Petition by James Farquharson, 3rd of Balmoral
In the Indemnity Act of 1747, George II granted, with named exemptions, a "general and free pardon" to the participants of the Jacobite Rising of 1745. One of those named exemptions was James Farquharson, 3rd of Balmoral. This exemption forced him to petition the King for a personal Pardon. He wrote the petition on the 21st November 1748, and we are fortunate that the petition was quoted in Allardyce (1896). Here is the body of that petition as quoted by him :
Unto the Kings most Excellent Majesty the Petition of James Farquharson
Most Humbly Sheweth
That, in the month of October 1745, your Petitioner, who till then lived quiet and peaccable at his own house in the County of Aberdeen, was unhappily induced to join in the late Rebellion at the instigation of an elder brother whom he had still regarded as a parent.
That your Petitioner is informed upon this account he is excepted from your Majesty's gracious act of Indemnity and that ane Inditement has been lately found against him before a Grand Jury at Edinburgh for High Treason.
That your Petitioner begs leave with the greatest humility to represent to your Majesty that from the time of his appearing in arms in the latter end of October 1745, it was his constant care to the utmost of his power to prevent distress to your Majesty's faithful subjects and to protect them from injury in their persons and estates, and particularly those who had the misfortune to fall into the hands of the Rebells, as many of them can, and the Petitioner believes will testify when called upon.
That in the beginning of February thereafter your Petitioner retires home again to his own country, and has ever since lived in such a manner as not to give the smallest offence.
That your Petitioner is now advanced to a considerable age, and his health impaired by the many hardships and distresses which he has suffered.
That your Petitioner has presumed to mention these circumstances not as ane alleviation of his guilt, but in order to move your Majesty's compassion, and being heartily sorry for his offence, he most humbly submitts himself to your Majesty's Royal clemency and imploring your Royal mercy, promises for the future to live a grateful and dutiful subject.