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DOKE OF VOXTROSE,
Duke of Montrose, &c., showing that she is the grand Viscount of Drumlanerick, commissioned against the bor- DOKE OF
63. Another petition by the same Alice Sellick to His taining of the King's house, and the casualties of the
selves really so at the Convention, specifying the Chan
cellor, Mar, and Haddington. Menteith LETTERS.
74. St. James, 18 June 1630 (Holograph].—To the
Menteith, afterwards for some time Earl of Strathern, specified.
leave out certain places from the number of those reserved
the Country against the King's visit to Scotland, pending
Assembly and Parliament.
“ Perth, the 19th of November (1650).
“ My Lord,
" I could not lett this bearer, your sone, returne to you
“ without taking this occasion to lett you know how sen-
“sible I am of your affection to my seruice; and to assure
" you that there is nobody more sensible of you and your
“ families sufferings (for my father of ever blessed memorie)
" and myselfe than I am. I make no doubt but to be one “ tions" before the Circuit Courts, the Earl should give
“ day in a condition to make you better returnes than in orders to the Judges of said Courts, and others, whom it
“ paper, which [is] all for the present I can doe. I desire concerned, that parties to be indyted before them have
“ you to contineu your affection to me, and to be ready vpon copies of their dittayes (indictments) according to the time
“ all occasions, and you may be confident that I shall ever be limited by a late Ordinance of the Privy Council.
Your louing frind, 69. Hampton Court, 17 October 1629.—About Nova
“ CHARLES R. Scotia as follows:
“ Pray lett your son returne to me againe.
“ For the Earle of Airth.”
Letters of John Grahame, of Claverhouse, afterwards Vis.
“ place of a sonne.” He instances the wisdom of Julius 71. Whitehall, 9 February 1630.—The King is pleased Cæsar in adopting Augustus, securing a thankful and to require of the Earl of Menteith that he summon for useful friend, as well as a wise successor; “neither of trial, and thereafter take a “speedie course for their con- « which he could have promised himself by having “ digne punishment," a list of men, 33 in number, whose “ childring, for nobody knows whether they begit wyse names are given, and which includes a number of Elliots “men or fooles; beseids that, the tays of gratitud and and Armstrongs, who had rescued from the son of the “ friendship ar stronger in generous mynds then those of
DUKE OF “ natur.” Then he proposes himself as heir, a resolution 4. Andrew Fletcher, Esq., of Salton, at Salton Hall, in Dekor MONTROSE. the Earl seems to have already formed, marshalling with the same county.
MONTROSE, great vigour and regularity several reasons: the kindred This collection contains very extensive correspondence name, and the fact that he could, more easily than any other,
on the Insurrection, in the year 1745. obtain the Earl's cousin, which union continued the family 5. The Honourable Mrs. Hanbury Lennox, at Lennox in right line; his toiling for honour, though it had been Castle, in the County of Stirling. his « misfortun to atteen but a small shear,” and the 6. George Stirling Home Drummond, Esquire, of Blair “ francness and easiness" he lives in with all his Drummond, in the County of Perth. friends. He ends with this forcible sentence: “But, 7. John Glencairn Carter Hamilton, Esquire, M.P. for “ my Lord, after all this, if these raisons cannot perswad South Lanarkshire, at Dalzel, in that county. “ you that it is your interest to pitch on me, and if you 8. Robert Vans Agnew, Esquire, at Barnbarroch, in the “ can think on anybody that can be mor proper to restor County of Wigton. “ your family, and contribut mor to your comfort and On these muniments I intend to make Reports as soon “ satisfaction, mak, frankly choyse of him, for without I can overtake them, as well as on the other muniments be“ that you can never think of geating any thing don for longing to His Grace the Duke of Buccleuch, preserved at “ your family; it will be for your honour that the world Dalkeith, which are distinct from those at Drumlanrig; “ see you never had thoghts of alienating your family, Her Grace the Duchess of Sutherland, as Countess of " then they will look no mor upon you as the last of so Cromartie ; the Duke of Argyle, the Duke of Athole, and “ noble a race, but will consider you raither as the restorer several other noblemen and gentlemen who have readily “ then the ruiner, and your family raither a rysing than authorised me to make Reports on their Family Muni“ falling ; which, as it will be the joy of our friends and ments. “ relations, so it will be the confusion of our enimys.” .
Humbly reported by
13th July 1872.
TAE MANUSCRIPTS OF THE MOST HONOURABLE THE MARQUIS MARQTTE he was resolved should not only equal but surpass all rarer
OF BCTE. examples “either in history or romance, either in nature or
OF BUTE AT MOUNTSTUART, ROTHESAY. " the fancy.'
There is here a very extensive series of family char. 84. London, July the 3 (c. 16807.-This letter at great ters, beginning with those from Robert III., Johanni length seeks to change the resolution, formed and almost
Senescalli de Bute, dilecto fratri nostro. One of them, carried out, of the Earl of Menteith to transfer his title dated 11th November 1400, confirms an earlier grant and estates to the Marquis of Montrose, showing that all by his father of the office of Sheriff of the Isles of Bute he (Claverhouse) had of estate would go along with that and Arane. Another, of the same date, confirms a of Sir James Graham (Menteith's uncle, and whose charter by his father of the lands of Ardumlese and daughter he was to marry], towards the settling of the Grenane, in Bute, and Corregelle, in Arran. Menteith estates; but now the estate was in danger of Charter by Robert, Duke of Albany, to John Stuart, being “rent ” from his own family. “But, my Lord, we Sheriff of Bute, his brother, and Janet Semple, his “ must all submit to the pleaseur of God.” He states spouse, daughter of John Semple, of Eliotston, of the that he might yet recover his estate by application to the lands of Barone, in the Island of Bute, dated at RenKing and Duke. Things were flying very high against frew, 4th July 1419. the Duke, but he assures the Earl of his fidelity, cheering Charter by James IV. to Ninian Stewart, Sheriff of him in this way :-“ When my affairs go wrong, I remem- Bute, of the keeping of the Castle of Rothesay, of which “ ber that saying of Loucan, Tam mala Pompeii quam he is made captain and keeper, with a yearly payment “ 'prospera mundus adoret,' and therefor provyd me of forty marks out of the rents of the granter's lands “ treues, as you promised, and a good bleu bonet, and I and lordship of Bute. Dated at our New Castle in “ will asseur you there shall be no treuse trustier than Kyntir, 5th August 1498. “ myn.”
Record of a Sheriff Court of Bute, held under a Com. 85. London, July the 8 .—This letter shows him
mission in the Tolbooth of Edinburgh, on 15th August smarting under the same trouble as the last, and intimates
1579, when Decreet was pronounced at the instance of the probability of his going to Dunkirk with the envoys to John Stewart, Sheriff Principal of Bute, and as captain see the Court of France.
and keeper of the Castle of Rothesay, in use to receive 86. London, August the 24 [16807.-Informs the Earl
the following wedderis and dewties “furth of the lands
the following wedderis and deutice it' that he was mistaken as to his affairs in Scotland, and that “ eftir specifeit, that is to say, furth of the landis of his affairs and troop were never in better order, only as “ Cowbasbeg veirlie ane wedder. ane creill full of regards the passing of his signature of the forfeiture which “ peittis, and ane sled full of stray; furth of the landis he, the King and Duke, had at last secured after much “ of Cowbusmore yeirlie ane weddir, four creill of opposition. Still on the subject of succession.
" peittis and four sled full of stray,” &c. &c. “ The 87. London, October the 1 .- Indignantly denies “ price of the peice of the said wedderis yeirlie overand swears vengeance for the slanderous report that had “ heid xiiiis., price of the creill full of the saidis peittis “ given ill characters and said things” of the Earl to the " xviiid., and price of ilk sled full of the said stra xxxd. Duke of Lauderdale that he was ashamed to repeat. He “ money of the realme.” The Decreet is against had “always laid the sadle on the right horse," and refers Niniane Bannatyne, of Kames, heritor of the said lands. to Sir James as witness of his good feeling toward the Earl. Another Decreet, but by the Lords of Council, dated The Isles of Menteith are the first place he will visit in 11th November 1690, is at the instance of Robert Scotland, so “in love” is he with them.
Stewart, of Ascog, advocate, against John McKinley,
in Meikle Kilmorie, and others, tenants in Bute, and In concluding these Reports on the Montrose, Lennox,
sets forth that “where umquhile Robert Jamieson and Menteith Muniments, I have humbly to suggest that
“ Crouner of Bute, be verteu of his rights granted by they should be arranged and catalogued in the order in
, had good and undoubted right which I have reported upon them.
“ to one firlot of corne and ane lamb yeirly from each Note of Inspections of Charter Repositories made in the “ persone who are worth one, two, three, four, fyre, year 1871.
“ or six horses, plewed, tilled, laboured, or manured During the year 1871, and chiefly in the course of my short 65 any of the few lands within the Isle of Bute." It official vacation, inspections were made by me of the Family was found that the said Robert had good and undoubted Muniments of the following Noblemen and Gentlemen : right" to ane lamb, and firlott good and sufficient oats
1. His Grace the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry at “to be paid out of the haill few lands of Bute, .... Drumlanrig Castle, Dumfriesshire.
“ wher there is but one man about one plough; and
regards ancient charters, extending back to the “ two lambs and two firlots, good and sufficient oats."
of Bute) of the heritable office of Constabulary of the
erecting the whole lands into a regality, and a revenue This collection is valuable for Border history.
is specified as annexed to the said office of Constable, 3. Lord Blantyre, at Lennoxlove, in the County of viz., “unicum Corbem glebarum et unam galinam de Haddington.
“ unaquaque domo fumosa infra burgum de Rothesay,"
he being pursued for treason, was compelled through MARQUIS dread of his life, to sell his lands of Arran to James, OF BUTE. Earl of Arran, Governor of the Kingdom, &c., and that when he can get justice the said selling shall be of no effect.
Dispensation addressed to the Bishop of Sodor, or his vicar in spirituals, for the marriage of (Alexander P] Bannachtyn, laic, and Cristina McKall, a woman of that diocese, related in the third and fourth degrees of consanguinity. 10th June 1532.
Dispensation by Balthasar Stuerdus, prothonotary of the Holy See, addressed “decano de Bute,” for the marriage of John Bannatyne with Marion Gonyburch, related in the fourth degree. Edinburgh, 11th July 1514.
A docquet on the back by Mr. Finlay Lenax, Dean of Bute and Vicar of Kingarth, witnesses its execution.
EARL OF SEAFIELD.
with an annual rent of 65 marks out of the rent and dues of the Mill of Rothesay.
The erection of these lands into an independent regality, and of others, “some holden by the Earl of Bute “ of the Duke of Argyll,” was supposed to involve an invasion of the duke's rights as Justiciar General of the whole bounds of Argyll and the Isles, and it led to inquiries, of which one part is a document dated 4th December 1703, entitled, “Privat Memoriall for his “ Grace the Duke of Argyll anent the right to the jus" ticiarie generall, and a Memorial and queries for his " Grace anent the rights of Justiciary General, with “ Answers anent the present state of the family of " Argyll, dated 24 Dec. 1703.”
Among the miscellaneous papers is a gift under the Privy Seal by James VI. to David Cuming, Master of the Sang Scule of the burgh of Edinburgh, narrating that his Majesty “understanding the art of musick to be “ neglectit and to becum almaist in decay within our “ realme, we not willing it sa to be, but rather the “ science thereof to be followit, and the followiris to “ be sustenit upoun the foundatiounis of colleges and “ levingis as wer erectit and dotit for upbalding thairof, “ and remembering how that laitlie for the better “ mantening and setting fordward of the said airt, and " of sic as will giff thair diligence and travellis thairin
in tyme cuming, we maid and constitut our louit “ David Cuming, now maister of the Sang Scule of “ oure burgh of Edinburgh, being ane actual teichar “ of the said airt and expert thairin, to be preceptor " and maister of the College Kirk of Restalrig, and “ of all prebendaries and chaplanreis thairof, whilkis “ all wer foundit of auld to the decorie and mantenance “ of the said airt, and have gevin to him the care " thairof for all the dayis of his lyif, and now us willing " to reduce the foundationis to the pristine estat, to “ wit, that the personis to be provydit tharto ar expert “ in the airt or will gif thair diligence in lernyng thairof " and following furth the samen in tyme coming, and “ that utheris not of that sort sall nawayis possess the “ commoditie thairof, have now gevin grantit and “ disponit to the said David Cuming, maister of the “ Sang Scule of our burgh of Edinburgh, all and haill " that prebendarie callit Bute tercius, foundit within " the said College Kirk of Restalrig, with all and sundry “ lands, annuals, teinds, &c. pertaining therto .... " now vacand in our hands be deceiss of umquhile Sir " William Barbour, last prebendar lauchfullie provydit “ tharto, and be the insufficiencie or inabilitie of Johne “ Barbour now pretendand the tytil thairof, as disponit “ to hald him at the sculis, he not being ane scollare, “ noyther using the musick or uthir science, bot ane “ mareit man awaitand upon secular effairis and sa “ unhabill to brouk the said prebendarie.” Therefore revokes any grants thereof to him, and confers the prebendary on the said David, &c.
Instrument on a gift of the marriage of James Stewart;
"Apud Burgum de Irweine, 26th Feb. 1616. The " whilk day in presence of us Notars Public compeared “ John Glass, servitor to Johne Stewart, Sheriff of Bute, “ and as his procurator, and having the gift of our “ sovereign lord to him, his heirs and assignees, of the “ mareage of James Stewart, son lawful to umquhile “ John Stewart, of Ardmoleis, with all profits therof ... “ and past to the personal presence of the said James “ Stewart, and the letter of gift having been read, the " said John Glass offerit to the said James, Elizabeth “ Bannatyne, dochter lawfull to Hector Bannatyne, of “ Caymes, in mareage, as pertie aggreable to him, ane “ frie woman, of perfyt age, of honorabill parentage, “ and to whom he may have access to resort and “ repair unto, and quhais parents are willing to per “ forme the said mareage and to compleat and solem“ nizat with hir the holi bond of matrimonie in face of “ holie kirk, with all solemniteis requisit, and thair “ appoyntit and assignit to him the 12th day of Mairch “ nixt to cum within the Kirk of Rothisay, in Buitt, “ for convening, ending, and perfytting of the said " mareage as offerit; to which the said James answerit " that he wold adwys with his mother and freindis 66 thereanent. Therefore the said John Glass, procu. “ rator foresaid, in respect of the foresaid deferring “ answer, protestit solemplie the samen micht be holden “ for ane absolut refuis and for the doubl availl of his " said mareag and haill profeittis thairof to the said " donator, in so far as be the lawis and consuetud of " this realm may be had, &c."
Instrument dated " At the Kirk of the Largis the xxiii “ day of July 1549,” showing that in presence of a notary, James Stewart, Sheriff of Bute, protested that
THE MANUSCRIPTS OF THE RIGHT HONOURABLE THE EARL
OF SEAFIELD AT CULLEN HOUSE. In the Charter Room at Cullen House there is a valuable and extensive series of charters and documents connected with the many lands and baronies belonging to the Earl of Findlater and Seafield, of which a careful inventory was prepared by Mr. William Robertson, of the General Register House, Edinburgh, entitled “ In" ventory of the Writs of the ancient Estate and “ Regality of Ogilvie, comprehending the Baronies of “ Findlater, Deskfoord, Drumnakeith, and many other “ lands, from 1405 to 1705, when the whole estate came “ into the person of James, Earl of Findlater and Sea“ field, Lord High Chancellor of Scotland.”
The Earl of Seafield is also representative of the ancient family of the Grants, of which clan he is the chief. At Castle Grant there is a collection of papers connected with the history of this family and their extensive estates, which are not included in this report.
Among the papers at Cullen House is a manuscript of the 16th century (2 pp.), containing a genealogy of the family of Findlater, beginning with Sir Walter Ogilvy, who is described as one of two brothers of the House of Lintrathin, in Forfarshire, sons of Sir Walter Ogilvy, High Treasurer to King James I., who married Elizabeth Glen, heretrix of Lintrathen.
Sir Walter married Margaret Sinclair, heretrix of Findlater and Deskford, and by her had two sons, James and Walter. James was married to a daughter of Sir Robert Innes, and had issue five sons and five daughters. The eldest son was married to a daughter of George, Earl of Huntly,—“the second son callit “ Mr. Walter Ogilvy was governour and tutour to “ Henrie the 8 of England." *
Several of the earliest documents relate to the acquisition of the Barony of Findlater with the heiress of Sinclair.
On 15th December 1435, Alexander de Sinclair renounces in favour of Margaret de Sinclair, daughter and heir of John de Sinclair, of Findlater and Deskford, all right he could claim under a tailzie or entail made betwixt him and his brother, the said John Sinclair ; and in 1437, Alexander de Sinclair, son to Ingram de Sinclair, grants a charter to Sir Walter' Ogilvie of the lands of Deskfurd and Findlater.
In the same year is a notarial instrument, at the instance of Sir Walter Ogilvie, setting forth that a seal bought from a certain goldsmith in Dundee by Alexander Sinclair, with which he had sealed the deeds of resignation of Deskfoord and Findlater, was his seal of arms, and that he ratified and approved of the said deeds.
Other two like instruments, dated 30th September 1437, at the instance of Sir Walter Ogilvie and Margaret de Sinclair, relate to their arms or coats armorial.
Another instrument, dated 22nd Feb. 1458, contains a declaration by Margaret Ogilvy, Lady Deskfoord, setting forth that she was not detained against her will in the Castle of Finlater : " et dixit quod vox populi " scandilosa esset quod est aut fuit infra clausuram de " Fynlater vi aut contra velle tenta sive incarcerata : « Quiquidem Mergareta non vi aut metu ducta nec “ errore lapsa sed sua libera et spontanea voluntate " animo non variando ut apparuit publicauit asseruit“ que jurauit quod nunquam hactenus infra dicte domus
In the Advocates' Library is a MS. (33. 2. 24.), being a panegyric in honour of and addressed to King Henry VIII. by Walter Ogilvy.
EARL OP SEAFIELD.
" clausuram est aut fuit contra velle tenta siue incarce“ rata quum ad sue libitum voluntatis extra dictam clau. " suram quando et ubi sibi melius placuerit deambulare " potest." This was done ,at Fynlater, “ presentibus " honorabilibus vel discretis viris Roberto. Guthre, “ fratre dicte Mergarete, Johanne Nicholson, capellano, 16 Alexandro Wardroper, et Ricardo Scot, cum multis " aliis ad premissa vocatis.'
On 9th February 1445, Sir Walter obtained the Royal licence of James II, for building towers and fortalices in his Castle of Findlater.
Several early deeds relate to the office of Constabulary of Cullen and the annexed lands of Pittenbringan. On 21st July 1408, Robert Duke of Albany granted a charter to David de Haya, son of John de Haya, of Tulibothi, and Elizabeth his wife, in which he confirmed all grants and gifts by John Matulan of Natherdale, to the said John de Haya, of the lands of Pittenbringan, and office of the Constabulary of Cullen.
By a cbarter under the Great Seal, dated 10th March 1481, King James III. confirmed to Sir James Ogilvy a charter granted by John de Haya, Constable of the Constabulary of Cullen, with the office and pertinents thereof.
On 10th Nov. 1407, the above John Matulan or Maitland, of Netherdale, granted a bond of man-rent to David de Hay and Elizabeth his spouse, whereby he obliges himself to loose and make free from Alisander Comyne “ and fra al othyrs all the lands of Drumna“ keith, and to warrant their lands of Pettnabringan.”
Several documents illustrate the history of the Col. legiate Church of Cullen. On 6th March 1455, a ratification was granted under the Great Seal, of the erection and endowment made by King Robert Bruce in the College Kirk of Cullen, and on 13th July 1543, Mary Queen of Scots granted a ratification of several endow. ments in favour of the Provost of the College Kirk of Cullen. The deed narrates that “the auld chaiplanrie “ of fiwe pundis infeft be umquhile our predecessoure “ King Robert the Bruce, of gude mynde of the burrow “ rudis of oure burghe of Oulane, with thretty thre “ schillingis four pennyis gevin in augmentatioun " thairof be the bailleis and communitie of the said “ burgh to sustene ane cheplane daylie .... to pray “ for the saule of Elizabeth, his spous, quene of Scottis, “ quhilk deceissit in our said burgh of Culane, and hir “ bouallis erdit in oure Lady Kirk thairof, be perpetu“ allie, unit incorporat, and erectit .... in help and “ supplement of oure College Kirk newlie erectit be “ bailleis, burgesses, and communite of Culane, Alex“ ander Ogilvy of that ilk, and Alexander Dyk, archi“ dene of Glasgow, be consent and confirmation of the “ bischop and chapter of Abirdene.”
By a deed of erection and foundation dated 10th Dec. 1536, the chaplainry of St. Anne was instituted in the Collegiate Kirk of Cullen, on the gift of John Duff of Muldavit (ancestor of the Earls of Fife).
In a lengthy document written on 10 folios of parchment, dated February 1552, the Archbishop of St. Andrews confirmed the erection of the Collegiate Church of St. Mary of Culan. It prescribes minutely the duties and qualifications of the prebendaries, de. scribing their dresses, fixing their hours of service, and the nature of their musical performances. It is thus a good specimen of the ideas involved in a Scotch collegiate foundation shortly before the Reformation.
Among the other miscellaneous papers, I may note a commission, in French, dated at St. Germans, 9th October 1560, by Queen Mary, and signed by her, to Sir James Ogilvy, to be steward to her in France.
Copy of a bond of chieftaincy (attested by the Earls of Rothes and Findlater), granted by Sir George Ogilvy of Dunlugas, Walter Ogilvy, heir apparent thereof, and George Ogilvy, son of Walter, ratifying a contract betwixt James Ogilvy of Cardell and the predecessors of the granters, whereby they esteem, honor, and accept of Sir Walter Ogilvy of Findlater and his heirs to be their chief, and to ride with, assist, and accompany them in all actions concerning the weill and honor of the house of Findlater, dated 11th January 1613.
There are several deeds relating to the settlement of a serious disturbance which occurred between the families of Ogilvie and Gordon, about the middle of the 16th century. Sir Alexr. Ogilvie married, first, a daughter of Lord Saltoun, by whom he had a son, James Ogilvie (of Cardel); second, Elizabeth Gordon, by whom he had a daughter Margaret, who married John Gordon, son of the Earl of Huntly. By advice of his wife, Sir Alexr. Ogilvie attempted to disinherit his son James Ogilvie, and settled the greater part of his cstates on his son-in-law, John Gordon, who succeeded
thereto in 1555. James Ogilvie was at this time absent EART in France in the service of Queen Mary, but on his re- SEAFIELD. turn with her Majesty to Scotland, he took steps to reclaim his hereditary possessions, which being resisted by Gordon, the two families and their retainers had recourse to arms to settle their dispute, and the north of Scotland was on the eve of being embroiled in civil war, when by the mediation of some friends, the contending parties were induced to submit their dispate to the arbitration of Queen Mary, who accordingly came to the north accompanied by the Earl of Murray, and received the keys of the castles of Auchindoun and Findlater in token of their submission to her authority; the Queen met the disputants in the Church of Cullen, where peace was sworn and ratified between them before the high altar in presence of Her Majesty. The Solemn Decreet Arbitral pronounced by the Queen is dated 24th March 1566.
Receipt by Hew, Lord Montgomery, to Alexander Erle of Eglintoun, his father," for ane greit jewell, “ contening fourtene greit dyamondis with fyne pen. " dant triangill dyamondis quhilk was left to me be “ umquhile Dame Anna Levingstoun Countes of Eglin“ toune, my mother ; dated at Eglinton, 19th January “ 1636, before witnesses, Henry Montgomerie my “ brother Germane, and Thomas Nevin, of Monk. “ ridding, wryter hereof.”
James, the fourth Earl of Findlater and first Earl of Seafield, was Lord High Chancellor in the reign of Queen Anne, and in the years 1700 and 1703 he was the Royal Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. A paper containing the Queen's “ Private Instructions” to her Commissioner is preserved here. It is superscribed by the Queen, and has her initials at the end, and is dated 5th Feb. 1703.
1. “Yow shall not permit the General Assembly to " approve the Synod or Presbytery Books, which contain “ their late association or covenanting band, nor the said « bond itself, which relates to Church government."
2. “ Yow shall not permit nur debate to be moved “ or brought in which relates to the Churches pre“ tended intrinsic power for calling of assemblys or " synods, otherwise than by our authority, and if you “ can not stop them by smooth means you shall dis" solve the assembly, and, if they refuse to obey, you " shall require our Privy Council to interpose their “ authority.”
3. “ If they do proceed, as we hope they shall not, " to sitt or act in opposition to our authority, you shall “ order the Commander in Chief to dissipate them, “ and you shall require our Council's concurrence to “ that effect.”
Of this period is a “Memoriall for my Lord Chan" cellor about the Chancellor's right of signing inter" loquitors in the session."
Somewhat later are “Copies of some letters contain“ ing observations about the improvement and refor“ mation of the West Highlands, and obstructions the “ manufactures may meet with in the Highlands con“sidered.” “ Causes of ye present disorderly state of " the Highlands of Scotland."
Copy letter, my Lord Lovat to the Earl of Islay, dated Beaufort, 27th May 1737, as to the accusations made of his being disaffected, and a plotter to disturb the Government.
Two fasciculi of copies of letters between the Earl of Findlater, Ludovick Grant of Grant, Lord Lyon, Lord Lewis Gordon, Lord Loudon, Lord President of the Court of Session, with documents, and a statement by the Laird of Grant.
A series of letters from Lord Hardwicke to the Earl of Findlater in 1747, 1748, 1751, 1753, and 1764, generally in regard to the settlement of the country after the rebellion; the employment of the factors on the forfeited estates; and the politics of the day.
In one, dated 25th August 1747, in answer to a letter from Lord Findlater as to the state of the country and the measures for keeping order, Lord Hardwicke writes, “I own it surprizes me that any of the sensible “ Jacobites who know the world can still, after all the “ experience they have had, really be persuaded that “ France means anything more than to make them the " engines and dupes of her own politics without being “ much in earnest to push the point they have in view. “ It gives me much satisfaction to hear from your “ Lordsbip that the Whigs in Scotland do in general " approve the measures taken last winter in Par“ liament.” He then refers to the success of the elections, &c.
BARL OF GLASGOW,
THE MANUSCRIPTS OF THE RIGHT HONOURABLE THE EARL to John de Lyndesayoť Byris on the ratification of an EARL OR
OP GLASGOW, AT CRAWFORD PRIORY, IN FIFESHIRE, excambion between the late William of Keith, Marischal GLABGOW.
of Keith, their son, who is now Marischal of Scotland,
on the one part, of their lands of Ochtiruthirstruthir, Among the many Charters at Crawford Priory, several Wester Markynche, and Petyndrech, belonging in heriare of considerable antiquity and interest.
tage to the said Margaret, with the late William of The first document, in point of date, is a notarial Lyndesay, Lord of Byrys, father of the said John of Instrument of Transumpt, dated, in the chapel of Byres, Lyndesay, for his lands of Dunotir, which the said 20th September 1378, of a Precept by William of Keith, Robert of Keith now possesses. Marischal of Scotland, to Robert Normanville, Baillie Confirmation by Alexander of Setoun, of Tulibodi, of all his lands of Tolghfraser, desiring him to give son and heir of Lady Elizabeth Gordoun, to a noble lord, sasine to William of Lindesay, and Cristian his spouse, John de Lindissai, of Byris, Knight, son and heir of Sir and in her right, of the lands of Tolghfraser now in his William of Lindissai, of the excambion narrated in the prehands, except 81. of land in the same which he reserved. ceding Charters, dated at Edinburgh, 23 February 1439. The Precept is dated, at Elgin, 5th August 1378.
· There are many writs in the collection connected Procuratory of Resignation by William of Keith, with the “ offices of the Regality and Priory, Justiciary, Marischal of Scotland, and Margaret, his spouse, to “ Bailliary, Crownery, and Admiralty of St. Andrews, James de Lyndesay, Alexander de Lyndesay, and Wil. " and Customs Cocket and Searchery." liam of Dyschynton, Knights ; Thomas Sybald, John of Among these are the following: Cragy, and William Talyfer, Esquires, for resigning Charter by King David II. to William, Bishop of the lands of Ochtyrothyrstrothyr into the hands of the St. Andrews, of the cocket and custom of the regality Bishop of St. Andrews, of whom they are held, dated, of St. Andrews, 5th June 1363. at Kyntor, 19th August 1380. (No witnesses.)
Charter by King Robert III. to Henry, Bishop of Charter by William of Keith, Marischal of Scotland, St. Andrews, of said cocket and custom, 28th May 1405. and Margaret Fraser, his spouse, to their son Robert Charter by King James II., confirmed by King of Keth, of the lands of Āuchterutherstruther (now James III., conferring on the Bishop a free regality of Struthers), in Fife. To be held of us and Robert of Keth all his lands north of the Forth, 1452, and confirmation, our heir, son of the late John of Keth, our son and heir, 1480. The privileges conferred are very ample, and and his heirs male, whom failing from the Bishop of include the right of coining money. St. Andrews, in capite. Rendering the said Robert and Charter by John, Archbishop of St. Andrews, to his heirs to the said Robert, our heir, a pair of gloves Patrick Learmouth, of Dairsey, of the offices of custuin name of Blench farm, dated, at our Manor of Kyntor, mary and keeping the cocket, within the regality of 20th October 1380. Witnesses, Robert, Earl of Myn- St. Andrews, 16th Dec. 1556. teth, James and Alexander of Lyndesay, Knights, Sir Charter by the Archbishop, of same date, to said John Barber, Archdeacon of Aberdeen, William of Patrick, of the offices of stewartry, 'bailliary, justiciary, Fenton, Alexander of Stratoun, Johne Crabe, burgess and crownery, 4th April 1562. of Aberdeen, and many others.
Another Charter by the Archbishop to the said Pa. In this party, gathered together at the seat of the trick, dated 5th March 1577, confers on him the right Marischal at Kyntor, we find the future Regent of of searching all ships in the hail ports of the regality of Scotland, with the poet Barbour, and a wealthy bur- St. Andrews, to be held for payment of a penny Scots gess of Aberdeen descended from Crab, the Fleming, in name of Blench farm. These offices were apprised who so bravely helped to defend Berwick in the time of from William Learmouth, of Dairsey, by John Lord Edward II.
Lindsay in 1609. At this time the lands and rock of Dunnottar be Among the old writs of the lands of Balmain are longed to William Lyndesay of the Byres, son-in-law several which preserve the names of sundry provosts of of the Marischal, and an arrangement was made Kirkheugh, a collegiate foundation at St. Andrews, whereby the latter exchanged his lands of Struthers which came in room of the early Culdee Monastery of for those of Dunnottar, as I have explained in my that place. report on the papers of Sir Patrick Keith Murray, of Charter by John Kennedy, Provost of Kirkheugh, to Ochtertyre.
David Lindsay, eldest son to John Lord Lindsay, of The next Charter is the deed by which this was car- the Byres, and Janet Ramsay his spouse (on the ried out.
resignation of the said Janet), of the third part of the
Kirkheugh, in 1606, when he ratified a gift of the
dated 27th June 1607.
Precept by Robert Duke of Albany, for infefting