead of him. This is al
one \])on the matter, for our interrest's the same. He thinks Sir Donald
M'Donald shoud be one of the captaines, uho uoud bring in that clan as
being the cheiff of them. His Lordship thinks he may be instead of Lochyel,
and, instead of 300 men, Sir Donald can bring out 4 or 500, by which meanes
Earl Mars, or any others quota, may be lessened, for Earl Mar uill be found
not to be able to raise 400 men. This regiment uill also serve instead of the
two independent companies, and consequently lessen theire expences. M}^
father thinks that some companies of this regiment shoud lye at Inverlochie,
and relive other by turns. This minds me that I was wished joy by severals
at my coming home, of being governour of Inverlochie, which was firmly
believed as being a thing feasible and of use to the Quen. I must oun this,
that if thi[s] regiment take not effect, I belive I shall be more servisable to
the Queen, considering the interrest my father and I have, then others. I
doe not kno uhat security the Queen has of the present governour. Col.
Maitland, but I have often heard from his fellow officers that he was not to
be depended on.

My father expected an answer from your Lordship of the letter he urotte


to you long agoe. He desires no imployment, but uill be well satisfied if he
gett a pension of 500 lib., uhich I spoke to the Queen off before parting, and
indeed I woud rather pay itt my self then he shoud uant itt. As for the
title of Duke, my father is very sensible of the Queens goodnes and favour in
granting itt, and desires your Lordship uill return his humble thanks to her
IMajestie ; and since it is a thing resolved on, both his Lordship and I expects
it uill be passed the Queens hand as soon as possible, and, as I alwayes
thought, the sooner the better, that others may not pretend to the same. Your
Lordship uill find patents in the Secretaries office, so I need not send you any ;
and, for the narrative, you can make it up better then any, for your Lordship
knows the loyaltie of our family to the Queens predecessors, and my fathers
actings in the rebellious times uhen he was but a youth. The first of the
family of Atholl, of which w^e are descended, was James Stuart, called the
Black Knight of Lorn, uho married the relict of King James the 1 st. Theire
son, John Stuart, was created Earle of Atholl by his brother on the mother
side. King James the 2d. And for the family of Tullibardine, their antiquity
and loyaltie are remarkable. I have charters to our predecessors from K[ing]
^[illiam] and K[ing] Allexander, in the yeare 1100. I have heard of older
charters, but never saw any.

I had almost forgott to mind your Lordship not to mention Argile or his
men to be concerned in the new regiment, for, if the Atholl men and they
meet, they uill more readily fight uith one another then joine together.

I must also tell your Lordship from my father, that the two independant
companies uill not only be absolutly unnecessar in caice of this regiment,
but it uill be a great advantage to the country that those two companies be
sent to Flanders, for I can assure you that they are filled uith all the most
notorious rogues and theives in the Hilands ; and the men uill be a consider-
able recruitt to the regiments abroad.

2 A


Since the Queen was resolved to lay aside Mr. Cairstairs from being her
chaplaine, for uhich she has but too much reason, your Lordship did recomend
to me to enquire uho might be proper for that post. Accordingly, uhile I
was at Edinburgh, I caused try jMr. Creighton, uho declined itt ; and I uas
informed that Mr. Webster, uho we had spoke off, was not so proper for itt.
But I was told of one, Mr. Wilham Hamilton, your oun parish minister at
Cramond, that there was nott a discreiter man in the presbetery, and uho is
begun to have a great stroke in itt, and consequently uill be the more
capable to serve the Quen. You kno him better then I doe, for indeed I
have hardly acquaintance of him, therfore leaves it to you. The sallary of
chaplain is small, and the Deanery of the Chaple Eoyal uses aluayes to be
joined to itt. Now, I am sure I have made amends for not uriting sooner
then my last of the 8 and this, both which are of a lentgh to make half a
dozen of yours, therfore shall now conclude by assuring you I am, my Lord,
Your Lordships most faithful humble servant,


I have not sent a cypher, as I designed, uhich I intreat you may doe
to me.

You may see by my uriting on different sheets I have been buried and

146. William Lord Jedburgh^ to [The Same].

Edinburgh, 22 February 1703.
My Lord, — Having got this last post one account of my dear fathers
daith, I beg perdon to intreat off yowr Lordship that yow will be pleesed to
continow yowr former keindness to the famaly, if it wer but upon his accownt

1 By the death of his father Robert first 1703, the writer had become the second
Marqui.'i of Lothiaa, on the I5th of February Marquis.


who I am showr wes an intear servant off yowrs ; and for niyselff' I know
yowr Lordship belives me to be so. I will truble your Lordship no farther,
but desyrs the continowance off my fathers place as shiriff off the shyr off
Lothiane ; it is at no bennefitt, but gives me one occation to oblidg my
nybowrs in the place, and it will be ane addition to the obligations yowr
Lordship hath bein pleased to give to, my Lord,

Your Lordships most affectionate and obedient humble servant,


147. James Ogilvie, first Earl of Se afield, to [The Same].

Edinburgh, March the 4th, 1703.
My Lord, — I receaved your Lordships this morning, and with it four
letters blank for privie councelours. My Lord Sinclair, I find, desirs not to
be of the councel til after the parlament, and so no use shal be made of that
was designed for him. . Sir George Broun and I shal wTeat tomorou to the
Earle Marischal, and leat him knoAv hou readie the Duke of Queensberrie
and your Lordship are to doe for him, and that he lies been kindlie and
favourablie represented to the Queen, Haddo is in the west with my Lady
Eglintoun, bot will be in against Moondays night. He will accept most wil-
linglie. I shal deliver none of thes letters, nor the Lords of the Sessions
pensions, till I find them readie to accept them thankfulie. Wee have
adjusted al with the managers of the customs ; ther commission will be
signed the morou morning. Al the collectors that will accept and find good
cation shal have ther commissions furthwith ; and wee shal also constitut the
surveyors as the managers recommends them. Wee are also adjusting in-
structions both for the managers and collectors, and nothing shal be w^antingr on


our pairt, only wee most, on Saturday nixt, transmitt to the Duke and your
Lordship a memorial of some thrsesurie affairs. Thay begin to pey the cess
in most places. The Earls of Home, Muray, Belcarres, Aberdeen, Strathmore,
the Lords Sinclair, Kenmuir, Lindors, the Lord Anstruther, and several
more of that pairtie, have ordered peyment, and the touns will al pey, and
al our friends will be most punctual : and, als I am informed, it is laid on by
the commissioners in al the shirs. I have sent to my Lord Duke the draught
of a letter to the parlament, drauen by the advocat, and revised by the
register, the justice-clerk, and myselfe ; as also the draught of ane indem-
nitie. You may alter or amend as you pleas. I have a letter from the
Provost of Glasgou, accquanting me that the magistrats prevented a rabel
that wer readie [to] bender ane unqualified episcopal minister to preach at
Sir John Bells house. Eeceave inclosed the copie of my ansuer, which I
did advise with the Earl of Eglintoun, the register, advocat, and justice-
clerk. Eglintoun is also to wreat to Sir John that none be imployed bot
such as are qualified by taking the oths to the Queen. A disorder ther
would make noise in al the west countrey, bot if such rabels hapen we
most punish them. At my earnest desire the advocat, Mr. Francis Mont-
gomerie, my Lord Halcraig, and several ministers, have caried it by plu-
ralitie of vots in the Commission of the assemblie nou sitting, that Mr.
Gr[a]hame, minister of Dumfermling, be repoued to his church ; this gives me
hops of the Assemblie, I shal do what I can, tho ther will certanlie be
dificultie in it. I shal neaver have time to wreat without interuption till I
am in the Abey, and ther I will be the worst lodged of al the Queen's ser-
vants ; bot I shal be satisfyed, not knowing hou to doe better. I resolve' to
wreat to my Lord Thrsesurer befor the siting of the Assemblie. I am, my Lord,
Your Lordships most hmnble and obedient servant,



148. Arthur Eoss, Archbishop of St. Andrews, and Alexander Eose,
Bishop of Edinburgh, to [The Same].

Edinburgh, March 4th, 1703.
My Lord, — The Lord Justice- Clerk having don us the favor to inform
us that we ar represented not only as having opposed our presbiters'
address, but also the addresses from the leyity through the severall shires, we
thought our selves bound (besids the satisfaction we have given his Lordship)
to make an accompt of our selves to your Lordship likewais as to those matters.
And as to the first, as no man can say that we dissuaded him from that
measur, so, not being advised with in it, we had no occasion to express our
selves either on way or aneother, tho it be very true that if our opinion had
bein asked, we readily would have advised that the laick addresses should
have preceeded that from our clergy ; and indeed we wer much surprised to
sie matters otherwais manadged. And for the other matter of our having
opposed the ley addressess, we must say that the information is so notoriously
gross and unjust, that nothing can be mor so ; for, upon all occasions that our
opinion has bein askd in that affair, we have expressd our selves very well
satisfied with them. And as the Marquess of Athole was amongst the first
who imparted that design to the Bishop of Edinburgh by a letter, and askd
his opinion about it (having likewais communicat to him severall instruc-
tions was to be given to the person that should present the address), so he
returned his Lordship a letter of many thanks for his care of the episcopall
church and clergy, and recommended to his Lordship the manadgement
and carrying on of that design, wher his Lordship was concerned, and
elswhere by his interest and influence. And tho som alledge that the
different sentiments of our clergy in relation to their address was the occa-


sion of a stop to the other, yet I can assure your Lordship, that befor any mis-
takes amongst onr clergy wer understood or known, there was a stop put to
the countrey addresses, and that by the influence of som persons, and upon
considerations of a far other nature then the differences of our clergy, as to
which we neither had nor have any interest or concern ; for as tis non of
[our] business to meddle in civill concerns, so tis far from our inclinations
to meddle with intrigues that tend to embarass the government as to any
measurs it shall be pleasd to take. But becaus this needs som farther
explication, and that your Lordship is to be here very soon (as we ar
informed), we shall say no further upon that head till then ; and as we hop
yom- Lordship shall ward of any prejudice our interest may sustain by such
misrepresentations as ar made of us, so we shall not fail to approve our selves
on all occasions as, my Lord,

Your Lordships most duetifull and humble servants,

Akth. St. And.
Alexr. Edinburgen.

149. John Eael of Tullibardine, afterwards first Duke of Atiiole,
to [George first Earl of Cromartie].

Dunkeld, March 5, 1 703.
]My Lord, — My greiff for my deare mother has been so great and so just,
that I coud not aply my self to writting sooner. You kno uhat an extrodinar
<Tood uiffe she was, and I found that there never was a more affetionatte
mother, so that my trouble is not to be expr[e]ssed. My father, you may
imagine, is extreamly greived, and made him much wors then he w^as ; he has
now kept his bed three months, and, if the season doe not prove soon warm,
its to be feared he uill not recover. You see, my Lord, I have had too much


reason to stay in this place, which also vexes me that I coud not attend the
Queens affairs att Edinburgh, as I very much desiered ; but I kuo she is so
good as to accept of so necessary absence, which I desire your Lordship uill
acquaint her Majestic off. We designe my mothers funeral the end of the
next week, and till I pay the last duty to her I cannot leave this place ;
things that are proper for it cannot be ready sooner. — I am, my Lord,
Your Lordships most faithful humble servant,


I have not had an answer from you to two of my letters, one from this
place, the other from Huntingtouer, where I went for 3 or 4 dayes, thinking
my mother was better, out was sent for in hast to see her die. I came two
hours before her death, and found her sensible and speaking uithin ten
minuts of her death. She told me just then she was in perfect ease, and
departed as if she had been sleping, uithout the least strugie or commotion.
Never died any uith more resignation and contentednes, or gave more satis-
faction to al about her.

My father and I have given orders to pay the cess of our lands before
any quartering. The Earl of Strathmore acquaints me he is to doe the same
in Angus.

150. John eighth Earl of Caithness to [George first Earl of


Murkle, 6th March 1703.
My Lord, — I receaved your Lordships three letters all at once, tho of
different dates, under James Sinclairs covert, on the 6th of March, by the


Caithnes post office. I wish that that of the first date had come to me in
due time, that it might liave had a seasonable return, I liave had very little

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