The Forfeiture of Menzies of Dalquhairn in Slammanan parish in 1683

Lord Fountainhall records under 19 February 1683:

‘At Criminall Court, one [John] Meinzies [of Dalquhairn] is pannelled for conversing with rebells, and it being proven against him, (by the mismanadgment of Sir D. Thoirs, his advocat, as was reported,) that he had collected contribution money for thesse rebells in the West, and distributed it; and that he had receaved letters from [John] Balfour of Kinloch, one of the Archbischop of St. Andrews’s murderers: The Justices condemned him to be hanged: but it afterwards appearing thir witnesses ware infamous, and that they had sworne largely, and was delated by one who was owing him money; the Privy Counsell repreived him. (Lauder, Historical Notices, I, 420.)

On 22 February, Fountainhall records that ‘Meinzies … is recommended to the King for a pardon.’ (Lauder, Historical Notices, I, 423.)

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~ by drmarkjardine on February 9, 2015.

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