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bailyies ... in absence of our provest being pnt. commission

-are at Parliament... to be of veritie .. [No. 140, 1649.--Other items.] Ane compt of my advance

ment for the towne . . advanced to the expeditiones, of meale 2 bolls . . £12 . . Tua musketts for the garrison of Inverness .. twa picks (pikes] to the new leavie ... boy to

Dunrobin . anent ye regiment moneys and armes, 8 sh. [No. 566, about 1649.-] Scroll of casting the provisione for

the garisone of Inverness. Alness : --Teaninich, 3 plaids, 2 coggs, 2 plaits, 3 load peats, 1 pott, 1 pann. [Varying numbers of the same articles are given with each of the following :-] Davachcairn ... Andro Monro of Coule ... Culnachie . . Assint . . Novar . . Swordaill . . Kilmure Easter :-Tarbat . . Milnes of Milntoune Culrain Inshfure . . Ballnagoune . . Knockgartie : . Relone Newmore Roskein . . Kimnaige . . Ardroshe . . Sir Geo. Munro Tarbat:--Lady Colintoune, Seafield . . L. Tarrell . . Easter Arboll .. Pitcalnie . . Dunbeath . . Aldie. Ferne, Hector Douglas . . Lady Mey . . Eye Ken. McKenzie, Raynie, Lady Moynes . . Ballamuckie . . Foulis .. Piltoune . . Pitogartie . . Abbacie of Fearne. Tayne: Cambuscurrie . . Morangie . . Tarlogie . . Lady Mey Eddertoune :--Balnagoune East Fearne. Daan Nigg, Culnald, Pitkylean . . Pitcalnie . . Alexr. and Thos. Gair . . Mickle Kindease, Sandwick . . Kilravock . . Liferentrix of Scatwall .. do. of Litle Kindease . . Pitlundie . . Milnes of Kindeas and Pitkylean . . Logie :-Lilias Dallas . . Glastulich . . Mr Robt. Ross for Ballon and Drumgillie .. Jon Munro . . Liferentrix of Ulladaill ... [Altogether these parishes supplied 122 plaids, 60 сogs, 60 plates, 114

loads of peats, 26 pots, and 26 pans. Here also may come : No. 567, 1649.-Paper, endorsed] Copie of the order sent be

the Governor of Braane to Cap. Cambell 23 Junii 1649.Comrad. Pleis yair is certaine commissioneris come hither from Taine to me and hes promeisit to Give me contentment schortlie of these thingis demandit of them be me. Qrfor thes are desyring you to quarter none on the town .. till .. farder order, and have ane cair yt. yair mercat be not molestit quhilk holdis yis nixt weik . . for . . qt is dew to myself .. loving Comrad . . Will Scott. (Below is] This is just copie of the order . . . 23rd June 1643. [If the "3" is not an error, it shows the order was given then, and the copy used in 1649 to support No. 565.

It is highly sug gestive of what towns had to bear in war-time. While Brahan was garrisoned by the Estates, the Laird of Newmore was in Ireland fighting for the Royal cause, under the

following commission: -No. 568, 1649.--Parchment, kindly lent by Sir Hector

Munro of Foulis. Such will be indicated by F.] James

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Earle of Ormond and Ossory, Lord Lieutenant and General Governor of the Kingdom of Ireland . . To our trusty and well beloved Sir George Munro, Knt., Sergeant Major Generall . . wee out of the especiall trust and confidence . . of the singular judgement, conduct and experience in martiall affaires as of the readines and good affections of you to doe his Majestie good and faithful service .. nominate and appoint you . . to be Commander in chiefe of all the forces . . . employed in the present expedition ... next and under . . Marquis of Clanricarde . . . . signed this your commission and caused our seal of arms to be therunto affixed in the cittie of Limerick the seventh of March 1649

Ormonde. [Balnagown's attitude is shown in the following :B. No. 569, 1650.--Letter, apparently to one of the leaders

in Parliament.] My Lord .... I have hard of your nobill and charitable disposition take the boldness to request you to befriend the Laird of Balnagown in ane thing that he hes adoe before the Parliament. .. he hes bene ane onest man and hes standen to his covenant .. in the subduing of the Lord's enemies ... ask Kornell Kar and liuetenant Kor. Strachan.. will testifie. he hes good following and is verie considerable ... S. Dunbar at Brodie the 15th of June 1650. [This was the month of Charles II.'s arrival to accept the Crown-plus the Covenant-from the Scottish Estates, and next month-No. 945—there is a

decree of the Court of Session in his name as King. No. 570, 1654.-Paper, docketed] Suplicatione to (Conven

tion)... humelie sheweth that the burrowes of this natione taxes the poore pettie burghs ten shillings of the hundreth, suche townes as Aberdene and Dundie being bot five pund -although notorlie knowen that one merchand ... would exceed . . our whole toun and that we could get no living

pettie burghs in ye North hes been eaten up be great burrows as ye great fisches . . eateth up ye small .. one of yr meitings benorth Aberdein wold never be grantit, and since thir unhappie intesting troubles fell out .. being in the rod way . . quartered . . either friends or enemies ordained for expeditiones and levies .. tread was altogedder destroyit and the toun dispeopled and impoverishit supplicat Parliament Comm's at Dalkeath . . Major General Deane. rebatit 40 sh. yearly . . ratified by General Lilburne . . bot now required again ... General Morgan with haill horse and foot quartered . . 3 nights in harvest, our cornes destroyed, poor people plundered be the soggeris . . appoynted to be payed be the parochs yt receivit no skaithe . . . us furnisshing bedding, ale and candle who are not able to furnish fyre to mak readie meat and brew drink for our selffis. May it please your lordship to order the collectors to creave bot £3 10s monthlie preceeding the quartering ( ) recovering of our losses utherwyse we will

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fall off as ane blastit(). A marginal addition, cramped, faded, toru, and almost all illegible, has--“ Middletoune and Sir George Munro came to Sutherland,” showing the paper to be after 1654. See No. 572. The officers, &c.,

named are those of the Commonwealth, and others are in No. 571, 1652.-Writ, on fine parchment.] By the Comission

of the Parliament of the Commonwealth of England for ordering and managing affaires in Scotland. Whereas . . by the Declaration of the Parliament of England in order to the uniting of Scotland with England authorised the heretors and rentallers . . and burgesses of burroughs denominated to meet .. choose their respective deputies . therefore require you Mr Robert Munroe of Obstell [Obsdale), Mr( ) Dundas, collector ( ) of Inverness ( ) burgesses and neighbours of the Burrough of Taine .. before the end of July .. communicate . . said declaration .. elect deputies . . . return of your doings . . to Commissioners .. at Edinborough · given at Dalkeith, &c. [Signatures] 01. St John, Ri. Deane, Robert Tichburne. (Oliver St John was Chief Justice under the Commonwealth, and cousin by marriage of Cromwell ; Major-General Deane, then commander of the Commonwealth forces in Scotland ; and Alderman Tichburne, of London, a member of the Long Parliament. On the back are forms for the returns, but not filled up. This was the election for Cromwell's United Parliament of Britain. There are two Cromarty Court decrees of 1652, in name of “ Major Wm. Bird, Governor of Cromertie, and Robt. Munro of ffoulis-to which he succeeded in Decr. 1651, being previously “ of Obsdale,” as above. Cromarty Castle was garrisoned by the Commonwealth, Sir Thomas Urquhart having fought for Charles II. at Worcester. So was Inverness, and there are two confirmations of wills, 1653 and 1654, signed by “ Thomas

ffitch, Governor of Inverness." To him is addressed No. 572, 1655.-Letter from the Burgh of Tain. It hath

pleasit Collonell Morgan considdering the great losses Tayne . . and Eddertoune sufferit at his heircuming from Caithness by eatting and destroying our cornes to . . ordor

the perroches of ferne, Nig and Tarbet quho wer frie . . of all accident quarteringis since yor honors comeing to Inverness to joyne with us proportionallie in our loss . . . are not willing ...desyr yor ordor . . . appoynting thame to give obedience J. M‘Culloch provest, Waltr Hay, Js. Hay, bailzies ; Alexr. Forrester for Edertoune, J. Monro for Edertone, Alr. McHomas Ros for Edirtayne. Three different spellings of the name. Next year the

complaints are renewed: [No. 573, 1656.-) The humble supplication of . . Tayne to

the Hon. Generall Major Morgane, Commander in Cheiff of Scotland . . poor towne is Ruined . . such povertie that

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manie . . removit be reasone of their unabilitie to pay such heavy cesse and burdens of quartering ... still on us, some of us having sex, some four, others two. Some that hes quartering is not in fortune 40 sh. sterling ... the shires

supply us in nothing but corn and strae [No. 574, 1657.-Instructions to Alexr. Forrester as Com

missioner of Tain to the Convention of Burghs.] .... 3rd, petition for taking away our name out of the burrow rolls in respect of our unabilitie to maintain our liberties or in any quhat .. halfe of the monthlie cess . . . toune is almost totallie dispeopled ..6, [as quoted in No. 526] . . 8, reparatione of losses done be Morganes brigade. The military rule of the Commonwealth has appeared in No. 67. It is

again seen in an incident given in four papers--firstly :-No. 575, 1656.-) Double of . . letter, Taine to Mr Wm.

Lauder and Jon Murray, Edr. . . The upcasting of the Amsterdame schipp within our priviledges as admiralls within ourselves all broke to peices and the men all saiff except one that peryshit, and ane great deall of the guids come to our shoir and sands, and ane troupe being in our towne they and the commander did stop our people from atteining to anie, but they . . seased all they could alledging us to haive no right .. but the steatis [Estates] onlie. Johne Hall . . excyse maister, came .. alledging . commissione . . for searching and medling with the haill guids and gear that could be found . . entering to search the toune we did desyr ane sicht of his commissione .. not produce . . but said . . he wold stand to his haizard . we protested resolved to keip ane Admiralls Curt . . upon the shoir within our owen liberties . . . caused give out sitationes againes Leiftenant James Keyis . . . and . . trouperis . compeired not but be Alexr. Wachan ane Inglishman : tounes procurator fiscall protestit ... Writte to Major Mann, governor . . who .. alledges .. no wrak at all .. but ane enemie to the commonwealth .. goeing to the enemie in Spaine, ane pairt of her loadning consisting in oaken planks, great cabill towes . . maks her ane unfree bottom .

we say ... broken to peices . . be ryght belong to us . skipper who was portioner, and ane Georg Arnat .. maister purser, being informed that our kirk was ruinous and our towne reducit to povertie . . . did dispone to the towne the broken shell . . planks and yr great boat . . . yet they wold not permitt us to meddle with anie of the same ...

we wis ye may stryve . . to preserve our poor people from anie troubles for alledged intromission in respect all was taken from ym.

[From other papers only additional facts need be taken: No. 576, 1656.—Notarial Instrument.] ... Cap. James Kaes,

commanding Capn. Spenser's troup in Col. Wentroup his regiment, with Corporall Ponder and the troup . :.. generall search for taking away all the guidis the commonaltie . . apprehendit. [Another Notarial Instrument;

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No. 577, 1657.-) At the Inver of Lochslyne . . compeirit Mr

Jas. Fuller, burgess of Inverness, Commr. for the proprietars of the guidis in the ship callit the Amsterdame of Amsterdame. presence of Alexr. Watsone in the Inver of Lochslyne, Finlay Duf yr., Wm. Roy tailyeor yr., Alexr. Kerane yr., Alexr. Dunbar yr., tennents and cadgers of fische for themselves and on behalfe of the rest of the tenents and fischeris intrometteris with the said guidis to the number of sexteine ... lafullie requyrit, to declare thair intromissione

. . refusit absolutelie till Mr Alexr. Duf yair Mr. be present . . . . Alexr. Duf, chamberlane to the laird of May ... requyrit, &c. ... refusit . . . took instrumentis. [So we have the Inver men, with full countenance of the factor, and Tain men with that of their magistrates, helping themselves busily to the wrecked goods; Cromwell's troopers cantering over the Morrich, stopping them, searching, and recovering the goods at Tain, but not so successfully at Inver; lastly, the magistrates appealing to the Court of Session against this rough and ready military rule. There

is an unfinished copy of the summons :No. 578, N.D.-] Oliver Lord Protector of the Common

wealthe, &c. ... and the honl. Commrs. of Exchecker, great Admiralls of Scotland, and the Provest, &c. . . of Taine, thair deputies, &c. ... infeft and seasit in . territorie shoirs . . . skalpes within the sea mark wrak and weare .. [recites facts as above, rest of paper blank. The same popular notion about wreckage is seen in a letter of 1763 about a wreck at Strathnaver:-“The people there require good looking after, as they are too apt to consider such disasters a favourable cast of Providence, and secure what they can for themselves.” Another Admiralty case, arising

just inside the Commonwealth period, is in No. 579, 1661.—Notarial Instrument.-] At Moortoune 16th

May . . . compeired George Dunbar, couper in Forres, for Duncan Forbes, merchant burgess of Inverness . . presence of Sir Robert Innes of Moortoune . having commission from Sir John Fletcher, advocat, as . . . commissione from Charles Duke of Lenox, High Admirall .... full power to

· uplift . . the gold penny from the skipper or merchants of ilk ship .. come to any place within Murray Firth lyable . . conform ... requyrit . . Innes to rander and restore to

Forbes ane whaill alledgit baleen which come in at or neir Findhorne intromettit with and away carried be him, his, &c. refused . . . . denyed .. intromett with any creature of the sheap of a whaill

had right as heritor ... commission only for .. golden penny and noways for whaills .... [Another case arising in the period, but

settled only several years after, is in No. 580, 1659.-) Charles be the Grace of God . . . forsameikle

as it is . . . showin to us be our lovit Johne Urqhart

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