Sir Alexander Stuart, 5th Earl of Moray
(May 8, 1634 – November 1, 1701), was a Scottish nobleman who remained loyal to Roman Catholic James VII of Scotland
(James II of England).
Alexander Stuart succeeded his father, James
to the Earldom of Moray
on 4 March 1653. In 1654 he was under Cromwell's Act of Grace
fined £3,500 which was reduced to £1,166 13s., cites Cal. State Papers
, Dom. 1655, p. 72. cites Cal. State Papers
, Dom. 1656, p. 152. cites Cal. State Papers
, Dom. 1657, p. 248.
He was admitted justice-general on 1 June 1675, appointed a lord of the treasury on 27 September 1678, nominated an extraordinary lord of session on 17 July 1680, and on 2 November of the same year appointed secretary of state in succession to the Duke of Lauderdale
. Previous to his appointment he was known as an active opponent of the Covenanters
. In 1675 he specially exerted himself in putting down conventicles in Elgin
, cites Wodrow, History
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