Hand-written receipt headed ñThe Rt. Honble ye Earl of Wigtonî dated Sept. 23rd 1761 and issued to the supposed Earl of Wigton for the hire of ñCoronation Robes, the Sword and Coronettî which he wore to attend the Coronation of King George III.

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Small 4to., written in clerk hand, signed by ñMark Childî, has been folded, some brown lines, the whole laid down on backing paper.


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Charles Ross Fleming (1711-1769), Dublin physician and so of the Rev. James Fleming of Kilkenny, assumed the title of the 8th Earl of Wigton shortly after the title became extinct in 1747. According to Almon’s •The Peerage of Scotland’ the title of 8th Earl of Wigton was determined in Fleming’s favour by Scots Peers in 1748 and in 1752 he voted at Holyrood in the elections of Scottish Representative Peers. In 1761 he attended the Coronation of King George III as the Earl of Wigton but in December 1761 he was ordered to appear before the House of Lords to answer questions regarding the authority by which he had taken the title. At a subsequent hearing in January 1762 to issue verdict on his petition, his claim was dismissed. Given that we are unable to trace any other involvement at Westminster, it is considered likely that his attendance of the Coronation in full regalia was the probable cause for his initial summons to the House of Lords. As such, this receipt is invested with some importance in the events that contributed to his claim being judged to be without sufficient proof.