William and Mary’s Indifference to Scottish Interests

William III. and Mary his Queen, whom the Parliament had called to the throne, never seemed to show much regard for Scotland, although she was the daughter of the exiled Prince, and last of the Royal race of Stuart destined to reign in Britain.  On the contrary, they and the Government were very jealous of any appearance of loyalty to that unfortunate race.  As a specimen of the surveillance exercised even in private society in a town so far from the seat of Government as Dundee, the following copy of a document in the Archives cannot fail to be interesting:-

            “Be it known to all men by these presents, Mr Robert Lindsay, merchant, burgess of Dundee, Fornasmeikleas I am imprisoned be the Magistrates of the said burgh for the alleged drinking of the late King James his health, or at least being in company where the same was drunken: And seeing that the Magistrates of the said burgh has condescended to set me at liberties upon my finding sufficient bail to appear before yet or privy counsel of this Kingdome: Therefore, wit ye me as prince, and with me William Whittet and William Galloway, merchants, who hereby becomes bail and securities for me, to be bound and obliged, lykeas wee hereby bind and oblige us, conjunctly and severally, our airs, exers, and successors, our goods and gear whatsoever: To the L0rds of ye privy counsel and Magistrates of the said burgh: That is, the said Robert Lindsay shall appear before the Lords of Her Majesty’s Privy Counsel or Magistrates of the said of Dundee, and that within the space of forty-eight hours next after I, or my said bail, or other of us, shall be desired for that effect, under the penalties of five hundred marks Scots money, at tour fulfilling hereof: And I, the said Robert Lindsay, binds and obliges me, my airs and exers, to warrant, free, and relieve, and stateless keep my said bails and their foresaid of their bailzie, and of all loss and skaith, damage, and expenses that they or their foresaid  shall happen to sustain or incur therefrom, consenting to the registration hereof in the books of Counsel and Session, burrow court books of Dundee, or any ors competent, to have ye strength of an deed, that letters of horning, on six days’ charge, and others needful, may pass hereon, and hereto constitute our prors: In witness whereof (written by William Rattray, writer in Dundee) we have subsaid their presents, at Dundee the thirty-one day of October (1691), before their witnesses, James Bower, merchants in Dundee, James Ramsay, merchant there, and the said William Rattray.