Below is a word-processed reproduction of the hand-written Report of David Bruce, surveyor of Forfeited Estates, to the Scottish Court of Exchequer on the subject of his investigation into the value of the Estate of Allan Cameron of Callart in 1749.
1748/9 Unto the right honble The Lord Chief Baron and Remanent Barons of his Majestys Court of Exchequer in Scotland
The Report of David Bruce Esqr one of the Surveyors appointed by Your Lordships upon the fforfeited Estates in Scotland
Humbly setteth furth
That in obedience to your Lordships Instructions I have surveyed The Estate which pertained to Allan Cameron late of Callart / adjudged guilty of high Treason lyeing in the parish of Kilmaly on Shire of Inverness And find that the total Gross Rent of said Estate as contained upon the preceeding Abstract Rental is £489..13..4 scots money from which being deducted the feuduty payable to his Grace the Duke of Gordon superior of said Estate and the other publick burdens also payable out thereof amounting to £124.3.7 scots as contained on said abstract and on pages 14th of the Judicial Rental The neat yearly Rent of said Estate is £365..9.9 scots and in Ster £30..9..13/4 and that the tennants are liable to pay their rent at the martinmas after their Entry.
I also in obedience to your Lordships Commands made enquiry With respect to the Condition of the present tenants and possessions of said Estate and the condition of their dwelling and office houses & Barnyeards And found that they were all in tollerable good condition and I made enquiry as to What arrears or rests of rent remain unpaid in the hands of the Tenants and What arrears were in their hands at the time of the said Allan Camerons conviction and find by the depositions of the Tenants and Discharges produced by them and by the deposition of Helen Stewart Lady Callart that the rents due at martinmas 1745 were paid to the said Allan Cameron himself and the rents that have fallen due since that time to her the said Helen Stewart and that there are no arrears due on said Estate.
And I also made enquiry if there were any Yeards Orchards, Parks, Inclosures meadows or any Grounds not inclosed Dovehouses__________ Cunniegares or others not under Rental and which weres in the proper possession of the said Allan Cameron or of any other person for his use and found that there is a Yeard or smallas kitchen garden at Callart possessed by the said Helen Stewart of little value and that most part of the seven penny Land of Callart is presently possessed by the said Helen Stewart and not under Rental, and being informed that Donald Cameron of Callart was some time tenant of said seven penny Land and best knew the Rental thereof I therefore called upon him to give his oath thereupon what of the seven penny Land is possessed by the said Helen Stewart is stated to her in the preceeding abstract at the rent given up therefore by the said Donald Cameron in his Deposition on pages 11th & 12th of the Judicial Rental and is contained in the total amount of the rent of said Estate beforementioned.
And I likewise made enquiry if there was any Woods fishings Lime Quarries or any other casual Estate which pertained to the said Allan Cameron and was in his possession or in the possession of any other person for his use, and found that there was some woods and planting on said Estate, and I appointed proper persons to Inspect & value said Woods & planting and find by their affidavit on page 16th of the Judicial Rental That the woods and planting underwritten on said Estate are presently worth the sums following viz The Firr Wood of Braenachann lying within two miles of the house of Kenlochleven Four pounds ten shillings The small Firr Wood of Lehk betwixt Callart & Kenlochleven Eleven pounds The Oak Wood of Carnie betwixt Callart & Ballachelish Five pounds The Birch Wood of Do. seven pounds and the planting about the house & garden of Callart being all ash and plane tree Twenty three pounds all Sterling money said hail Woods & planting amount to £50..10.. Sterling.
And I made enquiry for the personal Estate Corns Cattle Horses sheep & other goods & Chattells which pertained to the said Allan Cameron and for the Charter Chest & papers which belongd to him but could find none and was informed by the said Helen Stewart that the whole stocking of Corns Cattle Horses Sheep and other Goods which pertained to the said Allan Cameron were plundered & carried off by the Kings Troops in June 1746 except four Cows that the officer of the party returned to her for maintainance of herself & nine children, And she deposed that part of the Cattle presently on the possession belong to the Tenants and that the rest were gifted to her by her Relations & friends who also gave her Corns to sow her Lands And that the little furniture that is presently in the house has since been partly purchased by her and partly gifted her by friends as appears by her Deposition on pages 13th & 14th of the Judicial Rental.