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The Marquis of Montrose 1712-1750


A story about the Marquis of Montrose is noted in the early part of George Marsh's diary (page 1) when George recounts a story handed down to him from his mother about his great grand father John Milbourne.  According to family tradition John Milbourne had helped the Marquis of Montrose to evade capture, presumably in 1650.  Unfortunately John Milbourne's complicity was found out and as a result he had to flee for his life.  The Marquis of Montrose was captured shortly afterwards and was later executed.

The Marquis of Montrose had strong feelings that the Church's political control should be reduced.  He had led the Royalist forces in a series of victories over the Presbyterian Covenanters.  His army had included Highlanders, Episcopalians and Roman Catholics. When King Charles I was defeated seperately in the civil war, Montrose was forced to flee to Norway.  Shortly afterwards Charles was executed (1649).

The following year the Marquis returned to Scotland to support the exiled Charles II.  He tried to raise the clans but did not suceed and after a considerable chase he was captured, tried and hanged in Edinburgh.  His body was hacked to pieces, his limbs being sent to Stirling, Perth, Aberdeen and Glasgow.

Ten years later, on the restoration of Charles II in 1660, the remains of the Marquis's body were returned to Edinburgh and put back together.  The body then lay in state in the Palace of Holyrood house after which there was a hero's funeral at St Giles.


(George Marsh)  (Diary of George Marsh)