WHICH DAY SIR PATRICK DRUMMOND, KNIGHT, AMBASSADOR FOR THE KING AT BELGIUM, IS, MADE A BURGESS AND BROTHER OF THE GUILD OF DUNDEE, GRATIS.
Intimate commercial relations betwixt Dundee and the Low Countries had early caused the Burgh to take a great interest in the preservation of the trade with the Continent. In all the controversies relating to the Scots trade with Holland Dundee took the leading part, and it has been asserted that ANDREW HALIBURTON, the first Conservator of the Scots privileges at Campvere, was a native of Dundee, and a member of the family to which PROVOST HALIBURTON belonged. It has been shewn that WILLIAM GOLDMAN, Bailie of Dundee, was sent by the Convention of Royal Burghs to Campvere in 1612, for the purpose of re establishing the Scottish trade in that quarter (vide page 38); and at the same date SIR ROBERT DANIELSTOUN of Montjoy, who was then Conservator, was made a Burgess of Dundee as a mark of special honour (vide page 103). SIR PATRICK DRUMMOND ' who is here entered on the Burgess Roll, was the successor of Sir. ROBERT DANIELSTOUN in the office of Conservator. Before the death of SIR ROBERT, KING. JAMES had given the reversion of the office of Conservator to a certain NATHANIELL VDUARD, but this arrangement had not been satisfactory to the Convention of Royal Burghs, and the Commissioners had written to His MAJESTY, asking him to reconsider this matter, and recommending the substitution of PATRICK DRUMMOND. The KING's reply to the Convention is in these terms:
Trustie and weil belouit, we greit you weill. We wer maid heirtofoir so far to give way to your desyre as, haiffing grauntit the office of Conservatorie of the Privileges of our natioun in the Low Cuntreyis in reversioun to Maister Nathaniell Vduard, we wer pleased vpone your objectioun of Ynlitnes of the persoun to recall oure said graunt; and now perfytlie vnderstanding the sufficiencie, qualificatioun, and aptitud of Maister Patrik Drumond for dischairging of that plaice, we haue maid speciall choice of him for that effect, and thairfore bane thocht guid by these presentis to recommend him to you, willing you if anie thing you bane to object against him to aduerteis ws thairof by your lettre, vtherwayes to give way to our graunt and accept of him as one speciall choice by oure sellf to performe oure seruice in these pairtes which our conformitie to youre pleasure salbe to ws verie acceptable; so we bid you fairwell. Gevin at Newmarket the fourteen of Novembir 1624."
The Convention thereupon drew up special Articles of Agreement betwixt themselves and SIR PATRICK DRUMMOND, and after the death of SIR ROBERT DANIELSTOUN, On 14th July, 1625, he entered upon his office as Conservator. SIR PATRICK was admitted Burgess of Dundee fourteen days after that date, He held this position for sixteen years, performing the duties of the office satisfactorily; but in July, 1640, for some unexplained reason, he was deposed by the Committee of Estates. Against this arbitrary act he appealed by a petition to Parliament, but he did not at that time regain his office, and in a special Act 'by which THOMAS CUNININGHAM was made Conservator, in 1644, it is stated that the office had remained vacant in the interim. Unfortunately, the Records of the Convention of Royal Burghs between 1631 and 1649 have disappeared, and no authentic account of this affair is now obtainable. It appears, however, from the Minutes of the Convention, dated 11th January, 1661, that SIR PATRICK was then exercising the office of Conservator, and continued to do so till November of that year. At the latter date the place was declared vacant, though no reason is assigned by the Commissioners. It is probable that SIR PATRICK DRUMMOND's death took place shortly afterwards.