General Advertiser (Newspaper) - July 19, 1846, London, Middlesex
The General Advertifer. N u m b. 365^. SATURDAY, July 19, 1746. Deal, July 17. IAME down the Hopewell, Haddock, for Lifben j Friendfliip, Jefferies, for St. Chriftophers ; Ruby, Saunders, for Leghorn ; Britannia, Gaul j and Portugal Merchant, Shotten, for Oporto ; and remain with the DonCarlos, for Lifbon : Farmer, Strangeway j and Greyhound, Goddard, for Guiney; and the Seahorfe, John-fon, for Plymouth. Wind S.E. Grave/end, July 17. Pafc'd by the Rochefter, Hut-chinfon, from Oporto ; Two Brothers, Lewis, from Hamburgh Princefs Louifa, Durafs, from Norway ; Robert, Lee, from Campvere. Pool, July 16. Came in the Thompfon, Sarah, William, Elizabeth, Unity, Three Sifters, John and Anne, Samuel and Mary/and Providence, all from Newcaftle; and the Labbadin, for Newfoundland. Remain the Viper Sloop. Cewes, July 14. Sailed to Spithead the, Difpatch, Oliver, for Bofton, to wait Convoy. Sail'd Happy Return, Jacket, for Guernsey. WindEaft. Southampton, July 17. Arrived the Jofeph and Anne, Guillaume j and Three Friends, Boutillier, from Jerfey ; and the Elizabeth, from Newcaftle, for Jtrfey. An Extract from the Memoirs of the Life of Lord Lovat. SIMON FRASER, Lord Lovat, is defcended from an ancient Family, which fome think was originally French, tho' chiefly on the Authority of their Coat of Arms, viz. Three Strawberries, which in the French Tongue are called Fraijes. In 1153 they were confidera-ble, and about a Century after Sir Simon Frafer repre-fented this Houfe, whofe Brother William, Archbifhop of St. Andrews, was one of the Six Regents of the Kingdom during an unfettled State of the Crown. Another Sir Simon Frafer, the Son of this, was taken in War by King Edward I. of England, and executed at London as a Traitor. There was a third Sir Simon, Son of the laft mentianed, who had feveral Defendants down to Hugh, the firft Peer of this Family, who waj fo created by King James III. of Scotland. The laft Lord of the Name of Hugh diedin 1696, without Iffue Male, and limited the Honours and Eftate to his eldeft Daughter and her Heirs. But his Brother, Thomas Frafer of Beaufort, having left the prdent Lord, among ether Children,, he was the natural Heir according to the Cuftom of that Country. �hjs JLord was born at Beaufort in the Year 1668, and had his Education, after his Father's Death, under the Laird of Macleod. He made a considerable Progrefs in Learning at King's College, in Aberdeen, and about 1692 obtained a Company in Lord Tullibardine's Regiment, thro' the Intereft of the Athol Family. This Interelt arofe from the Dowager of Lord Hugh, who was Sifter to the Marquis of Athol. But Capt. Simon had a View to the Peerage and Eftate, which made him foon break with his Patron, by refilling to give up his Claim, upon a Promife of farther Promotion in the Army. To make this Claim the more indifputable, he formed a Scheme to marry the Heirefs of Lord Hugh, then "under her Mother's Care at Caftle-Douny near Invernefs, ^and ) about 15 Years of Age. One Frafer of Tenechiel was his Agent to recommend him to the gdod Graces of the young Lady, and fo far prevailed, that (he ran away from her Mother under this Agent's Care, in order to be married. But Tenechiel repenting, after he had conducted her a good Way without Shoes or Stockings, in-the Midft of Winter, &e was carried back again to her Mother. The Marquis of Athol, alarmed at this, took Mifs under his own Care, and propofed to marry her to the Mafter of Salton, another Branch of the Frafers. The Match ^ was agreed upon, and had taken Place, but for the Courage-of Capt. Simon, and fome of his Clan, who intercepted >* the intended Bridegroom, with his Father, and Lord Mungo Murray, the Marquis of Athol's Brother, and their Attendants, uprrn the Road', .made them furrender in an haftile Manner, and renounce in Writing all their-Inte-reft in the young L,ady. This Affair made an irreconcilea-hle Difference between the Athol Family and Captain Frafer. As the latter could not win the Daughter, who remained ftiil under the Care of the Marquis, he formed a Delign upon the Mother, thro' whom he hoped to have the present Poffeffion of the Eftate, and, in Time, to make Friends with the Marquis; for could he have had a Son by the Dowager, he imagined that Childwould have taken Place of the Lady Legatee, and might have had his Caufe efpoufed by the Murrays, as in the fame Degree of Relation to them. This Defign was alfo executed by Force of Arms. As he had got tne Widow in his Power, procured a Minifter, had the Marriage Ceremony read without any Appearance of her Confent, had her Lace cut by the Durk of one of his Mirmidons, feveral of whom forced her to Bed, and ftaid in the Room to fee the Confummation of the Marriage. He made himfelf fo agreeable, however, to the Lady in a ftiort Time, that ftie willingly abfeonded with hirii, upon the News that a Party of Dragoons, of the Marquis's Procurement, was in Purfuit of him, in order to profecute him for a Rape] But as no Paffion had on him any EjFeft equal to the Purfuit of his own Intereft, when he found himfelf in Danger of being taken, he perfuaded his new Spoufe to leave him, go to her Brother, and endeavour'd to make up the Matter. For a good while after this he lived a wandering Life in the Woods and Mountains, with fome defperate People of his Clan, who got Subfiftance partly by Plunder, and partly by voluntary Contributions. But a Profecution being commenced againft him in his Abfence, according to the Laws of Scotland, he was condemned as guilty of a Rape on the Lady Dowager of Lovat: And another Profecution being fet on Foot for his oppofing the Execution of the Law with an armed Force> a fecond Sentence of Death was pronounced againft him as guilty of High-Treafon. Thefe Sentences were followed by Letters of Fire and Sword; fo that he was to all Intents and Purpofes a convicted Out-law, with whom it was criminal to correfpond. In thefe Circumftances one Cattairs, a Prefbyterian Mi-nifter, who had been ferviceable at the Time of the Revolution, made Intereft for him to King WiEiam, and procured a Pardon for the Treafon: But the Rape the King would not forgive, as it was a private Injury againft a particular Family. As he reaped no Benefit therefore from being difcharged of one Sentence, he found himfelf obliged to retire into France, which he did about the Year 1701. The Mafter of Salton being obliged by his Oath "not to marry the Heirefs of Lovat, the Marquefs of Athol difpo-fed of her to Alexander M'Kenzie, Son of Lord Beftonhall, who affumed the Title of Fraferdale on that Occafion, and the Cnildren of this Marriage were to be called Frafers. They had a Son Hugh, who afterwards, in Right of his Mother, claimed the Honours and Title of Lord Lovat. Capt. Frafer repairing to the Court of St. Germains, got himfelf recommended as an unfortunate young Nobleman, profecuted by the Malice of his Enemies, but capable of being ferviceable to that Court in their future Defigns. Befides the Dake of Perth, one of the Prime Minifters of the late King James, he had the Intereft of the Pope's Nuncio, by difcovering an Inclination to become a Convert to Popery. Soon after he was made known to the Marquefs of Torcy, the great Favourite of Louis XIV. and being a Man of Wit and Gallantry, he had alfo the Favour of the Ladies at the French Court, which makes him frequently boaft of >vhat Madame Maintenon once faid to him (alluding to the Rape he had committed) that the Women look'd upon him as a raxijbing Man. He had at laft an Audience of the French King, on the Marquefs de Torcy's Recommendation, which gave the Monarch favourable Irrtpreffi-ons of his Abilities; for having made a ftudied Speech to deliver, and learnt it by Heart, and being put in Confu-fion by the grand Appearance, he foon recovered himfelf, and deliver'd fomething Extempore in a very eafy and unaffected Manner, that was pertinent to the Occafion. Upon the Death of King James, there were great Divisions in th; Court of St. Germains, occafioned by the different Parties headed by the Duke efjerth, and the Earl of Middleton. Something at laft was however refolved upon, with Regard to an Invafion, and an Infurrectipn in the Highlands of Scotland, Capt. Frafer was fent to prepare the Plans for this Bufinefs, and was for fome Time backwards and forwards in Great-Britain. Nothing very clearly appears concerning this Confpiracy, there having been great Care taken to cover' it, on Account of fome great Perfons that might elfe have been in Danger. It only ap-pear'd in general, that fomething was defigned, but no thing brought to Execution. The Duke of Queenfbury. was accufed by Fergufon, an old Plot-monger* but all the Punifhment fell upon the Accufer. � As toCaptain Frafer, he conducted himfelf fo well as to get a Pafs backagairtinto France. But having done little or what he promiied, and being fufpected cm Account of his Intimacies and Corref-pondeneies, whilft in England, he was, at the Deure of the Court of St. Germains, committed Prifoner to the Baftile by the French Miniftry, where he continued feveral Years. [F3 G uilty to the Indictment preferr'd agai nil him. After which the five following Perfons were tried and i_ found guilty of High Treafon, viz. 5? John Saunderfon, firft Captain in the Manchefler Regi- c| ment, *~ Thomas -Syddall, a Captain in the faid Regiment, James Wilday, Enfign in ditto, _^ Charles Deacon (whofe elder Brother was convicted on O Thurfday) Enfign in ditto. And *"* David Morgan, Efq; of Monmouth, Counfellor at Law, W whom the Witneffes for the Crown call'd the Preten- it beginning under the Wardrobe ;. but by timely q* Affiftance of the Firemen and Engines, it was happily ex- *"* tinguifh'd. \r\ < York, July 15. \ye hear that Mr.Murray of Brou&hton, Q late Secretary to the Pretender;, lay laft Friday Night at Darlington, on Saturday Night at Boroughbridge, and that he pair, thro' Wetherby on Sunday laft in his Way to London : He is guarded by one of his Majefty's Meflengers, Lieut/Col. Cockayne, and a Party of Dragoons. ; The four Coftipshies'of Independant Gentlemen Voluri-teerSi of this City, have received a full Set of Arms, viz. Guns, Bayonets, &c. in order to perform the'r Txercif; in more regular Way ; but, to their Honouf be it lpbken, it is impolible for them to exercife better than formerl;. fcxjrdSt of a Letter from Edirhurgh, Juty 8. ' It is faid, that feveral Amendments have been made ' to the BiH for preventing Minifters to officiate in Epifcopal ' Meeting-houfes in Scotland, without being duly qualified, ' and pumfhing fuch as refoff thereto ; particularly, that < ajtho' they, fhould take the Oaths appointed by Law, A D V E RT IS E M E N T'S are taken in for this Paper, at Lloyd's Coffii-Hovse, m Lombard-Strret. Cape Breton for Ever.