URQUHART, Alexander (d.1727), of Newhall, Ross.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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Constituency

Dates

1715 - 1722
1722 - 1727

Family and Education

1st s. of John Urquhart of Newhall by Jean, da. of Colin Mackenzie of Redcastle, Ross; bro.-in-law of Sir Kenneth Mackenzie, M.P. [S], of Scatwell, Ross. m. Anna, da. of Col. Thomas Hamilton of Olivestob, Haddington, 1s. 1da. suc. fa. by 1715.

Offices Held

Ensign 15 Ft. 1708; capt. Stanwix’s Ft. 1710; half-pay 1714.

Biography

Though returned for Cromartyshire on the recommendation of the Duke of Montrose, the secretary of state for Scotland, and classed as a Whig in 1715,1 Urquhart was a Tory, voting against the Administration in all recorded divisions. Professing ‘great zeal’ for the Pretender’s service, ‘he found means to be well known to the Earl of Sunderland’, for whom he acted as an intermediary with the Jacobites. When in March 1721 Sunderland was threatened with impeachment for his part in the South Sea bubble, he gave Urquhart

full power to assure the Tories th