Correspondence concerning the Jacobite Rebellion 1715 : despatches from Viscount Townshend and Earl Stanhope to the Duke of Argyll

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Comprises 35 letters, apparently the only surviving original official record of the despatches from Charles, 2nd Viscount Townshend and Mr Secretary Stanhope (afterwards James, 1st Earl Stanhope) to the Duke of Argyll, while he was commanding the troops in Scotland and employed in the suppression of the Jacobite Rebellion under the Earl of Mar. It gives evidence of what was actually transpiring at home and abroad in connection with the Jacobites, whilst the fortunes of England hung in the balance immediately following the accession to the throne of George I.

Administrative / Biographical History

Charles Viscount Townshend (1674-1738) was Secretary for the Northern department, the seat of the Jacobite trouble. James 1st Earl Stanhope (1673-1721) was a statesman who also took a leading part in securing the Hanoverian succession. John Erskine, 6th or 11th Earl of Mar (1675-1732) was a Jacobite leader. John Campbell, 2nd Duke of Argyll (1680-1743) was his military opponent loyal to the English crown. For fuller details of the lives and achievements of all these men see the Dictionary of National Biography.

Conditions Governing Access

Access is unrestricted.

Acquisition Information

From the library of Lord Brotherton.


In English.

Other Finding Aids

The letters are listed in the Letters database