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affairs. IGth Octo])er 1703, . . ... . . .203


162. Sir David Cunningham to the Same, asking on the Earl of Glencairn's
behalf the command of Dumbarton Castle, whicli had been held by his
father. 20th November 1703, 201

103. Sir Gilbert Eliot of Minto, Advocate, to tlie Same, about a case l)efore
tlie Council anent Irish victual seized by Patrick Ogilvie ; and another
against the Countess of Seaforth for carrying her son abroad to be
Popishly bred, wherein she defended herself at the bar. 25th Novem-
ber 1703, 205

1G4. Sir James Stewart, Lord Advocate, to the Same, intimating that the
Lord Justice-Clerk had that day sent him his Lordshi})'s packet,
and had caused secure Caj^tain M°Cleod and Charles M^Kinnon ;
that the Council met at eight in the morning, when Her Majesty's
letter was read, and a committee appointed, Avhich, however, had to
adjourn till four in the afternoon, in consequence of M'Cleod and
M'^^Kinnon being disordered by having been at their cups all night ;
and that Major Corl>et was not found till ten o'clock ; adding that he
had despatched an order to Brigadier Maitland for apprehending the
four Erasers in the north. 23d December 1703, .... 205

1G5. Margaret Countess of Wemyss, second wife of George first Earl of

Cromartie, to her husband, with domestic news, etc. 1703, . . 207

IGG. John Paterson, Archbishop of Gla.sgow, to George first Earl of Crom-
artie, in regard to a signature appointing two collectors of the bishops'
rents, which had been sent to Scotland, and which the Duke of Queens-
berry, in the Queen's behalf, had sought back, intending it to be kept
with the other papers relating to Her Majesty's charity, etc. 17th
January, ciraf 1703, . . . . . . . . .207

1G7. James fourth Marquis, afterwards first Duke of Montrose, to the Same,
acknowledging a letter from his LordshijJ in answer to one from the
Marquis concerning Mr. Graeme ; stating that he himself did not intend
to embark in the Government until he had first served Her IVIajesty in
Parliament ; and asking a remission for Dalmoak, who had slain Mr.
Pringle, a surgeon, in Elanders. 30th December, circa 1703, . , 208


168. James second Duke of Queensberry to the Same, intimating that he

was to go from hence on the following day, and would be very glad to

see his Lordship before going, etc. Circa 1703, . . . .210

169. Brigadier-General A. Maitland to Sir James Steuart, Lord Advocate, inti-

mating that he had been informed by Captain Stewart that Glen-
garry left his house on 1st January, and took his papers with him;
that the captain sent parties to take Shyan and Kitray, both of them
being suspected persons, but neither of them could be found ; stating
that none of the people about Fort William, nor Appin's people,
were from home as yet ; that the people acknowledged that a mani-
festo had been carried about the country, and that it was said the
whole country had orders to be ready with their arms at twenty-four
hours' warning, and that King James was ready to sail with a great
fleet, many men, and much money, from France ; adding that none of
the Frasers were taken, except John Fraser, Culdutholl's brother, and
the postmaster of Inverness ; and that Lochiel's papers had all been
examined by Lieutenant-Colonel Keith and Lieutenant Leslie. 5 th
January 1704, 210

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

expressing apprehension at the dangerous condition of the country,
even though there were no plot ; that he had acquainted the Lieu-
tenant-General with his Lordship's thoughts, but he said that a detach-
ment to Fort AVilliam could not be spared ; that the forces could not be
safely sent north of the Tay, being so few in number ; and stating that
none of the four Frasers had yet been taken, and that all the evidence
that Captain M^Cleod could give was that Simon said such a thing in
general ; and of his examining Captain M^Cleod privately, etc. 6th
January 1704, 212

171. William ninth Earl Marischal to the Same, asking his friendship for

his cousin, Will Keith, who was concerned in the plot referred to in
the last letter. 12th January 1704, 213

172. John Paterson, Archbishop of Glasgow, to the Same, enclosing Dr.

Scott and Dr. Skene's letter to himself, to show his Lordship how


Auchtifarclell regarded Her Majesty's precepts in favour of bishops and
the Episcopal clergy ; that the management of the Queen's charity
was to be still in the hands of the Commissioners of the Treasury, Avith
express proviso that the bishops' proportions should be made effectual ;
of the collectors of the bishops' rents, etc. 15th January 1704, . 214

173. The Privy Council of Scotland to Queen Anne, thanking Her Majesty
for having transmitted to them copies of the papers and letters
relating to the plot ; promising diligence in prosecuting discoveries
thereanent ; and representing the weak and defenceless condition of
the kingdom for want of arms and ammunition, and suggesting that
10,000 stand of arms, with proportionate ammunition, would be neces-
sary for the safety of Her Majesty's dominions. 3d February 1704, . 215

174. The Honourable William Livingston, afterwards third Viscount Kilsyth,

to George first Earl of Cromartie, enclosing a disposition granted by
his brother in the year 1683 of his title and honours in the writer's
favour, with an authentic copy of their father's signature, signed by Sir
George Mackenzie, then Lord Advocate; and asking his Lordship's
favour to expede the same. 8th February 1704, . . . .210

175. Alexander ninth Earl of Eglinton to the Same, as to the proceedings of

the Council on a letter from the Duke of Athole to them, the exami-
nation of Mr. Baillie, and a petition from the African Company com-
plaining of the East India Company of England. 10th February 1704, 217

176. The Same to the Same, referring to Lord Abruchil's death, and to the

disposal of his place ; of a meeting at Patrick Steell's, at which Rothes,
Roxburgh, and Jerviswood had been commissioned to go to the Queen
to ask a meeting of Parliament, that the imputation as to plotters
against her Government might be tried, etc. 17th February 1704, . 2 In

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

about the meeting of the country party at Patrick Steels ; recommend-
ing Kemnay for Abruchil's place. Nth February 1704, . . .219

178. The Honourable Sir Kenneth M^Kenzie, second son of George first

Earl of Cromartie, to his father, that Lord Abruchil died last evening.

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juul tliat lie li.id pjirticiilaiiy rccMtiiinicndcd his sou to tlio protiiction of
liis Ijonlslii]) and tli(^ Lord JiiHticci-Clcrk ; iiiid of tliod(5i)ut!iti()ii scnitby
tlic count ly I'arty to tlic (^)ii('('ii. IVtli {''cbiuary 1701, . . . 220

17'.' Sir -laint's Stciiait, iiord Advocate, to tlio Sauu^, in answci' to a Icittcr
without siil».scii])tion which he stipposi.'d to Ix^ from his Lonlshii).
22(1 l''cl.niaiy 170 1, 221

ISO Tlic Same t(i the Same, of the l^easu^(^s taken to aitprc^lieiid tho two
MuiTays coniMMttrc] with the plot ; l)a\id i>aillie's examination hy tluf
Council as a lesiiiji;' inaker, and his hanishment^ to tlie ])lantations ; tlu'
sett ill!:; of the inland excise, etc. 2.'")tli I'\'hiiiary 1701, . . . 222

ISI. ,I;imes touitli Mar(|uis, al'terwarils first Duke of Montrose, to tlu^ Same,
wherein he refers to tho Duke of Kichmomrs havint; sold his estate in
Scutland, which then belonged to Dr. I lamilton, onc^ of the (,)ueen's
l)hysicians, and who was r<'solved t(» |»ai't with it, as he was ohliycnl to
reside in I'ai^Iand ; l)e!j,;t;in^' his Lordship's assistance^ in case of compo-
tilion liy Lord IMaiityre or others, in a ncL^otiation for the purchasi- of
the estate, winch the Laird (»f (Jorthy was to conduct on hehalf of the
Manpiis. 2Sth Ki^hruary 170 1, 221

liS2. (!eor_i;(' first I'larl of Aherdeen to the Same, thankini;- his Lordship foi'
the friendship lu^ had shown to his son ; recommending;' him not to
thiidv of jieact^ or leisure at home until he had brought the v(^ssel of
the State out of a rough sea into the harbour, etc. lOtli March 1701, 225

1S:5. Sir (lilbert Elliot, IJaronet, of Minto, Advocate, to tlu^ Same, inti-
mating (Jlengariy's im[)risonnient, it being found on e.xamining him
and Iveppodi that lie had convm-sed with Captain -lohn IMurray.
21.st March 170 1 22G

IS I. "William Lord K'oss, Commissioner to tlu^ Ceneral Assembly, to tlu^
Same, (if his ]iroceediiigs as Conunissionei', and his satisfaction Avith
what was ddiic in the Assendtly ; of his salary, and the (.^)iH'en's gift
to the ndnisteis ; asking how the (^>ueen was pleased with his actings.
21st March 170l, 22(;

lS."i. '{"he Same to the Same, about the .Vssembly's pi'oceedings. 2r)th March

17(1 1 227

170 1] ('ROM Mm E ('()h'h'i':si'()M)i':x('i<:. :\\:\

I'^O. Sii- Jiimos Stewart, Lord Advocates, to the. Same, (;ontaiiiiii^ a Cull
accomit of ]>roc(!(uliiig8 as to tlio sciziiri! of (Ihiiigarry ; with the wiilci's
(Icfciict; as to having j^ivcii him a Kafci-coiiduct, etc. L'r)tii March I 70 I, '1'1>^

I S7. W'illiaiii liord lioss, ( '(jminiKsioiit'r t(» tlic (icni-ral Ass<'iiil)ly, t<» the
SaiiH', of th(^ iiiodcratioii of the A.s.s(!iiihly, and I heir (hitifuhn'ss to tlic
(,)ii('cn. 'J7th March I 70 I, 'J.'Wt

I SS. 'J'li(> SauK; to the; Same, intimating to liin Lordsiiip that all the Syn(Ml
l)ooks wcn^ passed in the Assciinhly with gnsat calmnctss, and wiilioiil
one word contrary to Inn- Majesty's prerogative ; that he had dissolvecl
th(! Ass<-nd)ly, etc. .'list March I70l, L':il

I H'J. I);ivid lii'st Marl of (Jlasgow to the Sannr, having lieaid that his Loid
ship ha<l been inlorm*'!! that Ik; had stopjicd 'rreasiiry hiisiness coiin-
t<;i'signed hy him ; defending himself from the charge, and giving an
ac<'ount of his hehavionr in th(! two cases, Mr. (Gordon's gilt oi" recog
nition, and Kohert, I'anton's gilt of his hrother Hilton's eschejit. iHth
A|)ril 1701, 2.") I

I'.tO. dohii first Duke of Athole to th(^ sarn**, intimating that Im liatl left his
stirvant to receive; from his Ijordship the: <j)ii(M'n's letter lor his expenses,
and another for dehtting the regality out ol' ( Jairntidlie's signature,
20tli Ai)ril 1701, TX.S

r.) I . dames fii'st Ivirl of Sttalield, Tiord (y'hancellor, to the Same, intimating
that the Maninis of Tweeddale, the Marl f)f Rothes, tin; Karl of K'ox
burgli, and liaillit; of -lerviswood*-, and others, were w.iAy to cuter into
tlu! (^)u(!en's measures ; alluding t,o the drafting of men out of regiments,
which liad as g(M)d as Iji'oken Mar''s, Strathnavcir's, and IJiigadier Mait
land's; and (mt of the two indi'p<!n<l<;nt companies, which latter had
been preventiid Ijy a re])resentation froju the, geiithauen of the .Noithein
,shir<!S ; juentioning that si'veral church pro(;(;sses lia<l heen hefore the.
Council, OIK! against the Sherill" (d' Itoss as to the <;hurch of hingwall,
and tlie otluirs against (jualified ministers that j)reached for charity;
suggesting that, if another man-of war ship wr^re ordered, (.'aptain I'iwan
should be allowed to sail with such of the men as w<!re in readincKs for


Holland ; stating that Captain Gordon had cleared the coast of some
privateers ; as to a bore-brief for Colonel Ogilvie ; and setting Glen-
garry at liberty. 29th April 1704, 233

192. The Same to the Same, with information about an order of Council

against exporting coin; that 1400 recruits had been put aboard, and
were ready to sail ; of a convoy to them from the risk of privateers ;
as to David Baillie's imprisonment, and a meeting at Patrick Steel's.
8th May 1704, 235

193. The Same to the Same, mentioning that he had been at Fettercairn at

a meeting with Lord Boynd as to Lord Boynd's affairs ; remarks on
various persons, partly in cipher ; and as to Captain Ogilvie's party for
keeping out Irish victual 30th May 1704, ..... 237

194. The Same to the Same, with information on various matters, and stating

his own inclination to moderation. 9th June 1704, .... 238

195. Sidney Lord Godolphin, Lord High Treasurer of England, to the Same,

intimating that he had read to the Queen the letters and papers his
Lordship had sent to him : the letter for adjourning the Parliament,
the memorial concerning the Plot, Lieutenant-General Eamsay's
memorial, the Duke of Queensberry's papers ; stating what was done
with each ; and also that the Queen would consider Avhat it was j&t to
do with respect to the Duke of Athole. 9th June 1704, . . . 239

1 9 6. The Same to the Same, intimating that Sir D. Nairn would bring the
papers signed by the Queen ; that he would speak to the Admiralty to
complete their order to the convoy for Lord Tweeddale's equipage, and
that the Queen would consider the case of Lord Wandell and Sir
AndreAv Foster. 10th June 1704, 240

197. Kenneth Master of Duffus, afterwards third Lord Duffus, to the Same,

asking his Lordship's interest with the Queen in getting him some
po.st. 14th June 1704, 241

198. Sir John Macleane to the Same, about the Queen's declining to receive

liim, with the Duke of Somerset's opinion as to the cause of it ; that


the Queen was on some new measures as to Scots affairs ; that all con-
cerned in Frazer's affair were to be sent down to Scotland, etc. 27th
June 1704, 243

109. Alexander Wedderburn to the Same, excusing himself that his Lordship
had received few letters from him ; what he had done as to getting the
papers relating to the plot, and as to the persons connected with it,
mentioning Mr. Ferguson, Sir John M^Leane, and David Lindsay ;
with items of home and foreign news. 27th June 1704, . . . 244

200. The Same to the Same, acquainting him that Lady Wemyss was gone

to Windsor, and enclosing the Queen's warrant in favour of Mrs. Kin-
naries ; that the papers which his Lordship ordered him to call for were
lodged in the Attorney-General's hands ; and that as to the persons,
there was a promise of sending Mr. Campbell, etc. 29th June 1704, . 246

201. The Same to the Same, intimating the Queen's signature of a gift of

escheat of Boyne, elder and younger, to the Lord Chancellor ; of Anna
Blair's being put on the charity roll for her father's sufferings in King
Charles i.'s reign, etc. 3d July 1704, ...... 247

202. Jean Wemyss, Countess Dowager of Sutherland, to the Same, about the

aliment of her grandchildren, the children of Robert third Viscount of
Arbuthnot ; expressing her gladness at hearing from the Countess of
Cromartie, her sister, about his activity for the good of the Church of
Scotland. 5th July 1704, 248

203. Sir James Stewart, Lord Advocate, to the Same, stating that owing to

an attack of gout, he had been unable to wait on his Lordship.
7th July 1704, 249

204. Sir John Macleane to the Same, intimating a visit from Lord Sunder-

land, who informed him that the Queen had ordered him 20s. a day ;
that he could not obtain an audience of the Queen ; that he learned
Argyll was so violent on the first news of Sir John's arrival, that he
went straight to the Queen to prevent any favourable impression, and
that he swore to Glendaruell that Sir John should never enter Mull

but by force of arms, etc. 11th July 1704, 249

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205. Alexander Weddei-burn to the Same, stating that he never failed to

deliver his Lordship's letters to the Queen and the Lord Treasurer,
and that he had no reason to suspect that any papers sent up to the
Queen were concealed from any of her chief ministers ; that he had
received from Mr. Chalmers a signature in favour of Lord Northesk ;
likewise another, recommended by Lord Eankeillor, in favour of Pol-
kemmet, for a novodamus and a change of holding from ward to taxt-
ward ; also a gift of Boyne's escheat in favour of the Chancellor, etc.
27th July 1704, 251

206. The Same to the Same, stating that he did not neglect to give his

Lordshii) an account of what passed at Court ; that there seemed
to be no scruple in alloAving the Act of Security to pass, if the clause
beginning " providing always " were left out, as it was thought to
look too like an exclusion of the successor of England. 31st July
1704, 253

207. The Same to the Same, intimating that the Q,ueen was come to Kin-

genston ; that Lady Forfar had had an audience of the Queen ; that he
left Lady Forfar at Windsor with Lady Cromartie, who was very well,
etc. 1st August 1704, 254

208. The Same to the Same, of his fulfilment of the instructions his Lordship

had sent him ; that he had not got Blackness's patent passed ; and that
he had received letters from the Duke of Athole and the Earl of Bute,
desiring him to present a memorial to the Queen against Lord Mon-
trose's bargain of Lennox, or that part of it which carried a right to
the feu-duties of Bute and Cumbrae. 5th August 1704, . . . 255

2<)0. Sir Andrew Forrester to the Same, about payment for expenses incurred
in connection with his delivery of the papers relating to a proposed
Union in King Charles ii.'s reign. 5th August 1704, . . .256

210. Alexander Wedderburn to the Same, intimating that he had read to the
Queen the memorial of the case of the Earl of Bute, as concerned in the
purcha.se of Lennox, etc. 8th August 1704, . . . . .257



211. John Paterson, Archbishop of Glasgow, and Alexander Rose, Bishop of

Edinburgh, to the Same, Avith a memorial of what they judged neces-
sary to be done for the bishops and clergy by the Queen ; pressing their
extreme want and straits, etc. 12th September 1704, . . .258

Subjoined is a letter, apparently by the Archbishop of Glasgow, urging
his Lordship to get Her Majesty's gift of £200 sterling yearly for 15
years after his death, out of the bishops' rents, in favour of his children,
passed, and to have his son " Sandie " still kept as one of the collectors
of the bishops' rents, as he was in Her Majesty's gift not yet passed
the seals ; and to move the Queen to grant himself £200 sterling for
the expenses of his last journey to Court, although an archbishop was
always allowed £300 for that journey, etc. 12th September [1704], 259

212. ^neas M'Pherson, son of William M'Pherson of Inveressie, to the

Same, asking his Lordship's influence in getting some assistance
or pension for him from the Queen ; relating his father's services to
the Crown in being the first to join Montrose Avith a full regiment of
his clan, etc., and his own suff'erings for the Queen's father. 14th
September 1704, . . . . . . . . . .261

2 1 3. John Paterson, Archbishop of GlasgOAv, to the Same, pressing the need

of the Queen's giving something to the bishops and Episcopal clergy.
16th September 1704, 263

214. Alexander Rose, Bishop of Edinburgh, to the Same, explaining hoAV he

had signed the Archbishop of Glasgow's memorandum ; enclosing a
memorial as to his own case, showing that he Avas Avorse off than his
brethren ; and that others had as good claims as the xVrchbishop of Glas-
gOAv had for a gift in favour of his children, etc. 19th September 1704, 264

215. Robert Douglas, Bishop of Dunblane, to the Same, stating that there

were four precepts in his favour, tAvo granted by King William, and
tAvo by Queen Anne, for £100 sterling each, of Avhich he had not got
one farthing, and entreating his Lordship to interpose with the Queen,
that he might obtain payment of these precepts out of some other fund,
since the collector of the bishops' rents, upon Avhom the precepts Avere
granted, absolutely refused to pay them. 22d September 1704, . 266





216. John Lord Belhaven to the Same, expressing regret that he had not

seen his Lordship before he left for London ; that he would have
waited on him in passing, but his Lordship had escaped the trouble of
his friends' convoys by " leaping over the mountains in a machine of
his own invention," etc. 24th September 1704, .... 267

217. John Paterson, Archbishop of Glasgow, to the Same, expressing a

hope that his Lordship had received orders from the Queen to send
down the papers signed by Her Majesty for the support of the
bishops and clergy, and stating his dependence on his Lordship to
attend particularly to what more especially concerned him, his son
" Sandie," and Her Majesty's grant in favour of his other children after
his death; alluding to Her Majesty's grant of £1200 yearly out of her
o^^^l revenue to the dissenting ministers in Ireland, and the hardship
of the poor bishops and the Episcopal clergy in Scotland being allowed
to starve, when they might be subsisted out of the bishops' rents,
without burdening her royal revenue ; and suggesting that his Lordship
should move the Queen to grant to the relict of the Bishop of Ross
£40 yearly out of the bishops' rents, after the surviving bishops were
paid their proportions, etc. 28th September 1704, .... 268

218. Lady Christian Leslie, Dowager of James third Marquis of Montrose,

and wife of Sir John Bruce of Kinross, to Margaret Countess of Cro-
niartie, entreating her intercession with the Earl of Cromartie for a
remission from Her Majesty in favour of Sir David Murray of Stan-
hope, who had, under the influence of drink, unfortunately killed his
groom, on account, as it appeared, of the latter having prevented him
from riding through an impassable place of a water in which he would
have perished. 2d October 1704, 269

219. Sir James Mackenzie to his father, George first Earl of Cromartie, inti-

mating that the captain and crew of an English East India ship had
been apprehended and imprisoned upon strong presumptions of their
having murdered the two Captain Drummonds, and the whole crew of
their two sloops, homeward bound from the East Indies richly
freighted ; that it was confidently stated that some of the crew Avould
be mtnesses, etc. 16th December 1704, 271


220. James first Earl of Bute to George first Earl of Cromartie, asking for

the command of Dumbarton Castle ; showing how much it was for the
Queen's interest to have this done. 1704, ..... 272

221. John Paterson, sometime Archbishop of Glasgow, to the Same, inquir-

ing as to the papers for the bishops and clergy ; stating that as the
Bishop of St. Andrews was dead, there would be now £300 more to
be given to the poor presbyters ; and further, begging that his Lordship
would cause his son, Alexander Paterson, to be continued as one of
the collectors of the bishops' rents, and would see Her Majesty's gift in
favour of his children passed in the Exchequer, as he found the Lord
Chancellor and the Earl of Eglinton demur ; stating that he con-
sidered himself a dying man, and could not long enjoy the Queen's
bounty. 14tli July, circa 1704, ....... 274

222. John Lord Tarbat, eldest son of George first Earl of Cromartie, to his

father, with reference to the elections of the shire of Eoss, wherein he
states in detail the probable influence of the principal families in the
shire. Circa 1704 [perhaps 1710], . . . . . . .276

223. David Lord Elcho, afterwards third Earl of Wemyss, to his mother,

Margaret Countess of Wemyss and Cromartie, expressing his sense of
her Ladyship's good wishes for him, and her desire that he should be
living in a settled way ; states his inability to undertake a journey
for the purpose of waiting upon her Ladyship ; and his fear of a
disappointment in reference to a matter which her Ladyship had in
view. 21st January 1704-5, ........ 279

224. The Same to George first Earl of Cromartie, expressing the sorrow he

felt when informed of his mother's severe illness, and his thankfulness
that she was now recovering ; adding that he himself was living in the
country in the same " morose solitude and unconcern as ever." 25th
February 1704-5, 281

225. Sir James Mackenzie to his father, George first Earl of Cromartie,

wherein he expresses his regret that his Lordship stood in need of
money, since it was scarcer than ever, and that what Avas due to him
by the Treasury could not be obtained ; refers to a quarrel between




young Hallyards and young Balfour; states that a match had been
conchided between the Loi^d Advocate's son and the President's second
daughter ; that a formidable fleet was being fitted out to be a terror
both to French and English foes, and that arms were being provided
very fast, the shire of Angus alone having signed for 10,000 stand to