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I have giv'n such orders anent the drying of your bear att Tarbat Ness,
that it will be ready against the ship's arrival. I know of what importance it
is to have the victuall well dry'd for so long a voyage ; therefore I made it
my business, and will answer for the performance, which your lordship may
assure the merchand of.

I will be (God willing) at Tarbat Ness in a few days, and hopes to find
the bear in good readiness.

Your lordship never sent the summonds as to the mosses of Delny. As I
acquainted your lordship by express from Fortrose the 29th November last,
I did direct the executions of the summonds against Aldie exactly accord-
ing to order ; so, if any ommission, [it will] be the fault of the direction
from Edinburgh.

I receiv'd your lordship's of the lltli instant, with the exchequer fiars for
crops 1711 and 1712. I did accordingly acquaint all the fewars of Ardman-
nach and West Eoss to meet me att Dingwell, Tuesday last, where I stay'd
two days. Some of them came, I mean those benorth Conan ; those of the
Ardmannach did not meet, and indeed it was not practicable for them by
reason of the stormy weather. I am not to goe from this till Munday nixt,
and in that time I doubt not but most of them will pay in their crown rent.
Such as I have seen of them are very sensible of the favour they have gott,
both as to the lowness of the fiar, and the long delay ; and in return make
pleasant payment. I'm to meet with the fewars in East Eoss, middle of
nixt week. I will use all possible dispatch to remitt your lordship (as



Inchculter can conveniently carry with him). All the payments I've gott as
yett is in silver, and I believe the most will be so ; and no bill to be gott att
Invernes. I must acquaint your lordship that we have frequent reports of
the passes of the Grampion being infested with robbers ; therefore I'le expect
your lordship's particular order anent the method of remitting the crown rentt
— I mean what Inchculter cannot carry with him.

I will not trouble your lordship furder att this time, designing to writte
by nixt post, and therafter with Inchculter, particular answers to all the con-
tents of your former letters. I've told your lordship of the extraordinary
stormy weather we had since the beginning of this month. The other newes
of our couutrey is a warlike preparation of your neighbours in East Eoss.
The house of Fowlis and Inverbreakie have been garrison'd since Christmass
last ; and this day I'm inform'd that your neighbour. Lady Ann Stuart, has
done the like, and has sent the commander of the garrisone, Mr. Donald
MacKiligan, Invernes, to buy ammonitione. My wife gives your lordship
her most humble duty. She is very sensible of the care and concern your lord-
ship is pleas'd to have of her. There are some things that the doctors have
prescriv'd for her which cannot be gott aither att Invernes or Elgin. I'le
presume to acquaint your lordship of it by Inchculter. I am, my lord.

Your lordship's most obedient son,


I send your lordship the enclos'd, giv'n me by Sir John M'Kenzie of
CouU open.

358. Geoege Eael of Oekney to [Geoege fiest Eael of Ceomaetie].

London, 3d May 1714.
My Loed, — I had done my selfe the honour to have answerd your
Lordship's of the 17th Aprile sooner, if it had been in my poure; but I was


willing to get all the informatione I coud about Mr. Mackenzie, whom you
are pleased to recomend, before I troubled your lordship, and I am convinced
you will be satisfyed it was totaly impossible. For since the Queen has done
me the honour to give me the command of the castle of Edinburgh, I have
got ordres to reduce a lieutenant, and ensing, and those are to be the
youngest ; soe that I have informed my selfe to see if he realy was the
youngest, and find it soe, and that he has noe maner of clame. Nay, I find
he never had ensing's comissione, which was not regular. Soe that I hope
your lordship will beleeve I shoud have been very glad to have served him
vpon your recomendatione : but I am seure you woud not have me doe an
injustice which I coud not have answer'd. The other is totaly a stranger to
me, nor has any mortall write one word to me in his favoure. I will trouble
your lordship noe longer. I wish you your health, and am with great truth,
my lord,

Your Lordship's most obedient humble servant,


359. Sidney Godolphin, Earl of Godolphin, Lord High Treasurer of
England, to [The Same].

May 16, 1714.

My Lord, — I have received the honor of your Lordship's with the
enclosed, which I shall lay before the Queen this day : but the men having
been all embarqued in Scotland before the letter came from thence, it is not
probable that any orders which should now bee given for an additionall
convoy would reach thither in time for that service.

I am glad to hear there is so much as the appearance of calmness and


moderation in Scotland. The continuance of that temper will bee very good

news to

Your Lordship's most humble and faithfuU servant,


360. John Lord Macleod to [his father, George first Earl of Cromartie].

New Tarbat, 30 June 1714.

My Lord, — I have been in Coygach since the 26 of May without any
return from your lordship to mine of the 23 May or 14 June ; and haveing
finished the houses mentioned in my last as the most necessary and con-
venient for lodgeing the stores, etc. aboard the shipps consigned from White-
haven or Liverpool for Loch Broom, against the 20 of May last, which have
not yet arrived, the circumstances of my family calling for my return by two
expresses giving me ane accompt of my wife and childrens indisposition, my
wife being lett blood in ane extremity, and Nellie and Gideon haveing after
recovery of the small pox contracted a chin cough, wherof and of teething the
latter dyed. Nellie is weak and hectick, her cough violent, and Will and
Peter are uneasie by it : only George and Eorie are as yet free. I am
anxious to hear from your Lordship, and the rather that in yours of the 10
of June no mention is made of mine of the 23 of May, which makes me fear
miscarriage or intercepting, — mine going by the Innerness Highland post.

Sine my last, I have entered in contract with John Mackenzie, uncle to
the present Gairloch, by which he undertakes for all the fishing boats in
Gairloch, alse weell for the white as herring fishing, and that not only in
Gairloch, but also in Lochew and Torridon, as the herring shall be found to
swim ; and for ane essay, for one yeire from the first of August next to August
therafter, for his manadgement of that branch and station he is to receive


tlirettie pound sterline. The motive induced me to goe in to tliis measure
was that these boats wer formerly engadged by a company of Inner-
ness merchants, manadged by Gruinard, who built ane storehouse at Grui-
nard on their charge, and hade for his manadgement 50 lb. sterline yearly.
John, having in concert with his uncle the tutor the manadgeing the coun-
trey people, hes brock up the Innerness company there, and given me the
oportunity of setling that station for your lordship and company, it being
reckoned the most valuable branch of white fishing on that coast. If this
setlement shall be acceptable, let me have it approven ; if otherwayes, I cann
disingadge my selfe, and these formerly ingadged will thank me to let them
continue in their former enterprize. I have given warrant for building ane
small house at Gairloch, by the tutor's allowance, for the safe keeping the
stores of provision proper for that branch of fishing, or that the tutor built it
himselfe, and receive rent therfor, in his option, Ther is a very good splitter
there imployed by the former undertakers, and who will be induced to con-
tinue with the company. His former sallary was 24 lb. sterline for all pre-
tences of meat, etc. The couper had 10 lb. a yeire, the rollers, turners, and
others, as imployed : anent all which your lordship will be pleased to give
your advice. Till further advice I cann determine no further than what
[is] alreadie done. I had your lordship's of the 23 of May, giveing a hint of
what [you] write of the 24 of Aprile anent the fishing, and mentioning the
statues shipt at Lieth, and these more particularly narrated in your lordship's
of the 10th of June instant : but the ship not being yet come, cann say
nothing till its arriveall ; shall then use all diligence in livering what [your
Lordship] recomended, which I am afrayd will prove both uneasie and
difficult. But nothing shall be omitted in my power ; and if the circum-
stances of my family allowes, though I have left particular orders for livering
the shipps at Loch Broom, shall endeavour to be there, that I may witness


every tiling done to the best advantage. I wish I may have the satisfaction of
seeing your lordship here, that your lordship may be at hand to give advice
and countenance in every thing emerges ; and a happie and safe journey is
what is heartiely prayed and wished for by, my Lord,

Your Lordship's most obedient sone,


I omitted course cloath and gray paper in my last for the countreys use.
The paper is for the lighting of the barrells.

361. [David third Earl of Wemyss to George first Earl of Cromartie.]

Weems, July 11th, 1714.

My dear Lord, — I'm not att all surpriz'd that your angry with me, nor
really that it may seem odd to you my running out of town so hasty lie.
I can't say but it gave me a great deall of pain, but not so much by the
fiftyeth part as it would have done the taking leave of you ; for that is a
weakness in me, I'm oblig'd to acknowlege, that I had rather doe any thing
as part with one I love in any kind of particular way, I have, in the time
I have liv'd in the world, suffer'd very much that way, and it raises such a
cloud of melancholy remembrances upon me, that I dare say you'l forgive
me, now that yow know the reall cause, and believe me that there's noe man
upon earth that wishes you better both in time and to eternity. In faith,
Cromartie, I never thought (altho' I lov'd you very weU) but I could have
stood the shock of parting with you ; but I found when it came to earnest I
could not venture it.

I shall endeavour to obey all your commands and good advices to the out-
most of my power, and I wish to God you had continued nearer me to have


renew'd them often. I wisli you happylie home (since it must be so) with
all my soull, and will endeavour to amuse myself with some hopes of your
return, but wherever you are may God Ahiiighty bliss you. ]\Iy heart grows
really to big, dear Cromartie, to say any more but that

I am sincerely yours.
Indorsed : " E. Weyms, 1 7 1 4."

362. George fiest Earl of Cromartie to Thomas Eobertson,
Bailiff of Inverness.

4 Agust 1714.
Sir, — ^I forgot in the other letter to intreat you to cause draw half a piece
of the best claret and send it to me by the same boat, that I may get it free of
jumbling ; as also four gallons of the best brandy. All which I recommend

to your care. I rest

Your affectionate servant,

To Mr. Thomas Robertsone, bayliff of Inverness.

363. George first Earl of Cromartie to his Son, Sir James Mackenzie,

Lord Eoyston.

12 Agust 1714.
Dear Sonne, — Yee should not take it ill that I writt to you by a borrowed
hand, for as I had litle to writ, and that the fash of my bills was left on Mr.
Colt, what I had to say did fall on him. I am in great confusion ; for tho
I have no publick busines on my shoulders, nor money in my pocket to
burthen me, yet I have come to build and furnish a house, with 2 tolerable
ones, and 4 ordinar ones, and some hingings ; and withall a house to build
(for so really it is), and scarce furnitur to cover us, and most of our litle


family doe ly on the floors, and rent and custom taken up ante maiium. This
as to privat : and as to publick, all round me were mustering, arming, and that
very weell too, and guards about all houses. If I had not been heer, I fear
fears had come to blows. Taine proclaimd the K[ing] yesterday, I beleeve,
autoritate vel sua vel eccksiastica. I profess I know not my duty as a shireff in
the case, but waits ether instruction or ordors from the superiors. It will be
charity at least to send to me news and papers direct, and tell my other
freends so, that they direct all letters to me by the Dingwall bagg, to that
postmaster's care. I wish all freends and relations weell : so adieu !

Is it not lawfuU for heartie people to set up banefires when they please ?

Is [it] not lawfull for a burgh to proclaim a king when they hear that he
is declared to be king ?

Is not hasty zeal on such occasiones meritorious ?

To my Lord Eoystoun att his lodgings at Edinburgh.

364. General Charles Eoss to [George first Earl of Cromartie].

London, August the 28th, 1714.
My Lord, — Having heard of your lordships intention to go to the shire of
Eoss, I delayed acknowledging the honour of your letter till I should know that
yow wer there, that I might att the same time congratulate your lordship on
your safe arrival after a sea voyage. I must now oune my fears of loseing the
five guineas I wadjer'd with yow att Edenburgh, — the first part being per-
formed by your lordship, which will give me the greater inclination to per-
form the other — and I cannot repine att the loss of my money, since it is to
be spent in a mirry bout. The sincerity with which I have assured your
lordship of my desire to live well with yow, obligess me now to acquaint your


lordship with my intention to offer again my service to the shire of Eoss att
the nixt election, in which I shall think myself very happy if I have the
honour of your lordship's concurrence, haveing no other intention in it than
that of serving the shire and my country faithfully. I shall be proud to
receve your lordship's commands in this place, and shall add no more to this
but the assurancess of my being, with the utmost respect, my lord,

Your lordship's most obedient and most humble servant,

Ch. Eoss.

365. Alexander Erskixe, Lord Lyon, to [John Lord Macleod].

London, September 2d, 1714.

My dear Lord, — I hav writt a long letter to my Lord your father, and
therfor must nott repeat whatt I hav said to him to you ; only be assurd
from me that their never was any tym when their was mor need for honest
men to stick together and indevour to mak a good electon for the nixt parlia-
ment when itt is cal'd, which is expected very soon. Therfor 1 hop, my lord,
you will not be wanting to gett evry honest man to work to gett honest men
elected. You are abell to goe about, which my lord your father is nott, and
I dare say you will not grudge itt. If wee are nott abell to assist the Tories
here, wee shall not hav so good a tittull to their help and protection ; and if
wee fall in the Whigs' mercy, what will com of uss. I hop you will mend
your hand in your north country, and send us a better representation then we
hav now. You and the country of Scotland I would expect most honest men
from. I send you here inclosd a skem for the magistrats and toun councell
of Tain, which, when you read my lord's letter, you'l see the reason of ; and
I beliv you'l fynd itt easy, from thos who did oppos you last, to alter what
you pleas in itt. ^ly lord, as to Doctor William Strachan, my lord your father

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will giv you ane account of him, from whicli I am very sur you will hav a
plesur to serve him, as evry body does that knows him. The last election
was so manadgd for him that they did not so much as know his Cristian
nam : so I will trubell you with his nam and designation — Doctor William
Strachan of Doctors Commons : this is so as he ordinarly designs himself,
tho' indeed he is judge advocat of the navy, and was chosen to that post
purly for his meritt, and best deserving itt of all the civilians, without so
nuich as his knowing of itt untill itt was don. He has lykways a place in
the Knight Marrishal's office, and secretary deput to the earle of Mar. My
dear lord, I need say no mor to you on this head. I will intreat of you to
giv my most humble respects to my Lady INIacLoud and all your family, and
I assur you, my dear lord, I am, with very much respect.

Your lordship's most faithfull and most humble servant,

ALEX"". Areskine, Lyon.

366. To John eleventh Earl of Mar.^

Edinburgh, 2d September 1714.
My Lord, — This place affords very litle news, there being very few people
in it. The Earl of Cromarty died Friday last, universally regrated. Upon
hearing of the Queen's death he shutt himself up in his closet for three hours,
was very melanchoUy when he came out, went to bed, and never rose again.
He was become extremely weak before. Mr. Douglas of Glenbervie was
yesterday receiv'd as sherif deput of this shire. Mr. Eig, his colleague, told
me this day that the squadrone had caus'd tell him, that if he did not appear
for Mr. Baird he should repent it, but he seems resolute to stand for Carnwath.
]\Ir. Hamilton of Bancrieffe competes with Mr. Dundass of that ilk for Lith-

^ Original Letter in Mar Charter-chest.

JOHN EARL OF MAR, 1714. \5o

gowsliire. "We have it talkt here that my lord Ormeston sett out for London
on Tuesday from his own house in the countrey, as did the earl of Buchan
post from this yesterday morning. It is said here that the president is to
dimitt to be succeeded [by] Sir David, his brother, who is to give him £500
per annum. Sir James Stewart, advocat, and Sir Eobert Dalr}Tiiple, solicitor.
Your lordship has one from ]\Ir. Hamilton and my lady ; one from Mrs.
Bannerman, which will give a full accompt of the children's being well.

367. Alexander fourth Lord Elibaxk to [Johx second Earl of


Balencrieffe, September 6th, 1714.

My Lord, — I had the honour of your lordship's on Friday last, giving ane

account of the earle of Cromartie's death, which every body will regrate that

were so happy as to be acquainted with him ; although I reckon it was lucky

he went north before he dyed ; and I hope he hath settled every thing for the

advantage of your lordship and your family. My wife M'as safely brought to

bed of a daughter the 3d instant, who was christened Mary, yesterday, after

my sister. My wife and sister Bettie gives their most humble duty to your

lordship and lady, as so doeth, my lord.

Your lordship's most affectionate brother, and most obedient and humble



368. John Earl of Mar to [John second Earl of Cromartie].

"\Miithall, September 7th, 1714.
jNIy Lord, — I heartily condole with your lordship for the loss of my good
friend, the earle of Cromerty, which your lordship's of the 27th of August
gave me account of yesterday.


I am very sensible of the honour you do me in what you are furtlier
pleased to say in your letter. I have the honour to be your relation, and my
endeavours for your service shall never be wanting.

The ensueing elections will give me an opportunity of seeing your lordship
soon in Scotland. It is hard yet to tel how things may go upon that occation.
It were to be wisht that parties were laid aside ; but I am affraid that is more
to be wisht than expected : and as long as they continue it is very naturall
for your lordship to succeed your ffather in the Torie partie, as in other things.
If we all who are reckoned so stick togither, we shall be able to make a good
lisjur, let the other side designe against us what they please. I have reason
to belive that a good number of us will, and considering your lordship's
familie intrest, I humblie think it will be for your advantage to be with us.
I need not be more particular til I come to Scotland ; but I hope in the mean-
time your lordship will not engadge your self otherwise, and when we meet
there, I shall be very free in teling your lordship my oppinion. I shaU not
doubt of your lordships favour as to my self in the election ; but I shall be
very glade we be entirely togither as to all the rest to be chosen.

I hope our friends amongst the comons are not idle in secureing their own
elections. Your lordship has a considrable intrest in that country, both in
shires and touns, and the more you bestirr your self for our friends, the more it
wdll be for your own intrest. I know Lord Lyon wrote to your lordship concern-
ing Doctor Strachan's election in the northermost district of touns, and I hope
your lordship w^ill give him your assistance. Our cousin, Collonell Alexander
M''Kenzie, I belive, sets up for Inverness, etc., and I wish heartily he may
carie it ; for I suppose George does not stand, who, by the by, I wish it were
in my power to serve. I hope your lordship will get a good man returnd
for Cromertieshire, and also for the other places where you have intrest.

Your lordship will have applications made to you, I know, by severalls


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concerning the elections, but I hope you will keep your self entire and unen-
gadg'd as to the election of the Peers til we meet at Edinhrugh, and to assist
those of the Comons who we are sure are our friends and have been in our
intrest. I '\\ trouble your lordship no more now but to assure you that I
am, with all truth and esteem, my lord,
Your lordship's most affectionat cousin and most obedient humble servant.


369. William fifth Eael of Seaforth to [John second Earl of


London, the 11th of September 1714.

]\Iy Lord, — It is naturall for me to share with your lordship in your just
concern for my lord your father and my grand unkle's death ; but I hope your
lordship bears so great a loss with an equall mind, since the contrary is but
to repine at superior decrees, and that nature of a long time, by cleaming that
duty, seemed to prepare your lordship for it.

That I may not, by insisting upon this melancholy subject renew your
lordship's trouble, I'll forbeare it, and wish you much joy to your additionall
title, which coo'd not have devolv'd to your lordship more opportunely than
now ; for my lord Portmore beg'd I woo'd doe him the favour to joiue my
interest with his own, to obtain your lordship's vote for him self at the ensu-
ing election of Peers. I thought I coo'd doe no less than comply with my
lord's desier, since I forsee it may turn to good account to your lordship, as
he has already expres'd him self.

There being no time to loose, I must beg a sudden answer. If your lordship

complyes, it will be an obligation upon my lord Portmore, and upon, my lord,

Your affectionat cousin and most humble servant,



370. Alexander foukth Lord Elibank to John second Earl of Cromartie.

Balencrieffe, January 2 4tli, 1715.

My Lord, — I have written twice to your Lordship without any return.
The parliament being now disolved, it is very fit, in my opinion, your Lord-
ship should be at Edinburgh before the next elections ; for it is certain the
court will be able to carry what Peers they have a mind, and your Lordship,
by complying with these measures, may have a fair opportunity of procuring
to yourselfe the same pension the late Earle of Cromartie, your father, had ;
whereas, by doing otherwise, it may be prejudicial! to your Lordship and
family. I do declair I have no further view in the matter but what may
intierly conduce to your own interest, which I shall always have as great a
regard to, and indeavour to promote, as much as my own. I need not tell
your Lordship that the only thing that can make friends and relations con-
siderable is their sticking clos together ; so true is the dutch motto, vis unita
fortior : whereas we are sure, from the scripture, that a house divided against
it selfe cannot stand. Wherefore I earnestly intreat you'l honour me with a
return, that I may know your sentiments at this juncture ; or at least let
me know when I may have the good fortune of seeing you here, that we may
concert such measures as may contribute to both our interests.