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I HOPE your Lordship has befor this seen Griff[i]sh, and heard his com-
plaints about thes accounts of Eobinson's. He say'd to me he thought his
voichers should be sent to Scotland, wher thy may be examened befor the
verie people concearned ; but if this can not be don, I soposs Mr. William
Eobinson will consent to keep them, for I can not think it proper Mr. Ben-
jamin Robinson should have papers of such concequence left in his hands
till my return to town. Do, I pray you, what is best in this matter, for you
know better then I do what should be don. What would I give to find you
at London at my return ; it would be good for Queen Ann and Dutches Ann,
and, for ought I know, manie more. God bliss you and me. Eairwell.

For the Earl of Cromertie.




London, February 27, circa 1712.
jMy Lord, — I hade yours of the 21, in which you propos Watt Laings
coming to London to impairt matters of concearn to me, which I finde he is
not desirous to be thought the author off, [for] fear of disobledging tlie persons
concearned, which I belive verie reasonable. Now, pray, consider this, —
should he com and discover any thing worth my knowleg, would not evrie
body persave by the consequence that he informed me off thos things ; but if
lie wretts to me what is for my service, he can not imagen that I will not
keep his counsell as exactly as indeed I am bound to do, both for my own
sack and his. I dare say if he depends on me intirly, he will find it both for
his proffitt and credit ; and as I know he can do me service in my affairs, so
you may answer for me that it shall never be to his loss. I find by a letter I
had from him he has cawsless fears upon him, as if I would lett Peelbrayhope
to Sir Gilberd Eliot, which I have no thought off, as your lordship may assure
him. I am longing heartily to see you at Dalkeith, Eastpark, Eoyston, and
Edinl30urg]i. All health and hapynes attend you.

A. B. C.

The Lords of Session will find it dificult to govren my domestick aflairs,
and make me give bord wadges whithir I will or not, and know nothing of
my managment nor family orders.

Since I send Furnall against the land setting, it would do well if Watt
Laing will lett me know some of what he says is so much for my good ;
becaws I may by that means give the fitter instructions to Furnall, and rais
less suspition against Laing amongest thos who would be disobledged by his
revailling ther misdeeds.



London, March the 20, circa 1712.

I THANK your lordship for your congrautalation for my new purchass.
As to the proposalls of the Ingiish men, I think you have not the same notion
of it which I have, for, as to the removall of thes old tenants, no body thinks
of it, provided thy pay as thy should, which at this time can scarcely be
sayd of any, otherways such arrears could never have been, nor I belive ever
was, to any but my poor selff. However, you may be sure I shall do nothing
contrary to your advice, therfor my friends must be answrabll for all my
misdemenes. Since you think Wat Laing may do me service by informing
me of matters of consequence, I did ordar ]\Ir. Dong worth to wrett to him to
tell him I am willing he should com, providing he coms befor the land setting.
I still intend to send Furnall again, for I never saw any body give a more
exactt account of what I required then he did; and indeed considring his
short stay in Scotland, he knew verie much of the people and placess.

Thus much was wrett when I received yours of the 13, wuth one from
Watt Laing to yourselff, by which I find no great reason for his coming
hithir, becaws lie says in that, that he is verie much mistaken if he wrett or
spoke any thing that would discover secretts of verie great importence, or the
abuses of some persons, or what would do me notabll service. Now, my lord,
if his coming hithir will do me no service, why would he com, or why has he
pressed it with earnestnes ever since August 1711 ? I am sure the English
had made no proposells then, as your lordship verie well knows. Adieu.

Pray tell Lord Eoyston I will soon answer his letter, but I have at pre-
sent worn out my pen and burntt out my candle in writting this long letter
to your lordship.



London, August 7, circa 1712.
YiSTERDAY I bad yours of 31 of Jully. I could wish it wer not necessary
for you to take so long a journey north as you speak of, and yit I must own
I wish you may make a longer southwards. All the world are for them
selves, so I am for me. I have desired Mr. Dongworth to wrett to my Lord
Poltoun, that Fauash may pay the money your lordship mentioned concearn-
ing Francis being served heir ; for as your infalabll lordship thinks, so do I,
that it is by no means fitt for me to aske such a thing of the Queen. I think
it verie proper I should have a hows in Edinburgh, and therfor if it be most
convenint to you to pay me this way you propos, I shall be verie glad to
make a bargin with you, and in order to it I have here inclosed the summe
which your bond, I belive, now amounts to. If I had not a very great cold in
my head I would wrett to the Lord Eoyston and Poltoun to treat with the
Earl of Cromertie, but they will take your word, if you declair my intention
to them, and lett me know your proceedings as soon as you can. I have
wrett a long letter considring iny cold. I am ever.

Your Lordships liumbll servant,

A. B. C.

To the right honorable the Earl of Cromertie, at his house in Edinburgh,


London, October the 2d, 1712.
You have so offten wrett of your northren journey that I know not in
what place you are now in. I would avoid saying any thing I have by this


post wrett to Lord Royston or Poltonn, so that I shall only insistt of what
your Lordship was an ear wittnes to in this hows. When befor you, North-
esk, and my son De Lorain, with great anger I say'd to Eobinson he knew,
and durst not deney, that upon his once proposing to lay out a litll of his
own money when I was at Dalkeith, I answred I would have non of his
money layd out in any of my affairs, to which you remember he answred
with humbll submision to me. What I say'd w^as I would not borrow money
of him. He ment it for the best ser^•ice to me. I will not torment you
with more repetition of this dialogue. I can trust the Evergreen's memorie :
but when a man owns that he was forbid laying out money for his master,
and brings a ballance of seven liunder pounds, which being reproved for, he
in a fortnights time brings an increse of that ballanc[e] from seven to sixteen
hunder pounds, what is to be say'd in Scotland for this ? Here in England
no servant can be allowd for above forty shillans, exceptt he produces an
order from his master. My lord, I have so offten desired your advice what
gratification is fitt for me to give Wat Laing, that I desir your positive ansuer.
I think a present reward of money, but not an augmentation of his salary.
I am glad you aprove of the finishing of East Park. I am most truly
Your Lordships humbll servant,

A. B. C.

For the Earl of Cromertie, in his absence to my Lord Eoyston.


London, Jan. 13, circa 1713.
I HAVE been hindred thes sevrall posts when sett down to wrett to your
lordship. I got Mr. Dong worth to tell you when the depositions wer sent
concearning Neirons busines, but now I must complain to you of my la^vye^s


being so slow in answring of iiss as to Eobinsons busines. My ill luck in

servants, I fear, extends to my frinds, but I am loath to incurag this thought

lest it give me the splain, a mallady I yit never have been troubled with. 1

hope you will assist me and take som car of me whilst you stay in Scotland,

and also that you will answr my question, which you have not yet don, tho

asked a hunder times, when comes the Earl of Cromertie to London ?

Answer, I desir.

A. B. C.


London, May the 17, circa 1713.
I SHALL not need to say much to your Lordship novv^, having verie latly
wretten to you, and Mr. Dongworth knowing much better then I do how to
exprece evine my own thoughts of this odd decree and most wise judgment
of not doubting a man will swear what he will say in some casses. My com-
fort is that in England no man living ever got his accounts past without
sufficent vouchers. I long much to know which of my lawyers worded the
queries putt to Sir David — some of the questions most trifling, others not full
enough to the porpos. AVer you here, I should say much more then I shall
wrett at present. I am

Your Lordships huml)ll


London, September the 12, 1713.
YouES of the 1st and 4th I have received. As to this new purchass of
Musltoun, I am to be advised by my friends, if it be a fitt bargin I am ready
to acceptt of it, but if it is only a fether, as you your selfF tearmes it, I

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would not give one straw for one fether. Pray speak with Lord Eoyston,
who has a head like his father, and speak with Lord Poltoun, who knows all
my settlments on my younger children. Lett him and your Lordship con-
sider if no inconvenence can fall out in regard to thos great somess I have
loaded Francis with at my death, for had I not five younger children to
provid portions to, I would scearce aske my wiss counsall one question about
this purchas ; buy it would be the word. But as the cass stands, pray, my
lord, consider what your three lordships should advise one, who relays absa-
lutly on your judgments. Lord Poltoun, I am sure, remembers my setl-
ment. Mr. Dongworth wretts by this post to know what I can leagely do
with Ptobert Scott, for turning him away is not suffiicent for such a crime.
You are to good natured, therefor do not answer me about this your self, but
lett som of my more reasonabll frinds say uhat can be don with him to make
his punnishment publick, that people may see I have the utmost disHck to
Eobinson's ways and all who adhears to him. Pray lett this be ansured
soon, but not by the Earl of Cromartie, to whom I am

A most humbll servant,

A. B. C.

Indorsed : D[uches]s Bu[ccleiich], September 1713.

498. Simon Lord Lovat to [George first Earl of Cromartie].

Edinburgh, July 12, circa 1711.

My dear Lord, — I am very glad to hear of your lordship's health, which I
have constant accounts of from Leutenant M'^Kenzie. Yow are now so long
passed the time yow had fixed for your jurnay, that I am resolved to wreat to
your lordship just as if I had never heard of your design to leve London.

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j\Iy Lord, the reason of my giveing yow this trouble is to recommend a
Irind of yours and myne to your care. Your lordship will remember that,
when you was secretary, the Queen had a designe to have given my Lord
Haddo an extraordinary goun : now, my Lord, ther is a goun vacant, and
therby hir Majesty has it in liir pouer to make good hir former design to my
Lord Haddo ; and I am perswaded that if your lordship wold give your selfe
tlie trouble to goe to Windsor and propose it to hir Majesty, it might take
effect. Yow know the man well eneugh, and can give such a character of
him as he deserves ; but he is not unknoun to the Queen, which I hop will
make the matter goe the better. It's not fitt for to say anie thing off
him, but I beleive this will generally be allowed that the goun will hardly
be better filled then it wold by him. I thought to have perswaded my Lord
Haddo to have wreat himselfe to yow, but he is so doubtfuU of success, and so
modest and unwilling to give yow trouble, that I took it upon me to doe it
for him. I know I need not caution your lordship to take no notice of this
project, if it succeed not ; for I have not mentioned it to no person. I am,
my dear Lord,

Your lordship's most affectionat cusing and most humble servant,


499. The Same to [John nineteenth Eakl of Sutheeland].

The 19 of January 1716.
My dear Lord, — I humbly beg your lordship may order poor Stray's
busines, and give me the protection for the M*-Craes, which will be very
usefuU and even necessary to hinder Seafort's people from a new rising. I'le
wait of your lordship when I have on my cloaths ; but Mrs. Dunbar desires
mightily that your lordship would do us all the honor to dine with us. I


know your lordsliip does not hate the fair sex, and ther is two here that are
worth looking on. I liope that will have some effect to perswad your lord-
ship to do us the honour to come and dine with us. I am, with more zeal

and respect than I can express, your fathfull slave,


Indorsed : " Simon Lord Lovat to E. Sutherland, 1 9 Jany. 1716, inviting
" him to dine at B. Dunbars house in Inverness, where my wife and
" sister then was."

500. The Same to [John second Earl of Cromartie].

Inverness, the 24 of j\Iarch 1716.
]\Iy dear Lord, — I send you this express to aquant your lordship that I
have acted for you as for my brother. I have prevail' d with Major General
Wightman to \xx\t for your lordship and for Inchcouter to General Cadogan,
that sin[c]e he got no actuall rebellion proven against you, that he might allow
liim to set you at liberty on bail, or your parole of honor, which is all I could
do, or all that the major general could do, if you were our brother ; so I hope
a litle tyme will end your lordship's confinement. I presume to give my
humble duty to your worthy lady. I am glad to have given her ladyship
and your lordship such open proofs of my friendship and respect. I diverted
the sending regular troops or another officer, because I know Cerr and my
men will do what your lordship pleases. I told the general that you order'd
me to present him your litle galloway when your horses came to Inverness.
Inchcouter is so sensible of my friendship, that he promises to do uliat he
can to accommodat matters bet^vixt Fraserdale and me, and I belive it will be
both our interests to agree in a friendly maner to prevent both our ruins. I



hope your lordship will be a good instrument in that affair, sinc[e] you know
how sincerly I am, with affection and great respect, my lord,

Your lordship's most affectionate cusing and most obedient humble servant,


The war with France is over, and the news about Argyl very uncertain.
Some say he stands firm, others that he does not ; tyme will only clear that

501-510. Ten Letters from Simon Lord Lovat to [George third Earl

OF Cromartie].


Beaufort, 3d July 1739.

My good Lord, — I had the honour of your lordship's letter this morning,
and I am very glad to know by the bearer that your lordship and the Countes
of Cromertie and your children are in good health ; and I beg leave to assure
your lordship and them of my most affectionate humble duty,

I can very freely assure your lordship that nothing but my long and
great indisposition, which is not yet quite over, depriv'd me of the honour of
paying my respects to your lordship before now at Castle Leod, and bringing
with me the triumphing sword of your great and worthy antcestor, and my
great grand uncle, Sir Eory, tutor of Kintail : I have it still ready to go along
with me. I did design to cause brush it and dress it up, but I was advis'd
by some of your friends and mine to keep it in the old rusty dress it is in till
I put it in your lordships hands, which I am fully resolved to do as soon as
ever I am able to ride that length in any shape ; for there is nothing I long

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more for than to have the honour to see your lordship in your own house ;
for I am, with the utmost esteem and respect, my good Lord,

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



Beaufort, 6th July 1739.
My dear Lord, — I am infinitly obliged to your lordship's goodness in
designing to come and see me to this little hut, as that would do me a great
deall of honour. No man ever made me a visit that would be more welcome,
and no correspondence can do me more honour and pleasure than that of
living in a particular friendship with your lordship, which I covet extreamly.
My indisposition is not yet quite over, but how soon ever I am able to
travel I shall certainly have the honour to pay my most humble duty to your
lordship at Castle Leod, and, I hope, prevent your coming here ; for I would
be very much asham'd to see you here before I paid my respects to your
lordship at your own house.

I beg leave to assure your lordship and the Countess of Cromertie, and
all your family at Castle Leod, of my most sincere humble duty ; and I am,
with a perfect attachment and respect, my dear lord.

Your lordship's most obedient, most affectionate cousin and most
faithfull humble servant,



Inverness, 18th October 1739.
My good Lord, — I received the honour of your very civil and kind letter
this morning, in my bed, to which I have been confined since Sunday last that


I arriv'd here from Fort Augustus. I got so much cold in the bad lodging
that I had there, that it gave me a very sharp aguish fever, with other ail-
ments that have been very troublesome to me. My fever, I bless God, is
abated, but not yet gone off; so that I was not able to dictate this letter all
day till now that it is about 6 o'clock.

I am heartily sorry that your lordships tennents are so much hurt and
harrass'd by those cursed thieves and villains that live or are harbour'd in
Glenmoristone, Glengerry, and other thievish countrys.

I know that rogue, Alister Scholar, to lie one of the greatest thieves in
the Highlands. He has taken four or five parcells of cattle out of my own
country within this year and an half, and I have us'd all my endeavours to
seise them ; but when I sent parties after him, he alwayes made his escape to
Turridon in Kenlochow, for he was born and bred in that country, and it
would be a very easy matter for Coul and Turridon, who are your lordship's
relations as well as mine, to seise the villain and to send him to you. How-
ever, I do sincerely promise to your lordship that if that rogue is harbour'd
either in Glenmoristone, Glengerrie, Locharrigack, Lochabber, or Brelochabber,
I shall have him by the neck and send him to your lordship ; for I am fully
resolved to spend more than the value of the cows or get redress to your
lordship. I'le not only employ the Serjeants and men of my company that
are known in those countrys to go in search of him without loss of time, but
I will likewise make use of all the interest I have with Glengerry, Locheil,
Barrisdale, and Scothouse, who are the principal gentlemen in those countrys,
to cause seise that villain. I will leave no stone unturned to get your lord-
ship full satisfaction of this last insult. But I again presume to beg of your
lordship to engage our friends Coul and Turridon to cause seise the villain
when he comes to their lands ; for you may depend upon it that I'le catch
him if he is in Glenmoristone or the West Highlands, or chass him to the


haunts that he us'd to have about Turridon, Keulochow, and LochLroom and
Coigach, where I have had a party for several weeks after him.

Your lordship may assure your self that nothing can do me greater plea-
sure than to convince your lordship by my actions of the great honour and
value that I have for you ; and as I have the honour to be several w^ayes
related to your lordship's family, I can freely assure you that you have no
relation that will be more ready and desirous to serve your lordship's person
and family than I shall alwayes be.

Whenever I recover my health so as to be in condition to travel, I shall

have the honour to pay my duty to your lordship at Newtarbat ; and you

will alwayes find me, with the utmost attachment and respect, my dear Lord,

Your lordship's most obedient, most faithful humble servant, and most

affectionate cousin,



Beaufort, 27th of May 1740.

My DEAif Lord, — I was much pleas'd with the hopes of having the honour
to see your lordship and my worthy friend my Lord Arnistoun and Sir
William Gordon in this little hutt, either Fryday, Saturday, or yesterday ;
but I am mighty sorry at the account that I got this evening from Braan,
that the good Countess of Cromerty was dangerously ill, and that she was
threaten'd with an abortion. This makes me presume to send this express
to get an account of her ladiship's health. I wish with all my soul it may
be good.

If I had not expected to have the honour of a visit from your lordship, as
Mr. Charles Gordon told me, I woud certainly have had the honour to have
paid my duty to you and to my Lord Arnistoun at Castle Leod yesterday or


this day ; for the river of Bewllie has not been so low this year as it has
been these few clays past.

I beg leave to assure your lordship and the good Countess, and my Lord
Arnistoun and Sir William Gordon, of my most sincere and most affectionate
humble duty ; and I am, with the utmost esteem and respect, my dear Lord,
Your lordship's most obedient humble servant and most affectionate cousin,



Beaufort, 2 March 1743.

My Lord, — I propos'd to myself the honour of waiting of your lordship
and the countess when at Castle Leod, but was always prevented, either by
want of health, or the swelling of the river, which made it impossible for my
chariot to pass : however, as the good season will soon come in, I hope to
have the pleasure of paying my compliments to you there, or at Tarbot House.

I hope this letter will find your lordship and the worthy Countess of
Cromarty, and good Lady Bell and the other lovely ladys, in perfect health ;
and I beg leave to assure your lordship and them of my most sincere and
affectionate humble duty, best respects, and good wishes.

I find by my son that my dear Lord M^Leod is at Edinburgh. They
correspond together, which I am very glad of.

As your lordship has more patronages in your family than any man in the
north, it must subject you to the soUicitations of those wdio think they have
any interest with you in favours of their friends when any of the parishes to
which you are patron fall vacant. And as I flatter myself with having some
share of your lordship's friendship, I hope you wdll forgive my giving you
the trouble of this, to begg of you to present Mr. Donald Fraser to suc[c]eed
Mr. Eobertson in the parish of Killearnan.


He has liv'd for a considerable time in my family, taking care of my
children, and from what I know of his conduct, and the character I have of
his qualifications for the ministry from the most judicious of the clergy of
this countrey, I have reason to Ijeleive he will draw no reflection on any
body who contributes to his settlement : and as he lived for some time
in that parish, I am persuaded he will be very agreable to the people.

Your lordship has certainly heard of the persecution he met with from
some of the presbetry of Tain ; but as the charge against him was found
groundless, and he fully assoilzied by the highest judicatory of the church, I
hope any maKcious reports that were at that time dilligently propagated
against him will have no weight with your lordship, as they were chiefly
calculate to dissappoint his being settl'd in a parish in which he had a vast
majority of the residing heretors and people.

This I rather hope will determine your lordship to befriend him, and I
dare venture to promise upon his gratitude.

I shoud make a great many apologies for giving your lordship this
trouble ; but I hope you will forgive my being importunate for my kinsman,
who has been very usefull to me in the care of my children, and whom I can
recommend as a downright honest man. And as I am patron myself of six
or seven different parishes, if ever I have the opportunity, I shall be extreamly
ready to return a favour of this kind to any body your lordship shall recom-
mend to me. And if in any thing else I can serve your lordship, you will
always find me as ready as any relation you have whatever. And I intreat
your lordship may beleive that I am, with uncommon esteem, attachment and
respect, my dear earl.

Your lordship's most obedient and most faithfull humble servant and

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