The History of Leith

April 20, 2011

Arthur Elphinstone

Prince Charles landed in the memorable year, 1745, Arthur Elphinstone was among the first to join him, and was appointed Colonel and captain of the second troop of Life Guards, under Lord Elcho,
attending his person. He was at the capture of Carlisle, the advance to and retreat from Derby, and was pre&ent with the Corps de Reserve at the victory- of Faikirk. He succeeded his brother as Lord Balmerino on the 5th January, 1746, and was taken prisoner at Culloden, committed to the Tower, and executed with the Earl of Kilmamock in the August of the same year. His conduct at his death was marked by the most glorious firmness and intrepidity. By his wife, Margaret (whom we have referred to elsewhere), daughter of Captain Chalmers of Leith, he left no issue, so the male line of this branch of the house of Elphinstone became extinct
His estates were” confiscated, and the patronage of the first charge of South I.tith reverted to the Crown. In 1746, “Elizabeth, dowager of Balmerino ” (widow of James, fifth lord), applied by
petition to ” My Iords Commissioners of Edinburgh” for the sum of £97.5s., on the plea ” that your petitioner’s said deceast lord having died on the 6th day of January, 1746, the petitioner did aliment his family from that time till the Whitsunday thereafter.” And the widow, baroness of Arthur—decollatus—was reduced to an aliment of forty pounds a year, “graciously granted by the House of Hanover,” adds Robertson, who, in a footnote, gives us a touching little letter of hers, written in London on the day after her husband’s execution, addressed to her sister, Mrs. Borthwick,

In 1755 the house and lands of Balmerino were purchased by James, earl of Moray, K.T., from the Scottish Barons of Exchequer, and six months afterwards the coble earl sold them to Lady Baird of
Newbyth. She, in 1762, was succeeded by her brother, General St. Clair of St Clair; and after being in possession of Lieutenant-General Robert
Horne Ellphinstone of Logie-Elphinstone, the Leith property was acquired by William Sibbald, merchant there, for .£1,475.

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