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accounts of Lord Arbrukell's death, but I know your Lordship will have it
from others. This, your Lordship knows, occasions a vacancie in the Ses-
sione. I know their will be a great many competeing for it ; however, I
shall presume to recomende to your Lordships friendshipe Kemna, whom I
need say nothing of, seeing your Lordship knowes him of a long time, and
this I only doe in case your Lordship be not concerned for a nearer friend ;
for if your Lordship can get it done for the gentleman the justice clerck
did recomend to your Lordship, ther is all the reasone imaginable for your
Lordship to prefer him. I wish your Lordship, with all my heart, good
health and success in all your affairs, for I am,
My Lord,
Your Lordships most affectionate, most oblidged, and faithfull servant,

Your Lordship will please excuse I offer here my most humble duty to
my Lady.

178. [The Honourable Sir Kenneth Mackenzie of Grandvale, Baronet,
second son of George first Earl of Cromartie, to His Father.]

Edinburgh, February 17th [1704].
]\Iy Lord, — Last evening my Lord Aberurchle dyd. He particularly
recommended his sone to your Lordships and my Lord Justice Clerks protec-


tione. Munday next goes for court the Earles of Eotlies and Eoxbroiigh,
with the Laird of Jerviswood, to represent to the Queen, that the advising
her Majestie to pay her forces heir with English money, was pernitious to,
and vnconsistant with the libertie of this natione, and that such councellors
shoud be removd from her persone ; and further, to intreat of the Queen that
our parliament may be alloud to sitt at the tyme prefixd, that the plott
against her person and goverment may be laid befor it, and that the noble
persons so much callumniat may have opportunity to vindicat themselves.
This is what I cane learn is all their bussines. . . .

179. Sir James Steuart, Lord Advocate, to [The Same].

Edinburgh, 22 February 1704.
May it please your Lordship, — I have a line of the 1 7, not of your hand,
nor subscrived by your Lordship, which yet I take to be from you, since it
gives an account that the councils tuo letters to her Majesty, with the papers
therein related to, ar come to hand. The letter addes that your Lordship
doubts not but those that had fuller informations from me as to Mr, Baillie,
have used them as I advised. My Lord, this stricture might have bein
spared, for I am confident that the ground of your mistake is before this time
fully removed, and you ar satisfied that I have given both my informations
and advises (as far as is propre for me) with all impartiality. What farder is
done in Baillies bussiness I wrot to your Lordship by the last express, and
what ansuer he shall make the 24 instant, shall also be transmitted by.
My Lord,
Your Lordships most humble and most obedient servitor,

S. Ja. Steuart.


180. The Same to [The Same].

Edinburgh, 25 February 1704.
May it please your Lordship, — I had yours of the 19 February at 6
a clock the 23 instant, about 10 a clock forenoon. I imediatly communicat it
to my lord justice clerk, and we agried privatly to write to such as we thought
might help to find these Murrayes, especially Captain Jon ; and I am sure I
have writ to a good hand for Perth shire, and all the bounds about, and I have
also inquired, uith my best discretion and all secrecie, at others that might
assist. But, my Lord, give me leave to tell you this flieing pacquet was to
me a surprize, for, uith the first letters came doun about this plot, and in the
interrogators under your Lordships hand, mention is made of Captain Jon and
James Murrayes to be inquired after; and imediatly by warrant of the com-
mittie I gave three w^arrants, one for Edinburgh, another for Captain Camp-
bell of Finnab, and a third for Brigadeer Maitlan, to make search for them ;
which having bene done so many weekes agoe, it is nou generally reported
that they are both out of the countrey, and if not, no doubt they ar upon their
closest keeping. Houever, I doe belive they ar both verie material persones,
and what your Lordship recommends shall be prosequut with the secrecy and
diligence that the case requires. Yesterday David Baillie was called and
compeared before the councel. There was a great attendance ; and after read-
ing of the libell against him as a leesing maker and defaraer, he gave in his
defenses dilatore desiring a remitt to the parliament, becaus of the contingency
uith the plot ; and 2, becaus the persuers not personally present peremptore no
nnimus calumniandi, no publication, but deliverie to D[uke] H[amiltoun] for
information ; and 3, brought to light only by the examination of the govern-
ment. But he imediatly ouned the letter, and that he had delivered it to D[uke]


H[amiltoim], which much shortned the process. For tho there was much de-
bate, yet the councel repelled the dilators and found the libell relevant and
proven uithout much difficulty ; and therfor declared him infamous, and
banisht him the realme, and ordered him to be transported to the plantations,
and to lye in prison till occasion should offer ; and farder, that before being
transported, he should be pillorized on such a day and in such a maner as the
councel should appoint. The councel did goe this length, becaus the slaunder
appeared attroceous and incredible, and he, not being able to pay a fine, was
by lau to be punished in his bodie (life and limb excepted). And it much
helped that this appeared a designed villany on his part, since it is probable
he gave out himself for a person could informe of most dangerous designes
against the government, and thereby imposed on my lord justice clerk and his
informer, and procured her Majestys letter to me to seaze him as such a
person. And yet from the first to the last he informed of no such maters, but
only of his aforsaid slaunders and defamations, whereof he gave not the lest
probable circumstance.

The lords of treasurie and exchecquer set the inland excise by roup
Wednesday last. Mr. William Jonstoun w^as the hiest offerer for 33,500 lib.
sterling. Killmaronock uas the nixt under him, and offered 33,400 lib. ster-
ling. I wish the custumes and forrein excise wer as well set. I am, my Lord,
Your Lordships most humble and most obedient servitor,

S. J. St.

Severall of the Highland landlords appeared yesterday befor the councel,
and among them young Lochiel, and Appin, and they are all remitted to a
committie. It was a slip that Glengarie was not in the letters, but my lord
justice clerk tells me he shall compear if I uill recall my warrant against
him, which is but reasonable.


181. James fourth Marquis, afterwards first Duke, of Montrose, to

[The Same].

Glasgow, the 28tli February 1704.

j\Iy Lord, — Pardon me if, after my usewall manner, I again take the
liberty to address myself to your Lordship for your favor and kindness, of
which I have alreddie had so many proofs, that I should look upon myself
as extreamly insensible if I did not paye all dew acknowledgement for them.

\Vliat I am to troble your Lordship with at this time is, in short, this.
Your Lordship knows that the Duke of Pdtchmonde, about a year ago,
sold his estait in Scotland. I need not mention the particular steps that
were made in that affair, which your Lordship no doubt knows much better
as I. That interest belongs now to Doctor Hamiltone, one of the Queens
physicians, who resolves to pairt with it, being by his employement oblidged
to stay in England. It lys mighty contiguous to my estait, and besides, I
hold considerablie of Lennox, which makes me still the more earnest to have
that interest for my self. And for this ende Gorthie, the bearer of this, goes to
London to conclude, if possible, a barguen with the doctor for my behoofe.
I dont know what opposition I may meet with in this affair. I know my
Lord Blantaire for one is makeing all the interest he can to have it for his
sone, and perhapes there may be yet other competitors that I know not of.
But I presume by this to beg your Lordships assistance and freindship, if there
shall happen any difficulty in the carrieing of it on, by what interest my Lord
Blantaire shall make for his sone at London. I shall leave Gorthie to talk
^\•ith your Lordship more fully on this head ; and meanwhile, depending upon
your Lordships wonted kindness, I am, my Lord,

Your Lordships most humble and faithfull servant,


I beg leave to send my humble dewty to my Lady.


182, George first Earl of Aberdeen to [The Same].

Aberdeen, lOtli March 1704.
My Lord, — -My son, at his coming to Edinbriigh, sent me the honor I
had of your Lordships letter, for which I render your Lordship my very
lieartie thanks.

I delayed the giving your Lordship this trouble till I should speake with
himselfe. He is treuly sencible of the obligations lyes on him to your Lordship
for the frindship you slieu him there ; and I see he will be altogither yours
in her Majesties service.

I agree with your Lordship that good citisens will never give over there
endeavors for the weel publick, nor doubt of being successfull in the end.
Therfor, my Lord, think not of peace or leasure to be had at home, since it is
neither safe nor honorable to leave the ship in a rough sea till you bring her
to the herbour : nam swum cuiquc decus posteritas rcpcndct. I see there will
much remain after us to be right'd by the young men that will succeed.
But if God will please to provyde such as shall wisly mind the tyms to which
they are born, and be watchfuU always to use the present with prudence and
a steeddie loyaltie, they will soon recover what to us may appear as lost.

I shall always pray God to blise and support her Majestic in her person
and goverment, and that her peopell may find peace and safety in her reing.
I need say nothing to your Lordship of the present temper here ; you knou
too much of it.

I will endeavor to see your Lordship at your coming to Edinbrugh, and
till then will always be glade to hear of your weill, for I am, my Lord,
Your Lordships most faithful! and most humble servant,


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183. SiK Gilbert Eliot, Baronet, of Minto, advocate, to [The Same].

Edinburgh, 21 March 1704.
My Loed, — The councill remitted Glengary and Keppoch to be examined
by the committy appointed upon her Majesty s letter for enquireing into the
evill practices against the government, who, finding he had conversed with
Captain John Morray, have comitted Glengary thenipon closs prisoner untill
further examined, which is to be reported to the councill the morrow, for
which end its adjourned untill that tym. I am, my Lord,

Your Lordship's most humble and obedient servant,

GiLB. Eliot.

184. William eleventh Loed Ross, Commissioner to the General Assembly
of the Church of Scotland, to [The Same].

Edinburgh, March 21, 1704.
My Loed,— I hope nou our asembly shal end to the Queens satisfaction.
I am glad I can tell your Lordship the satisfaction the ministers have with
the Queens honoring me to represent her Majesty, whom they say openly
they firmly trust hes abated all thos heats uer feared, and I am the mor proud
of it since it tends to the advantag of the Queens service. I have taken all
pains possible for me for the Queens satisfaction, continually speaking and
dealing uith ministers and elders that al may be quiet ; and I doubt not your
Lordship uill hear I have not spared the Queens mony in treating not only
the ministers of the assembly and elder[s], but al the peple of quality in toun,
for the honor of the Queen, which I prefer much mor then my interest, for I


belive litle of it shal be in my pocket. But if her ]\Iajesty be pleased uitli
my manaclgment in her service, I fear not her Majesty uill doe for me accord-
ing to her accustomed goodnes. I hope once next ueek ue shal rise happily ;
so I have writ to the Duke of Quenbery, tliat since 1 have only receaved 300
pound of what the Queen ordered me, his Grace uill procur ane order to pav
me al befor I return, uliich I desein immediatly after ue rise, — for I desir not
to be ouing the Queens meat ; and also ane order to pay the minister[s] the
400 I brought them order for, and as soon as possible ther arears. This should
come by a flying packet, to be heir befor ue rise. Pray, my Lord, acquant
me how the Queen pleases my actings. The ministers have acted so uisely
that it will be much for the Queens servic to order ther payment.

My humble servic to Duke of Athol. Your Lordship uill acquant his
Grace uhat passes, for I have not time to writ. I am, my Lord,
Your Lordships most humble and faithfull servant,


The Queens servants heir advised me this afternoon to send this by ane
expres, that the Queen may knou al is going ueal in tlie assembly, which your
Lordship uill perceave by this inclosed not, draun up to inform her Majesty.

185. The Same to [The Same].

Edinburgh, March 25, 1704.
]My Lord, — I judged it proper to send ane expres that D[uke] Quensbery
might acquant the Queen al goes in the asembly as my heart could wish —
great calmnes, peace and unity, great duty to the Queen, and great kindnes to
me. I hope they shal rise Thursday the 30 or 31, and I desein to part from
this, Munday Aprill 3, in case the Queen hes no furder comands for me heir.


This will be with you on Tuesday, and I hope D[uke] Quensbery will dispatch
the ansuer so as to be heir at fardest again Sunday the 2 Aprill, and I shal
be glad to hear from your Lordship what passes, and hou the Queen is satis-
tied with my manadgment. I am, in haist, my Lord,

Your Lordships most humble and faithfull servant,


18G. Sir James Steuaet, Lord Advocate, to George first Earl
OF Cromartie.

Edinburgh, 25th March 1704.
May it please your Lordship, — I should have writ to you by the last
post, if not extraordinarely straitned. The account you may have had of
Gleugaries being made closs prisoner by the committie, may touch me in par-
ticular, and therefor I give your Lordship this plain account. T^pon the first
orders we had about the plot, the committie ordered me to send a warrant to
Brigadier Maitlan to seaz Glengarie and his papers ; but he, having notice,
reteared with all his people to the hills. Than the councel ordained the High-
land heretors to be charged to give security, and a list was given in, wherein
Glengarie was. But the councel committed it to the lord justice clerk, the Lord
Arbruchall, and me, to divide them in thrie classes, that they might be charged
according to their distances and other considerations ; and this was done by the
justice clerk and Arbruchall, for my skill in that mater uas nothing. Only
the first list was brought to me to signe, for the warrant of the letters, which
I signed uithout the lest notice, since presented by the clerk as adjusted as
above. But when the letters and executions came back, the councel wer
offended that Glengarie was omitted ; and when I told the justice clerk of it,


he said it was done becaus he was under my order to be seased, but if T
would discharge that order he would come of himself; which I did, but at
the same time the councel ordered him to be charged. And accordingly
he came to the Abbay, and moved for a safe conduct to appear before the
councel. Whereupon the councel ansuered that tlie charge he got upon their
letters did heav a safe conduct from all privat personal execution, but no
more ; and he was satisfied uith it, and made his appearance, and was re-
mitted to the committie ; before whom, having confessed his converse uith
Captain Jon Murray in September last, and giveing no satisfieing account
why he and his men reteared to the hills, the committie ordered his commit-
ment. It was said I had promised he should not be imprisoned ; but I did it
not, nor was it in my pouer ; nor did he himself understand it so, els he had
not craved a safe conduct, which yet uas given uith the explication above-
mentioned. All I did was to tell him I had recalled and discharged my
order for a summare seazure, tliat he might come in not as a prisoner. If
others promised him more, the}' knou best. j\Iy Lord, this is the plain and
true account, which I suppose your lordship may expect from me becaus of
what I have beared ; and I hope uill satisfie, that both the connnittie and I
have proceeded fairly in this bussiness. I am, my Lord,

Your Lordships most humble and most obedient servitour,

S. Ja. Steuart.

My Lord, The inclosed is the copie of the letter I liave writ to the
D[uke] of Queensberrie as in waiting, by order of the privie councel, that
your Lordship may concurre and assist in it for obtaining the capitulation
desired uith the States for our Scots regiments.

E[arl of] Cr[omartie].


IS 7. William eleventh Loed Eoss, Commissioner to the General Assembly
of the Church of Scotland, to [The Same].

Edinburgh, March 27, 1704.

]\rY LoKD, — -I had the honor of your Lordships this morning of the 23,
that ye had receaved mine and was glad in hopes of the asemblys moderation.
I doe assure your Lordship never asembly behaved better. They shew great
duty to the Queen, and are ready to imbrace all occasions to testifie it to the
Queen ; and though ther never wer greater fear of heats then the begining of
this assembly, yet they have chearfuUy laid them al aside, and I hope on
Thursday or Friday they shal disolve very calmly, ane account wherof I
shall give your Lordship. As for that affair of Dinguall, I knew nothing of
it for some dayes after it was done in councell. I have so much continually
to doe about asembly affairs, that takes me wholly up ; but I doe, as far as I
can, advise them to all moderation, as whats ther interest and will be accept-
able to the Queen, and shal still inculcat it as much as I can. But I am
sure the asembly will be moderat, and I doubt not your Lordship will have
lieard the confidenc and trust the ministers have in me hes not a litle calmed
all thes heats.

I know nothing furder at present to trouble your Lordship, only that I
regrate your Lordship thought my last to be superficiall. Truly I am so
buried, some continually coming to me, that I scare can get time to writ a
letter ; but am troubled if I have neglected what I should have writ to your
Lordship, and imput it not to any thing but hurrie. I am, my Lord,
Your Lordships most humble and faithfull servant,


My Lord, Since writting I had the Queens ansuer to the asemblys
adres : I send it to your Lordship inclosed, as I spok it to them. By his


Grace, the D[iike] of Quensbeiy, I receaved it. And I send you also the
asemblys return by ther moderator ; so your Lordship will see how dutyfull
they are to the Queen.

188. The Same to [The Same].

Edhiburgh, March 31, 1704.
My Lord, — I have only time to tell you that yesterday al the synod
books ver past without speaking on word contrar to her ]\Lajestys prerogativ,
with great calranes. This day I disolved them in her ]\Iajestys name and
authority and comand, and by the same apointed a new on to meet the last
Thursday of March 1705. Ther was nothing like a protest, but joy and
kindnes in all ther faces, and al of them in a body acorapanied me to my
lodgings, praying for the Queen. I doe belive never such a rising of asembly
was seen in this nation, and I am glad to have had the honor to doe her
Majesty this servic to unit the cliurch when the nation is so devided. I
hope to wait on your Lordship very soon and give you full accounts of all,
but this is the substanc. I am, my Lord,

Your Lordships most humble and faithfull servant,


189. David first Earl of Glasgow^ to [The Same].

Edinburgh, 18th Apryle 1704.
Mv Lord, — -Having conversed with David Crafurd, your lordships ser-
vant, I was truly uneasy to understand that your Lordship should have
received information that I stopped any bussiness in treasury which was
countersigned by your Lordship. ^Nly Lord, I hope I shall l.ie able to give


yow fall satisfaction that I never designed in the least to putt any kind of
disrespect wpon your Lordship, for I doe oun that I have and ever had as
much personall honor and regard for yow as for many in Scotland, and have
many tymes asserted the desyreahleness of your humor and temper.

My Lord, I shall begg leave to give yow a short accompt of my behavior
as to j\[r. Gordons gift of recognition, and Robert Pantons gift of his brother
Hiltons escheat, single and lyfrent, which are the tuo instances condescended
on wherin I should have failled to show your Lordship due respect. As to
Gordones recognition, I only insisted that the samen should be burdened with
ane aliment to the Lady St. Foord, and but prejudice to the ladyes lyfrent
after St. Foords death. And as to Hiltons gift of escheatt, considering the debt
was due be one brother to another, and that in a twelvemoneths tyme there
is mustered wp a debt near to four thousand pound sterling, so that the gift
cutts of the other creditors, widowes and orphans many of them, to the value
of threescore thousand merks, — I only urged a clause to be insert in Kobert
Panton the donators backbond, that in caice there were found any collusion
between the brothers in making wp the debt, that the gift should be void and
null. jNIy Lord, I hope on second thoughts you'le have no hard thoughts of
me for my procedure in these particulars ; for I can assure your Lordship I
made no manner off distinction between what past your Lordships or the
Duke of Queensberries hand ; and so long as it pleases the Queen to con-
tinue me in treasury, I shall make it my bussiness that her Majesty s good
subjects gett all the justice and dispatch I am capable to give them. Your
Lordship may be allwayes assured, wherin I can serve yow and your family,
that yow shall ever freely command,

May it please your Lordship,
Your Lordships most faithfull and most obedient humble servant,



190. John first Duke of Athole to [The Smie].

London, April 20, 1704.
My Lord, — Since I had not the good fortune to see your Lordship this
morning, and gett the letter the Queen has been pleased to signe for my
expences, and the other for dilaiting the regality out of GairntuUies signa-
ture, I have left my servant to receave them. I have ground to think the
Queen uill at least allow me the half of the expences I have been at in the
tuo journies I have made here by her command, for I shall never think but
the Queen uill doe justice to every body, if things be not misrepresented to
her. I am, my Lord,

Your Lordships most humble servant,


191. [James first Earl of Seafield, Lord Chancellor, to The Same.]

Edinburgh, Apryle 29, 1704.
^Iy Lord, — I hope the letter I -wrott to your Lordship by the flying
pacquet is come safe to your hands, in which I acquainted you that^ 38, 39,
24, 23, 20, 30, 24/, and 93/, and 94/, and 79, and many others, are very ready
to enter into the Queens measures. Att the same time I did write to^ 92/
and hi, and I intreat that you may informe me if they came safe to there
hands. I shall not trouble you with any further account of this now untill
I have a return. The taking the draughts out of the regiments does make a
great deal of noise in this countrey. It has as good as broke three regiments

1 The persons denoted by these eiphers the Earl of Roxburgh, and Baillie of Jervis-

are, according to an interlineary note in the woode.

handwriting of the Earl of Cromartie, — the 2 xhese ciphers are not explained.

Marquis of Tweeddale, the Earl of Rothes,

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viz., Mars, Stratlmavers, and Brigadeers Maitlands ; and the more, that there
is only fourty shillings of levy money allowed for each man, whereas they
had formerly three pound with the exchange. If Colonell M'Kartney had
more than 40 shillings, that you will best know att London. It is the more
noticed, that the letter for the draughts was not directed to the privy council.
The draughts were also ordered to be taken out of the two independent com-
panies of the Highlands, against which there was a representatione to the
privy council from the most considerable gentlemen of the northern shyres,