AT DUNDEE, QUHILK DAY THE PERSONES AFTER NAMED, viz.: ROBERT, ERLE OF SOUTHESK, ROBERT, VISCOUNT OF ARBUTHNOT, AND MAGISTER JOHN MURRAY, TUTOR OF STORMONTH, WERE ADMITTED BURGESSES AND BRETHREN OF THE GUILD OF THE SAID BURGH, GRATIS.
ROBERT, second VISCOUNT OF ARBUTHNOTT, was the son of the first VISCOUNT, and of LADY MARJORY CARNEGIE, daughter of the first EARL OF SOUTHESK, and relict of WILLIAM HALIBURTON of Pitcur.
He succeeded to the Viscounty at his father's death in 1665, held the office of High Sheriff of Kincardineshire whilst GENERAL MONK was in Scotland, and was compelled to execute several of the decrees issued by the Council of the PROTECTOR. After the Restoration he had to superintend in an official capacity the military movements in Kincardineshire, acting under the orders of the EARL OF ABOYNE.
Amongst the documents preserved at Arbuthnott House there is a certificate, dated 5th December, 1681, stating that on that day "ROBERT, VISCOUNT OF ARBUTHNOTT did take and signe the Teste appoynted by the Sext Act of this current Parliament, as being anywayes concerned in publict debts that he Might have the benefit thereof."
This was his last public act, as he died on 16th June, 1682. He was married firstly to LADY ELIZABETH KEITH, daughter of WILLIAM, seventh EARL MARISCIIAL, and secondly to CATHERINE, daughter of ROBERT GORDON of Pitlurg and Straloch, and left a numerous family. His eldest son, ROBERT, succeeded as third VISCOUNT, and was then represented by his direct descendant, the ninth VISCOUNT OF ARBUTHNOTT.