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7—I cam earli from Achtererdour to Stirling Bridg befor eleuen. The day was rogh, and snowie; and we went wrong in the way til we werinformd and put right again. I acknouledg the Lord in this, and now blesses him for his prouidenc ouer me this voyage, and broght me hither in saftie. 8.—I lodgd in Baili Clamsleys, and past this day idli. In the evening my brother cam, and Petgauni, and Don. Campbell, and the E. of Argyl. We spok of Petgauni his returning, quhairin he was averz. 9.—I did wait on the E. of Argyll, and with him went and saw the M. of Huntly and his ladie, and had conferences with my L. Argyll efternoon anent his effairs, but found that his friends did not com. But som of them wryt to me to com to Edinburgh; and seing it was desird, albeit I did perceav I could be of litl use, yet"I yielded to goe with him. He forcd me to lodg with him in his hous this night. Let this favour be moe snar to Ine. 10—We did tak journey from Stirling, and Argyll went to Edinburgh. I cam at night to Dudistoun, and he cald Don. and Petgauni and Wm. also to stay heir, and heir cam also a brother of B amaldie's, maried on the old Ladi Colvil, cald Carmichael, and the yong Ladi Dudistoun's uncl. I heard Mr. Al" Hamiltoun was by the counsel removd from Dalmenie to Sydserf, becaus it was near Edinburgh, and mani resorted to him." 11.—Die Dom. The day was tempestous, yet I went to Dalmenie, and heard Mr. Al" Hamilton, and did meit with Mr. Murray and Mr. Inglis, and was refreshd by them. I rememberd former days and was troubld. 12.-I cam to Edinburgh. . . . I did visit the L. Argyl and President, and in my lord Argyl's affairs found great difficulties. 17. –The E. of Argyll took me to Hattoun, quhom I found sour and . unkindli. He said to Argyll of me, that I woull fare as I walked. Lord! Thy favour can make up the favour of men, albeit I want it. They ar not God. Be Thou with me, and I shall litl car who be against me. 18–Die Dom. I did stay within this day at Edinburgh, least I should give offence, and stumbling to honest folk. 19.—I did earli go to Smettoun, and visited them, and thene to Newbotl, and visited them, and ther children. I did sie much of —." I returnd to Edinburgh efternoon, and met with Argyl, Glenorchi, and the rest.
* See Wodrow's History, vol. ii. p. 347. * Short-hand in MS.
22—I did visit Mr. Jhon Kirstairs" late. He exhorted me to be doeing good in my station, and stirring up others. Alac' so farr as I am from this. He exprest his dislyk of Mr. Jhon Welwood's" expression, saying, It was as great a sin to goe to hear thes that conformd, as to goe to a bordell hous. He said, he durst not condemn and censur them that heard out of conscienc. 23.—I cam from Edinburgh. The L. Argyll cald me to dinner at Leith. He told me the aggreiment betuixt him and Athol was not goeing on, least he might hav less credit with the M*Leans. I did, efter dinner, visit the [Marquis of] Atholl, and E. of Aboin, and Boin, they dining abov us. He did expres himself kindli to me. . . . I cam this night to Kirkaldie, and yong Innes, and my nephew. 24.—I cam to Coupar, and dind, and that night to the 8 myll hous. . . . 25. —Die Dom. I cam earli to Breichen, and past the Saboth ther, and heard Mr. Skinner and Mr. Lindsey. . . . We conferd together betwix sermons. . . . Yong Innes prayd with us. I heard that Sir Ja. Stewart's son, James, was fallen unweil, and in som fitt of a distraction. I desird to be humbld under this, as a sor strok, not onli on his father and relations, but on others also that professd religion. 26.-We cam from Breichin to Towi Clet at night. . . . 27.-From Clet cam to Dippil be 2 efternoon. I heard Mr. Tho. Hogg was sent south. The prisoners at Elgin wer detained ther yet. That Kilraok had put away his chaplain, Mr. Al" Dunbar, from his son and famili. The Ladi Innes spok to me what she should do anent the keiping her chaplain, and desird rather to keip him til he should be taken away, then to quit him willinglie. She thoght hearing off curats at this tym was not convenient or lawful. Lord! pity me that comes short of her. 28.-I cam earli from Dippil to Elgin, and dind with Innes, and visited Petgauni his wyf," and cam at night to Windihils quhair Leathin was, Milton, and others. 29.-The day was foul by rain, snow. I cam hom earli, and visited my daughter at Granghil. I heard what the E. of M. had don at his Court of Forres, declard the absents fugitivs, did grant a new day to thes that compeird to the next court to be 8 of May, either the 1 or 2d Tuesday. Spini at Elgin exprest much bitternes ag" Cathr. Collac and Don. Monro. . . . I heard som did hear Mr. Th. Hogg at Forres. 30.-I purposd to sie the E. of M. this morning. . . . I found him fair and plausibl, and exprest himself much against Poperi, and the appeiranc of the growth of it. April 3—This night James Innes, my brother-in-law, cam heir. 4—I cald at Mr. James Urquhart, and heard that Cromarti had a design to hav Mr. James Urquhart confind to Cromarti. 6.—Yong Cromarti" and his Ladi past by, and wer this night in Darnway. I did sie much of vaniti and affectation. . . . I heard of yong Cromarti his expressions of Tarbet, that he was a knav and a cheat. I fear evel may com of it. 10.-The E. of Murray and his Ladi cam heir to visit us. it to know what is .” He spok of .b 20.-This morning my daughter" at Granghil was delivered of her daughter. 24.—My grandchild, Janet Dumbar, was baptizd this day. 25–I went to the Ladi Duffus” burial, quhair I did not sie that sens and tendernes which she deservd. May 7.-My brother told me, that my daughter-in-law said, that my anger at the compts broght on and was the caus of my son's last sicknes. This is heavi. Lord! pitime, and cleans, and trimy hart, and pardon. This was som burthen to me. Lord! teach me to bear it patientli, and soberli, and humbli. I had thoghts of withdrauing from them to England or to Edinburgh. But is this taking up a croce and following Thee? Oh noe Lord giu me not up to my oun spirit, or counsel, or passion. 9.—I heard that Mr. Tho. Hogg had gotten som inlargment in the toun.
* Mr. John Carstairs. letters in MS. addressed chiefly to Cath
* Mr. John Welwood, a popular minister erine Collace, is preserved in the Advocates among the Presbyterians during the reign Library. of Charles the Second. A volume of his * Petgaunie's wife was Mary Halden.
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* Jonathan Urquhart, eldest son of John Urquhart of Craigston, afterwards of Cromarty, by a daughter of George, second earl of Seaforth. He married Lady Jean Graham, daughter of James, second Marquis of Montrose.
* Shorthand in MS.
* Brodie's only daughter Grizel was married to Sir Robert Dunbar of Grangehill
* Lady Duffus, or Marg". Forbes, as Brodie states in some notes at the end of the volume. She was the fourth wife of Alexander Sutherland, first Lord Duffus; and after his death she married Sir Robert Gordon of Gordonstoun, Bart.
11.—Yong Innes and his Ladi cam heir to visit us. We prayd that our meiting and societi might be for His glori and our mutual good and edification. . . . They did goe up to sie the E. of M. 12.-I heard that the Marquess of Huntli had boght the Bailiri from the warden's son: that I was to be charged for absenc from Head Courts. I desird to sie the Lord in al his prouidences, and particularli in the papists ther grouth in power and in expectations. . . . 13.- . . . I remarkd that the Marquess of Huntli his taking and busying jurisdictions, had startlá the Earl of Murray; and now he pretends to be for the countree's good, and is becom mor sober as to the commission against Conventicls. 18.-James Innes cam heir this night. I told my daughter-in-law of the exceptions that the Ladi Grant and Leathin had at her, and warnd her. 19.-Margaret 1)umbar cam heir, the old good-wife of Windihils, and spok of her children. Ichid her for her querousnes, and said she had broght miseri on her self; but others had not done her hurt, nor would not, and she had bein kindli enogh dealt with, if she had made right use of it. I was desird to wryt in recomendation of Glengarrok to Argyl, and others. Lord! direct me. 21.-I did goe to Elgin with Grant and met with Boin, and spok of his effairs, and staid al night at Elgin. 22.-I did dine at Dippil. . . . I staid this night at Dippil. Mr. Al. Ker cam ther, but found no countenanc from the Ladi, and therfor was permited to goe away late. 23.−I determind to goe to the Bogg" to visit the Marques, quhair Ifound civilitie beyond what was fitt. June 5.—Petgauni cam heir at night. I heard ther wer meetings south: that som mean men wer taken, and did subscriv the band. This humbls me. 7.—I heard the Earl of Murray was.incensed at me, becaus Mr. Ja. Urquhart preachd in my hous, at yong Innes being heir. I desird to examin this. 9.—I cam to Monsaghti.]. . . . I heard at my return that the Earl of Murray had causd summond Mr. Ja. Urquhart to Elgin against the 15 instant. I desir to be exercisd under this, and to seek the Lord for direction to him, and to myself and others. . . . I got a letter from Mr. Jhon Heburn full of zeal and chalendges. He did not compt thes who preachd Christ's ministers. . . . . Now (said he) It's counted wisdom in men to be partners in pulling up the staks and losing the cords of Christ's tent, let my hand never be at that work (said he) directly or indirectli. That wisdom is cried doun in Scriptur and in heaven, even that wisdom that's against Christ and the truth. 11–Mr. James Urquhart cam heir. I spok to him, and askd, whither he would appeir, and what he would say. He told me, he would avow his calling to be a minister of Christ, which neither Bishop nor parliament could depriv him off. I did sie the danger he would be in. 12–Sir Geo. Monro his Ladi in her south going din'd with me. I observd the Lord's kindnes to her, in ordouring a tolerabl lyf to her with .* I did visit the E. of M. efternoon, and spok with him anent Mr. James Urquhart. He exprest his anger at me for calling Mr. James Urquhart, quhen the Ladi Innes was heir. I said, Neither he nor I had don ani fault. But he was unexorabl, and would not dispenc with his apeiranc, and he behovd either to giv surti not to keip conventicls, or elsbe imprisond, or els remov out of the countrie. I promisd to advertiz him, if he would com or not. He would not allow him to be confind to my hous. Nor would he allow him to preach in a privat famili, as myn. . . . I offerd to goe and heir Mr. Wm., if he would let Mr. James stay with me. 14.—Mr. Ja. Urquhart cam heir, with a purpos to appeir next day befoir the Earl of Murray at the Court. But considering the E. of Murray his inexorablines and his peremptorines, he resolvd not to appeir but to wrythis apologie. . . . He has resolvd not to declin imprisonment if he be cald to it. Lord! giv light and strenth. I expect to be blamd for his not appearanc. Doe Thou accept and be weil pleasd with me; and let come of me what will. . . . 15–I spok to Innes, and told him, that the faults of thes that conform not lay on me, ther suffering was laid on him. I said, I had not sin'd against God nor the laws of men, in permitting Mr. James Urquhart to
* Gordon Castle, the magnificent seat of Bog of Gicht, or, in former times simply, the Gordon family, in the parish of Bellie, “the Bog.” It was accessible only by a was originally represented by a large gloomy narrow causeway, and a drawbridge. tower, in the centre of a morass called the