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and adding that Lord Cumbernauld had died on Friday, etc. 21st
December 1708, ..........

313. The Same to the Same, intimating that Parliament was that day
adjourned, and that the Land Tax Bill had got the Royal assent ; also
that the Commons had resolved to levy recruits by parishes; and that
on the previous day came the news of the taking of Ghent, which would
undoubtedly be followed by the taking of Bruges, Placendall, Leffing-
hen, etc.; adding that he had presented to the Lord Treasurer the
memorial regarding the loss of his office, of which he had been deprived
by the Union, though the tenure of it had been for life, but with little
hope of success ; of Rymer's Fcedera, etc. 23d December 1708,

314. George first Earl of Cromartie to John Earl of Mar, reminding him

of his concerns. 4th January 1708-9, ......

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

stating that he was doing what he could to make friends and agents
in his grand affair with Bute, etc. 11th January 1708-9,

316. The Same to the Same, expressing surprise at the opinion of the

Barons of Exchequer that neither Sir Thomas Moncreiff" nor himself










had tany right to the Register of Signatures, but that it ought to be
kept in the Eemembrancer's office ; adding that it was hard that Lord
Cromartie and his family should be the first sufferers by the Union.
25th January 1709, ......... 87

317. Obligation by George first Earl of Cromartie to George Strachan,
stationer, London, for £20, with Discharge by the latter, annexed. The
obligation is dated at "Westminster, 1st May 1705 ; and the discharge

at Edinburgh, May 6, 1709, 88

318. George first Earl of Cromartie to William first Lord Cowper, Lord

Chancellor of Great Britain, acknowledging his Lordship's letter, dated
the 1 0th of May ; complaining of factious informations ; and enclosing
a paper containing his opinion regarding the shire of Eoss. 19th May
1709, ".89

319. Sidney Godolphin, Earl of Godolphin, to George first Earl of Cromartie,

stating that he had read to the Queen Lord Cromartie's last two letters
to him, and that Her Majesty was very well convinced of the truth of
all that was contained in them, and remembered him with the same
kindness as when he was nearer her person. 14th June 1709, . . 90

320. David third Earl of Wemyss to the Same, stating that, as soon as his
wife's illness was over, he would go to Thistleworth, to stay there most
of the summer, as he was really persuaded that he could live with less
expense in London than in Scotland, and that he had reduced his
family to as narrow a compass as possible ; the difficulty was how to
retire from Parliament so long as he was in the Queen's service and
favour, etc. 2d June 1709, ........ 90

321. The Same to the Same, intimating that Lady "Wemyss was now in a

much more probable way of recovery, and that as soon as he could
carry her out of town, they intended to go to Thistleworth for a few
weeks ; that he had been but one night at "Windsor since the Queen
went there ; and persuading Lord Cromartie to come to London, as the
Queen had a great esteem for him, which his presence would turn to
his service, etc. 31st Julj- 1709, . . . . . . .92




322. George Fraser, Regent, King's College, Aberdeen, to the Same, begging
his Lordship's favour for George White, Episcopal minister of Mary
Culter, against whom malicious persons were inventing crimes without
any ground but malice. 29th August 1709, . . . . .


Remonstrance addressed by the congregation of Cramond to the Pres-
bytery of Edinburgh against the attempt made by the Magistrates of
that city to translate Mr. William Hamilton, their minister, to be a
Professor in the Faculty of Theology in the University. 1st Septem-
ber 1709,


326. George Mackenzie, afterwards of Rosehaugh, to George first Earl of

Cromartie, intimating that the Lords had appointed the following
Wednesday for the hearing of his grand cause, but that neither Bute
nor his friend Glasgow had as yet come to town ; also giving an
account of affairs in Ross, etc. 5th November 1709,

327. The Same to the Same, on the subject of his cause, wherein he entreats

Lord Cromartie to advise him how to order an appeal in case of the
worst ; and alludes to the case of Mr. Greenshields, an Episcopal
minister, who was imprisoned by the magistrates for reading the
English service. 8th November 1709, ......



George first Duke of Gordon to George first Earl of Cromartie, inform-
ing him that he could not go coursing with him for a day or two for
want of his dog ; and stating that Sir William Bruce was really ill,
but not in sudden danger. 8th September 1709, . . . .98

325. George first Earl of Cromartie to Sidney Godolphin, first Earl of Godol-
phin, as to Lord Ross's pretensions to the title of Earl of Ross, and his
attempts to rule the shire in the exercise of the franchise, " on the
strength of a little purchase made by him in Ross-shire;" also con-
cernina: his accusations. 6th October 1709, ....




328. The Same to the Same, intimating that their cause was delayed till
Tuesday, and that he feared the worst, but was not entirely without
hopes. 10th December 1709, 104



329. Sir James Mackenzie, Lord Royston, to his father, George first Earl of

Cromartie, informing him that his young Chevalier was that night
Laird of Rosehaugh, the Lords having, by a majority of one, found
that Sir George's nomination obliged the defender, as being the eldest
son of the eldest daughter, to denude in favour of the pursuer, as being
the second son of the second daughter. 13th December 1709, . .105

330. The Same to the Same, expressing his fears as to whether the Lords

Avould adhere to the interlocutor finding young George Laird of Rose-
haugh, for without doubt his adversaries would use all means to get it
overturned. December 1709, . . . . . . .107

331. George first Earl of Cromartie to Sidney Godolphin, Earl of Godolphin,

Lord High Treasurer of England, relative to the process of treason
pursued by the Queen's Advocate against James Stirling of Keir and
four others. 1709, 108

332. George first Earl of Cromartie to John Churchill, Duke of Marl-

borough, pressing for a captain's place to his grandson, Lieutenant
Steuart, afterwards Sir John Steuart of Grandtully, and husband of
Lady Jane Douglas. 18th February 1709-10, 112

333. Charles Lord Yester, afterwards third Marquis of Tweeddale [address

wanting], stating that the passports were gone from the Hague for the
French plenipotentiaries, and that they and the British plenipotenti-
aries would meet on the Tuesday following ; with proceedings in Par-
liament, and other news. 17th February 1710, . . . .112

334. William fifth Earl of Seaforth to George first Earl of Cromartie, beg-

ging him to intercede for the three Catholic gentlemen who had been
banished from Scotland in March last, and to get Lord Mar to befriend
them. 10th June 1710, 114

335. George first Earl of Cromartie to the Honourable James Erskine, Lord

Justice-Clerk, stating that though he could not make an adequate
return to his Lordship and the Court, yet he did not omit to do what
in him lay for their service, and had given in a short memorial to the
Treasury about the money, which he hoped would be ordered as before,
etc. 19th August 1710, 114


3oG. Henry Compton, Bishop of London, to George first Earl of Cromartie,
excusing himself on the ground of ill health for not having waited on
his Lordship before he left town ; expressing his wonder at the policy
of encouraging enemies and neglecting friends ; and recommending
Lord Cromartie to discuss the matter with the Lord Treasurer. 8 th
August, circa 1710, . . . • . . . . .116

337. The Same to the Same, expressing his fears that Lord Cromartie's

estate would be torn in pieces by the chicanery of the law, and lament-
ing that a sort of principle was now set up, the practice of which would
at last ruin both Church and State. 27th August, cfmi 1710, . .116

338. John Steuart, son of Sir Thomas Steuart of Balcaskie, to George first

Earl of Cromartie, acquainting his Lordship that he had been left at
Lisbon in a high fever, and feared it might be long before he could
follow the regiment to Barcelona; adding that Lord Portmore had
done nothing for him, so all that remained for him was another
Almanza. 19th March 1710-11, 117

330. Kenneth third Lord DufiFus to the Same, asking a loan of five guineas
to pay his cook, who, without it, would not supply him any longer.
Circa 1710, 118

3-lu. George Lord Haddo, son of George first Earl of Aberdeen, to the Same,
acknowledging the receipt of a letter from his Lordship, and thanking
him for the favour. 16th January 1711, . . . . .118

3-U. Sir John Macleane to the Same, stating that by the death of his wife,
seven children, the eldest scarcely eight years old, had been left to his
single care ; that his family was on the brink of ruin because of their
adherence to the Crown ; and begging Lord Cromartie to lay his case
before the Queen, that she might give his son the command of a com-
pany in a Scotch regiment, 2d February 1711, . . . .111)

342. Sir James Mackenzie, Lord Royston, to his father, George first Earl of
Cromartie, respecting a claim by one Smith on the effects of Sir Archi-
bald Cocklnirn of Langton, which he looked on as ill-founded ; and



a memorial from Aberdeen, complaining of the tediousness of Scotch
judicial procedure, and desiring that the English laws concerning bank-
rupts might be extended to Scotland, etc. 15th March 1711, . .121

3-13. The Same to the Same, stating that among Langtou's papers he had
found Smith's account (referred to in No. 342) discharged; and men-
tioning that the Duchess of Buccleuch seemed inclined to have the
bailie of Dalkeith in the house in her absence, by which arrangement
the expense of watchmen would be lessened. 20th March 1711, .124

344. The Same to the Same, enclosing a letter from Mr. Melville, chamber-
lain of Eskdale, with a copy of one from Mr. Robinson, making pro-
posals as to the examination of the latter's accounts ; and referring to
the sudden death of Fisher, the famous treasurer of Heriot's Hospital ;
speaking of some copies of the Tattler which he was sending to Lord
Cromartie, he says that it was reported that they were written by a
club of young lads, with the help of Mrs. Mary Cockburn, whom his
sister Anne knew. 26th March 1711, . . . . . .124

34.5. The Same to the Same, referring to George's recovery from a fever ; his
own contemplated journey to Hawick ; and the Earl of Bute's mar-
riage at Roseneath, etc. 19th April 1711, . . . . .120

346. Benjamin Robinson, factor to Anne Duchess of Buccleuch and Mon-

mouth, to George first Earl of Cromartie, enclosing the registered
submission and decreet-arbitral between her Grace and the Earls of
Melvill and Leven ; and defending himself from the charge of having
omitted to register the Earl of Leven's assignation to the Duchess,
and of delaying his accounts. 17th July 1711, . . . .127

347. David third Earl of Leven to the Same, mentioning some talk to the

effect that he was to lose the Castle ; and begging of Lord Cromartie to
inquire into these reports, and to speak favourably of him to the Queen.
23d October 1711, 12U

348. James first Earl of Seafield to the Same, expressing his gratitude to the

latter for befriending him at Court ; and intimating that the Dukes of
Hamilton and Argyle, and others, had promised to support him at the
next election instead of the Earl Marischall. 8th July 1712, . .129







349. George first Earl of Cromartie to the Royal Company of Archers, re-

signing the captaincy of that society. 1712, .

350. The Same to David third Earl of Wemyss, with proposition for the ex-

change of Eoyston. The price asked was £5000 sterling. 1710-1714,

351. The Same to James second Duke of Ormond, extolling his Grace's

actions and counsels in the last campaign, and recommending the
bearer of the letter to his Grace's favour. February 1713,

352. Alexander Bruce, Advocate, to George first Earl of Cromartie, present-

ing his Lordship with a copy of his work on Feudal Customs. 12th
March 1713,

353. Alexander ninth Earl of Caithness to the Same, regretting that the

condition of his health did not allow him to attend Parliament ; and
complaining that Breadalbane, who had offered to sell him some lands
which lay nearest his own, was now selling them to others. 26th
March 1713, 134

354. George first Earl of Cromartie to Queen Anne, with a copy of his treatise

on "The Gowrie Conspiracy;'' and mentioning that in 1682, when he
was Keeper of the Public Records, he had discovered documents which
proved that Elizabeth Mure was the lawful first wife of Robert II.,
contrary to general belief both in this and in other nations. June 1713, 136

355. The Same to the Same, complaining that the arrears of his salary had

not been paid; and sending the Memorial, No. 356, infra. 5th
November 1713, 139

356. Memorial by George first Earl of Cromartie to Queen Anne, respecting

the arrears of his official salary, which, with interest, amounted in all

to £4214. 5th November 1713, 141

357. John Lord Macleod to his father, George fir.st Earl of Cromartie, refer-

ring to his wife's illness ; transactions with certain Ross- shire lairds ;
payment of the Crown rents of Ross ; reports that the passes of the
Gramjjians Avere infested with robbers ; and the garrisoning of the
houses of Fowlis and Inverbreakie. 26th February 1714, . .144



358. George Earl of Orkney to George first Earl of Cromartie, stating that

after having got the command of Edinburgh Castle, he had orders to
reduce the youngest lieutenant and ensign ; and that Mr. Mackenzie,
being really the youngest, had no manner of claim. 3d May 1714, . 146

359. Francis Godolphin, Baron Godolphin, to the Same, intimating that he

would lay his communication before the Queen ; and expressing his
satisfaction at the appearance of calmness and moderation in Scotland.
16th May 1714, 147

[In the heading of the letter, the writer has been named Sidney
Earl of Godolphin.]

360. John Lord Macleod to his father, George first Earl of Cromartie, con-

cerning the health of his family; transactions relating to the fishings

in Gairloch, Lochew, and Torridon, etc. 30th June 1714, . .148

361. David third Earl of Wemyss to George first Earl of Cromartie, apo-

logising for having left town without taking leave of his Lordship.
11th July 1714, 150

362. George first Earl of Cromartie to Thomas Robertson, Bailiff of Inver-

ness, requesting him to send him some claret and four gallons of the
best brandy. 4th August 1714, . . . . . . .151

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

Eoyston, stating that the people of the neighbourhood were mustering
and arming, and there were guards about all houses ; and that Tain
had proclaimed the King, etc. 1 2th August 1714,. . . .151

364. General Charles Ross to George first Earl of Cromartie, intimating his

intention to contest Ross-shire at the next election. 28th August
1714, 152

365. Alexander Erskine, Lord Lyon, to John Lord Macleod, suggesting that

there was need for honest men to stick together and make a good elec-
tion to the next Parliament, which was expected to be called very soon ;
and as to Dr. Strachan's election for the northern burghs, 2d Sep-
tember 1714, 153

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366. Unsigned letter to John Earl of Mar, announcing that the Earl of

Cromartie had died on the preceding Friday ; that on hearing of the
Queen's death he had shut himself uj) in his closet for three hours, was
very melancholy when he came out, then went to bed and never rose
again. 2d September 1714, 154

367. Alexander fourth Lord Elibank to John second Earl of Cromartie,

acknowledging the receipt of an intimation of the late Lord Cromartie's
death. 6th September 1714, 155

368. John Earl of Mar to John second Earl of Cromartie, condoling with him

on the death of his father ; and giving him the electioneering news of
the northern districts. 7th September 1714, . . . . .155

369. William fifth Earl of Seaforth to the Same, congratulating him on his

accession to his new dignity, and desiring his vote for Lord Portmore

at the ensuing election of Peers. London, 11th September 1714, . 157

370. Alexander fourth Lord Elibank to the Same, suggesting that he should

be in Edinburgh before the next election ; and that by complying with
the measures of the Court, Lord Cromartie would have an opportunity
of securing to himself the pension enjoyed by the late Earl, his father,
etc. 24th January 1715, ........ 158

371. The Honourable James Er.skine, Lord Grange, Lord Justice-Clerk, to

the Same, pleading ill health as an excuse for not having waited on his
Lordship at Beanston Muir ; stating that he had sent his proportion of
men to the place of rendezvous, and was determined to serve King
George to the best of his ability. 5th October 1715, . . .15 9

372. Patrick Haldane of Gleneagles to the Same, intimating that an express

had arrived from Scotland with tidings that Perth had been seized
by 150 rebel horse, commanded by Colonel Hay, son of the Earl of
Kinnoul. 20th October 1715, 160

373. Lady Anne Lindsay, wife of James third Viscount Kingston, to the

Same, stating that upon receipt of his orders, Lord Kingston's horse
was ready, but that the arrival of the Highlanders prevented every-
body's horse from going out ; she had now sent the best she had, and
hoped the Earl would remit the penalty of £6. 31st October 1715, . 160


374. Robert Pringle, Secretary of State, to the Marquis of T^veeddale,

promising to lay before the King his representations as to preserving
the peace in his county; that it was hoped the Earl of Argyll
would make head against the Earl of Mar ; that there was no certain
news of the Duke of Ormond ; and stating that the King had ordered
3000 of the Dutch troops to land in the Firth of Forth ; that the
Pretender had left Bar le Due, and was come to Chateau Thierry in
Champaign, but that upon a memorial from Lord Stair, the Eegent
had directed the Duke de Guiche to order the Pretender to be carried
back into Lorrain. 4th November 1715, . . . . .161

375. Lady Jean Hay, Countess Dowager of William first Earl of March, to

[probably Charles Marquis of Tweeddale and not John second Earl of
Cromartie, as in the heading], stating that the neighbourhood was in
perfect quiet, and that Lord Annandale's demand of 400 fencible men
was more than the district could bear, the population being only about
2000. 4th November 1715, 1G3

376. John third Lord Belhaven to the Same, advising his Lordship that the

most effectual way of stopping the correspondence between the rebels
in the north and south of Scotland, was to station a few foot along
the coast at Aberlady, rather than to station the dragoons at Hadding-
ton, as he proposed. 5th November 1715, . . . . .164

377. Letter, without signature, to the Same, mentioning that on Lord Stair's

application the Pretender had been ordered to leave France ; that the
Duke of Ormond had been on the west coast with a ship containing
stores of arms and ammunition ; the Dutch troops were certainly at
sea ; that the Irish troops for Argyll were landed ; that the High-
landers, with the Border and Northumberland rebels, were then at
Kendal on their way to Lancashire ; and that General Wiles was before
them with nine regiments, and General Carpenter following in their
rear. 8th November 1715, . . . . . . .165

378. Alexander Grant of Grant to the Same, asking his Lordship to befriend

a gentlewoman, a relation, married to the Laird of Ardross. 13th
March 1716 168



379. John first Duke of Athole to the Same, congratulating him on his mar-

riage with his Grace's niece, Miss Fraser of Lovat. 2d November 1717, 169

380. John first Duke of Athole to the Same, relative to the appointment of

curators for M'Leod. 30th November 1720, 170

381. Lady Helen Mackenzie, wife of Sir John Mackenzie of Coul, to the

Same, relative to Easter Fearn's allegation in a letter to the Lord
Advocate, that he had been attacked by rebels, who were assisted by
Sir John Mackenzie of Coul, which Lady Helen denied. 3d Novem-
ber 1721, 171

382. Alexander fourth Lord Elibank to George Lord Tarbat, afterwards third

Earl of Cromartie, entreating him to make haste to Edinburgh, for that
was a critical time for the preservation of his family ; adding that a
proposal had been made that he should have £10,000, and be sent
abroad to travel ; and asking him to bring with him a full rental of
his estate, etc. 26th July 1722, 174

383. Charles Delafaye, Secretary to the Lords Justices, to John second Earl
of Cromartie, signifying, on a representation from the Comroission of
the General Assembly, their Lordships' desi)-e that he should be
vigilant in preventing and punishing the attempts of Pop'sh emissaries
to pervert the people to the interests of a Popish Pretender ; to sup-
press Popish schools and seminaries ; to apprehend trafficking priests
or Jesuits ; and to shut up such meeting-houses as had not qualified
preachers, etc. 30th November 1723, . , . . . .175

384. Sir William Gordon of Invergordon, Baronet, to the Same, on the

occasion of the marriage of his daughter to Lord Tarbat, promising
all the assistance in his power in everything that could tend to the
welfare of the Cromartie family. 25th June 1724, . . . ,176

385. Alexander fourth Lord Elibank to George Lord Tarbat, afterwards

third Earl of Cromartie, acknowledging his Lordshij^'s letter intimating
the death of his sister Mary. 15th June 1726, . . . .177

386. John fourth Marquis of Tweed dale to John second Earl of Cromartie,

asking his interest for re-election as a representative Peer. 1st Sep-
tember 1727, 178



387. Sir James Mackenzie, Lord Eoyston, to his nephew, George third Earl

of Cromartie, expressing his grief for the death of his brother, the
second Earl, and in answer to Lord Cromartie's question, suggests that
his son might well use either the designation of Tarbat or Macleod,
both being in the Patent. 5th March 1731, 179

388. George third Earl of Cromartie to John Mackenzie of Meddat, intimat-

ing the steps he had taken for the recovery of 4000 or 5000 deer
which had been driven out of the forest of Fanicli into the forest of
Freivater, etc. 30th June 1737, 179

389. Patrick fifth Lord Elibank to George third Earl of Cromartie, reporting

a complaint made to him respecting his Lordship by Lord Hay as
to the feu-duties in Ross, and advising him to make his own terms
with the Government. 23d December 1739,. . . . .181

390. Charles Gordon, son of Sir William Gordon, Baronet, to his brother-in-

law, George third Earl of Cromartie, announcing the dangerous illness

of his father, Sir William. 2d January 1741-2, . . . .182

391. Leonard Urquhart, Writer, Edinburgh, to George third Earl of Cro-

martie, giving an account, inter alia, of the illness of Sir William Gordon,
and the hopelessness of his case. 7th January 1742, . . .183

392. William twentieth Earl of Sutherland to Sir John Cope, stating that

in the event of a Jacobite rising, his Lordship believed he could raise
1800 men in Sutherland and 400 in Caithness; and recommending
that a lord-lieutenant should be named, and arms distributed. 24th
March 1743-4, 184

393. Duncan Forbes of Culloden, Lord President of the Court of Session, to
George third Earl of Cromartie, asking his Lordship's consent to Lord
Macleod's accepting a captain's commission in some of the indepen-
dent companies which Avere about to be raised. 23d September 1745, 186

394. The Same to the Same, advising his Lordship at such a conjuncture

not to stand upon ceremony, but to consent to Lord Macleod's accept-
ing the commission offered to him. 25th September 1745, . .187



395. George third Earl of Cromartie to Duncan Forbes of Culloden, in reply

to the above, expressing his regret that, on account of the singularity
of the conditions of the proposed commission for his son, he could not