Letter to William Murray, Marquess of Tullibardine
William Murray, Marquess of Tullibardine was the 2nd son of John Murray, 1st Duke of Atholl and would have succeded his father in 1724 as the 2nd Duke of Atholl were it not for his participation in the Jacobite Rising of 1715 - excuded from the succession - the title passed to his younger brother James. The Jacobites did not recognise that succession - as far as they were concerned William Murray was the 2nd Duke of Atholl.
On the 11th of October 1745, James Farquharson, 3rd of Balmoral wrote a letter to William Murray, and we are fortunate that the letter was quoted in Abbotsford (1840). Here is the body of that letter as quoted there :
May it please your Grace, my Lord Duke.
I have the Honour of the Prince Regent's orders to raise this Counrey for His Majesty's service, and am sorry to tell your Grace that I meet with such Difficultys from Invercauld's Backwardness, and the bad Exemple given to the Neighbourhood, that wee can hardly gett our own men to obey, let alone Invercauld's, without military execution. According to my orders from his Royall Highness att Holyroodhouse, (which place I left on Saturday last, and all verry weele,) least the King's Cause may suffer by such backwardness, I must begg your Grace will direct a full Company of Men here with a proper Officer to assist us in the execution of His Royall Highness' orders ; your Grace will see the thing can admitt of no delay, because wee are already too long from our Duty to our King and Countrey. It gives me great Joy that your Grace is safe in your own Country - I had the Honour to be known to your Grace when I was Aide-de-Camp to my Lord Mar in the fifteen ; your Lordship may direct the pairty to Captain James Shaw of Dalldouny, one of our Officers, least I should be absent when they come. I with all Health and good success to the King's ffriends under your Grece's Command ; God bless yow, and send us all a happy meeting - I have the honour to be, with all possible Duty