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afternoon, and in the mean time to committ them closs prisoners in separat
roumes. ]Major Corbet was not found till ten a cloclv, and the committie
met again at four ; and M^Cleod being called first, his account was so
generall, and he himself still under such an indisposition, that it was thought
lit to delay him till to morrow ; and in the mean time the committie alloued
me to examine and interrogat him more closely on the interrogators trans-
mitted : and the same cours was taken uith AFKinnon. Then Major Corbat
was called, but he did so franckly purge himself of all correspondence, or so
much as knoulege of Beaufort or any of his concernes, that the committie
dismissed him ; only I desired the opportunity that I may put the inter-
rogators a litle more closly to him, which lie readiely agried to. ]\Ty Lord, I
doe not write what M'Cleod said this night, becaus I think it uill doe better
when I transmitt the whole examination, — and in the mean time I knou the
lord justice clerk uill doe it ; and I shall then also make a return to the
honour her Majesty has done me by her letter. I dispatched the order this
forenoon for appreliending the four Frasers in the north, to Briggadier
Haitian. The councel delayed the ordering of the forces till the lieutenant
general be present, who is expected this night, I wish your Lordship had
sent a copie of the letters intercepted, it would have helped the examination ;
but by the nixt your Lordship shall have a full account of all from,
My Lord,
Your Lordships most humble and most obedient servitour,

S. Ja. Steuart.


165. Margaret Countess of Wemyss, secoud wife of George first Earl
OF Cromartie, to [Her Husband].

Saterday, 24tli [1703].
My Dearest, — Tho I wrote one Thursday, yit I would not miss this
occasion to tell you I am weell, I thank God ; and if my dear childe could
have consented to my leaving her this afternoon, I would have gone to
Sherps houss and stay'd there to morrow and heard j\Ir. Tullideph preach,
and gon away one Monday morning. But my dauchter was vex'd A\'hen I
spook of it, and has convinced me I could not be uith you till Tewsday if 1
did so ; for my Lord Melvills coach is to com to the waterside one Monday,
and if wee can get the lenth of Kenoway that night, it is a great jurney for
the horses and for me too, who has 13 myles in this side; and I hope wee
shall get over on Tewsday afternoon — and I can be no sooner over however
now. The Lord send us a happy meeting ! My dearst love, be carfull of
the best parte of me, and do not fast long nor sitt up late. There is great
care taken of me here, but I fear their will be some tears att parting, tho
none from me, my dear.

Indorsed in the handwriting of Lord Tarbat : " C* Weems L'.'', 1703."

166. John Paterson, Archbishop of Glasgow, to George first Earl

of Cromartie.

Holborn, 7 aclock, 1 7 January, morning.
[Circa 1703.]
My dear Lord, — It was my grief as wele as misfortune to be both sick
and otherwyse incapable to wait on your Lordship yesternight, being de-


tained in waiting for D[uke] Queensberry at E[arl] Belcarres lodgings till half
ane hour past eleven at night. He told me the Queen desired his Grace to
seek that signature appointing the two collectors, and that it sould be kept
with the other paper relating to the managers of her Majestys charitie, with
the respective proportions her Majesty appoints for the bishops, etc. I sould
haue instantlie obeyd; but, having sent that paper to Scotland the verie
next post I receaved it, by her Majestys comand from your Lordship, I
could not now give it up, but desired his Grace to assure her Majesty that
it sould not be made publict till the other paper sould be so, or her Majestys
pleasure knowne in it ; and I undertook this on my allegiance. He
declared befor E[arl] Belcarres his intire satisfaction with S. G. B. and
my sone to be continued still collectors, as Belcarres will owne and
declare to your Lordship. Give my humble duetie to your good Lady,
and send your commands to me, which salbe carefullie obeyd by, my
dear Lord,

Your owne faithfull servant,

Jo. Glasgow.

To the Earle off Cromerty, principall secretarie of state for Scotland — these.

167. James fourth Maequis, afterwards first Duke, of Montrose,
to [George first Earl of Cromartie].

Glasgow, the 30th December \circa 1703].
'My Lord, — I receaved a letter from your Lordship in returne to mine
concerning Mr. Graeme. I shant belive your Lordship less inclineable to


do me a favor, that yow heave not had occasion to appear in this bussiness,
as I doubt not yow would heave done had not the D[uke] of Queensberrie
thought himself a pairtie in the maitter. I cant but return your Lordship a
great many thankes for your oblidgeing and kaind letter, and hope with a
great dale of satisfaction that the good corispondence that was aluays betuixt
your Lordship and my father may be continewed betuixt us. I shall take
this occasion, then, to speak of what your Lordship is pleased to write to me,
and freely owen that I think it the saifest post a young man can taike to
incline to heave some experience in publick affairs before he be fond to en-
gaidge himsel too farr in them. I'm so much of this oppinion that reallie I
dont deseign to embark myself any way, till once I may heave served her
Majestie in parliament, where your Lordship knows I never yet appeared.
My Lord, I know its verie impertinent in me to treble your Lordship so
often with my sollicitations : I shall heave recourse to your Ijordships good-
ness, and hope yow'l reddelie forgive me. I heave sent your Lordship in-
closed a short account of ane unluckie bussiness that happened some time
ago betuixt tuo of our countrie men in Flanders, by which yow'l see one
Mr. Pringle, a chirurgion, was killed; but its verie certain that there can
be no probation found against the other, Dalmoak, who has lived now at
home these severall years without the least disturbance till of late, and is not
at present neither sought aifter by Mr. Pringles freinds, who are sinsible
that they are able to proove nothing against him. If your Lordship thought
it convenient to apply to her Majestie for a remission to him, I hope the
caise may be thought so favorable that it wont be deneyed. I shall now
beg pardon for importuneing your Lordship so much, and shall only add that
I aluays am, my Lord,

Your Lordships most faithfull humble servant,

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168. James second Duke of Queensbekry to [George first Earl of
Cromaetie. Circa 1703].

I JUST now receved your letter, for which I give yow, my dear Lord, a
thousand thanks. I doe verry well understand what yow mean, tho I wish
yow had been a litle more particulare, especially in the postcrip. I goe
from hence to morrow, about ten in the forenoon, and I should be verry glade
to see yow before I went, if that could be done without giveing yow trouble or
jealousie to others. My coach is at your command, and the bearer will attend
yow. If you'l come here to night you shall have a litle broath, a glasse of
good wine, and halfe ane hours laughing. If yow must goe to the Bath before
I see yow, pray stay there as short while as yow can, for reasons know'n that
I shall tell yow at meeting. I doe joyn with yow in wishing that all things
may turn to the Queens true interest and service, but I remember ane old
saying of a freind of yours, that its easier to keep old friends then to make
new ones ; and I sliall only now assure yow that I am, after the old manner.

Your own ^

My Lord Eenfrew and my wife are your humble servants, and I shall
not faill to make your complements to the D[uke] of Ormond in the best
manner I can.

I "Sprite this while at cards with Eenfrew.

169. Brigadier- General A. Maitland to [Sir James Steuart,
lord advocate. — Copy.]

Fort William, 5 January 1704.
My Lord, — I received tuo letters from Captain Stewart of yesterdays date.
He gives me account that Glengairie left his house on Saturday the first of


January and took his papers with him. The captain, being informed of this,
took no notice that he had any designe to apprehend him, but sent parties to
take Shyan and Kitray, both of them being suspected persons. But naitlier
of them could be found, nor are there any men to be seen in any liouses in
the countrie of Glengairie, as yow will perceive by the inclosed paper. Their
designe will soon be knoune, for they cannot keep the hills in this season.
Non of the people heirabouts, nor Appins people, are from home as yett.
They accknouledge that they hear a manifesto from King James hes bein
caried about the countrie, and its said that the whole countrie have orders to
he readie with their amies at 24 hours warneing, and that King James is
readie to saile with a great fleet and many men, witli much mony, from
France. This is what is whispered about amongst them. I hope Ensigne
Ferc_[uersone is with yow by this tyme. I intreat he may be dispatched back,
and my requeist granted alse soon as possible. Non of the Frasers are taken,
except John Fraser, Culdutholls brother, and the postmaster of Inverness,
wdiom I have ordered to be brought from thence alse soon as possible. I have
many parties out, and but a small garison at best, considering the condition
it is in. I know your Lordship will lay this before the councill, who can
best judge whats fitt to be done at this juncture. Lochyells papers have all
bein sighted by Livtenant-Collonell Keith and Livtenant Lesslie. I was
witnes to a good pairt of it myself, but there is not any thing in them that
can aither toutch his sone or him. I have sealled all up again, and have
them in my custodie. — I am,

]My Lord,
Your Lordships most liumble and most obedient servant,

{Sic suhscribitur) A. Maitland.


170. Sir James Steuart, Lord Advocate, to George first Earl of


Edinburgh, G January 1704.
My Lord, — There is all reason both to search to the bottom of this dis-
coverie and to secure against insurrection and invasion, and so much the
rather that I must still regret that, even uithout any plot, we ar visiblely in
a most dangerous condition, without armes, without ammunition, and having
Init a small handfuU of forces against such a potent ennimie abroad and so
many restless ones at home, I acquainted the general-lieutenant with your
Lordships thoughts, upon his telling me he had one from you to the same
purpos, but he said a detachment to Fort William could not be spared, and
tho it could, any detachment covild be sent could not be there in any security
in the condition wherein the fort is at present ; and I have a return from
Brigadeer Matlan, which makes no demand of men, and sayes that, so sone as
the weather uill allou, the workmen sent by the treasurer may put the fort
in a good condition, and, uithall, he sayes he hath no return as yet about the
four Erasers ordered to be seased. The lieutenant-general was farder of
opinion that the forces could not be safely sent by north Tay, becaus being
so feu it wer rather to expose them, — but he uill write to your Lordship
better than I can in such maters. My Lord, you cannot but knou my
opinion of Simon, and hou well acquainted I am uith his circumstances uitli
the D[uke] of Athol ; and all that M^Cleod could say was, that Simon said
such a thing, in generall, but gave no reason of his knouledge; and I
may assure your Lordship that nothing can byass my sincere impartiality
ill this inquirie. As to the securing of persones, all necessarie orders ar
given : but for tlie tuo ]Murrayes, Jon may be in Scotland, but I apprehend
James is gone, tho he was sein here uithin these 20 dayes or tliereabouts.


My Lord, when Captain M^^Cleod appeared first, he was in that confusion that
I toki the conimittie I would examine him privatly and more particularly, for
I had found the benefit of that way, and in truth I had no other designe but
to discharge myself of her Majesties commands ; and yet, after all, got nothing
from him more than you have sein, and your Lordship may be most per-
suaded that jalousies on party accounts shall never have any rise or coun-
tenance from me, tho I must put your Lordship in mind that privat close
examinations have alluise uith us bein found the best, for many hands uith
us keep vere ill. — I am, my Lord,

Your Lordships most humble and most obedient servant,

S. Ja. Steuart.
E[arlJ Crom[artie].

Lidorsed : " Advocats letter to Cromerty."

171. William ninth Earl Marischall to [The Same].

Inverugie, January 12, 1704.

My Lord, — The plot has so taken you up, that I belive, the less I truble

you nou with it, Til come the better speed in what I'm to ask, which is, your

Lordships freindship to my cusine. Will Keith. That he conversed uith

Beaufort is sure ; that he ploted with him against thes this plot was intended

for, I can not let my self belive it. He's young, and some allouence should be

given for that. I'll say noe more, for fear the last part of my letter contra-

dicte the first, but I uill expect, att my humble request, you'll make things

as easey to him as possible, and you can not put a greater favour one,

My Lord,

Your Lordships most humble servant,



172. [John Paterson, Archbishop of Glasgow], to The Same.

London, 15 Januarii 1704.
My dear Lord, — I return you the enclosed, amongst which I send Doctor
Scot and Doctor Skenes letter to me, to let it be seen how Achtifardell
regards her Majesties precepts in favors off bishops and off our episcopall
clergy. I attempted [to] wait on the Queen, and I am glad she wes so bussie
as that I could not liaue that honor yesterday. Since that, I find that [it] is
resolved here that the management of the Queens charitie salbe still in the
hands off the comissioners off the thesaury, but with ane express proviso,
that the proportions now agreed to, to be given yearlie to the bishops, salbe
made effectuall under highest pains : tho the Queen, D[uke] Queensberry,
and all, were once satisfied it wold not prove so effectuall if in their hands. I
find also that the collecting of the bishops rents for cropt 1703 salbe continued
in the hands [of] the former collectors, in regard they haue medled with the
rents alreadie, all for the last term of AVhitsunday, and some part for Martimas
past, so that it wold breed confusion if otlierwyse ; so that the neu collectors,
now appointed, are onlie to intromett with the years rent 1704. Of this I
think nothing is needfull to be said as to collecting, provyding the proportions
allowd by her Majesty to the bishops out of their rents be effectuallie payd
to them for cropt 1703, as her IMajesty hath destinated it, tho I still am
of opinion it were better for her purposes and our payment the commission
alreadie signed by her Majesty sould stand in force. I am truelie verie
indisposd in my healtli, and am sick of this place, and long to be at home.
So God bless you and your good lady. — Adieu.

The I^arle of Cromerty — these.


173. The Privy Council of Scotland to Queen Anne. [Copy].

Edinburgh, the 3rd February 1704.
May it please your Majesty, — The copies of the papers and letters
relating to the plot, transmitted to us by your Majesty out of your royal
care and vigilance for our preservation and safety (which in all humble
duty we most heartily acknowlege), having been laid and read Ijefore us,
and there appear such evidences therin of most wicked councils and prac-
tices both at St Germains and the French court, and else where against your
Majesties government and the peace of this and all your Majestys kingdoms,
as are fully convinceing and satisfying to us, as they must be to all who
consider them ; as also that these ill practices are still under a closs and
dangerous prosecution ; — and, therefore, as we can not but approve all the
means and methods that have been taken by your Majesty's allowance for
discoveries in this matter, so we shall continue to use our outmost diligence
to prosecute these that have been or shall be made, and thereby to prevent
the mischiefs that so visibly threaten. But withall we must still represent
to your Majestie our present weake and defenceles condition, specially for
want of arms and amunition ; and that we humbly judge ten thousand stand
of arms at least, wdth proportionable amunition, to be requisite and necessary
for the safety and security of this and your other dominions. And w^hat
farder shall occur we shall be carefuU to communicate to your secretarys
from time to time, to be laid before your Majesty. And this, wishing that
God may long preserve and prosper your Majestys life and reign, and defeat
all the evil designs of your enimies, we are.

May it please your Majesty,
Your Majestys mostloyal,niost faithfull, and most obedient subjects and servants.

Suhscribitur %it in sederunt.
Indorsed : " Copie of the Councils Letter to the Queen."


174. The Honoukable AYilliam Livingston, afterwards third Viscount
Kilsyth, to [Geoege first Earl of Cromartie].

Kilsyth, 8 February 1704.
jNIy Lord, — I presume to lay before your Lordship ane affair, haveing
first comuuicate it to the lord justice clerk. He was pleased so far to
approve of it, as to give your Lordship, I suppose by last post, ane account
that he liad seen a disposition granted by my brother in the year eighty-
three, of his title and honors in my favors, with ane authentick copie of our
fathers signature, signed by Sir George Mackenzie, then Kings advocate ;
which I have sent to the gentleman who hes the honor to deliver your Lord-
ship this, to the end that, if so your Lordship think fitt, yow may look on
them at your leasure ; and if your Lordship find it proper to move the ex-
peding of it now, ther is none I would so willingly owe that honor and
singulare obligation as to your Lordship, being ambitious to be reckned
among those yow have trewly obleidgid to be your reall servants. I shal
not now give your Lordship the trouble of any reason or cause why I never
offered at this after so long ane intervall of time till now ; but if by your
Lordships intrest I shal be so fortunate as to obtain it, I shal ever account
it the greatest happines can befall me, that it hes been reservid to be be-
stowed by our most gracious Queen as ane new and perpetuall tye on me
to serve her Majesty on all occasions as becomes a most faithfuU, highly
obleidgid, and most deutifull subject, — and such, I doe assure your Lordship,
are the reall, firm, and constant resolutions of.
My Lord,
Your Lordships most faithful! and most obedient humble servant.

W. Levingston.


175. Alexander ninth Earl of Eglinton to [The Same].

Edinburgh, Eebruary 10, [1] 704.

My Lord, — I cannot but acknoulidg tlie honor of your Lordships by my
Lord Haddo, tho I have been keept long in councell, first with the Duck of
Atholls narative, and nixt with Mr. Baillie, by uhom it apiers the Duck of
Quinsberie, in time of par lament, thought to have made great disco verays,
and last uith ane petition from our Affrican Companie, complening of the
East India Companie of Ingland.

The Duck of Atholls letter to the councell uas refeused to be red by ane
vott of the councell, in regaird it uas belou the dignitay of that bourd to
reseve ane letter from anie subject. But ue forced them to ried the narative,
uhich I am affrayed ue had as good forborn ; for the councell hes ordered the
samen to be transmitted to the Quien, and ane letter to be urict by my Lord
Advocat, uith the resons of our sending it, uhich is to be redie against the
morou at tuelf of the cloock, I am affrayed that in the letter they cast in
some thing uill doe more prejudice then the narative uill doe good.

As for Mr. Bailie, tho he did, the first time he uas before the committie
of councell, francklay tell all that past betuixt him and the Duck of Quins-
berie, uhich the committie desired him to put in uritting, yett this day, in
presence of the councell, he refused, upon pretext of indisposition, to say anie
thing by uritt. Then ther ueer a great manie interragotors put to him : to
some he ansuered, but to most he said he uould not doe it at that time.
Houever, I am convinced, ulien the houmer takes him, that he uill give in
his answers. They will not be over agriable to thes that prest him most this
day ; at best he apiers to be ane magetie light fellow.

As for our Indian Companies concerns with the Inglish, pray your Lord-
ship to bestir yourself in it, for it uill be oblidging to the uholl nation.

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As for other neus heer ue liave verie little, beeing everay big uith expec-
tations iiliat uill come from above. Duck Hamiltoun and his friends heer ar
thinking of sending some to the Quien, uhich in the generall is agried to, but
the particullar persons ar not condisended upon, I am verie hopfull thes
that are sent uill make frank offers of ther service to the Quien, and so give
incuragment of good success in parlament, uhich may make it mett soon,
and it uill prove the onlay cure to the present convultions of our steat.
Therfor use your outmost indevours for its metting. Its so verie lett I have
not time to say more, but everay week your Lordship shall knou uliat passeth,
for I reallay am, my dear Lord,

Your Lordships most faithfull servant,


I presum to give my most humble service to my Ladie.

176. The Same to [The Same].

Edinburgh, February 17, [1]704:.

My dear Lord, — I knou your Lordship uill hear of honest Arbruchels
death by manie uill be solisitors for his place. I doubt not the chanceller
uill have friends to recomend ; and, considering his post in that bench, it
uill be but reson he be gratified. Houever, I uish your Lordship and he
may understand on ane other, and get it disposed to your minds before this
month end, otheruays D[uck] Quinsberie uill licke the butter of your breed
before Apriell.

Tlier uas yesternight at Pett Stiells ane great metting, and have comis-
sionett Eothes, Eoxbruch, and Jerusuood, to the Quien, to desire that the


parlament may mett, that the imputation cast upon hir Majesties subjects as
plotters against hir goverment may be fullay trayed. They allso ar to repre-
sent that they ar informed tliat hir Majestie hes been desired to send Inglish
monay to pay hir Scots forces, uhich they ar humblie to intreat may not be
yealded to, inregaird it uould bring our troups intayerlay to depend upon
the Inglisli. Eoxbrucli is gone this morning ; Eothes and Jerusuood take
post upon Teusday. Ue have no other news heer, nor uill have till Thurs-
day that Bailies process of Using making comes in. I am told he uill stand
to the veretay of uhat he hes said in that letter to Duck Hamiltoun, and
give astonishing evidences for it. I presum to give my most humble service
to my ladie. I am, my dear Lord,

Your Lordships most faithfull servant,


177. Geokge Lord Haddo, son of George first Earl of Aberdeen, to

[The Same].

Edinburgh, February 17, 1704.
My Lord, — Their is litle occurs here that is remarkable, except what is
done in councell ; and of all that pases there I know your Lordship is in-
formed from others, else I would doe my self the honor of writeing more
frequently to your Lordship. Yesternight, I am informed, their was a con-
siderable meeting in Patrick Steels of the countrey party. I hear of no
cavaliers were there save Home, Stormont, and Carnwath. In short, it was
ther resolved that E[arle] Eothes, Eoxbrugli, and Jeriswoode should goe up
to court on this occasion, and all that I hear they are instructed to doe is to
desire the Queen would please alloue the parliament to meet as soon as her


Majestys affairs can alloue it, that the present plot, and all practises concern-
ino- it, may be fully inquired into. Rothes and Jeriswoode, I hear, goe from
this post, Twesday nixt, and Eoxbrugh takes journey on Saturday, being to
o-oe in a calesh with his own horses, so that they think of being att London
about the end of this monetli. I wish they may doe so, when they are ther,
as that ther journey may be usefuU. I am sory to give your Lordship the

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