George Ross of Balnagown denounced a Rebel.


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In 1589 James Dunbar of Tarbat complained to the Privy Council of James VI, accusing George Ross of Balnagown of attempting to kill him with a pistol and continually 'molesting' his tenants.

Complaint by James Dunbar of Tarbat, as follows:—

"There being an Order to trust and meeting appointed by him and George Ross, younger of Balnagown, about the visiting of certain questionable marches and dikes between them, began by the said George upon the said complainer's lands of Kindeace, he at the day appointed for the said trust, which was upon the seventh day of September instant, came in a peaceable and quiet manner, without armour or wards to the said lands of Kindeace, looking for nothing less than any extraordinary form of usage of the said George, but that the matters questionable between them should have been friendly reasoned, composed and agreed, and that they should have continued in mutual friendship, amity and good neighbours.

Nevertheless, for by his expectation, the said George directed a message to the said complainer, prohibiting him to come forward to the said trust, but upon the hazard of his life. Yet he, not suspecting any harm or injury to have been intended or meant against him by the said George, but hoping that his message had proceeded from some other persons without the said George knowledge, come forward to him.

At which time he himself most injuriously and maliciously presented a pistol to the said complainer, with the intention to have slain him, which he had not failed to have done, were not, by the providence of God, the pistol misgave; and, after the uttering of divers uncomely and injurious speeches against the said complainer, he moved him to return.

And continually since the said George has molested and troubled the said complainer's tenant’s and servant’s in the possession of the lands fore mentioned, not omitting the pursuit of the said complainers self by way of deed, for his bodily harm and slaughter:

Which pursued albeit the said complainer might not only withstand or resist, but repair the same with the like or greater if he should enter in the like lawless form of proceedings against the said George, yet, for the reverence he biers to our authority and laws, he lies forborne to do the same.


—The complainer appearing personally, Ross, for failing to appear, is to be denounced rebel."