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health since I took leave of your Lordship at Eoistown, and had, because of
my sickness, great difficulty in my journeying home, which increased so upon
me since that therby I was brought to deaths door ; if it had been otherwise
with me, your Lordship had been troubled frequentlie with my letters. I
thank God as for one of my good fortunes in a world (that one whom I have so
much intrest in by a blood relation, and who knowes me so well and the familie
I now represent, and my fathers integrity and sufferings for the royall familie)
has arrived to that station your Lordship is now in. Your Lordship knowes
I did not owne the titles of Caithnes fullie, tho vacant since the late Earles
death, till her Majestie was settled on the throne, and still did reckon it a
great blessing and mercy from God bestowed on these nations, that her
Majestie now swayes the scepter of her predecessors. It was my care, as
your Lordship might have perceived at the last sederunt of parliment, that
I should not digress in the least measure from my duety and affection towards
the royall familie ; and doubting their might be some thing relating the
succession moved then, as it was, made me averse to sit as a member ; and
seing many noblemen and gentlemen likewise averse to sit, made me incline
their way rather than to joyn with these, the plurality of whom would have
voted for that which was then proposed. Your Lordship knowes that in my
converse with yow I expressed my self to be verie free that her Majestie
should have a cess pleasantly and affectionatly granted to her by all her
subjects. I am verie glad I hear her Majestie is en[c]lined to be favourable
to her predecessors old freinds, which should dissolve all factious tempers
her subjects may be off. A little after I came home I wrote to your Lord-
ships son annent some commands I had from him here, but I find my trustie,
to whom I sent it to be given him, did not send it up, which is a wrong done


both to him and me. My Lord, if it please God to give me any health, I will
wait on yow at this Parliment. But if it sit peremptorlie at the day
appointed, T am affraid I will not be able to be there so soon ; but it may
please God I may be in a condition to travel and to be there some little time
after the day appointed. I have writen to her Majestie as your Lordship
desires, but thought it fit to wait your Lordships advice and directions there-
annent. My Lord, my sickness continues so heavie on me, and I have so
little time, having receaved yours but just now, I am not able to enlarge
further at this time, therefor I rest.

Your Lordships faithfull freind and humble servant,


That signature your Lordship writes of is mine, although it be in Mr.
Ptobert Gordons name, his name being only borrowed to it upon some con-
siderations of my advocats.

151. [John Patersox, formerly Archbishop of Glasgow] to The Same.

8 March 1703.
Notwithstanding I wrote (as the lords chancelor, justice-clerk, register,
and advocat desired me) to the episcopall people in Glasgow to employ non
to preach ther or in a meetting-house, save onlie preachers qualified by law,
and that the chancelor and advocat had Avritten to the magistrates and
commander of the forces at Glasgow to watch against and dissipat anie mobl)
or rabble (if anie sould arise to disturb the worship) : as also, notwithstand-
ing a qualified person wes the preacher on Sunday last, yet the mobb gathered
and haue dissipated the meetting after the disturbing of the divine worship,
and spoiled and rendred uninhabitable Sir Jon Bells fine house, where the



meetting wes, aud hurt and wounded severalls of the worshippers ; and all
is thought to be done by the neglect, connivence, or worse, off the present
magistrats. Butt I hope the chancelor and others concerned in the govern-
ment, and peace of the kingdom, will take such effectuall measurs to suppress
that diabolicall spirit of rabbling upon thir occasions, as may be of great use
for our peace, and may secure the honest good people there from such mis-
chievous insults for the future. And indeed iff the present sett off men, who
are now magistrats in Glasgow, sail not be turned out, and be exemplarilie
punished for this insolent ryot, no honest episcopall person needs think off
living one hour securelie in that place, nor in some other ill sett townes or
villages, who, by the impunitie of the guiltie, wilbe encoraged to act such
madd pranks as are inconsistent with the publict peace and safetie.^ But I
beleeue the matter wilbe fuUie informed and layd befor the Queen by the
chancelor, justice-clerk, and advocat, etc., by ane express. I hope the privy
council sail order the citie of Glasgow to repair Sir John his house, to be in
statu quo befor it wes spoiled, and to pay him suitable damages ; as also doe
right to such persons there as haue been hurt, wounded, or injured by the
rabble, by giving just damages and reparations. God deliver us from being
again under the power of our soveragne Lord the Eabble, as wee were in 1688
and 1689. I hope K[ing] W[illiam]s reigne is ended. This letter I intended
for Sir Alexander Bruce, to be communicated to your Lordship ; and now I
Ijeg you to impart it to Sir Alexander, with my letter enclosd to the Bishop of
London, that if he and your Lordship thinks fett it may be delivered to his
Lordship. It is vnder a fleeing scale, and so you both may peruse it, and, if
you judge fitt, after closing it, may deliver it. — Adieu, humblie.

1 Some years after the date of this letter, Glasgow, the setting up of an Episcopalian

we learn from Wodrow, " two things happen meeting house, and publiek allowing of

pretty singular, which twenty or thirty comedies." — Analecta, iv. 8.
years ago would have been very odd in


For God sake let the address from our Clergy be graciouslie receiued by
the Queen, and that her Majesty may declare her self wele pleasd with it ;
that she will take the addressers under her Eoyall care and protection, and
will in due tyme consider the petition contained in it, and doe all favor to the
dutifull episcopall clergy as she sail see cause. And, in the mean tyme, let
somthing considerable be granted by her Majesty to the two Doctors who
bring up the address. Som here wold laugh heartilie if either the address or
addressers sould be slighted, and upbraid us all with doing ane unseasonable
thing, and so take occasion to dishearten and discourage all such addresses
for the future. This may be fairlie done, tho her Majesty sould delay her
full and finall answer to it till the next session of Parliament is over, or till
addresses may come from the laicks in the several sliyres. For Gods sake
take a tender care of this. — Adieu.

I send you the enclosd for my Lord off London, under a flieing seale, for
your perusall ; read it, and consider it, and deliver it, or not, as you sail judge
fitt. By last post I had no letters from yow, nor from Doctor Skeen or Dr.
Scot, which is strange. God grant yow may be all wele, and that right
measurs may be taken in relation to the address, of which I wrote my mynd
fullie to you by last post that went from hence on Saturnday last, after my
comuning with Lord Justice- Clerk on the Thursday befor. I dread a wrong
cast, God forbidd. I am sure the consequences wilbe fatall and iiTeparable,
and am as sure I cannot be justlie blamed for them, as you can witness for
me, as also my good L. Tarbat can.

To the right honorable the Viscount off Tarbat, principal! secretarie off state
at Whythall, London. — These.

Indorsed by Lord Tarbat : " Lre. Arch B. Glasg."


152. John tried Lord Lindores to [The Same].

Edinburgh, 9 Merch 1703.
My Lord, — I reseued the honour of yours on Frayday last. I neuer
douted your cayndues, nor shall not. I faynd what you wret in your letr to
be rehfent. I am not werie gude, althoght I most say I both nid and diserwes
it as will as sum heth got it, bot that is not your fait. What you wret to
me anent the feudutj of the absay of Lundores that is payabel in to the
exchequer, it is not so considerabll as yow think ; it is only ane hundr fen-
dute and on pund Scots, and fourtin bols here thre firlots tuo peks, which is
not four hundr mark yerle, which is bot mine if I git not sumthing adid to
it. I culd not git a signeter sent up becaus I wanted the resignation of the
lands ut of which it is payed, bot your Lordship and I shall consort that at
miten. In the men tayme, ther is the master of the mints place yit on dis-
posed of, which is with a hundr and fifty pund sterlen yerle, and I wold be
satisfayd with it, and I knou the Quine wil not refeuse me if she be spok
to. Ther is laykways the gouerer of Blaknes plese, bot I knou not whidr it
be disposed of or not, for he was at Lundon. My Lord, I am your oune,
doe with me as you think fit ; non shall be more obseruant to your comands

nor your humbll seruant,


The abas of Lundores gius hir seruices to you. I got bot on letr.

153. James Ogilvie, first Earl of Seafield, to [The Same].

Edinburgh, March the 13, 1703.
My Lord, — I have drauen a full memorial of her Majesties affairs and
sent it to the Duke of Queensberrie, which I desire your Lordship and he


may read together, and take the first opportunitie of reading it together to
the Queen ; as also it is desired that you may concurr in prsesenting the
ansuer from the assemblie. The}'' are inradged against the episcopal meet-
ings, the adresses, and the incuragement they meet with. I can only add
that I am

Your Lordships most faithful and humble servant,

I am at a great loss in want of your brother. He is gone to the north.
It is nou two a cloak in the morning.

154. The Duke of Devonshire and other Peers to Mr. Mackenzie.

A Warrant.

March the 15, 1703.

By vertue of an order of the House of Lords appointing us to be a

cumittee for examining into the Scottish conspiracy, these are to require you

forthwith to attend us at Northumberland House.

Devonshire. Townshend.

Somerset. T. Wharton.

Sunderland. Somers.

To ]\Ir. Mackensy.

155. James Ogilvie, first Earl of Seafield, to [George first Earl of


Holyrudhouse, March 21st, 1703.
My Lord, — I receaved two of your Lordships this morning as I was going
to church. I am extreamlie oblidged to your Lordship for the freedom you


use in them, bot after al I assure your Lordship wee have acted with al the
cair possible in that affair of Glasgou. As I think my last memorial does
suficientlie evince ther would have great inconveniencie hapned had they
been prosecut during the assemblie, wdien both your brother and I would
have been absent, and most of the privie councelours in the countrie ; and
manie hier would have proceeded faintlie till the retu[r]n from Court. The
circumstances of that mater being laid befor her Majestic, nou I shal goe on,
and I am sure none halts rabels and al kind of rebellion more as I doe. I
cannot conveen a councel befor Tuesday comes eight dayes, and then the Duke
of Q[ueensberrys] letter shal be redd and receave al diu obedience. I would
have called the councel sooner, bot your Lordships postscrip makes it neces-
sarie the indemnitie be helped, for, as it is, it indemnifies al concerned in
that tumult. I have sent to the Duke the copie of the indemnitie as it is,
with two nots on the margine, which your Lordship may peruse and cause
trans[c]rive and get it signed by her Majestic. The letter for the adjornment
most also be reneued, being relative to the indemnitie, bot it needs no altera-
tion bot as to the dait. Houever the time of the meeting of parlament is so
near that I most praesent wdiat I have on the 30th, if I get not ane ansuer to
this betwixt and then ; so I intreat you mind my Lord Duke to dispatch.
I most take on word of your valiant souldier you mention at Glasgou. He
fought only a feu boyes, and it is confidently said his persuing them and
liis cursing and swearing raised the tunmlt ; bot this is not to justifie them.
Leat me only know with your ansuer what time this affair should be judged
— the begining of May or June. The order can only be given the nixt
councel day ; then the lybel most be raised and execut on the dayes aloued
by law, and the councelours most be conveened ; so in this wee shal have your
Lordships assistance. Al nou to be determined is as to the time. I shal
call Sir John Bells son to moron and leat him know that he shal be repaired


and protected. If your Lordship was angrie at the councels letter, it was

drauen by thee officers of state, the register, advocat, and justice clerk, your

Lordships brother. I did not see it til it was redd in councel, and observed

nothing in it that reflected on her Majesties letter ; on the contrarie, it was

rather fortifyed and mentioned as ane agravation against the rablers. I long

to have you hier ; you shal find me the same as at pairting. I wrot a ful

memorial to your Lordship last night concerning the affairs of the ass'emblie.

I have hopes, bot no ful assurance, of a peaceable issu. — I am, my Lord,

Your Lordships most faithful and humble servant,


156. John Eahl of Tullibardine, afterwards first Duke of Athole,

to [The Same].

Aby, March 25, 1703.
]My Lord, — I am come here this night to attend the Queens affairs,
which my inclinations led me to doe much sooner, but the paying my last
duty to the best of mothers hindered me, and which I kno the Queen is so
good as to excuse on that accompt. I found a letter from your Lordship to
me in this place, daited the 16, in which I am surprised to find you doe not
mention the receipt of any of mine, which I expected you woud have noticed,
especially that in which I uritt of my father and Earl of Strathmores and
my designe in paying the cess, daited at Dunkeld before my deare mothers
death, the 14 of February; and another daited at Huntingtouer the 20tli
that month, in which I sent you inclosed the proposal for the regiment you
gave me ; and a third I uritt from Dunkeld, in which I told your Lordship
my father and I had paide the cess out of duty and re[s]pect to the Queen,
which I own I have to as great a degree as possible for a subject to have,
and the good opinion you uritte she is pleased to have of me shal, if possible,


augment it. Having come here late this night, I have yet seen no body, so
shal ad no more till the next occasion, uho am, my Lord,

Your Lordships most faithful humble servant,


157. [The Honourable Sir Kenneth Mackenzie, second son of George
FIRST Earl of Cromartie], to His Father.

Edinburgh, Aprile 15 [circa 1703].
My Lord, — As I returnd from Preastounhall the other day, Sir Eobert
Dicksone being told I rode by, followd me to Inverask, and, after many
protestationes of his inclinatione to serve your Lordship, he informd me that
their is a certain designe to impeach the Duke of Atholl and your Lordship
befor the ensuing parliament, and that his avoucher assurd him you coud
not be awarr of the grounds of the indictment. This he woud needs have me
writt. I know the Earl of G. was a night with him not long since, who I
beleive is the author of this stuff. Tho I know very weell their is nothing to
be feard of this kind, yett I presume to say that I wish your Lordship were
not presentt att our next sessione of parliament, for, as I understand, your
freinds will be very untractable if the grand affair talkd of is to be pressd att
this tyme ; and for me, tho I will not determine myselfe without advising with
your Lordship, yett my being so singularly treated hitherto gives me small
encouragment to serve such masters in tyme coming, for, as I never yet made
a wrong step wheir the Crown was concernd, so I have bein alloud to spend
my tyme and money without thanks, when many who came not my lenth
have grown rich.

For the right honourable the Earle of Cromarty, principall secretary of state
for Scotland.


158. Margaeet Countess of Wemyss and Ckomartie to [Her Husband,
George first Earl of Cromartie].

Melvill, the 19th of Jullie 1703.
My dearest love, — I am very soiy you have been so toylcl with business,
and satt so late up. I pray God it may not do you hurt. I long alredy to
be uith you againe, and tho' I have a little of the gravell, yitt T resolve, if
the Lord give me health and strength, to goe from this place tomorrow by 8
acloak in the morning, for I do not care to ly abed when I want my dearest
and better parte. I shall be very carfull of your Pegie, and, if I finde my
selfe weary or not well tomorrow, I will stay till Wednesday, which my sister
is very earnest to have me do. My dearest heart, I had great satisfaction in
the work I have been about these severall days past. It is now neer 12
a cloak, so I shall add noe more, but I am unalterably, my dearest life,

Your oune

M. W.

Your sone was very carfull of me, which I took most kindlie one your

159. [John first Earl of Breadalbane] to George first Earl of


Ta}Tnouth, September 29, 1703.

My Lord, — I am much obliged to you for the account that my cousin,

Glenderuel, gives me of your intentions to befriend him as to his preferment.

It is most proper that these two new companies be adjected to the guairds,

because they are indeed effectually guairds, and I can say more usefull for



guairding the country than the whole regiment of guan^ds these years bypast,
and will certainly be very obligeing to the general! to have them added to the
regiment of guairds to be more immediatly under his command, and may
serve him as Highland granadiers upon any present immergent, to be placed in
the forefront of the battle ; and their absence may be supplied by us who are
their friends till they return to their posts. In case Glenderuels affairs
succeed, I had in my thought to have recommended to you a near kindsman
of mine, he haveing been in the army several years, and may be very usefull
in that post, but I am prevent'd by my best friend, your sister, who, I hear,
has recommended a nephew of her husbands, which I neither can nor will
contradict ; but if there can be two lieutenants made, as is now, she and her
Lord will yeeld that Ednample be the first, and he the second, which is
Glenderuels interest, as well as his inclination. — Adieu, my dear Lord.


To the right honourable the Earle of Cromertie, principal secretary of state.

160. Archibald first Earl of Forfar to [The Same].

Abey, October 5, 1703.
My Lord, — Ther is now a vacancie in the thresorie by Argils death,
which I intreat your Lordship would bee plesed to help me to procure, if you
find that pless of justis jenerall cannot be got. Others befor have advanced
severall of ther freinds, so it is but just your Lordship should put in sume
of yours. I hope your Lordship will represent what I have hazarded to serve
hir :Majestie, and that ther ^\i\\ non more willingly serve her Majestic and my
freinds then I will doe ; so I expect your Lordship will use your utmost
interest to procure me on of tlies posts. I have wrot to this purpose to the


Duke of Queensberry, who his promesed to procure me sumethiiig concider-
able, so I hope your Lordsliip will not forget your Ladys nepheu ; and be-
live ther is non in the world more sincerly then I am, my Lord,
Your Lordships most faithfull obedient humble servant,


16L Charles sixth Earl of Home to [The Same].

Edinburgh, October 16, 1703.

]\Iy Lord, — I was exceeding glade when I mett with some who had seen
you upon the roade in perfect health. I wish the continuance of it with all
my heart, and I humbly intreat your Lordship would do me the favour to
let me hear how you are.

My dear Lord, being informed that some are so injust to those called the
cavalier-party, as to misrepresent them to the Queen as those who obstructed
her affaires in the late parliament, I think my selfe olilidged to desire your
Lordship to take care that no such impression may be taken. You know all
tlie steps in it as well as any man. "We recognized the Queen's authority,
and I will say it was the party called the cavaliers who did carry it through,
there being many who were against the last clause of it. Your Lordship
may well remember that after that we mett with great opposition, when we
proposed a very modest and moderate overture for tolleration, I will not
say from the court it selfe, but from all those who had any dependance upon
it, whom we could not perswade to go alongst with us. Not only so, but
when committies were proposed, it was absolutely refused to allow one single
man of ours to be named in them. This gave great occasion of jealousie
that there were other great designes to l:)e sett on foot, and we hope in crushing


of them we have done her Majestie no disservice : and since I love to be
plain, that which we were then affraid of was, that the successour should be
nominate and ane oath of abjuration pressed. I shall say no more ; but
haveing sworn to be faithfuU to her Majestie, I will do what in me lyes to
defend her persone and governement against all who shall offer to do violence
to the one or disturbe the other. I hope your Lordship will be pleased to
lett me hear from you by a letter direct to be left at Mr. Eodham's, post
master at Barwick, and I assure your Lordship no body shall rejoyce more
to hear of your health and the good success of your affaires than he who is,
my Lord,

Your most faithfull and obedient servant,


162. Sir David Cunningham to [The Same].

Edinburgh, 20th November 1703.
My noble Lord, — I know the inteir confidence betuixt the E[arle] of
Glencairne, chancellour, and your Lordship, and betuixt his sone (who
deceased Wednesday last) and yourselfe the great affection : so I presume, on
behalfe of the present Earle, his sone, who is takin vp in bewailling his
father and ordoring his funeralle, that his fathers commission to command the
Castle of Dumbartane, which he onlie injoyed two moneths, may be renued
to his sone, which is no noveltie, and, when he becumis advanced to be colonell,
his posts will serve two. My Lord, I hope his fathers memorie is not forgott,
and he himselfe well deserve. — I am, as in dutie bound, my Lord,
Your Lordships most obliged and humble servant,

S. D. Cunynghame.

Sm JAMES STEUART, 1703. 205

163. Sir Gilbert Eliot of Minto, advocate, to [The Same].

Edinburgh, 25 November 1703.
My Lord, — The debate about the Irish victuall seized by Mr. Patrick
Ogilvie spent the most pairt of this dyet of councill, which is the second
meeting they have had since November. After hearing petitions from both
sydes, the councill resolved that the case should be debated at the barr, to the
effect the councill might make a decision injure upon the laws in that caise
enacted, which was accordingly done as in the journalls. Much of the rest
of the councills tym for this dyet was spent upon a process against the
Countess of Seaforth for carying her son out of the kingdom to be popishly
bred. She made a long defence herself from the barr, but chiefly insisted
upon the indemnity ; but at last the matter was remitted to a committy to
tind out expedients to constrain her to bring home her son, and to raise
money for the effect. Other particulars are fully in the journalls, according
to duty heirvs^ith sent by, my Lord,

Your Lordship's most humble and obedient servant,

GiLB. Eliot.

164. Sir James Steuart, of Coltness, lord advocate, to [The Same].

Edinburgh, 23 December 1703.
My Lord, — I had the honour of your Lordships pacquet this day at seven
in the morning. My lord justice clerk sent it to me, and he having caused
secure Captain M^^Cleod and Charles M^Kinnon, the only persones in toun,
the councel was called and met at eight, where hir Majesties letter was read
and a committie for examination, uith all farder pouers needfull, appointed ;


and imediatly the committie met, and M'X'leod and j\I°Kinnon wer brought
befor them, but so disoixlered by having bein at their cups all night that the
committie was necessitat to adjurn the examination till four a clock this