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Bro. Jack Buta

by W. Bro. Jack Buta MPS
PM Paradise Valley Silver Trowel Lodge #29
Arizona Grand Lodge, USA
32 degree Scottish Rite Mason

Robert Moray played a major role during the English Civil Wars. He was a Covenanter General, French Colonel, a spy for Cardinal Richelieu and maybe, a secret Royalist. He would be accused of instigating the Civil War, betraying his King and country for money, spying for Cardinal Richelieu, and lying to his French employers.

But how much of this is true?

Did Sir Robert Moray, distinguished Freemason and first president of the Royal Society betray his King?

In order to learn more about this very complex man and the exciting times in which he lived, we will attempt to examine his motives and actions during the war years. The problem with looking back 400 years is  separating fact from fiction which in Robert Moray’s case is no easy task. Look what happens when writers feel a need to flesh out details.

His close friend, John Aubrey wrote only what he believed to be true. Moray went to university (deduced no doubt because at the time they met, Moray was cultured and well informed) and then joined the French military under Louis XIII (absolutely true).[i] Gilbert Burnet another friend and Royal Society member tells us “he had served in France . . . He was raised to be a colonel there, and came over for recruits when the King was with the Scottish army at Newcastle.”[ii]  It is noteworthy that neither writer provides specific dates, and got some of their facts wrong which is understandable since their writing style was closer to a gossip columnist than a historian.

There are ample contemporary records to prove Moray was given the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in the summer of 1642 while still in Scotland, and did not get promoted to Colonel in the Scots Guards until after the Earl of Irwin’s death in September, 1645 four years after Newcastle.[iii]  There is no evidence Moray ever attended any university or college and as we shall see below his own letters argue against it, but the lack of such evidence has not deterred writers from creating their own facts.

In 1816 Alexander Chalmers wrote Moray was educated “. . . partly in the university of St. Andrews and partly in France . . .”[iv]  Now we have Moray attending college in two countries. His dad would be proud, but wait, there’s more.

In 1885 Sir Leslie Stephenson adds “Richelieu favored him highly, and he attained the rank of lieutenant-colonel, probably of the Scots Guard.”[v] I will come back to the Richelieu story shortly.

Carnegie Scholar Alexander Robertson is less sure of the facts as he only states; “. . . he may have served in a French regiment but if so, it would have been the French Scotts Guards”.[vi]

As late as 1988, David Stevenson used chance comments in  letters written by  Moray to the Earl of Kincardine in 1657 to claim Moray was qualified as an engineer.  Moray mentions in passing that he recalls visiting a mill on a moat 35 years earlier near Edinburgh, which would have been around 1622. In the second letter, he recalls being in London 20 years earlier in 1637, in the company of engineers who pretended great skill in aqueducts. Based on these two scant details Stevenson claims; “By the time of this latter reference (1637) it would probably not be inaccurate to call Moray himself an engineer. He had embarked on a career in French military service, and it appears that he specialized in technical matters”. Stevenson goes on to base his conclusions not only on the letters but also on the fact that in 1640 Moray is reported as being appointed by the covenanters as the Quartermaster General of the Army.[vii] The problem with this assumption is that these letters indicate Moray was in Britain and not France during the time he references. It would be unlikely he could have been there while on active duty in the French army, especially in the middle of the 30 Years War. Stevensons’ use of a letter sent by Moray to the Earl of Kincardine where he states he never went to university makes it very difficult to support his argument that Moray was an engineer.

In fairness to Stevenson, he makes no such assumption in the introduction of “Letters of Sir Robert Moray to Earl of Kincardine, 1657-73” in which he admits he did not know when Moray was made General but suggests once again his promotion was probably made as a compliment to Cardinal Richelieu.[viii]

In spite of all these claims there is absolutely no documented evidence that Robert Moray ever served in France before arriving with his men in March of 1643 by which time Richelieu was dead.  While his rank of lieutenant-colonel is dated as of June 1642,[ix] King Charles was still dictating to Lord Lothian the terms under which the Guards would be allowed to serve in France, as late as January 10th 1643.[x]


So where did everyone get the idea Moray was in France before 1643? The only record, if you can call it that, is found in a detailed and very emotional account by Scottish historian Patrick Gordon who gives the following unflattering description in his fiery condemnation of both Moray and Richelieu.  


“For how soon the Puritans began to vent their malcontents against King Charles, for seeking to establish the English form of worship in Scotland by the Service Book; when the French king daring, his minion by whose advise all was done, and without whom nothing could be intended nor concluded,-that rich storehouse of state policy-Cardinal Richelieu, his far-reaching project took hold of this fit occasion that Britain might also be a sufferer, and no longer a beholder. . . Wherefore, choosing forth a man fit for his purpose amongst a great many of the Scots gentry that haunted the French court . . . he chooses . . . Sir Robert Murray, a man endowed with many rare qualities, and a very able man for the cardinal's project. After he had sounded the depth of this man's mind, and finding that he was indifferent so he could make a fortune whither it were with the king or the malcontented Puritans, he finds no difficulty to persuade him that his love to the Scots, by virtue of the ancient league, made him extremely to lament their case; for that their king was now in hand with was not, as it was pretended, merely for religion, but the chief end both of the king and his cabinet counsel was to reduce Scotland to a province, without which, he was strongly persuaded that he could never bring the whole island to one entire monarchy ; but if the Scots, said they will stand to their ancient freedom, France shall not be wanting in so just a cause. In end, this gentleman was so taken in with diverse favors and courtesies, that the cardinal thrust upon him, as he takes in hand to return home and work upon this subject; wherein he advanced so far, as the next year after he went back to give an account of his endeavors ; and having (as it was found by event) bound up a secret league between the cardinal and Argyle, who was then the head of the Covenant. To show how well the cardinal was pleased, the Earl of Irwin, Argyle's brother, is chose to have the leading of two thousand men, to be levied in Scotland and send over to France, with many new privileges, as that they should be one of the first regiments of the guard, that they should have their preachers with them, and free use of their religion, with sundrie other favors; the money is send, the regiment levied, and Sir Robert Murray made lieutenant colonel.”[xi]


             This report is not exactly resounding praise for Robert Moray. Here he is depicted as a self-serving, soldier of fortune. His character is so weak he is easily convinced by a promise of money and favors to promote a war between Scotland and England. Clearly, this is not the same Sir Robert Moray we have come to know and two questions immediately come to mind.

Who is Patrick Gordon and why is he saying this about Moray? And, more importantly, is any of it true?

Patrick Gordon was a Royalist writing in the last year of his life. The head of his clan just happened to be George Gordon, the 6th Earl of Huntly, who along with his uncle James Stewart,  Duke of Lennox re-established the French Scots Guards in 1624.  Huntly served as captain and commander of the Scots Guards from 1624 until his return to Britain in 1637 during which time he claimed to be badly treated by his French employers. Understandably he was pretty upset by the generous treatment Irwin and Moray received. [xii] This hostility between the clans is clearly reflected in Gordon’s report.

This does not mean that Patrick Gordon did not give some very detailed accounts of the civil war, he did. However it helps us understand the allegations he makes against Moray. It is important to remember Gordon is writing in 1649 during the monarchy’s blackest days. In the last six years he had witnessed its’ utter destruction. King Charles, the Duke of Hamilton, the Marquis Montrose, and the head of his own clan, the Earl of Huntly, were all executed between 1649 and 1650.

In his mind he sees the new freedom and prestige given to the Scots Guards under Irwin and Moray as prima facie evidence of some great conspiracy at work to bring down the King with Richelieu and Moray at the center of it. However, his version of what happened is at odds with the known facts. There is no record in any biography of Cardinal Richelieu that he ever met Robert Moray. Apparently he was also unaware that all of the terms concerning the Scots Guards were negotiated by King Charles himself not in 1639 but four years later. Gordon also leaves out the fact the troubles with Scotland did not begin with the Book of Common Prayer but in 1633 when the King attempted to take possession of all church lands in Scotland.[xiii]  Gordon was a bitter man creating events to meet his own prejudices.

Plainly there is a lot of bad information floating around but what evidence is there to give us an accurate picture of the real Robert Moray?

 Historian Anthony Wood states that at the time of the signing of the National Covenant in February of 1638 Robert Moray was General of Ordinance of the Covenanter Army.[xiv] We can establish that in 1641 he was still a general at Newcastle. We also know he was commissioned as a Lieutenant Colonel in the France Scots Guards in the summer of 1642.[xv] To understand how and why Moray came to be chosen for that position we need to look at the political environment of that time.

 In 1642, Richelieu’s successor Cardinal Mazarin’s star was on the rise. He did not share Richelieu’s hatred of the English.  In fact, he had become a friend of Walter Montagu (the brother of the Earl of Manchester), who was forced to flee England in 1642. Parliament had discovered that Montagu was raising money for the Royalists as an agent for Queen Henrietta.[xvi]             Montagu in turn introduced Mazarin to the Queen while she was still in the Haig which led to a close friendship between the two. In January 1643 Mazarin became France’s prime minister.[xvii]

The influence of the Queen in the civil war cannot be overemphasized. Charles was devoted to his petite French wife with whom he had eight children. In 1642 she had sailed to Holland where she sold her royal jewels to buy shiploads of arms and men to send back to her husband. Trying to return home a year later she spent eleven days in one of the worst storms ever to hit the north Atlantic. Her ships were blown back to Holland leaving everyone on board near death but just one month later she sailed into the winter storms to bring the needed aid to the King.

In June 1644, one month after the birth of her ninth child and with a charge of treason against her by Parliament, she is forced to flee to Paris.[xviii]During their separation the Queen writes to Charles almost every day, encouraging him act like a king.[xix] She was a very determined lady and if she had been allowed to stay with Charles his fate might have been very different.

 By the  mid-1640’s  the idea of a British Republic only 22 miles off their coast was becoming a growing reality and constituted a clear and present danger to the French Monarchy.  It was in their interest to do what they could, short of declaring another war to support the English King.

Now let’s take a close look at Moray and see how he fits into this environment.

            In every biography of Robert Moray very little is said about his family other than he was the first son of Sir Mungo Moray. On the surface, it would appear that Moray had little to recommend him but that is far from the truth. His grandfather, for whom he was named, was the powerful Baron of Abercairney. His uncle, Sir David Moray, was Deputy Governor to Prince Henry and one of the members of the Gentlemen of the Bed Chamber, who controlled access to the King. Sir David was also one of the better known poets in England and a very influential force in the King’s court. He was a close friend of Sir William Alexander, who became Secretary of State  in 1629.[xx] Another of Moray’s uncles Thomas Murray, was the Preceptor and secretary of Prince Charles.[xxi]

            William Murray, Sir Robert Moray’s cousin, had been made the Prince's whipping-boy. In feudal times a Prince may not be punished by anyone but the king. A playmate of a lesser rank was punished instead and the bond created between the two would tend to modify the Princes’ behavior. This rather symbiotic relationship formed a close bond between the boys that would last a lifetime. Will became an important member of the Gentlemen of the Bedchamber and   King Charles would reward him for his loyalty by making him the 1st Earl of Dysart in 1643.[xxii]  

            Charles Murray was a Groom of the Kings Bedchamber, and Anne Murray, daughter of Thomas Murray and sister to both Will and Charles Murray, was governess to King Charles’ Children. King Charles II once told her that he would do anything for her. In the Civil War she risked her life helping the Duke of York (later James II) escape to Holland. [xxiii]

King James set up the department of the Gentlemen of the Bedchamber soon after arriving in England and restricted it by law to no more than 18 members. Of these, 12 members were related in one way or another to Robert Moray.

1.   William Murray,  Robert Moray’s cousin.

2.   Patrick Murray another Cousin.

3.   David Murray, Robert Moray’s uncle.

4.   Sir Robert Douglas. He married into the Moray family in 1610.

5.   Lord Holland, Henry Rich who would work with Moray for a peace in 1645-46.

6.   James Hamilton, cousin to the King and closest advisor.

7.   William Alexander, Secretary of State and close friend of Thomas Murray.

8.   Sir James Young (his father was a close friend of Thomas Murray).

9.   Mungo Moray,  (not Robert Moray’s father as he was still active in 1648).

10.   Sir David Cunningham of Robertland. (The author of a letter in 1628 describing a “secret fraternity” within the Bedchamber swearing undying loyalty to the King. See note 43)

11.   Sir Digby of Ireland, who also served the royal family by trying to raise an army in Ireland.

12.   Sir Kenelm Digby, could be seen as having a bias towards Moray by virtue of his close relationship to his brother. [xxiv]  


Few Scots had more political influence in both England and Scotland in the mid-1640’s than Robert Moray. That kind of clout certainly seems to answer why someone might want to enlist his aid in gaining favor with the King. We will examine the when and where he was recruited to go to France shortly but before we discuss those details let’s review a few of the major events of King Charles I early years.

Charles had alienated most of his subjects even before becoming King by allowing himself to be dominated by the Duke of Buckingham, who managed to offend every country in Western Europe. As King, Charles was consistent. He invariably made the wrong decision. His wife constantly chided him to act like a King but it was beyond him to do so. His inability to make important decisions coupled with his stubbornness on religious issues would continue to spark unrest throughout his reign. In the end it would cost him his life.

His problems with parliament began immediately after his coronation. Charles wanted to obtain funds from parliament to go to war against Spain but the House of Commons refused to comply. They argued the King had already lent ships to King Luis XIII of France, who used them to fight the Protestants in Rochelle, not a popular move for a Protestant monarch.  Incensed by their defiance the King dissolved parliament. Next, he appointed his main opponents to the office of Sheriff in their home counties thus prohibiting them from serving in parliament. Unfortunately for Charles this backfired and the members of parliament were even more hostile to the king.

            On the 2nd of March 1629, the King dissolved parliament again and imprisoned nine members, leaders of the opposition. With the aid of Bishop Laud and the Earl of Stafford he would rule England without a parliament for nine years.

In 1633 Charles went north to be crowned King of Scotland and immediately attempted to grab all the church lands in Scotland by pushing through an act giving himself total control of the Church. The Scots voted down the act, whereupon the King had the clerk recount the votes and declared the act had passed.

In 1634 when a copy of a pamphlet criticizing the King’s actions, were discovered in the possession of John Elphinstone, Lord Balmerino, the King put him on trial for sedition. For the Scots this was a clear sign King Charles no longer considered himself a Scot.[xxv] They needed only a spark to ignite them into open revolt.

            King Charles provided the spark in 1637 when he attempted to force his Book of Common Prayer on the Scots, in which the churches were to be set up very similar to the Roman Catholic churches. In February of 1638 the Scots drew up their national covenant, binding those who signed it to defend their religion to the death.  Anthony Wood states that Moray was a general of the covenanter army from the beginning of the movement.[xxvi]   

One year after the Scots signed their covenant Lord Stafford marched north at the head of a small, ill-trained force of English troops expecting to quell the Scots. Many of his conscripts were armed only with bows and arrows.  Shorty after he crossed the border he came face to face with a 30,000 man Scottish army armed with muskets and artillery pieces and led by the greatest Scottish general of his time, Alexander Leslie.[xxvii]

Stafford had brought a knife to a gun fight.

Faced with certain defeat Charles was forced to sign the treaty of Berwick on the 18th of June. However, both sides knew the King had no intention of living up to its terms.  Without a parliament to vote him funds Charles could not afford to keep his army intact and allowed it to disperse, while the Scots kept their army in place. It was only a matter of time before the next armed conflict.

If we are to believe Anthony Wood[xxviii] there were at least two generals serving under Alexander Leslie at this time. One of them was Alexander “Dear Sandy” Hamilton, an artillery genius who had designed the highly portable “Dear Sandy Stoups” cannon which would see action one year later. The other was Robert Moray. This raises an important issue. Leslie was an experienced combat veteran. He would choose his generals from men he had served with, trusted their judgment, and who he knew would not panic under fire. If Moray was one of his generals it is highly probable he served under Leslie in Germany during the 30-Years War. This would explain why a third former  Leslie general, the Marquis of Hamilton, would travel to Newcastle and cross the battle lines between the English and Scots forces not once but twice to serve as Deacon first at Sandy Hamilton’s, and then one year later at Robert Moray’s, initiation into Freemasonry. 

            In August 1640 it was the Scots who moved first. They crossed the Tweed and advanced on Newcastle. It was a fight neither side seemed anxious to start. During the morning the English and Scots stared at each other across the river at Newburn, a few miles west of Newcastle. Hostilities finally broke out when an English musketeer shot a Scottish officer relieving himself at the river bank. 

What happened next was more of a rout than a battle. Sandy Hamilton, had placed his sixty pieces of light artillery on the high ground and began to shell the English lines. A cavalry charge was quickly disbursed by the accuracy of a battery of nine cannons ending the English resistance. They deserted their posts and beat a hasty retreat. Although less than 60 English troops had been killed in the first skirmish the English commander decided the battle could not be won and abandoned the heavily fortified Newcastle. To their amazement, the Scots took the castle without having to fire a shot.[xxix]

Once again Charles was compelled to sign a treaty with the Scots. This time he agreed to pay them £850 a day for the maintenance of their army to prevent any further incursion into England.  Since he did not have the money he was forced to convene parliament. This gave them  an opportunity to remove the King’s strongest ally. They blamed the ₤1,000,000 cost of the war on Lord Stafford and demanded he stand trial for treason.

Parliament did agree to pay the Scots Army ₤220,000 in what they termed “Brotherly Assistance”. However, promising and actually paying that amount were two different things. [xxx]

            In March 1641 Robert Moray writes a letter from Newcastle to Lord Carnegie about the trial of Lord Stafford in London indicating he may have been in London during the trial.[xxxi]

On the 20th of May the minutes of the Lodge of Edinburgh at Newcastle, record the admission of Mr. and Right Honorable Robert Moray, General Quartermaster to the Army of Scotland. The two Deacons at the initiation were named Hamilton. One was James the Duke of Hamilton, Gentleman of the Bedchamber and King Charles’ closest advisor. The other was Alexander “Sandy” Hamilton the Covenanter General of Artillery who routed the English at Newcastle, both of whom had served as generals under Leslie in Germany ten years before. [xxxii]

moray's Initiation

 At about this time Cardinal Richelieu was informed by Jean du Montereul, who was his Charge d’Affairs in London, the war was over and the armies of both kingdoms would soon be dispersed. He promised the Cardinal there would be plenty of soldiers available to serve in the French army.[xxxiii] 

In October the French Ambassador visited Lord Argyle seeking help in recruiting soldiers for the French Scots Guards. They agreed that Argyle’s Brother would be given command of the guards, with a salary of 375 Scots Pounds per month. However, the King’s approval was needed and Argyle was not on good terms with him, so he proposed Moray, a close friend of the court as the number two man to make the deal more appealing to the king. [xxxiv]

The plan worked.

In June 1642 Moray is notified of his rank as lieutenant-colonel but it is March of 1643 before Moray and the Earl of Irwin would arrive in France with their men. Charles delayed the deployment while he negotiated with the French.  On January 10th, the same day he knighted Robert Moray the King was still dictating terms, including religious privileges for the Scots Guards. [xxxv]

One side note to all this is that by the time Moray actually reached France, Richelieu had been dead four months which really blows holes in the conspiracy theory described by Patrick Gordon.

Immediately upon arriving in France, Moray and the Scots Guards are deployed and enjoy a series of victories during the summer and fall. But their luck runs out as winter approaches. In November the French Army suffers a crushing defeat at Tuttlingen in western Germany. Four thousand men were killed or injured and 7,000 captured including Robert Moray.[xxxvi] He was taken to Bavaria where he should have faded into history but Fate had other plans.

             In England the tide of war had turned against the Royalists. By June 1644, the loss at Marston Moor to the combined forces of Scots and English Parliamentarians under Leslie and Manchester reduced Royalist control to less than 25% of the Island. They were now barely holding on in the Southwest and Wales. With each victory the attitude of the English towards the Scots was becoming more and more hostile. It was obvious to the Scots the promises made to them by the English parliament just a few months ago would not be kept. In order to avoid a political disaster the Scots needed to save the very crown they had been fighting to get rid of.

In October of 1644 the Scottish government sends Sir Thomas Dishington to Paris to suggest to Cardinal Mazarin if the release of Sir Robert Moray could be arranged he might be of great use to both the French and Scottish causes.[xxxvii] While France had no agreement in place regarding the exchange of prisoners, a ransom was arranged for the release of Moray from Germany. The man chosen to arrange the ransom was Robert Murray of Priestfield the Brother-in-Law to Dishington, and another of Moray’s relatives.[xxxviii] In fact, when King Charles II knighted Murray in 1661 and made him Lord Provost of the city of Edinburgh, the mortgage on his land was held by none other than Sir Robert Moray.[xxxix]

Regardless of how the ransom was funneled, the money came from the Scottish government, and was later made a public debt.[xl]  By the 28th of April 1645 Moray was free and on his way to London.[xli]

            On June 14th the roundheads defeat the royalists at Naseby. King Charles and the last remaining English royalists are surrounded at Oxford, his life spared only by the reluctance of Sir Edward Montagu, Earl of Manchester, who wanted a negotiated peace to attack his King. His second in command Oliver Cromwell, would later bring charges against the General and force him to retire.

It is at this critical point that Cardinal Mazarin sent Jean du Montereul to Moray in London to attempt a diplomatic solution to the war. Moray is still being paid by France as a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Scots Guards and now is an agent of both France and Scotland.

            In the third week of September, Montereul notified Cardinal Mazarin that he had a proposal of peace from the Scottish Commissioners but thought it would be best to seek Henrietta’s help. Since the Earl of Irwin, Commander of the Scottish Guards, had just died, Montereul recommends promoting Moray so he would have a reason for traveling to France without raising suspicions.  He states “that it may please your Eminence to give the command of this regiment to Sir Robert Moray, whom I have already mentioned in this letter, and of whom they have spoken in the highest possible terms, and who is really a very estimable person. . .  Sir Robert Moray is in our service; he is very intelligent, and has powerful friends in Scotland and in England.” [xlii]

            Montereul neglects to inform Cardinal Mazarin the real reason Sir Robert Moray must travel to France. The Scottish Commissioners demand the King must sign the covenant, something Montereul is sure the King will never agree to. His hope is that Moray and Will Murray can influence the Queen to convince Charles to sign.

            The reason for Will Murray being in France at this time is due to some difficulty with the Marquis of Montrose (and perhaps a request by the Queen). In 1641 Charles and Montrose had planned to arrest Argyle for treason and put Montrose in his place but Argyle learned of the plot and arrested Montrose before he could move against him. When Charles came north to Edinburgh later that year Will Murray was caught in the castle with a key to Montrose’s cell.  Later Montrose became convinced that Will Murray never intended to free him and was the one who betrayed him to Argyle. Conditioned by a lifetime of being punished for Charles’ mistakes Will Murray took the blame and was shipped off to France in 1644 with the Queen.[xliii]

Montereul, writes to the Cardinal about Moray; “I have again assured them (the Scottish Commissioners)” he writes “you would listen to Sir Robert Moray, and that it was only necessary to think of improving the proposals they wished to make to the King of Great Britain in such a manner as to enable him to accept them with honor.”[xliv]

Although Moray tried for a month to convince the Queen he left France thinking he had failed. Unknown to him she had agreed to help but only on the condition the Cardinal not tell Moray for fear her negotiations with the Pope would be jeopardized.

In the meantime word had spread that Charles has already indicated to the Independents in parliament that he was willing to negotiate a settlement with them.[xlv]  The terms of their offer are so generous it is hard to imagine why the King did not agree immediately to them. Had he done so, the war would have been over. He would only have to agree to ultimately allow them to retreat to Ireland to enjoy the liberty of worship. In return, they were ready to immediately turn over to the King, the New Model army along with the fortresses in its possession.[xlvi] He would never get as good terms from the Independents again. However, the King viewed the terms as an abandonment of the Irish Catholics and would not agree.

            In mid-December the President of the Scottish Commissioners in London, Lord Balmerino, was so frustrated by the Queen-Regent’s refusal to send Will Murray back to the King, where he could be of use to the Scottish cause, he threatened to call off all negotiations. It took Moray to calm him down and agree to stay in London.[xlvii]

By now it was decided that a direct appeal to the King was needed and Montereul would go to Oxford and try to convince the King to come to terms with the Scots. As he prepares to for the visit he is in close negotiations with representatives from both England and Scotland. The English are represented by the Earl of Holland, Henry Rich, one the Gentlemen of the King’s Bedchamber and an English Presbyterian. He is worried about having the King come to London.  He believes it to be too dangerous since the Independents are ready to intercept him.  He and his friends in England would rather have the King go to the Scots. Sir Robert Moray, Baron Balmerino, and the Earl of Lauderdale, John Maitland, represent Scotland.

After the meeting Montereul writes that Moray assured him Baron Balmerino would write a letter to Lord Loudoun in Edinburgh to convince the Scottish parliament to accept whatever proposal they could get out of the King,[xlviii] but there is no other evidence that Moray made such a promise. The Earl of Holland, Montereul and Moray stay together planning strategy  late the night before Montereul leaves for Oxford to visit the King, indicating a real concern for the survival of the monarchy that crosses all three national boundaries. [xlix]

            We have two conflicting reports of what went on in Oxford, one from Montereul and one contained in a letter from the King to the Queen-Regent. Montereul reports correctly that the King is adamant about not signing the covenant but claims to run into a brick wall when he pleads for Will Murray’s return. He says the King is heartbroken about Montrose who was recently defeated by Sir David Leslie in the battle of Philiphaugh,[l] and requires Murray go to Montrose and get his permission before he can return to court.[li] This would have been impossible since Montrose was hiding in the highlands and is probably more of an indication that Charles did not trust Montereul as evidenced in the wording of a letter the King writes the very next day to the Queen. It is apparent that the Queen had already told the King the details of the Scottish proposal that Moray had taken with him to Paris in October.


Oxford, Thursday, Jan. 8, 1646.


I find by Montrevil that his chief errand here is to try if he can obtain more from me than Sr Robert Murrey could from thee, for he rigidly insists upon my consent for the settling of the Presbyterian government here (indeed he sayth it will be but temporary, which likewise he can shew me no probability), alledging that less will not be accepted.


. . .and for Will. Murray's coming over I like that well too, so that I may have a pass to send him or somebody else to Montrose, whereby he and I may know the state of one another's condition ; and this I believe may be easily obtained, to procure Will Murray to be a negotiator in the Scotch treaty.[lii]


            This year was destined to be a bad one for the King and all who worked to try to save the monarchy. In January letters from the Queen-Regent fell into the hands of the English Parliament which disclosed that the King was negotiating with the Scottish Commissioners.[liii] A few weeks later Will Murray was arrested at Canterbury and would not be released for seven months. In the meantime, while the King was negotiating with everyone he was also planning his escape to France.


Oxford, Feb. 1st, 1646.


“ . . . As at no time I desire to conceal anything from thee, so at this it is most necessary to shew the truth of my present condition, which is that, considering my own weakness, the small or rather no hopes of supplies from either Ireland or Scotland, and the rebells' strength, I am absolutely lost if some brisk action do not recover me, wherefore, having thought of many, I have at last resolved on this. I shall, by the grace of God, without fail, draw into a body by the end of this February 2,000 horse and dragoons; with these I resolve to march into Kent, where I am confident to possess some important place not far from the sea-side (not being out of hope of Rochester), where, if I have either time or sufficient strength to settle myself, I shall esteem myself in a very good condition; wherefore I desire thee, as thou lovest me, to hasten those men which Jermyn promised me by the middle of March ; they must land at or near to Hastings, in Sussex. . . Besides, thou must know that, whether they come or not, I must venture upon this design: now my danger is least the rebells should so press upon me as not to give me time to make myself ready, which they will not be able to do if the 5,000 men come over as I have said, but if not, then it will be likely that I shall be so prest as not to stay long in this kingdom, and then all is lost.”[liv]

                                                                                                          C R


Unfortunately for Charles, the Queen who had always stood by his side, devoting her life to his cause, and who had gone so far as to send Lord Kenelm Digby to negotiate with the Pope on behalf of the King,[lv] now realized his cause was lost.

Charles writes to her on February 19th begging again for 5,000 soldiers to help him break out of Oxford. She responds the next week but not with the news of the rescue attempt he had hoped for but with a different kind of solution. She writes: “My advice is to make peace at any price”.[lvi]

In the meantime the war had taken another turn for the worst.


MONTEREUL to CARDINAL MAZARIN. London Feb 1st, 1646.

. . . “News reached here this morning of the taking of Dartmouth by storm, this is the last seaport the Royalists possessed. Sir Robert Moray and I wrote to the Chancellor of Scotland, on Tuesday last, to ask him to solicit in our names from Parliament the permission to raise twelve hundred men for the service of his Majesty. Sir Robert thinks it may be possible to ship three or four hundred in passing at Newcastle.”


It is important to look closely Sir Robert Moray’s reaction to the news of the loss of Dartmouth. Note the wording he uses. He does not want men to capture or to safeguard the King to Scotland. He uses the words “for the service of his Majesty”. For him to want to raise 1,200 men in Scotland to fight for the King is contrary to the Scot’s interest. The Scots, who are presently allies with the English, would rather force a weakened monarch to seek safety in Scotland. Helping the King survive on his own would not suit their purposes at all. Nor is it consistent with the French position, who also desired a weak King in the hands of the Scottish Army. In fact, the only people to whom this position would be consistent with would have been a small secret fraternity of Scots Royalists, who in 1628 formed a pact in which they state they were, “taking in sundrie of the Bedchamber and others of quality and worth, and have forever hereafter excluded and discharged to admit of any but his majesties servants”.[lvii]

At least two-thirds of the Gentlemen of the Bedchamber in 1628 were related to Moray.

Although Moray was working on behalf of both France and Scotland, one thing is certain; his actions that day were those of a Royalist.

As if King Charles did not have enough problems, by the end of the month news of his negotiations with the Independents had leaked out and on March 1st Montereul reports the news to Cardinal Mazarin.[lviii] He is now desperate to reach a settlement France could support.  

After the capture of the Queens’ letters in January exposing that talks between the King and the Scots were underway no one wanted their signature on any document. Montereul turned again to Moray who agreed to risk his life by signing his name to a proposal to the King on behalf of the Scottish Commission.  

The agreement states in part:

 “ . . . it may please said Majesty . . . to write two letters, one to the English Parliament and the Scottish Commissioners in London, and the other to the Committees of the Scottish Parliament, by which he gives his consent to the three propositions regarding religion, the militia, and Ireland which were formerly drawn up at Uxbridge, and to the demands of the City of London, which are of little importance, with promise to ratify them by acts of his Parliaments, and to do all that may contribute to the establishment of affairs, ecclesiastical and civil, by the advice of his Parliaments, and that his said Majesty . . . sign the covenant either before going to the army or on arriving there, as he chooses.”[lix]

Montereul is certain that the King will never sign the covenant and pleads with Moray to find a way around it. Moray finally agrees that in lieu of signing the covenant itself, the Scots would be satisfied if the King would approve it in a letter to be sent to both parliaments. Montereul writes later about Moray “who acted in this negotiation with the greatest possible tact and Prudence and with a care that cannot be expressed”[lx]

However, once he has  Sir Robert Moray’s  signature, Montereul  makes an abrupt about face and decides, since it is not expressly mentioned, the King no longer needs to sign nor approve the covenant. This was a grave error for the Scots’ intent was merely to allow the King to save face by approving the covenant in his letter.[lxi] This issue will be the wedge that for a while at least, ruins the friendship between Montereul and Moray after the Frenchman arrives in Newark.

 In March 1646 Montereul is finally given a passport from the English parliament to travel to Oxford to take leave of the King on his way out of the country but is expressly forbidden to return to London. He arrives in Oxford on  March 17th  but if he expected the King’s deteriorating situation to make him more amenable to an agreement he was mistaken. Charles’ letter to the Queen dated March 22nd indicates his reaction to the latest offer by Montereul.


Oxford, March 22nd, 1646.


 Ill success, mean spirits, and Montrevil's juggling, have so vexed  me, . . . As for Montievil's negotiation, I know not what to say to thee, because he would have me believe his word before thy letters, which indeed I cannot do, and he makes such interpretations as pass my understanding. For example, he would persuade me that you will be content that the peace of Ireland should be sacrificed to please the Scots ; and that to suffer my friends to be banished . . . is not forsaking them;and in particular Mountrose must run this fortune, or else no agreement with the Scots, but this I will constantly refuse . . .

                                                                                  CHARLES R


The next day the King writes to the Scottish Commissioners in London demanding better terms including an agreement with Montrose. The King states that he would give full contentment, if he could be persuaded that this would not be against his conscience. Four days later Montereul,  demands a speedy answer but the original letter was not received by Sir Robert Moray until April 2nd, by which time the Frenchman had taken things into his own hand. He promises Charles without any authority to do so, that the King  and Queen of France  would  be his surety that he would be received in Newark “In all the Freedom of his conscience and honor.”[lxii]

            In the meantime the King is losing patience with Montereul as evidenced by the last paragraph in his letter to the  Queen Regent on March 30th.


Oxford, March 30th, 1646.


. . . Concerning which treaty, I have commanded secretary Nicholas to give thee a particular account, yet must tell thee, that if Montrevil had not trifled I had been in the Scotch army long before now, without sending my last message ; but the sending of it made him open his pack, which he did for fear of my going to London, least I should there join with the Independents against the Scots.[lxiii]


By now the strain on the King is showing. There will be no rescue for him and his options are rapidly dwindling. He trusts no one and will change his allegiance back and forth over the next eight months as he searches for a way out.

On April 2nd, unaware of Montereul’s false assurances to the King, the Scottish Commissioners allow Moray to agree to the terms of the Kings request. The King now thinks he is in a far better bargaining position than he is in reality. However, he is about to get a rude awakening.

At this point, as Montereul prepares to leave for Newark, all of the parties are lying to each other and each had to be aware they in turn were being lied to. The basic situation had not changed in over five months. The King had no intention of signing the covenant but tried to get the Scots to believe that he ‘might be persuaded’ while at the same time planning an escape to France. Montereul needed the King to go to the Scots instead of to Parliament in order for France to have any influence on events and put a stop to Cromwell from creating a British republic.  He lied to the King about having an assurance from Louis XIII because he was afraid the King would go to London without it. In the meantime, Moray and the Scots had never waivered in their demand that the King must sign the covenant and had to be aware that he would never give in to their demands.

The only obvious reason for Moray to agree to the King’s terms had to be motivated by a very real fear that the King might turn to the Independents and travel to London instead of North to Scotland. If that happened the Scots would have lost the only bargaining piece they had to get any concessions from the English including being paid the 300,000 pounds owed them in back pay for their army.

Of all the parties involved, only the Frenchman believed his own propaganda and was furious when he was not received with open arms when he reached the Scottish Army.

He writes two letters to both Secretary Nicholas and the King. His first letter, warning  Secretary Nichols not to allow the King to move north, is returned when his messenger cannot get through the lines. His second to Nicholas dated April 16th states that although things had looked bleak for the King he now believes he has an agreement whereby the King can come to terms with the Scots[lxiv].

            The agreement lasts less than  one week as evidenced by reaction by the King’s words in his letters to the Queen Regent on the 21st and 22nd .



Oxford, April 21st, 1646.


. . . In short, the Scots are abominable relapsed rogues, for Montrevil himself is ashamed of them, they having retracted almost everything which they made him promise me, as absolutely refusing protection to any of my friends longer than until the London rebells shall demand them, . . In a word, Montrevil now dissuades me as much as he did before persuade my coming to the Scotch army, confessing my knowledge of that nation to be much better than his.[lxv]


Oxford, April 22nd, 1646.


. . . their base, unworthy dealing, in retracting of allmost all which was promised Montrevil from London, even to the being ashamed of my company, desiring me to pretend that my coming to them was only in my way to Scotland. But the pointing at their falshood must not make me forget to give Montrevil his due, who seriously hath carried himself in this business with perfect integrity.[lxvi]


Moray and the Scottish Commissioners in London were not involved in the King’s final decision making process due to Moray suffering a badly sprained ankle which leaves him incapacitated until late May.[lxvii]

The King alone and desperate finally decides he must leave the dwindling safety of the town but instead of heading north he heads southeast to London. Along the way he worries that he will not be received well by the Independents and changes his mind. He turns north for Norfolk where, if he gets no assurances from the Scots by then, he intends to leave England for France. The Scots have no intention of moderating their demand but the King who had deceived everyone for years now deceives himself. He chooses to believe a letter sent by Montereul from his lodging at Southwell, stating the Scots will not press him to do anything contrary to his conscience.[lxviii]

With nowhere left to go the King heads north for the Scots and a polite but confined existence at Newcastle.

Throughout the summer and early fall the King uses the Duke of Hamilton and his Brother along with Sir Robert Moray to try one last attempt at reaching an agreement with the English parliament. It is a doomed effort, Cromwell now has a choke hold on parliament.

On September 7th, Will Murray is released by the English and allowed to travel north to join the King. However as seen from the following extracts of letters sent to the Queen Regent it takes a few weeks for the King to trust Murray once again.


New Castle, Sept. 7th, 1646.


I am freshly and fiercely assaulted from Scotland for yielding to the London propositions, likewise Will. Murray is let loose upon me from London for the same purpose . . .[lxix]


New-Castle, Sep. 14th, 1646.


. . . He [Will. Murray] hath been so far from pressing me to a total compliance (as I did expect), that he protests against breaking the Irish peace and abandoning my friends. He presses even those too many points of religion and the militia more moderately than any have yet done, for he confesses that I must not sign or establish the covenant . . .[lxx]


New-Castle, Sept. 21st. 1646


. . . Will. Murray and I have not yet concluded upon our private treaty, but by the next the queen shall hear a particular account of it.[lxxi]


On September 26th the King after conferring with Sir Robert Moray writes to Hamilton  assuring him the King is aware of his loyalty. A similar letter is sent to Hamilton from the Queen which leads one to believe that both feel Hamilton is the key to healing relations between the King and parliament. [lxxii]

            By the early part of October Will Murray is an accepted member of the team once more.


New-Castle, Oct. 12th, 1646.


Not having been able before this day to make Will. Murray's dispatch, I cannot, until the next post, send thee my answer to the propositions. Will, seems to me to be very right set concerning all my friends in general. . .[lxxiii]



New-Castle, Oct. 24th. 1646.


. . . Their intentions to assist me are easily seen, but most of all (in my judgment) by their rigid sticking to the covenant, which Sr Rob. Murray told me (not above five days ago) was ever meant in his treaty with thee; and all the reason he gives me why it was not mentioned is because it was thought needless, as being necessarily understood, so that it will be easily seen that my conscience is neither the only nor chief impediment of their joining with me.[lxxiv]


            The King writes a constant stream of letters to Hamilton and his brother as they serve as his intermediaries with parliament in a last minute futile attempt to find a solution to his situation.[lxxv] Moray is also keeping up a steady correspondence with the Duke of Hamilton. However, while he appears to have the Duke’s trust there seems to be some disagreement between Moray and the Duke of Lanerick, Hamilton’s hot blooded brother who wants the king to take action.


Sir Robert Moray To The Duke Of Hamilton.

1616, Oct. 17.


What your brother writes I need not touch,  . . . I have spent all my gall upon your
brother for his stay, notwithstanding your excusing him."

In the margin is a note probably written by the Duke’s Brother William, Earl of Lanerick, which states:

 "Yet trust me not so much as I deserve. L.''[lxxvi]


By early December every scheme Charles had come up with to escape his predicament had fallen apart and he was at last willing to consider any attempt to escape.[lxxvii] In the following letter we can deduce that Moray, Will, and the duke had devised a bold but very dangerous plan to rescue the King from his confinement in the castle.


New-Castle, December 12th 1646.


 . . . I am not found altered in my conscience, and that I will not authorize the covenant, without which (I tell the very words) all that can be offered will not satisfy: yet, for their personal duty, I have much assurance from duke Hamilton and earl of Lanerick. If they make good what is promised in their name (and I will put them to it), my game will be far from desperate, but, having little belief that these men will do as they say, I will not trouble thee with particulars, until I give thee some more evidence than words of their realities.[lxxviii]


In a letter to the Duke of Hamilton dated the same day, Moray advises the Duke the King is aware the English have approved a payment of 200,000 pounds to the Scots for his return to England. Everyone is aware that time is fast running out. [lxxix]

On December 17th Lanerick writes to the King begging him to take action immediately.


 “That whatever your majesty intend to do be quickly done, for our resolutions here will be sudden and sharp. Whatsoever other men’s carriage be, I am resolved to die rather than concur with them.”


There is no mention of a specific plan to help the King escape in any of the letters between Moray and Hamilton, and  although there are secondary reports of the attempt by Moray and his cousin Will to free the King[lxxx], the most detailed is found in Burnet’s “Lives of the Hamiltons”   on page 391.

The plan is set for execution on Christmas Eve when the garrison will be getting ready to celebrate the birth of Christ and their vigilance at its lowest. By happenstance it was also the day when the English parliament voted to have the King moved back to England.

“The Design” says Burnet, “was thus laid: Mr. Murray had provided a vessel at Timmouth, and Sir Robert Moray was to have conveyed the King thither in a disguise; and it proceeded so far that the King put himself in the disguise and went down the back stairs with Sir R. Moray. But his majesty, apprehending it was scarce possible to pass through all the guards without being discovered, and judging it hugely indecent to be caught in such a condition, changed his resolution and went back; as Sir Robert Moray informed the writer. This came to be known to some: and one suspecting the duke was in on it, wrote to him earnestly to concur in no such design.”[lxxxi]

After the attempt failed, word leaked out and an order was sent out from London for Moray and Will Murray’s arrest.[lxxxii] Apparently no one wanted to bring the issue to trial and Moray and his cousin remained at large.

By February 1647, Will Moray is back with the King[lxxxiii] and Montereul seems to have come to terms over his past differences with Moray.[lxxxiv]

Moray is now dealing with the consequences of his actions. He had misled the King in coming to Newcastle, hoping that the King would see the political necessity of signing the covenant but he had failed to recognize how deep the King’s aversion to it ran. Moray now sought support for military action to rescue the King from the English Army.[lxxxv]

During the early part of the year it looked like the Marquis of Argyle would raise an army of Presbyterians to take on the English Independents and Moray supported the move to bring Prince Charles to Scotland. Hamilton, who had fallen out with Argyle, would not join with him and did not support the Engager movement until late summer. That was when church opposition to military intervention caused Argyle to have second thoughts.

Moray now enthusiastically joined with Hamilton because they would offer more lenient terms with the King. After gaining the King’s approval James Stewart, Lord Traquair, left for France to talk to Prince Charles about joining Hamilton in the rescue effort.

By May 1648 the Engagement policy had support throughout Scotland and Sir Robert Moray sailed to France to take care of some business with his regiment and to pursue the plan to get the Prince to come to Scotland.[lxxxvi] 

On August 10th Lauderdale traveled  to meet the Prince and six days later  persuaded him to join the Duke's army.  Moray was commanded by the Prince to travel to Holland to raise funds and arms but before he could leave France word came of Hamilton’s defeat and capture at Preston.[lxxxvii] The second Civil War was over.

Charles would squander one last opportunity to escape his destiny with the axe. In October, after Hamilton lost the battle of Preston, the King was kept under a loose guard at Hampton Court. Towards the end of the month he finally made good his escape with Sir John Berkley and John Ashburnham and by nightfall reached the coast between Southampton and Portsmouth across from the Isle of Wight.

There appears to be some disagreement as what to do next. Sir John wanted the King to make good his escape to the continent but instead the King made the worst decision of his life. He sent Ashburnham and Berkley to seek help from Colonel Hammond, Governor of the Isle of Wight. Hammond duped Ashburnham with promises he never meant to keep and convinced him to take Hammond, the commander of the castle, and some soldiers back to the King. When Ashburnham walked into the Kings Bedchamber to advise him that Hammond was downstairs, the King was so furious that he reduced Ashburnham to tears.  The next morning Hammond took the King into custody and five months later he was beheaded by Cromwell.[lxxxviii]


So now we come to the final question left unanswered did Sir Robert Moray betray his King?


In answering that question we need to consider not only the events prior to January of 1649 but also Moray’s dedication to King Charles II during the 1650’s.

Here is what Alexander Robertson, author of ‘The Life of Sir Robert Moray, Soldier, Statesman, and Man of Science” wrote: “During the young King’s exile, Moray devoted himself to his cause in Scotland after the Restoration. He was an honored friend (of the King). It is impossible to doubt his faithfulness to the son, and therefore it is difficult to discredit his loyalty to the father.”[lxxxix]



John Aubrey’s comments about Moray serving under Luis XIII are accurate. Aubrey gives no dates of this service but it has to be after his appointment in July 1642 as a Lieutenant Colonel in the French Scotts Guards.  Aubrey, Burnet, Anthony Wood, Alexander Chalmers, Leslie Stephenson and strangely enough David Stevenson got it wrong about Moray’s education. Moray states that he never attended university.  Patrick Gordons’ account of Moray’s conspiring with Richelieu is totally unsubstantiated as is his other conspiracy theory involving the Swedish Chancellor which follows this passage in his book. The fact that all of the previous writers, with the exception of Alexander Robertson, used this slander as a basis for constructing a relationship between Richelieu and Moray is unfortunate. There is no evidence that the two men ever met.


 There are no records of Moray’s military service prior to his being named as a General for the Scots army in 1638-39.  However, I believe all of the Moray biographers made a huge mistake by failing to question why the most successful Scots general of his time made Moray a general of the Scots army in time of war? It is not reasonable to assume a combat veteran with Leslie’s experience would include any but his most trusted officers on his general staff. Nor did any of these writers question the fact that both of the Deacons at Moray’s initiation also served as under Leslie in Germany in the 1620-1630’s.


A young Scots officer serving under Leslie in Germany could have counted on attaining the rank of colonel. In fact, we know that Alexander Hamilton, Munro, and several others did just that. If Moray served under Leslie from the time he was 18 (1628) until the peace of Prague in 1635, when many Scots returned home, he had ample time to be promoted to colonel.


It is logical for Leslie to choose his General Staff from such a cadre of veteran colonels.  This makes far more sense than the belief espoused by all of the writers that Moray was promoted to general after serving in France as a Scots Guard. One must remember that Huntly as commander of the Scots Guards  from 1624 until 1637 only attained the rank of Captain after more than 12 years of service and returned home a bitter, disillusioned, man.  If Moray served under Huntly he would have remained a lieutenant and being raised from lieutenant to general in one step is just not credible.


Research is an unending task but for now, I think the circumstantial evidence points to Moray moving up through the officer ranks under Leslie in Germany rather than stagnating in France under Huntly. 


[i]  Brief Lives, John Aubrey Page 81

[ii]  Bishop Burnet’s History of His Own Times, by Gilbert Burnet; Martin Joseph Routh; Thomas Burnet, et al;Clarendon Press Oxford 1823 Page 101

[iii] The Diplomatic correspondence of Jean du Montereul: Translated by J.G. Fotheringham Scottish History Society 1898 Pages 91, 113 

[iv] The General biographical dictionary by Alexander Chalmers. Printed for J. Nichols London, , 1812-(1816) Pags 341-342

[v] Dictionary of National Biography by Sir Leslie Stephenson,  Published Oxford University 1885 Page 400

[vi] The life of Sir Robert Moray, Soldier, Statesman and Man of Science. Alexander Robertson Longmans green & Co 1922 Page 2

[vii] The Origins of Freemasonry, Scotland’s Century 1590-1710. David Stevenson Cambridge University press 1988 Page 166

[viii]   Letters of Sir Robert Moray to the earl of Kincardine 1657-73. David Stevenson Ashgate Publishing Co 2007 pages 5, 91, 113

[ix] The life of Sir Robert Moray, Soldier, Statesman and Man of Science. Alexander Robertson Longmans green & Co 1922 Page 24

[x] Correspondence of Sir Robert Kerr, first Earl of Ancram, and his son William, third Earl of Lothian. by Robert Kerr, Edinburgh [Printed by R. & . R. Clark] 1875. Page 142

[xi] A short abridgement to Britane’s distemper. Patrick Gordon, Spalding Club 1844 Pages 5-6

[xii] The life of Sir Robert Moray, Soldier, Statesman and Man of Science. Alexander Robertson Longmans green & Co 1922 Page 9

[xiii] Bishop Burnet’s History of His Own Times, by Gilbert Burnet; Martin Joseph Routh; Thomas Burnet, et al;Clarendon Press Oxford 1823 Pages    39-43

[xiv] The General biographical dictionary by Alexander Chalmers Printed for J. Nichols London, , 1812-(1816) Pages 341-342

[xv] The life of Sir Robert Moray, Soldier, Statesman and Man of Science. Alexander Robertson Longmans green & Co 1922 Pages 13-20

[xvi] Dictionary of National Biography by Sir Leslie Stephenson,  Published Oxford University 1885 Pages 227-230/ The concise Encyclopedia of the Revolutions of England, Scotland, and Ireland 1639-1660” Stephen C. Manganiello,  Rowman & Littlefield    Publishers, Inc.2004 pages 359-361    

[xvii]  Henrietta Maria by Henrietta Haynes Methuen & Co. London 1912 Pages 197

[xviii] Ibid pages 194-200 / A short history of England and the British Empire, Laurence M. Larson, Henry Holt & Co. 1915 Page 350

[xix] Henrietta Maria by Henrietta Haynes Methuen & Co. London 1912 Pages 199

[xx] Antiquities of Strathhearn . . . John Shearer, Jr. Crieff, D. Philips, 1881. Pages 85-88

[xxi] Papers of Thomas Murray, 1593-1623, at Lambeth Palace Library, London

[xxii] The Memoirs of James Marquis of Montrose. Rev George Wishart, translated by Rev A.E. Murdoch Longmans Green & Co. 1893 Page 41

     Bishop Burnet’s History of His Own Times, by Gilbert Burnet; Martin Joseph Routh; Thomas Burnet, et al; Clarendon Press Oxford 1823   Page 102

[xxiii] The Autobiography of Anne Halkett.  Anne Halkett, John Gough Nichols 1875 Introduction

[xxiv]  Sir Kenelm Digby gentleman of the Bedchamber of King Charles the First, written by himself, Saunders & Otley, London 1827 (reprinted by Kessing Publications 2006) Introduction page xxxv; :Court Patronage & corruption in Early Stewart England, Linda Levy Beck, Routledge, London 1993, Page 45-56, :King Charles I Pauline Greg, University of California Press, 1984, page 121, :Progresses, Processions and Magnificent, of King James the First, John Nichols, Printed by and for J.B. Nichols, London, 1828, page 222

[xxv] Bishop Burnet’s History of His Own Times, by Gilbert Burnet; Martin Joseph Routh; Thomas Burnet, et al; Clarendon Press Oxford 1823 Page 36-37

[xxvi] New General Biographical Dictionary, Rev. Hugh James Rose, B.D. Vol. X. B. Fellowes, Ludgate Street London. 1853. Page 210

[xxvii] Military Leadership in the British Civil Wars, Stanley D.M. Carpenter, Routledge 2005 Page 184

[xxviii] New General Biographical Dictionary, Rev. Hugh James Rose, B.D. Vol. X. B. Fellowes, Ludgate Street London. 1853. Page 210

[xxix] Fairfax Correspondence Vol. II Edited by George W. Johston, Richard beltly, London 1848, Pages 10-12

[xxx] The Covenanters A History Of The Church In Scotland From The Reformation To The Revolution, Volume I, James King Hewison, John Smith And Son Glasgow, 1908 Page 353

[xxxi] Letters of Sir Robert Moray to the Earl of Kincardine 1657-73. David Stevenson Ashgate Publishing Co 2007. Introduction  page 5 note 10.

[xxxii] History of the Lodge of Edinburgh (Mary's Chapel) No. 1, David Murray Lyon , W.Blackwood & Sons, Edinburgh 1873, Pages 79-81

[xxxiii] The life of Sir Robert Moray, Soldier, Statesman and Man of Science. Alexander Robertson Longmans green & Co 1922 Page 13

[xxxiv] Ibid Page 21

[xxxv] Ibid Pages 13-20

[xxxvi] Letters of Sir Robert Moray to the Earl of Kincardine 1657-73. David Stevenson Ashgate Publishing Co 2007. Introduction  page 7

[xxxvii] The life of Sir Robert Moray, Soldier, Statesman and Man of Science. Alexander Robertson Longmans green & Co 1922 Page 32

[xxxviii] The East Neuk Of Fife, Its History And Antiquities, Second Edition, Rev. Walter Wood, Edinburgh: David Douglas.1887 Page 217, 219.

[xxxix] The History of the University of Edinburgh: Alexander Bower Printed for Oliphant, Waugh and Innes; [etc.] 1817-30. Page 356

[xl] Letters of Sir Robert Moray to the Earl of Kincardine 1657-73. David Stevenson Ashgate Publishing Co 2007. Introduction  page 7 note 17.

[xli] The life of Sir Robert Moray, Soldier, Statesman and Man of Science. Alexander Robertson Longmans Green & Co 1922 Page 32

[xlii] The Diplomatic correspondence of Jean du Montereul: Translated by J.G. Fotheringham Scottish History Society 1898 Page 13-17 

[xliii] Ibid page 141

[xliv] Ibid Page 31

[xlv] Ibid Page 41

[xlvi] History of the Great Civil War. Vol. 3. 1645-1647. Samuel Rawson Gardiner. Windrush  edition 20002 London  Page 12

[xlvii] Ibid Page 78

[xlviii] Ibid pages 83-85

[xlix] Ibid Pages 89-90

[l] Encyclopaedia Britannica ... edited by Hugh Chisholm, Vol.. XXXIV, 11th Edition. The Encyclopaedia Britannica Company 1911 Page 613

[li] Ibid Page 105

[lii] Letters of King Charles I to Queen Henrietta Maria. Editedby John Bruce, The Camden Society Printed by J. Nichols & Sons London 1856   Pages 3&4

[liii] History of the Great Civil War. Vol. 3. 1645-1647. Samuel Rawson Gardiner. Windrush edition 2002 London  Page 62-63

[liv] Letters of King Charles I to Queen Henrietta Maria. Editedby John Bruce, The Camden Society Printed by J. Nichols & Sons London 1856   Pages 14-15

[lv] The chief actors in the Puritan revolution. Peter Bayne, J. Lewis & Co., 1879 pages 136-137

[lvi] Letters of King Charles I to Queen Henrietta Maria. Editedby John Bruce, The Camden Society Printed by J. Nichols & Sons London 1856   Pages 19-20

[lvii] The Origins of Freemasonry, Scotland’s century 1590-1710. David Stevenson, Cambridge University Press 1988 Page 186

[lviii] The Diplomatic correspondence of Jean du Montereul: Translated by J.G. Fotheringham Scottish History Society 1898 Page 148

[lix] Ibid Page 164

[lx] Ibid Page 171-173

[lxi] Ibid Page 171-173

[lxii] The life of Sir Robert Moray, Soldier, Statesman and Man of Science. Alexander Robertson Longmans green & Co 1922 Page 42

[lxiii] Letters of King Charles I to Queen Henrietta Maria. Editedby John Bruce, The Camden Society Printed by J. Nichols & Sons London 1856   Pages 29-30

[lxiv] The Diplomatic correspondence of Jean du Montereul: Translated by J.G. Fotheringham Scottish History Society 1898 Page 180

[lxv] Letters of King Charles I to Queen Henrietta Maria. Editedby John Bruce, The Camden Society Printed by J. Nichols & Sons London 1856   Pages 36

[lxvi] Ibid Page 37

[lxvii] The life of Sir Robert Moray, Soldier, Statesman and Man of Science. Alexander Robertson Longmans green & Co 1922 Page 49

[lxviii] History of the Great Civil War. Vol. 3. 1645-1647. Samuel Rawson Gardiner. Windrush edition 2002 London  Page 97-102

[lxix] Letters of King Charles I to Queen Henrietta Maria. Edited by John Bruce, The Camden Society Printed by J. Nichols & Sons London 1856   Pages 63

[lxx] Ibid Page 65

[lxxi] Ibid Page 66

[lxxii] Burnets Lives of the Hamiltons,  Gilbert Burnet Oxford University Press 1673, page 373

[lxxiii] Ibid Page 69

[lxxiv] Ibid Page 72

[lxxv] Burnets Lives of the Hamiltons,  Gilbert Burnet Oxford University Press 1673, page 374-389

[lxxvi] The Hamilton Papers Samuel Rawson Gardiner, Printed for the Camden Society, 1880. page 118

[lxxvii] History of the Great Civil War. Vol. 3. 1645-1647. Samuel Rawson Gardiner. Windrush edition 2002 London  Pages 182-186

[lxxviii] Letters of King Charles I to Queen Henrietta Maria. Editedby John Bruce, The Camden Society Printed by J. Nichols & Sons London 1856   Pages 85

[lxxix] The Hamilton Papers Samuel Rawson Gardiner, Printed for  the Camden Society, 1880. page 136

[lxxx] History of the Great Civil War. Vol. 3. 1645-1647. Samuel Rawson Gardiner. Windrush edition 2002 London  Page 186

[lxxxi] Lives of the Hamiltons,  Gilbert Burnet Oxford University Press 1673, page 391

[lxxxii] The life of Sir Robert Moray, Soldier, Statesman and Man of Science. Alexander Robertson Longmans green & Co 1922 Page 55

[lxxxiii] The Diplomatic correspondence of Jean du Montereul: Vol.2 Translated by J.G. Fotheringham Scottish History Society 1898 Page 16-17

[lxxxiv] Ibid Pages 2,3 & 12.

[lxxxv] The life of Sir Robert Moray, Soldier, Statesman and Man of Science. Alexander Robertson Longmans green & Co 1922 Page 57

[lxxxvi] Ibid Page 58

[lxxxvii] Ibid Page 59

[lxxxviii] The lives of the English regicides, and other commissioners of the pretended High court of justice, appointed to sit in judgement upon their sovereign, King Charles the First. Mark Noble, J. Stockdale, London 1798 Pages 281-287

[lxxxix] The life of Sir Robert Moray, Soldier, Statesman and Man of Science. Alexander Robertson Longmans green & Co 1922 Page 60


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