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

Charles, Lord Claremont - 7th March 1663.

 

AT DUNDEE, THE SAID DAY THE PERSONS UNDERNAMED WERE ADMITTED BURGESSES AND GUILD BRETHREN OF THE SAID BURGH, GRATIS : WILLIAM, EARLL OF MORTOUN; DAVID, LORD LOWRE; CHARLES, LORD CLAREMONTH, ANDREW MIDDLETOUN, BROTHER TO THE EARLL OF MIDDLETOUN; SIR ALEXANDER DURHAM, LORD LYON; SIR JOHN STRACHAN, RECEIVER OF His MAIESTIE'S REVENUES; MUNGO MURRAY, CORNET To His MAIESTIE'S LYFE GUARDS.


CHARLES, LORD CLERMONT AND FETTERCAIRN, was the only son and successor of the first EARL OF MIDDLETON (vide page 156), and of GRIZEL, daughter of SIR JAMES DURHAM of Pitkerrow. During his youth his father was abroad at the Court of CHARLES II, and he was reared in the midst of those devoted noblemen who shared the KING'S exile. Shortly after the Restoration he was appointed Envoy Extraordinary to the Court of Austria; and he succeeded to the title of EARL OF MIDDLETON on the death of his father, in 1673. Returning to this country in 1682, he was made one of the principal Secretaries of State for Scotland; and two years afterwards was raised to the position of an Extraordinary Lord of Session, and sworn of the Privy Council of England. On 25th August, 1684, he was appointed one of the Secretaries of State for England, and held this high office till the Revolution of 1688, at which time he retired to France with KING JAMES. He was outlawed as a rebel on 23rd July, 1691, and his estates were forfeited the following year. The EARL never returned to Scotland, but remained with the exiled Royal Family at St Germains until his death. He is thus referred to in MACKAY'S Memoirs :

"This man, who had stood all the temptations of King James' reign and all the endeavours of that prince to bring him over, to the surprise of all who knew him, declared himself a Roman Catholic upon the King's death ; and, after having said as much as any man against Popery, yet hath now the entire manage¬ment of the Court of St Germains."

The EARL OF MIDDLETON was married to LADY CATHERINE BRUDENEL, daughter of ROBERT, EARL OF CARDIGAN, and had two sons and three daughters. The COUNTESS survived till 1743, having then reached her ninety fifth year.
ANDREW MIDDLETON was the younger brother of the first EARL OF MIDDLETON, and was therefore paternal uncle of LORD CLERMONT, who was admitted a Burgess of Dundee on the same day as himself. His family had been connected with the County of Kincardine from the time of WILLIAM THE LION, and in 1690 he acquired the lands of Balbegno there, and founded the family of MIDDLETON of Balbegno, which became extinct on the death of his only surviving son, ROBERT, in 1710.