From the Book of Eminent Burgesses of Dundee 1513 to 1885.

Andrew, Lord Gray - 2nd September 1620.



ANDREW, eighth BARON GRAY, was the son of the infamous MASTER OF GRAY, and the grand¬son of PATRicK, sixth BARON GRAY, Who was admitted a Burgess on 13th January, 1589 (vide page 74). He succeeded to the title on the death of his father in 1612, and twelve years later he went to France with LORD GORDON, and obtained a post as Lieutenant of the Scots Guards there. He was actively engaged in the numerous wars which Louis XIII. was concerned in after 1624, and he returned to Scotland, retaining his rank in the French Army. The office of Heritable Sheriff of Forfarshire had been for a long time in his family, but he was induced to resign the Sheriffship to CHARLES I. on obtaining, a bond for 50,000 merks from that Monarch. The money was never paid, but the GRAYS were unable ever afterwards to regain the office. When the MARQUESS OF MONTROSE abandoned the Covenanters and raised a Royalist army in Scotland, LORD GRAY took service under him, and made himself so conspicuous in this rising that he was banished from the Kingdom by the Parliamentarians in 1645. The sentence of banishment seems to have been inoperative, for he remained in the country, and was further engaged against both, the Presbyterians and the army of CROMWELL. He was accused of being himself a Romanist and a supporter of the Catholic party in 1649, and was solemnly excommunicated by the General Assembly at that date. The Act of Grace which CROMWELL promulgated in 1654 excluded the name of ANDREW, LORD GRAY, from pardon, and imposed a fine of £1,500 upon him as a penalty for his unwavering loyalty. Shortly after this period he removed to France, and whilst at the Court of CHARLES II. there, he was persuaded by the DUKE OF YORK afterwards JAMES VII to resign his office in the Scots Guards, that it might be conferred upon the MARSHAL SCHOMBERG. This honourable post had been administered by Scotsmen from the time of Louis Xl., but was never afterwards held by any of LORD GRAY's countrymen. He survived to witness the Restoration of CHARLES II., but acquired no new dignity, and died in 1663. By his first wife, a daughter of LORD OGILVY of Deskford, he had one son, who predeceased him, and one daughter, ANNE, MISTRESS OF GRAY. The son of the latter, by special patent, was constituted his successor, and ultimately became PATRICK, ninth BARON GRAY.