The Dogs of Menteith

Early Dog Correspondences

Letters to John Dog, Merchant and sometime Provost of Brechin
See file DAVE1620

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1702 Ballengrew Letter

John Dog merchant in Brechin
To the cair of the postmaster of Montrose

 Conforme to my promise I write to you of my going home this week. The parliato [member of parliament?] is to be indyted this day so that I am hopeful for my be elected – for you owne burgh find that I may see you here against the 12 November to which day the parliato is indyted. But if you can come sooner to our countrey your visit would be very acceptable to, and much desired by
Your affectonate cussin and humble servant
David Dog
E I 8th Septer 1702

1710 Letter to John Doig, merchant and sometime Provost of Brechin

 Since ever I had the good fortune to see you I have been very fond of your assuming the title of Dunrobin whereby ye certainlie will preserve the memorie of that ancient and honnourable famile whereof ye are linealie descended and are the onle man of the name capable to represent it. The Dog’s of Dunrobin several hundred years ago were knights and chief of their name and men of verie grate valer and esteem and of grate interest [land?] in Meneith. There were several other families of that name there at Gartencaber, Murdiestoune, Ballengrew and severall others all which are now extinct, their not being a man more able of that name in that countrie but at Murdistoune whose estate is gone, and you know the gentleman who [hol]ds Ballengrew is of ane other name. Wherefore s[ince] God has blessed you with children and means ye can never doe a better fortune then by assuming that title revive and perpetuate that familie which I esteem it my verie grate honnour to be descended. I have sent you herewith a snuff milln [mill] whereupon I have cutt the paternall coat of arms of Dunrobin. It is not so well nor fynlie done as I could have wished it but being as well as I could I hope ye will [pen…] lease to accept of [my] small compliment in testimonie of my good wishes to you, if ye please to accept it better to paint the arms I have sent you herewith a note of their arms ..ae B…. ? ? ? hath sent you’e milln ? ? ? ? is the best in Glasgow and if ye have ame…cas one for tobacco I am persuaded he will serve you as chief and well as anie in that place. I give my most humble service to you and all yours entreating that when your affairs brings you to Glasgow or near to this you will be so kynd as to lett me see you. I am 
Kynd Sir
Will Govane 
Drumquhassle 16 Mar: 1710

The National Archives of Scotland, Inventory of Agnew of Lochaw Muniments 1421 to 1981, ref GD154/676/2

Note: William Govane was a silversmith. The testament of William Govan of Drumquhassell, parish of Drymen, was recorded 1 Aug 1729 in the Glasgow Commissary Court. See original here: Page 1, Page 2, Page 3.

[Kind permission for use of these documents granted by Sir Crispin Agnew of Lochnaw  Bt QC,
Chief of Clan Agnew, and Rothesay Herald at the Court of the Lord Lyon.]

Last update: May 29, 2007