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3 July.—The first thing I was tristed with in the morning was a letter to the burial of Granghil's son, Willie, who was removd. 5.—I spok with Main" concerning my daughter Katharin : that proposition of Granghil's. I cannot say but I have som inclination to it, but withal I have much discuragment, manie exceptions, and uncleirnes anent it. . . . I understood that my daughter Katharin had som inclination and liking to the proposition: that she blaimd my freedom in som things. The young man was heir last night, and there seimd to be som tampering betwixt them. 7.—My wife went to sie Tshomas] Hog) and James] Usrquhart], to Brightmanie, Both, and other places at the East. . . . I found that T. H. had advisd the mater betwixt Katharin and Granghil, at least was frie on it, apprehended no impediment in the relation, &c.; and thought the less we expected in it, we might find the more. 10-Graing was heir afternoon on his way to Culloden, and Al" Dunbar, to end Burgie's mariage with Culloden's daughter. 11—I heard that the Earl of Sutherland his patent for changing his nam was stopd, until he should take the T. [test]. I heard also that severals who had refuised the T. [test] in Mers, wer like to com in and embrace it. 15–Old William Crombie was with me the day befor. I heard the Bishop had taken in one Mr. Todd to Elgin against the Town's inclination. . . . I heard good report of the Lady Strathnaver. 24.—I spok with J. U. [James Urquhart] concerning my daughter Katharin and that proposition of Granghil's; who was cleir that the mater was not in itself unlawful; and considering their circumstances and other things he thought it advisabl. The old Granghil spoke to me this day, and his brother. I declind and shifted.... I was purposed to speak to my daughter, and to advis with my friends, and putt it off on that. Ther was an occasion which did trouble me. This morning my daughter and the young man mett; it appeird that they had som relish of the thing, and wer engadgå. How to construct of this I know not; whether it may give any cleirnes in the thing to goe on, or whether it affoord not ground of watchfulnes and jealousi over young ones and mater of humiliation. 25.—I went again to Forres, where we found much circumveining, and airt, and subtiltie in Mr. Robert Dunbar, in tampering and desinging that bargain to himself of the Moy. . . . I apprehend Granghil's way not to have been right with Easterbin; bot this man's way is gross and unjustifiabl. I traveld betwixt them to no purpos, for Mr. Robert's art and craft was sein in all. 26.-This last dai's work and dissapointment did seim to alienat me the mor from that purpos of theirs with my daughter. 28.-I heard that furder, that the Ld. Duffus] was our sheriff; and that they wer useing al rigour against them in Fyffe, and other places; and that it was expected som forces sud com north. 29.-Granghil younger was heir with us. I stil wait for light from the Lord in that mater. I heard of the desings against this cuntrey. 30.—Die Dom. Oh! how soon am I shaken as a reid. Anie appeiranc of trubl does. If the Lord ansuer me with strenth in my soul, we werpurposd to admit of none on the Sabboth. I was apprehensive of trubl desingd against me and friends in this place. 31.—I did call for my friends to meit heir on Wednesday nixt anent that mater of my daughter, Katharin, and Granghil. . . . I heard that Milton was taen upon a caption be the Bishop and town of Elgin. I was affected with this. 2 August.—This day was rainie and wett. My nevoy, Granghil, was heir this last night. He had bein att Elgin and Lethen, speaking som friends of myn anent his proposition to me. Thes I cald cam heir. We spok of the mater together. Alas! the worthie old men ar wanting and away, and in their plac is only raisd a wretched, sinful, weak, selfish generation. . . . I laid befor them the mater I had to advis with them. After conference upon the subject, al of them agried, that upon consideration of the circumstances, the tym, my condition, and that the young persons might be som way engadgd, and their not offering anie other, they acquiesced to listen to this. 13.—Die Dom. I was purposd to call for my daughter, Katharine, and as the Lord would help and enable to speak to her concerning herselfe. . . . I was purposd to move to her the coming under som engagements and bond to be the Lord's, and to be for Him in whatever condition and place the Lord shal put her in. . . . Having spok with Katharin I found her willing to come under new bonds, did aknowledg that she was under former bonds, bot had not walked ansuerabli to them. In my father's liff tym she had entered in covenant with the Lord. . . . We prayd aud worshiped God together." 14.—This evening my daughter, Katharin, was married to my nevoy, young Granghil. . . . I spok som what to her by the way goeing to Dyk, anent the state of lyff she was entering upon. 15.-We had account of my sister Grangehil's being in humor, and her carping at everi thing. 24.—We heard som reports of the death of my Lasdy] Murray. 29.-Spynie had bein with us, giving account of the Lady Murray's death. . . . They wer desinging a great burial. 4 September.—I had a call to the burial of yong Boath's eldest daughter Ann, who had never recoverd of the poxe. 6.—We heard a report of the death of Duke Lauderdail,” bot not certain notice of it. The wise man dye[s], and so does the fool: they who have bein a terror in the land of the living, how easilie ar they brought doun to the grave in a moment' 9.—I had a letter from Calder, and account of his health. The D. Y. he said grew in favour. Windihils was heir with us. I am thinking of goeing south, am doubtful and [in] suspense anent my famely, and the ordouring of it. . . . Unles ther wer necessitie, I inclin not to move a step. 13.—The weather was wett and rainie : my oun harvest was ended, albeit in rain. This crop does threaten want and straits to poor peopl. 16.-Windihils cam heir. He was somewhat taen with drink. 23.−I heard that D. Lauderdall died with discontent. . . . We wer cald to the transport of the Lady Murray's corps from Findorn to Darnway att night; which was caried about from London in one of the King's yachts. 24.—Die Dom. I read Dickson on 22 Ps., v. 23. I found som savour on the words, bot that abids bot for a short tym. I was apt to be offended at som persons coming to this place. I was afraid of danger. 5 October.—I found humor and mistak like to com in betwixt my daughter Katharin and thes of Granghil and us. . . . I find the young woman ill to pleas, high, conceited, plaintiff, and querraling, and fretting, and manie such infirmities with her as thes. I desir to pity and cover. . . . Mr. William Falconer cam heir anent his father's bussines, and spok anent Cowbin's. 6.—I went from hom fornoon, cald at Windihils, went to Spynie, setlà with the Bishop anent my tack of teinds. I was loath to hold a favor of him. Let not his easines in particulars be a snar to be. 7.—I cam in to Elgin, did somwhat with my coosen, Eliz. Innes, anent her oun busines. . . . I heard of great appearance of confusion evrie where. 11.- . . . We staid fornoon at Petgaunie. . . . The Lord is like to scatter and disperse, and we know not if ever we be admitted to be in a society or famely again. Evry one is doubtful what to doe. . . . We sett out to Dippil and visited young Inness's] children, and from that to Innes at night. I heard that Monmouth was seisd by an officiar or serjeant. I was dissuaded by Innes from goeing South, from the appeirance of danger. The lady Eight was brought to bedd at Innes. . . . He [Innes] advisd me to goe abroad, not to appear. He seimd to regrait the evil of the tyms. 12- . . . We staid with Duffus at Elgin. I sat up lait. He seimd dissatisfied. 13.—I heard of many goeing of to Carolina, Pensylvania, [New Gersey. I did not relish it. Ther was worship in Duffus famely. He has prepared a peic of the galrey for it: somwhat of form and ostentation, and other things wer observabl. We joind in worship with them, albeit my hart was away. I saw Sir Lod. Gordon, who had returnd from England, and was much in pressing me to joyn in that essay of New Gersey. I had no liking to it. I cam to Burgie at night. I found Grange apprehensive of trouble, avers fra hearing, thinking of goeing off, &c. He had spok with Mr. Tho. Hoganent that point. 14.—I heard Park was com north and old Kinsterie, 17–My wife was purposd her journey South. What the Lord will mak out of it I know not; bot I am cast upon the Lord. She went West to Calder, Lethen, and other places to take her leave. Let the Lord ordour this in His providence for His glorie, and our good, that there be no snar in it, for I am cast on Thee. I went to visit Park, but he was not at hom. I was at Penik with Mr. James; gave him som account of our purpos and desing to goe South. He did not dissa]prove; he exhorted to keip God's way; he mentioned our earthlines, particularity, selfishnes, securitie, and other evils amongst us, which wer sad prognostiks. He told me what Bray wrat to him from London, and what expectation of troubl was there. He promisd to com to us on Thursday. 20–Park and many company wer heir with us this day; Mr. Jo. M“Killican this night. I heard of great appeirance of troublevery where to men of conscience, religion, or anie principle. Lord! prepar me for troubl. Petgaunie cam heir, and spok of his oun bussines; was on his way South. . . . My sister was advising with me anent her daughter Grisell. Jo. M“Kn, had proposd. They seimd to favor it. I expressed my dislike of it. After that I repented my freidom. 25–In the fornoon my wife took journey from this and went throu Rothes, croced Spey. I returned and cam to Petgawnie at night, where was Mr. James Urquhart. 28–I did som trifling bussines in the fornoon, and thereafter went to Griship to a meiting with James Nimmo anent his marriage. 31.--This day we had a meiting betwixt Don" M*Bean and Al". Roy at Dyk. Mr. William was examining in Dyk. He spok me concerning my not hearing; he wonderd at the unreasonablimes of it, &c. Alas! I am as a reid shaken with the wind. He staid long with me at Dyk. 1 November.—I had letters from my wife giving account of the children's being sick at Aberdein, and her goeing there. This did disquiet and trubl me. . . . I heard of the death of the Lady Whythauch. I desir to have a sympathy with them there in their affliction and trubl. 2—The Laird of Calder cam hom from the wells and baths. I gott small intelligence by him. He told me there was a necessitie of conforming and hearing, which could not be shunnd. Mr. Jo. Mokillican was heir with Calder. Family worship was neglected. . . . Grant cam heir, and was cleiring som compts with me. I perceivd he was much alienat from us all and was like to brak all bonds of friendship with us. . . . Graing was heir this night. He seimd inclind to goe off for a while. 4.— ... I heard by Windihils that the opinion of the cuntry and generally was that we wer al to be ruind and destroyd. . . . Kinstery younger was heir with me; advisd with me his bussines. I am deceitful and unsound; the world cannot imagin how deceitful my hart is.
* Alexander Brodie of Main and his wife had come to visit him on the preceding evening.
* Here follows a religious covenant in * John, Duke of Lauderdale, died at Brodie's hand-writing, subscribed by his Tunbridge, 22nd August, 1682. daughter, Kathren Brodie.