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Jacobite letters and papers assembled by Donald Louis Nicholas.

Identifier: Acc.8611

Scope and Contents

Concerning the Pretenders and members of their families, and the Risings of 1715 and 1745.

The letters are as follows:

1. Letter 17 June 1709 of Prince James Francis Edward, The Old Pretender, to Claude Louis Hector de Villars, Duc de Villars, meréchal de France.

2. Letter 28 July 1709 of Mary of Modena, Queen Consort of James II, King of Great Britain.

3. Letter 4 May 1711 of The Old Pretender to the Duc de Villars.

4. Letter 13 June 1712 of The Old Pretender.

5. Petition 16 February 1716 of – Ruthven of Badenoch to John Campbell, 2nd Duke of Argyll.

6. Letter 10 September 1719 of William Nairne, 2nd Baron Nairne, to Prince de Vaudémont concerning the marriage of The Old Pretender.

7. Letter 17 September 1720 of James Fitzjames, Duke of Berwick.

8. Letter 9 April 1724 of The Old Pretender to the President de Cholier.

9. Letter 23 August 1727 of The Old Pretender to the President de Cholier.

10. Letter 5 February 1727-8 of James Coles (?) concerning the inadequate defences of Carlisle of which he was then commander.

11-12 Receipts 5 January 1728, 24 February 1729 of Lieut-General Joshua Guest for powder, musket- and pistol-shot.

13. Letter 8 November 1728 of The Old Pretender in the hand of his secretary James Edgar to President de Cholier.

14. Letter 13 November 1736 of Simon Fraser, 11th Lord Lovat, to Mr Campbell.

15. Letter 29 May 1739 of Lord George Murray to Duncan Forbes of Culloden, Lord President of the Court of Session.

16-19 4 documents 27 October – 9 December 1743 signed by General (later Field-Marshal) George Wade and others, authorizing issues of powder to regiments.

20. Letter 26 September 1745 of George Mackenzie, 3rd Earl of Cromartie, to Duncan Forbes of Culloden, Lord President of the Court of Session.

21. Letter 27 December 1745 of William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, to George Fleming, Bishop of Carlisle.

22. Letter 12 April 1746 of Thomas Sheridan, tutor to The Young Pretender, to the Countess of Sutherland, wife of 16th Earl, née Lady Elizabeth Wemyss.

23. Draft of letter 7 May 1746 of Andrew Fletcher, Lord Milton, Lord Justice Clerk, to Sir Everard Fawkener. (A stray from the Saltoun Papers).

24. Bill for expenses February 1746 – May 1749 incurred by David Bruce, Judge Advocate General.

25. Proposals from Lieut-General William (later Baron) Blakeney [?1746] to the gentlemen of the County of Aberdeen.

26. Summons 6 February 1746-7 signed by Philip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke, to the trial of Simon Fraser, 11th Lord Lovat.

27. Letter 26 December 1747 of Simon Fraser (de jure 12th Lord Lovat), Master of Lovat (later Lieut-General), to John Forbes of Culloden.

28. Letter 27 April 1756 of Henry Benedict Maria Clement Stuart, Cardinal York, to Louis XV, King of France.

29. Power of attorney 25 December 1760 by Sir John Douglas of Kelhead, Bart (d.1778), grandfather of 5th Marquess of Queensberry, to John Irving, attorney at law, London.

30. Letter 6 August 1766 of Henry, Cardinal York to his uncle, Charles Godefroi de La Tour d’Auvergne, Duc de Bouillon (d.1771).

31. Letter 20 May 1767 of Henry, Cardinal York, concerning his brother The Young Pretender.

32. Letter 15 March 1771 of John Baptist Caryll, (Jacobite) Baron Caryll of Durford (d.1788), to Prince Charles Edward Louis Philip Casimir Stuart, The Young Pretender, concerning Louis de Noailles, Duc de Noailles.

33. Order 22 April 1772 of The Young Pretender to Lord Caryll, his secretary, with note of Caryll thereanent. Also copies (in Caryll’s hand?) of six letters of The Young Pretender reporting his marriage.

34. Letter 5 December [1775] of Louise, Princess of Stolberg, to Hugh Seton of Touch, concerning the claim of a young Lady (later legitimated the Duchess of Albany) to be recognized as the daughter of the Young Pretender.

35-37 3 letters 8 January [1776] of Hugh Seton of Touch, 2, in French, [to Louise, Princess of Stolberg], and 1, in English, [to The Young Pretender].

38. Letter 16 September 1776 of Francis Farquharson of Monaltrie (d.1789) to William Rose in Moncoffer, factor to the Earl of Fife.

39. Letter 3 September 1782 of David Steuart Erskine, Earl of Buchan (succ. 1767) with the reply 17 September 1782 of James Duff, 2nd Earl Fife.

40. Letter 16 October 1783 of Charles Gravier, Comte de Vergennes, telling Charlotte Stuart, Duchess of Albany that the King of France has granted her father a pension of 60,000 livres.

41. Copy of letter 3 April 1784 of The Young Pretender allowing Louise, Princess of Stolberg to live apart from him.

42. Extract from the Gazette de Leyde 21 September 1784 recording the recognition accorded by The Young Pretender to his daughter Charlotte, Duchess of Albany.

43. Extract 20 October 1784 of Register of Church of Beata Virgo Maria ad Fontes, Liége, recording baptism of Charlotte “daughter of William Johnson” 29 October 1753 (later Duchess of Albany).

44. Copy of letter 16 November 1784 of The Young Pretender to Pope Pius VI entreating his protection for his daughter Charlotte, Duchess of Albany.

45. Printed census form 13 August 1787 to Andrew Hay of Raras.

46. Accounts 24 September 1788 – 30 January 1790 concerning the sale of her father’s palace in Florence by Charlotte, Duchess of Albany to the Duca di San Clemente.

47-48 2 letters (with envelopes) 13 February 1790, 18 July 1791 of Clementina Walkinshaw to King George III concerning the death of her daughter Charlotte, Duchess of Albany.

49. Letter 1 March 1790 of Busoni and Co, bankers, Paris, to J (ie James?) Waters, Rome, reporting that Dom Henry Barker, Prior of the English Benedictines, has brought 2 diamonds, the property of Cardinal York.

50. Copy of letter 12 March 1791 of Lortie Dumaine, Marennes, concerning the pension granted to the Stuart family by Louis XIV and the halting of it by the French Revolution.

51-52 Letter 16 May 1791 of Busoni and Co, to Luigi Giammarile, Rome, concerning remittances to the Duchess of Albany and Cardinal York, with accounts.

53. Secretarial copy of letter 14 July 1791 of Cardinal York to Pope Puis VI, asking for a declaration that the inventory of the effects of the Duchess of Albany should be held to be lawful.

54. Letter 18 July 1791 of Busoni and Co, to Luigi Giammarile, concerning payment from Cardinal York to Clementine Walkinshaw.

55. Receipt 26 July 1791 of Clementina Walkinshaw for sum of 50,000 livres paid to her by Cardinal York.

56. Draft note 4 August 1791 recording arrival of receipt of Clementina Walkinshaw and of letter of Busoni and Co, concerning the Stuart diamonds, to Cardinal York.

57. Letter 8 August 1791 of Luigi Giammarile concerning the state of Cardinal York’s finances and recording that Clementina Walkinshaw’s receipt has been received.

58-59 Documents 4 April 1792 of Cardinal York appointing Giuseppe Luigi Flaviani his agent in the sale to Michele Maselli of the jewels of the late Duchess of Albany.

60. Accounts December 1793 of Michele Maselli, Rome, of payments made to Cardinal York for the purchase of the jewels of the late Duchess of Albany.

61. Letter 6 January 1821 of Louise, Princess of Stolberg, to Lady Elena Robinson. Endorsed by the recipient with note that the Princess never signed her letters to her, presumably for reasons of security.

62. Letter 3 November 1821 of Louise, Princess of Stolberg, to Caroline Stéphanie Félicité de Brulart, Comtesse de Genlis, née Du Crest.

63. Letter 15 February 1824 of the Dowager Princess of Stolberg announcing the death of her daughter Louise, Princess of Stolbert, widow of The Young Pretender.

64. Letter n.d. of Cornelius Boynton (? pseudonym for Bolingbroke) to The Old Pretender.

65. Letter n.d. of the Duc de Villars to the President de Cholier.

66. Letter n.d. of The Young Pretender to Marquis Lopes la Fare.

67. Letter n.d. of Louise, Princess of Stolberg, to Luigi Farnese, Rome.

68. Paper containing ideas for a medal in honour of the Duchess of Albany, late 18th cent.

69. Letter 3 August n.y. of Anne Scott, Duchess of Buccleuch and of Monmouth.

70. Letter n.d. of Sir Robert Strange, engraver, [to Benjamin West, historical painter].

71-72 2 letters 18th cent probably of Dorothea Duff, Countess Fife, to Miss Sophia Stuart, Banff, and to Dr Strachan, Banff.


  • Creation: 1709-1793, 1821, 1824 and undated.


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