Document ReferencePl C 27/65/1-2
TitleLetter to Francis Humberston Mackenzie [later 1st Lord Seaforth], Castle Brahan, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland; 12 Oct. 1789
Date12 October 1789
Extent4 ff
Content DescriptionDiscusses electoral politics of the northern [Scottish] borders; believes that the 'opposition interest' is so great here that has decided to send a description of the interests in the counties and boroughs.

Argues that 'the Leviathan Dundas is the father of all the mischief'; refers to Lord Gower, whom he believes may hereafter be a friend to 'us', although he does have a strong attachment to Mr Fox; hopes that he himself [writer] will be returned for Ross-shire, and mentions a plan hatched for the defeat of Charles Ross, the present member for the Northern Boroughs; does not know much about Invernesshire, but suggests that if McLeod could be made 'our friend', then much might be accomplished.

Mentions Sir Ja[me]s Grant's activities in Morayshire; reports that he has heard Lord Fife is to have a British peerage and comments on the member for Banff; fears that Lord Gower will have Wick and Dornoch, that and Sir John Ross in Tain is weak; does not think that Kirkwall and Dingwall are worth much; thinks the Inverness boroughs are 'gone ' by Sir J[ames] G[rant]'s apostacy; reports that he can 'destroy' Sir Hector Munro in Fortrose, but cannot so easily put himself in his place; while Inverness is troublesome, argues great things can be accomplished there, although Forres and Nairn are against and Brodie 'is gone forever'; [Alexander] Brodie was the only one to act against Sir Hector Munro; reports that in the other boroughs which Adams represents, Lord Findlater and Lord Kintore are both 'engaged' to Mr Dundas.

Hopes this short account proves in all the land from Orkney to Aberdeenshire, they have only two seats of which they can be sure (in Orkney and Ross-shire); asks [recipient] to think what, if any, steps should be taken; asks that [recipient] does not use his [writer's] name to any but Mr Fox or the Duke of Portland; does not know how to act for the best without doing more harm.
Termpolitics, electoral, Scottish borders

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA11771Fox; Charles James (1749-1806); Mr; statesman1749-1806
NA905Bentinck; William H.C. Cavendish- (1738-1809); 3rd Duke of Portland; succ. 17621738-1809
NA11395Dundas; Henry (1742-1811); 1st Viscount Melville; Lord Advocate of Scotland 1775-17831742-1811
NA40419Munro; Hector (1726-1805); 3rd Baronet; MP for Inverness Burghs 1768-18021726-1805
NA11477Ogilvy; James (1750-1811); 7th Earl of Findlater; styled Lord Deskford 1764-17701750-1811
NA40420Falconer; Anthony Adrian Keith- (-1804); 5th Earl of Kintore; also 8th Lord Falconer-1804
NA33074Ross; John Lockhart- (1721-1790); 6th Baronet; vice-admiral and M.P.1721-1790
NA40421Ross; Charles Lockheart (1763-1814); 7th Baronet; MP for Tainburghs 1786-96 Ross-shire 1796-1806 Linlithgow Burghs 1806-071763-1814
NA40422Grant; James (1738-1811); 8th Baronet; MP for Elginshire 1761-68 Banffshire 1790-951738-1811
NA40423Brodie; Alexander (1748-1812); Mr; MP for Nairnshire 1785-90 Elgin Burghs 1790-18021748-1812
NA40424Adams; - (fl 1787); -fl 1787
NA40425MacLeod; - (fl 1787); -fl 1787
NA20190Duff; James (1729-1809); 2nd Earl of Fife; M.P. Banffshire 1754-84; Elginshire 1784-901729-1809
NA11470Gower; Granville Leveson- (1721-1803); 2nd Earl Gower; cr. Marquess of Stafford 17861721-1803
NA32109Mackenzie; Francis H. (1754-1815); Lord Seaforth Baron Mackenzie; soldier and M.P.; would have been 9th Earl of Seaforth1754-1815
PL37661/Ross/Ross and Cromarty/Scotland
PL37663/Forres/Moray (formerly Elginshire)/Scotland
PL37665/Fortrose/Ross and Cromarty/Scotland
PL15881/Moray (formerly Elginshire)/Scotland
PL37668/Tain/Ross and Cromarty/Scotland
PL37671/Dingwall/Ross and Cromarty/Scotland
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