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ROBERT Letter from Admiral Duncan to his brother-in-law, thereabouts. This was the common practice of Doyle
Dundas, Lord Advocate Dundas, announcing his victory over to get fees.
the Dutch off Camperdown, October 15, 1797.
In 1691 Dr. King published a volume intituled “The
Letters from the Duke of Portland, Home Secretary, “ State of Protestants under the late King James's
to Lord Advocate Dundas, 1794 to 1799.
“ Government,” and it was reprinted in 1745. The
Miscellaneous letters, 1719 to 1819, principally to the edition of 1745 is in 174 pp. In this work he notices
two Presidents and the Chief Baron Dundas, from Pre the imprisonment of Dr. Ring (himself), Dr. Foy (the
sident Forbes, Lord Justice Clerk Grange, Earl of Dr. F. of the diary), Mr. King, Mr. Fitz Simons (per-
Lauderdale, Earl of Rothes, Earl of Ilay, Lord Lovat, haps the Mr. Fitz of the diary), and other persons, and
Sir Robert Walpole, Earl of Findlater, Earl of March- notices events which are mentioned in the diary, and
mont. Charles Townshend, Charles Yorke, Lord Mans- gives a bad character to Nugent (Lord Riverstown),
field, Principal Robertson, Henry Erskine, Lord Lough- who refused his bail.
borough, Lord Thurlow, Mr. Canning, Princess of The diary is interesting, as giving the names of
Wales, &c., &c.
some few of the prisoners and of the visitors, and
Joun STUART. various reports of the movements and doings of the
English, Irish, and French forces, and deserves to be
printed in some archæological publication.
The following are descriptions furnished by Lieut.-
LT.-COL. THE MANUSCRIPTS OP LT.-COLONEL WM. Ross King, OF
TERTOWIE; KINELLAR, Co. ABERDEEN.
Col. King of the other MSS.
1679. Declaration, by Dr. William King, not to take
Lieut.-Col. King possesses some autograph MSS., by up arms against the king. With the Archiepiscopal
Dr. William King. Archbishop of Dublin. The prin- Seal of Dublin affixed.
cipal one is a MŠ. (pp. 27 to 105) of what appears to 1683. Appointment of Dr. William King as Chaplain
be a diary kept by Dr. William King (afterwards Arch- to King Charles II.
bishop of Dublin) while a prisoner in Dublin Castle, 1684. Appointment of Dr. William King as Chaplain
in the year 1689. It is in the diarist's handwriting. to the Duke of Ormonde, Lieutenant-Governor of
Lieut.-Col. King has sent to London for inspection a Ireland. With Seal of latter attached
transcript of pp. 27-66. (The pages 27 and 28 are 1688, February 24. Certificate of the time when
erroneously numbered 31 and 32.)
Dr. William King read his assent: “subscribed by those
On the 12th of May 1689 James II. landed in Ireland. whose names are within written.”
The Irish Parliament soon afterwards attainted all Thirteen autograph sermons by Archbishop W. King:
Protestants who had assisted or aided against James. inscribed by himself with the dates an
inscribed by himself, with the dates and churches at
King, I suppose, was among them, and he was sent to which they were preached.
Aberdeenshire was the native county of the Arch-
• The MS. begins at p. 27 (31) with the words, “could bishop's ancestors, who were settled at Barra in 1247
s6 not in a week's time effect it” (part of some news (and from whom Lt.-Col. King, possessor of the above
which a visitor to the prison was telling to Mr. F. MSS., is descended). A Latin MS. diary by the Arch-
(Fitz Simon ?). Page 28 (32) ends thus, “I drew up a bishop commences, “Ipse natus ex familia insigni de
is letter to Lord Chief Justice Herbert, and a petition “ Barra in Scotia." His father, James King, moving
“ to his Majesty. I ordered Mr. King to manage and thence to Ireland, between 1639 and 1649, founded an
“ sollicit the affair for my releasement."
Irish branch (represented by the Rev. Sir J. W. King,
“I need not advise you to make these things a Bart., of Corrard). This migration accounts for the
existence of the Archbishop's papers in Scotland as well
(Here the MS. breaks off, followed by a blank of a as in Ireland.
page and a half, and then the diary is resumed on a
ALFRED J. HORWOOD.
new page, numbered 29, and is continued to page 105.)
Aug. 13. “ Mr. Crow produced his discharge from
“ Lord Chief Justice Riverstown to Mr. Cumberford”.
THE MANUSCRIPTS OF CHARLES HOME DRUMMOND MORAY,
(who seems to have been the keeper of the prison).
ESQUIRE, OF ABERCAIRNY.
Dr. King procured an order from the Lord Chief Jus.
tice Nugent (Lord Riverstown) for bail; but on going Among the prominent men who settled in Scotland
to him (guarded) with the proposed sureties, the Lord in the reign of King David I. was Freskin, a Fleming,
Chief Justice would not accept them, because he did who was the owner of great estates within the province
not know them.
of Moray and in the South of Scotland.
The diary notices the diarist's fellow-prisoners, and His eldest grandson, Hugh Freskin, received from
the news and reports they gave of Irish and English King William the Lion a large territory in Sutherland,
affairs, contests between the hostile troops, the doings and from him sprang the noble house of that name.
of the French fleet, the rude behaviour of the keeper of Walter de Moravia, or of Petty, who was descended
the prison (chiefly, it seems, caused because of Dr. from the second grandson of Freskin, had extensive
King's refusing to pay exorbitant fees), the oppression possessions in Moray, and acquired (probably by mar-
of Protestants, and insults to them by the Roman Catho- riage) the lordship of Bothwell and barony of Drum-
lics, disturbances in Dublin. The writer gives the texts sargard on the Clyde in Lanarkshire.
on which he preached on Sundays. On Aug. 26th he From him descended the Morays of Bothwell, one of
writes, “ The King went away about 11 of the clock; whom, Sir William de Moravia, received from King
“ his guards appeared to us to be very ill mounted.” Alexander III. a grant of the office of hereditary 6 pane.
Aug. 28th. “A great court or meeting of officers was tarius." Sir Andrew, the son of Sir William, took a bold
“ held in the castle. D. T. (Duke of Tyrconnel) was and manful part in defending the liberties of Scotland,
" there ; it was said that D. T. must go to the camp, as did also the eldest son of Sir Andrew, who bore his
“ for the soldiers would not fight with him. Brass father's name. He was Regent of the kingdom during
“ monie was 3 shillings in the pound for exchange.” the minority of King David II., and was conspicuous
Sept. 16th. “ Some barrels of powder were put under for his patriotism and bravery, having been married to
" the prisoners in Lord Longford's house, and it was Christian, the sister of King Robert Bruce.
“ told them that they should be blown up if they His grandson, Thomas of Moray, Lord of Bothwell,
“ stirred. The scholars were turned out of the college, died in 1366, leaving an only daughter, Jean, who was
" and not suffered to carry their beds or bookes with married to Archibald, Lord of Galloway, and carried
“ them.” Sept. 19th. “The great gun which lay in the the Bothwell estates into the family of Douglas.
“ castle yard" was taken away in order to be melted The male representation of this branch then devolved
“ and coined.”
on a descendant of Sir William of Moray, the second
Sept. 20th. Lieutenant Doyle came up and turned the son of the first Sir Andrew, just referred to.
diarist out of his closet, and shut in Mr. Welsh, with This Sir William got from his uncle the lands and
whom the governor had ordered none should speak: barony of Drumsergard, and died about the year 1300,
his crime was sending a bill of exchange to England. leaving a son, Sir John, who by marriage with Mary,
He was not allowed a bed, therefore Dr. King lent him only daughter of Malise, sixth Earl of Stratherne,
his quilt. Mr. Short was confined after the same man- acquired with other lands those of Abercairny in that
ner in Mr. Ormsby's closet, and he turned out. The earldom.
constable of the castle allowed them no beds. Sept. 21st. From this ancient and honourable root the Morays
A mortar was placed in the castle yard instead of a of Abercairny are descended.
great gun. Sept. 27th. An account of Lieutenant Doyle The preceding remarks will render the notices of the
clearing a tavern, ." The Three Tuns,” and driving earlier documents at Abercairny more intelligible.
about 30 persons thence to the castle, where they were Among these are many grants by Earl Malise to his
kept all night. In the morning the Governor Luttrell son-in-law, Sir John Moray, of the lands of Abercairny,
released some without fees, but some paid 21. 108., or Ogilvie, and others, dated in the beginning of the four.
teenth century. Confirmations of these were granted conferred on the Earl and his posterity the right of C. II. D. by the next earl, who was also named Malise.
escaping from the consequences of any sudden and un- DORAY, Maurice, the eldest son of Sir John, was created Earl premeditated slaughter committed by them, on pay. of Strathern in 1343, but on his death the earldom ment of a pecuniary mulct. Boece defines the privilege reverted to the Crown.
as a right conferred on the Clan Makduffe, by which its The second son, Sir Alexander, carried on the guc- chief could repledge from other courts throughout the cession of the family of Abercairny, and on the death kingdom any of his own clan and territory who were of Thomas, Lord of Bothwell, in 1366, without male put on their trial; and Sir John Skene describes the issue, he claimed the succession to his Bothwell estates, right as one of girth, of which the Cross of Clan Makwhich, however, were too firmly grasped by the hands duffe was the caput. “ The croce of Clan Makduffe of the Douglases for any hope of success.
“ had privilege and liberty of girth in sik sort that
• There is at Abercairny a curious indenture, dated in " when ony inanslayer being within the ninth degrie
1375, which is evidence of the attempts in which Sir “ of kin and bluid to Makduff, sometime Earl of Fyffe,
Alexander was engaged for the establishment of his “ come to that croce and gave nine kie and an colpin-
“ dach or young kow, he was free of the slaughter
He was about to marry Janet of Monymusk, daughter “committed be him."
of the Earl of Ross, and the indenture in question was Discrepant as these notices are, they point to a real
entered into between the Queen of Scotland and her privilege conferred on the Earls of Fife, to which we
son David, Earl Palatine of Stratherne, on the one part, find references in early fragments of our laws, and in a
and Sir Alexander Moray on the other, providing that statute of King Alexander II.
the latter should marry the said Janet, the Queen's Of the working of this law we have only two in-
sister, “Et predicta domina Regina ac Comes fideliter stances on record. The earliest in date is that of Sir
" promiserunt facere cum toto consilio suo et auxilio Alexander Moray, who on the 7th of December 1391
“ dictum Alexandrum habere consilium jurisperitorum was accused of the slaughter of William of Spaldyne, in
“ et aduocatorum, sumptibus suis propriis et expensis, the court of the King's Justiciar, held by his depute at
“ pro recuperatione sue hereditatis secundum visum Fowlis. His answer was that he had once before been
“ fuerit quod jus habet ad prosecucionem," a provision indicted for this slaughter, and had been repledged to
which seems to imply the difficulty of obtaining legal the law of Clan Makduff by Robert Earl of Fife, and
help in a plea against the mighty house of Douglas, was not bound to answer therefor before any other
whose influence was at that time supreme. It was also judge, until the law to which he had thus been re-
conditioned that Walter of Moray, the brother of Sir pledged had enjoyed its privilege. He therefore crayed
Alexander, “si velit pro voluntatis sue libito seniorem to be acquitted from the present indictment and from
“ filiam predicte domine Jonete habebit in uxorem.” all farther pursuit thereanent. This, the justiciars
The marriage of Sir Alexander took place, but it declined to do, but continued the case for the judgment
appears to have been attended with various vicissitudes. of the Lord of Brechin, the chief justiciar.
Within three years of its date the Lady Janet seems The other deed connected with the law of Clan Mak. to have left the society of her husband, and a remark duffe (among the papers of Lord Arbuthnot), shows able agreement was entered into between him and that Hugh Arbuthnot and others, having been accused Hugh Ross, apparently the lady's brother, by which of the murder of John Melville, Laird of Glenbervie, the latter was to cause to be brought within the diocese laid claim to the benefit of the “law” in question. of Dunblane the Lady Johanna (Janet], the wife of the The writ to which I have referred (dated 13th Septemsaid Alexander, before the ensuing feast of St. John ber 1421) is in name of the steward of the earldom of the Baptist, and was to cause the said Alexander to be Fife, and certifies that the accused parties had been certified of her being there by a warning of seven days, received by him to the benefit of the law of Clan Mackfor which he was to pay to the said Hugh seven marks duff, and also that he had received from the accused beforehand, with other seven on such warning being “sicker burrowise" or firm sureties that they (1) “ought made, and to be paid on the completion of the deforce- “ of the lawes,” that is, that they should show that they ment; and if the said Hugh should fail to bring the were law-worthy; (2) “that they ought to have the said Johanna within the said diocese, he should restore “ lawes," that is, were entitled to the special laws of the seven marks prepaid to him; and the said Hugh Clan Mackduff; and (3) that they should “fulfil the promised to further by his aid and counsel, and in no “ lawes as the law will,” or would fulfil the law as it way retard the deforcement.
might be declared. The writ then proceeds, “ firmly
There is no record from which the issue of this busi- “ wee forbid on the King's halfe of Scotland, and our
ness appears, but a subsequent discharge by Hugh “ Lord Mackduff, Duke of Albany, Earle of Fyfe and
Ross for a sum of money seems to be connected with it. “ Monteith, and Governor of Scotland, that the said
By it he owns him to have received from Alexander of " lawes hes in keeping," (that is, in whose hands is tho
Moray 171. 68. 8d. sterling, in which the said Alexander administering of the said law), “ that no man take in
was indebted by reason of an agreement made between “ hand to doe, molest, grieve, or wrange the foirsaid
him and Lady Johan of Monymusk, in the parish “ persons in their bodies or in their geire, because of
church of Fowlis, on 2nd June 1387.
“ the deid of the said Johne of Malavill, and the payne
By a like deed of earlier date Hugh Ross, of Kyn. " that eftir lyes and forfaulting of the laws forsaid and
fawnys, quitclaims to his beloved cousin Alexander de “this present letter."
Moravia, of Drumsergorth, all the agreements and It is pleasant to find among papers ominous of do-
each of the conditions and assedations of whatever kind mestic discord and feudal strife, one suggestive of
obtained by him or in anywise made by Lady Johan, of peace and benevolence. It is one which illustrates the
Monymuske up to this date, saving to the said Hugh all relations existing between the upper and lower classes,
confirmations and agreements touching the foresaid and exhibits the condition of the latter in a more pros-
lands of Kynfawnys. This deed is dated at Perth, perous light than might have been inferred from other
24th Nov. 1375.
About twenty years later the Lady Johan, spouse of The document to which I refer is an indenture, dated
Alexander of Moray, executed a deed, by which she at the monastery of Inchaffray, on 13th July 1370,
constituted her husband to be her executor, and be between Alexander of Moray and a certain husbandman,
queathed to him and their children her whole estate, Reginald MakKynyr, by which the foresaid Alexander
excluding her brothers, sisters, cousins, male and agrees as his lord to afford to the said Reginald counsel
female, and whole kindred from the disposition of her and aid in all his affairs, and the said Reginald of his
goods. This writing she granted and confirmed before free will makes and constitutes the foresaid Alexander
witnesses, William Franklayne, abbot of the monastery his heir and receiver of all his goods, notwithstanding
of Inchaffray; John, prior thereof; Sir William Byny, any claim to the contrary, excepting his sheep and
rector of the parish church of Malvil, in the diocese of household stuff, and the foresaid Alexander obliges
St. Andrews; and because she had no seal of her own himself, with the previous counsel of the said Reginald,
she procured the seal of the abbot and the seal of Sir to defray all expenses reasonably incurred in his
William Byny at the said monastery on the feast of obsequies.
St. Matthew the Apostle, 1398.
A notarial instrument, dated in 1455, preserves to us
Another document connected with Sir Alexander of the judgment of the Bishop of Dunblane, in a matri-
Moray is of great interest as illustrating the working monial cause brought before him at the instance of
of “the law of Clan Macduffe ;” a law which has been Andrew de Moravia against Agnes Cunynghame his
variously described by our chroniclers, and which un- wife, concluding for divorce on account of a spiritual
doubtedly existed from a very early period of our relationship between them, which arose, as the said
history. According to Fordun and Wyntown, this law Andrew alleged, becarise the ..... of the said Agnes
consisted of a privilege granted to the Thane or Earl of had held the said Andrew at confirmation under the
Fife by Malcolm Canmore, in virtue of which there was hand of the bishop; but after deliberation, the judge
sustained the validity of the marriage, and found that fresh erection of his lands into a barony, and an exemp-
it was, is, and ought from the beginning and now to be tion of them from the jurisdiction of the stewards.
lawful, true, valid, rightly contracted and solemnized Soon after Murray of Tullibardin was appointed
in face of the church. The instrument is dated at the steward, when a fresh charter of erection and exemption
cathedral church of Dunblane, before witnesses, John was procured from the Crown, in 1482, and Umfra
Cristison, chancellor of the church, Malcolm de Dro. Moray took instruments thereon in the stewart court
mond, and Patrick Rede, canons thereof, with others. in presence of Sir William Mureff, the steward, and
A tack of the teinds of Donydows, near the kirk of withdrew his suit “levavit sectam suam de predicta
Fowlis, by Alexander, Archbishop of Athens, postulate “ curia,” which was transferred to the Court of the
of the Isles, and Commendator of Icolmkill and Inchaf- King's sheriff at Perth,
fray, dated at Inchaffray, 10th June 1554, is subscribed The claims of the stewards were not easily overcome
by the Commendator, Prior, and other members of the however, for Lord Drummond having become steward,
he summoned Moray again to appear in his courts, on
Several documents illustrate the mode of proceeding which the latter presented a petition to James IV.,
in the courts of the Earls Palatine of Stratherne, which calling upon him to discharge the steward from all
were held by their stewards on a hillock called “the such claims in terms of the exemptions contained in the
6 Stayt” or “ Schat” of Crieff, near the town of that Royal Charters.
name. This seems to have been a large sepulchral A document connected with John Murray, who suc.
mound adapted to the purpose of a meeting place. It ceeded to the estates in 1513, preserves a list of heirship
was removed about 10 years ago, and on trenching its moveables. He was then a minor, and Robert his
site two cists were discovered, in one of which human uncle as tutor in law granted a receipt to the Dowager
remains and an urn were discovered.
Lady Abercairny for the heirship moveables in the
One of these is a notarial instrument dated 12th May year 1516. They are described as “A quhite horse,
1475, showing that James Heryng, son and apparent “ the lairds best gown, a cot of brown, a fedder bed of
heir of David Heryng of Lethendy, appeared as pro " the myddel kynd, a boster, a pare of dowbyll blan-
locutor for William Talzour before Sir William Murray “ketts, a par of shetts, a par of kods; a curing, a
of Tulybardyn, steward of the stewartry of Stratherne, “ great chandlere, a irne brander, twa rynnars, a
and John Murray of Trewyne, his depute, in the court “ irne chimney, a cun' feet, a chere, a great gyrnal
of the stewartry, declaring to be false a certain judg. “ that contains forti bolis of vittale, and new caldrown
ment given by the mouth of William Reid, dempster of " of sextyne gallownis, a brazyn pot of three gal-
the said court, as follows:-
" lounis, all the haill stand of the Mess except the
I, James Heryng, for spekar for Vilzam Talzour, says “ Book, å yoke of oxin, a hand bow, all the plough
to ye Vylzam reyd, dempstar of the stewart curt of “graith, the hermyt burd, a kyst that contenis aucht
Stratherne, that the dowme that thow has gyffyn with " bolis of mele."
thi mowtht sayand that the brocht that Master Thomas A series of original letters, dated from 1558 to 1606, is
of Mureff fand is of vayll and the brocht that I, James pasted into a volume in chronological order.
Heryng, for spekare for the sayd Wylzam Talzour One from Queen Mary and Darnley, “To our traist
fand in the sergeandis hand of the said curt in the “freynd the Laird of Abircarny,” is dated from Dundee,
name and on the behalf of the said Vylzam is of na 14th September 1565.
wayll is false, and rottyn in the self, be cause it is “Nocht onlie hes our rebellis and disobedient sub-
gyifyn expresse in the contrare of the cursse of comone “jectis thair assistaris taikin on armour, riddin with
law, protestand for may rasonis to schaw quhen myster " convocatioun to and fra in the cuntrie, and fortifiit
is, and thar to sergeand of the said curt ane brocht in " and withhaldin divers houssis and strenthis aganis us,
thi hand and ane brocht to folow my brocht and “ Bot als, as weill appears be thair proceedings, myndis
racontyr wyth in the term of law.” Whereupon the " to draw in strangeris in our realme, and in sa far as
said James Heryng, prolocutor of the said William “ in thame lyis to perwert the haill stait of our com-
Talzour, asked in name and on behalf of the said “ monweill, quhilk to us is unsufferabill, &c. Praying
William from the said judges, the said judgment to be en “ you tharefoir effectuouslie that accumpaneit with the
rolled in presence of the said court, pledge and re-pledge, “ haill force ye may mak, with xx dayis victuallis efter
with the foresaid processes of the said court, and all “ your cuming with palzeonis to ly in the fieldis, ye
and sundry these things to be read in open court before “ faill nocht to address you to meit us at Striveling the
the said judges or the said court should rise, and asked “last day of September instant, and fra thine to pas
the said judgment and the said rollment to be sealed “ furthwart with us in sic places as the occasioun of our
with the seal of office of the said judge, and to be “seruice sall require," &c.
delivered to the said William, and offered the said Letter from Queen Mary, from Alway (Alloa), the
William to procure, with instance, 'a seal to be affixed penult of Julii 1566, to Robert Murray, of Aberkairnie:
for closing and sealing of the said judgment, and all 16 Traist freind, forsamekle as it is hevelie menit and
and sundry things which to the declaration of falsing “ pieteouslie complenit to us be this puir womane that
the said doom could belong in order of law.
“ ye have wiolentlie ejectit hir with ane company of
Another is a notarial instrument taken in the court “ puir bairnis furth of hir kyndlie rowme efter willing
of the stewartry of Stratherne held at the Stayt of " to pay your dewtie thankfullie. Thairfoir (in respect
Crieff, 12th May 1475, at the instance of the said James " that gif ye be sua extreme as to depauperat the puir
Heryng, and as prolocutor of William Talzour, and in “ woman and her bairnis) we will desyre yow to schaw
presence of Sir William Murray of Tully bardine, " sum favour and accept thame in their steiding as ye
Knight, Steward of the stewartry of Strathern, and " haue done in tymes bygane, the quhilk we doupt
John Murray of Trevyne, deputy steward, by which “ nocht bot ye will do for this our requeist, and as ye
he asserted and found a broch in the hand of the ser- “ sall report our thankis and pleasour for the samyn.
jeant or officer of the court that Master Thomas Murray,
alleged procurator for John Strang in a certain cause
moved between the said John Strang and the said Letter from the Regent Morton, dated 3rd February
William, could not be lawful procurator, nor was the 1572, to the Laird of Abercarny :---
said William Talzour bound to answer the said Master “ Having deliberat with the nobilitie laitlie convenit
Thomas in a law suit, nor could the said Master Thomas " at the Parliament anent the trublit estait of the north,
judicially pursue the said William, because the said “ quhair sa mony honest men hes ressavit sa grit utrage
Master Thomas was not lawfully constituted procurator " and oppressioun as thai ar nocht able lang to indure
for prosecuting or pursuing the said William, neither " it; and, amangis utheris the Maister of Forbes, a
was security found for the said William by the said " young gentilman, is sa straitlie detenit captive as
John Strang, because he was not constituted procurator upoun na band can he be gottin relevit. It is con-
but by a certain roll shown in court, and not by any “ cludit that in propir persone we sall pas north and
procuratory written under the proper seal of the said “ convene at Brechin the first of March next, with a
John, nor under a seal "procured, with other points of " substantius force of the Kingis gude subjectis, for
necessity required for procuratory.
“ reducing of that disordourit cuntra to his hienes
On the execution, in 1437, of Walter, Earl of Athol, “ detful obedyens; and thairfoir we desyr and pray you
whom King James I. had created Earl of Stratherne “ affectuouslie that ye, accumpaneit with your kyn,
for his lifetime, the earldom was annexed to the Crown. “ freindis, seruandis, tenantis, and haill force that ye
The jurisdiction of the stewards of the stewartry of "mak in weirlyke maner, will addres you to meit us at
Strathern was extensive and important, and on the “ Brechin the said first of Marche, providit to remane
office being granted by James III, to Drummond of " during the space of fourtie dayis according to the
Cargill, the Morays became desirous of being released “ proclamatioun past thairupoun," &c.
from such power in the hands of a neighbour, and the Letter from the Earl of Errol, dated “Slanis, 31
Laird obtained a charter from the King in 1473, with a “ March 1574," to the Laird “our guid frend Aber-
" carny." Announces that he would be at Errol on 21st instant is to be the day of marriage between George, the 14th of April “ for sic honorabill efferis as we Earl of Huntly, and Henrietta Stewart, sister to the " and our freindis hes to do, lyk as ye sall knawe at Duke of Lennox, “and that our intention is and sto] haif " meeting," and requests him to be present.
" it anserabill in all solemnities baith to our honour and Letter from John, Earl of Mar, to his traist freind " the pairties awin estates, quhairunto the want of sindrie the Laird of Abircarny, from Stirling Castle, 20th “ thingis quhilk can not weill be had in ony common October 1575. “I neid nocht to mak repetitioune of “ marcat salbe sum hinder except the same be utherwyis “ the lang trubill my freind and defender the laird of " suppleit. We haif thairof ane occasioun to desyre “ Lekky hes sustinet be the persewt of the Erll of “ yow richt affectuouslie to help us with sic venysoun, “ Menteithe, knawin ye understand of it alredye; and " wyld foulis, fed caponis, and sic utheris as ye eather " last of all the Erll has sumoned him to underlie the “ haiff or may recover betwix and then.” “ law, the penult of this monethe of October, quha at Letter from James VI., dated Dunfermline, 26th July “ na tyme offerit ony kynd of misbehaviour except als 1590, showing that it had been complained to him by " is weill knawin in his own just defence at the day of John Gibson in Easter Drumcarne, “ that ye have “ law approachand; thairfoir I man chairge you my “ maisterfullie and by all ordour of lawe mellit and " speciall freindis and weill willaris be ther concurrens “ intromettit with twa meris, twa oxin, a naig worth 18 " and assistens to accompany me the said day, and will “ merkis, ane kow, with sum scheip and lambis perteining “ desyr you effectuouslie that accumpaneit with your “ to him, and has disponit thairupoun at your plesour, he “ honest freindis ye address you to be heir at Striveling “ being your own tenent and a puir man that dar nocht " the 28th of this instant October to accumpanye me to “ seik redres of this wrang be the ordinar course of " Edinburghe, quhair, God willing, I intend to be, to “ iustice. We have thocht meit effectuouslie to request " the effect this mater may be defendit, and
to “ and desyre you that the said Johne may ather be “ the honour of me and my house, quhairby ye sall do “ restoirit againe to his awne gudis wranguslie mellit " me acceptabill plesour,” &c.
“ with be you as said is, or satisfeit of the availl and Letter from John, Earl of Mar, dated at Stirling “ prices therof, sa as we heir na farder occasioun of Castle, 9th Jan, 1577, “to his traist cusing the Laird of “ complaint in this mater.” " Abirkernie.” He again writes on the subject of the Letter from the Earl of Mar, dated from Stirling Laird of Lekkie and his troubles with the Earl of Men Castle, 14th March 1593. “Being burdenit as ye knaw teith, by whom he was “callit to underly the law in “ be his Majestie with the governing and keping of his “ Edinburghe, the xxv. day of this monethe; and albeit “ darest sone the prince within this castell, I am astrictit “ it be knawin how far aganes his will that trubill " be act of Counsell to find my cousing the Earll of “ hapinit, yet I have causit mak all offeris lyand in his “ Mortoun and certane other noble men and barrounis " possibilitie for satisfactioune of my lord of Menteithe, “ cautioneris for me for using that charge as appertenis," “ in honour and otherwayis; and sen I am uncertane of he requests the presence of the Laird of Abercarny on “ the acceptance of the same, or gif he sall consent to the 18th at night to be one of his cautioners. " the continewacyoune of the day of law, I man prepair Missive from Ann, Queen of James VI., to the Laird " me to keip the same to assist my servand and de- of Abercarny, 21st November 1603. "pendar in his defens, as the custom is; and seeing it
“Anna R. " is neidfull that I be thair accumpaneit with my
“ William Murray of Abircarny, we have taken occa“ freindis, in caice my lord of Mentethe agrie nocht to “ sioun hereby to will and command you that you faill " the continewacyoune of the day of law,” he desires “ not to tak our littare, with the furnitour belonging the Laird to come to Stirling on the 13th, prepared to " thairunto, and caus the same to be brint at the marcat accompany him to Edinburgh.'
“ place of Salisburie, for so is oure expres will and Letter from the Countess of Mar to Robert Moray, of " pleassur. Whereanent this present shalbe your warAbercairny, her brother-in-law, 8th September 1577 : “ raunt. Gevin at our Court in Wiltoune, the twenty
“ Brothir, Eftir my werie hartlie commendatioune. “ one day of November 1603." ... “ Ye sall witt I ressauit this moirneing ane wreitting
Unsigned official letter, dated Whitehall, 10th February 66 fra my lord Regentis grace, bering in effect the stay 1606, narrating the good services of William Moray of " off his jornay that he wes myndit to cum heir, and Aberkerney, and now being intreated by him to write " that be occasioune of certane missives ressauit from unto your Lordships in his favour, he has condescended " England ve suld mak advertisement in dew tyme afor. thereto, “and most earnestly recommende to your favour “ his cuming, quhairof I have thocht guid to mak yow “ his suite which his Majestie hath graunted to him “ participant that ye may stay your cuming heir with “ towching the reformacioun of fraudulent dyeing of “ Wiolet Mar, quhill I adverteis you, and heirupoun “ silke." " thinkis gude ye schaw my lord Drummound. Pray. In another volume are arranged a good many papers “ ing you in the meintyme to caus try put the personis connected with the risings of 1715 and 1745. " that suld accuse hir quhom scho hes abusit, as I wrett The first is a protection to the Lady of Abercarny by " to you afoir, to be in reddines to cum heir with thair the Duke of Athol, dated 15th February 1716, with other " accusatiounes in write agane the tyme ye appointit, orders of a like character, one prohibiting the tenants of
as alsua to caus hir renew the speiking scho deponit Jacobites from paying their rents to their landlords. " afoir, befoir the ministeris was present of befoir, and “Ane account of the ingagement at Glensheal, 10 " that tua notaris be present to pen thir depositioune “ June 1719.” 2 pp. “ under ther forme of instrument, as my sister and I Protection to James Moray of Abercarny, by the Duke " ressonit with you at being heir. Gif James, my of Cumberland, at Perth, 8th February 1715-16. “ brother, be thair, ye will mak him participant heirof, Letter from Lord George Murray, written on the day “6 as alsua to mak my hartlie commendatiounes to him. he left Tullibardine to go to Perth to join Charles, Prince “ This efter my hartlie commendatiounis to your bed. Regent, 1745. “ fallow will commit you bathe to God; from Striueling Notification by Charles, Prince Regent, dated Kin" Castel, the 8 of September 1577. Youris sister, lochsheil, 22nd August 1745, that he had set up his " Annabell, Countes of Mar. To my brother, the Laird standard, and requesting aid and money. 66 of Abircarnye.”
Letter from Sir Alex. Macdonald, dated Mugstot in The Earl of Crawfurd writes from Kernye, 21st Sept. the Isle of Sky, 11th August 1745. 1579, that after many delays he is to be tried at Edin Copy of a letter, dated 15th May 1746, containing a burgh on the 3rd of November, for the slaughter of general account of Charles, Prince Regent's armies Lord Glammis, the Chancellor, whereof he is most proceedings in the years 1745 and 1746, by one engaged innocent; "and seing this is the maist vechtie mater in them. " that ewir I haid or is able to haiff ado, standing Copy of a letter, dated 10th May 1746, containing an “ upone my honour, lyff, and heritage, I man craiff and account of the battle of Culloden. “ requyre the awyse and presens of my honourabill Account of the retreat from Falkirk. The last three " freindis at that day," therefore requesting him that seem to be contemporary accounts of the events related. " substanciuslie accumpaneit with your honest kin, A folio volume MS. entitled “ Memoirs of the ancient “ freindis, and serwandis, it will pleis yue to tak the “ Moravii, collected from original charters, chartularies, “ panis to be in Edinburgh the first day of the said “ public records, histories, and manuscripts, &c., from “ moneth of November to adwyse, with my other honor. “ the first accounts of them to the year 1731.” “ abill freindis, quhat is convenient to be done and pro
This is a full and careful history of the Morays of “ wydit for my lawfull and just defenss the said day, Abercairny. The writer states that he has given “ as ye will do me maist speciall plesour, and ableis me vouchers for all that he has alleged from records, and with " to acquyt yow with the lyk gud will quhen ye sall regard to the late Sir Robert Moray, and his son who “ have occasione to employ me."
succeeded him, his statements consist with his own James VI. writes from Holyrood House on 11th July knowledge. They were faithful adherents of the House 1588, to his traist freind the laird of Abircarny, that the of Stuart, and submitted to hardships and losses in its
C. H.D. cause. Robert, the second son, was employed by the bassador, Du Bartas, and on the subject of the reformed J. WEBSTER:
MORAY, exiled family in various transactions with their friends churches.
in Scotland, and the latter part of the volume contains Letter from Elizabeth, Queen of Bohemia, 14/24 May
an account of these in considerable detail, as well as of (1640), to a correspondent (apparently in Germany), as
the public events connected with the fortunes of the to the dissolution of Parliament, the state of feeling in
Great Britain, the Scotch intrigues with France, and
the imprisonment of Lord Loudon.
Letter (hol.), Charles I. to Earl of Kingston, Nottingham, 9th Sept. 1642.-"I most earnestly desire you to
“ lend me 5,0001. ...... without anie noise ..., J. WEDSTER, THE MANUSCRIPTS OF JOHN WEBSTER, ESQUIRE, ADVOCATE
“ I shall as justly repay it, as if you had all my IN ABERDEEN.
“ Crowne land engaged for it."
Letter, Charles I., hol.-Superscribed and subscribed, These documents have been acquired by Mr. Webster to Henry, Marquis of Worcester, Oxford, 2nd Dec. from the Lauderdale, Southwell, Leeds, and other col. 1642, “assuring him on the word of a King and a lections. They are very numerous, and are arranged “ Christian that the King will performe these ensuing chronologically in volumes. I note those of the chief “favours, six in number, among them being the importance.
“ Bristol customes, any disengaged lands to the value
T'he first, in date, is one from King Henry VII. of “ of 60,0001., as the Honour of Grafton and others;
England to the Sub-dean of Lincoln, 1st Dec. (1497?), “ all the lands the Earl of Pembroke hath in Mon.
requiring 201. to be borrowed towards carrying on a " mouthshire; lastly, and further, there is hardly any.
war against the King of Scots.
" thing wch you y selfe thinke fit to aske, and in our
There is a letter from Cardinal Beaton, “To my lord “ power to graunt, that we shall not finde in our hart a
“ Secretair,” dated Mascon, 13th Sept. 1538, in which “ willingnesse and readinesse to voutsafe it."
he refers to “ye cummyne of ye Papis servand in Letter from Harrison, the Regicide, in favour of Na-
“ Scotland," and his negociations with the King of thaniel Rockwell, wishing his employment in the sea
France, who is “at the last rycht diligent in the service as a man fearing God and a good soldier.
“ fortifying of the strengthis and tours on his borders." Warrant, dated 17th Dec. 1642, by the Earl of Essex,
In one from James V., in French, to Monsieur le Lord General, to Sir Gilbert Gerrard, Treasurer of
Connestable, Sainctandre, 3rd June 1540, he says he is Army, desiring to be “paid unto Captaine Oliver
desirous of hearing good news of his father-in-law, " Cromwell, Captaine of a troope of 80 harquebuziers,
Claude, Duke of Guise.
2041. 138." Holograph letter of Cromwell's, of same
There are two letters from James Stewart, after- date, to Capt. Vernon, desiring the money to be paid
wards Regent Murray. The first, to Lord Robert to George Barton, his servant."
Dudley, dated Holyrood house, 12th Feb. 1561, after It is believed that this is the only known evidence of
referring to previous written communications between Cromwell having been a captain of foot.
them, trusts that "it myght be your L. good pleasour Autograph opinion of Judge Hale, 5th Nov. 1653, as
" to contineu in promoting the meanes that may in to the legality of a grant by King Charles I. to the Earl
“ crease, confirme, and establishe that natural and of Ancrum.
“ recoproque beleif that hayth begoun to manifest the Letter from General Monk, dated Edinburgh, 10th
" self betwix our Souranis, quhairof amangis utheris Sept. 1658, to the Lords of the Council, on the death of
“ infinit commoditeis, it is good likly hoode that this Oliver Lord Protector, and stating that his son Richard
" benefit we sall resave evin ane constant and ane had been proclaimed in Edinburgh as his successor; also
“ assured favour amangis the subiectis of boytht promising to use the utmost diligence in all faithfulness
“ realmes, ane benefit inestimable, rather wished nor to prevent any disturbance that may arise upon this
“ hoippit for of our progenitouris, and yet appeareth change.
“ now it can not weall be stayit, but only be the Directions by King Charles II. to Sir Wm. Temple
" princesses, quhilk God forbid it suld.”
(holograph), Dec. 1676, as to the then pending treaty
The second, to the Earl of Leicester, is dated, The for peace.
Holme of Dalquharne, 13th June 1568, and after thank. The two original drafts or copies, in the autograph of
ing the Earl for his past services, he adds “I haue na Lord High Treasurer Danby, of his letters to Mr. Mon-
“ doubt your foirsicht, ingyne, and vtheris graces tagu, ambassador at Paris, dated 17th Jan. 1677/8 and
" quairwith God hes endeuit you sall alwayes travell 25th March 1678, each bearing the holograph docquet
“ nixt Goddis glorie how the godlie amytie betwix our of King Charles II. “I aprove of this letter. C. R."
“ nationis may continew. That being, I am not curious It was for writing these two letters that Lord Danby
" how the warld gang."
was impeached, and he had taken the precaution to get
Letter from W. Maitland, of Lethington, from Le, the King's written approval to the duplicates. They
27th Feb. 1561, to Lord Robert Dudley, sent by the are not fully or accurately copied in the State Trials.
Lord of St. Colmes who was going to England, express. Three autograph letters from Mr. Montagu to Lord
ing his hopes for the continuance of the amity and Danby, 11th Jan., 12th Jan., and 11th April 1678, as to
“ increass of the intelligence begun betwix thair Maies- the negociations for peace, with his Lordship’s autograph
“ ties, which I hope shall no less tend to the common- duplicates of his replies, and with the principal pro-
“ wealth off both the realmes then to the estimation posals for the peace sent to Montagu, 25th March 1678,
“ and honour in particular of soche ministers as shall having marginal alterations docqueted by Danby.
“ most ernestly travell thairin.”
Letter, Sir William Temple, ambassador at the Hague,
A letter from John, Earl of Mar, Regent of Scotland, Jan. 18th, 1675-6, to Lord Danby, as to the negotiations
to Patrick Lord Gray, dated 7th Dec. 1571, in which he and intrigues depending
requires his good services and assistance of the cause Letter, (Robert Spencer, the well known) Earl of
on which depends “the suretie of the Kingis Majestie Sunderland, then ambassador at Paris, to Lord Danby,
“ and all his fauoraris," and promises to reward his Aug. 2/12 (1678), detailing his interview with Louis XIV.
services “as ye sall think not to deill with that man Letter, William III., then Prince of Orange, to Lord
" that salbe forgetfull of a guide turne.”
Danby, Malines, 5 Mars 1678. “Il n'est plus dans le
Letter, Elizabeth, Queen of England, to the Regent “ pouvoir du Roy de faire la Paix n'y remettre les
Mar, 4th July 1572, chiding him for standing to "so " affaires, que vont se perdre.”
“ hard tearmes with your adversaryes."
Letter, Lord Somers to the King, 5th July 1697, as
Letter, Lady Arabella Stewart, to the Countess of to the validity of Duke of St. Alban's right to a certain
Shrewsbury, whom she calls Good Lady Grandmother, office.
dated 8th Feb. 1587. “I have sent your Ladyship the Letter from Bishop Gilbert Burnet to Secretary
o endes of my heare, which were cut the sixt day of Southwell, Salisbury, 20th Sept. 1690, as to filling up
" the moone on Saturday last, and with them a pott of the vacancies in the Irish Church, and other two to
“ gelly which my servante made.” Signed “ Arbella him on the same subject from John Vesey, Archbishop
of Tuam, 4th and 13th Sept. 1690. Also a letter to him
Letter, James VI. to the Constable of Dundee, dated on the same subject from Henry Compton, Bishop of
Falkland, 8th Oct. 1588, and to those who may have in London, 2nd June 1690, with list of men recommended or
keeping the house of Bruchty, requiring them to re- found fault with.
deliver to Patrick Lord Gray the said house, to whom it . Three autograph letters from Queen Anne to Lord
appertains. A postscript is added in the King's hand. Godolphin, with his autograph copy reply to one of
writing, “ do this, for I hope this man sall satisfie me them, in eight folio pages, 13th Sept. 1706.
“ in all thingis."
Letter from the Scotch Privy Council, 6th Aug. 1666,
Letter, Henry IV. of France to James VI. of Scot in which they suggest that his Majesty may be pleased
land (De la Rochelle, x. davryl), introducing his am- to consider “ wither it be not expedient by act of