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advise the latter to accept it. 26th September 1745, . . . 187

396. William Marquis of TuUibardine, signing Atholl, to George third Earl

of Cromartie, intimating that he had been appointed by His Royal
Highness (the Pretender) Commander-in-Chief of the Forces north of
the Forth ; desiring Lord Cromartie to raise all his men and march
with the utmost expedition to join the Prince. 28th September 1745, 188

397. George third Earl of Cromartie to Duncan Forbes of Culloden, express-

ing a hope that the President would not only not believe the idle stories
circulated about him, but contradict them. 19th October 1745, .189

398. Duncan Forbes of Culloden to George third Earl of Cromartie, acknow-

ledging receipt of the above, and expressing his satisfaction at the
assurances of loyalty therein contained. 21st October 1745, . .190

399. Lord John Drummond, second son of James Lord Drummond, who was

eldest son of James first Duke of Perth, to the Same, communicating
to him the Prince's orders to send the picket he had under his command
from Fife to Dunblane ; and announcing the Prince's intention to lay
siege to Stirling Castle in person. 31st December 1745, . . .191

4()(J. L(jrd George Murray, fifth son of John first Duke of Athole, to the Same,
ordering him to march out of Aberdeen on the following morning
with the rest of the foot, to proceed to Old Meldrum, and thence to
Strathbogie. 10th February 1746, 191

401. The Same to the Same, stating that he had been marching to join his

Lordship, till he met an express with news that the enemy had retired
into Sutherland ; that he had left the Stewarts of Appin at Fowlis to
enable Lord Cromartie to send in meal, and raise contributions ; and
that the Macgregors would be at Dingwall to receive his orders. 25th
February 1746, 192

402. The Same to the Same, with information that he had left 300 men for

Lord Cromartie's service, and desiring the latter to gather two or three


chalders of meal into the house of Foulis, to which Lord Cromartie
might retire, in the event of Lord Loudon's recrossing the water, if
he was not strong enough to fight him. 26th February 1746, . .193

403. Colonel John O'Sulivan, Adjutant-General to Prince Charles Edward, to

the Same, with information that the enemy was marching towards
Aberdeen, and ordering Lord Cromartie to hold his brigade in readiness
to march at an hour's warning. 27th February 1746, . . .194

404. Sir Thomas Sheridan, attending Prince Charles Edward, to the Same,

desiring him to send a party of his corps, under the command of Glen-
gyle, to assist Ross of Pitcairney, who had undertaken to raise a good
number of his men for the Prince's service. 28th February 1746, . 194

40.5. The Same to the Same, stating that the Prince did not consider it

advisable to send more forces in pursuit of Loudon. 1st March 1746, 195

406. The Same to the Same, announcing that the reinforcement desired by

the latter, was ordered to march at break of day to join him. 1st
March 1746, 196

407. Colonel John O'Sulivan to the Same, announcing that the Prince had

ordered Glengarrj^'s, Clanranald's, Appin's, Barostel's, and Eraser's regi-
ments to join his Lordship at Kinkell ; as also certain officers to serve
his Lordship as aides-de-camp. 1st March 1746, . . . .196

408. The Same to the Same, promising to send his Lordship the 100 stand

of arms wanted by him, as soon as the gun-smiths had them ready,

2d March 1746, 197

409. The Same to the Same, stating that if Loudon were returned into Suther-

landshire, it was the Prince's intention that the regiments of Glengarry,
Clanranald, and Appin, should be quartered as near as they could from
Kinkell to Ferntosh, that they might be able to assemble at the least
alarm. 2d March 1746, 197

410. Sir Thomas Sheridan to the Same, stating that the Prince was impatient

to know whether it was true that Loudon had returned into Suther-
landshire, and announcing that Fort Augustus had surrendered that
morning. 2d March 1746, . . . . . . . .19^^

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411. The Same to the Same, with instructions to send as much meal as he

could collect to Inverness. 3d March 1746, . . . . .199

412. The Same to the Same, intimating the Prince's desire that his Lordship

should remain at Dingwall, to raise men and bring in all the meal that
could be got. 3d March 1746, 199

413. Colonel John O'Sulivan to the Same, intimating that he had engaged

Louis Drummond to send him 100 stand of arms for his Lordship's men.

3d March 1746 200

414. Sir Thomas Sheridan to the Same, desiring the latter to send Mr.

Burgh, the Prince's aide-de-camp, to Inverness ; and announcing that,
from a French ship stranded on the coast, they had got 50 soldiers,
500 arms, and the crew, consisting of 110 men. 4th March 1746, . 200

415. Colonel John O'Sulivan to the Same, intimating that, by orders of the

Prince, Captain Stack would review his Lordship's troops ; and that
108 guns and as many bayonets bad been sent to his Lordship. 6th
March 1746, 201

416. Sir Thomas Sheridan to the Same, stating that no more arms could be

sent to his Lordship at that time, as none were ready. 6th March
1746, 202

417. Protection by George third Earl of Cromartie, to the heritors, tenants,

and possessors of the shire of Eoss, when carrying their farm meal, to
pass to and return from Inverness without molestation. 7th March
1746, 202

418. Sir Thomas Sheridan to George third Earl of Cromartie, asking him to

keep a strict eye on Rory Mackenzie, a Presbyterian minister, going to
Ross, that he might not find his way to Loudon. 11th March 1746, 203

419. The Same to the Same, intimating that the Prince was getting better

and better every day. 12th March 1746, 204

420. The Same to the Same, stating that the best thing that the latter could

do was to remain at Tain till further orders, and to raise all the money,
meal, and men that he could. 15th March 1746, .... 204


421. The Same to James Duke of Perth, desiring his Grace, since it was

impossible to pursue Loudon beyond the water, to return to Inverness

as soon as he could. 15th March 1746, ...... 205

422. The Same to the Same, announcing that Major Glasgow, with 200

foot, 14 of the Guards, and some Hussars, had attacked 60 Campbells
and 30 of Kingston's horse, who were at Keith, and that of the latter
20 Avere killed, and the rest taken prisoners. 16th March 1746, , 205

423. James Duke of Perth to George third Earl of Cromartie, recommending

his Lordship to inform the Prince that, with the Murray boats, which
could easily be sent, and the few boats in Cromartie Bay, it was very
easy to pursue Loudon's men, who were in absolute Avant of meal, and
had no food but boiled rye. 16th March 1746, . . . .206

424. The Same to the Same, informing the latter that several of Loudon's

men had cried across the ferry that they would come over had not the
oars been shut up, and desiring his Lordship to bring with him as
many spare oars as possible, in case they should find the enemies' boats
without the oars, etc. 17th March 1746, . . . . .207

425. Sir Thomas Sheridan to the Same, stating the Prince's determination

that Loudon should be attacked by means of the Murray boats, since

it was necessary that his men should be dispersed. 17th March 1746, 208

426. The Same to the Same, stating that, in consequence of fresh intelligence,

the Prince was confirmed in the resolution expressed in the foregoing
letter. 17th March 1746, 209

427. James Duke of Perth to the Same, reminding his Lordship that it

would be necessary to give their troops some previous warning to be in
readiness, etc. 18th March 1746, 209

428. Sir Thomas Sheridan to the Same, the bearer being Mr. Petrie, who
was sent to assist his Lordship in raising contributions in Eoss-shire,
stating that a gentleman despatched by the Duke of York had just
arrived with the strongest assurances of support from the Court of
France, and with the news that a fleet of 36 French and Spanish men-of-
war, and 28 large privateers, had sailed from Brest. 20th March 1746, 210

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429. The Same to the Same, with the Prince's congratulations on his Lord-

ship's late success, and informing him of the successful attack on the
Campbells and Kingston's horse at Keith. 2 2d March 1746, . .211

430. Colonel John O'Sulivan to the Same, with tidings that two men-of-war

and five transports had been seen making for Cromartie Bay ; and
warning his Lordship to be on his guard lest some of them should land
and seize on the stores at Tain, etc. 27th March 1746, . , .211

431. The Same to the Same, with reference to the same subject; and that it

was reported that the transports had come to convey Loudon's army

to Aberdeen. 28th March 1746, 212

432. Pass by Sir Everard Fawkner, permitting Isabella Countess of Cromartie,

her daughters, and their attendants, to go to London. 24th April
1746, 213

433. Order by William sixteenth Earl of Sutherland, Justiciar of Suther-

landshire, commanding that a sergeant and 1 2 men of the Sutherland-
shire militia should reside at New Tarbat as a guard. 24th April
1746, 214

434. Lord Hardwick, Lord High Chancellor of England, to Lord Strange

(Duke of Athole), requesting him to attend the trial of the Earls of
Kilmarnock and Cromartie, and Lord Balmerino, on 28th July follow-
ing. 30th June 1746, 214

435. Copy of — (1.) Letter of Sir John Gordon to Sir Dudley Ryder, Attor-

ney-General : (2.) Petition of John Lord Macleod : (3.) Reference to
the Attorney-General : (4.) Sir Dudley Ryder's Answer to Sir John

(1.) Sir John Gordon WTiting to Sir Dudley Ryder, mentions a peti-
tion for his nephew. Lord Macleod, which was laid before his
Majesty and favourably received, and thereafter was remitted
to the Attorney-General; asking him therefore to stop Lord
Macleod's arraignment. 29th August 1746.

(2.) The petition of John Lord Macleod states his intention to plead
guilty to the crime of high treason with which he was charged ;



expresses his contrition ; and begs permission to remain in the
Tower till the day of trial, instead of being taken to the new
gaol in Southwark, which was crowded with prisoners.

(3.) The foregoing petition is referred to the Attorney-General by
Lord Harrington, on his Majesty's command. 29th August 1746.

(4.) Sir Dudley Eyder intimates to Sir John Gordon that he sent to

Mr. Sharp a letter stopping Lord Macleod's arraignment, . .21.")

436. i^Irs. Jean Murray, attendant on Isabella Countess of Cromartie, to

John Mackenzie of Meddat, expressing her lady's surprise that Master
Georgie was not permitted to be under the care of Lady Arniston.
30th August 1746, 218

437. John Mackenzie of Meddat to Mrs. Jean Murray, mentioning a rumour

that Lord Macleod was to be sent to Jamaica for life, and .£200 to be
settled on him by the King ; with news of the family, etc., at New
Tarbat. 20th November 1746, 219

438. Mrs. Jean Murray to John Mackenzie of Meddat, informing him of her

Lady's safe delivery, etc. 10th January 1747, .... 220

439. John Lord Macleod to John Mackenzie of Meddat, concerning a hanger,

sword, and flute. 19th March 1747-8, 221

440. Ann Gordon, wife of Eobert Dundas, Lord President of the College of

Justice, to her brother-in-law, George third Earl of Cromartie, with
postscript to Lord Macleod, concerning a project of his for entering
the Prussian service ; recommending him to consult Dr. Chandler
before determining on the said project. 18th April 1748, . .222

441. J. Potter, for the Lords Justices, to George Mackenzie, late Earl of

Cromartie, stating that £200 would be paid to him as soon as he was
ready to proceed to his new residence near Honiton. 14th July 1748, 225

442. The Same to the Same, acquainting him that the Lords Justices had

ordered a warrant to be prepared approving of his residing at Layhill ;
also that the £200 Avould be paid to him at the Treasury. 21st July
1748, 226

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443. John Lord Macleod to his father, George third Earl of Cromartie,

expressing regret that all that he did was carped at by some of his
relations in Scotland ; and stating his intention to offer his service to
some of the Northern Powers. 18th April, circa 1749, . . .226

444. The Same to the Same, trusting that the reasons formerly assigned for

his leaving Devonshire were satisfactory, etc. 22d April 1749, . . 228

445. The Same to the Same, expressing sorrow that his parents should have

pain on his account, and stating that he was now on the eve of sailing

for Hamburg on his journey to Berlin. 6th May 1749, . . . 229

446. Alexander Mackenzie of Gerloch to John Mackenzie of Meddat, stating,

in answer to a communication, that he would rather Lord Cromartie
had died, sword in hand, than that he should have solicited aid from
inferiors. 17th May 1749, 230

447. John Lord Macleod to his father, George third Earl of Cromartie, in-

timating his arrival at Hamburg, and his favourable reception by Mr.
Cope, son of Sir John Cope, the English resident. 13th June 1749, . 230

448. George third Earl of Cromartie to John Mackenzie of Meddat, request-

ing money to be sent to London to his wife ; and to thank those gentle-
men who had assisted him. 9th September 1749, . . . .231

449. Copy of two letters from John Lord Macleod to his father, George third

Earl of Cromartie, in the fii-st of which, dated Dantzic 6th December

1749, he states that in consequence of Velt Marechal Keith's applica-
tion, the Swedish minister was likely to do much for him, . . .232

The second letter, from Stockholm, intimates that in a few days he
would get a commission as captain in the regiment of foot commanded
by Major-General Baron Hamilton ; mentioning that many of the
Swedish nobility were of Scottish origin, such as Hamilton, Fercen
(M''Pherson), Douglas, Stuart, Spens, M'^Dugal, etc. 16th January

1750, old style, 233

450. George third Earl of Cromartie to John Mackenzie of Meddat, concern-

ing furniture to be sent, etc. 20th April 1751, . . . .234



451. Lord George Murray, signing " De Valignie," to John Lord Macleod,

promising to address the King in the hope that some benefit might
arise. 25th April 1751, . . . . . . . . 235

452. George third Earl of Cromartie to John Mackenzie of Meddat, giving

directions concerning the sale of certain articles of furniture at Cro-
martie. 4th July 1752, ........ 236

453. Lord George Murray, signing " De Vallignie," to John Lord Macleod,

regretting that the latter is occasionally troubled with ague, and coun-
selling him to devote himself to whatever studies are requisite for an
officer, etc. 1st April 1753, ........ 239

454. The Same to the Same, mentioning that he suspected their letters were

opened on the way ; thanking him for his account of the manoeuvres
by the Danish troops at Copenhagen ; with an account of the encamp-
ment of the Prussian troops at Potsdam ; accounts of his second son ;
that his eldest son was married to Chariot, only child of the Duke of
Athole ; and sympathising with him in his straitened circumstances,
etc. 29th October 1753, 241

455. Field-Marshal the Honourable James Keith, second son of William

Earl Marischal, to John Lord IMacleod, asking forgiveness for having
employed an amanuensis, through illness, and giving directions as to
certain things necessary to be bought for Ms equipage. 13th March
1757, 244

456. Patrick fifth Lord EKbank [address wanting], referring to the high

principles of his correspondent, and the steps he had taken for the
relief of his country ; and reminding him of the hard case of his brother,
Alexander Murray, who had been condemned to six months' imprison-
ment and perpetual exile, for honestly endeavouring to exert the
privilege of a free-born subject. 2d April 1757, .... 245

457. John Lord Macleod to John Mackenzie of Meddat, stating that he was

in the country for a few Aveeks on a visit to his friends, and asking him
to influence Tulloch and Bailie Alexander Mackenzie and others in
behalf of Sir John Gordon. 11th September 1758, . . . .246


458. Brigadier-General James Murray, son of Alexander fourth Lord Elibank,

to his brother, Rear- Admiral George Murray, intimating his appoint-
ment as Governor of Quebec ; of the state of his command, and his
preparations for a winter campaign ; and his intention to provide for
his friends, etc. 11th October 1759, 247

459. Captain Roderick Mackenzie to his brother, George third Earl of Cro-

martie, containing a short poem styled " Characteristics," intended to

hit off some of his Lordship's acquaintance. 11th August 1760, . 248

460. Brigadier-General James Murray, son of Alexander fourth Lord Elibank,

to his brother, Rear-Admiral George Murray, defending the part he
had acted in the campaigns in Canada. 19tli October 1760. . . 250

461. Charles John Hope to John Lord Macleod, recommending to him Mr.

Pointz, about to make the tour of Denmark and Sweden, and then
return to England. 21st June 1761, . . . . . .254

462. George third Earl of Cromartie to [address wanting], stating that news

had come from South Carolina of the death of Mr. Atkins, his
daughter's husband ; that his eldest son had been made a knight of
the order of the Sword and North Star by the King of Sweden ;
with other information about his family. 30th January 1762, . . 255

463. Intimation of the death of Lady Anne Murray, wife of John Murray,

M.D., and daughter of George third Earl of Cromai-tie, who had been
first married to Edmond Atkins, Esquire, President of the Council of
South Carolina. 2 2d January 1768, 256

464. Henry Dundas, Advocate, afterwards first Viscount Melville, to [address

Avanting], regarding a consultation with Mr. M'Queen, and stating
what the law requires in reference to interest for money, etc. 8 th
August 1770, . . 256

465. Brigadier-General James Murray, son of Alexander fourth Lord Eli-

bank, to his brother, Rear-Admiral George Murray, expressing regret
that there should be any disagreement on the subject of Lord Elibank's


executors ; his sorrow for the misfortune of Dr. Murray's family ; his
pleasure in hearing of Lady Bell's welfare, etc. ; stating that he was not
to leave for his command in Minorca till November. 9th July 1774, . 257

Thirty-two letters from Anne Duchess of Buccleuch and Monmouth to
George Viscount of Tarbat and Earl of Cromartie.

466. In the first of the letters, subscribing A. B., she mentions the accept-

ance of the resignation which was made to the King. 2Gth July, circa
1686, 259

467. The Same to the Same, stating that she cannot forgive the interest of

Lord Tweeddale's debt, but that if payment be immediately made, there
may be a partial remission, etc. 3d January, circa 1691, . . .260

468. The Same to the Same, in regard to Mr. Mein's being appointed

minister at Dalkeith. 21st February 1691, . . . . .261

469. The Same to the Same, regarding the foregoing of debts in behalf of

some, jmrticularly Colonel Stewart. 30th August circa 1691, . .202

470. The Same, subscribing A. B. C.,to the Same, expressing her pleasure in

his son's acquittal, and blaming Scrimger for not gi'ving information on
certain points. 5th September, aVca 1691, . . . . .263

In a postscript to his wife's letter. Lord Cornwallis also congratulates
his Lordshij) on the Master of Tarbat's acquittal.

471. The Same, subscribing A. B. C, to the Same, concerning adjusting

accounts with her son by commission ; that the business was resolved

on all hands concerning the fair lady, etc. 25th April, circa 1693, . 264

472. The Same to the Same, expressing a wish that his Lordship should Ije

present at her son's marriage. 7th November, circa 1693, . .265

473. The Same to the Same, expressing gladness to hear from him, and

respect and affection, which had begun in childhood and would not
alter in age. 19th August, cwra 1694, . . . . . .265

474. The Same to the Same, regretting that there should be misunderstanding

in relation to her on the part of his Lordship. 28th October [1694], 26C

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475. The Same to the Same, lamenting the death of Marj'- Queen of Great

Britain, and announcing the hirth of her grandson. 1 2th January 1695, 267

476. The Same to the Same, referring to the approaching return of his Lord-

ship to Scotland, of which she had learnt by inquiry at her sister, his
wife ; and offering to furnish money to defray expenses on the occasion.
16th February 1703, 268

477. The Same to the Same, stating that her daughter Isabella had got the

small-pox, and declaring that her name should not be mixed up in the
plot, with which Captain Fraser was connected, etc. 18th January,
circa 1704, 268

478. The Same to the Same, expressing regret that I^ord Clarendon and his

Lordship met so seldom, etc. 23d January, circa 1704, . . .269

479. The Same to the Same, referring to the change of statesmen. 16th

March, circa 1704, 269

480. The Same to the Same, expressing sorrow at her sister's ill health. 8th

February, area 1705, 270

481. The Same to the Same, alluding to the vanity of W. being increased

since his stay in England. 29th June, circa 1705, .... 270

482. The Same to the Same, trusting that he will prevent the Duke of Athole

from paying a visit to Dalkeith, the house being shut up during her
absence, but that all will be welcome when she returns. 1st August,
circa 1705, 271

483. The Same to the Same, expressing her sympathy with him in trouble.

2d December, circa 1705, 271

484. The Same to the Same, reminding him of an engagement to go and see

little young Elcho. May 1706, 272

485. The Same to the Same, saying that Lady Northesk blames him for the

part he took in the Union; and of Nairn's ill service. 23d July 1708, 272

486. The Same to the Same, referring to an accident which occurred while

travelling; of Lord Wemyss, etc. 28th July, circa 1709, . . . 272


4S7. The Same to the Same, alluding to the victory [of Mons], and lamenting

the Marquis of Tulibardine's death. 13th September [1709], . .273

488. The Same to the Same, desiring him to come whenever at leisure, as all

things were made comfortable for his reception, etc. 17th November,
circa 1710, 273

489. The Same to the Same, as to Eobinson's accounts. 8th April, circa

1711, 274

490. The Same to the Same, further about the same accounts. 4th August,

circa 1711,. . . . . . . . . . . 275

491. The Same to the Same, regarding a proposal that Watt Laing should

go to London to impart information about certain matters of interest.
27th February, ciVra 1712, 276

492. The Same to the Same, as to her tenants; proposal as to Watt Laing,

etc. 20th March, arm 1712, 277

493. The Same to the Same, as to her son Francis being served heir; a

house for her in Edinburgh, etc. 7th August, circa 1712, . . .278

494. The Same to the Same, further about Robinson's accounts. 2d October

1712, 278

495. The Same to the Same, inquiring when the Earl of Cromartie was

coming to London ; also complaining of the slowness of the lawyers

in Robinson's business. 13th January, cmot 1713, . . . .279

496. The Same to the Same, complaining of a decree in the courts of law.

17th May, cw-ca 1713, 280

497. The Same to the Same, as to a contemplated purchase, and other busi-

ness. 12th September 1713, 280

498. Simon Lord Lovat to George first Earl of Cromartie, interceding for

the promotion of Lord Haddo, expressing conviction that the latter
could creditably fill the position referred to. 12th July, circa 1711, , 281
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499. The Same to Jolin nineteenth Earl of Sutherland, asking for a protec-

tion for the M'^Craes, which would be useful in hindering Seafort's
people from a new rising; and giving an invitation to dinner at
B, Dunbar's house in Inverness. 19th January 1716, . . . 282

500. The Same to John second Earl of Cromartie, stating that he had pre-

vailed with Major-General Wightman to write to General Cadogan
that he might be allowed to set his Lordship and Inchcouter at liberty
on bail or parole of honour, since no actual rebellion had been proved
against them. 24th March 1716, 283

501-510. Ten letters from Simon Lord Lovat to George third Earl of

(1.) In the first he states that but for indisposition he would have