Document ReferencePw2 Hy 1425
TitleCopy of letter from [John Erskine] 22nd Earl of Mar, Geneva, Switzerland, to James Stuart, 'The Old Pretender', Rome, [Italy]; 20 Jan. 1720
Date20 January 1720
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionSuggests that the 'Pretender' sends 'one' to Vienne and 'another to Holland'; speculates that Spain will support him, if another does so; suggests an approach to France; thinks that when the peace is made it will be 'some time before the affairs of Europe take a turn for your advantage', so he should therefore 'get something fixed' to live on.

Copy of letter from [John Erskine] 22nd Earl of Mar, Geneva, Switzerland, to General Dillon, n.d. [c.20 Jan. 1720]; suggests that as the peace about to be concluded at Cambray may mean that the affairs of Europe will not turn to the King's advantage for some time, something be done to 'make him in some measure easie'; has suggested to the King that he apply to the European powers in the hope they will interest themselves in his affairs; states that these powers' own interests do not allow them to 'insist for his having right done him'; speculates as to the difficulties of instigating such a plan; suggests that Dillon mention this matter to the Regent [King of France?].

Copy of letter from the Bishop of Rochester, to [John Erskine] 22nd Earl of Mar, Geneva, Switzerland, n.d. [c.20 Jan. 1720]; returns the papers [not present] in their original bundles; swears that no-one but him has seen them; offers his support for Lord Mar's actions on behalf of the King ['Old Pretender'].

Adds in N.B. that whilst a prisoner at Geneve, Lord Mar received financial assistance from Lord Stairs; suspects that the Bishop may have thought this money was a pension from the government of England.
TermScottish affairs, Jacobites
financial affairs, loans, 2nd Earl of Stairs to 22nd Earl of Mar
diplomacy, with France
government business, pensions, mistaken
royalty, allegiance to, 'Old Pretender'

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA11783Atterbury; Francis (1662-1732); Bishop of Rochester; Jacobite supporter; imprisoned in the Tower 1720 and banished to Brussels then France1662-1732
NA30088Dillon; Arthur (1670-1733); General; Pretender's agent at Paris1670-1733
NA12513Dalrymple; John (1673-1747); 2nd Earl of Stair; succ. 17071673-1747
NA20023Erskine; John (1675-1732); 22nd Earl of Mar; succ. 1689; Jacobite; attainted 17161675-1732
NA18922James Francis Edward Stuart (1688-1766); Prince of Wales; 'the Old Pretender'; son of James II; also known as Chevalier de St George1688-1766
NA30949Philippe (1674-1723); Duke of Orléans; styled Duke of Chartres to 1701; regent of France 1715-1723 during minority of Louis XV; son of 'Monsieur' - Philippe I Duke of Orléans1674-1723
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