• Duchess of Argyll, Jane Warbuton, Approves Rent, Tax Payments in 1763

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    JANE WARBUTON was born circa 1683, the daughter of Thomas Warburton and Anne Williams. She married Field Marshal. She died on 16 April 1767 at Bruton Street, London, England. She was buried on 23 April 1767 at Westminster Abbey, Westminster, London, England. Her will (dated 31 December 1750) was probated on 24 April 1767. Warburton held the office of Maid of Honour to Queen Anne before 1716. As a result of her marriage, Jane Warburton was styled as Duchess of Argyll on 6 June 1717. Lady Waterford described her as "a good natured, plain, honest, ill-educated woman, to whom her husband was always devotedly attached," and "though she was very ugly he [the Duke] thought her perfection."

    Warbuton was the wife of JOHN CAMPBELL (1678-1743), who entered the army in 1694 and in 1701 was promoted to command the regiment. Campbell was known for his remarkable military service. In 1715, he was appointed commander-in-chief of the forces in North Britain and was instrumental in bringing about the end of the rebellion in Scotland. He returned to London in March 1726 and, at first, was in the king’s favor. In a few months, however, he was stripped of his offices. This did not deter him from his parliamentary duties. He supported a bill calling for the impeachment of Bishop Atterbury. He was again admitted to good favor, appointed lord steward of the household and, the following April, was made Duke of Greenwich.

    Offered is a 4 pp manuscript document signed by Duchess Warburton in 1763, 20” x 15 ¼”. The document is “The account of Kenneth Mackenzie receiver for Her Grace The Duchess of Argyll and Greenwich for one year grounds rents to Lady day 1762 and for other receipts and payments to Christmas.” Document lists numerous ground rents, remittances, cash payments, land taxes and accounts in arrears. Wonderful docketing on verso. Comes with research and an internet photo of Duchess Warburton.

    Toning, fold breaks reinforced with archival tape. Some chipping in margins. A bit fragile, but a great piece of colonial history.

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