William Fraser.

The earls of Cromartie; their kindred, country, and correspondence (Volume 1) online

. (page 47 of 53)
Online LibraryWilliam FraserThe earls of Cromartie; their kindred, country, and correspondence (Volume 1) → online text (page 47 of 53)
Font size
QR-code for this ebook

proposd. Two things furder I am to begg from your Lordship's goodnes :
\.\ that my sone Alexander p.iay be continued, as your self procured, to
be one off the collectors off the Bishops rents ; 2°, that in the exchequer
your Lordship may see the gift off her Majesty in favors off my children


after my death may be owud and passed; for I, tindiiiii' that the lord chaii-
celor and Eglinton demurrd, determind not to present it till your Lordship
sould be present, upon whom 1 depend. Your Lordship's interest and con-
cern wes never indifferent to me, nor ever shall ; and therfor 1 beg and ho])f'
myne wilbe assisted and protected by your Lordship, for I am,

My dear Lord,
Your Lordships owne servant most sincerelie,

Jo. Glasgow.

I again humbly begg your Lordships favor, assistance, and directions in
these things. Your Lordship knows that out off the bishops rents the 200
libs, sterling her Majesty gives to my children after my decease is such a gift
that, tho' it be a mark off her favor and goodnes to me, yet I wish it may
never take effect, for good reasons ; and I am sure your Lordship beleeues
that I wish it not. But it being a mark off her Majesty's goodnes and favor
to me and myne, I wold fain haue it passed in exchequer ; and I think even
my enemies (iff anie I undeserved haue) sould not oppose it, seing it is not
like to doe much good to me or to my children. I confess I vnderstand not
the meaning or measurs off some who haue good reason to be friends to me,
and off whom I deserve kyndness, and to whom I may yet (as old as I am)
be off good use, iff they use me wele. Adieu, my dear Lord.

I am sure her Majesty deserves wele all your Lordship says off her most
justlie in your speech to the parliament, now printed by their order, but wee
are not like to be so happie as to vnite.

I consider myself a dying man, so that I cannot long enjoy her Majesty's
liountie ; and shortlie what is granted to me will again be at her disposall
to the other suffering clergy. . .


222. John Lokd Tarbat, eldest son of George first Earl of Cromartie,
[to His Father]. \Circa 1704.]

My Lord, — Your ordors anent the elections of the shyre of Eoss uas so
long a coming that, hade I not taken measors uhich, to my great satisfaction,
I fynd assuerable to nhat your Lordship uas pleased to urit both to myself
and your other freinds in this place, the Uhige partie uould, uithout dout,
have caried ther design, which uas to have the Lairds of Belluagoun and
Fouls chosen to represent the shyre of Eoss in the insheuing parliament ;
so that your interest (uhich by fare is the greatest, notwithstanding of Fouls
and Bellnagouns joineing thers), hade signefyed nothing in the matter of
the elections of Eoss, either in shyre or broughs, only for not uriting in time
to your freinds, uhich your Lordship often blames me and others of your rela-
tions for, — I mean, not uritting, uhich in time comeng I purpose to amend.
Catbo, uho brought your letters, uas more the[n] three ueek by the road. I
insist the longer on this that your Lordship uill be pleased, when anie such
publick affair is to be gon about, to send ane express, for letters of concern
are never to be trusted to gentlemen. Nou that all things are according to
your Lordships desair, I most confess that I have some satesfaction that once
in my life I have occation to challange your neglect of uritting, for I doubt
[if] I '1 ever have it again. I beg your Lordships pardon for this freedom.
Hou soon I hade your letter, I aquanted all the barons of Uest Eoss to meet
at Dinguall, which they did on Thursday befor the elections. At our former
meeting it uas unanimously agreed upon that, uhen your orders should come,
uhich all of them expected (I mean of Uest Eoss), that Fouls should be called
to our pryvat consultation, uhich accordingly uas done. This uas to persuad
Fouls not to joine with Bellnagoun against the Mackenzies, uho uer alluays

JOHN LORD TARE AT, 1704. 277

his good nighbours and freinds, iihicli lie douted not Ijut he and his famely
uer sencesible of, particouharly uhen he and his father did compeat iiith Bell-
nagoun in the elections for the last parliament, the JNIackenzies still pre-
ferrd Toiils; and nou that they resolued to have tuo of ther famely (viz.,
M'^Kenzies) to represent the barons of ther shyre in this parliament, they
douted not of Fouls' heartie concurance in ther so just and reasonable
design against Bellnagoun, or anie other uho uould opose them. And this
uas but uhat they looked for from Fouls and his famely as just returns for
ther former acts of freindship ; tliis I had comission to tell Fouls from all the
barons of Uest Eoss. His ansuer uas that he and all his famely uer verie
sencesible of the Mackenzies freindship in generall, and the Viscount of Tarbat
in particoular ; but in this affair of the elections he uas sorie he could not
go allongst uitli them in choising tuo of ther famely, but he uas satesfyed
for on, which was Scatuall, as an honest man and my Lord Tarl)ats near
cousin. They thanked him for his offer, but told him roundly that he
uas neither just nor kynd, and that after this he nor anie called ]\Ionro
should have ther freindship as formerly, farder then comon sivility oblidg
them too. Fouls uas much surpryzed at this, and pretended to excuse
himselfe, upon the account of conscience, and a great deall of other Uhigish
cant, uhicli is not uourth troubleing your Lordship uith at this time. At last
poor Fouls fell in tears, uhich made all our barbarous muntaniers lauch, par-
ticoularly Fairburn, uho bid Fouls go home to his mother and his ministers,
which sett both him and Bellnagoun better then to be members of parlia-
ment. I really think if poor Fouls uer not imposed upon by the light headed
ministers, he uould [not] have acted in this as he did. But, uhen I found
that Fouls uith the other Monros, particoularly CuUrain, uho, uhen he re-
ceaved your letter, promised upon honour to be for anie tuo I pleased, hade
joined uith Bellnagoun, I sent Coull and Pddcastell to Foules to tell him


from me that, seeing lie hade joined with Bellnagoun against your Lordship
and liis other best freinds and nighbours to the great prejodice of his famely,
I behouved to be excused if I did not act as formarly : for, since reason and
freindship could not prevail uith Fouls, perhaps some other thing uould, which
uas, if he pretened to apear at Tain the day of the election, I uould give him
the Queens hous to keep, for I hade a caption then in my pocket readie, with
messenger in the nixt room, but, on the consideration that Fouls come ther
on my call, he should go home as freely as he come afeild. Both his cousin-
cermans told him that it uas needless for him [to make] anie aplication to me,
for I uas justly offended uith him for joineing uith Bellnagoun. The sume
conteaned in the caption uas six or seven thousand merks Scots. Tho the
sume uas not great, yett it uas too much for the laird and all his clan to pay
on so short advertisment ; so the laird uas necessitate to stay at home, uith
great resentment against me. All his freinds joyned uith Bellnagoun against
your freinds, and uhen Fouls hade been uith them at the elections, matters
uould have gon as they are. And this I knew befor the day of elections, for
at the meeting I hade uith our freinds, uhich uas at Chanonrie, we ueighted
the interests of all the famelys in Eoss and Cromarty. Your Lordship's
interest uas put in ballance uith Bellnagoun and Fouls (for by that time ue
hade sertean information of those tuo mightie chiftens union, uhich perhaps
may be a forruner of that of the tuo kingdoms) — both the clans, to the ameaz-
ment of the lookers on, did not move the scale your interest uas in ; upon
uhich Killravock uas put in uith the other tuo lairds, which manie thought
uould at least make the ballance equall. On the contrarie, it made them
lighter. This occationed the calling for the records (keeped by Heugh Dallas).
It uas found by the last ueighting that Bellnagoun allon ueighted more then
all the three does nou. This lies sett all the polititians, of uhich tliers no
small number in Bos, a uourk to fynd out the cause that one mans interest


slioukl dounuei^ht tliree "reat cliifes of clans. 1 doiit not this nill Le knowen

abont tlie tini of the parliament sitting. Killravock give the saini reasons

for joineing Bellnagoun that Fouls did. Bellnagoun is mightely offended at

Pilltoun [and] John Froster for joining uith your freind ; so is Fouls at

Eoberson of Kindale. Thes three joyned uith your freinds, for uhich the[y]

deserue particoular thanks. I insisted the longer on this because of your

coraand to be particoularly informed of everie on. For uhat pased at

the elections, as Bellnagoun's protestation and otlier redicoulus stuff, Catbo's

letter heruith sent uill inform your Lordship particoularly. God allmightie

preserve you in your jurnie, and send you safe back to your country for the

satesfaction of your poor famely and freinds, and in particoular to, my


Your obedient son,

John Tarbat.

223. David Lord Elcho, afterwards third Earl of Wemyss, to his Mother,
Margaret Countess of Wemyss and Ckomartie.

AVeems, January 21, 1704.
Madam, — 1 had the honour of your letter dated January 13. The letter
which I wrote would come to your hands by the 15. To make compliments
to so near a relation as a mother, either for her concern in her child or family,
looks superfluous ; for the maintaining or supporting the interest of either
perpetuats there own esteem, and establishess there own character : so what
is my part to say is, that I am very sencible of the good wishes your Ladyship
lies for me, and the desire you have that I should be living in a settled way ;
and I shall alwayes live up to a right sense of it. I had certainly been more
particuilar in some of my former letters, had not I been waiting till I should


hear more fully from you ; and now that your Ladyship hes signifyed in part,
but that you'r tyed up from being more particular, I shall here beg leave to
give yee my oppinion. Madam, you needed not lay your commands upon
me to have waited of you, if I could possibly have done it ; but my circum-
stances runns very parrarill with the countrys, both very low at present, and
such a journey would infallibly bring my family under greater burthen still ;
which is one difficulty to me. The next, which is not a small one, is the
waiting of yee where the court is. As I told your Ladyship formerly, I have
never yet seen the Queen, and where one neither hes (nor is likly to have)
any business about the court, there appearence there is uneasy to both ; be-
sides, a journey now would certainly put me into the mouths of every body
for something. Your Ladyship hes already wrote to my sister, and you say
you are to write to her Grace, so that its one to twenty but it took air, which
would reach the person's ears likewayes. And without there were more then
probability of succeeding, and that either the foundations of this proceeded
from a former acquaintence or from ane exact inquiry into my circumstances,
she would certainly be upon her guard more to me then any body ; and your
Ladyship knows, however I might carry in it, yet a dissappointment of that
nature would not all be easy to me. Now I hope you will consider of these
difficultys eftectually, for the more I know in the matter before any journey
be undertaken it were better for both, for then none is exposed, and what-
ever is revealed to me shall be very sacred. This I doe indeed think both
safer for the design and for me. I have said all here ; so that I have nothing
left to trouble my Lord with, only my most humble service, and that you'l
both please rightly to weigh what I have said. — I am ever

Your most obedient son,

The children, I thank God, are very well.


224. The Same to [George first Earl of Cromartie],

February 25, 170|.
]\Iy Lord, — I had yours, and am extreamly sorry to find my mothers
sickness hes not only been so tedious, but so severe, and she hes not a bod}'
to stand it out. However, I thank God, it goes of, but she must look specially
to herself now in her recovery ; for of all illnesses rheumatism are most apt
upon mismanagement to recurr, and a relaps might prove of the utmost
danger to one of her weakness. To be sure you'l be nothing the better for
it, for, what by concern and toyll, you'l bear a proportionable share. This
country affords noe news ; only, folks here are gaping to know how they are
to be disposed of, and all sides knowing nothing of the matter. Only poor I
live here closs in the country in the same morose solitude and unconcern as
ever. The greatest satisfaction proceeds from a view of not being ane actor
where theres danger, but one may come to suffer by others procurement,
tho we are in most profound tranquility hitherto. I cannot indeed add one
word more then what I said in my two last, so I'l give yee noe farther inter-
ruption at this time, only give my humbly duty to my mother, and beleive
me alwayes, my Lord,

Your humble faithfull servant,


225. Sir James Mackenzie to his Father [George first Earl of
^ Cromartie].

Edinburgh, 10 February 1705.
My Lord, — The spirit of [P"! predomeens so much in |4l| that one would
think that fortie nyne and eightie nyne were returned againe ; and, which is

2 X


worse, we are tlireatned with more alterations of the same sort : avcrtat Deus.
I am sorie your Lordship should stand in need of much money, since it is not
only scar[c]er here then ever ; and what you have a just right to from the
thesaurie cannot be had by all the methods I can use, either with the lords or
receaver. Corns give a verie low^ price, and good merchants ill to be had, so
that I know not how your Lordship will be supplyed. An unluckie accident
happned here some nights agoe. Young Hallyards and young Balfour quarelled
in a tavern, and angrie words passed betwixt them, upon which the first threw
a glass in the others face, which cutt his eyeball so that he hes lost the
sight of it. There is a match concluded betwixt the lord advocats son and
the presidents second daughter. There was a foolish report that the upper
part of Clyde was dry for severall miles, but it was a meer storie. We are
fitting out our formidable fleet to oppose and be a terror both to French
and English foes ; and, in pursuance of the late act of parliament, we are
provyding arms verie fast. The shyre of Angus alone have signed for 10,000
stand to be sent for to Holland, so have att the Southerns. The old Ladie
Lochslynn is dead ; she was above nyntie years of age. I am troubled to hear
til at both my Ladie and your Lordship were ill of the cold. I wish to see
lioth safelie on this syde Tweed againe, since England is neither for your
healths nor interest. I am,

My Lord,
Your Lordships most dutifull and obedient son and servant,

Jas. Mackenzie.

Be pleased to give my humble dutie to my Ladie.


226. James fiest Eael of Seafield to ]\Ir. John Stewart, Signet Office,


London, the 10th of March 170-i.
Sir, — Her Majesty having signed my commission as chancelor, and my
Lord Twedales as president of the privy council, I have write to him to order
the expedingof mine ; and I hereby authorise you, in absence of Sir Alexander
Ogilvie, to exped my Lords and the other papers till I come to Edinburgh.
Write to me what occurrs while I am on the rode, and ask my lord secretary
if he has any commands for me, for you can forward them, so as that tliey
can come to my hands. This is all from your assured friend,

For Mr. John Stewart, att the Signet Office, Edinburgh.

227. John Lord Macleod to his Father [George first Earl of


Baufort, 28 May 1705.
My Lord, — The resolusion I hade of uaiting of your Lordship, uhen 1
understood your aryvall in Scotland, made me not trouble you with leters ;
but nou that my uifes cond[i]tion, ulio is at the lying doun, and my other
cercomstances, uhich are not proper to trouble your Lordship uith at this
time, does depryve me of that satesfaction, I am necessitate to give your
Lordship the trouble of thes feu lines to testefy my duetyfull respects and
unfenied satesfaction for your safe return to your freinds and famely. My
Lord, I knove some persons uho does blame me for not haveing performed
thes outuard markes of respect and duety that others of your Lordships
famely have done, but I hope your Lordship is so just as to belive that, did


my circomstances alloii of it, I uould be as uilling and readie to give proofes
both of my diiety and affection as anie concerned in yonr Lordship, Therfor
I hop your Lordship uill tak the uill for the deed. I knove your Lordship
is nou under great affliction, so that its unproper to trouble you either uith
busines or long letters. I pray God confort and preserve your Lordship. I
am, uith all respect, my Lord,

Your Lordship's most obedient son and servant,


This express goes in heast from your brother, uho, God be thanked, is
nou in a uay of recoverie, but poor Eosehauch is still in hazard.

228. John Mackenzie to [The Same].

London, June the 5th, 1705.
;My Loed, — I hope your Lordship has got my last under Sandy Mac-
leod's cover. This is to acquaint your Lordship that Sir Thomas Stewart,
haveing been emprisoned in the Gate House by your friend Smith, who, in
complement to your Lordship, said he would not do it till you was gone, for
fear of affronting you, dyed between 7 and 8 at night a Sunday last ; and
that I am going about to bury him this night ; and that the treasurer is to give
me 20 or 25lib. for doing of it, as he promised to me this morning, which is
to be laid out partly upon liis funerals, and partly towards the payment of
debts in prison, and to liis poor landlady, by advice and consent of Mr.
iJrummon, his nephew. I did not think fit to write to my Lady Jane
Stewart about it, but leaves it to your Lordship to tell her of it, for which
lier Ladiship lias no reason to break her heart. I have not yet got my own
litle affaire done either with the treasurer or any other. We are in sus-


pence as to elections, tlio E. Ferguson told me this morning that he doubted
not but tlie church would have a superiority. I was told this day by a good
hand that Queensberries comission as secretary is a writeing. The dissolu-
tion of the Scots parliament is talk'd of here, and its said that the English
will rather give them another years time than that they should sit now.
I am sorry that our newes from abroad had not so good an aspect as we would
wish ; but if the Duke of IMarlborough, whose army is said to be neare the
French, prove as succesfuU as last year, it will turn the scales mightily. When
there is any considerable newes, your Lordship shall have the true account
from, my Lord,

Your Lordship's most faithful and obledged servant,

Jo. IMackenzie.
This is written in lieast, and therefore unmannerly ; but the next may be
more so, if I have any thing of consequence to say.

229. Alexander Erskine, Lord Lyox, to [The Same].

Cambo, June 5th, 1705.
I presume to give you the trouble of this line to let your Lordship know
the reason why I was so far short of my duty as not to have attended the
funerals of my good Lady Weems. I had trysted with my Lord Kelly
and my Lord Balcarras to come to them on the Teusday night, and come
along with them on Wedensday, as your Lordship was pleased to do me the
honour to desire me to come to Eoystone, But I fell so ill on the Teusday
morning, and did continue so till Sunday, that I was not able to stir out (jf
my bed ; and to this hour I am not able to write my self, but to make use of
another hand. My Lord, I shall presume to give your Lordslii}) no further


trouble but to wish you health and happiness. There is none who shall be
readier on all occasions to serve you and yours, so far as my weak power
can go, and I shall ever acknowledge my self, my Lord,

Your Lordship's most oblig'd, most obedient, and most hnmble servant,

Alex'^ Aeeskine, Lyon.

•230. James second Duke of Ormond [to George Earl of Cromartie].

London, July the 2, \circa 1705].
jSIy Lord,^ — I had the honor of your Lordship's, and am very sorry that I
had not the good fortune to [take] my leave of you before you went from this
plaes. But I hope your Lordship dos me the justies to believe that I am,
my Lord,

Your Lordships most obedient liumble servant,


231. John Lord Macleod to his Father [George first Earl of Cromartie].

Tarbat, 8th JuUy 1705.
My Lord, — I have sent this express to acquant your Lordship of my
uife's being safly delyver'd of a boy. God be thanked, both shee and the
child are in good condition. I presum to tell your Lordship that I have
named your grandchild after my Lord Elibank, uhich I hop you'll aprove
of. I am, my Lord,

Your Lordship's most obedient son,


The heritors of the parish of Tarbat have urit to your Lordship by this
bearer in favors of a nevey of your old servant Medatt, if it be agreeable to

cyM^ :&:yy ,






your Lordship that this young man bees called to be minister of Tarbat (as
Captain M^Leod assured me you uer). The people of the parish are all unani-
mously for Mr, Daniell M'^Kenzie. It uill be lickuays a great satesfaction
to poor Medatt to have his nevoy setled ueer him, besyds that his brotlier
Mr. Keneths noumberous small famely requeers it — I mean Mr. Daniells being
setled in this countrie. I beg pardon for this freedom. Uhou soon it
pleases God my uife recovors (uho is verie uaik), I'll use my outmost ende-
vore to uait of your Lordship uhere and uhen you pleas to ordor me. Your
litle grandchilderen are, God be thanked, in health.

232. Henky Hyde, second Earl of Clarendon, to [George first Earl of


London, July 19th, 1705.
]\Iy Lord, — Some time since, my Lady Duchesse of Monmouth sent me
word that your Lordship had written to me to give me an account of my small
affairs. I give your Lordship this trouble to acquaint you that, if your Lordship
did write to me, that letter never came to me, for I haue had no letter from
your Lordship since you left England. For the future, when your Lordship
does me the favour to write to me, if you please to send your letter to the
Duchesse of Monmouth, it will come safe, for hers always doe soe. I shall
be glad to hear you haue recover'd some of our money, and how that whole
matter stands. It is your Lordships friendship hath drawn this trouble upon
you, but I must not presse too much at this juncture, when all your time is
taken up in the great affairs of the parliament. But this is a great con-
cerne to my grandchildren, which will in some measure justify my impor-
tuning your Lordship in it. I beseech your Lordship to believe that I wish


for nothing more then an opportunity to shew you that I am, with the
greatest respect, my Lord,

Your Lordships most faithfull and most humble servant,


233. Lady Cheistiax Leslie, Dowager Marchioness of Montrose, to
[George first Eael of Cromartie].

Kinnrose, the 28 of Agost \circa 1705].
My Lord, — I wokl not heve bin so long of inquering after your Lordship
had not Mr. Bruce bin tayed to his bead theas three wikes alhnost with the
amorods, a deseas I believe you heve your self felt to be an intolorable pean and
trouble, for indid a hosband and uif that loves wan and other shears perfeatly
tou withe wan and other in thear pean. So I concloued you will exques my
sayllens, and not belive me calpoble to be indefareantt ever of what was^ so
justly loved as wan of the bestt of husbands by my so dear freand. I aske
you pardon for nemeng her, hot I'm shouer I fill your pean as I heve depely
sheared of your Lordships, uhiclie I can never, never forgett to grive for from
my heart and souell. Mr. Bruce geve me ones som hopes I might si you hear,
uhear you wold be alls wellcom as your heart could desayer, for I do impa-
tiantly long to si you ; for I'm persuaded, could my exallent frend loke bake

Online LibraryWilliam FraserThe earls of Cromartie; their kindred, country, and correspondence (Volume 1) → online text (page 47 of 53)