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Anne: Table IX. Scottish Warrants and Commissions

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Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Anne, 1702-3. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1916.

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TABLE IX.

Scottish Warrants and Commissions.

These are entries of Royal Warrants to the Lord Chancellor and Privy Council of Scotland, or to the Lord Chancellor alone, or to the Lord Chancellor and Commissioners of the Treasury of Scotland, or some other high officers in Scotland, conveying the Royal Orders in various matters. Sometimes the warrant and the docquet thereof are both entered, sometimes the warrant alone and sometimes the docquet alone. Where the warrant or warrant and docquet are entered the fact is not repeated; but where the docquet alone is entered this is shewn to the reader by the insertion of the word "Docquet" at the head of the entry. All the entries are from S.P. Scotland, Warrant Book 18; so this fact is not repeated, but reference to the page alone is made. This book contains also several lists of Commissions in Scottish regiments, which are placed with the other Scotch warrants. The Table also contains a few Royal letters addressed directly to particular persons and not framed in the form of warrants. These are entered in this table as "Royal letters" or simply as "The Queen to" &c.
The first few Scottish letters or warrants are placed in the body of the Calendar [see above pp. 1–3, 10, 13; 15], as they are of special importance and afford the reader an example of the kind of letter which was sent to Scotland at this date; but later all Scottish warrants, except a few of special importance which do not lend themselves to tabular treatment, are reserved for this table at the end of the year. When the docquet only is entered, it does not shew to whom the full warrant was addressed: but warrants for the Great Seal would properly be addressed to the Chancellor as Keeper thereof. Unless otherwise stated all the documents are dated from St. James'.
8 Mar. Earl of Marchmont, Commissioner of General Assembly.
To continue to follow in all things the late King's instructions. P. 97.
25 Mar. Anne, Duchess of Hamilton, Keeper of Holyrood Palace.
Announces the appointment of the Duke of Queensberry as Royal Commissioner. Directs that the keys of the Royal "apartment" and such other lodgings as shall be thought fit for his accommodation be handed to him, or to any having his order. P. 101.
10 Ap. Docquets.
(1) In favour of Sir Robert Gordon, of Gordonstown. For a charter granting to him his heirs male or assigns all the towns and lands of Garbatyes and Oldmire with the mill and pertments in the sheriffdom of Elgin and Forres, of Eli and Inchberrie with their pertments in the same, proceeding on the resignation of Mr. Andrew and Archibald Geddes, younger and elder, of Esle, as also the lands of Earnside, lying within the parish of Alves, and sheriffdom aforesaid, the town and lands of Ordies with a mill and pertments lying in the said shire with a tack of the teynds great and small of the lands of (blank) and a fifth part of the land of Dundarcus with the salmon fishing in the water of Spey; also the town and lands of Dangyies, and Inchlyon and town and lands of Easter Ortoun, Meckle and Little Forps and Inchberry, all lying in the same sheriffdom proceeding upon a decree of adjudication pronounced by the Lords of Session against John Cuming of Earnside in favour of the said Sir Robert for payment to him of the sums above (fn. 1) mentioned. These lands are to be annexed by Sir Robert's estate and barony of Gordonstown with a change of the holding of the same from simple to taxed ward for payment of the taxed duties to be inserted in the blanks of this signature by the Commissioners of the Exchequer; and giving for the other lands adjudged the few and blench farms and other duties paid for the same before the said adjudication. The Queen ordains the lands to be redeemable by Cuming or his heirs on payment of the sums for which they were adjudged, with interest. Pp. 104, 105.
(2) In favour of Bryce Whitford, of Dunduff. The lands to be mentioned in the charter are the eight pound land of Dunduff, the corn mill thereof, and teynds, and pertments, the lands of Cloncaird with the manor place, salmon fishing, woods and pertments including the mayns of Cloncaird Barneill and Glensyd with their pertments, the 40 shilling land of Kirkland of Mayboll called Kirkbryd with the houses and other pertments formerly the property of John, Lord Bargany or John Whitford, who resigned them into the hands of the Lords of Exchequer in Scotland for reinfestment to Bryce Whitford. Other details. Pp. 104–6.
10 Ap. Commissioners of the Treasury.
We have considered the report of the state of the arms and ammunition, forts and magazines transmitted by you in obedience to the order of King William III. It shows the arms to be out of order and insufficient, and the quantity of ammunition to be small. For defence of our Kingdom against invasion, and for its safety in case of internal commotions, we think it right that these forts should be strong. Repair and make fit for service such arms as are there, and provide the castle and forts with powder &c., and provision them for some months; and pay for the same out of any funds in Scotland which are in hand. Pp. 103–104.
10 Ap. Notes of Commissions under the Queen's hand and signet.
James Ker to be a lieutenant in Lord Jedburgh's Dragoons.
Robert Cunningham to be Quartermaster of the same.
James Ramsay to be Commissary of the Artillery Company in place of Colin Ramsay, who has demitted that trust. Colin Ramsay to be lieutenant in Colonel Ferguson's regiment. P. 106.
5 May. Chancellor and Chancery.
To pass letters patent convening Parliament on 26 May next at Edinburgh, and saying that the Queen, prevented by pressure of business from going to Scotland, has appointed James, Duke of Queensberry, to represent her person and bear her authority during the ensuing session and in all matters for the peace of the Church and country, with as full powers as any previous holders of the office. The commission to last from the day of, till recalled by the Queen, without prejudice to any other commission or command held by the Duke, which shall continue during the currency of this commission. To pass the Great Seal per saltum without passing any other seal or register.
The date of commencement left blank. Pp. 107, 108, 109.
[About
same.]
Commissioners of the Treasury.
Recites the fact of the Duke of Queensberry's nomination as Commissioner for the meeting of Parliament. Proceeds:—You shall pay him out of your revenue there 25l. a day from [blank] till Parliament meets on 9 June, and 50l. a day during the said session of Parliament, and 25l. after the session is over till his commission is determined.
The date left blank, but see foregoing. Pp. 109, 110.
[About
same.]
Same.
Ordering them to pay the Duke of Queensberry 3,500l. for the expense of his equipage and journey to Scotland as Commissioner for the session of Parliament.
Date left blank, but see last but one. Pp. 110, 111.
[About
same.]
High Commissioner of Scotland.
The office of Lord High Treasurer is now in Commission. An Act of Parliament provides that the number of officers of State who are to have place in Parliament should not exceed the number of eight, even though at same time, more than eight persons may be employed in the execution of the said office. As it is reasonable that there should be one named to appear and act as Treasurer in the ensuing session of Parliament, we nominate Alexander, Lord Montgomery, to hold that place, and vote during the session.
Date left blank, but see foregoing. P. 111.
[About
same.]
Same.
Notifying the appointment of Lord Secretary Seafield to act as Secretary of State during the coming session of Parliament.
Date left blank, but see foregoing. P. 112.
3–5 May. Notes of Commissions in the Army. (fn. 1)
James Levingston to be cornet of Viscount Teviot's troop in his regiment of Dragoons. Dated 3 May.
Gideon Keith to be lieutenant in Lieut.-Colonel Lord John Hay's troop in Viscount Teviot's Dragoons.
Charles Preston to be cornet of Major Preston's troop in the same.
— MacDougall to be cornet of Captain Stuart's troop in same.
— Skeen to be lieutenant in Captain Young's troop in same.
Maurice Hill to be cornet in the same company and regiment.
The above dated St. James', May 4.
Captain Henry Borthwick to be captain of the company formerly Captain George Murray's in Colonel Ferguson's regiment.
Henry Moncreife to be ensign of Colonel Ferguson's own company in Ferguson's regiment of Foot, with the precedency of 1 January last.
— Dumbar to be ensign in Major Borthwick's company in Ferguson's regiment.
Blank commission for an adjutant to Colonel Ferguson.
The above dated St. James', 5 May. Pp. 112, 113.
5 May. Chancellor and Commissioners of the Treasury.
To state and pay all the arrears due to Robert Pringle as undersecretary, and to those in his office; and 300l. due to him for attending King William whilst he was in Holland last summer. Their present attendance in this place makes it necessary that they should be paid promptly. This payment to take preference over all others. For security of this payment, Pringle shall have assigned to him the rents of the Royal lordship of Fife or of Ettrick forest. Details. Pp. 113, 114.
5 May. Chancellor and Directors of the Royal Chancellery in favour of the Duke of Queensberry.
Recites that there is a vacancy of the post of one of her Majesty's Secretaries of State for Scotland, owing to the demission of the Earl of Hyndford, and the desirability that persons of known integrity, loyalty and ability should hold the high offices of State in Scotland. Orders patents to be prepared &c. appointing the Duke of Queensberry, one of the Secretaries of State for Scotland, "co-principal and co-junct" with Lord Secretary Seafield. The Duke shall have half the fees, dues, privileges &c. due to the place and a pension of 1,000l. a year. He is to share with Lord Secretary Seafield the right of receiving, intromitting with him and keeping all signets of the said kingdom, and to apply the equal half of the benefits and profits thereof to his own use. He is also to have the right of appointing deputs and keepers of the said signets, and of admitting and receiving all clerks and writers to the signet, with all sheriff clerks, and clerks to the peace, within the said kingdom, and of giving them commissions to endure during their lives, and of filling up vacancies and receiving the half fees for so doing. To pass per saltum.
An elaborate grant. Pp. 114–116.
About (fn. 1) 5 May. Docquet.
5 May. For paying 1,000l. a year to the Duke of Queensberry as a Secretary of State. P. 116.
Same. (fn. 2) Queen's Chamberlain.
The Queen understands that the Earl of Hyndford had, when Secretary of State for Scotland, 400l. a year out of the rents of the earldom of Ross, which he gave up on becoming Secretary of State. Directs letters to issue under the Privy Seal giving him this pension to be paid out of the first rents &c. payable out of the said earldom, the lordship of Ardmannoch, and the baronies of Delny and Meddat. Payment at Whitsuntide and Martinmas by the Queen's Chamberlain, who receives these rents and who shall be allowed the same on his account to the Exchequer. Pp. 117, 118.
5 May. Blank commissions for two lieutenants in Brigadier Maitland's regiment of Foot. P. 118.
Same. Docquets.
1. Grant to John Pringle, Advocate, and the heirs males of his body, which failing to his heirs or assigns, of all the lands and place of the forest steid of Hayning with the pertments, with that part of those lands commonly called the commonty of Selkirk allocate to pertain to the said lands of Hayning by a decreet arbitral for dividing the said commonty, the ground on which the mill, kiln and sheilling hill of Hayning stood, with the ground whereon the water gate and cluse of the said mill was; all in the parish and sheriffdom of Selkirk; proceeding of the resignation of Andrew Riddell, of Hayning. These letters also contain a new gift and an erection of the whole into a barony, called the barony of Hayning. To be held at a yearly rent of £Sc.25, doubling the same on the entry of each heir. To pass under the Great Seal.
There is a blank in the letter, which shall be filled up by the Commissioners of the Exchequer, of the sum by which the Queen will tax the benefit of the marriage of any heirs succeeding in the lands. The Queen accepts the marriage fee and the annual rent of 25l. in lieu of all duties. Great Seal. Pp. 118, 119.
2. In favour of Dame Elizabeth Urquhart, Lady Gight. She is the widow of Sir George Gordon, of Gight, Baronet. The warrant is for a grant under the Great Seal to her and her heirs or assigns heritably of all the lands and mains of Ardlogie with the pertments lying in the parish of Fyvie and sheriffdom of Aberdeen, the town and lands of Priors Miln, Kirktown of Fyvie, Petervell, Potterfair, and the weekly market at Fyvie, Mary-dikes, Brugend and Bawnsdale with their teynds and pertments all in the said sheriffdom, proceeding on a decree obtained at her instance against Elizabeth Gordon, sister to the deceased Adam Gordon, sometime of Ardlogie, and John Carmichael, surgeon in Edinburgh, her husband. The letters also contain a novo damus of the said lands for the former duties. Other details. P. 119.
3. In favour of Gilbert Stuart, Merchant of Edinburgh. For passing to him all goods and gear which pertained to Charles Dallas, vintner, of Edinburgh, who on 25 March was declared a rebel at the instance of Edward Burd, merchant. To pass under the Privy Seal. P. 120.
4. For making [blank] Commissary of the Commissariat of Lanark for life. Usual fees &c. Right to appoint a deputy, substitutes &c. [details]. Privy Seal. P. 120.
5. For the grant of a baronetcy to be passed to Sir George Sooty and the heirs males of this body per saltum under the Great Seal. Pp. 120, 121.
6 May. Chancellor and Chancellery.
Great Seal granting the office of Keeper of the Queen's Privy Seal in Scotland to William, Marquis of Annandale, in the room of the Duke of Queensberry, now a Secretary of State. He shall have predecence next after the President of the Council of Scotland. All usual honours, privileges and duties &c. Power to appoint deputies and clerks. Favourable clauses. Pp. 121–2.
Same. Privy Seal for a payment of 1,000l. a year to the Marquis of Annandale as Keeper of the Privy Seal in Scotland. Pp. 122–3.
12 May. Chancellor and Privy Council.
To issue a proclamation adjourning the meeting of the Scottish Parliament from 26 May to 9 June next. P. 126.
Commissioners of the Scotch Treasury.
Authorising them to pay 616l. to Archibald, Duke of Argyle, for arms "brought here" [probably "bought here"] and furnished to "our troop of Guards." P. 126.
Chancellor and Commissioners of the Treasury.
We understand that the royal apartment at Holyrood which the Duke of Queensberry is to occupy as Commissioner during the session of the Scottish Parliament is much out of repair. Give orders for repairing it and that of the Under Keeper of our palace, that the same may be ready in due time to accommodate the Duke of Queensberry. You may expend what is necessary for this purpose. P. 127.
Same.
To assign to John, Master of Stair, what remains unpaid of the fines imposed on Sir Thomas Kennedy and Sir William Binning in the year [blank]. He may pursue for them. P. 127.
12 May. Chancellor and Commissioners of the Treasury.
Our troop of Guards attends during the session of the Scotch Parliament at Edinburgh, and forage is dearer there than elsewhere in Scotland. Agree with the Commissaries to our forces for forage for the troop and pay them what you think reasonable. P. 128.
Chancellor and Privy Council.
For proclaiming war against France and Spain. "The preservation of the liberties and balance of Europe . . . obliged our late royal brother . . . to enter into solemn treaties of alliance with the Emperor of Germany, the States General of the United Provinces and other princes and potentates for reducing the exorbitant power of France and for their mutual defence against the French King's unjust usurpations and encroachments," he having taken possession of the greatest part of the Spanish dominions with his arms, seized the Spanish West Indies and most important ports in Spain by his fleet. He has stopped liberty of commerce and declared the pretended Prince of Wales to be King of England, Scotland and Ireland and has "influenced Spain to concur with him in this indignity."
Our Scotch subjects feel these injuries much and have suffered in their trade at the hands of France and Spain. Publish a declaration of war against France and Spain accordingly in the usual way. Pp. 128–129.
Same.
For arrest of Captain Simon Fraser. He has been guilty of many crimes. P. 130.
Chancellor and Commissioners of the Treasury.
For paying 500l. to Lord Secretary Hyndford. Lord Hyndford (fn. 1) is going to Scotland with his whole family, which will be an expense to him, and has also had expense in repairing "his apartment of our House at Whitehall." Pp. 131–2.
Same.
For paying 500l. to Lord Secretary Seafield. He is going to Scotland in the Queen's service during the ensuing session of Parliament. P. 132.
Royal letters in favour of William Carstairs.
The Queen knows that King William by a commission dated 26 February, 1690/1, nominated Carstairs to be one of his chaplains in ordinary in Scotland, with the usual fees, and especially all fees belonging to the Chapel Royal, and that this was ratified on 28 Feb., 169¾. The Queen is willing that Mr. Carstairs should continue in that place, and makes the appointment accordingly,
S.P. Scotland, Warrant Book 18—cont.
with all the accustomed rents, few duties, teind duties &c., at any time belonging to the Chapel Royal [details], comprehending thereinto the abbacies of Cross-Regal and Dundrennan, with power to grant tacks of teynds and other casualties belonging to the said Chapel Deanery or Sub-Deanery (fn. 1) not exceeding nineteen years. Full grant of right to pursue for vindicating the rights, rents &c. of the Chaplaincy and Deanery. Pp. 132–3.
Docquet.
For a gift of the office of one of her Majesty's chaplains in ordinary to David Blair, with all the usual fees and 50l. a year. Privy Seal. P. 133.
Chancellor and Commissioners of the Treasury.
William Cochran of Ferguslie represents to us how much he has lost in collecting the two years' poll imposed by Parliament in 1689, and that the rules prescribed for making the said poll effectual have not been observed, and that he has paid 16,500l., which is 6,300l. more than the books returned to the Treasury amount to. He prays that he may have the benefit of the prescribed rules, or be recommended to Parliament for legal redress, and, in the meantime, for stay of further execution.
" . . . Sist or stop all further diligence, real or personal," against Cochran, till either his case be considered in Parliament or our further pleasure known. P. 134.
Royal Letters (fn. 2) in favour of James Mackenzie.
Besides the ordinary clerks of the Exchequer and the Keeper of the Register of Signatures in Scotland, there has always been a clerk appointed for serving her Majesty's Treasury or Commissioners of Treasury and for keeping their records and warrants and clearing of their accounts. This office is now held by Sir Thomas Moncreife, one of the principal clerks of the Exchequer, who, by reason of his age, wants to have some one joined with him in his office. The Queen is pleased (with the advice and consent of the Commissioners of the Treasury and of the Commissioners of the Exchequer in Scotland) to appoint James Mackenzie, son of Viscount Tarbat, to hold the place jointly with Moncreife. They shall receive the usual fees jointly and the longer liver of them shall have the office alone. Favourable clauses. Privy Seal. Pp. 135–6.
12 May. Lyon King of Arms.
Sir Archibald Primerose, of Carington, Knight and Baronet, was clerk to the Council Register and Rolls of Scotland, temp. Charles II, and was by King Charles made Lord Justice General of Scotland. In testimony of his services there was assigned to him, in addition to his paternal coat of arms, a double treasure flowered and counterflowered with flowers-de-lis as in the Royal Arms of Scotland, as appears by a warrant of his arms under the hand of Sir Charles Areskine of Cambo, sometime Lyon King of Arms. King William conferred a Viscountcy on Sir Archibald's son, for his encouragement. The warrant to carry the double treasure has, we are informed, "fallen aside so as it cannot be found," and Lyon is not "in freedom or use" of confirming such privileges unless a warrant is produced to him. We approve and renew the warrant granted temp. Charles II, and authorise Lyon to "matriculate" the same in the registers of his office and to give proper extracts therefrom to all persons concerned. Pp. 136, 137.
Chancellor and Commissioners of the Treasury.
Confirming and desiring the executon of a letter in favour of Lord Forbes written by the late King on 25 April, 1700. It has never yet had any effect. P. 137.
Royal Letters in favour of Patrick Thomson of Dininno.
The Queen is informed that Thomson, who killed John Adamson, servant to —, did so without any premeditation and upon great provocation. There had been a quarrel between them, but others in the company had appeased it, when Adamson, in fury, thinking his master had been affronted, attacked Thomson with a "Kain," and Thomson was forced, in self-defence, to draw his sword. Thomson has obtained "letters of slaines" from the two brothers and nearest of kin of the deceased, who, for themselves and their kindred, express Thomson's peaceable disposition, and discharge him for their part. A letter of remission is to be passed under the Great Seal of Scotland pardoning Thomson. Clauses for execution. The pardon to be read most favourably. Pp. 138, 139.
Chancellor and Commissioners of the Treasury.
Sir Alexander Bruce has represented to us his losses incurred in 1693 and 1694, when he foraged the troop of Guards who were in Edinburgh in time of Parliament, and foraged the troops then in Scotland on English pay. These things he did by order of the Government, outside his contract, and on assurance of repayment by the then Lords of the Treasury. He has not yet been paid.
Examine and report on his accounts, and say out of which fund he may best be paid, and meantime take no steps to recover the 1,600l. found due from him to us for his intromissions with the funds of the aforesaid two years. P. 139.
12 May. Chancellor and Directors of the Chancery.
For a Great Seal pardoning Colin, Earl of Balcarres, from all crimes of treason by and through his going to France during the late wars and staying there after the time prescribed for the return of her Majesty's subjects, and for all seditious or treasonous acts or words done or spoken by him against her Majesty's person or government. Clauses for execution. The pardon to be read most favourably. Pp. 140, 141.
Docquet &c. in favour of Captain Johnstown.
For a letter similar to foregoing. The treasons alleged are: going into France (as in foregoing), associating with rebels and general acts of treason. P. 141.
Royal Letters in favour of [blank].
Appointing him (with the consent of the Scotch Treasury and Exchequer) to the posts of one of the ordinary macers before the Lords of the Privy Council, Exchequer and Commissions and a serjeant-at-arms, which are vacant in the Queen's hands by the demission of George Weir. All usual fees including an annual fee of 50l. The Lords of the Privy Council, Exchequer and Commissions to admit him and administer to him the usual oath for faithful administration. Beneficial clauses. Privy Seal. Pp. 142–3.
Commissioners of the Treasury.
The pension of 200l. a year granted by the late King to Alexander, Earl of Eglintoun, has not been made effectual to him owing to the burdens on the fund out of which it was to be paid. Pay him 200l. out of the first and readiest of our revenues, and repay yourselves out of the revenue from the Bishops' rents, on which that pension was originally charged. P. 143.
Royal Letters in favour of Sir Colin Campbell of Aberuchell.
Sir Colin, who is one of the Senators of the College of Justice, suffered (together with his vassals and tenants) by depredations of the "Highland rebels" before King William's accession. Letters to pass the Privy Seal of Scotland granting him 100l. a year out of the revenue during pleasure. Details. Favourable clauses. P. 144.
Commissioners of the Treasury in favour of — Stuart of Castle Stuart.
Docquet. For a pension of 100l. a year to him. P. 145.
Similar warrant. Blank. P. 145.
Similar Warrants.
For 10l. to Richard Godard. Pp. 144 and 145.
12 May. For 100l. to the late Bishops of [blanks]. Six warrants, all blank. Pp. 146–148.
Commission to Major–General George Ramsay.
To command all the forces raised or employed for service in Scotland, whether standing forces or militia. All officers to obey him. P. 149.
Same to the Duke of Argyle to be Major–General of the forces in Scotland. All officers to obey him. Pp. 149, 150.
Same to and to be a Brigadier-General and Physician-General of the forces in Scotland. Two warrants. Pp. 150, 151.
Commissioners of the Treasury (Docquet).
For a letter to be passed under the Privy Seal of Scotland discharging the Duke of Argyle and his heirs and successors of all "few blench and teynd duties, taxed ward duties, tacks duties and other duties, kanis (?) customs, rents and casualties" payable to the Queen in respect of his lordships &c. lands, heritable offices &c., and contained in the reddendo of his charters for the "crops and years of God 1700 and 1701," excepting the dues payable to the late Bishops. Clauses for execution. Pp. 151, 152.
Chancellor and Chancery.
For a letter to pass the Great Seal of Scotland appointing the Earl of Seafield one of the two Secretaries of State for Scotland during pleasure. He is to have half of all the fees, profits, &c., pertaining to the office, 1,000l. a year, the right to present all gifts and warrants for her Majesty's signature, to receive half the fees paid for such signatures, to keep all the signets of Scotland and half the fees arising therefrom and from appointment of deputs and keepers of the signets, admission and reception of writers to the signet, sheriff clerks, and clerks of the peace, and commissioning them, and admitting new officers whenever any vacancy occurs in any of these offices. Favourable clauses. To pass the Great Seal per saltum. Pp. 152, 153.
Same for the Earl of Seafield (Docquet).
For 1,000l. a year, to be paid half-yearly at Whitsuntide and Martinmas commencing at next Whitsuntide. P. 153.
Chancellor and Commissioners of the Treasury.
There is one vacancy in your body owing to the promotion of the Marquis of Annandale to be Keeper of the Privy Seal. We have settled to appoint [blank] to that place, and authorise and command you to admit and receive him accordingly, administering the oath to him, &c. P. 154.
12 May. Also Docquet of Warrant for paying the above officer 500l. a year. Privy Seal. P. 154.
Lords Secretaries Seafield and Hyndford.
Directing them, out of the levy money now in their hands by order of King William III, to pay 1,872l. to the Earl of Hyndford as his proportion for levying a regiment of dragoons of six troops, each troop paid at the rate of 12l. for each dragoon, and 729l. to the Earl of Mar far his proportion for levying a regiment of foot of nine companies and 27 sentinels, each company, at the rate of 3l. per sentinel and 729l. to the Master of Strathnaver for the same, and to [blank] Hart 30l. for the expenses of his journey at the Queen's command into Scotland. P. 155.
Chancellor and Commissioners of the Treasury.
To pay Major-General Ramsay, the newly appointed Commander in Chief of the forces in Scotland, as the one Major–General for whom pay is allowed in the Scotch establishment. Discontinue payment to Viscount Teviot as a Major–General and give that pay to General Ramsay as from to-day. The pay to General Ramsay is given in place of a pension formerly granted to him, which is hereby recalled. P. 155.
Royal letters in favour of Viscount Teviot.
Consequential on the foregoing. Orders letters to pass the Privy Seal for granting, and grants a pension of 672l. to Viscount Teviot in lieu of the pay as a Major–General in the establishment, which he has hitherto been receiving. Payable at Whitsuntide and Martinmas during pleasure. P. 156.
Commission to William, Lord Forbes.
To be first colonel of the troop of Grenadier Guards which has been established and ordered to be raised in Scotland. P. 157.
Commission to Colonel George Mckgill to be second colonel of the troop of Grenadier Guards mentioned in the foregoing. Pp. 157–8.
Similar Commissions to William Murry and others.
Murry to be first captain and the others [names blank] to be second captain, first lieutenant, and second lieutenant and cornet of the aforesaid troop. Four Commissions, Pp. 158–160.
Similar Commission to John, Master of Stair.
To be second lieutenant-colonel of the regiment of Guards in Scotland of which Major–General George Ramsay is colonel; also to be captain of a company of the said regiment with precedency as a colonel. Pp. 161–2.
12 May. Also notes of blank commissions for a lieutenancy in the Guards, an ensigncy in the same, a captaincy in Briga'dier James Maitland's regiment, and a lieutenancy in Captain William Grant's company appointed for securing the peace of the Highlands in Colonel Archibald Row's regiment. P. 161.
The Queen to the Chancellor and Privy Council of Scotland.
We have granted commissions for raising a regiment of dragoons and two regiments of foot in place of those sent to Holland, and it is necessary for our service that they should be raised as promptly as possible. Give all due encouragement to the colonels and officers for making their several complements by allowing them to beat drums or take any other method that may be effectual, the same being consistent with law. We have thought fit to add a second lieutenant-colonel, with a company, to the regiment of Foot Guards. For the establishment we have ordered that the companies of the two new foot regiments consist of only 27 men. Give orders to take a man from each company of Brigadier Maitland's regiment and deliver them with their arms to [blank], whom we have appointed lieutenantcolonel and captain of this additional company. Pp. 161–2.
Commissioners of the Treasury.
Mentions the raising of three new regiments as in foregoing, and directs that they be paid as if they were in the last establishment, deducting only from the pay of each company of the two foot regiments the payment of one sentinel, and also [that of] one man from each company of Brigadier Maitland's regiment.
Proceeds:—We have decided to add to our regiment of Foot Guards a second lieutenant-colonel with a company. Pay them at the rates of the first lieutenant-colonel and a company. Details. P. 162.
Commission to John, Earl of Hyndford.
To be colonel of the regiment of dragoons ordered to be raised in Scotland and captain of a troop in that regiment. P. 163.
Same to Lieutenant-Colonel George Wishart.
To be lieutenant-colonel in the new regiment of dragoons of which Lord Hyndford is commissioned colonel. Pp. 163–4.
Similar Commissions or Notes of Commissions as follows in the same regiment of Dragoons.
[Blank] to be major. [Blank] to be quartermaster. Four blank commissions for captains. Five blank commissions for lieutenants. Six blank commissions for cornets. Pp. 164–6.
Similar Commissions or Notes.
To the Earl of Mar to be colonel of one of the new regiments of foot to be raised in Scotland and a captain therein.
12 May. Blank commission for a lieutenant-colonel in the Earl of Mar's new regiment of foot, to be raised in Scotland.
Commission to Captain Charles Douglas to be major in the Earl of Mar's regiment. Also notes of the following:—
Six blank commissions for captains in same.
One blank commission for captain-lieutenant of the Earl of Mar's own company and one for a lieutenant of the lieutenant-colonel's company, in same regiment.
One blank commission to be major's lieutenant in the same.
Six blank commissions for lieutenants.
Nine blank commissions for ensigns.
One blank commission for an adjutant. Pp. 166–70.
Similar Commissions.
To the Master of Strathnaver to be colonel of one of the new regiments of foot now to be raised in Scotland.
One blank commission for a lieutenant-colonel, one for a major, and notes of other blank commissions for six captains, a captainlieutenant, eight lieutenants, nine ensigns, and an adjutant.
Pp. 170–3.
Docquet of Warrant.
For a gift of the escheat of Charles Dallas, Vintner in Edinburgh, to Gilbert Stuart, merchant of the same. Dallas was denounced a rebel on 25 March last at the instance of Edward Burd, merchant. Under Privy Seal. P. 174.
Same for a gift in favour of Archibald Hamilton, advocate, of the single escheat of all goods and gear which pertained to Matthew Cumming, merchant in Edinburgh. Cumming has been denounced as a rebel at the instance of [blank]. Under Privy Seal. P. 174.
Same for a grant of the office of clerk and keeper of the cocquet seal within the town and port of Glasgow to [blank]. It is vacant by the death of the last holder [blank]. Under same and in Exchequer. P. 174.
15 May,and 3
and 27 June.
See Calendar (pp. 68, 99, 143), for important entries.
25 June. The Queen to the Chancellor and Privy Council of Scotland concerning the Earl of Selkirk.
We have just reason to be dissatisfied with the conduct of Charles, Earl of Selkirk, in matters relating to our service, and remove him from his office of Clerk of our Registers and Rolls and from his place in the Privy Council and Exchequer. Intimate this to him. P. 186.
Same. Chancellor and Commissioners of the Treasury.
1. Ordering them to pay 50l. to John Wilson, a minister, who is very poor. Pp. 186–7.
2. Ordering them to pay Walter Birny, minister, 30l. This sum was ordered to be paid him in King William's time, but was not paid. P. 187.
25 June. Royal Letters.
For appointing [blank] to the post of one of the macers before the Lords of the Privy Council, Exchequer and Commissions, vacant by the death of Robert Currie. Pp. 187–8.
15 July.
Windsor.
Docquet.
For a charter to be passed under the Great Seal of Scotland in favour of Robert Forbes of Learnie, advocate, his heirs and assigns, of all the lands and barony of Learnie, also the lands of Pitmurchie and milne thereof, also the lands of Kincardin of Neill, erecting the whole in[to] a barony, bearing a novo damus and erection of the said town of Kincardin in[to] a borough of barony, with a change of holding of the said lands of Pitmurchie and milne thereof from simple ward to taxt ward for such duties as the Lords of the Treasury think fit. P. 188.
8 Aug. [See Calendar above, p. 208.]
8 Aug.
Windsor.
Docquets.
1. For a gift under the Privy Seal of Scotland (with the consent of the Treasury and Exchequer) nominating James Baird, W.S., to be, during pleasure, "searcher, tryer, compter, comptroller and register keeper" of all wares and merchandise imported into Scotland liable in payment of bullion. The grant contains a command to the officers of the Customs to give him copies of goods entered and liable in payment of bullion and to make their books patent to him and see their oaths taken upon the verity of these accounts of bullion and that they are just copies of their books of entry and when and where such goods were imported. Salary, 900 marks Scots a year, to be paid out of the fund for paying the officers of the Mint. Details. P. 190.
2. For a charter under the Great Seal of Scotland granting to Hugh Rose of Kilravock the lands and baronies of Kilravock and Wester Ravichies, lands of Kinstearie and acres in and about the town of Auldearn, lands of Craighouse, braes and woodhead with the town and lands of Balconie and others lying in Scotland belonging to Rose and resigned by him; at the taxt ward duties, few blench and other duties and services above (fn. 1) specified; with a novo damus and confirmation of certain rights of a part of the said lands. P. 190.
3. For a charter under the Great Seal of Scotland granting to James Ferguson, Advocate, all the lands of Pitfour on the resignation of William Morison of Pitfour and on several decrets of adjudication. Contains a novo damus with a change of holding from ward to taxt ward, for payment of such tack duties for ward, relief and marriage as the Lords of the Treasury think fit. P. 190.
8 Aug.
Windsor.
Blank Commission.
For a brigadier in the troop of Life Guards in the room of Archibald Buchannan, deceased. P. 191.
21 Aug.
Windsor.
Chancellor and Chancery.
To pass a grant under the Great Seal of Scotland appointing Prince George of Denmark Generalissimo of all the forces in Scotland. During pleasure. All usual fees &c. To pass per saltum. P. 191.
25 Aug. Chancellor and Privy Council.
John Fraser, brother to Captain Fraser of Beaufort, and other persons associated with him have committed several insolencies and disorders by convocating our lieges in a hostile manner and burning and pulling down houses belonging to our Lady Dowager of Lovat and her daughter. Contempt of our authority. Must be punished.
Arrest and bring to trial Fraser and his associates, and employ such of our forces as may be necessary to keep order in those parts and protect Lady Lovat, &c. P. 195.
Chancellor and Commissioners of the Treasury.
To pay 200l. a year to Sir James Stuart, the Lord Advocate, out of the readiest revenues. He is to lay aside all private practice. Pp. 195, 196.
To pay 100l. a year each to William Carmichael and Sir David Dalrymple, the Queen's solicitors, who have offered to take this sum in lieu of all fees usually asked by them. P. 196.
To confirm a tack and chamberlanry to Bernard Mackenzie, minister. For services done amongst the ministers of Scotland he was granted a pension of 100l. a year and, by letters of 7 June, 1701, it was ordered that this sum and the arrears of it should be paid and charged on the revenues of the Bishopric of Ross, on which the Chancellor &c. set him a tack and chamberlanry of the said rents. Pp. 196, 197.
To pay 300l. to Robert Pringle for his services as under-secretary out of the readiest revenues. P. 197.
Concerning defence of the coasts of Scotland. The Queen understands by her secretaries that the funds given in the last Session of Parliament were given partly for the maintaining and "outreiking" [rigging out] vessels for coast defence in time of war, and that the Commissioners of the Admiralty have given account to H.M.'s secretaries for her information that two frigates, one for the east coast and one for the west, should be "outreiked" as soon as may be, and of what their costs will be.
An advance on credit is necessary for this purpose. The Chancellor &c. may allow such encouragement for advances as may be needful. As the biggest of the designed frigates is in bad repair, and like to perish, they shall do their best to prevent this. Pp. 197, 198.
25 Aug.
Windsor.
Chancellor and Chancery.
For a commission for treating of an Union between Scotland and England.
See Acts of the Parliament of Scotland (1824), Vol. XI, Appendix, p. 145, where this is given in Latin. Pp. 198–200.
Warrants or Docquets of Warrants to the Commissioners of the Treasury.
To pay 400l. to the Earl of Seafield for his expenses in going down to Scotland. P. 206.
Docquet of warrant to — to pass a grant of the Sheriffdom of Banff to the Earl of Seafield, with the usual fees &c. He is to receive and pay into the Scottish Treasury all the few duties &c. due from his sheriffdom to the Crown. Great Seal. P. 206.
Docquet of warrant for a similar grant of the Sheriffdom of Forfar to David, Earl of Northesk. P. 207.
Same of a warrant to — to pass a letter under the Privy Seal granting 500l. to Lord Montgomery as one of the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury. P. 207.
Same for appointing Robert Douglas, brother-german to the Earl of Morton, and Sir Archibald Stuart, Bt., of Burray, Stewards of Orkney and Shetland. Power to hold courts, administer justice, including Admiralty jurisdiction, and nominate officers of the Courts. Great Seal. P. 208.
Same for appointing James Stephan, Usher Deput to the Exchequer, to be keeper of the Council Chamber, furnisher of coal and candle thereto, furnisher of pens, ink, paper, &c., to the Treasury and Exchequer, with power to attend the Court of Admiralty and Commissioners for visitation of Schools and Colleges and those for regulating Trade, and to furnish coal and candles to the said Courts and meetings. Salaries of 50l., 40l. and 40l. a year and all usual privileges. Details. P. 208.
Same for renewing to the present Earl of Kellie of a tack set by King Charles II to the late Alexander, Earl of Kellie, of the maills, farms, few duties and other sums [details] due out of the lands of King's barnes in the Sheriffdom of Fife. The late tack was for the space of three nineteen years after the decease of Sir James Scott of Rossy, then tacksman of the same, and the new tack is to be for the remainder of that term and for three nineteen years next after the expiration of the tack above mentioned. Tack duty of 20l.Sc. to be paid to the Queen. Privy Seal. P. 209.
25 Aug.
Windsor.
Docquet for a ratification to James, Earl of Galloway, of all the rights, tacks &c. of himself and his predecessors of the teinds, parsonage and vicarage of the whole parish kirks and parishes within the Priory of Whitehorn, a tack granted to him by King William III of the teinds of the lordship of Gairlies within the parish of Moniegoff, and of all other teinds in the said parish belonging to any person (excepting the teinds formerly set to McKie of Larg and now to Herron of that ilk), and containing a grant [to him] of the tack duties payable to the Queen as coming in place of the Bishop of Galloway. To hold for the space to run of the grants hereby renewed. Tack duty of 20 marks yearly. The Queen to be relieved of all stipends due and payable to the several ministers serving the cure at the respective kirks within the Priory of Whitehorn and Kirks of Moniegoff, &c. P. 209.
Same for a gift of the office of one of the four Commissaries of Edinburgh to —Smallet as conjunct with his father. Details. He shall hold it after his father's death or demission. Privy Seal. P. 210.
Same for a charter under the Great Seal of Scotland to John MacMillan of Brockloch in life-rent, and William MacMillan, his youngest lawful son and the heirs of his body and his assignees in fee, and other heirs of the three mark land of Overlaggan and two mark land of Glenforth, with the teinds, parsonage and vicarage thereof in the stewardry of Kirkcudbright, proceeding on the resignation of Robert Glendinning of Partan. The grant contains a new gift with a change of the ward holding to taxt ward. Taxt duties to be filled in at passing. P. 210.
Same for a charter under same to Alexander Meldrum of Haltoun and his heirs and assigns of the lands and barony of Auchterless Meldrum, including the towns and lands above (fn. 1) specified, lying in the Sheriffdom of Aberdeen, proceeding on the grantee's own resignation. New gift and change of holding from simple to taxt ward. Taxt duties to be filled in at passing. P. 210.
Same for a charter under the same to Archibald Douglas of Cavers, his eldest lawful son and the heirs male of his body [details] of the lands and barony of Cavers with all their mills, fishings and other appurtenances, with a new gift and union of the church lands of Cavers to the said barony. Simple ward holding changed to taxt ward. P. 211.
Same for a charter under the same to Alexander Monnipennie of Pitmillie, of the lands of Baubet and Drumraick. Holding changed from ward to taxt ward. Duties to be filled in at passing. P. 211.
25 Aug.
Windsor.
Commissions.
— to be Major-General of the forces, regular or militia, raised or to be raised in Scotland. Pp. 211, 212.
Thomas Bruce to be Mustermaster–General of the same. To make true and exact muster rolls, deliver signed copies thereof to those named by the Privy Council, &c. Pp. 212, 213.
Captain George Somervell, to be Adjutant-General of the Queen's forces in Scotland. Pp. 213, 214.
John Aitkine, to be Secretary of War in Scotland. A continuation of his commission of 16 January, 1692/3. Pay, 5s. a day, and one day's pay from every officer whose commission he enters at the Secretary of War's office. Pp. 214, 215.
Royal Warrant.
The Queen with the special advice and consent of the Commissioners (fn. 1) of the Treasury and of the Exchequer, appoints [details] Theodore Dury, a French gentleman, chief engineer to all her forts, garrisons &c. Pay of 10l. a month. Favourable clauses. Pp. 215–17.
Notes of Commissions in her Majesty's troop of Life Guards of Horse [in Scotland].
The Duke of Argyll to be colonel and captain.
John, Earl of Crawford, to be lieutenant-colonel and lieutenant.
James Stewart to be lieutenant-colonel and lieutenant.
Lord John Ker to be major and cornet.
Archibald Douglas to be major and guidon.
Master Charles Campbell to be captain and quartermaster.
— Charlet to be lieutenant and brigadier.
Robert Baillie to be lieutenant and brigadier.
Francis Charters to be lieutenant and brigadier.
David Campbell to be solicitor.
Ten separate notes. P. 217.
Same in the Queen's Regiment of Dragoons in Scotland, formerly commanded by Lord Jedburgh.
William Lord Jedburgh to be again colonel.
— Cripigny to be captain-lieutenant of Lord Jedburgh's company.
Archibald Drummond to be cornet of same.
Patrick, Lord Polwarth, to be lieutenant-colonel of the regiment.
Mathew Stewart to be lieutenant of Lord Polwarth's troop of same.
Mathew Semple to be cornet to same of same.
Sir John Johnston of Westeraw to be major of the regiment.
David Ogilvie to be cornet of the major's troop of same.
Captain George Douglas to be captain of a troop of the regiment.
—Urquhart to be lieutenant to Captain Douglas' company of same.
— Richardson to be cornet of same.
William Preston to be captain of a troop in same.
John Marishal to be lieutenant to Captain Preston's company.
Francis Scot to be cornet in same.
— Guiget [?] to be captain of a troop in same.
Alexander Dunbar to be lieutenant to Captain Guiget's com
James Ogilvie to be cornet of same.
Seventeen separate notes. Pp. 218, 219.
25 Aug.
Windsor.
[See Calendar above, pp. 220, 221 for important documents at this date.]
Notes of Commissions in Major-General George Ramsay's [or Ramsey's] regiment of Foot Guards in Scotland.
Major-General Ramsay to be colonel.
Isack Francis Petit to be captain-lieutenant in the MajorGeneral's own company; to have precedency as a lieutenantcolonel.
John Murray to be 2nd lieutenant of the same company, and to have rank as a captain.
John Ramsay to be ensign in the same company.
George Mackartney to be first lieutenant-colonel, with rank as a colonel.
James Douglas to be lieutenant of the lieutenant-colonel's company, with rank as a captain.
John Maxwel to be ensign to same company.
Walter Corbit to be major of the regiment, with rank as colonel.
Neil Macleoid to be lieutenant of the Major's company, with rank as captain.
John Chalmers to be ensign in the same company.
Thomas Hamilton to be captain of the first company of grenadiers in the same, with rank as lieutenant-colonel.
David Sutherland to be 1st lieutenant to Thomas Hamilton, with rank as captain.
Richard Maitland to be 2nd lieutenant to same.
John Hamilton to be captain of a company, with rank as a lieutenant-colonel.
Alexander Stewart to be lieutenant to Captain Hamilton, with rank as a captain.
Robert Seaton to be ensign to same.
James Scot to be captain of a company, with rank as lieutenantcolonel. (fn. 1)
James Johnston to be lieutenant to Scot, with rank as a captain. (fn. 2)
Charles Douglas to be ensign to Scot.
Thomas Dalyell (C.), James Richardson (L.), and Alexander Ramsay (E.) (fn. 1)
William, Earl of Dalhousie (C.), James Colquhoun (L.), and Charles Miln (E.).
James Campbell (C.), William Ramsay (L.), and Abenezer Dunwall (E.).
John Stewart (C.), David Scot (L.), and John Ramsay (E.).
John Murray (C.), Sir Alexander Ruthven (L.), and James Durham (E.).
William Sharp (C.), James Ogilvie (L.), and George Foulis (E.).
Thomas Scot (C.), Francis Oliphant (L.), and William Murray (E.).
Henry Varier (C.), John Cunningham (L.), and—Hume (E.).
Robert Mushat (C.), William Ramsay (L.), and—Shaw (E.).
Lord William Hay (C.), (Grenadiers), Alexander Mackenzie (L.), and James Muirhead (2nd L.).
Charles Gordon to be first adjutant, Alexander Fraser 2nd adjutant.
Sixty-one separate notes. Pp. 219–24.
25 Aug.
Windsor.
Notes of Commissions in the Queen's Regiment of Foot, formerly commanded by Brigadier James Maitland.
Maitland, colonel.
Robert Nairn, captain-lieutenant in the colonel's company, and Richard Maitland, ensign in the same.
Robert Keith, lieutenant-colonel.
Mathew Laurence, lieutenant of the lieutenant-colonel's company; and George Garden, ensign of the same.
Robert Reid second lieutenant-colonel.
Sir Robert Hamilton, major of the regiment.
Robert Scot lieutenant and James Hamilton ensign in the major's company.
The following to be captains and officers of several companies, vizt:—William Gordon (C.), Adam Gordon (L.), Alexander Arnot (E.). (fn. 2) John Cadour (C.), John Maitland (L.), and James Ochterlonie (E.). William Maxwell (C.), William Garshores (L.) and John Gray (E.). John Stewart (C.), John Leslie (L.), and David Ross (E.). Christopher Pumfrey (C.), Wadham Sprague (L.), and Robert Douglas (E.). William Weir (C.), James Bruce (L.), and Robert Alexander (E.). Archbald Hay (C.), James Arthure (1st L.), and Robert Young (2nd L.). Patrick Ogilvie (C.), James Ogilvie (L.), and James Farquharson (E.). Lord Fraser (C.), James Dickson (L.), and John Sloss (E.). Jeremiah Bossugue, adjutant; James Stirling, surgeon; and Neil McViccar, chaplain.
Forty separate entries. Pp. 224–7.
25 Aug.
Windsor.
Notes of Commissions for the Governor and Officers in garrisons in Stirling Castle and elsewhere.
John, Earl of Mar, captain of the company in the Castle; and Lieutenant-Colonel John Ariskine, deputy governor and 1st lieutenant.
Two blank commissions for lieutenants and one for an ensign. P. 227.
Same for the garrison in Dumbarton Castle.
Lieutenant-Colonel John Erskine, governor and captain.
— Campbell, deputy governor and lieutenant.
Blank commission for an ensign. P. 228.
Same for the garrison of Blackness.
Henry Rollo of Woodside, governor and captain of the garrison.
P. 228.
Same for the Company of Artillery in Scotland.
Captain John Slezer to be captain and Captain David Livingston to be lieutenant. P. 228.
Same for the Companies added to certain Regiments and appointed for preservation of peace in the Highlands.
Captain William Grant, captain of the company added to Colonel Row's regiment for this purpose.
Blank commission for a lieutenant in same.
— Ross, brother to Ross of Kilraick, 2nd lieutenant in same.
Alexander Campbell, captain of the new company added to Colonel Ferguson's regiment appointed as above.
Colin Fairfoul (1st L.) and — Campbell of Glenderowell (2nd L.) of same.
Six separate notes. Pp. 228–9.
8 Sept. [See Calendar above, p. 240.]
29 Sept.
Bath.
Commissioners of the Treasury.
We are informed of the necessities of James Mackie, late baillie of Culross, and of his numerous family. Out of the first and readiest vacant stipend there pay him such allowance as you think fit. P. 231.
Same to Same. Blank warrant for payment of 50l. P. 231.
Docquets of Royal Warrants.
1. For a charter under the Great Seal granting to Sir Adam Whitefoord of Blairquhen, Kt. and Bt., "his heirs male and of tailzea and provision and his other heirs and assigns aforesaid," the lands and barony of Blairquhen (fn. 1) with the castle, tower, fortalice, mill, fishings, &c. [details]; also the fifty-shilling land of Bishoplands with the five-mark land of Dallnovan, the lands of Darjaxbrie, being a part of the forty-mark land of Dalquharran, the lands of Over and Neither [Nether] Grimmells and four-mark land of Shankstown; and also the lands of Glenour, Knockdon and Poleardah called the five-mark and half-mark land of Meikle Shallochan, with the 40s. land of Knockbrick, with their several house, pertments, &c., all lying in the baillery of Carrick and Sheriffdom of Ayr.
Blairqwhen lands, &c., Bishopsland and Dalhowand [sic] belonged heritably of before to the deceased John Whiteford of Blairqwhen and were resigned by him in favour of the said Sir Adam Whitefoord as having right thereto by progress above (fn. 1) deduced. The lands of Darjaxbrie belonged heritably before to the late Sir John Kennedy of Girvan Maines, and were acquired by Robert Blackwood, merchant in Edinburgh, at a public roop before the Lords of Council and Session, whereunto the said Sir Adam Whitefoord has right by disposition from the said Robert Blackwood, with the consent of Sir Thomas Kennedy of Kirkhill. The lands of Over and Nether Grimmells and Shankstown pertained of before to the late John Shaw of Dalwyn, and were adjudged from Quintin and Mr. John Shaw, his sons, as lawfully charged to enter heirs to him at the instance of James Whitefoord of Dinduff for payment of the sums above (fn. 2) mentioned; whereunto the said Sir Adam has right as heir served and returned to the said James Whitefoord; his father. The lands of Glenour, Knockdon, Poleardah and Knockbrick pertained of before to the deceased John Kennedy of Kirkmichael, and were resigned in favour of Sir Adam Whitefoord as having right thereto by the progress above (fn. 3) deduced. The charter contains a novo damus with an erection of all these lands into the free barony of Blairqwhen and a disjunction thereof from all other baronies with which they have at any time been connected, and a warrant for taking seisin in any part of the said barony, which shall be sufficient for the whole foresaid lands. Change of tenure for all these lands from simple ward to taxt ward for payment of the taxt duties of ward, non-entry, relief and marriage to be filled up in the blanks by the Treasury. Pp. 232–3.
2. For a charter &c. [as foregoing] granting to Robert Gordon, writer in Edinburgh, heritably, all the towns and lands of Sandside, Shewrarie, Helsetter, Fresco, Darrighshoco [?], Rhea, Issauld, and Auchermerland with the teinds, parsonage and vicarage, and all fishings belonging thereto with all pendicles &c. in Caithness, which before belonged to the persons above written, (fn. 4) by Thomas Cranford, merchant in Edinburgh, Margaret Cunningham, relict of William Inness of Borlone and [blank] Monno her husband and [blank] McKay of [blank], and were all resigned by them respectively' in favour of the said Robert Gordon. Novo damus making all these lands into a barony called the barony of Issauld and a tax of the said lands from simple to taxt ward for duties to be filled up [&c., as foregoing]. Pp. 233–4.
3. Same for a letter under the Privy Seal of Scotland in favour of Robert Frazer, advocate, for the single and liferent escheat of James Dumbar of Balcross, which have escheated to the Crown through Dumbar's rebellion [details], with power to Frazer to dispose upon the said single and liferent escheat at his pleasure. Pp. 234–5.
4. Same in favour of Nathaniel Gordon of Caviletown for a gift to him of the goods heritable and moveable escheated to the Crown by reason of the conviction of William Lenox of Milnhouse of adultery with Anna McClellan, his servant. P. 235.
26 Oct. [See Calendar above, p. 278.]
27 Oct. Docquet.
For conferring on Thomas, Earl of Haddington, the title of Earl of Haddington, Lord Binning and Byres. Great Seal. Pp. 237, 238.
6 Nov. Chancellor and Commissioners of the Treasury.
We understand that the 11th of this month was the day appointed for the roup of our Customs and foreign Excise. These are the revenue out of which our civil list and the necessary charges of Government are defrayed, and we are anxious to improve them to the best advantage. Receive any proposals which may be made to you for them and transmit them to us before coming to a final decision. P. 238.
21 Nov. Royal Warrants or Letters.
To the Keeper (pro tem.) of the Great Seal of Scotland, and the Scottish Chancery, for a commission to James, Earl of Seafield, as Lord Chancellor of Scotland and Keeper of the Great Seal there. The Lords of the Council to administer the oaths to him. The present Keeper to deliver the Great Seal of Scotland to him when he has been sworn. Great and Privy Seals.Details. Pp. 239, 240.
To the Commissioners of the Scottish Treasury. To add the Earl of Seafield to their number. This warrant to be as good as if he had been in the original commission. Pp. 240, 241.
To the Scottish Treasury for 1,500l. a year to be paid to Lord Secretary Seafield as Lord Chancellor of Scotland. To be paid at Whitsuntide and Martinmas. Privy Seal. Pp. 241–3.
Also warrant to same of same date for an additional 400l. a year to him. Privy Seal. Pp. 243, 244.
Also docquet of warrant to — for granting the principal Sheriffship of Bamf [Banff] to same. Both Seals. Pp. 244, 245.
To the Chancellor and Chancery of Scotland for a patent and commission under the Great Seal of Scotland appointing George, Viscount Tarbat or Tarbet, one of the Secretaries of State for Scotland, with half the fees of the office. Full grant of all usual powers of a Secretary of State; also a salary of 1,000l. a year. Pp. 245–7.
Also docquet of warrant for 1,000l. a year to Viscount Tarbet, as one of the principal Secretaries of State. Pp. 247, 248.
Warrant to the Chancellor and Chancery of Scotland for a letter under the Great Seal of Scotland appointing Sir James Murray of Philiphaugh (during pleasure only), Clerk of the Registers and Rolls, Clerk of the Council and Session of the Exchequer and of all Commissions, Parliaments and Conventions in Scotland. Power to exercise by himself or by a deputy. Power to call for, intromit and uplift all profits &c. due to the office since it was by the Queen declared vacant.Favourable clauses. Pp. 248–50.
Also same to the Treasury, Exchequer and Auditors of Scotland to allow Murray as aforesaid 400l. a year during pleasure. Pp. 250, 251.
Docquet of same to — for a grant under the Privy Seal of Scotland (with the consent of the Commissioners of the Scottish Treasury and of the Lords and others of the Exchequer) giving to Charles Cathcart, son to Allan, Master of Cathcart, and appearing heir to the deceased Captain Allan Cathcart, his eldest brother, the marriage of the said Mr.Charles Cathcart, now in the Queen's gift, "through the said Captain Allan his dying last infeft and seized as of fee your Majesty's vassal in certain lands and heritages holden of your Majesty as Queen or as Princess and Steward of Scotland by service of ward and relief and through the not marriage of the said Mr. Charles," together with all the lands of which Captain Allan died seized and which have come to the Queen's hands by reason of Charles Cathcart's minority. Details. Pp. 251, 252.
Royal letters to the Commissioners of the Scottish Treasury ordering them to state and pay, out of the readiest fund, the arrears due to Captain John Mowat as captain of Lord Portmore's regiment. P. 253.
21 Nov. Royal Letters.
For an approbation and exoneration to pass under the Great Seal in favour of James Earl of Seafield in respect of all his actions and omissions official, public and private. A full letter similar to that in favour of the Duke of Queensberry calendared above at p. 221. Countersigned by Queensberry.—Ibid., pp. 203–206.
24 Nov. Commissioners of the Treasury.
We are told that the best offer to farm our customs is 20,000l. on condition of a five years' tack and other conditions. The present time of war is not one when high offers can be expected, so we have resolved to put the customs "in collection under management during our Royal pleasure." We shall shortly send you a commission and instructions to certain persons to manage and oversee the collection of the Customs, to the end you may take security from the managers and collectors. Meantime continue the present managers and collectors till further orders, and order those at Edinburgh to direct the others to continue zealous in the performance of their duties. Pp. 253, 254.
24 Nov. Chancellor and Chancery.
Great Seal appointing Thomas Pringle, W.S., to one of the clerkships of the Privy Council in the place of — Moncreif. Pp. 255, 256.
Docquet of Royal Warrant for letters under the Privy Seal releasing "David Lord Boyle, and Dam Jean Muir his lady" of all few, blench and teind duties, and other duties due to the Queen out of their lands, towns, fishings &c. Clause directing the Scottish Treasury not to recover any sums so due. P. 256.
Commissioners of the Treasury.
Considerable arrears are due of the pension granted by the late King to Lady Bogie and to the other children and grandchildren of the late Sir Archibald Johnston of Warieston; and the fund out of which it comes cannot pay it now. Pay them 100l., to be divided amongst them according to their proportions of the said pension. Pay it out of the readiest of the last quarter tack duty of our Customs. P. 259.
28 Nov. Earl of Leven, Constable of Edinburgh Castle.
To deliver to the Duke of Argyll a piece of ordnance belonging to him and lying in the Castle of Edinburgh. P. 272.
Docquets of Warrants.
1. For a Privy Seal granting to Sir David Dalrymple, Advocate, the ward and non-entry duties of the barony of Wester Kinninmond and of all years and terms since the decease of Patrick Kinninmond of that ilk, or the deceased James Kinninmond, his father, till the entry of the right heir, with the relief thereof on entry; also the marriage of the said Patrick and of Mrs. Grisell Kininmond, (fn. 1) his daughter; or, failing her, the marriage of the next heir. P. 273.
2. For a charter under the Great Seal of Scotland in favour of Sir David Dalrymple, Advocate, one of the Queen's solicitors, of the baronies of Hailes and Whittingham, proceeding upon several apprisings led against the late Alexander, Viscount of Kingstoun, which were disponed by the apprisers to the deceased Sir James Standfield of Newmills, and upon several adjudications led against John Standfield as renouncing to be heir to the said Sir James, his father, and which are disponed to the said Sir David, as also upon the resignation of the Viscount of Kingstoun and of several other creditors to him and the said Sir James Standfield, and likewise upon the forfeiture of the deceased Philip Stanfield, eldest son and appearing heir to the said Sir James, through his being convict of treason, cursing of his father and accession to his father's murder. These letters also contain a new gift to him of the roodset right of the lands of Overhailes and other lands which are part of the said barony granted by the tutors of George, Earl of Wintoun, and Sir George Seton of Hailes to David Congleton of Skeatsbuss. P. 257.
3. For a charter to be passed [&c. as in foregoing] granting to Patrick Ogilvie of Halyeards and his heirs or assigns all Oldtoun of Aucheries, new Town of Aucheries and its croft, the town and lands of Cumcutter, including certain lands in the barony of Innerugy in Aberdeen, together with certain teinds [details]; and granting in warrandice thereof the barony of Aden, the barony and lordship of Inverugie in Aberdeen and Banff, proceeding on the resignation of William, Earl of Marshall. [Details.] These lands, other than those granted in warrandice, to be erected into a barony called [blank] of which [blank] is to be the principal messuage. To be held in fee of the Crown for ever, at the duties &c. formerly paid in respect of them. Pp. 257, 258.
4. For a charter [&c. as in foregoing] to Mathew Reid, minister at North Berwick, and his wife, formerly Anna Atchesone, eldest lawful daughter of Robert Atchesone of Sydserfe, of that part of the lands of Sydserfe called the lands and mains of Sydserfe, with manorplace, houses, biggings &c., and park adjacent thereto. The grant shall be to the longest liver of them, with succession to their lawfully procreated heirs and bairns. The land to be divided amongst such bairns, as Mathew Reid shall think fit. Remainder to his heirs and assigns. Change of holding from simple to taxt ward. Details. Pp. 258–9.
28 Nov. Commissioners of the Treasury.
We are informed that Sir William Anstruther, Senator of our College of Justice, holds of us the easter half of the lands of Newtown of Lires for payment of 13l. Sc., and certain rent in kind, wheat, beer, capons and poultry [details]. These rents are in arrear for some years. We direct you to discharge the arrears, and, in the first signature he is to pass of the said lands, convert the said rents in kind into a reasonable rent in money. P. 260.
Docquet of Warrant.
For a formal consent to a decrcet of locality providing the ministers of Dumblanen [Dunblane] to a stipend of 700 marks yearly, and a further stipend of 300 marks yearly, with fifty marks for communion elements; and to the schoolmaster of Dumblanen and his successors 100l.Sc., and to the Session of the Church of Dumblanen 100m.Sc. for upholding the fabric of the Church or Quiere of Dumblanen yearly, out of the rents belonging to the Bishopric of Dumblanen, lying close to the church. To be held of the Queen and her heirs in pura eleemosina, the said ministers, schoolmasters and Kirk Session performing the services and others above-mentioned. To pass under the Great Seal. P. 261.
28 Nov. Royal Letters, &c.
Warrant for a grant under the Privy Seal (with the consent of the Treasury and Exchequer there) confirming to James Baird, W.S., his appointment by King William III as Clerk to the Wardrobe and re-appointing him to the same office under the present and any future Master. Power to execute the office by deputy. Yearly salary of 360l.Sc. Clause for execution. Pp. 261–3. (fn. 1)
Royal letters of gift factory and chamberlanry (with the consent of the Scottish Treasury and Exchequer), under the Privy Seal of Scotland confirming the pension of 400l. a year granted by King Charles II to George, Viscount Tarbet, then (in Sept., 1681) known as George Mackenzie of Tarbet; also granting to him the chamberlanry of the Earldom of Ross and lordship of Ardmannock and a salary of 1,000l.Sc. yearly thereout, he paying the surplus yearly to the Exchequer; also confirming similar grants to him by King William III and appointing him Chamberlain to the Queen in the said earldom and lordship and the other lands thereto belonging lying in the sheriffdom of Ross and Cromarty during the whole time of his letter of pension. Power to execute by a deputy and to sue for fees due to the Crown. Details. Salary of 1,000l. a year, and the former pension of 400l. a year to be continued as well out of the first revenues which he shall collect, and he need only account to the Treasury for the balance. All previous commissions of chamberlanry granted by the Queen or the Treasury are revoked. Pp. 263–6.
Royal letters (with consent as foregoing) under the Privy Seal of Scotland appointing Patrick Hepburn, apothecary and burgess of Edinburgh, to be apothecary and druggist to the Royal family and forces in Scotland. All usual profits, &c., salary of 40l. a year. Hepburn to have the benefit of all Acts of Parliament or Council in favour of those employed in the Queen's service, and to be exempt from watch and ward within the burgh with the neighbours. Pp. 267–9.
Royal letters under the Privy Seal of Scotland renewing to John Veitch, jun., a grant made by King William III on 29 March, 1699, appointing John Veitch, sen., of Dawick, and John Veitch, his son [the present grantee], and the longer liver of them, officers for presenting signatures in Exchequer and ordering the King's despatches in Scotland, with all usual fees. Power to execute by a deputy. The Scottish Treasury to pay him his fees. Pp. 269, 270.
Commissioners of the Treasury, &c.
Warrant appointing — Marion to be one of the Queen's ordinary trumpeters in Scotland. Usual fees and liveries, which the Scottish Treasury are to pay. Privy Seal. Pp. 270–272.
5 Dec. Docquet.
For a Privy Seal (with consent) granting the escheat of Patrick Steill or Steile, vintner in Edinburgh, to James Smith, of Whitehill. It is in the Queen's gift by the rebellion of Steill. P. 273.
Chancellor and Commissioners of the Treasury.
Refers to foregoing and mentions that the gift therein "does proceed upon a denunciation used at the instance of John Graham of Dowgalstown against the said Steill " for not paying a debt due to him (Graham). Proceeds:—There are several sums justly due and owing by Steill to John Callender of Craigforth, to Robert Walwood, merchant, of Edinburgh, and to Robert Watson of Murrays. After paying the "principal annalrent and expenses" owing to Smith by Steill and the debt due to Graham on the above-said denunciation, the said gift shall be charged with paying these sums (i.e. to Callender, Walwood and Watson). Clauses for execution. Pp. 273, 274.
15 Dec. Royal Warrants or Docquets of same.
1. Warrant to the Chancellor and Chancery for a commission under the Great Seal of Scotland appointing William, Marquis of Annandale, President of the Privy Council of Scotland. Precedence next the Treasurer of Scotland. Pp. 275, 276.
2. Docquet for a Privy Seal (with consent) for 1,000l. a year to Annandale as above, payable at Whitsuntide and Martinmas. P. 276.
3. Warrant as No. 1 above, appointing John, Earl of Tullibardine, Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal of Scotland. Power to act by deputy and all usual powers. Details. Pp. 276–8.
4. Docquet (as No. 2 above) for 1,000l. a year to Tullibardine, payable &c. as No. 2. P. 278.
5. Warrant to the Chancellor and Privy Council to admit Tullibardine to the Council, to which he is hereby appointed. P. 279.
6. Same to the Chancellor and Commissioners of the Treasury and Exchequer to admit the Marquis of Annandale a Commissioner, which he is hereby appointed. Pp. 279, 280.
31 Dec. Chancellor and Privy Council.
To admit William, Earl of March, to the Privy Council. P. 281.
Chancellor and Chancery.
For letters under the Great Seal appointing William, Earl of March, Governor and Constable of Edinburgh Castle during pleasure. Full grant of all usual fees and privileges. Pp. 281–4.
Same.
Commission to William, Earl of March, to command the company of foot in garrison in Edinburgh Castle. P. 284.
31 Dec. Chancellor and Chancery.
For appointing Roderick Mackenzie of Prestonhall her Majesty's Justice Clerk in Scotland, with all usual privileges and fees. Great Seal. Pp. 285, 286.
Docquet of similar warrant for letters to pass under the Privy Seal granting to Mackenzie (see foregoing) 400l. a year as a salary for his office. P. 286.
Commissioners of the Treasury.
To pay 1,500l. to Robert, Marquis of Lothian, being arrears due to him of his salary of 600l. a year as Justice General of Scotland. Pp. 286–7.
Similar warrant for payment of arrears of the two yearly payments of 400 marks formerly [details] granted Walter Birney, preacher of the Gospel. He has been blind since infancy, but nevertheless he attained proficiency in preaching the Gospel. A precept in his favour to be granted on the tacksmen and receivers of the rents of the Scottish Bishoprics. Details. Pp. 287–9.
Similar warrant for continuing to Captain Alexander Gordon the pension of 50l. a year granted him by King William III. P. 289.
Chancellor and Commissioners of the Treasury.
To continue to Margaret Calby, widow of Robert Calby, some time gunner of Edinburgh Castle, the pension of 10l. a year granted her by the late King on 2 January, 1698/9. Pp. 290, 291.
Chancellor, President and Senators of the College of Justice in Edinburgh.
To add Roderick Mackenzie of Prestonhall to their number as one of the ordinary Lords of Session, to fill a vacancy. Pp. 291, 292.
Docquets of Royal Warrants. (fn. 1)
1. For a letter, to pass under the Privy Seal, (with consent) in favour of Kenneth Mackenzie, of Garloch, of all the duties [details] of the lands and barony of Garloch with the pertments thereof lying in the Sheriffdom of Ross formerly belonging to Alexander Mackenzie of Garloch, his father, with the arrears thereof due [to the Crown] between the date of his father's death and that of his own service therein as his father's heir; together with the duties of the said Kenneth's marriage and the relief thereof, with all benefit of the said casualties, and of all bonds granted therefor to the Sheriff of Ross, before whom he was served heir. P. 292.
2. For a similar letter in favour of William Mackerrell of Hilhouse [granting him] the by-gone non-entry duties of the lands of Hilhouse and Gateside. Pp. 292, 293.
3. For a "charter of resignation" to pass under the Great Seal in favour of William Burnet of Barnes and Jean Baillie, his spouse, and the longest liver of them, "in conjunct fee and liferent in satisfaction of her liferent provisions pro tanto," and of James, their son, his heirs and assigns in fee of all William Burnet's two-part lands of Bonningtoun called Bonningtoun Willie in the "parochin and sheriffdom of Peebles," proceeding on the resignation of the said William Burnet. The charter to contain a change of the holding from ward to taxt ward, [and provide] for payment of the taxed duties [details] as filled up in the blanks of this signature at its passing in the Exchequer. P. 293.
4. For a charter (Great Seal) in favour of Sir Alexander Ogilvie of Forglen, Kt. and Bt., his heirs and assigns, granting the town and lands of Todlaw and salmon fishing on the Doveran [Devoren], with the house, buildings &c. in the parochin of Forglen in Banff. These lands and fishing formerly belonged heritably to Mr. Thomas Thomson of Auchquittrie, minister, and were, by his proctors in his name, resigned into the hands of the Exchequer for a new grant thereof to Ogilvie as having right thereto. The charter contains a novo damus with a confirmation of the original writs of the lands, fishings &c. abovementioned with the pertments, a disjunction from any baronies to which they may have been formerly annexed, and a union of them with the barony of Forglen; also a warrant for taking seisin at the principal messuage of the barony or upon any part of the said lands, which shall be sufficient for the whole, and a warrant for changing the holding of the lands from simple to taxt ward and [provision for] payment of the taxed duties [details as in the foregoing], and a warrant for the heirs of Sir Alexander Ogilvie and his proctors to be served and infeffed in the lands in their minority. The Queen promises to ratify this grant in the next or any other Parliament of Scotland. Pp. 293, 294.
31 Dec.
St. James'.
Royal Warrant.
For a letter under the Privy Seal of Scotland, with consent of the Treasury and Exchequer there, renewing to George Kendall, merchant in Leith, the whole place and office of Clerk and Keeper of the Queen's cocquet seal in Leith town, with all fees, profits &c. Pp. 294–6.
The Queen to the Chancellor and Privy Council.
Several men are wanting to recruit our two battalions of foot now in Holland under the Earl of Orkney; and officers are going to Scotland to levy recruits for them. Give these officers all encouragement by allowing them to do all things within the law. Have "a due care and temper" in preventing abuses in making the said levies. P. 296.
[See also Calendar at this date, pp. 353–356.]
31 Dec.
St. James'.
Royal Letters.
For "a letter of remission "under the Great Seal of Scotland pardoning Richard Trotter, one of the gentlemen of the Life Guard of Horse in Scotland, for the killing of James Stewart, another of the said gentlemen. There is good evidence [details] that it was no more than manslaughter. Pp. 312–14.
Docquets of Warrants.
For letters patent under the Great Seal of Scotland for creating a baronet [blank]. P. 314.
For a similar letter granting the sheriffship of Ross [blank]. Pp. 314, 315.
For letters under the Privy Seal of Scotland granting 170l. a year out of the Crown rents &c. in the Lewis to—Mackenzie, uncle of the Earl of Seaforth. (fn. 1) P. 315.
For similar letters granting [blank] the office of Master Tailor in Scotland, with power to work his trade in Edinburgh, or any other Royal town in Scotland. Exemption from watch and ward and other public duties according to several Acts of Parliament. Pp. 315, 316.
For similar letters nominating and appointing Daniel Stewart, brother german to Sir William Stewart of Castlemilk, Receiver General of the imposition of 12s. Scots in place of each ounce of bullion appointed for defraying the expenses of a free coinage in Scotland, with 50l. a year salary and a convenient lodging for himself and his family in the mint–house. Pp. 316, 317.
For letters under the Great Seal of Scotland appointing Sir Alexander Ogilvie of Forglen, brother german of Lord Bamff, one of the collectors of all the Queen's revenue in Scotland. To obey the orders of the Commissioners of the Scottish Treasury, and to give security for his giving true accounts. P. 317.
Anne, Duchess of Hamilton, Keeper of Holyrood Palace.
Directs her to settle the Earl of Seafield as Chancellor of Scotland in the rooms on the south side of Holyrood Palace of late possessed by the Earl of Marchmont, with the usual and convenient kitchens, cellars, stables &c. P. 316.

Footnotes

  • 1. i.e. in the full grant of which this is a docquet.
  • 2. These entries are grouped together in the Warrant Book.
  • 3. Undated, but entered next to other entries of this date.
  • 4. Also spelt "Hindford."
  • 5. See Story's Life of Carstairs (1874), p. 272.
  • 6. The entries which I style "Royal Letters" are not (as entered) directed to anybody and generally contain no words of warranty; so I cannot class them as "Royal Warrants." The latter, as the text shows, are directed to some official or officials and have always words of warranty at the end. But even the "Royal Letters" are called "Warrants" in the docquets or short abstracts, which, in many cases, are added at the end of the entry.—"" Ed.
  • 7. i.e. in the grant (not entered) of which this is a docquet.
  • 8. See note on p. 465.
  • 9. Their names are given, and the warrant or commission is thus unusual.
  • 10. These brevet ranks are provided for in all the subsequent commissions. I do not repeat them.
  • 11. For brevity these commissions are calendared very shortly: "C." stands for captain, "L." for lieutenant, and "E." for "ensign."
  • 12. See the note above. I keep the captains, lieutenants and ensigns of each company together.
  • 13. The name is spelt in different ways.
  • 14. See above, p. 465 note.
  • 15. The name is spelt in different ways.
  • 16. This grant contains words of warranty to the Treasury and Exchequer.
  • 17. The docquets seldom, if ever, state to whom the warrants were addressed. If they do so it is mentioned in the text.