Alexander Robertson of Strowan collection
[Page 1] "Lyons 10br 15, 1716 S N. My Lord, In obedience to your Graces, I am come this length, but the severity of the season obliges me to breath a little in this place; I thought Apin would have been ready as soon as Major Frazier and me, but he complained of an illness the day before we parted from Paris so we missed of that happiness.
[Page 2] Hugh Wallas of Ingleston found us at Shallon four days ago and tells us he and Apin came together the length of Soignies but Apin finding himself uneasy on this journey thought it better to return to Sanse than come on to Avignon till he gets a more pressing order from your Grace than that of coming as soon as he can. This distemper of his occasions various speculations, especially
[Page 3] since some of the King's friends disputed there was some tampering with My Lord Stairs which Apin thought fit to keep up from his Brethren sufferers; Mr. Wallas will inform your Grace more of this matter when he arrives at Avignon; your Grace knows what use to make of this to the best advantage of the Kings interest. I shall have the honor to salute your Grace again Friday or Saturday next and
[Page 4] rejoice with you at the King our Masters recovery. Till then and forever I am My Lord Your Graces most obliged and most obedient humble servant Robertson of Strowan.
[written sideways in the corner] Strowan to Ld Mar December 15th 1716 Rec'd at Avig. 18th
- Robertson, Alexander (Correspondent, Person)
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John Erskine (1675-1732), 6th earl of Mar (sometimes 23rd earl), was a Scottish noble who lived the remainder of his life in continental Europe following his failed rebellion in 1715. He resided with James Francis Edward Stuart's court-in-exile in France and later Rome, where he was given the title "duke of Mar," until 1723 when he conspired against James.
Known as the "Old Pretender," James Francis Edward Stuart (1688-1766), son of King James II of England and Ireland (James VII of Scotland), attempted to claim the thrones of the British Isles despite his half-sister, Mary II, and her husband, William III, succeeding their deposed father in 1688.
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National Library of Scotland. "The 1715 Jacobite Uprising." Game of Crowns: The 1715 Jacobite Uprising exhibition, December 10, 2014-May 10, 2015. Accessed June 30, 2015. http://www.nls.uk/exhibitions/jacobites/1715.
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