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, third EARL OF SOUTHESK, was the only son of JAMES, second EARL OF SOUTHESK, and of LADY MARY KER, daughter of the first EARL OF ROXBURGHE, and relict of JAMES HALIBURTON of Pitcur. He came into the title on the death of his father in 1669.
His early years had been spent on the Continent, and when in France in 1659 he was made a Captain of one of the Companies of Scots Guards by Louis XIV. Shortly after his accession to the title he was appointed Colonel of the Militia of Forfarshire by special commission from CHARLES II; and in 1682 the Sheriffship of Forfarshire was confirmed to him and his son CHARLES, LORD CARNEGIE.
The EARL died at Edinburgh on 19th February, 1688. He was married to ANNA, daughter of WILLIAM, second DUKE OF HAMILTON, and had two sons, the elder of whom became fourth EARL OF SOUTHESK. The younger Son, WILLIAM, was slain in a duel at Paris by WILLIAM TOLLEMACHE, son of the DUCHESS OF LAUDERDALE.