BRODIE, Alexander (d.1770), of Lethen, Nairnshire.
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Family and Education
b. 1st s. of Alexander Brodie of Lethen by Sophia, da. of Sir Hugh Campbell of Calder (Cawdor), Nairnshire. m. 1754, Henrietta, da. of Col. William Grant of Ballindalloch, 2s. 3da. suc. fa. 1745.
Descended from the Brodies of Brodie, Alexander Brodie’s family had been settled at Lethen since 1630. In 1734 his chief, Alexander Brodie of Brodie, offered to bring him into Parliament for Nairnshire. But when his cousin, John Campbell of Cawdor, stood for Nairnshire, he joined John and Duncan Forbes in supporting Campbell:
Lethen’s behaviour to me [Brodie of Brodie wrote] has been the most provoking and insulting that ever was heard of, abstracting from the ingratitude of it, nay I could give it worse names but shall only state a few of the facts. First, he undeniably owes the estate of Lethen to my grandfather. Next, the chief occasion of my breach with the laird of Culloden [John Forbes] was my inclination of bringing him [Brodie of Lethen] in for Nairn and he trusted to it till he was frightened by the grand app