Stirling Council Archives February 2012 Document of the Month
To give some idea of the archives available for access, we highlight an example below.
Some notes on the signatories from Andrew Muirhead (Archive Volunteer):
Duke of Lauderdale, died fairly soon after
Alex: Glascuen is Alexander Burnet, Bishop of Glasgow.
George Keith, Earl Marischal.
Marquess of Douglas divorced his wife and the subject of a popular ballad.
Earl of Linlithgow Major-general and superior of Claverhouse but made a hash of things after Drumclog and replaced.
John Paterson, Bishop of Ross died January 1679.
George Mackenzie, Viscount Tarbat, later Earl of Cromartie.
Sir James Foulis of Colinton
This month we have a document from PD139, Moir of Leckie Collection, dating from 3 Jan 1678. The collection is currently being listed, so this document relating to the suppression of covenanters in Stirlingshire was an exciting discovery. The document was sent to Lord Elphinstone, commander of the troop of horse and is signed by members of the privy council who issued the order on behalf of the King. Also mentioned is
the Earl of Mar who commanded the militia regiment.
Edinburgh the thrie day of January
The Lorde of his majesties privy councill having re-ceaved expresse order and command from his majesty to suppresse disquyet both rebellious feild conventicles and other insolencies councilled latly against his majesties authority in some shires paruches [parishes] and to convecat and arme such of the militia as should be thought necessary for that effect. And the said lords haveing thought fell that thrie of the companeyes of the militia regiment under the command of the Earl of Marr and the other of the troup of horses under the command of Lord Elphinstoun within the shyre of Stirling doe attend per vices at the toune of Stirling for securieing [securing] of the peace of the Kingdome with ffourteen dayes provision. They doe impower the Lord Elphinstoun to call together the comissioners of the militia of that shyre on thursday nixt the Tenth of this instant to the effect they may issue furth all necessar orders for the ende forsaide and that both as to the foot and horse as they will be answerable.
(Signed) Lauderdale President
Alex Glafcuen Douglas
Geo Mackenzie Marishcall
CK Maitland Morran
JS Danehope Linlithgow
Selected by Jane Petrie
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