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Annals of Auchterarder and Memorials of Srathearn
Account of Compensation Paid by Government to the Sufferers


NOTWITHSTANDING the promises made in the Chevalier's proclamation issued on his leaving Scotland, nothing was done by the Court of St. Germains, the premise being probably viewed there as contingent to be fulfilled on recovery of his right. Whether or not this proclamation had any effect in causing the Hanoverian Government to declare that the losses would be indemnified we cannot say, but, not long after the conclusion of the war, steps were taken towards that end.

The Account of Compensation here given is taken from the Extract Decree of the Commissioners of Inquiry in the possession of W. L. Young, Esq., Auchterarder, to whom I am much indebted for the use he has kindly given me of that interesting document.

Claims having been made by the sufferers, a Commission of Inquiry* was instituted, and by a decree of these Commissioners, dated 14th October, 1731, it was found and declared that the claimants therein particularly named had fully proved the extent of the losses by them actually and really sustained by the said burnings in Scotland, to the amount of the several sums of money thereby to them respectively decreed, and as they were well affected to His Majesty and Government, that they were well entitled to the payment of the several sums therein and hereafter mentioned, amounting in all to the sum of 4453 7s 6d sterling, to be paid out of the first of the nett produce arising by the rents, profits, or sale of the forfeited estates, after payment of all just and lawful debts affecting the same, and of the salaries and other necessary charges of the Commissioners for executing the Acts of Parliament made thereanent, and that one or more certificates of debentures should be issued for payment of the same

Upon the 6th of October, 1722, the Commissioners issued a decree or debenture to and in favour of David Haldane of Aberuthven, one of the claimants, for himself, and as assignee to the other claimants therein and afternamed, for payment to him of 2502 5s 11d sterling, part of the sums contained in the decree above mentioned, and certified that he in his own right and in the right of the several other persons hereinafter named were justly entitled to the sums after specified, viz.:

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