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  was son to James Arbuthnott of Arrat, near Brechin, and father of the first Viscount
  of Arbuthnott.
  In 1616, Robert, the son of David of Findowrie, married Margaret Graham,
  daughter of Sir William Graham of Claverhouse, and widow of George Soniyr,
  younger of Balzeordie.* This laird was an early acquaintance of the future
  Marquis of Montrose, who addressed the following friendly note to him, many years
  before he embarked in those perilous enterprises for which his name is now so
  famous : —
  " To my loueinge frende the larde of findoury.
  Loueing frende — I wreatte to you some tyme since to heave keipet ane apoynt-'
  ment but I harde ye wer from home Wherfor I must intreet you now to take the
  peans to meite me at auld Montrois upon monday about thrie houres efternone. In
  doing whych ye shall obliege me to remaine
  Y r louing frende
  At Kinarde, the 17 of Sepb er , 1631. "f Montrose.
  Circumstances, however, cooled Montrose's friendship towards Arbuthnott ; for
  it appears from the subjoined statement of " Losses " which the latter sustained
  through him and his soldiers, that his lands and tenants were not only harried to a
  large extent, but his private residence was also burned and pillaged.
  The son and grandson of the last-mentioned laird were also staunch supporters
  of the Covenant, and fined by the Earl of Middleton in the large sum of £2,400;
  and, as appears by a letter from the Earl of Strathmore, commander of the Angus
  regiment, while located in Strathblain, on the 18th of June 1685, the laird of the
  period was a person of so great consequence, that he. was chosen by the Earl to
  command a company of horsemen during that stirring period.J
  This laird was succeeded by his son Alexander, who died before the 18th of
  September ] 707, as of that date his son, by a daughter of Lindsay of Evelick, was
  served his heir. On the death of the son of the last mentioned Alexander, the
  male succession failed, and the estates were carried to the family of Balnamoon,
  through the marriage of the heiress with James Carnegy "the rebel laird," in the
  hands of whose descendants Findowrie still continues.
  Statement of Losses sustained by the Laird of Findowrie and his Tenants, through
  the Marquis of Montrose, in 1646. — {From the Findowrie Papers.)
  At Brechine the sextein day of October the year of god I m vjc and fourtie sex
  yearis. In presence of James Guthrie of Fitforthie, John Simmer fiear of Bra-
  thinsch, David Livingstoune in Dunleppie, James Boss in Dalbog, George Straton
  in Achdovie, and Johne Lyone in Aldbar, as ane quorum of the Commissioneris
  appointit be the Committee of the moneyis and process for the north conforme to
  the Commissione grantit to them for uptakinge of the Losses conteinit in the said
  Commissione, Of the qlk quorum the said David Livingstoune wes electit preses.
  Compeirit personallie Robert Arbuthnot fier of Findawrie and his fatheris tenantis
  c Several carved stones, bearing the initials and arms of this laird and lady, are built into
  the walls of the farm steading, dated 1638.
  t The body of this letter, and the superscription, written by Montrose's servant— the
  signature his own.
  t A stone built into the wall of the farm house of Findowrie belongs to this laird's time.
  It bears the following quaint observation: — "hic • argvs • non • bhiari' • esto • mat - 12
  1684 • R ■ A : E • R."

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