The Highland Dress 1752

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A letter from Thomas Ross of Calrossie (pictured) to Alexander Ross of Pitcalnie. Thomas writes concerned, that if the tenants at Kincardine continue to wear the Highland Dress at 'Kirk and Mercat', it will result in a visit from the 'Troops.'

Copy Letter from Thomas Ross of Calrossie to
Alexander Ross Esqr. Of Pitcalnie att Amatt
Dated Janry.1752.


Dr. Sir,

            I take this occasion of Wishing you and you & friends a prosperous New Year, but for any more news than what the public prints afford I have none scarce worth mentioning save that by the last post, there are Acts which say that the Importation of English grain is too much countenanced at Lieth, that the Commissions for victual among us are withdrawn.  

I am always taxed by Capt. Frapand for the freedom used in Wearing the Highland Dress, tho I order all comers in this way to prison, he says that the Kirk of Kincardine is every preaching day full of that dress, that it's owing to my neglect of duty that the case is so, & I am certain if they are not more cautious in this particular. They will bring mischief on themselves & the Country they live in by bringing the Troops to quarter among them, Indeed I read Frapands orders about such matters no later than Dec. recommending the greatest diligence, and these orders are not only from the General in Cheif at Edinr. but from London and ought not this hint make them to prudent at heart as lay by that dress when they went to Kirk or Mercat, I had a letter from Kemp[    ] asking the payment of his bygone account due on his Bond –

Meddat has the discharge which you should acquaint Abner to take up,  I find this Session of parlia. will soon be up, as Solicitor Ross writes of his being with us in Aprile.  E. Cromartys second sorry Claim for that Estate was dismissed lately by the Lords of Session So that the Estate is absolutely vested in the Crown, and there is no other Remedy than Capt. Rory's applying to parliat. which its thought will be unsuccessful – [       ] people think youre altogether dead to the World, you might traverse among us to put your blood in motion, I have not seen your sister since the midle of Novr. your peats have been of good use to your Aunt, never was anything better preserved.

            Pray Desire our friend Malcom to assist the bearer in getting a few loads of fir and to give him Six single Dales, which Ill satisfy him for, with the [       ] when delivered. My kind respects to our friend, also to the Captain who is mighty happy with you, if there was no other reason than the benefit of [         ] so very raw with us, I was last week for a few days at Newtown where you was remembered by your friends there I expect them here once next week.  Your Aunt joins me in compliments to you all & I remain with regard, Dear. Sir,

                        Your affet.& most obd. Svd.

                                    Thomas Ross.


Janry. 1752.


(Captain Thomas Ross was killed in action in 1759 serving with the Fraser Highlanders during the Battle of the Height of Abraham at Quebec)