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TITLE
2nd Letter from John Alves, Inverness to William Baillie, Fort St George, India, page 2
EXTERNAL ID
Z_GB232_D456_A_16_18_2
PLACENAME
Inverness
DISTRICT
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
DATE OF IMAGE
1775
PERIOD
1770s
SOURCE
Highland Archive Centre
ASSET ID
4983
KEYWORDS
Baillies of Dunain
William Baillie
East India Company
Kinmylies
American Wars of Independence
emigration
correspondence
letters
2nd Letter from John Alves, Inverness to William Baillie, Fort St George, India, page 2

The Baillies of Dunain were an Inverness family who lived in and around the area from the mid-15th century onwards. Although their estate was small in comparison with many of the principal Highland families, they occupied a niche in the upper levels of Highland society.

A substantial collection of the family's papers is held by The Highland Council Archive Service. The papers cover the period c.1760-1860.

This document is dated 16 April 1775. It is a letter from John Alves of Inverness to William Baillie at Fort St George in India. William (1737-1782) was employed as an army officer in the British East India Company.

The letter reports on the death of the writer's father and on the health of friends and family. It also mentions applications from parish ministers for manses and the problems arising from this. It reports the sale of Kinmylies Estate to Evan Baillie of Dochfour, now resident in Bristol.

Other topics covered include the marriage of Katie Baillie of Dochfour to Provost Chisholm, and the estate accounts for 1773.

Of particular interest is a section on the emigration of large numbers of people from the Highlands to America, taking place at a time of such unrest - the time of the American Wars of Independence. Alves is afraid that 'a good deal of blood will be spilt before matters are settled'.

The letter ends with a short note from Helen Alves urging her brother to return home


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2nd Letter from John Alves, Inverness to William Baillie, Fort St George, India, page 2

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

1770s

Baillies of Dunain; William Baillie; East India Company; Kinmylies; American Wars of Independence; emigration; correspondence; letters

Highland Archive Centre

Baillie of Dunain family papers

The Baillies of Dunain were an Inverness family who lived in and around the area from the mid-15th century onwards. Although their estate was small in comparison with many of the principal Highland families, they occupied a niche in the upper levels of Highland society.<br /> <br /> A substantial collection of the family's papers is held by The Highland Council Archive Service. The papers cover the period c.1760-1860.<br /> <br /> This document is dated 16 April 1775. It is a letter from John Alves of Inverness to William Baillie at Fort St George in India. William (1737-1782) was employed as an army officer in the British East India Company. <br /> <br /> The letter reports on the death of the writer's father and on the health of friends and family. It also mentions applications from parish ministers for manses and the problems arising from this. It reports the sale of Kinmylies Estate to Evan Baillie of Dochfour, now resident in Bristol. <br /> <br /> Other topics covered include the marriage of Katie Baillie of Dochfour to Provost Chisholm, and the estate accounts for 1773.<br /> <br /> Of particular interest is a section on the emigration of large numbers of people from the Highlands to America, taking place at a time of such unrest - the time of the American Wars of Independence. Alves is afraid that 'a good deal of blood will be spilt before matters are settled'.<br /> <br /> The letter ends with a short note from Helen Alves urging her brother to return home <br /> <br /> <br /> For further information about this item and the collection to which it belongs, please <a href="mailto: archives@highlifehighland.com">email</a> the Highland Archive Service