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General Assembly – Charles marches into England, leaving Crawford-

Lindsay, Balcarres, Marischal, and Glencairn as a Committee of Estates in

charge of his affairs in Scotland · Crawford-Lindsay taken prisoner and

confined in the Tower for nine years Balcarres reaches the Highlands,

and assumes the command of the royalists there — sells his plate and

mortgages his estates to assist the King – defeat of Charles at Worcester

- Spynie taken prisoner and confined for many years in England –

Charles escapes to the Continent - Balcarres capitulates — takes up arms

again on Monk's recall from Scotland, in concert with Glencairn, Athol,

Lorn, and the Highland chiefs differences between Glencairn and Bal-

carres — the King sends for Balcarres, and by his advice Middleton is

despatched to Scotland - his presence does little good, and the army

breaks up — letter from the Highland chiefs to King Charles, sent by

Lord Balcarres — Lord Balcarres' proposals to Charles, urging him to

venture his own person in the Highlands, assume the command of the clans,

and descend into the plains — mission of Lord Balcarres to Paris, in pur-

suance of this scheme, which is defeated by the break-up of Middleton's

army – Lord Balcarres' subsequent residence with Charles — is “ taken

for head of the Presbyterians,” and appointed Secretary of State for Scot-

land — is banished the Court through the intrigues of Clarendon, but re-

called — his last illness and death, 1659 — his character

elegy on his

death by Cowley

SECT. IV. Anna Countess of Balcarres — her character by Richard Baxter

kindness of Charles II. and the Queen-mother returns to England on

the Restoration - her daughter becomes a nun - death of her son Earl

Charles, who is succeeded by his younger brother Earl Colin — after

several years' residence at Balcarres, she marries Archibald Earl of



SECT. I. Colin Earl of Balcarres goes to Court at the age of sixteen — marries

Mauritia de Nassau — her sad fate letter to him from his mother on
his marriage — his attachment to, and eventual marriage with, Lady Jean
Carnegie is forbid the Court in consequence --and resides at Balcarres
till the death of his wife six years afterwards

Sect. II. Sketch of politics since the Restoration — return of Charles as a con-

stitutional monarch - expectations of the Presbyterians, John Earl of
Crawford-Lindsay their leader – his reappointment as Treasurer — in-
trigues to “decourt” him, with a view to the reintroduction of Episco-
pacy - he is compelled to resign his office — retires to the country
his death and character — marriage of his second son with the heiress of
Kilbirnie ; from which marriage descended the Viscounts Garnock, who
ultimately succeeded to the Earldom — persecution of the Presbyterians
– Anne Duchess of Rothes, daughter of the Treasurer, their protectress

- William eighteenth Earl of Crawford, their leader — Lady Sophia
and Lady Henrietta Lindsay, sisters of Earl Colin, their character — the
Test — condemnation of Argyle – he escapes out of Edinburgh Castle,

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Sect. I. Sketches of the family circle of Balcarres eighty years ago, by Lady

Anne Barnard — Anne Countess of Balcarres, Earl James's widow the

children, the governess, Lady Dalrymple, mother of Lady Balearres

Sophy Johnstone, Mrs. Cockburn, Mrs. A. Murray Keith, Sir Alex. Dick,

Sir Adolphus and Lady Oughton, &c. - Lady Anne Lindsay - origin of

* Auld Robin Gray'— Lady Margaret Fordyce


Sect. II. Dispersion of the family Alexander sixth Earl of Balcarres

his services in America — Colin Lindsay – John, Hyder Ali's prisoner

in Seringapatam — James, killed at Cuddalore — Lord Balcarres' speech

in favour of the restoration of the forfeited estates - Robert Lindsay's

adventures in India ; his return and settlement in Scotland Lord Bal-

carres is appointed governor of Jersey - his schemes for the restoration

of Louis XVII. — his appointment as governor of Jamaica, and suppres-

sion of the Maroon rebellion - he returns to England, and settles at

Haigh in Lancashire, having sold his Fifeshire property to his brother

Robert generous conduct of the latter succession of Lord Balcarres

as twenty-third Earl of Crawford, but he does not assume the title — its

recognition in the person of his son, James seventh Earl of Balcarres,

present and twenty-fourth Earl of Crawford

. 337

SECT. III, Latter days of the Countess Dowager of Balcarres her happiness

- her death, æt. 93 her character

. 366

SECT. IV. Lady Anne Barnard — her writings — her correspondence with Sir

Walter Scott on the subject of Auld Robin Gray' - deaths, successively,

during the last quarter of a century, of Lady Anne, of Lord Balcarres,

of Mr. Robert and Mr. Hugh Lindsay, and of Charles Bishop of Kildare.

- Conclusion


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XXXIII. Specimens of the familiar “missive," or letter, of the early half of the

seventeenth century, in Scotland


XXXIV. Observations by Mr. Hallam on the surrender of King Charles I. to the

English, 1646


XXXV. Extracts from Lord Balcarres' Account of his Accession to the Engage-

ment, 1648.


XXXVI. Extract from the “ Declaration of the Inhabitants of the Hill Countries,

or Highlands, sent to King Charles II., 1653".


XXXVII. Extracts from the Diary of Lady Henrietta Lindsay, wife of Sir Duncan

Campbell of Auchinbreck, 1685-1689

XXXVIII. Letter from William eighteenth Earl of Crawford to two clergymen,

consulting them on the question of emigration .


XXXIX. Extracts from the letters of William eighteenth Earl of Crawford to Lord

Melville, Secretary of State for Scotland, 1689


XL. The “ Country " of the Lindsays of the Byres


XLI. ' Epitome of the Crawford Peerage Case: with the opinion of Counsel

thereon,' &c.—their Report (that is to say) on abandoning the claim

of John (Lindsay) Crawfurd and his family to the Earldoms of Craw-

ford and Lindsay in 1839


XLII. Papers relating to Mr. James B. Lindsay, of Dundee

. 449

XLIII. "Auld Dunrod,' a ballad


XLIV. Memorial of Services by the late General Effingham Lindsay

XLV. Extract from · Probation,' by Mrs. Smyth of Gibliston


XLVI. Letter from Sir Robert Dalrymple Horn Elphinstone, Bart., to Sir James

Steuart, Bart., of Coltness, on the genuine history of the Bride of



XLVII. ' Auld Robin Gray,' by Lady Anne Lindsay, by marriage Barnard 462

XLVIII. Versions from the German, by Lady Margaret Lindsay, by marriage



XLIX. Extracts from · A Pilgrimage to Balcarres'


L. Analysis of · Alfred' and 'Edward the Black Prince,' dramas by Sir

Coutts Lindsay, Bart.



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" -Wisdom is a pearl with most success
Sought in still water and beneath clear skies."

" And with them came the valiant people nurst

On fair Balcarres' sunward-sloping farms,
Beneath their valiant lord, whose soul athirst

For glory kindles at the war's alarms,
As to the sun, expanded broad and fair,
His gilded banner flaps its many stars in air.”



LORD MENMUIR was succeeded in his estate of Balcarres by his eldest son, John Lindsay. “I askit him," says his mother, “earDestly of the Lord ; and sa far as in me is, I have dedicate him to the Lord.”* He died, however, while yet a youth and unmarried, in January, 1601. He had been affianced to Lady Margaret Douglas, daughter and heiress of Archibald Earl of Angus, in 1590, the year after her father's death, in consequence, as it was supposed, of witchcraft,-Lord Menmuir and William Earl of Angus, her nearest but distant relation, being the contracting parties. She too died young, “ a maid and unmarried, about the age of fifteen years.” | Her mother was the well-dowered widow, to whose acceptance King James had so earnestly recommended his friend and chamberlain, Lord Spynie.

David, Lord Menmuir's second son, succeeded his brother at the

age of fourteen, and passed the remaining years of his minority

* Testament, cited in the last chapter.
† Godscroft's Hist. House of Douglas, tom. ii. p. 288.



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