ROSS, Hon. Charles (1721-45), of Balnagowan, Ross.
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Family and Education
b. 9 Feb. 1721, 2nd s. of George, 13th Lord Ross of Halkhead [S], by Lady Elizabeth Kerr, da. of William, 2nd Mq. of Lothian [S]. unm. suc. gt.-uncle Gen. Charles Ross to Balnagowan 1732.
2nd lt. Col. Douglas’s regt.of Marines Dec. 1739; lt. and capt. 3 Ft. Gds. 1741.
While still under age Ross, ‘a very handsome young man,’1 was returned for Ross-shire, where he had inherited his great-uncle’s estate. In the division of 16 Dec. 1741 on the chairman of the elections committee, Horace Walpole writes:
Young Ross, son of a commissioner of customs, and saved from the dishonour of not liking to go to the West Indies, when it was his turn, by Sir Robert’s giving him a lieutenancy, voted against us.2
A month later, shortly before Walpole’s resignation, the 1st Lord Egmont heard