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After Original Designs by WILLIAM ALLAN, and engrared 

in the first style of the Art. 

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Hear, Land o* Cakes and britfaer Soots, 
Frae Maidenkbk to Jonay 6roats% 
If Uiere's a lufle la a* your tioats, 

I rede ye tent it* 
A duel's aoaang yoa takin* notes^ 

An* faith he'll prent it. 










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'Was ever woman ra ilfis htimicjiir wooed ?-« 
Was ever woman in this humour won ?'^ 
ru have her. — «- 

Hichard the Third. 

Twelve mbntlis Tiad |faSt away since the 
Master of Ravcnswood's departure for the 
continent, iud, although his return to Scot- 
land had been expedted in a much shorter 
space, yet the affairs of his mission, or, ac- 
ciMrdiirg to a prevailing report, others of a 
nature personal to hirasdf, still detained 
him abroad. In the tnean lime, the altered 
state of al^rs in «r William Ashton's fami- 


]y may be gathered from the following con^ 
Versation which took place betwixt Buck- 
law and his confidential bottle-companion 
and dependent, the noted Captain Craigen- 

They were seated on either side of the 
huge sepulchral-looking freestone chimney 
in the low hall at Gimington. A wood 
fire blazed merrily in the grate; a round 
oaken table, placed between them, support* 
ed a stoup of excellent claret, two rummer 
glasses, and other good cheer ; aad y et^ 
with all these appliances and means to 
boo(^ the countenance of the patron waa 
dubious, doubtful, and unsatii^ed, while 
the inventipn, of his dependent was ta^<d 
to the utmost, to parry w^ he m^ostdr^asi^ 
ed, a fit, as he, of the suUeos on 
the part of his fMrottctor. After a kpg 
paose, only intefmpted by the devil's t»> 
too, which Bucklaw kept beating against 
the hearth with (he toe of his boot, Graig* 
engek at last ventured to break siieiiciBa 
^ May I be dmdi^e dktaac^,'' wmd het ^ it 


THS HUBS Of %MKiSmM90tU & 

eyer I #|^^ 019^. w t»y ]ife )iAve. leM tb« 
air of a bri^l^gproom ! Cat me oi&tof fenther^ 
if y^a .h«v9 i^Qt mote tiie Imk of ^a man con«* 
demned to be h^aged*" 

*^ My kind thanka for the compliiaeQt»^ 
replifd Bucklaw; ^* but I suppose you think 
vpon> the predicament m which you ye^r* 
l^lf are most likely to be placed ;*--4ukI 
EWf Captain CrajjgeiiigeU^ if It please your 
worship^ why should I look m^i^tyi wli^n 
|*m sad, And devilish sad too/' 

*^ Aqd that's what vexes iiie>" said Crajgr 
^t^ '^ i^eve istl|i4>iA»]lieh, the bestin the 
f^Ie.ewptryt »nd which you were sp 
atutious about, is €m tjie point of being 
foncfaded, andyo^ivare as sulky as a bear 
tlhit^ lost its whelps." 

<* I do not know/' answered the laird» 
4etggedly» ^* whethw I efaould conclude it or 
nolty if it WM .not that lam too far forward^ 
to l'ef^p^back." 

. ^'JUe^^ackl" j&BfA^ttmd Craiget»gelt, 
urith a wel^assucped air of aatonishment» 
<< that wouU beplaying the back-game wfth 

awitnefisMieapbackl Why, is not thegirl^* 
fortune'* — — 

•" Th® young U(iy% if yon pka9e,^»ai* 
Haystone, iaterruptiRg hiiBr 

«« WelK well, no disrespect meant — Will 
Miss Ashlon's tocliernot weigh against an/ 
in Lothian ?" 

* « Gfanied,'*^ answered BuckTiaw ; «* but T 
care not a- penny for her.tocherj I have* 
enough of my own."' 

" And the mother, that foves you like 
her own child ?" 

^ *^ Better than some of her children, I 
believ-e," said Backrlia^w, ** or. there^ wQ\d(i 
be little love wared on the matter.**' 

** And Colonel Shoho Douglas Ashton* 

who desires the match above all earthly 


" Because/' said Bcicklaw, *< he expects 

to carry the county of -— through my 


«< And the fkther, who is as keen to siee 
the match concluded^ as ever I have been: 
to win a main ?* 

. ** Ajrei" said Backlaw, in the isam^ dis- 
paraging manner^ ^* it liea with Sir WiU 
Uam'a policy to secure the next best aiatob» 
since he cannot barter his child to. save the 
great Ravenswdod estate, which Parliament 
are about to wrench out of hisclutches.^. 

" What say you to the young lady her- 
lelf ?" said Craigepgelt ; ^ the finest young 
womsH9 in a)l Scotland^ one that you used to 
be so fond pf when she was cross, and now 

/$he consents to have you, and givesup her 
engagement with Ravenswqod, you are 
for jibbing-i-I must say, the devil's in ye, 
when ye Uiq^ithei: know, what you would 
have, nor, what you Would want.'* 
^* I'll tell you, my m^anii% in a word," 

' answered Buqklaw, getting up and walking 

; through the room j " I WaM to know what 
the devil is the caw^ of Mis9 A^^ton's 

. chajQgjpg her mind so suddenly.", 
. ;*vAnd what need yoU ciare," said Craig- 

. cngcdt, « since the change is in your fa- 

1 ♦« I'll tell you what it is," returned his pa. 

S ' TA£1S Hr MY LA]a»Le8&^ 

Ifon, ^i si^erkMw much of fhat«ort of 
ine hdiesy «nd £ bdieve they may be as ea- 
^rieious as Che devil ; iiut Ihere is «rometiiiiJg 
ill Mtas AsfatM's diange, a devilfsfar deal 
too sudden, and too stticms fat sl mete 
lOisk (^ her own. lii be bound Lady Ask- 
ton understands every machiiie for break- 
ing in the human mind, and there are as 
many as there are cannon-l^ts, martingats, 
and cavessons for young colts,*' ' 

«* And if that were not the casey*" s^id 
Craigengelt, •* hovv the devil should we ever 
get them into tralmng at all ?^ 

<* And that's true too,** toid Bucklaiifiry 
suspending his march through the dining. 

roMB, and leaning upon the back of a 

■i < , ' ' ■ . 

chair.— *^ And besides, here's Kavenswoad 

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ill the way still i do you think hell give up 
Lucy's engagement ?** 

*« To be sure he will," answered Craigeh. 
gelt J ^^ what good can it do him to Veflise, 
since he wishes to mafrijr atiothet w^toati^ 
and she Another man ?*' ^ 

<< And you believe ^nousIyV* said Buck- 

*^ You heard yourselft " mweced C!fiu[|(« 
OTg^t, *< whs^t Cap0ia Westoiho said about 
it, aod the great preparatioB nade for iheir 
blj^thaoaie Mdiri.'' 

<* Captam Weaten^o/ nplied BiickJaflr^ 
^ ^ rather too imich of your own cm! 
about him, Ora%jr, to tnafc^ iriiatSir Wil# 
liim wofM call a <' famcms ni^oess.^ He 
4ntkkB dc«p» P^T^ dee|>^ nreafa deep^ and 
I suspect can lie and cheat a little iotb tbe 
bargainl Uwful qoaliiiesb Craigy, if kept 
in their pmper sphere, hot which haye m 
little too mtoh of the fre^ebooter tooiake a 
%of e m a court of evidence." 

«< Well then,'' said Cfaigeogeity ^* will you 
lielieve Colonel Douglas Ash ton, who henrd 
the MiEirquis of A^^-^-f^ tmy in a pntilieeircl^ 
but Mit awase that be was within ea^«sbot^ 
tb^ his kitmsiau bad tna^e a better ^^itge^ 
ment for himself than to ^ire bis Other's 
buid for the palo-oheeked daughter of a 

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bro^n down fanatic, and that Bucklaw was 
welcome to the wearing of JEUvenawood's 
sbaughled. shocsi" 

^ Did ha gay so^ bj* heavens !^ cried 
Bucklaw^ breaking out into one of those 
incontroulablc fits of passion to which he 
y9M' constitutionally s«fa^ct» — ^* if I had 
heard him^ I would have tore- the tongue 
out of hia threat before all his . fteats and 
minions , and Highland bullies into the bar* 
gain.. Why did iiotABhtoarun himthrouglv 
the body f* 

*« Capote me if I know,"^ said the €ap« 
tain.. <^ He deserved it sure enough, but 
he is an old man,, and a minister of state^ 
and there would be more risk than credit 
in meddKng with him. You had more 
need to think of making up to Miss Lucy 
Ashton the disgcace that's like to fall upon 
her, than of interfering with a man too old 
tofight^ and on teahi^ a stooLforyoua 
hand to reach him*" 

I. *^Jt sHqU readi him though one dity^* 
said Bucklaw,^^ and his kinsman Ravens* 

wood to boot In the mean time^ TU take 
care Miss AshU>n receives no discredit for 
the slight they have put upon her. It's an 
.awkward job, however, and I wi^ it was 
c ended ; I scaice.know.ho^ to talk to her, 
-^but fill abumpert Craigy, and we'll drink 
her health* U gitQwa late^ .ajad a night- 
4Cowl of good claret is worth all the con si 
, dering. caps in Europe J' ... 

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In bed she alqpl qol, fo my nq^ ^' . v 
At board she fed not* for nqr urging it; 
Alone^ it wistbd snftject cf my theme ; 

Ommfy ffJSrror$f 

Th£ next morning saw Bucklawi and his 
&ithful Achates,Craigengelt^^tRa¥en^w9od 
Castle. They weremo^courteous^ r9ceive4 
by the knight and his My, as well as by tbeic 
son aqd heir. Colonel Ashton. After a good 
deal of stammering and blushii^^-Hfor Bucli^- 
law, notwithstanding his audacity in other 
matters, had all the sheepish bashfulnesa 
common to those who have lived little in 
respectable society,— he contrived at length 
to explain his wish to be admitted to a con« 
ference with Miss Ashton upon the subject 

s*.. ^' 

tS their 9tfftmMug jasamu Sir WilliMi 
and his son looked at Lady Ashton, who 
ireplicd witii the grMtcut composure, ^ that 
Luey mcnakSi mut upon Mr Haytleiie di- 
jrecdy. I bop^'* die addediwith a smde^ 
'^ that as Laey is vwy jroiipg, aad basheea 
UteLy taepaaMd iailo M e agM g t n tf fem^ of 
indttoh die is now heartily asbanied, our 
dear BucUa^v^ leiU awua& hat ifiih/. that I 
diould be preaMt at^faair kiteiyfaa^^' 

^ in t3lith; my dear lady,'* said Badiai^ 
"^ it is the Tery thhig that i mpukl hs^e 
idiebired on mj o#n aoeountj fijr I have, 
been so Httle afccustomed to what is callieid 
4l|idhihliy, ^Imt'i shiall certainty £ait into 
iBcten^ursed tAistake^ unless I have f he ad.* 
^anlhge of your ladyship as ah iaterpmer*** 

^it im thuathat Bu<^^^^ in ihe'pertuiv 
tiatfon i]f has eaibarrassaient uposi ^is ait»- 
^oaibeeasioii, forgot the jil^t apprioiieiisioa's 
he hatd enteitained «t' LaSdy' Ashton's ovier^ 
}mixn% ibceiklancy isver her dai^htei^ 
tamAt and hiat aDr4Mn<>rtunity of ascertaoi* 

•^ . ..\ t . /.'J . . t ' u 


mg^ by l^ pwAiiif^si^fUSkmb %hfi real Jtate^ 

of Lucy's fiieUAgs* . 

. Tbe other gdnUentn ieft the.r«oiai^ flini 

Imc daughter^ tiered t'k^ apartment. She 
ftpptarcd^ u he bad aewr liei: im faman oc-i 
tasiom^ rather, oomposed iimn , agitaMd ; 
hut a Eicer judge thaQ he eautd soaroe 
l)a¥e delermioedf whether her cabntteta 
was that of ,dj^.spair^ ov ef t|idifiereQce» 
^ncklaw waa too^ much agitated by his owa 
fe^ngs mkuitely to.scrotioific those of the 
lady. . He stammered oat an unconnected 
address* oanfoundiog together the tvri^or 
three topics to .which it related, And stop^ 
abort before he broiight it to . any regiilar 
cradiiaioii* Jif iss Ashton listened, w loob* 
^ as if she. listened, but returned not a 
4iingltt word iai answer,, cimtiauing tor fix 
Jier eyes, on a small pieoe of embroidary^ 
4m which, as. if by. iastiact or habit^ her 
fingers were busi^ employed. Lady Ashi- 
•tsm sat at some distance,, almost screwed 
from notice by the deep embrasure of the 

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iiinAow in which sii# h$/i plMed hercllAir* 
Erom this she whispered m a tooe t)C v«ic^ 
whicb^ though soft aod sweety had sone- 
thing in it of adnsonitioay iinat oommmii^ 
-^^ Luc^, my dear, rememhgr— bftve ^yom 
heard what Bucklaw has been aayiag^j'^M if 
e The idea of her motor's prNtenoe mmmA 
to have slipped from the unhappy fid's le* 
collection* She started^ dropped Imp neeAle^ 
alxd repeated hastily^ and almost in ibie 
same breath, the contradictofy imswers^ 
» Yes, madam-^no, mj lady«-*I ' b^ fpur* 
doii— «I did not hear J* 

** You need not blush, my love^ and stall 
less need you look so pale and fcfghtened^" 
said Lady Ashton, coming forward f *^we 
know that maideni^ ear« must be ^w in re« 
ceiving a gentleman's language. ;..butym 
must remember Mr Haystone speaks on a 
subject on which you have loDg.aince agreed 
to give him a favoursdbie haaring*. Yon^ 
know how much^ your &ther and I have 
bur hearts set upon an eveiit so desir^UbCc^, 

* in X/idy Anhtctt]^ vdiee^ n tone of iim 
l^efeNiHri; md <e^eti #tem iftuetido was flM> 
MboBfy afrtd ikflftiliy cmeteled, midi^ an 
appearande ^ the moisN: dikdiimate 
tfiiifitateraeaB. The ftNmMr was for Buck* 
Mmi irho wfM ea0%^ eiumgli tmpoaed upon i 
il»e nfiftttef tif ' Ae exiiertatioii was f(^ th^ 
temfled Luey, wfad well knew, ho^ to im 
ttf^ef kM- iii»tki¥% ktntv however sktUvHi' 
flM^ir i^l' pufport migiit be veiled fmm ge^ 
nerai M»^rvation/ 

^ ' Miifr ^dliitoft sat «prigfat in her thai^, 
least rowid her a glance, in wfaidi feu 
4ms miagled with a stiU i^Hder ejcpressioo, 
but i^eniaijied perfectly silent Bacfclaw» 
ti4ia had in the asean tiisre paced the room 
t0 and fto^ tmtii he had recovered his 
^mnposure, now st<ipped within two or 
Ihree yards of her cfaahr^ and broke ovA 
#» fbUows ;«««>'< i believe 1 have 4)eeB t 
iMi iod. Miss Ashtctti ; I have tried 
iSr speak to you as people tpH me youn^ 
bites like to be talked tot^ and i da&;t 

Hfidorstand it tBjwrif ! Bkit» bMMvrarf M« 

4Milket Kice vvimt' is rpMpose^ ;Midli t if ym 
citi take {ft )^ifiii f jMog ftliB9^ 
%i«it}y wte> wU Bwtr CTMS; yiWr ilk a^ 
!|^]^ fmimnm mnd to» I will piMt yoft 
4^ theik^ad'Of the btsttitiUfibaNiiiiw thl^ 
^tB& Lotbiiidt ; y^tt ifaall hwrt Lwd^ Gip* 
nington's lodging in the OifiCiigttiMif I^W- 
^bi:i^^, go wb^ j/w pkMh d^wkgA yea 
flt»ase/Mitf 9e6 M^ai yott ^Msek iftd thatli 

Jim/ Ofily J mii9t l»i^ >« cdmtr »t t^^ 
Jboard eiid ftUr a #orf Ii)ei9 old piay-idbw df 
M^^, vhMe ^ociqiitily' i wbfliM mtbw wafift 
%)ran hahrte; tf it in^eM iiiit^)t|iiri;;«hlfe d*-^ 
llblloi;^ biis^pifrsiaAdii me "tibttt I «m^t 4li 
%ilh06t ilirfi J and B^ I h0{>etyott won^ «fr 
%€]^t agatnM Oa^y, allfadugh4t tuight ht 
%ft^ te fiad %iMKdi hetln: cMipany.T 

'*« N()^, oai upoti yeu, 'BuieWMis?' sttM 
tjBidy AAtbni ligytiilitfefjjpditogi'*^^^ 

oip yen 'think Lucyimi have ray dl^eo- 
tioa to tbal blu^U^hw^st^ gqad-p^tv^r^d 
creature, Cspt^io Cnaigsogelt f'* 

^< ;Wby> madasiy" replied Bm:kiaWf*^w to 
Craigy%mQerity»^haa6ftty^aad good-^naturcw 
Ibey am» I b^eve, prfittj^ m(|ch 44pom aipar 
-r*buti tbat^ Qekher here nor / there-r-tl>^ 
&Uow vknows my wayi^ asdi lias gQt ud^fal 
U> ai^» and I . csia^ot wfU da wkhaut bioH 
1I& I said before. Biit aU this is najb)ii«g tp 
ibe ptupose ; for, since I have; mp«t^redr Uf 
oofu^ge.tQ mif^e a.ptoio ptroposali I/«k>i4<1 
fiiii b^r MtM Aibtony from her own lips^ 
l^veiiDe a pUib a^wer»'' 

5^ My d^Hf Bockl^isr;' said jLady Ashtoiv 
<< l«t me spare Lucy's bsAbfuliid^* 1 te}ji 
yoi^ in her presence, that she has already 
consented tft. be gaid^d by her father and 
jg^ in this matter.-*-Lucy, my love," she 
«d4ed^ m%h that singular combination of 
suavity ^f tone and ipoi^ted en^igy whiph 
ve Aayejdfea^b^ »oiticiid^" Lucy, my dtir. 
«st low l;^fi)^ iiw yours^t i»* it no^ias I 
say ^ ■ 


Her victim answered in a tfemukw^ and 
hollovr voice— ^* I have promised t* obey 
you, — but upon ane condition/* * 

** She nteans,"^ asiid Lady Ashtoa» turn- 
ing to Bocklaw, ^* she expecia an answer 
latbe demand which ^le has ixladc upoit 
the man at Vienna,, or Ratisbon, or Paris,—' 
or where is he-~the restitution of the en- 
gagement in which be had the airt to* ioM 
i^H^lve'her. You will not, 1 am sure, txiy 
dear frietid,. think it is wrong^ that she 
should feel inucb delicacy upon thiriieadii 
indeed, it concerns us allr 

«* Perfectly right— quite fair,** said Buck* 
)aw, h^lf hummingi^ li^lf speaking the end 
p( the old spng«-^ 

* It is best to 1^ ojf isri' ^ oM Ij&ite 
Ifefore you fee ca\ wi* th^ tt^if / . . 

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^ But I thougUt,'* s^id he» pausing, <^ you 
ipi^ht > have had. an answi^ six timea told 

ftoin Ji^avenswood. D-^n nie if 1 h^v^ 

90 TALRB Of MT LA)fI>|XMU>» 

BOt a mind to go and fetch one mynelf^ if 
Miss Ashton will honour me with the com* 
mission."" , 

^ By no means,'' satd Lady Ashton, ** ve 
have had the utmost difficulty of preirent* 
ing Douglas, (for whom it. would be more 
proper,) from taking so rash a step ;. and do 
you think we could permit you, my good 
friend, almost eijually dear to us, to go to 
a desperate man upon an errand -so despe> 
rate ? In fact, all the friends of the family 
are of opinion, and my dear Lucy herself 
pu^ht so ^o think, that^ a9 thi? ^n worthy 

person has returned no answer to her lettei^ 
silence must on this, as in other casesi be 
held to give consent, and a contract must 
be supposed to be giveii up, when the par^ 
ty waives insisting upon it. Sir William^ 
who should kfio w best, is clear upon tlus 
subject ; and therefore, my dear Lucy' ' 

<* Madam,";* said Lucys .^ith unwonted 
energy," urge me no farther— if this un- 
happy engagement be restored, I have aU 
ready said you shall dispose of me as you 

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wiU>-*-^tiil then I shoold commit a heavy siu 
io the sight of God and inan, in doing what 
you »qaire»" 

«< But, my lo^e, if this man remains 6b^ 
mihalEely dlent'*--— ^ 

"'He Witt noi be sileiit,'* aiMwefed Lucy j 
'^ k is AX weeks since I sent him a double 
of my Ibrraer letter by a sure hand;" 

*f 'You have not— you couldf not— yOu 
dmat not»'' said Lady Ashlon, with violence 
inconsisOent with the tone she had intended 
to assuaie ^ but, instantly qonrecting her- 
sdf, ^ my dearest Lucy/' said she, in her 
sweetest toi^ of ttxpoMrulatioiit *^ h6vr could 
you tlnnk of such a thing f* 

^Vh matter," saiidi Budclaw ; ^ I respect 
MiiS: Ashton for^her sentimetits, and I only 
wisb I had been her messetiger myself.'^ 

^^ And pmy how lomg, Mfss' Ashton»^ 
ssMrher mether ironioidly, ^ are We to wait 
the return of ydttf Bscolbt — your fairy mefr- 
settger— since -our httmUe couriers of ilesh 
and blood couftl not be trusted ib this mat* 
ter ?* 

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V I have numbered weeks, daysi iiour% 
and minutes," said Miss Ashtan } ^^ witfain 
another week I shall hare an aftiewer, nnkas 
he is dead. TiUilM4;iime» air," she mid, ad- 
dressing Bucklaw, *^<letxnebe thus iir be- 
holden to ypu, that you will b(^ my mo- 
ther to fqrbaar me mpon this aubjtct" < 

<< I win make it. my particular fintreaty 
.to ^IMy Adijbo^i," Siiid BilcUaw ; M. by my 
honour, ,nrada<w» I respect your ieeling$» 
apd akbpugb the ,praseeutioB of this affiw 
be.rendiered deai»c to me than ^v^ y^t, as 
X ao^ a . gentleman, . I : would reuounce it* 
were it so urg^dtas tO/giye you ^ mooMnt^s 
pain," - ' 

«< Mv Hayttcmt. I ftlnnk, cannot appre* 
hcQfl that," md Lady Asbton, l^oktiig pale 
with anger, <' wb^ the daughter's happii 
ness- lies in Xh^ bosom of the mother. . Let 
me ask yoU| Miss' Anhtod, , in what teriu 
yopx last letter was cou^lwd?"- 

V Exacdy in the san^, madam," answer-. 
ed Lucyt *« wbic^ you dictated on a former 
occasion^" -] 


"^ When eight #ay»- triwre elapsed then,'* 
•said her mother, resuming her tone df t6n« 
derness, * ifire «haM hope, my dearest IdVe, 
fhit j^oti -wMl e*d tWs Mjspensc/* 

•**^ Miss Ashton must not b6 htirried, ma- 
datn,^ said^ Btt<5klaw, whose blittitness of. 
feeling didf^BOtl^ any means arise' fiN>m 
want of good- nature—** messengers may 
be' titopped tMT delayed; Ihave knowifi a 
ddy's jourtiey Kfdke %y th^ custin^ off a 
Ibre^shoe-^tay, )et nle's^ my calMdar*^ 
the' SOth day from Ms is 8t Jfkfe^, and 
the day beftHTcr I^st be at Qtveftm fidge 
to see the matdi%etw^etK the LaiM of Ktt^ 
tlegirth's black mare, and Johnston the 
ifieal monger's fbnr-year old colt ; bat I can 
ride all night, oi*Craigy can brmg me word 
bow the ^atd^ g<M^-; Md^ I hope, in the 
mean time, as I ^MI'fMft ttyscif'dktreai 
MM Ashton with anyfyttber imporifinity, 
that your lady 9hipy«n»Fs^, and'ftr William^ 
and' C!cdon6l Souglas, wiH have the good* 
jiess to aRow her witntefffttpted time for 
making up her mind." 


l$mf ^ 1 oaly [^rtltod lo b» a plaiii goodh 
hufiiooctd yowg ftHow^ as I aaid baiotat 
ii4io wil) irittii^ly aiaka you happgr if yof^ 
199^0^ pannit lMm» aiid flhawlMpihow toi4o 


f HaiwfS saNl 'tfaift be aiiatfid liar wilb 
ariMa ratoliwi Aan was oaMigt eat iaMii> bia 
uaiialMtii^of ft^fog»««04 to^ hia laa»f 
Ltiiy AihtaPy as ikea^cciaipaniedliifitautcif 
the apartmeiit, asiimiig Uaoi that hardaugb* 
ter cHd Ml jiwtioa 1^ the uocmi^ ol Iw 
attachmeofb and reqiaastinig: hia) to see 9b 
WiiHani beibra bin de^aatsrei: <* iiiK^" j» 
tihe aaidi mth* arglamoe aei^rtmg. to«a9i|9 
LiiC|C) <^ ft/Amt St Jada^tihdiQr^ we ioiist all 
be roadytt»«9ii amllfMi^'* 

««ToH0BraadMal'r oaboafl Loagrio^a 
gmttarlig toiie^ aa^ tba 4aior of, the apart* 
stmit.: ebseiU-^^ '£o tigit and .iaalM4» do 
and diei*' and ehMfiiig^rMlteiiiiated bands 
together, she sunk back CHfi the easy chair 

* ^^iHw»^^'WPIi^^WW»P' t ^IW*^w^^^Pwt^^Ww^^'^'* 


aire oecuj^ed, im « jrtate retembliog ^u- 

V From th^ obe tmi abut tlgr:«ft» awakened 
by the boi3|:«#iit ^iry of b^ brother ^ 
Mwryi y^ho dimarou^ fowiiided her of a 
fromineia^t^ himr . two jrmrds of carnalion 
fibboQ^ to (Qiake knot)! to hi^ m^w gaiters. 
With the most pafienfer^^omposure Lucy 
MOiei $BAi mpOPmg » Uittef ivoiyreab%iet, 
sougbtroii(t4bo^iila|bfi^tb«b»d^^^^ vomfh 

m^red it Bosms^i^f,. out it, off into, proper 
dengthsi asd knotted it iqto th9/lM$haoa his 
bpyi^ whiro required* : 
4 '^'.Diwiaih}}!^ cabi^elyety'* s^d liemyt 
'f< £w I mmt^hme apaio of your ^ilyer-we 
4o fintw the,l|^ls4o, my hav^k^lew^ ^nd 
yet. the new Eicon's not w0rth tbiisf otgi- 
4hi^{Ji^; dp y<iak^W> after ^1 the plfigtie 
we had to ^et her /torn an ejiery^ aU the 
way at PosAo^ in Man9^ Wa|;eri she's going 
to prone^ #<Wr, aUf. nothing Mtv tbm a 
jifler--H»he jJitfc i)iie|$.^her,sii^e(i in the bbod 
af tiie partri4gp» mi tMsia. ^#aka awfijjry 

T€>L. HI. 


s*, »V 


and lets lier fly ; $saA mfmt good cm the 
poor bird do after th^, you kiioWf exoept 
pkie and die im die feat lieafbesNoow -or 
iKTJiin-busk rfie^eaii euml fflto^* 

^ Right, Heory— rigbt, very r^t, aaid 
liucy, mofimfuflij^ holding the boy facrt by 
the hand^ after she bad given Irfm the wire 
that he "waiited j ^ but thereat e more riflers 
in the ^oi4d tiian your lahaoii, aadinoie 
wounded tnrds that seek^but to die in quiet, 
than can find neither todse nor wbin^bush 
to bide their heads in.** 

<< Ah ! that's some epeeeh oiitofyourfio^ 
niances/' said the boy ; ^ «]id ^fi^rtto^aays 
they have turned your hoad $ ^but I 'hear 
Norman whistling to tiie^hai^kMl must go 
fasten ' on ' the jesses*^ 

And he scamperedsway iHth'thediought- 
less gaiety of boyhood, toavtng his sister to 
(he bitterness erf*' her own refleetions. * 

^< It is decreed,** she said, ^ that every li* 
ving creature^ even those who owe me most 
kindness, are to shun me, and leave me to 

.1 ' 5Jlft»»"" 

MVMlflNfrOt tJ MSUKM 66n» 


thofl^ by whom I am beset* It is just it , 
should be tiiui-^-4d0ne and uneounselledf I 
-involved myself in these l^rih^— alone and 
uncounselledy I miftst extricate myself or 





what doth ensue 

But moody and dull melancholy^ 
ffinsman to grim, and oomtotlMB despair. 
And at her heels a hugfd infectious troop 
Of , pole distemperatnres and foes to life. 

Comedy ofErr&rs. 

As «ome vindication of the ease with 
which Bucklaw, (who otherwise, ashetenn- 
ed himself, was really a very good-humoured 
fellow,) resigned his judgment to the ma- 
nagement of Lady Ashton, while paying 
his addresses to her daughter, the reader 
must call to mind the strict domestic dis- 
cipline, which, at this period, was exercised 
over the females of a Scottisdii family. 

The manners of the country in this, as itt 
many other respects, coincided with those 


of France before the revolation. Young wo- 
men of the higher ranks seldom mingled m 
society until after marriage, and» both in 
law and fact, were held to be under the 
strict tutelage of their parents, who were 
t6o*4pt4o enforce the views for their settle* 
iiGlent jn life, without paying any regard to 
the' inclination of the parties chiefly inte* 
rested. On such occasions, the suifor ex- 
pected lifetle more from his bride than a si- 
lent acquiescence in the will of her parents } 
and as few opportunities of acquaintiance, 
far less of intimacy, occurred, he made his 
dhoice by the outside, as the lovers in the 
Merchant of Venice select the casket, con- 


tented to trust to chance the issue of the 
lottery, in which he had hazarded a venture. 
•It, was not therefore surprising, such 
being the general manners of the age, tha||; 
Mr Hayston of Bucklaw, whom dissipated 
habits had detached from good society, 
should not attend particularly to those feel- 
kgs in his elected bride, to which many 
men of more sentiment, experience, 9,nd 

faeoi efoaU; iaidifi^imi|< He: kiirai vAmI 
aU jKxxnmtod ^ fiiinwpi*! |ioiB*» tint iiflar 
psrantB «iidfi9^9» ii{|inpj»]i« w£i|e il«udod^ 
in hi&ftvouFa aiid- ^Mt; thwro. eomlod aamt 

In truths the nimiAmA o£ tfie Mwqim of ' 
A ■ ■ I. ^ since Rfi,veiiswQ0d'& flAiwcita*^ bail) 
been audi. a$ iksfUMfc tn^ bar .tlwipotiiliiii^gr 
of bis^ kinsiBafi^f^ ^niw witb J^Hjqr 4Mmob» 
The Murqu^ vi^ ]^v^itii|io9^ mVK^ 
but misjudgin^iTiead;!. or nihe% Ijkaingiif 
friends and patrons^ he comultad ivihat bt 
ccmsidered to }^ bis r^iatM^n^ tma 4n|er€albt 
although he knew that in dmng n beicnn 
counter to hia injclinatioas. « 

The Marquis drave on, therefore^ with 
the plenitude of mimsterial awthoiSty^ an 
appeal in the Scottish Bidiamfnt t^gM/A 
those Jutlgments of the <^urt)i-of^ Hw, |)f 
which 3ir WilUavi Ijfecaifte possassed of 
Ravenswood's hei^itaipy property*: Aa 
this measure was enforced mtli.aU jtbe ai|r 
tfaority of power^ it was exclaimed tfg^tt 

rtoLMMmttHJamaMMBBu Si 

^ tfae nMonbeii on the iq[>p(wto mk^. b« ao 
iateiBieiiMe witii the cnril jidkntanreof the 
CfMHUry, oqaaUgr M w» arbhiaiy^ and tjnaan* 
iiicaL And if k tboa affected even strangeni 
eom^tiM imth tbemr oidy by poUtteal pais 
tjTt itoiay beipuned what the AditoQ iam^ 
ly ^eindieea said end thought under eo 
oeenikdiipeweti^m. Sur WiSiam^ stitt mere 
miikUywaittded than he was timicH wps 
reduced to deapaii by the 1ms by whkh 
he wae throateiied. His ioa'a haugh.Cier 
tgirii «aa ^»dfeed inSto nige» at the ide^ 
of tiMg deprived of bis expected patri« 
BBttiy* But to Isidy AshtMfs yet more 
vttdieliee temper^ the ^sonduct of Ra« 
venswood, or rather of hia patron* appeaiw 
ed to be an dEboce ol^iUenging tlie deiep? 
est and most uninortal rev.enge. Even 
the; fuiel ai^ epefidittg temper of Lucy 
hnrsc^ swayed by the opiniQUS express* 
ed fagr i^i wound hieri^ ocmld not but con-t 
s)der the conduct oi Ravensffrood es pr&* 
9if^tiftti^ and ev<m unkjod* ^ It was, my 
£itber»'* she s^ieeted with; a sigh, <« who 


yi^elcomed htm to this plaee, and encotira* 
ged, or at least allowed^ the intimacy be- 
tween us. Should he not have remembei*- 
ed this, and requited it with at least some 
moderate degree of procrastination in the 
assertion of4iisown alleged rights? I would 
have forfeited for him double the value of 
these landsi which he pursues ^*ith an af* 
dour that shows he has ftn-gotten how much 
I am implicated in the matter.^' 

Lucy, however, could only murmur these 
things to herself, unwilling to increase the 
prejiiSlce?' agatnfet her lover eritertamed by 
all around her, who exclaimed against the 
steps pursued on his account, as illegal, 
vexatious, and tyrannical, resembling the 
worst measures in the worst times of the 
worst Stuarts. As a natural conseqoendei 
every means was resorted to, aid eveiy 
argument urged, to induce her to break off 
her engagement with Ravenswood, as be^ 
ing scandalous, shameful, and sinful, form* 
ed with the mortal enemy of her family^ 
and calculated to add bitterpess to the dis» 
tress of her parents. 

Lucy*s spirit, however, was high ; and al- 
though unaided and alone, she could have 
borne muchi— she could have endured the re- 
pimngs of her father— ^his murmurs against 
what he called the tyraiiliical usage of the 
TuKng party— his ceasetesS charges of ingrar- 
titude against Rav6nswddd — his endless 
fcctufes on the various means by which 
contracts may be voided and annulled— his 
quotations from the civile the municipal, 
and the canon law — and his prelection^ 
tipon th^ patfia pote^aa. 
* She might have borne also in patiencei 
or repelled with- scorn, the bitter taunts 
and occasional violence of her brother Co- 
lonel AshtoB, and the impertinent and in* 
trusive interference of other friends and 
relations. But it was- beyond her power 
effectually to withstand op elude the con- 
stant and unceasing persecution of Lady 
Ashton, who, laying every other wish aside, 
had bent the whole efforts of Jier powerful 
mind to break her daughter's contract with 
Ravenswoodi and to place a perpetual bar 

B $ 

heimtes^ the lovers, t}y eii^tiiig I^ir 
OQ with Suektaw. Far pf^>fe deei^ sMlkid 
than her h4i^bai»4 In the reQe^i^of tb^ hilN 
man h^art, she wns awjai^ that^Br this wa^f 
she might striiLe a hkem of claejp^ ao^ ^6<^ 
sive veBgeauce^ u|koii ob^ ^vhom sbe^stiG^em^ 
ed as heF ihortal enemy ; noat 4id shefittU 
tate at raising her ar«i> although sljie feit?w 
that the wound must be de^H t^rowgh tb0 
bosom' of her daughter. With ^ i^ 
and fixed purpose, she sounded eyety depth 
and shallow of he^r daughtei'a swt« sissa^ 
med alternately every disguise of maimer 
which could' serve her pwposq^ 9&A fsre^ 
pared: at leisure e^'ery species of dire laar 
chinery, by whick the hum^n mind can. be? 
wrenched from its settled purpose. Soma 
of these were of an obvious descripliaUt 
and require only to be cursorily aieatio©* 
ed } others were characteristic of the time,, 
the country, and the persoiis engaged ia 
this singular drama. 

It was of the last conseque»cC| Aa* all, 
intercourse betwixt the lover* $h«ul4 b« 


|(<pgK<d| «|i4» ^7 dint •fgo^ and authori- 
ty: I#dv 4^tpp iQcmlrived to possess ber- 
Q^f Qf such a complete copimiand of a^ Jivbp 
yf^ve ^a^ed aroupd her daughter^ that| in 
fact^ Qo lei^guered fpr^ress was ever mor^ 
<;pinoip|iQ|;ely bloc^ded \vhile, at the same 
tjim% to all outward ^ppe4rance, Miss As^- 
tpi) Ifiv under bq restrictioii. The verge 
<^f ji^t par«iits' damajns became, in re.j,pect 
to .her» like Uie viewless and^ evcfaan^ 
pd liae dn^wR around a fairy castle* where 
Bpthjng ungera^itted can either cuter fwrni 
ijritboufc . or e^ape ffom within. Thus 
^^ letter, in ^lich RayienswQQd conr- 
vf^S^ to LuiL7 Ashton the Jndiepensable 
T^IPOQIl which detained him, abcoad, and 
p^n^ th^Q i>ne note which, poor JC^ucy bad 
^c^e««ed to him through what she thought 
a sficiir^ chaoQpI, fell into the hands of h6r 
^E^^r, Jt could not be^ but what the te* 
9Pr of th^ intercepted letters*, especjtaUjr 
those of lUvenawiOod,. should eeotain sQme4 
^^bUil^ to iiritat;|B. the, |iassl9n% and.^UQr 
^% objitiiMcgf, of h^ in^ wb99« hi^ 



fell ; but Lady Ashton's passions were t<M 
ideep-rooted to require this fresh food. Sfa« 
burnt the papers as regularly as she peru- 
sed them ; and as they consumed into va- 
pour and tinder, regarded them with a 
smile upon her compressed lips, and an-ex- 
ultation in her steady eye, which showed 
her Confidence that the hopes of the wri- 
teri^ iB^iould soon be rendered equally un- 

It usually happens that fortune aids the 
machinations of those who are prompt to 
avail themselves of every chance that of- 
fers, A report was wafted from the conti- 
nent, founded, like others of the same sort, 
upon many plausible circumstances, but 
without any real basis, stating the Master 
of Ravenswood to be on the eve of mar« 
riage with a foreign lady of fortune and 
distinction. This was greedily caUght up 
by both the political parties, who were at 
once struggling for (lower and for popular 
favour, and who seized, as usual, upfon the 
most ^private circumstances in^tfae lives of 

, ^ - ."^ V 


dach otber's partizans to convert them into 
subjects of political discussion. 

* The Marquis of A gave his opinion 

aloud and publicly, not indeed in the coarse 
terms ascribed to him by Captain Craigen- 
gelt) but in a manner sufficiently offensive 


to the Ashtons. ^* He thought the report," 
he said, •* highly probable, and heartily 
wished it might be triie. Such a match 
was fitter and far more creditable for a spi- 
rited young fellow, than a marriage with 
the daughter of an old whig lawyer, wTiose 
chicanery had so nearly ruined his father/* 
The other party, of course, laying out of 
view the opposition which the Master of 
Ravens wood received from Miss Ash ton's 
fkmily, cried shame upon his fickleness 
and perfidy, as if he had i^educed the 
young lady into an engagement, and wil- 
fully and causelessly abandoned her for an* 

• Sufficient care was taken that this report 
should find its way to Ravenswood Castle 
through every, various channel, Lady Ash- 


. .. M. 

si' ' tA%u ii$ Wf lAumofm^ 

pm toeing welt m^m^ (Swt the veiy tmtd^: 
ration <^ the i|«ii3^ rajtioMi: from sonsi^ii 
quarters ei^uji^ °^^ ^^^ fi>^^^ it a sembJiuicte , 
pf truth* By ao{Q.e it was told as. a fieo^ 
of ordiiia^ newa^ by $oine eommunifiaitpdi 
a^ serKnia inteUJ^eficei cow it was'wJii^i: 
ffdttd to I^ucy A?hton'6 fiar iu t^eHone of 
malignant pleasantry, an4 liwiw tsananuttec) 
to lier as a matter oC (nirve ^ncjb 9^ipii9 
wamiflg*. * 

Even the boy Heory w^a^nvade. ^e iHn 
atroment of adding to bia siater'a tormg&tii 
One morniiDg he rushed iptQ the; room with 
a wiltow branch in bia hand^ whurh he;1phl 
her had ^rived that instaiit &om Q&Mjajay^ 
for her qpecial wearing. Luf y, aa we bavo 
aeen» waa remarkably fo^ of her youvg/ar 
brother^ vbA at that monient bia vantoi^ 
and thoog^xUeaa unkindiqiefa ¥^K\Qd. nmc^ 
keenly ti^ttrioaa thaa e?ea the stv^di^d im : 
suits of her elder brother. Her grief^ ]jK)!iH 
evert, bad no shade of reaentmevt ;i sbQ ic^' 
ed bef aciK^si al^^ ^fae bpy's n^k^ amlrastt^^ t 
ii^ fai«tiyy ^< ?oor llenn^ ! }»l^ «P^ b9t 

THB.lBIIilKni4iaiillMtlr Stt 

WMd he, ** lauf^t if I fetpj* yw^ftjf :n»ore of 

yoju fetter," said h<^,ki8i»ii^ avay |hQ tean^ 
*' Uian tbe whoii^ p^ck of t^i^em { luvi ;q»i 
iImiII liaye my gr^ ponejr tfi. n!^.^^ jmd 
yep shall carter him if you li^^ aye* .t^nd 
pde bftyond M^fi viU^ top if y^ have a. 


«.Who told yoiH" «aid I«c^» m ^jbat | 
^tn not p«rg^tQcl to ri<}e whpr§ 4 pV|)«se ?*. 

•* Thaf^ a agpret,'* oaid thp boy j «» b^t 
yew wiU fiod yoo QS4i QfT^ pdie beyond 
tbet yiU^^ biit your hone vill cast a shoe^. 
ot fall lafofw <» the eastie b^ will rii^ or 
aiwnethlng ^iriU Huppp to bring you back.^ 
^ if I tell yo!i$ morQ of M^ese tb^iMs^ Dou^ 
^ will, n^t |;et me the p^r cf eol^ui;* 
tfa«j have fiTQiqwed pe, «id fo 1^ 

t • 


er dej6ctibD» as it tended to shew ker pl&in-~ 
ly, what she' had for some time suspectfedi 
that she was little better than a prisoner at 
large in her father's house. We have dc^ 
scribed her iii the outset of our story as of 
a romantic disposition, delighting in tstleift 
df love and wonder, and readily identifyin]^ 
herself with the situation of those legenda- 
ry heroines, with whose adventures, for 
want of better reading, her memory had 
become stocked. The feiry wand, with* 
which in her solitude she had delighted to* 
raise visions of enchantment^ became now 
the rod of a magician, the bond slave oF 
evil genii, serving only to invoke spectres 
at which the exorcist trembled; She felt* 
herself the object of suspicion, of scorn, 
of dislike at leasts if not of hatred, to her' 
own fainily ; and it seemed to her that- 
sfie was abandoned by the very person on* 
whose account she was exposed to the en- 
mity of all around her. Indeed the evi- 
dence of Ravenswood's infidelity began ^ 
tb^assume every day a more determined! 

-'«• V 


^^ 'A soMier of fortune of the name of 
Westenho, an old familiar of Craigengeltfs^ 
cbanc€d to arrive from abroad about this 
ftine. The worthy Captain, though: with 
<mt any precise t:omniunicatk>n wkh Lady 
AshtQR, always acted most regularly and 
sedulously in support of her plans, and 
Msily prevailed upon his friend, by dint of 
exaggeration of real circumstances, and 
liotning of others, to give explicit testimo*' 
ny to the truth of Ravenswood's approach^ 
ing marriage. 

Thus beset on all hands, and in a marnier 
jreduced to despair, Lucy's teiUper gave 
way under the pressure of constant afflic- 
tion and persecution. She became gloomy 
and abstracteil, and, contrary to her natu*' 
rtl and ordinary habit of mind, sometimes 
turned with spirit and even 'fierceness on 
those by whom she was long and close- 
ly annoyed. Her health also began to be 
shaken, and her hectic cheek and wander- 
ing eye gave symptoms of what is called a 
fever upon the spirits. In most mothers 

4* ««yBt 4)»M» hMmummm 

wwild kaive nioYed eempa6^bii».' but 
l^adj Aabtan^ compact and finn of purpose, 
•aw tibeae wav^ogs of health and iatelleefe 
nvil^ jio greatisr* sympathj than that wkb 
libidi. the hostile engineer regaxds Um 
tMiefs ef a bdeaguered cky as they reel 
imdep At discharge of his artjUery, or nh> 
tber she considered tla^ese starts* and iiM9^ 
qualitiea ef temper a«.ji^n^NtofiM of Lncj^'i^ 
spiring KOSM^ticw $ as the eingler, by tlie 
tirrom and cpovulsive. ie^s^rtions of th(e fi$ii 
tvh^he has hooked, becomes aware that b^ 
aMB will be able to land him. To accelerate 
tb^ catiistropbe in |he present ca^je^ Xi^dy 
.^jlhtoi^ had. recoui^e to an expedient very 
QOHSASteiH.wiUi the tecnper and creduli^ 
of tboae ttmes^.biak wbicb the reedei 
fKpfaid% pcettoane» Uti}y diahd 

* • ■ 

* •**• 

« » 

k 4 • 

T?^ iHiiH in Mmummfi 




** In whiph a witch did dwefl;^ In loathly weeda^ 
And wilfal waitt» lA eaideM of her otiedii^ 

Far faffii' *^' irmUM^MMf that ^**»* il fnil kh i l ai w li 
And helliah ana l^w people sha mij^ hidet . 
Asd hart far off, unlnowAy whomeireY dhe en vieds'*' 


. \ 

Tais lUtthh «f X«aegr AahMi aMftf*; 
.^litetil ^laiimiiiit of ii peiwm^MM ilnH» 
«dria the o(ft9e i>f k akk wlli••tha*llM^lll• 
Bovrdm^ wad tbe peiMA. wk^m, for bor 
own strong reiMWs^ ladjr^Aiihtfmjdboted 
a» an attendant upon her danghten 

Thta voi^an kad aeqttnied a oMmderabla 
veptttatkm among the ignorant b;3» thc^ pM* 

44 TALss ov Mr lak:di«oid. 

tended ceres which she jperformed, espedial^ 
ly in an^ comes, as the Scotch call them, or 
nyst^iotts diseases wfaicii baffle the regu* 
lar physician. Her pharmacopeia consisted 
partly of herbs selected id planetary hours^ 
partly of words, signs, and c^barmsr whicb 
sometimes, perhaps, produced a fiiyourAble 
influence upon the imagination of her pa- 
tients. Such was the avowed pra&moa^of 
Lucky Gourlay, which, as may well be sup- 
posed, was looked upon with a suspicious 
^e, not only by her neighbour?, but evea 
by the clergy of the district. In pmatei 
however, she traded more deeply in the 
€>eoult sciences; for, notwithstanding the 
di^adful punishments inflieted upon the 
Mpposed crime of witchcraft, there wanted 
HOt those who, steeled by wismt add bitler^ 
ness of spirit, were willing to adopt the 
hateful and dangerous character, for the 
sake of the influence which its terrors en^ 
abled them to exercise in the vicinky, and 
^e wretohed emolument which they couM 

THs BRIMS iKt iMsmomouu 4* 

extract by the prai^tce of their suppOMd 

AttsieGowrlay was not indeed fool enoiigli. 
tp acknowledge a compact with the Evil 
Q^r wliicih would have been a swift aiMl 
Teady-rpad to the stake and tar4>arreL Her 
fairy, she said, like Caliban's, was a hsarmlesai 
faiiy. .Neyecthekss, sbp '< ^aed fortunes^'* 
re^d dreaoiB, C0inpos6d philtres^ diseov^ 
ed, sbcAen goods^ aid maite and diasoivedL 
matches as successfully as iQ according to 
>tbe b4ief of the whole neighbourhood, she 
b^d beQn aided in these arts by Beelaebub 
hamself. The worst of tbe pretendws to 
lliese soifni^s was, that they wei|e^nesaU|^ 
paipo^a wbiit deling thetwelvea odious t^ 
bttOEiiliM^jr^ w^e car^eps of whatlh^ did^tiiQ^ 
dies^ye th^rf^bUc hatred* ileal <»ia|«| 
were often comouitted under.; pre tei^ce^c^ 
nHi^cal imposture i and it somewhat re^ 
lieves tbedi^i|st with which wfi read^ tO; 
the criminal -irecords, the canvicttOQ o£ 
t^^js wri^^b^s,. to be aw^ire that manyoC 
them qieiit, as poisoners, suborners^ and 

49 tAit$ 09 XT lAtoLCmD. 


fflMMical agents in secret doiiaestic criinesi 
the severe ^ette to which they were con^ 
diiitiniid for tlie imaginarj guilt of wHeh- 

* Stodi w«9 Ailsey Oourlay, whom, ia or- 
dief %o flttftifi the tibsolute subjugation of 
IiUCjT AshtoB^s miudy her mother tiiought 
it4htifigtojdaoe near her person. A wo» 
mktt of teas consequence t^an L^dy Ar\u 
ion had not da^ed to tdce sudi a step; 
ttlft 'her high rank fuad strength of charaiN 
ttr set her above the censure of tiie world, 
Uttd tfhe WW allowed to have sdected for 
iMAr danghterH aMendant tiie best and most 
«kpM4eneed iick nurse ^ and medidnef* In 
Hie ndghboilrhoody where an iiAdior per- 
Mn wouM 4iave falien under the tepHMik 
^'C^SiiDgin ^e assfistanee of a partner a^nd 
lily of 'tfie great enemy of mafguna^ 

Xho ty^ame ^au^ht^ ^er cue readily and 
by innendq^ Without giving La^y Ashtbn 
% J)«!n ol^distinct ^planation. ftiewM 
in many respects qualified for the patt 
Aie played» whidh indeed could not be 


tffietently assmned m^tlioiit «ome imm«* 
ladge <^ the hamaa beait and paMiMf* 
Dame Gourlay perceived that Lucy duid^ 
dered at her external appearance^ whvcKwf 
lm» 9|isMdj^4ewril>@di4p9ii hetMfiptimmo^ 
in the death- chamber of l)lmd iAjke<| wd 
while .iintemaUy die hated the poor girl for 
the involantary horrod* wil!h whioli thef9^ 
c«fhred Ae mM regupded^ she ^c o i a w Miw d 
beropersAioBS'by endeavewrii^ to d&c^W 
over eoitie thesepi^udicea vidiiidiiii her heart 
ibe resented as mm'tal-odfencea. - Tkm wm 
easily 'doiie» for the 'hag's extemal ^glifiiBfa 
^waa iMie& balanced ^by <a'diow of 'kindMM 
and^nteipeat^ tti Which C^dey had^totetewi 
)i«(le «6oo9t6med'$ ^beip ^atlMtii^ s^rvidoa 
^md real'akHl gtiiied -her^te^earg^f net the 
emifidence, of her patient; and undei^ pte^ 
tence of ^ivertidg ^ jdUtude ef a aiok 
ifoddi» ^e socm led her atteiifio&H9|lptl^ by 
t^ 'legends "in ^v^lHch ^a iras weH aktlted^ 
tmd to Which lAiey%'h»bits(^ reading afld 
r^ectitoi induced her te «« lend an attend 

41 ^wmMBmm:Mei hAjmhaDb 

tw^ eacw'- .. 1)^010] Oooffaejfid' teles w»fi)tft 

• t •, 

Of fays that nightly danas tipop the wold. 
And lovers doomed to wander and to "weep^ ^ 
'^ ' And dutl^ Kigb'/whereincked/witeatdB ke€?p '*" 
• ^llliiir tifiliiviiliuilk. -i^-v .^.:;-. '3 

pmduAlly^ howfve^, ^b^^^eo^ed ft 49rkw 
mad. fotKtc^ v ^lyatj^i ifi^s hiGili^racieiii ai^^ 4sf^ 
C^mjc «uci»?afc told by |he.. Inidn^ht,4^is^f, 
j|)d entprced by the tremiilo^s tooe, th^ 
quii^ering a^d )^K^ -l^)* ^be iji|>^ft^d sk}^y 
foj:etfiDgcr» aqd the shajfing bead of -the 
.^i^y blae^e^yed hag» nugiht ha^ve ap^yaJ^led a 
Je^sk qredulo^^ iiQiigifiatioi^i, ia an age moip 
^»rd of belie£t . Theolfl Sycorax saw ]^ 
lldyaiitagip, l^d fffiA\x^\\y ngrfpii^d.her mj^ 
gic cifci? aroi^nd tJ^e ^e voted. JirlcUjiir^ 
jvhpse> ^pjirit 9bs fpi^ctised. . > Her legends 
liiegaR to rekt^i to the fortuoes \oi th^ Ra- 
^Tenswood fao^ijly^, whose, anqieptgniDdew 
Mid port^btQfis au]l.bprity« crechiUty had 
graced witb^so inapy: supersU^ow. Attfi- 

Mm; The story of the fftfail fotmUMi was 
narrated at fuU length, and with formidaUe 
addifionsy by the anoieat sybiL The pro- 
phecy, qaoted by Caleb, concerauig the 
deiid :bj»de, who waff to be woo by the last 
of the &ivenswoods, bad its own inytteri* 
ous commentary ; and the singahar drcum- 
atance of the af^rkion, seen by the Mas* 
ter of Ravenawood in the forest, having 
partly transpired through his' hasty enqui. 
ries in the cottage of old Alice, formed a 
theme for many exaggerations* 

Xncy might have despised these tales,' if 
Ihey had been related concerning another 
family,* or if her own - situation had been 
less despondent. Bat circumstanced as she 
was, the idea that an evil fate hung over 
her attachment, became predominant over 
her other feelings, and the gloom 'of super- 
stition darkened a mind, already suflScient- 
ly weakened by Borrow, distress, uncertain- 
ty, and an oppressive sense of desertion 
and desolation. Stories were told by her 
attendant so closely resembling her own in 

VOL. III. c 


'their circumstances^ that she was gradual!/ 
led to converse upon such tragic and mys- 
tical subjects with the beldame, and to re^ 
pose a sort of confidence in the sybil, whom 
she still regarded with involuntary shud- 
dering. Dame Gourlay knew how to avail 
herself of this imperfect confidence. Shd 
directed Lucy's thoughts to the means of 
enquiring into futurity, — the surest nrode, 
perhaps, of shaking the understanding aQ£ 
destroying the spirits. Omens were es« 
pounded, dreams were Interpreted, and 
other tricks of jugglery perhaps resorted 
to, by which the pretended adepts of the 
period deceived and fascinated their delu- 
ded followers. I find it mentioned in the 
articles of dittay against Ailsie Oourhiy^ 
(—-for it is some comfort to think that 
the old hag was tried, condemned, and 
burned on the top of North-Berwick-Law, 
by sentence of a commission from the 
Privy Council)— —I find, I say, it w» 
charged against her, among mother offences, 
that she had^ by the aid and delusions of 


Satan, shewn to a young person of quality, 
in a mirror glass, a gentlemaii then abroad, 
to whom the said young person was be- 
trothed, and who appeared in the vision to 
be in the act of bestowing his hand upon 
another lady. But this and some other 
parts of llhe record appeared to have been 
studiously left imperfect in names and 
dates, probably out of regard to the- ho- 
nour of the families concerned. If Dame 
Gourlay was able actually to play off such 
a piece of jugglery, it is clear she must 
have had better assistance to practise the 
deception, than her own skill or funds 
could supply. Meanwhile this mysterious 
visionary traffic had its usual effect, in un- 
settling Miss Ashton's mind. Her temper 
became unequal, her health decayed daily, 
her manners grew moping, melancholy, and 
uncertain. Her father, guessing partly at 
the^cause of these appearances, and exert- 
ing a degree of authority unusual with him, 
made a point of banishing Dame Gourlay 
from the castle ; but the arrow was shot, 


and 'was rankling barb- deep in the side ctf 
the wounded deer. 

It was shortly after the departure of this 
woman, that Lucy Ashton, urged by her 
parents, announced to them, with a vivacity 
by which they were startled, "that she 
was conscious heaven and earth and beH 
had set themselves against her union witfi 
Ravens wood ; still her contract," she said^ 
** was a binding contract, and she neither 
would nor could resign it without the con- 
sent of Ravenswood. Let me be assured,^ 
she concluded, " that he will free me from 
my engagement, and dispose of me is yoti 
please, I c^re not how. When the diamonds 
are gone, what signifies the casket ?" 

The tone of obstinacy wath which this 
.was said, her eyes flashing' with unnatural 
light, and her hands firmly clenched, pre- 
cluded the possibility of dispute ; and the 
utmost length which Lady Ashton^s art 
could attain, only got her the privilege of 
dictating the letter, by which her daughter 
required to know of Ravenswood Whether 


i^e JAteqded to abide by, or to surrender^ 
what she termed, ** their unfortunate en- 
gagooient.'" Of this advantage Lady Ash* 
too SP f^r and 80 ingeniously availed her* 
j^lf^. that, according to the wording of the 
letter, the reader would have supposed 
JLucy was calling upon her lover to re- 
nounce a contract which was contrary to 
the ioterests aod inclinations of both. Not 
trusting even, to this point of deception, 
Lady Ashton finally determined^ to sup. 
press the letter altogether^ in hopes tha( 
Lucy's impatience would induce Ker to 
cpodemn Ravens wood unheard and in ab« 
sence. In this sh<^ was disappointed. The 
time, indeed, had long elapsed, when an 
.a.ipiswet should have been received from the 
continent.. The faint ray of hope which 
stiU glimmered in Lucy's mind, was well 
nigh extinguished. But the idea never for- 
sook her^ that her letter might not have 
be^n duly forwarded. One of her mother's 
9^w machinations unexpectedly, furnished 
her with the means of ascertaining what 
she most desired to know. 

54 TAL£S 0F MT LANDLOllD. ^ 

'The female agent of hell having beert 
dismissed from the castle, Lady Ashton; 
who wrought by all variety of means» re* 
solved to employ, for -working the saine end 
on Lucy's mind, an agent of a very difier- 
eiit character. This was no other than the 


Reverend Mr Bide-the-bent, a presbytcrian 
clergyman, of the very strictest order and 
most rigid principles, whose aid she called 
in upon the principle of the tyrant in the 
tragedy :— 

'^ 111 have a priest ahall preach her from her faith. 
And make it sin not to renomice that vow. 
Which I'd have broken " 

But Lady Ashton was mistaken in the 
agent she had selected. His prejudices, in- 
deed, were easily enlisted on her side, and 
it was no difficult matter to make him re-^ 
gard with horror the prospect of a union 
t)etwixt the daughter of a God-fearing, pro- 
fessing, and presbytcrian family of distinc-' 
tion, with the heir of a blood-thirsty pre- 
latist and persecutor, the hands of whose 

^ Y~ — -. »- '--. ,. . , . 


fathers had been dyed to the wrists in the 
blood of God's saints. This resembled, in 
the divine's opinion, the union of a Moa- 
bitish stranger with a daughter of Zion. 
But with ail the more severe prejudices 
and principles of his sect, Bide-the-bent 
pos^ssed a sound judgment| and had learnt 
sympathy even in that very school of per- 
secution, where the heart is so freqaent- 
ly hardened. In a private interview with 
Miss Asbton, he was deeply moved by her 
distress, and could not but admit the jus- 
tice of her request to be permitted a direct 
communication with Ravenswood, upon 
the subject of their solemn contract. When 
she urged to him the great uncertainty un- 
der which she laboured, whether her let« 
ter had been ever forwarded, the old man 
paced the room with long steps,, shook his 
grey head, rested repeatedly for a space 
on his ivory-headed staff, and after much 
hesitation, confessed that he thought her 
doubts so reasonable, that he would him* 
self aid in the removal of them. 


".1 cannot but opine. Miss Lacy," ht 
said," that your wpr^ipful lady motiusr 
hatK ill this mattej: au . tagerQes^ vilnW^ 
although it arisetb iloub^leas fwm}oY»iit$ 
your best interests .here : Md .ber^%fter,rr5 
for thip man is of persecuting blo^ #9^ 
himself a pexsecutor,: a cavalief: oF.ptaligr. 
nant, and a seoieiri. who bath J9<> ijpbciitp 
^nce in JjMs^-rppjfertJielesi. we ^r«.,QON- 
ibanded ^o do justice unlip al}| and tpfiiU 
fil our bond and coDvena|it» as. w^l ;t4> 
the str^^S^M^tp him ^ho is. in br^tbQiv 
hood with u»^ Wbereforeri|iymlf» e^^ii! i 
myself, wtU be aiding unto the. d^iMety 
of your letter |o .the man Edgftr ; Ri^veQii^ 
WQod, trusting that .the issui9 thereof) may 
be. jQ^F ^di^^asce frop^ /the n^ iti 
which be toth, sinfully f^ti^sged ypii« Aii4 
th^t I may da ifi. tlus nditheic more nor 
less than hath been warrantfd by joar ho^ 
nourablc parents, I pr^ y^u to tFa,ii#cftb^> 
without incr^ment.or.subtfao^MHii the. let- 
ter formerly expisded under the> di^tatMU 
of jour right honourable i}(iotber; ap4 I 

•■■ 111! ^^^VWW^iVI 


iluill )^ut it into such sure coorse of be'- 
iiig delivered^ that if, honoured young ma- 
Akmy you shaft receive nd atiswer, it will 
be necessary that you conclude that the 
i^an mefin^tk in stience to abandon that 
liiiughty contract, whicH, peradventare, he 
oift^^tie unwiHing directly to restore." 

^littcy eagerly emtiraced the e^pfedieht 
^f th^ worthy tfivine. A rife w letter was 
it^Htten inthe precise termsof the forxtiei', 
and consigned by M^ Bidfe-the-beiit to the 
eharge of Saunders Moonshine, d zeafous 
eldei^ c^ tfae'chutch when 6n shore, and 
wbfttiion^botird his brig,' as bold a smuggler 
as^ver ran out st sliding' bowsprit to the 
winds tbiit blow betwixtCampvere £ind th6 
eiiBt coast of Scotland. At tliie recommen- 
dation of his pastor, Saunders readily un- 
dertook that the letter should be securely 
comveyed to the Master of Ravenswdod at 
the court where he now resided. . 

iiThis retrospect became necessary to ex* 
]^in the conference betwixt Miss Ashton^^ 





her mother, and IBucklaWj which we have 
detailed in a preceding chapter. 

Lucy was now like the sailor, who^ while 
drifting through a tempestuous oceani clings 
for safety to a single plank, his powers of 
grasping it becoming every moment more 
feeblci and the deep darkness of the night 
only chequered by the flashes of lightning, 
hissing as they show the white tops of 
the billows, in which he is soon to be en- 

Week crept away after week, and day 
after day* St Jude's day arrived, the last 
and protracted term to which Lucy had 
limited herself, and there was neither let- 
tcr nor news of Ravcnswood. 



How fair these names, kow much unlike they look 
1*0 all tlie l)lurr*(l subscriptions in my book ! 
The bridegroom's letters stand in row above, 
Tapering, y^ straight, like pine-trees in his grove ; 
While free and fine the bride's appear below. 
As light and slender as her jessamines grow. 


St Jude^s day came, the term assigned 
by Lucy ' herself as tlie furthest date of 
expectation, and, as we have abready said, 
there were neither letters from, nor news 
of, Ravenswood. But there were news of 
Bucklaw, and of his^ trusty associate Craig- 
engelt, who arrived early in the morning for 
the completion of the proposed espousals, 
and for signing the necessary deeds. 

'These had been carefully prepared un- 
der the revisal of Sir William Ashton him- 



I . ^ 

selfi it haviDg b^en resplvedi on afscoadt of 
the state of Miss Ashton's beaUb, a& it wa^^ 
saidj th^t PQae^save tb^e parties immediate*-/ 
ly interested shpuld b^. present when *be? 
parchments were subscribed. It was for-^r 
ther deterjj^fljed, *hat tbe ixjarriag^ ^hp^}d. 
b? solemnized upon the fourth dity af9er> 
signtnj^ tfce. articles^ a measure j^d0{4«d, 
b^ Lady A^b^n^ia.p^der thai. I^ migb^ 
have as little time as possible to^rc^dej pr 
r^lap^^e into iotractability. There w^l IBO^, 
appliance, however^ of h^ doipg either* 
iShe heard the proposed arxaogepcnt^ with 
t^e ca^ indi&rence ^f dipspair, oi* rather . 
with an 9pathyiatisi9g,from the. oppi^sfed 
and^stupified sta|;f o£ her fpeU^h Xo^in 
eye so unobserivii^g a$K that pf 8ucklaWi^slrai( I 
demeanour Jhad , little ;PH>Fe of relucianae 
than might suit th# Gbar»«t«r oiT A bashful , 
young. ^dy, wh^, howevctr^ be eould. w>t < 
disguise from himself, w^ qmb^^ with ., 
the choline of her friends^ rathef than^ai&i'- 
ciwi^ aoy persQtud predileQtio» i^lmJ^ 
vour. . . < . . . 


TI1£ B|tl0£ 6t I.AMMEB1&I00B. 61 

When the eidrmDg coaiplimedtsof tke 
bi^idegroem had been paid. Miss Asbtdn 
wtti^left for some time to herself; her mo- 
ths^ reiBarkiiig, diat the deeds must be 
st^ed before the hour of noon, in order 
thfit the marriage mi^t be happy. 

> tai€y:w£fef^ herself to be drest for the 
obea^ion^ as the taste of her attendaofa siig^ 
gtetiad^ and was df coutse splendidly ^ttkf^ 
ed« Her dress was eomposet) of white satia 
B»d Rruss^b lacey.bnd: her /hair sirranged 
with a proitisioii of jewels; wbo^e lustre 
made a strai%oe6fitriEUttd thedeaijlypald- 
Btas of her'6o)nplexfOtiy and to the trouble 
w^dc^ dwelt in her unsettled <e?ye. 

Her toilelte was hardly 'finl^hetf^cirb 
Hmry appeared to conduct the passive 
bride to the state apkrimeiit,* where att W^s 
prapftred for signing the aoritract. '^Boydti 
ktk^^t sister/' he said^ ^ I am glsiil ypa are 
to have BuoMajw i^r^ a)ir instead of lU- 
yeaswood, who lodged like a Spdfnt^ gr^hi 
de6 cstme to cut our throats,, and^traoipte 
our bodies under foott And I am glad the 


broad seas are between us this day» for I 
shall never forget how frightened I was 
when I took him for the picture of old Sir 
Malise walked out of the canvass. Tell 
me true, are you not glad to be fairly shot 
of him?'* 

<< Ask me no questions, Henry,** said his 
unfortunate sister; *' there is little more 
can happen to make me either glad or 
sorry in this world/* 

^ And that's what all young brides say," 
said Henry ; ^< and so do not be c^stdown, 
Lucy» for you'll tell another tale a twelve^ 
month hence— -and I am to be bride*s-mant 
and ride before you to the kirk, and all our 
kithi kin, and allies, and all Bucklaw's, are 
to be mounted and in order — and I am to 
have a scarlet laced coat, and a feathered 
hat, and a sword-belt, double bordered with 
gold, and paint d'espa^ne, and a dagger in- 
stead of a sword ; and I should like a sword 
much better, but Douglas won't hear of it. 
All my things, and a hundred besides, are 

to come out from Edinburgh to-night with 




oidGilberty and the sumpter mules^-aad I 
will bring them, and show them to you the 
instant they come." 

The boy's chatter was here interrupted 
by the arriiral of Lady Ashton, somewhat 
alarmed at her daughter's stay. Wkh one 
of her sweetest smiles, she took Lucy's 
arm under her own, and led her to the 
apartment where her presence was expects 

There were only present, Sir William Ash- 
ton, and Colonel Douglas Ashton, the last in 
full regimentals — Buckiaw in bridegroom 
trim — Craigengelt freshly equipt from top 
to toe by the bounty of his patron, and be- 
dizened with as much lace as might have 
become the dress of the Copper Captain, 
together with the Rev* Mr Bide-the«bent ; 
the presence of a minister being, in stdct 
presbyterian families, an indispensable re- 
quisite upon all occasions of unusual so- 

Wines and refreshments were placed on 
a table, on which the writings were di^lay^ 
ed, ready for signature. 


. Bat before propeediog eitber to busideM 
or. refreshment^ Mr Bide- tbe«bent, at a ng^ 
nal from Sir WiliNim Ashton^ invited tbe 
company to join hrm in a short extempo^ 
rsijfy prayert in which he implored a blpis^ 
iog -upon the contract now to be sotem^' 
nized between the lu>nourable partieahUieii 
present. With the simplicity of his tknat 
and ^prpic^sion, which permitted si^dfog 
personal allusions, he petitioned, that 4he 
wwusd^d^pin^ofqiie^if these noble parties 
mi^t be, healed, in reward of her'COQ»*> 
IpJiauce with the. adyice of.hj^ nght ha^ 
nourable pareots^ and th^9 ^ sbe hod 
proved hers^ a child after God's com^ 
mandment, by honouring her fatbar* and 
jootber^ she and ber^s might en|of the 
piiomised^ blessing^-^length of day^ in the 
.land bere^ and a happy portion hectAlibsr 
in a b^ter. oountry* He prayed furlbtr^ 
that the bridegroom might- be weaaad 
from those follies which seduce youth fram 
.the path of Jknowledge^thai he ^migfat cease: 
to take delight ia vivin and unprofitable 
company, scoffers, Yioters,. and those who ^ 


sit late at tbe wine^ (here Bucklaw winked 
tt^ Cfaigengibit); and cease fH>m tfiesOt^ety 
thait caos^th to^ erf. 'A sditaUe sufifiHtS- 
lion in bdiaif of Sir WiUikm and" ladjr 
AsbtOD, and' their family, ctMctufted tht^ 
niigibtts address, which' thns^ embraced 
averj^ in^idual present^ etcej^tiag Craig- 
«^I^ whom the worthy divine* prdbik61y 
eonndered as past all hop6» of graciei^ ' ' 
^ The bmioess of the day Ibow wettt for* 
ward; Sir Wllliani Ashton si|^edthe con* 
met with fegat 'Solemnity and' prtfctsfon'; 
bit son^ with military fum-ckalunee ; and 
Bii^klaw» having subscribed^ as' rapidly ai 
C^igengelt cottkl tnrn the leaves, concltf^ 
dtd^ by A^iping 'bis pen on that wortliy's tiew 
)iced''eravat4 - '-' '■'' ^ ■ ' ' •- ■- - • 
It iffts now Miss AsHton^ turn ity sigh 
the writings, and she wa* guided by heri 
wattthfid mother to ihe table tor that pbr- 
pose* At her frst attempt, she began- to 
wttoj with a di^ pen, and. when the cir^ 
cilmstaAce was pointed out^ seemed "tmable, 
after sev^al attempts, to dip it in the ma^ 

ftive silver ink-standish, which stood full 
before her. Lady Ash ton's vigilance hast- 
ened to supply the deficiency. I have my- 
self seen the fatal deed, and in the distinct 
characters in which the name of Lucy 
Ashton is traced on ^ach page, there is on- 
,ly a very slight tremulous irregularity, in^ 
dicative of her state of mind at the time of 
the subscription. But the last signature is 
incoQQplete^ defaced, and blotted } for .while 
her hand was employed in tracing it, the 
hasty tramp of a horse was heard at the 
gate, succeeded by a step in the outer gal- 
lery, and a voice, which^ in a commanding 
tone» bore down the opposition of the me- 
nials. The pen dropped from Lucy's fingers, 
as she exclaimed with a faint shriek-;— *< He 
is come--»4ie is come !'* 



• This by his tongue should be a Montague ! 
Fetch me my rapier, boy ; 
Now, by the faith and honour of my kio^ 
To strike him dead I hold it not a sin. 

Romgo and JuUei,' 

Hardly had MIsb Ash ton dropped the 
pen^ wheb the door of the apartment flew 
open^ and the Master of Ravenswood en« 
tered the apartment* 

Lockhard and another domestic, who had 
in vain attempted to oppose his passage 
through the gallery or anti-chamber» were 
seen standing on the threshold transfixed 
with surprise, which was instantly commu* 
nicated to the whole party in the state-room. 
That of Colonel Douglas Ashton was min- 
gled with resentment; that of Bucklaw, 
with haughty and affected indifierence; 
the rest} even Lady Ashton herself, shew- 



ed iStgnr >(«f fear, a&d Lucy seemed petcifibd 
fe» ^Btbne ii(f this uxi topee ted apparittoii^ 
ApfNirition iti migtit well be termedi fifr 
Ravsranfrood ^/moie tbe appearance aof 
ooe retuTAed from the^ead, than of a liViog^ 
tiflitor^.^ ■ ■'•'.'- - . -4 ^ '• . ■ /-^. •'- 

He'l^suited bimself f ull iti lller middle of 
%m aparto^niv oppqsUe to the teble at 
which Lucy was seated, on whom, as if she 
had been alone i|i the cliambear ^ he b^nt 
faia:eyes with a mingled exp^ssion of deep 
gtief aod deUberate indignatiDiu His^ dffric* 
coloured riding cloak^ di^laeed from one 
shoulder, bung aroundjoiie sideofJifs peri^ 
son in the ainple* folds, of the Spanish msm^ 
tJei The rest of his rich dress was tra^^ek 
8oiM». and derMged by hard riding, iie 
had a sword by his side, andrpistobia ]»& 
hdt^ . His "slwehed ha^t, wh^ch he badihot 
xHNOfiOMed^t entrance, gave an addtttotiAl 
gloom ie Us ^fk &atores, whicK iwastedL 
)^is>80srdw,iaAid marjced by tbe ghastly look 
pofftmunicated .by lo^ illness, added to a 
QQmiefimc^ nirturaUy somewhat stera aiui: 

THB mwam ot lahmmmm, 89 

wtd,^ fierce and even wvaget ABpRnaom 
Tto matted aod diahereBed Imika (oiikmt 
uriK^icb escaped from uttder idb hat, tagtr* 
tjater with his fixed and umnoYed potan^ 
made his head Hioce resenible t Aak of s 
marble biist than of a living man. He««d 
Hot «a;«ingle word, and these was a dee]^ si. 
lefice^ in the company for mose tiuoi twid» 
minutea* wt 

: It was bfokea^ by liady Aahton^'^hotw 
that space pastlj recofvened her nataasiauis 
dacitj. She demipded toioiowvtbr caoser 
dnthts iinstuthorijiied intottaidoi ; . < 
<^^TbBt is ^ question^ madiam/' said her 
SOD) *^ which I have the heat right to asb-*-^ 
and I must request of the Master of lU^ 
venswood to foUo^me, wtere ti^^eanan- 
swrerit aileisuve."' - * : ., » - 

. fiucklaw inteiposedt '^ying; ^^ No matt 
on earth should usurp his ]p4revioiisrigh&te- 
demanding ai^ eKplaMitioii hotkk the ^ MikU 
ti^'.^'-'Craigengelt)" he added» in Kn wnder 
tone, <* d^^n ye, 1?liy do you atand staring 
asiif you saw a ghost ? fetch me my s^ord 
from the gallery." 


<^ I wiU rdinqaish to no man/' said Co- 
looel Ashton, ^ iny right of calling to ac- 
cmiai; the man who has offered thi^ unpia- 
raUded a&ont to my family." 

** Be foAitnt^ gentlemen/? said Ravens- 
woody turnkig sternly towards them, a^nd 
waving, his hand m if to impose silence on 
their altercatt<n» <* If you are as weary 
of your lives as I am, I will find time and 
place to pledge mine against one or both ; 
at present I have no leisure for the dit^^ 
putes of triflers.'' 

" Triflers!" echoed Colonel Ash ton i, 
half unsheathing his sword, while Buekkw 
laid hia hand on the h^t of that which 
Criaigengelt had just reached him. 

Sir William Ashton, alarmed for his son's { 
safety, rushed between the young men and 
Ravenswood, e:s:claimihgy ^ My son, I com- 
nwid you«~Bucklaw, I entreat you-^keep 
the peace, in the name of the queen and of 
the law.^ 

<* In the name of the law of God,*" said 
Bide-the>foent, advancing also with uplifted 
hands between Bucklaw, the Colonel, and 


the object of tlieir reBenttnent-^^' In tbe 
same of Him who brought pence on earChfy* 
and good will to mankind, I implore-^I 
beseech^-^I command you to ferbair tio* 
lence towards each other. God hateth the 
bloodthirsty man-^he who stiiketh with 
the sword, shall p»ish with the sword." 

" Do you take me for a dogi sir,'' M^d 
Colonel Ashton, turning fiercely upon him, 
*/ or something more brutally stupid, to en- 
dure this insult in my father's house ? — Let 
me go, Buckhtw ! He shall account to me, 
or, by heaven, I will stab him where he 

*^ You shall not touch him here,* said 
Bucklaw ; " he once gave me my life, and 
were he the devil come to fly away with the 
whole houae and generation, he shall have 
nothing but fiiir play/' 

The passions of the two young men thus 
counteracting each other, gave Ravens wood 
leisure to exclaim, in a stern and steady 
voice, ** Silence ! — ^let him who really seeks 
danger, take the fitting time when it is 

^ / 

timduig tQwaf dt . J4m: Ashloa her,, last li^ 

uBT* . -.—^ ' t f . » » 

"■t^ /. ■ • ---•■•'^ »'..►« .■.'.».,. 

e«cap&irai9 i^r lip«, ti|«|i t9 Ve f^t^i^e^^i 

toward ^€if tiie lUMtuiJ. engB^gmep$^ ; 
X«t BiTQUgfit an4 more cp||f¥f9(l ll^ fo 

she probably scancely compi^f^encje^^ the 
quiation tbat was put to her. 
; *^If yo».cj€8ig3^" said Sdr Wp«» Aab- 
tpo^ :^^ $0i found; aqiy li^^i chiim on. that 
pfiper» sir, do not eicpect to Ji^eceive ai^r 
ansfvfer to w extrajudicial question/'. 

•^S»r WiUiftfn AshtoB/' sj^id BAv^oawfiqdt 
«< I piay yoii, and all who h^r me» t^ 
you will not mistake my .purpose., If this 
yoiiiig 4ady«, of her ow<^&€^ willy dc^es the 
restoration of this contract, as - her. letter 



4o^d ^xtn tdt'ftt^y-iWthert.ikrnot'a'Wu 
%«fed leaf 'wfaieh thfii tratomn^iMt itfMVB 
tjh ^b faeitil, ftiai k nwre tthM^wi w 

^ ^66. ' 9lil I flMMt «Bd*iMill iMBT tke 

truih from her own moaUi-wtnthoafc litis 
^f{E^<^ott f i»fll iKft lesveHilicjfot Mar- 
iaer'itie'%jrtaikihliiei9 7«tt {Mi^blyini^^ilmt 
I am an armed mm— I tttn a despcMOe man, 
•^^-and 1 wUl liM die ^thout ample' veil' 
geatice.' Ttis is i»jr ffefibhiliatoj tilifeft tf'as 
'yetti ' mffjr. I ^UL hear iier deteirmina- 
'fieli'fli6m'lMfr''^i*te mouthy from'her cma 
mouth; idMMf, atfd vrflhok iritmte«i; i^ I 
Utaltit >K«#^hu8^'> li6^(M<er, dIMMteg his 
sword with Hit il^ht hahd, and, With the 
feft,'by the same motSm tkldt^ a^ pistol 
'^ftbm his bek attd cocking it^ hot tiufdhig 
^the pdnt^f oneiriialtoh and the anOfidft of 
the otfierto the g^c^tirt,-^^<€h\l8e?irydu 
'^i9lt havetMis hallltoated ithk Mood, or if 
^Tou^wffl granft me -^ iieaiiive hltfei^iew 
Hiith my iftandedlitriai*^ wHieh Ike laws of 
'Odd and th^ counti^ iSike e)ft^<i mt to 

vol.. m. s 


AH recpiled at the soQnd of his voiced 
and the determined action by which it w^ 
accompanied ; for the ecstasy of real despe^ 
ration seldom fails to overpower th^ lesis 
energetic passions by whiph it may be oppo- 
sed; The clergyman was die first to speak* 
^* In the name of God^** he said, «« re<:eive 
an overture of p^eace from the meanest o. 
his servants. What this honourable per- 
son; demands^ albeit it is urged with over 
.violence, hath yet in it something of reason. 
X^t him hear from Miss Lucy's own lips 
:that she hath dutifully acceded to the will 
.of her parents, and repenteth her of fc^er co- 
venant with him ; and when he is assured of 
this, he will depart in peace unto his own 
dwelling, and cumber us no more. Alas ! 
the workings of the ancient Adam are 
: strong even in the regenerate— surely we 
should have long suffering with those who, 
vbeing yet in the gall of bitterness and bond 
: of iniquity, are swept forward by the ua. 
: c<MitrouIable current of worldly passion. 
Let then the Master of Ravenswdod have 
the interview on which he insttteth j it can 


but be as a passing pang to this honourable 
xjaaiden, since her faith is now irrevocably 
pledged to the choice of her parents* Let 
it, I say, be thus : it belongeth to my func« 
tjons to entreat ypur honours' compliance 
with this healing overture.", 

<* Never," answered Lady Ashton, whose 
rage had now overcome her first surprise 
and terror — *' never shall this man speak 
jn private with my daughter, the affianced 
bride of another* Pass from this room 
who will, I remain here. I fear neither his 
violence npr his weapons, though some," 
she said, glancing a look towards Colonel 
^Ashton, " who bear ray name, appear more 
moved by them." 

« For God's sake, madam," answered the 
worthy divine, " add not fuel to firebrands. 
The Master of Ravenswood cannot, I am 
.sure, object to your presence, the young 
l^dy Vstate of health being considered, and 
jjour maternal duty. I myself will also 
tarry J peradventure my gr^y liairs njay turn 
away wrath." . 

V -i-A 


•* You arc welcome to do ao, sir," said 
Bavenswood ; ^ and Lady Ashton is altso 
welcome to remain, if she shall think pro- 
per ; hut let all others depart*" 

*• Raveoswood/' said Colonel Ashton, 
crossing bim^ as he went out,^ << you shall 
account for this ere long/' 

«« When you please/' replied Ravens- 

^ But V said Bucklaw, with a half 
smile, *^ have i prior demand on your lei- 
sure, a claim of some standing." 

<< Arrange it as you will," said Ravens- 
wood ; *\ leave me but this day in peace, 
and I will have no dearer employment on 
«arth, to-morrow, than to give you all the 
satisfaction you can desire." 

The other gentlemen left the apartment ; 
but Sir VfTillianii Ashton lingered. 

^ Master of Ravenswood," he said, in a 
conciliating tone, *^ I think I have not de- . 
served that you sdiould make this scandal 
and outrage in my family. If you will 
sheatlie your awordrand retire with me into 

TJi£ BaiDE 09 LAlf M^RMOOR. 77 

my study, I will prove to you* by the mo^; 
satisfactory argainents> the inutility of yoiu: 
present irregular procedure-——'" 

** To-monrawy sir— to-morrow— -to-mor«- 
roWf I will hear you at length,'^ reiterated 
Ba?enswoodt interrupting him ; ^* this day 
bath its own sacred and indispensable busi* 


He pointed to the door, and Sir WilKam 
left the apartmentl 

KiEivenswood sheathed his swordj uncock- 
ed and returned his pistol to his belt, walked 
deliberately to the door of the apaitmentf 

which he i)olted— ^retumedy raised his hat 

■ ■ '■■■ 

from his forehead, and^ gazing upon Lucy 
with eyes in which an expression of sorrow 
overcame their late fierceness, spread his 
dishevelled locks back from his face, and 
said,^^ Do yon know me, Misi^ Ashton ?— 
I am still £dgar Ravenswood.'* She was 
silent} and he went oft, with increasing 
vehemence—-** I am still' that Edgar Ra-- 
vesswood, who, for yoior affection^ renoun- 
ced the dear ties by which injured ho- 

■ i j li* » « 


nour bound hiia to seek vengeance. I and 
thatRavenswood, who, for your sake, for^ 
gave, nay, clasped hands in friendship with 
the oppressor and pillager of his house — - 
ihe traducer andmurderer of his father'.*' 

*< My daughter^" answered Lady Ash^ 
tort, interrupting him, " has no occasion tb 
dispute the identity of your person ;• the 
venom of your present language is sufficient 
to remind her, that she speaks with the 
mortal enemy of her father." 

•* I pray , you to be patient, madam,** am 
swered Ravenswood j •* my answer must 
come from her own lips. — Once more, Miss 
Lucy Ashton, I am that Ravenswood to 
whom you granted the solemn engagement; 
which you now desire to retract and cair- 

Lucy's bloodless lips could only faulter 
out the words, " It was my mother.** 

" She speaks truly,** said Lady Ashton ; 
« it was I, who, authorised alike by the 
laws of God and man, advised her, and con- 
curred with her, to ^et aside an unliappy 


aad precipitate engagement^ and to annul 
lit by the authority of IScripturc itself.'* 

" Scripture l*" said Ravenswood, scorn- 

•^ Let him hiear the Itext/* said Lady 
^shtottt appealing to the divine,," on 
wliich you yourself, with cautious reluc- 
tance, declared the nullity of the pretended 
engagement insisted upon by^ this violent 

The clergyman took his clasped Bible from 
his pocket, and .read the following words : 
" If a woman vow a vow unto the Lordy and 
hind herself hy a hondy being in her father's 
house in her youth,, and herffUher hear her 
vow and her hand, wherewith she hath hound 
her smd, and herfaiher shall held his peace 
at her, then aU her vow shall stand.'' 

" And was it not even so with us ?' in- 
ternipted Ravenswood. 

:** Controul thy impatience, young man," 
answered the divine, <^ and hear what fb]«: 
lows in the sacred text :— * But if her fa- 
Jther Ssc^Uow her m the day ^t he heariths 

^ "JT^**^^ ' ''"*". * r'TSi 


Sa TAtES OF MY IJ^jq^f^fjfiJIIhk ^ 

with gie hah hn/mi her tfitd* «M? #^«lM^ 

fidher dUaUcwed her'" 

" And wfs not^" ssiid Lady Ashtoiu. 
fiercely and triumj^hantly brealMi|g ji^ 
<< jvas not our^s tbe case stated^ hi ^J^oj^ 
writ ?— Will this p^nsqm deny^ that tbcflq^ 
sUat her parent^ beard o^ tha v<^^,or boiMt^ 
by which our daiighter had bo^adher sc^^li^ 
we disallowed the sane in ttie i|Miit#xfp'«8a^, 
termSy and informed him by wnting; of oi^r 
deterifftiQiiiticm r 

«« And Js this all 2" afi4 . Raii«nspa94f^ 
look^fttf l4^ Ar« you w^Ujog <ip< bat v 
ter awoxte faiths the exercise of free^w^V an4 
tl^ fedings of mutual afiecliao^ t« thisL 
watched IqrfNKritka^ aophistiy i^ 

<< Hear id9 {"said Lady Ashton^looktag, 
to the clergyman— r*< hear the blaspfamsei:]'' 

<« M^y God fixgive hiip>" said Bide4he* 
bentf ^ . wd enlighten his ^orance !'V 

<< Hear ^i^t I haine sacnfieed fin: yep^*' 
said Baveaawoo^ skiU addnissiiae^ JL^^ 

Tta tfilDS W LAMMEftMOOB. 81 

M ^^re you sanction what has been ^one in 
joiif name*. The honour of an andent 
iiimiFy, the urgent adnce of my best friends^ 
kave beett in vahi used to sway my resolu- 
tfl>n ; ndther the argumentiof reason^nor 
tire poftents of suj^erstition, bavii shaken 
B&y MMitf. The very dead have arisen to 
wtam me» and their warning has been de« 
S|itel!id« Are yon prepared to pierce ftiy 
iMMft fbt its idelity, #ith tfie very weapon 
wHich iai|y rash eonideBce entrusted to 

^ Master of Ravenswood,** itdd Lady 
Ashton; ^ you have asked what questions 
y^ Ihtiogtkt fit YnftL ike the total incapa- 
{My <3i xAy daughter to answet you. But 
I wfll reply for her, and Ito a Manner whtcli 
you cannot dispute, Yoii desire to 1:now 
whether Lucy Ashtofaj of her own free-will, 
de^iMi ^ anOuI the enga^eihetat iiitd which 
shtf lias been trepanned ¥0u have her let- 
ter under her own hand, demanilfifng th^ 
suirrMfder of It ; and, In yet more fiill evi- 
dMibe^rfaer putpose, -here is tiie contract 


S2 , TAtES pfU'f fiAi$^^^^ 

which ^t has this mN^iyb|^lf}^M$cribed»^te^ 
presence of this reverend gehtl^tmini wilb 
Mr Hayston of Bucklaw.'' 
. Ravedswood gazed iipoQ the deed^ as, if 
petrified* ** And it was wkbout fraud/ w 
compulsion,^ said he, looking towaids tfae 
clergyman, ^< that Miss Ashton subscribed 
this parchment ?** 
«< I vouch it up<m my sacred chuMter*'' 
" This is, indeed, madam, an undeniaUe 
piece of evidence," said Ravei^wood stern- 
ly ; ^ and it will be equally unnece«»ary 

and dishonourable to waste another word 

«... i • *^ ■ , 

in useless remtcnsftrance or reproiaeh. Th0c«b 
madam,'' he said, laying down before Lucy 
the signed paper and the broken. piece jof 
gold — " there are the evidences of ; ^>ur 
first engagement ; may you be more £ikh- 
ful to that which you have just Sormed^^^ I 
^ill trouble you to return the cociespoad- 
ing tokais of my iH«plac6d cM^encenal 
ought rather to say of my egtegiout fdHjJ' 

Luey letiiraed the seomfol gk^fe 
lover with a gaze> fiNm wlu^ pf^Mptitm 




tnemed ta have been beiU8be4> yet slie 
Memed pertly to have uiujerstood his me^nr 
Vig; far she raised her hands as. if to undo 
a. blue ribben which she wore around her 
Mcfc. . She was unable to accomplish her 
porfHoee, hut Lady Asbton cut the ribbon 
mMMr end detached the broken piece 
of gold which Miss Ashton had till then 
worn coneealed in her bosom ; the written 
counterpart of the lovers' engagement she 
ibr some time had had in her own. posses- 
mm. With a hiugbty f:urtsey, she deliver- 
ed both to Ravenswood^ who /was much 
softened when he took the. piece qf gold. 

/'And she could wrar it thus/' he said — 
9ipenkmg .tp himself— ^Vcould wear it in 
her very baaom-^-could wear it ijiext ,to her 
hMrt—even when— 4Ait complaint . avails 
noty". he said» dashipg from his eye the tear 
whieb had g^lh^red in it» and resuming the 
sMta caiQp<Mn^ of i^ mi^Einf jr. , He strode 
to the chimntgr* end thr^ w i^ato the fire the 
paper Md.pjefi? plf fpld, §taippiijg: i^oi| 
thftooals with the heel of his boot, as if ta 


9# iimm-:mM% umumon^r 

'lloMF eirii'witbe% !4Ui#.y#M iinxne;^en» 

thfffef wffl tw >yo!iiy la^tnwinbiiMiti^iai ag^iiwi 
.]r<Nir dangbte^s- iMBMr < jat4 litptiiwiw! 

Ifdty, <* I lM«ve ; tMHtifaini; ftrth«r to «|qr». em. 
<^ to Ip9^ iDrCNMi ihat^iwi'maji^ttetlMMj; 
dOBM • ?iroild^ wonder fiw- tAia attt* «f tiik' 

ed tliese w»fd%. ^ tunMi «b kw^heelt «Mk 
left die apfurtnm»tv, i...;,-. ►-«: 

: »r WittkMli AihtoR, hf^mtemniy «tt ao- 
Aontfrbwl dNtiJ»ed U»aMsmA ^oeUMu 
in « fKstMit . pari; ttf t^ caatUb il «4«r ■ ttti 
prevent their again meeting witb BttrtBiNl 
WMdf birt at th* Ifastef dlMoaodid Ae 
gKMt tUitfcase, Xodtiiaf d deUfMed hi^ 
bUte^ ftigned Sholta DiHigliiA Ariiton;.'Mi-:: 
questti^ to know where the MMtei of. fti- 
vcsilswood would be heard tof tour or ifa . 
days from hence, aa the writtf had 4»iiii^ 


«f weight to settle mriitb kirn, lo soon m 
iMifbi«ittfiM% evmn btiid tsAtin iflbtimi 
jmft^l CMotMsl AilMm,'' eakl RaVfmt- 
Wm49 cmpOMOty^ ^I ^ail be fbtiiid «i 
W«lf 'reiN^ frtiiti hifii^ leisuisr Bervee hitd.'^ 
-^^ lie^iMendM tlie wMnrtfd ityf wMell 
IpA ftoif tke tmtaee, lie iNto n eeeiml tfanA 
iiitefniptdl by Craigeiigelt, iriio^ oa the^ 

ptrt ^bi[» ptiiieipali the iiellfd of B|]£ittai»»r 
i«fV^MMl« hepe^ that RatreMwwid <wmM 
»ot iMft Seeihoid wjiMq teft deyniftt HmMi 
afe be JM betfi fohMr iad ceMlit^dfilifi^' 
for which to express his g^tilttie;^^ ^ ^^ >' 

;^ltrtl yoer cBSsttf^" etii ibiWefcwoed 
fiiieefy)^ te^ chose Ms^MMi^tleiei^^ He «^ 
tni} me etWolf^Crigiif hiifnirlHifteiea^^ 
ftreetaUed*"- - "^''- t 

>^ Mf iMster?^ repMedl Cri^eAgekv ett^ 
ceun^Seil by seeing Gc^ilel ikitoOM end' 
B^eklew it the bottom 0f Aie ienrscQ 
^ ghre me leeve to sey,' 1 kno^^of no Mch 
person ep^ esetb^ nor will! permit 0U<A 

.-•», ^; 

huBigai^e to be usedto tte^"' 
*^ Seek your master, then, in hell!'* ex- 


« ■* *^ 

datmed Ravens wood* giving way, to the 
pimion he had hitherto restrained, aod. 
throwing Craigengelt from him with. such 
violence, that he rolled down the steps, and 
lay senseless at the foot of them — *' X am 
a fool," be instantly added, << to vent my 
passion upon a caitiff so worthless." 
: He then moynted his horse, which at his 
^val be had necured to a ballustrade in 
firoQt of 4faie castle, rode very slowly ^past 
Biiddaar and Lionel Ashkon, . ra^gg hit 
hat as he past, each, and lootuag in their 
faces steadily while he offered this, mute 
lahitalion, whi^rh was returned li^.:both 
pfi^ the saBue- stern gravity. Ravenawood 
Wftlked cm with, equal delibenition untH 
he reached the head of the avenue, as:^if to 
idtew that 1^ rather coiarted tbm avoided 
interru(ttion. When /he bad passed. the.i]p«. 
per gate, he turned his horse, and loQk«4 
at the q^sUa »fith a fixed ey ei then aet apura 
jba his #oad skeed# and d<E)pvted with the 
speed dP a4cmon diami^^ed lijr the ^oBpiaL 




" Who oofMs fhns the bridal chnmber f 
It h Axrael, the angel of death. 



Aftbr the dreadful scene that had takeq 
p}ftGe at the castle, Lucy was transported 
to her. awn chamber^ where die remahied 
fiir some time in a state of absd^te stupor^ 
Yet afterwards, in the course of the enso* 
ing day, she seemed to have recovered, 
not merely her spirits and resolution, but 
a sort of flighty levity^ that was foreign 
to her character and situation, and .which 
was at times cbecquered by fits of« deep si«> 
lenpe and melancholy, and of capricions 
pettisbness. Lady Ashton became mnc^ 
alatpned, and consulted the family phyai. 
cians. But as her pulseindicated no.chang^ 
jtbegr could only say that the diaeasn. was9n 
thespirits^andrecommended gentle exerfise 

and amusement. Miss Ashton never alhil-* 
ed to what had passed in tfie state roomv 
It seemed doutitfbl even if libe was coni^- 
sdous of it, for ^ i^sxi 6ften observed to 
;raise her hands to her neck, as if in seardi 
of the ribbon that had been taken from % 
and mutter^ia surprise and discontent, whai 
she could not find it, << It was the link that 
liound me to fife.^ -^ 

Kbtwithstanding ill these r^markabte 
sgrmptoms, Ladjr Ashton wasf too deepff 
pledged^ to delay her dau^hter'ik mari4agtf 
even in hti presejit state of health. II 
cost her much trouble to keep up thd 
fsit Hide df appearances towards Bbdir- 
law. She Waa wefi aware^ that if he once 
saw any reluctance on her daughter's part, 
he would' break off the treaty, to her 
great personal shame and dishonour. She 
thcrefdre resolved, that, if Lucy conti- 
nued passive, the marriage ' sheuTd take 
place upmi the day that had been pievioas-^ 
ly fixed, trusting th&t a change of pYabe, St 
r, and <^ cfaaracteri wwild operatd^ 

«-i^*i" " 

TliS.BajJ^S:AP.^]iJ|^^ 8f^ 

upwt^led spirits of her danghAeii tbMi^C4|il4 . 

i^pdi^ .men j«^«mi4en4fBdt . Sv Vj[ii)f/mz 

9^)mAQ»it to irtmgiblten; bimself ^wiwm^, 
tl^ ipepfiiret o^ ih» Mw^uit of. Attttt^ • 
readipiy induoed jbiqn to a^iq^ieliC^ in, y^^- 
he could DOfk have perhaps rji^slfte^ > ^ wil-^ 
lupig IP da so, 4a fer tlii^ you|r)g^ inpp^ 
l^irkinw and Cdkmel A^btoq^ tliey prot^ . 

eiit that after vhaitha44i»PPC^QC<^ it-woillfji,^ 
hfi most d]idi9iiourahle. tQ ffqstppfi^JoK ,9^1 
nogle hour the UinejqppQiated &tr themafv 
riagCi. as it woidd. be g^oezally ^|K:i^hed to;- 
tiMvr being intimidated bgr tbe.uitroi^ye yi^ 
sit and threata lof IM^venswood. , 

Bocklaw woqid iackwd hav^ been inca, 
pabie of such precipitati<vi» had he h^ii 
awace of the state of Miss^ Ashton's liealth^ j 
or rather of hmiiind« But custonii upon 
these occasaonst permitted only bnc^f and 
sparing intercoursebetwieeii the bridegroqia [ 
nA the bridoi a ^smiMiftaace so w<ll ioir 

|M*iD^Y0d by Lady Ashton» that 3uc&:law mk 
liter SAW itor suspected. 

On the eve of the l^dal 4ay» Lucy afhr 
j^wed to have one of her Jts of levity,* aa4^ 
fttrveyed with a degr^ee of girlish iaterei^ 
the various preparations of dress, &c* Scc^^i 
which tbe different members of the family 
had prepared f^r the occasioD, 
* The nnicMrning dawned bright and cheer- 
ily. The bridal guests assembled in gallant 
troeps from distant quarters. Not only the 
relations of Sir William Ashton, and the 
still more dignified conneetions of his lady, 
together with the numerous kinsmen and 
allies of the bridegroom, were preseuit ufh 
0tk this joyful ceremcmy, gallantly mount- 
ed, arrayed, and caparisoned, but alm^ost 
every presbyterlan family of distinction, 
within fifty^ miles, made a point of attend- 
uig upon an occasion which was conrnder? 
ed as .giving a sort of triumph over th^ 

Marquis of A , in the person of his 

kinsman* Splendid refreshments awaited 
the guests on their aoch^al, and after it- was 

THE Smmi 0F X^AHlIlHUfOOR. $€. 

finishied, the cty was to horse. The bride 
was led forth betwixt her brother Henry 
and her mother. Her gaiety of the prece- 
ding day had^giren rise to a deep shade o€ 
jtoelancholy, which, however, did not mm^ 
become an occasion so momentous. Ther^ 
was a light in her eyes, abd a colour in her 
cheek, which had not been kindled foit 
many a. day, sfud which, joined to her great 
bokuty, and the splendourof her dress and 
jewels, occasioned her entrance to be greet- 
ed with ah universal murmur of jipplause; 
m which even the ladies could not refrain 
themselves from joining. While the caval- 
cade were getting to horse, Sir William 
Ashton, a man of peace aod of form, cen* 
sttred his son Henry for having begirt him- 
self with a military sword of prepcmteront 
length, belonging to his brother. Colonel 

, " If you must have a sword," he said, 
** upon such a peaceful occc^sion, why did 
you not use the short weapon sent frpm 
Edinburgh* on purpose ?* 


Th^ bby vindietted himselft by saying it 
was lost 

*< Yoa put it out of the way yourself, I 
suppose,'* said his father, ** out of ambition 
to wear that thing tl^at might have served 
Sir William Wallace*-«but never mind, get 
to horse now, and take care of your sis* 

The boy did so, and was pll^!ed in the 
centre of the gallant train. At the time 
he was too full of his own appearance, hiii 
iiword, his laced cloak, his feathered hat^ 
and his mimaged horse, to pay much regard 
to any thing else j but he afterwards re* 
membered to the hour of his death, Ihat 
when the hand of his sister, by which she 
supported herself on the pillion behind him,, 
touched his own, it felt as wet and cold aa 
sepulchral marble. 

Gtaiicing wide over hill and dale, the 
fair bridal procession at last reached the 
parish phurch, which they nearly filled; 
for, besides domestics, above a hundred 
gentlemen and ladies were present upon 


the occadon. 'the marriage ceremony was 
performed, according to the rites of thfi 
presbyterian persuasion, to which Back- 
law, of late had judged it proper to con- 

On the outside of the church, a liberal 

dole was distributed to the poor of the 
neighbouring parishes, under the direction 
of Johnny Mortheuch, who had lately been 
promoted from his desolate quarters at the 
Hermitage, to fill the more eligible situa- 
tion of sexton at the parish -chprch of Ra- 
venswood. Dame Gourlay, with two of 
her contemporaries, the same who assisted, 
at Alice's late- wake, seated ftpart upon a 
flat monument, or thraugk-stane^ sate envi- 
ously comparing the shares which had been 
allotted to them in dividing the dole. 

^ Johnny Mortheueh,'' said Annie Win- 
nie, *^ might hae minded auld lang syne, 
and thought of his auld kimmers, for as 
braw as he is with his hew black coat. I 
hae gotten but five herring instead o* sax. 

— >,<«^ " "»- "'— '- " ' B '^ 

AA f . TA.l£S Ojr XS LA VDLOUD* 


.;|lid.tbi$ disna look like a ^ude ^axpenqys^ 
,zad I dare say this bit morsel o' beef is an 
unce lighter than ony that's been dealt 
round ; and it's a bit o' the tenony hougliy 
mair by token, that your's, Maggie, is o^t 
io* the back-sey," 

'< MiQe> €^o' she ?" mumbled the paralytic 
i^hag, ^^ mine is half banes^ I trow. If gr^t 
ffolk gie poor bodies ony thing for coming 
<td their weddings and burials^ it suld be 
something that wad do them gude, I think; 

*« Their gifts,'*^said Ailsie Gpurlay, " arc 

dealt for nae love of us-«-nor for. respect 

for whether we feed or starve. They wad 

gie us whinstanes for loaves, if it Would 

jserve their ain vanity, and yet they expect 

r us to be as gr^tefu' as they ca' it, as if tl^iy 

served us for true love and likeing." \. 

,^ >« And that's truly said," answered-her 

.companion, t 

«< But, Ail»e Gourjay, ye're the auldqsfc p' 
us three, did ye ever see a .m«ir gran4 M* 



''' «< I winna say that I have," answered the 
hag ; <* but I think soon to_ see as braw a 

'^ And that wad please me as weel,"* said 
Annie Winnie ; *< fo.r there's as large a 
dole, and folk are no obliged to grin and 
laugh, and mak murgeons, and wish joy to 
these hellicat quality, that lord it pwer us 
like brute beasts. I like to pack the dead 
dole in my lap, and rin ower my auld 
rhyme, — 

' Mj loaf in mj lap, kij penny in my purte, 
* Thoii art ne'er the better, and I'm ne'er thiQ wene/ " 

«* Thaf s right, Annie,^ said the paralytic 
woman ; <* God send us a green Yule and 
a fat kirk-yard !** 

<« Put I wad like to ken. Lucky Gourby, 
for ye're the auldest and wisest amang us, 
whilk o* these revellers' turns it will be to 
be streekit first.** 

« D'ye see yon dandilly maiden,** said 


ff6 TAIMB or iffy LAK^I^ObD* 

Dame CrDuday, ^* a' gfistenifi^ wi^ gdud and 
jewels, that they are mountii^ on the vMte 
hofse behmd that hare4)raiiied oalkiBt 4n 
Bfearlet, wi' die hng srrord at his mde9^ - 

«< But ^iffB the brkle !'* i^d her cooifAi- 
ition, her cold heart toudied wilK •iMniie 
sense of compassion ; ^thatfs Ifee :pety 
tnde berselli Eh, iriiow! «e yoQn^; sae 
bniw, Mid we bonnie—^nd is^ her time aae 
short?* ' 

« I tell ^yt hen windiug shceti** sidd the 
syfeil; ^< is^p at h^h as her throat already, 
tlelie^e it whu .Utt. Her ^nd has but few 
graim^to nm out^ and nae wonder — tbeyVe 
been weel shaken. The leaves are withw- 
ing fast on the tiees^ but she'll never see 
the Martinmas nvind gar them dance in 
swirls Uke the fiury rings." 

•* Ye waited on her for a quarter,'^ swd 
the paralytic woman, ^< and got twa red 
pieceis^ or I am fiu: beguiled." 

<< Ay» ay," anawered Ailsie, with a bitter 
grin I ^< and Sir William Ashton promised 



Qie a bonnie Ted gown, to.the faoot o- th^t 
•^a rtake» and a chain, smd a, tiar barrel, 
lass !«-*what tbink ye o' that far a prop«i& ? 
-*^£^r, being up early and dotiii late for 
£>ursGore nights and mair wi' bis d wining 
daaighteir. But he may keep it for bis ain 
lady, cummerft.'^ 

^< I hae heard a sougb,'' said Aiinie Wip- 
nie, *^ as. if I^dy^Aahton was mafi <:mny 
body." • 

. ^* lyye see her ycmder^" said Dame Gour« 
ky, ^ as she prances on her grey gelding 
i^iit at the kirk-yard ?— -there's mair q* utter 
de^vilry in that wcMpao, as brav^ and fair-fft- 
sl^oned as she ride($ ycmder^ than tp a' the 
Scotdi witches that e^er flew by moon- 
light ower North-Berwick t4^Wf'* . i 

•* Whafs that ye ssiy ab^ut witehi9$» ye 
damned hags i" said JoHnnie Mortlyeugh ; 
^^ are ye casting ye're cantjraips in the very 
kirk-yard, tomischieve thebridoand bride- 
groom ? Get awa' bame, for if I tak my 
souple t'yef I'll gar ye find the xoad ifaster 
than ye wad like," 



«* Eh ! sirs !" . answered Ailsie Gourlay ^ , 
^ how^bra' are we wi' our new black coat and^ 
ckir wed-peuthered bead, as if we had nerer . 
kenned hunger nor thirst oursells ! and 
we*ll be screwing up our bit fiddle, doubt- 
less, in the ^ha* the night, amang a' the 
other elbo* jiggers for miles round — let*s 
9ee if the pins baud, Johnnie — that's a', lad.^' 
•* i take ye a* to witness, . gude people,^' 
said Morthetigh, ** that she threatens me 
wi* mifichief, and forespeaks me* If ony- 
l^ing but gude happens to m$ or my fiddle . 
this night, Til make it^ the blackest nigbt^s 
job she ever stirred in. I'll hae her before. 
^Presbytery and Synod — I'm half a mini- 
tier mysel', now that Tm a bedral in an in* 
habited parish." 

. Although the mutual hatred betwixt 
these hags and the rest of mankind had 
steeled their hearts against all impressions 
of festivity, this was by no means the case 
with' the multitude at large. The splen- 
dour of the bridal retinue — ^the gay dresses 
«— the spirited horses — the blithesome ap- 


pearance of the handsome women and gal* 
lant gentlemen assembled upon the occa^ 
sion, had the usual effect upon the minds 
of the populace. The repeated shouts, of 
•* Ashton and Bucklaw for ever !" — the dis- 
charge of pistolsi guns, and muskettoons, to 
give what was called the bridal- shot, evin- 
ced the interest the people took in the oc- 
casion of the cavalcade, as they accompa- 
nied it upon their return to the.castlb« If 
there was here and there an elder peasant 
or his wife who sneered at the pomp of the 
Upstart family, and remembered the days 
of the long-desc^ttded fiavenswoods, even 
they, attracted by the plentiful cheer which 
the castle that day afforded tp rich and 
poor, held their way thither, and acknow- 
ledged, notwithstanding their prejudices, 
the influence of tAmphitrion ou ten (^ne. 

Thus accompanied with the attendance 
both of rich and poor^ Lucy teturncd to 
her Cither's house. Bucklaw tlsed his pri- 
vilege of riding next to the bride, but, 
new to su^h a situation, rather endeavour"* 


ed to attract attention by the display of 
his peirson and horsemanship, than by any 
attempt to address her in private. They 
reached the castle in safety, amid a thoo- 
sand joyous acclamations. 

It is well known that the weddings of 
ancient days were celebrated with a festive 
publicity rejected by the delicacy of mo- 
dern times. The marriage-guests upon the 
present occasion were regaled with a ban- 
quet of unbounded profusion, the relics 
of which, after the domestics had feasted 
in their turn, were distributed among the 
shouting crowd, with as many barrels of 
ale as made the hilarity without correspond 
to^ that within the castle. The gentlemen, 
according to the fashion of the times^ in- 
dulged, for the most part, in deep draughts 
of the richest wines, while the ladies, pre- 
pared for the ball, which always closed a 
bridal entertainment, impatiently expected 
their arrival in the state gallery. At length 
the social party broke up at a late hour, and 
the gentlemen crowded into the saloon. 




and, enlivened by wine and the joyful occa- 
sion, laid aside their swords, and handed 
their impatient partners to the fioor. The 
music already rung from the gallery, along 
the fretted roof of the ancient state apart- 
ment. According to strict etiquette, the 
i>ride ought to have opened the ball, but 
Lady Ashton, making an apology on ac- 
count of her daughter's health, ofiered her 
own hand to Bucklaw as substitute for her 

But as Lady Ashton raised her head 
gracefully, expecting the strain at which 
she was to begin the dance, she was so 
much struck by an unexpected alteratipp 
in the ornaments of the apartment, that 
she was surprised into an exclamation,— i- 
*• Who has dared to change the pictures ?'• 

All looked up, and those who knew the 
usual state of the apartment, observed, 
¥dth surprise, that the picture of Sir Wil- 
Ham A^hton's father was removed from its 
place, and in its stead that of old Sir Ma- 
Kse Ravenswood seemed to frown wrath 


and vengeance upon the party assembled 
below. The exchange roust have been 
made while the apartments were empty, 
but had not been observed until the torch*, 
es and lights in the sconces were kindled 
for the ball. The haughty and heated spi- 
rits of the gentlemen led them to demand 
an ixnmediate enquiry into the cause of what 
they deemed an affront to their host and to 
themselves j but Lady Ashton, recovering 
herself, passed it over as the freak of a crazy 
wench who was maintained about the castle, 
and whose susceptible imagination had been 
observed to be much affected by the stories 
which Dame Gourlay delighted to tell con- 
cerning " the former family," so Lady Ash- 
ton named the Ravenswoods:. The obnox- 
ious picture was im.mediately removed, and 
the ball was opened by Lady Ashton with 
a grace and dignity which supplied the 
charms of youth, and almost verified the 
extravagant encomiums of the elder part 
of the company, who extolled her perform- 



ance as far exceeding the dancing of the 
^ rising generation. 

When Lady Ashton sat down» she was 
not surprised to find ihat-her daughter had 
left the apartment/ and she herself folloi^- 
ed, ^ager to obviate any impression wlneh 
might have been made upon her nerves by 
an incident so likely to affect them as the 
mysterious transposition of the portraits* 
Apparently she found her apprehensions 
groundless, for she returned in about an 
hour, and whispered the bridegroom, who 
extricated himself from the dancers, and 
vanished from the apartment. The instru- 
ments now played their loudest strains-*- 
the dancers pursued their exercise with all 
the enthusiastai inspired by youth, mirth, 
and high spirits, when a cry was heard so 
shrill and piercing, as at once to arrest the 
dance and the music. All stood tnotion- 
less y but when the yell was a^ain repeated, 
' Colonel Ashton snatched a torch from the 
sconce, and demanding the key of the bri- 
dal- chamber from Henry, to whom, a^ 


bride's-man, it had b«n entxuBUd, riish^ 
thither, followed by Sir Wiltiam and Lady 
Ashton, and one or two others, near rela^ 
tions of the family. The bridal guests 
waited their return in stupified amaze^ 

Arrived at the door of the apartment^ 
Colonel Ashton knocked and calledi but 
received no answer, except stifled groaas* 
He hesitated no longer to open the door «>f 
the apartment, in which he found cfjpfoA* 
tion> . from something which lay against it^ 
When he had succeeded in opening it, the 
body of the bridegroom was found lying on 
the threshold of the.bridal-chambei:, wd all 
around was flooded with blood. A cry of 
surprise and horror was raised by aU pre-, 
sent; and the company, excited by this 
ne^ alarm, began to rush tumultuously to- 
wards the sleeping apartment Colonel 
Ashton, first whispering to his mother,— 
«* Search for her— she has murdered him P 
drew his sword, planted himself in the pass* 
age, and declared he would suffer fio man 
to pass excepting the clergyman, and the 


tti6dki»l^ ptrfton present By their assist-: 
gneeft Backlaw, who still breathed^ was . 
raised from the ground, and transported to. 
anotbtf i^artmentt where his friends, full 
of suspicion and murmurlDg, assembled 
round him to learn the opinion of the soT- 

• In the metm whiles Lady Ashton^ her. 
husband, and their assistants, in vain sought 
Lucy in the bridal bed and in the chamber. 
Thete was no private passage from the 
room, and they began to think: that ahe 
must have thrown herself from the window^ 
wiietl one of the company, holding hia 
tofch lower than the rest, discovered some* 
thing white in the corner of the great old^* 
fashipiMd chimney of the apartment Here, 
they found the unfortunate girl, seated ^ or 
rather oHiched like a bare upon its fornv-^ 
herhead*gear dishevelled; her night-clptjhiea 
torn and dabbled with bioodr-*her eyes gla- 
aed, and her features convulsed into a ^iid 
paroxiysm of insanity. When she saw hecw 
silf di#cpveredi she gibbered^ made moutbsi, 

100 ^ TALES OtltY IiAKDLORI^, 

and pointed at them with her bloody ihi-^ 
gers, with the frantic gestures of an exult^' 
it)g demoniac* 

Female assistance was now hastily sami 
moned $ the unhappy bride was overpower'* 
ed» not without the use of some force. As 
they carried her over the threshold^ she 
looked down, and uttered the only arti'- 
cnlate words that she had yet spoken, say- 
itigi with a sort of grinning exultation,--^ 
•* So,* you have ta'en up your bonnie bride* 
groom 7^ She was by the shuddering as^ 
sistants conveyed to another and more re- 
tired apartment, where she was secured at 
her situation required, and closely watched; 
The unutterable agony of the parents— ^ 
the horror and confusion of all who were 
in the castle---the fury of contending pas- 
sions between the friends of th6 dtfferent 
parties, passions augmented by preidoQS 
intemperance, surpass description. 

The surgeon was the first who obtiined 
something like a patient hearing ; he pro- 
nounced that the wound of Bucklawy thougli 

THE BBIDS OF X«Aiilf£|lMOOR* 107 

severe snd dangerou8» was by no inean& 
&tal» but might readily be rendered so by 
disturbance and hasty removal* This si- 
lenced the numerous party of Bucklaw's 
'friends^ who had previously insisted that 
he should^ at all rates, be transported from 
the castle to the nearest of their houses^ 
They still demanded, however, that, in con- 
sideration of what had happened, four of 
their number should remain ta watch over 

the sick-bed of their friend, and that a suit* 
.'',.' ' 

able number of their domestics, well armed^ 

should also remain in the castle* This con* 
dition being acceded to on the partof Co- 
lonel Ashton and his father, the rest of the 
bridegroom's friends, left the <^stle, not- 
withstanding the hour and the darkness of 
the night. The cares of the medical man 
were next employed in behalf of Miss Ash- 
ton, whom he pronounced to be in a very 
dangerous state. Farther medical assist^ 
iance was immediately summoned. AH night 
«he remained delirious. On the morningi 
she fell into a state of absolute insensibility. 
The next evening, the physicians said. 

108 TALES' or VT LAKDI«QBX>* . 

would be tbe crisis of her malady*. It ptQ» 
ve4 so, for although she awoke from her 
tniQce with sOme appearance of calmnesi^ . 
apd suffered her night-clothes to be chann 
ged, or put in order, yet so soon as ^le 
put her hand to her neck, as if to search 
for the fatal blue ribbon, a tide of recol- 
lections seemed to rush upon her, which 
her mind and body were alike incapable of 
bearing. Convulsion followed convulsiony 
till they closed in death, without her being 
able to utter a word explanatory of the fatal 

The provincial judge of the district ar- 
rived the day after the young lady had exr 
pired, and executed, though with all posk 
sible delicacy to the afflicted family, the 
painful duty of enquiring into this fatal 
transaction. But there occurred nothing . 
to explain the general hypothesiS| that the 
bride, in a sudden fit of insanity, had stab- 
bed the bridegroom at tbe threshold of the 
apartment. The fatal weapoti was fpuud 
in the chamber, smeared with bloods It • 
was the same poniard which Henry should 

THS mmi^ OF ULSfMEBiifOOR, I9f 

have worn iipon the wedding-day, and 
which his unhappy sister had probably cour 
trived to secrete upon the succeeding evem 
ttigj wh^n it had been shewn to her anfu>ng 
other articles of preparation for the wed<f 

The friends of Bucklaw expected that 
upon his recovery he would throw som^ 
light upon this dark story, and eagerly 
pressed hina with enquiries, which for some 
time he evaded under pretext of weak ness, 
Wheti, however, he ha.l been transpoited 
to his own .house, aprl was considered as in 
a^tate of convalescence, he assembled those 
persons, both male and female, who na^ 
considered themselves. as entitled to press 
him on this subject, and returned them 
thanks for the interest they had expressed 
in his behalf, and their dfers of adherence 
and support. ^* I wish you all," he said^ 
«' my friends, to understand, however, tha( 
Ihave neither story to tell, nor injuries to 
avenge. If a lady shall question me hence* 
forward upon the incidents of that unhap-* 




py nigfati I shall remain silent^ and in fu«^ 
tu're consider her as desirous to break off' 
her friendship with me. But if a gentle* 
inan shall ask me the^ame question^ I shaU 
regard the incivility as equivalent to an in* 
vitation to meet him 4n the Duke's Walk» 
and I expect that he will rule himself ac- 

A declaration so decisive admijtted no 
commentary; and it was soon after seen 
that Bucklaw had arisen from the bed of 
sickness a sadder and a wiser man than he 
had hitherto shewil himself. He dismissed 
Craigengelt from his society, but not with* 
out such a provision as, if well employed^ 
might secure him against indigence, and 
against temptation. 

Bucklaw afterwards went abroad, and 

never returned to Scotland; nor was ha 

known ever to hint at the circumstances 

attending his fatal marriage. By many 

readers this may be deemed overstrained^ 

romantic, and composed by the wild ima^ 

gination of an author, desirous of gratify^ 




ing the popular appetite for the horrible $ 
but those who are read in the private family 
history of Scotland during th^ period in 
which the scene is laid, will readily dis* 
cover, through the disguise of borrowed 
names and added incidents, the leading 
particulars of an ower true tale. 

{' • 



I. 1 

Wlioee mincf 8 so mait>led4 ^d his heart so hard^ 

That would not^ when this huge mishap was heard. 

To th' utihost fiote of sorrow itet theis^song^ 

To see a gallant, with so great a grace. 

So suddenly unthought on, so o'erthrown. 

And so to perish, in so poor & place. 

By too rash riding in a ground unknown ! 

Poemy in Nishefs HerMry, Vol. IL 

We have anticipated the course of time 
to mention Bucklaw's recovery and fate, 
that we might not interrupt the detail of 
events which suodeeded the funeral of the 
uni^rtunateLucy Ashton« This melancholy 
ceremony was performed in the misty dawn 
of an autumnal morning, with as little at- 
tendance and ceremony as could possibly be 
dispensed with. A very few of the nearest 
relations attended her body to the same 
churchyard to which she had so lately been 
led as a bride> with as little free-will, perhaps^ 
upon that former occasion^ as could be now 


testified by her lifeless and passive remains. 
An aisle adjacent to the church had been 
fitted up by Sir William Ashton as a family 
cemetery ; here, in a coffin bearing neither 
name nor date, were conagned to dust the 
remains of what wa^ once lovely, beautiful, 
and innocent, though exasperated to phreii- 
zy by a long tract of luiremitting^ perse- 
cution. While the mourners weriB busy in 
the vault, the three tillage hags, VfhQ^^op- 
iyith§tandi|]g the ui^wonted earUness of th^ 
hour, had snufied the carrion like vultureSj 
vme seated on the ^ tbrough-stane," and 
€Q9B%ed ^^ ^^ wonled unhallowed coo* 

<< Did not I say," said i>ame Gouriay^ 
^ that the br^w bridal ^uld be foilowed 
by as braw a funeral f" 

. *^ i think," answered Dame Winni^ 
*< (here's little bravery at it; neither meat 
nor drink, and j^jit a wheel) silver tippenceift 
to the pqpr iblk ; it was little worth -while 
to come sae far road for sae sma' profit, mod 
us sae fraiK" . t 

*» Out, wretch^ r* peplied Dame Gour^aj?, 


> n- 

*♦ can a* the dainties they <:ould gi'e as be 
half sae sweet as this hour's vengeance? 
There they are that were capering on their 
prancing nags four days since, and. they are 
now ganging as driegh and sober as ourse^b: 
the day. They were a* glistening wi' gowd 
aiid silver^---thcy're now as black as the 
crook. And Miss Lucy Ashton, that gro^. 
ged when an honest woman came near heft 
a taed may sit on her coffin the day, and 
she never scunner when he croaks. And 
Lady Ashton has hell-fire burning in her 
breast by this time ; and Sir William, wi*. 
his gibbets, and his &ggots, and hiei clmins, 
how likes he the witcheries of *bis ain, 
dwelling house?" 

<* And is it true then," mumbled Uie 
paralytic wretch, ** that the bride was traiK^ 
ed out of hei: bed and up the chimley by 
evil spirits, and that the bridegroom's face 
was wrung round ahint him ?* 

^ Ye needna care wha did it, or how it 
was done," said Ailsie Goiirley ; •« but Pll 
uphaud it for nae sticket job, and that the 
lairds and ladies ken this day< 



- ^« Artd was it true,** said Annie Winnie^ 
•• sin ye ken sae mickle about it, that the 
picture of auld Sir Malise Ravenswood 
c^me do\Vn on the ba^ floor, and led out the 
terawl before them a' ?* 

■*• Na,** said Ailsie } "but into the ha* 
diime ^e picture*^and I ken weel how it 
cime there-^to gi'e them a warning that 
pride would get a fh'. But there's as queer, 
d ploy, cummers^ as ony o' thae, tfaati's gauu 
on even now in the buHal vault yondl^r**- 
-^ye saw t'wai' mourners, wi' craj^e and 
<^oke» gang down the steps pair and paiF?* 
^' ** What should ail us to see them f' said 
th<$' one old woman* 

•< I counted them," said the other, with 
the eagerness of a person to whom the spec* 
tacl6 had afforded too much interest to be 
\^ewed with indifference. 

^^ But ye did not see,'' said Ailsie, exult« . 
ing in her superior observation, ^ that 
here's a thirteenth amang them that they 
ken naething about; and, if auld freets 


fiay troe» there's ane o' that company that'll 
no be lang for this world. But come awa^ 
cummers i if we bid6 here, Tse warrant we 
get the wy te o' whatever ill comes of it, and 
that gude will come of it nane o' them need 
ever think to see.*^ 

And thus, croaking like the ravena when 
they anticipate pestilence, Ihe ill-boding sy^ 
bils withdrew from the church- yard. 

Ib fact, the mourners, when the service 
of interment wds ended, discovered that 
there was among them cme more than the 
hivited number, and the remark was com* 
ioiunrcated in wbispers'to each other. The 
suspicion fell upon a figure, wbich^ muffled 
ib the same deep mourning with the others, 
was reclined,* almost in a state of insensible 
Uty, against one of the pillars of the se« 
pulchral vault The relatives of the Asb^ 
toa family were expressing in whispers 
their surprise and displeasure at the in« 
tru^ion, when they were interrupted by 
Colonel Ashton, who, in his father's ab- 
sence, '^acted as principal mourner, ^' I 



kiloW)'' he said in a n^hisper, << wbo this 
person is ; he has» or shaH soon have, at 
deep cause of mourning as ourseIvesH-Jeav9 
me to deal with him, and do not disturb tlie 
ceremony by unnecessary exposure.** So 
saying, he separated himselffrom the group 
of his relations, and taking the unknown 
nioumerby the eloafc, he said to him, in a 
tone of suppressed emotion, " Follow me.** 

The stranger, as if starting from a trance 
at the sound of his voice, mechaniclilly 
obeyed, and they ascended the broken 
ruinous stair which }ed from the sepulcMe 
into the church-yard. The other moumera- 
foUowed, but remained grouped together 
at the door of the vault, watching with 
anxiety the motions of Colonel Ashton and- 
the stranger, who now appeared to^}e in 
close conference beneadi the shade of«a. 
yew tree, in the most rempte palrt of the 
buriat ground. 

To this sequestered spot Colonel Asfatoa 
had guided the stranger, and tiien turiiiiig^ 
round, addressed him in a stem andt^orb- 


pQ9ed tone— '^ J cannot doubt tlmt I sp^ak 
to the Master of Ravenswood." No an- 
swer was returned. '* I cannot doubt," re- 
aomed the Colonel, trembling with rising 
passion, /'that I speak to the murderer of 
my sister ?** 

•* You have named me but too truly^** 
said Ravenswood. in a hollow and tremu- 

" If you repent what you have done/' 
8^d the Colonel, '* may your penitence 
avail you before God ; with me it shall serve 
you nothing. Hefe,** he said, giving a pa- 
per, is the measure of my sword, and a me- 
morandum of the time and place of meet- 
iifg, Sun^rise to-morrow morning, on the 
Links to the east of WolPs-hope," 

The Master of Ravenswood held the 
paper in his hand, and seemed irresolute. 
At length he spoke— ** Po not," he said|, 
•* urge to farther desperation a wretch who 
is already desperate. Enjoy your life while 
you can, and let me seek my death from 
another,*? . ^ 

' THE BltlBS OF LAUM^»M40R. 110 

*■ «• That you liever, never shall,'* said Aah- 
toix. '< You shall die by my hand, er yoii 
sixall complete the ruin of my family on 
taking my life. If you refuse .me my open 
bhatlenge, there is no advantage I will not 
take of.ypu, no indignity with which I will 
not load you, until the Very name of Ra-. 
venswood shall be the sign of every thing 
that is dishonourable, as it is already of aU 
that is villainous.'' 

<* That it shall never be/" said Ravens 
wood, fiercely ; ^^ if I am the last who shaR 
beiT it, I owe it to those wbp pnce owfi|s4. 
it» that the naipe shall be extinguidied with* 
out ipfamy; I accept your ch^lenge, time, 
and place of meeting. We. meet, 1 pre-^ 
sume, alone ?" 

*« Alone we meet," said Colonel Ashton, 
<< and alone will the surviv^n* of us return 
from that place of rendezvous.'* 

•• Then God have mercy on the soul of 
him who falls !'* said Ravenswood* 

«* So be it l** said Colonel Ashton j ^ so 
&r can my charity reach even for the man 

ISO * TAX.BS d9 MY LAir^LOftO* 

I bate most deadly, and with the deepest 
i^easpn. Now, break off, for we shall be te- 
terrupted. The links by the sen-shore to 
the east of Wolffs bope-««the hour sttn^riie 
«*-ouF swords our only weapons." 
- « Enough," said the Master, ^1 will mt 
£lil you.^* 

They separated } Colonel Airfitoii joining 
^^e rest of the mourners, and the Master of 
Ravenswood taking his horse, v^ich tims 
tied to a tree behind the ehurch. Colonel 
Ashton returned to the casUe with theifii- 
Beral guests, but found a pretext fbr de- 
ttfeiiin^ himself from them in the evening, 
when, cb^anging his dress to a ridhfig haMt, 
be rode to Wolfs-hope that night, and 
took up his abode in the little inn, in order 
that he might be ready for his reftde^vDus 
in the ^morning. 

It is not known how the Master of Ra- 


venswood disposed of the rest of that tin- 
happy day. Late at night, however, he ar- 
rived at Wolffs Crag, and aroused his old 
domestic, Caleb BaUleratone, whokade^sed 

^expect his return. CJottfused "Rnd-fly-- 
ing rumours of' the late tragtcaf death ef 
Miss Ashton, -and af* fts tnysterious cauM, 
jiad*&eafly- reached the oW man^ who was 
filled with the utmost aa&iety^^n account 
^tfae probaUe efTeetihese events might 
,produee'BpoB''the'mind of his masten 

The Gouduct of Ravenswood had no* 
tthing' to alleviate bh apprehensions. To 
khe Sutlers trembling entreaties, that he 
"would *take -some 4^eshment, he at first 
jpetun^dfl "^no answer, and then anddeiily 
:and4efcdy demafodingwicne, bedranl^ycoii- 
vtrary^to Efis habits, a very 'large draught, 
fieeiiig that "hismasteir would eat nothing, 
the old tnan fiffectionately entreated i:bat 
he^wodld permit him to light him to his 
chamber. It was not until i;fae request was 
three or' four times repeated, that Ravens* 
wood tnadfe a mate sign df conq[)Uance« 
But ^hen Balderstone "conducted him to 
an apartment which had faieen comfortably 
fitted up,andwbichiflineebi8'retuni, hehad 


li8iiattyoccupied» Ravenswooditoppedsb^ft 
on the threshold. 

•« Not here,** said he, st.erQly j «• show 
me the room, \n which my fajt|ier die^} 
the rppiQ in wliich she slept, the night 
they wf re at the castle.'' 

<« Who, sir ?" said Cs^lebi top torriOed to 
preserve his presence of mipd. 

^*Shej Lucy Ashtdn !— would you kill 
me, old man, by forcing me to repeat her 

Caleb w^uld hav^ said .something of the 
disrepair ctf* the chamber, ^ but was silen* 
ced by the irritable impatience which was 
expressed in his masters countenance } he 
lighted the way trembling an^ iq silence, 
placed the lamp on the table of the de-> 


serted room, and was about to. attempt 
some arrangement of the b^ when his 
master bid him begone in a. tone that ad« 
mitted of no delay. ^ Th^e old man retired, 
not to rest, but to prayer ; and frpm time 
to time crept to the door of the apartment. 


in order to find out 'whethejf Ravenswood,. 
had gone to repose. His measured heavy 
step upon the floor was only interrupted 
by deep groans; and the repeated stamps 
of the heel of his heavy boot, intimated too 
clearly, that the wretched inmate was aban- 
dsning himself at such moments to parox- 
ysms of uncontrouled agony. The old 
man thought that the morning, for which 
be longed, would neyer have dawned ; but 
time, whose course rolls on with equal cur- 
"rent, however it. may seem more rapid or 
more slow to mortal apprehension, brought 
the dawn at last, and spread a ruddy light 
on the broad verge of the glistening ocean. 
It was early in November, and the weather 
was serene for the season of the year. But 
an easterly wind had prevailed during the 
night, and the advancing tide rolled nearer 
than usual to the foot of the crags on which 
the castle was founded. 

With the first peep of light, Caleb Bal- 
derstone again resorted to the door c^ Ra- 
yenswood's sleeping apartment, through a> 


chink of' vbich he observed, him engaged 
io measuring the length of two or three 
swords which lay in a clo^t adjoiniqg to 
the apartment* He muttered to himself 
as he sdected one of these weapons, /< It 
is shorter— let htm have this advantage as 
he has every odier.'* . 

' Caleb ^Balderstone knew- too well, from , 
whathe witnt!ssed, upon what enterprise his 
master was bound, and how vain all inter- 
ference on his part must necessarily prove. 
He^ had but time to retreat from the door, 
so nearly was he surprised by his master sud- 
denly coming out, and descending to the 
• stables* The faithful domestic followed, and 
from the dishevelled appearance pf his mas- 
ters drets, ^nd his ghastly looks, was con- . 
firmed in his'cotyecture that he bad pass- 
ed th^ . night Without sleep or repose. He 
found him busily -mg^ged in saddling bis 
horse, a service from, which Caleb, though 
with faulteriqg voice and trembling hands, 
offered to relieve him. Ravenswood rejected . 
his assistance by a mute sign, and having led , 



' the animal into the court, was jdst about to 
' mount him, when the old domestic's fear 
giving way to the strong attachment which 
* was the principal passion of his . mind, he 
flung himself suddenly at Ravenswood's 
fettf and clapped his knees, while he ex- 
^claimed, ^' Oh, sir ! oh, master ! kill me if 
you will, but do not go out on this dread- 
ful errand O ! my dear master, wait but 
this day— the MarqUis of A ' cocnes to- 
morrow, and a* will be remedied.** 

^ You have no longer a master, . Caleb,? 
said Ravenswood, endeavouririj^ (o extri«- 
cate hiinselPj ^* why, old man, would you 
cling to a falling tower?* 

<< But I have a master,** cried Caleb, stitl 
holding him fast, <' while the heir of Ra- 
venswood breathes. I am biit a servant ; 
but I was your father*s — ^your grand&ther*s 
— ^I was born for the family — I have Uv^d 
for them — I would die for them — iStay but 
at home, and all will be Well !" 

*' Well ? fool ! well ?" said Kavenswood } 



** vain old man, nothiog heretfter ta life 
will be well with me, and happiest is the 
hour that shall soonest close it" 

So sa^'ing, he extricated himself from Hfx^ 
old man's hold, threw himself on his horse, 
and rode out at the gate ; but instantly 
turning back, he threw towards Caleb, who 
hastened to meet him, a heavy purse of 
gold* . 

" Calebs'' he said, with a ghastly smite, 
«« I make you my executor j" and again 
turning his bridle, he resumed his course 
down the hill. 

The gold fell unheeded on the pav^- 
tnent, for the oW man rah to observe the 

course which was taken by his master, who 
turned to the kft down a small and brokeh 
path, which; gained the sea-shore througji 
a cleft in the rock, and led to a sort of cove, 
where, ill former times, the boats of the 
castle were wont to be moored* Observing 
him take this course, Caleb hastened to 
the eastern battlement, which commanded 


^le fkroqiect of the whole sands, verjr new 
AS far as the village of Wolfs-hope. He 
could easily see his master riding in that 
direction, as fast as the horse could carry 
him. The prophecy at once rushed on 
Baiderstone's mind, that the Lord of Ra- 
arenswood should perish on the Kelpie's 
Flow, which lay h^f way betwixt the tower 
and the links or sand-knolls, to the north? 
east of Wolfs-hope. He saw him accord- 
ingly reach the fatal spot, but he never saw 
him pass further* 

Colonel Ashton, fcantie for revenge, way 
already in the field, pacing the turf with 
eagerness, and looking with impatience 
towards the tower for the arrival of his an* 
tagonist The sun had now riseni and 
shewed its broad disk above the eastern sea, 
ao that he could easily discern the horse- 
man who rode towards him with speed which 
argued impatience equal to his own. At 
once the figure became invisible, as if it 
had melted] into the air. He rubbed hiy 
eyes, as if he had witnessed an apparition^ 



and then hastened to the spot, near 
he was met by BaldeFstone, who came from 
the opiposite direction. No trace what* 
tver of horse of rider could be discerned j 
ft only appeared, that the late winds. and 
high tides had greatly extended the usual 
bounds of the quicksand, and that the ua* 
fortunate horseman, as appeared from the 
hoof tracks, in his precipitate haste, bad 
Dot attended to keep on the firm sandson 
the foot of the rock, but had taken jthe 
shortest and most dangerous course. ^ Qne 
bnly vestige of his fate appeared. A large 
sable feather had been detached, from ,his 
iiat, and the rippliqg waves of the rising 
tide wafted it to Galeb's feet. The old 
man took it up, dried it, and placed, it 
in his bosom. 

The inhabitants of WoJPs- hope were now 
stlarmed, and crowded to the place, some 
on shore^ and some in boats, , but their 
search availed nothing. The tenacious, 
depths of the quicksand, as is^ usual in such 
cases, retained their prey. 



dur tale draws to a conclusion. The 
'Marquis of A—, alarmed at the frightful 
reports that were current, and anxioi^ for 
his kinsman's safety, arrived on the subse-^ 
quent day to mourn his loss ; and, after re- 
newing in vain a search for the body, re- 
turned to forget what had happened amid 
the bustle of politics and state affairs. 

"Not so Caleb Balderstone. If worldly 
profit could have consoled the old man, hisr 
age was better provided for than his earlier 
life had ever i}een ; but life had lost to him 
its salt and its savour. His ^hole course 

•a. • 

of ideas, his feelings, whether of pride or of 
apprehension, of pleasure or < of pain, had 
all arisen from his close connection with the 
family which was now extinguished. He 
held up his head no longer«^fbrsook all his 
usual haunts and occupations, and seemed 
only to find pleasure in mopeing about 
those apartments in the old castle, which 
the Master of Ravenswood had last inhabit- 
ed. He ate without refreshment, and slum^. 

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* I ^ ... ~ - — — *V - .. .,4 


bered without repose i and, with a fidelity 
sometimes displayed by the canine race, 
but seldom by human beings, he pined 
and died within a year after the catas* 
trophe which we have narrated. 

The family of Ashton did not long sur- 
vive that of Ravenswood. Sir William Ash- 
ton survived his eldest son, the Colonel, 
who was slain in a duel in Flanders ; and 
Henry, by whom he was succeeded, died 
unmarried. JLvkdy Ashton lived to the 
verge of extreme old age, the only survivor 
of the group of unhappy persons, whose 
misfortunes were owing to her implacabi- 
lity. That she might internally feel com- 
punction, and reconcile herself with hieavea 
whom she had offended, we will not, and 
we dare not deny ; but to those around 
her, she did not evince the slightest symp* 
tom either of repentance or remorse. la, 
all external appearance, she bore the same 
bold, haughty, unbending character, which, 
she had displayed before these unhappy 



events. A splendid marble monument re- 
cords her name, titles^ and virtues, while 
her victims remain undistinguished by tomb 
or epitaph. 

I » 






Serjeant More M'Alpim was, during his 
residence ampng us, one of the most ho* 
noured inhabitants of Ganderscleugh* N9 
one thought; of disputing his title to the 
great leathern chair on the ** cosiest side 
of the chimney," in the common room of 
the Wallace' Arms, on a Saturday evening*. 
No less would our sexton, John JDuirward^ 
have held it an unlicensed intrusion^ to suf- 
fer any one to induct himself into the cor* 
aer of the left^^hand pew nearest to the pul- 
pit, which the Seijeant regularly occupied 
on Sundays. There he sat,, his blue invalid 
uniform brushed with the most scrupulous* 
accuracy. Two medals of merit displi^red 
at his button-hole^, as weU as the esapt^. 


sleeve which should have been occupied 
by his right arm, were evidence of his hard 
and honourable service. His weather-beat* 
eh features, his grey hair tied in a thini 
queue in the military fashion of former days, 
and the right side of his head a little turn- 
ed up, the better to catch the sound of the 
clergyman's voice, were all marks of his 
pMiftssiotf ant} infirmities. Beside him sat 
his sister Janet, a little neat old woman, 
with a Highland curch and tartan plaid, 
watching the very looks of her brother, to 
he^ the greatest man upon earth, and ac* 
titely looking out for him, in his silver- 
eksped Kble, the texts which the minister 
quoted or-expoundedw. 

I beKevc it was the respect that was uni- 
vettally paid to this worthy veteran by all 
ranks in Ganderscleugh which induced him 
to cbuse our village for his residence, for 
such was by no means his original inten- 

He had risen to the rank of Serjeant- 
major of artiBery, by hard service in various 

'_*.1!fiMf (- * 


garters of the world, and was reckoned one 
qF the most tried and trosty. men of the 
.Scotch Train. A'bali» which shattered his 
arm in a peninsular campaign, at length 
procured him an honourable discharge, with 
an allowance from Chelsea^ and a hand* 
some gratuity from the patriotic fund* 
Moreover, Serjeant More M^Alpin bad 
been prudent as well as valiant ^ and, from 
prize-money and savings, had become mas-, 
ter oF a smaU sum. in the thi^ee per cent 

. He retired' with the fitirpose of enjoying 
^Is income in the wild Highland glen, iij^ 
which, when a boy, he had herded black 
cattle and goats, ere the roll of the dmoa 
had made him cock, his honi^ inch 
higher, and follow its music fos nearly /forty 
years. To his recollection, this retired spot 
was unparalleled in beauty by the nabest 
scenes he bad' visited ia bis wandeiwga* 
Even the Happy Valley of Rasselas woidd 
bk^e siHik into> nothing upon the compa- 
risoo* He came-*he revisited the Ipjped 

iiceiie*^ w«s but a sterik gten, surround^ 
with rude crags, and traversed by a north- 
.ern torrent. This was' not the warsL 
. The fire9 had been quenched upon tfadrtf 
hearths — of the cottage of his fathers te 
.eould but distinguish a few rude stones*-^ 
the language was almost extinguished—the 
•ancient race from which he boasted hi&> de- 
.acent had found a^ refuge beyond the At- 
lantic One southhmd farmer, three grey, 
^laided shepherds, and six dogs, now te« 
nanted the whole glen, which in his youth 
had maintained in content, if not in com* 
l^tence^ upwards of two hiindred inhabit 


In the house of the new tenant, Ser- 
jeant M*Alpin foundi however, an unex. 
pected source of pleasure, and a m^eans of 
eauploying his social affections. His sistel^ 
Janet had fortunately entertained so strong 
A persuasion that her brother would one 
day returi^ that she Bad refused to accom- 
pany her kinsfolks upon their emigration. 
Naj^^ahe had coiis?nted| thcmgh not.with- 

OQt a feeling of degradation, io Ukt servicte 
with the hdtniding Lowlander, who, though 
a Saxon, she said, had proved a kind man 
to hen This unexpected meeting with his 
sister seemed a cure for all the diaappoiiit* 
ments which it had been Seijetfnt More% 
lot to mcounter, ahfaough it was not witb* 
out a reluctant tear that he heard told, as 
A Highland womaa alone cpuld tell it, the 
story of the expatriation of his, kinsmen. . 
She narrated at length the vain offeiar 
they had made of advanced ren^^^ the pay- 
ment of whidh must have reduced them 
to the extremity of poverty, which tl^gr 

were yet contented to face, for permrssiort 
to live and die on thehr native soil. Nor 
did Janet forget the portents which had 
announced the departure of the Celtic 
race, and the arrival of the strangers. For 
two yeaKS previous to the emigration, when 
the night wind howled down the pass of 
Ballachra, its notes were distinctly model, 
led to the tune of, " Ha tU mi tuUdh,*" (we 
return no more,) with whibh the emigrants 

lit T^MifiS OF tH* tASDhoilh 

osuidijrbtd fttrcfire}! to theirnative shoreit 
The' luficouth cries of the foreign she|jf. 
herds, and the barking of their dogs, werfe 
dften b^urd in th^ iiiist of the hills long 
befere their real arrival/ A bard, the last 
of his- raw, had Gommemorated the expul- 
sion of the Halives of the glen in a tun^, 
ivhich bipoilghb tears into- the aged eyes of 
the veteran, and bf which the first stanza 
aft ay be thus rendered — 

) , 

Woe, woctjg^ pf the Lemhadkr^ 

^ Why wilt^^Siaa le4f e thy hoxipj Border? 
Why comest thou hither, disturbing the HighlandeTi 
jy^aSfiVig the glen ttuit was once, ia fair order i. 

What added to Seijeant More M*Alpin*s 
distress upon the occasion was^ that th^j 
Chief by whom this change had been efc 
fected, was, by tradition and common opi-. 
tiion'i held to represent the ancient leaders 
and fathers of the expelled- fugitives j and 
it had hitherto been * one of Serjeant 
Mpre's principal subjects of pride. to-prove|j 
by genealogical deduction, in what de- 

gjcw of kindred be slood to this personage* 
A woful change w«« iu>w wrought in his 
sentiments towards iiim« 

*< I cannot cur$e hiqa," he said^ as bo 
rose and , strode through the roooit wbeil 
Janet^s narrative was finished-*-*^' I will not 
curse him y he is the descendant ami repore^ 
s^entative of my fathers. But never ^aU 
mortal man hear me name his nam^e a^^in*'* 
And he kept his word ; for^ until his dying 
day, no man heard him mention his selfish- 
and hard-hearted chief tain. 

After giving a day to sad recollection;, 
the hardy spirit which had carried him 
through so many dangers^ manned the Ser- 
jeant's bosom. against this cruel disappoint- 
meot."^He would go," he said,, ^ to Canada 
to his kinsfolksi wtiere they had named a 
Transatlantic valley after the glen of their 
fathers. Janet," he said, *< should kilt her 
coats like a leaguer lady ; d n the dis« 
tance ! it was a flea's leap to the voyages 
and marches he had made on a slighter 


. WHii this purpose he left the Highlands,, 
and came with his sister as far as Ganders- 
cleugh, on his way to Glasgow, to take a 
passage to Canada. But winter was now 
set in, and > as be thought it advisable to 
wait for a spring passage, when the St Law- 
rence should be open, he settled among us 
for the few months^ of his stay in- Britain* 
As we said before, the respectable old man 
met with a deference and attention from 
all ranks of society ; and when spring re- 
turned, he was so* satisfied with his quarters, 
that he did not renew the purpose of his 
voyage. Janet was afraid of the sea, and 
he himself felt the infirmities of age and 
hard service more than he had at first ex- 
]^cted« And, as he confessed to the clergy^ 
man, and my worthy principal, Mr Cleish- 
botham, <* it was better staying with kenn*d 
friends, thaa going fartlier, and farcing 

• r 

He therefore established himself as an 
inhabitant of Ganderscleugh, to the great 
satisfaction, as we have ah*eady said, of all 

'a ol£«ekj> of xoktrosb. 143 

ite inhabitants, to whom he became, in re* 
spect of military intelligence, and able 
commentaries upon the newspapers, ga- 
zettes, and bulletins, a very oracle, expla- 
natory of all martial events, past, present, 
or to come. 

It is true, the* Serjeant had his ir^con- 
sistencies; He "was a steady jacobite, his 
father and his four uncles having been 
out in the forty-five ; but he was a no less 
steady adherent of King George, in whose 
service ht had made his little fortune, and 
lost three brothers ; so that you were in 
equal danger to displease him, in terming 
Prince Charles, the Pretender, <m* by saying 
any thing derogatory to ihe dignity of 
King George. Further, it must not be 
denied, that when the day of receiving his 
dividends came round, the Serjeant was apt 
to tarryt longer at the Wallace Arms of an 
evening,- than was consistent with strict 
temperance, or indeed with his worldly in- 
terest; for upon these occasions, his compo- 
tators sometimes contrived to flatter his par- 
tialities by flinging jacobite songs^ and 

drinking confusion to Buon^arte^ and tlie 
health of the Duke of WeUington, until the 
segeaot was not only flattered into payinqg; 
the whole reckoning,but occasionally indih 
ced to lend small sum^ to his interested com» 
panions. After suck sprays, as ihe calked 
them, were over, he seldom failed to thank 
Qod, and the Duke of York^ who had made 
it much more difficult for an old -soldier t# 
ruin himself by his Ibily, than had been the 
case in bis younger days. 

It was not upon such occasions that I 
made a part of Senjea^t . More M<Alpin*a 
society. But often, whtn my leisure would 
permit, I used to seek him, on what he 
called his morning jand evening parade, en 
which, when the weather was fair, he ap- 
peared as regularly as if summoned by tuck 
of drum. His morning walk was beneath 
the elms in the churchyard; ^' for death,"* 
he said, ** had beet) histi^cb^door neighbour 
for so many years, that he had no ^polo^ 
for drop(M»g the acquaintance.'* His even- 
fng promenade was on the4)leachtng-green« 
^liy the river side, where be wfMs sometimet 


to bfe seen on an open bench^ with spec- 
tacles On nose^ conning over the newspapers 
fD a.birclebf village politicians, explaining 
fldilitary terms, and aiding the comprehen- 
sion of his hearers by lines drawn on the 
gifouhd with the end of his rattan* On 
other occasions, he was surrounded by a 
bevy of school-boys, whom he sometimes 
drilled to the manual, and sometimes, with 
less approbation on the part of their pa- 
rents, instructed in the mystery of artifi« 
cial fire- works Y for in the case of public 
rejoicings, the serjeant was pyrotechnist 
( asthe Encyclopedia caAs it) to the village 
of Ganderscleugh. 

It. was in his morning walk that I most 
frequently met with the veteran. And I can 
hardly yet look upon the village footpath^ 
overshadowed by the row of lofty elms, 
without thinking I see his upright form a^- 
vancmg towards me with measured 8tep» 
and his cane advanced, ready to pay n^e 
the military salute-^but he is dea(^, sj^i 
sleeps with his faithful itanet» under t^e 

VOL. III. a 


third of those very trees, counting from the 
stile at the west corner of the churchyard. 
The delight which I had in Serjeant MC 
Alpin's conversation, related not only to his 
own adventures, of which he had encouii* 
tered many in the coQrse of a wandering 
life, but also to his ]:ecolIection of nuine- 
rous Highland traditions, in which his youth 
had been instructed by his parents, and of 
which he would in after life have deemed, 
it a kind of heresy to questipn the authen- 
ticity. Many of these related to the wars 
of Montrose, in which some of the ser- 
jeant's ancestry had, it seems, taken a dis- 
tinguished part. It hashappened, that, al- 
though these civil commotions, reflect the 
highest honour upon the Highlanders, bging 
indeed the first occasion upon which they 
shewed themselves superior^ or even equal, 
to their Lowcountry .neigh|?oiirs,in military 
encounters, they have been less comtnemo- 
rated amonf): them than one would have lex- 
pected, judging from' the abundance of tra- 
ditions which they have preserved upon lest 

i I 



interesting subjects* It was, therefore, with 
great pleasure, that I extracted from my 
military friend some curious particulars re- 
specting that time ; they are mixed with 
that measure of the wild and wonderful 
which belong to the periods and the narra- 
tor, but which I do not in the least object 
to the reader treating with disbelief, pro- 
viding he will be so good as give implicit 
credit to the natural events of the story, 
which, like^all those which I have had the 
honour to put under his notice, actually 
rest upon a basis of truth. . 

> ■« I II ■» ^ ^m'**Ibw*» 



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Such as do bidld their faith upon 
The holy text of pike and gun. 
Decide all controverties by 
lofaUiUe artiUery, 
And proVe their doctrine orthodox^ 
By apostolic blows and knocks. 


It was during the period of that great and 
bloody Qvil War which agitated Britahi 
during the sixteenth century, that our tale 
has its commencement. Scotland had as 
yet remained free from the ravages of in- 
testine war, although its inhabitants were 


much divided in political opinions; and 
that many of them, tired of the controul of 
the Estates of Parliament, and disapproving 
of the bold measure which they had adopt- 
ed, by sending into England a large army 
to the assistance of the Parliament, were 
determined on their part to embrace the 
earliest opportunity of declaring for the 
Kingi and making such a diversion as should 
at least compel the recall of General Les- 
lie's army out of Enghmd, if it did not re- 
cover a great part of Scotland to the King's 
dlegiance. This plan was chiefly adopted 
by the northern nobility, who had resisted 
with great obstinacy the adoption of the 
Solemn League and Covenant, and by many 
of the chiefs of the Highland clans, who 
conceived their interest and authority to 
be connected with royalty, who had be- 
sides a decided aversion to the Presbyte- 
rian, form of religion, and who, finally, 
were in that half savage state of society, in 
which war is always more welcome th$a 

— , — .jr 


Great commotions were generally expect- 
ed to arise from these concurrent causes ; 
and the trade of incursion and depreda- 
tion, which the Scotch Highlanders at all 
times exercised upon the Low Countries, 
began to assume a more steady, avowed, 
and systematic form, as part of a general 
military system, 

. Those at the head of affairs were not 
insensible to the peril of the moment, 
and anxiously made preparations to meet 
and to repel it. They considered, how- 
ever, with satisfaction, that no leader or 
name of consequence had as j et appeared 
to assemble an army of royalists, or even 
to direct the efforts of those desultory 
bands, whom love of plusder, perhaps, an 
much as political principle, had hurried in- 
to mieasures of hostility. It was generally 
'hoped that the quartering a sufBcient num- 
ber of troops in the low countries adjacent 
to the Higliland line, would have the effect 
of restraining the mountain chieftains j 
while the power of various barons in the 


nortli, who had espoused the Covenant- as, 
for example, the Earl Mareschal, ihe great 
families of Forbes, Leslie, and*Trvine, tlie 
Grants, and other Presbyterian clans, might 
counterbalance and bridle, not only the 
strength of the ^gil vies and other cavaliers 
of Angus and Kincardine, but even the po- 
tent family of the Gordons, whose exten- 
sive authority was only equalled by their 
extreme dislike to the Presbyterian model. 
In the West Highlands the ruling party 
numbered many enemies; but the power 
of these disaffected clans was supposed to 
be broken, and the spirit of their chief- 
tains intimidated, by the predominating 
influence of the 'Marquis of Argyle, upon 
whom the confidence of the Convention 
of Estates was reposed with the utmost 
security j and whose power in the High- 
lands, already exorbitant, had been still 
farther Increased by concessions extorted 
from the King at the last pacification. It 
was indeed wdl known that Argyle was 
a man rather of political enterprise than 


personal courage, and better caleulated to 
manage an intrigue of state* than to con- 
troul the tribes of hostile mountaineers ; 
yet the numbers of his clan» and the spirit 
of the gallant gentlemen by whom it was 
led, migbtt it was supposed, atone for the 
personal deficiences of their chief; and ai 
the Campbells had already severely hum^ 
bled several of the neighbouring tribes^ it 
was supposed these would not readily again ' 
provoke an encounter with a body so^ 

Thus having at their own command the 
whole west and south of Scotland, indispu- 
tably the richest part of the kingdom ; Fife- 
shire being in a peculiar manner their own, ' 
and possessing many and powerful friends 
even north of the JForth and Tay, the Scot- 
tish Convention of Estates saw no danger 
sufficient to induce them to alter the line 
of policy they had adopted, or to redaill 
from the assistance of their brethren of the 
English Parliament that auxiliary army of 
twenty thousand men, by means of which - 



accession of strength the King's party had 
been reduced to the defensive when in full 
career of triumph and success, 
: The causes which moved the Conven-, 
tion of Estates at this time to take such an 
immediate and active interest in the civil 
war of England, .are detailed in our histo- 
rians, but may be here shortly recapitula- 
ted. They had indeed no new injury or 
aggression to complain of at the hand of the 
King, and the peace which had been made 
between Charles and his subjects of Scot- 
land had been carefully observed ; but the 
Scottish r^iilers were well aware that this 
peace had been extorted from the King, as 
well by the influence of the parliamentary 
pjirty in England, as by the terror of their 
own^arms. ^ It is true, King Charles- had 
since vvi^ited the capital of his ancient king* 
dom, had assented to the new organization 
of the church, and had distributed honours 
and rewards among the leaders of the party 
which had shewn themselves most hostile 

to his interests^ but it was suspected .that 



distinctions so unwillingly conferred would 
be resumed so soon as opportunity offered/ 
The low state of the English Parliament 
was seen with deep apprehension, and it was 
concluded, that should Charles triumph by 
force of arms against his insurgent sub* 
jects of England, he would not be long in 
exacting from the Scotch the vengeance 
which he might suppose due to those who 
had set the example of taking up arms 
against him. Such was the policy of the 
measure which dictated the sending the 
auxiliary army into England; and it was 
avowed in a manifesto explanatory of their 
reasons for giving this timely and import- 
ant aid to the English Parliament. The 
English Parliament, they said, had been 
already friendly to them, and might be so 
again ; whereas the King, although he had 
lo lately established religion among them 
according to their desires, had given them 
no ground to confide in his royal declara- 
tion, seeing they had found his promises 
and actions inconsistent with each other. 


«* Our conscience/' they concluded, « and 
God, who is greater than our conscience, 
beareth us record, that we aim altogether 
at the glory of Ood, peace of both nations, 
arid honour of the king, in suppressing and 
punishing in a legal way, of those who are 
the troublers of Israel, the firebrands of 
hell, the Corahs, the Baalams, the Doegs, 
the Rabshakehs, the Hamans, the Tobiahs, 
the Sanballats of our time; which done, 
we aire satisfied. Neither have we begun 
to use a military expedition to England as 
a mean for compassing those our pious 
ends, until all other means which we could 
think upon have failed us ; and this alone 
is left to us, ultimum et unicum remediuM, 

* * * 

the last and only remedy/* 

Leaving it to casuists to determine whe- 
ther one contracting party is justified in 
breaking a solemn treaty, upon the suspi- 
cion that in certain future contingencies it 
might be infringed by the other, we shall 
proceed to mention two other circumstan- 
CCS which had at least eq^ual influence with 

A LEGEND OF K0NT&088* 157 

tihe Scottish rulers and nation, mth any, 
doubts which they entertained of the King's 
good faith. 

The first of these was the nature and 
condition of their army ; headed by a poor 
and discontented nobility, under whom it 
was oflScered chiefly by Scottish soldiers of 
fortune, who had served in the Germaa 
wars until they had lost almost all distinc- 
tion of political principle, and even of 
country, in the adoption of the mercenary 
faith, that a soldier's principal duty was fidCf- 
lity to the state or sovereign from whom he 
received his pay, without respect either to 
the justice of the quarrel, or to their own 
connection with either of the contending 
parties. To men of this stamp, Grotius 
applies the severe character — Nullum viitB 
genus est improbitis, quam eorum, qui sine 
caus^ respectu mercede conducti, militant 
To these mercenary soldiers, as well as 
to the needy gentry with whom they were 
mixed in command, and who easily im- 
bibed, the same opinionsf, the success of 


> * " - 

thie late short irivasion of England in 1641 
was a sufficient reason for renewing so pro- 
fitable an experiment. The good pay and 
free quarters of England had made a feel- 
ing impression upon the recollection , or 
these military adventurers, and the pros- 
pect of again levying eight hundred and 
fifty pound a- day, came in place of all ar-* 
guments, whether of state or of morality. 

Another cause'no less inflamed the minds 
of the nation at large, than the temptfng 
prospect of the wealth of England anima- , 
ted the soldiery. So much had been writ- 
ten and sard on either, side concerning the 
form of church government, that it had* 
become a matter of infinitely more con- 
sequence in the eyes of the multitude than * 
the doctrines of that gospel which both 
churches had embraced. The Prelatisti 
and Presbyterians of the more violent 
kind became as illiberal as the Papists, and 
would scarcely allow the possibility of sal- 
ration beyond the pale of their respective 
churches. It was in vain remarked to these 


zealots, that had the Author of our holy 
religion considered any peculiar form of 
church government as essential to salviEb-' 
tion, it would have been revealed with the 
same precision as under the Old Testament 
dispensation. Both parties continued at 
violent as if they could have pleaded the 
distinct , commands of Heaven to justify 
their intolerance. Laud, in the days of 
his domination, had fired the train, by at- 
tempting to impose upon the Scottish peo- 
ple church ceremonies foreign to their 
habits and opinions. The success with 
which this had been resisted, and the Pres- 
byterian model substituted in its place, 
had endeared the latter to the nation, as the 
cause in which they had triumphed. The 
SolemnLeague and Covenant, adopted With 
such zeal by the greater part of the king- 
dom, and by them forced, at the sword's 
point, upon the others, bore in its bosom, 
as its principal object, the establishing the 
doctrine and discipline of the Presbyterian 
church, and the putting down all error and 


heresy ; and having attained for their own 
country an establishment of this goIdeQ 
candlestick) the Scots became liberally ^nd 
fraternally anxious to establish the same 
in England. This they conceived might be 
easily attained by lending to the Parlia- 
ment the effectual assistance of the Scot- 
tish forces. The Presby terians, a numerous 
and powerful party in the English Parlla* 
ment, had hitherto taken the lead in oppo* 
sition to the King ; while the Independents 
and other sectaries^ who afterwards^ under 
Cromwell) resumed the power of the sword^ . 
and overset the Presbyterian model both in 
Scotland and England^ were as yet con* 
tented to lurk under the shelter of the 
wealthier and more powerful party. The 
prospect of bringing to a uniformity the 
kingdoms of England and Scotland in dis- 
cipline and worship, seemed therefore as 
fair as it was desirable. , * 

The celebrated Sir Henry Vane, one. of , 
the commissioners who negociated the alli^ 
j|pce betwixt England and Scotland, saw the 


force which this bait had ^p(ln the spirits 
of those with whom he dealt} and although 
himself a violent Independent, he cmtri- 
ved at once to gratify and to elude the ea- 
ger desires of the Presbyterians, by qualj* 
fying the obligation to reform the Chut:ch 
of England, as a change to be executed 
" according to the word of God, and the 
best.r,eformed churches/' Deceived by their 
own cfagierness, themselves entertaininig np 
doubts on the Jw IHvinum of their pvrp 
ecclesiastical establishments, and not hold- 
ing it possible such doubts could .be beld 
by others, the Convention of E$tAtes.aii4 
the Kirk of Scotland conceived, that suc^i 
expressions necessarily inferred tlie e^t^ 
blishtnent of Presbytery j nor ^ere ^thpjr 
undeceived, until, when their help was jotp 
longer needful, the sectaries gave th^m to 
understand, that the phrase might he as 
well applied to Independency, or any othef 
mode of worship, which those who were %t 
the head of affairs. s^t the time might co^ * 
sider as agreeable ^/ to the wo^d of God, ^ 




and the practice of the reformed churches^** 
Neither were they less astonished to find, 
that the designs of the English sectaries 
struck against the monarchial constitution 
of Britain, it having been their intention 
to reduce the power of the king, hut byna 
means to abrogate the oflSce. They fared> 
however, in this respect, like rash physi- 
cians, who commence by over physicking a 
patient, until he. is reduced to a state of 
weakness, from which cordials are after- 
wards unable to recover him. 

But these events were yet in the womb 
of futurity. As yet the Scottish Parliia- 
ment held their engagement witli Eiig- 
land consistent with justice^ prudence, and 
piety, and their military undertaking seem- 
ed to succeed to their very "wish. The 
junction of the Scottish army with those 
of Fairfax and Manchester, enabled the 
Parliamentary forces to besiege York, and 
to fight . the desperate action of Long- 
Marston Moor, in which Princfe Rupert 
and the Marquis of Newcastle were de- 




fieated. The Scottish auxiliaries, indeed, 
had less of the glory of this victory than 
their countrymen could desire, David 
Leslie, with their cavalry, fought bravely, 
and to them, as well as to Cromwell's bri- 
gade of Independents, the honour of the 
day belonged ; but the old Earl of Leven, 
the covenanting general, was driven out of 
the field by the impetuous charge of Prince 
Rupert, and was thirty miles distant, in 
full flight towards Scotland, when he was 
overtaken by the news that his party had 
gained a complete victory. 

The absence of these troops, upon this 
crusade for the establishment of Presbyte- 
Tianism in England, had considerably dimi- 
nished the power of the Convention of 
Estates in Scotland, and had given rise to 
those agitations among the anti-covenan- 
ters, which we have noticed at the begin- 
ning of this chapter. 

. ^M. 



His mother could for him as cradle set 

Her bushaad's rusty iron corselet ; 

Wbofe jaogliog soimd could faasb her M>e to rest, 

lliat never plained of his un^m^.nest ; 

Then did he dream of dreary wars at hand, ' 

And woke» and fought^ and won, ere he could standi 

^IUi.l'« SaHrct. 


It was towards the clove of a summer's 
eveoiogt during the anxiqus period whieh 
we have commemorated, that a young geti* 
tieman of quaUty^ well^mountedand ikrmed, 
and accompanied by. two servants, one 4if 
whom led a sumpter hors^ rode slowly up 
out of those ste^ passes, by which/4it 
HigMands are accessible from the Lowlands 
of Perthshire. Their course had lain for 
some time along the banks of a lake, whose 
deep waters reflected the crimson ))eams of 

AXEOEND or MOMTBOfil. %$i 

the western sun. The broken path which 
they pursued with some difficulty^ was in 
some places shaded by the ancient birches 
and oak-trees, and in others overhung by 
fragments of huge rock. Elsewhere, the 
hill, which formed the northern side of this 
beautiful sheet of water, arose in steep, but, 
less precipitous acclivity, and was arrayed 
in heath of the darkest purple. In present 
times, a scene so romantic would have been 
judged to possess the highest charms for 
the traveller ; but those who journey in 
days of doubt and dread, pay little atten- 
tion to picturesque scenery. 

The master kept, as often as the wood 
piarraitted, abreast of one or both of his 
domestics, and seemed earnestly to con- 
verse with them, probably because the dis- 
tinctions of rank are readily set aside 
amoBg those who are made to be sharers 
of common danger. The dispositions of 
the leading men who inhabited this wild 
couotry, and the probability of their taking 



part in the political convulsions that were 
iox>n expected, were the subjects of their 

They had not advanced above half wdy 
up the lake, and the young gentleman was 
pointing to his attendants the spot where 
their intended road turned northwardSi 
and leaving the verge of the loch, ascended 
a ravine to the right-hand, when they dis- 
covered a single horseman coming down 
the shore, as if to meet them. The gleaih 
of the sun-beams upon his head- piece and 
corslet showed that he was in armour, and 
the purpose of the other travellers required, 
that he should not pass unquestioned. <* We 
must know who he is," saidnhe young gen- 
tleman, " and whither he is going." And 
putting spurs to his horse, he rode forward 
as fast as the rugged state of the rdad 
would permiti foUpwed by his two attend* 
ants, until he reached the point where the 
road along the side of the lake was* inter* 
sected by that which descended, from Uie 

A L£6£MD OF MONT&OSC. 167 

ravine, securing thus against the possibility 
of the stranger eluding them, by turning 
irito the latter road before they came up 
with him^ 

The single horseman had mended his 
pace, when he first observed the three ri- 
ders advance rapidly towards him.; but 
when he saw them halt and form a front j 
which completely occupied the path, he 
cfiecked'his horse, and advanced with great - 
deliberation j so that each party had an op- 
pprtunity to take a full survey of each other. 
The solitary stranger was mounted upqn 
ari able horse, fit for military service, and 
for the great weight which he had to carry, 
and his rider occupied his demipique, or 
war-saddle, with an air that showed it was 
hfs familiar. seat.. He had a bright bur- 
nished head-piece, with a pkime of fea- 
thers, together with a cuirass, thick enough 
to resist a musket-ball, with a back-piece 
of lighter materials. These defensive arms 

^'wore.over a buffjerkii^ along with a pair 

♦ «* 


• '\tm 


of gauntlets or steel-gloves, the topi of 
which reached up to his elbow, and which, 
like the rest of his armour, were of bright 
steeL At the front of his military saddle 
hung a case of pistols, far beyond the ordi- 
nary size, nearly two feet in length, and 
carrying bullets of twenty to the pound* 
A buff-belt, with a broad silver buckle, 
sustained on one side a long straight dou- 
ble-edged broad*sword, with a strong guard, 
and a bkd0 calculated either to strike or 
pui^h. On the right side hung a dagger of 
about eighteen inches in length ; a shoul- 
der-belt sustained at his back a ftiusquettbon 
or blunderbuss, and was crossed by a ban* 
delier containing his charges of ammuni- 
tion. Thigh-pieces of steel, then termed 
taslets, met the tops of his huge jack-boots, 
and completed the equipage of a well-arm« 
ed trooper of the period. 

The appearance of the horseman him- 
self corresponded well with his military 
equipage, to which he had the air of having 


••- ** 


• . 

bieen long inured. He was above the mid* 
die size, and of strength sufficient to bear 
with ease the weight of his weapons, offea^ 
aive and defensive. His age might be forty 
and upwards, and his countenance was 
that of a resolute weather-beaten veteran, 
who had seen many fields, and brought 
away in token more than one scan At 
the distance of about thirty yards he halt- 
ed and stood fast, raised himself on his 
stirrups, as if to reconnoitre and ascertain 
the purpose of the opposite party, and 
brought his musquettoon under his right 
arm, ready for use, if occasion should re- 
quire it. In every thing but numbers, he 
had the advantage of those who seemed 
inclined to interrupt his passage. 

The leader of the party was, indeed^ 
well mounted and clad iii a buff coat, rich- 
ly embroidered, the half- military dress of 
the period ; but his domestics had only 
coarse Jadkets of a thick felt,' which could 
scarce be expected, to turn th^ edge of a 

TOL. in. H 


swo^d, if wielded by a strong man ; and 
none of them had any weapons, save swords 
and pistols, without which gentlemen, or 
their attendants, during those disturbed 
times, seldom stirred abroad. 

When they had stood at gaze for about 
a minute, the younger gentleman gave the 
Qhatlepge which was then common in the 
mouth of all strangers who met in such 
cjircumstances*— ^* For whom are you 7* 

" Tell me first," answered the soldier, 
^ for whom are you ? — the strongest party 
should speak first" 

. «« We are for God and^ King Charles," 
answered the first speaker^-^*^ Now tell your 
faction, you know out's ?" . , 

<< I am for God and n)y st^o^rd," an- 
swered^ the single horseman. ^ ^ . . , ^ 

,f^ And f^r which s1^q4ard ?" replied t^e 
chief of the other party—" Cavalier or 
Roundhead, King or Convention f 

/' By my troth, sir," answered the soldier* 
/^J would be loth to reply to yopwith an 
untruth, as a thing unbecoming a^ cavalier 

of fortune and a soldier. But to answer 
your query mth beseeming veracity, it is 
necessary I should myself have resolved, to 
wfailk of the present divisk>ns of the king- 
dom I shall ultimatety adhere, being a 
matter whereon my mind is not as yet pre« 
ceesely ascertained." 

1 << I should have thought," answered the 
gentleman, <* that, when loyalty and reli- 
gion are at stake, no gentleman or man 
of honour . could be long in chusing his 

, " Truly, sir," replied the trooper, «* if 
ye speak this in the way of vituperation, 
as meaning to impugn my honour or gen- 
teeiity, I would blythely put the same to ' 
isj^e, venturing in that quarrel with my sin* 
gle iperson agafdfeit you three. But if you 
sp^k it in the way of logical ratiocination, 
whilk I have studied in my youth at the 
Mareschd-CoUege of Aberdeen, I am ready 
to prove to ye logicSy that my resolution to 
defer, 'for a certain season^ tiie taking up- 
on mt Either of these quarrels, not only be- 

Cometh m^ as a gentleman and a man of 
l^cmouFy but also as a person of , sense and 
pf udeacei one. imbiii^d with humane lefc* 
ters in his early, youth, and who, from 
thenceforwardi has followed the wats un- the banner of the invincible Gustavus^ 
the Lion of the North, and under many 
other heroic leadeirs^ both. Lutheran and 
Calvinist, Papist ai\d Arn^tnian.'* 

After exchanging a word or two with 
his domestics, llie younger gentleman. re« 
plied, *^ I should be glad, sir,4;p have some 
conversation with ypu uppn so interesting 
a question, and should be proud if I can 
determine you in favour of the cause I 
h^ive myself espoused* I ride this evening 
to a friend's house not three miles distant^ 
whither, if you chuse to accompany me, 
you shall have good quarters for the night, 
and free permission to take your own road 
in the morning, if you then feel no indi^ 
nation to joia with us." > 

«« Whose word am I to t^ke for .this JT 
answered the cautious aoldier~-<^ A mui 



.must know his guarantee, or he may fall 
into an ambuscade." 

«* I am calkd/' answered the younger 
•traiig6r^ " the Earl of Menteitb, and, I 
trusty you will receive my honour as a suf- 
ificient security." 

" A worthy nobleman," answered the 
tfoldier^ ^* whose parole is not to be doubt- 
^•" With one motion he replaced his 
musquettoon at his back, and with another 
made his military salute to the young no- 
bleman, and continuing to talk as he rodr 
forward to join hita — «* And,^ I trust," said 
h^ << my own assurance, that I will be 
ion eatnarada to your lordship in peace or 
in peril, during the time we shall abide 
together, will not be altogether vilipend- 
ed in these doubtful times, when, as they 
say» a ijian's head is safer in a steel- cap 
than in a marble palace." 

•* I assure you, sir," said Lord Men- 
teitb, <* that, te judge from your appear- 
ance, I most highly value the advantage 
of your escort y but, I ti^ust, we shall have 


174 . TALES OF MY i<AKD£0£D« 

no occasion for any exercise of valour, ass 
I expect to conduct j'ou to good and 
friendly quarters." - . 

« Good quarters, my lord/' replied the 
soldier, *« are always acceptable, and are 
only to be postponed to good pay or good 
booty, not to rAention the honour of a ca^ 
valier, or the needful points of command* 
ed duty. And truly, my lord,'your noble 
proffer is not the less welcome, in that I 
knew not preceesely this night where I 
and my poor companion (patting his horse) 
were to find lodgments.'* ' 

** May i be permitted to ask, then,* 
said Lord Menteith, •* to whom I have the 
good fortune to stand quarter-master T" 

** Truly, my lord,*' said the trooperi 
*« my name is Dalgetty — Dugald Dalgettyi 
Ritt-master Dugald Dalgetty of Drum- 
thwacket, at your hdnoufible swvice to 
comma&d. It is ft name you may Have 
seen in GaUo-Belgictt^f the Swedish Intel^ 
Ugencer^ or, if y6u read High-Dutch, ill 
the FliegencUen Mercevr of Leipsic My 


£itber, my lord^ bavii^ by unthrifty cour6«9 
redacted a fair patrimany to a nonentity^ 
I had DO better shift, when I was eighteen 
years auld, than to carry the learning whilk 
I had acquired at the Mareschal- College 
of Aberdeen, my gentle bluid and design 
nation of Drumthwacket, together with a 
pair of stalwarth arms, and legs conform, 
to the German wars, there to push my 
way as a cavalier of fortune. My lord; 

- * 

my legs and arms stood me in more stead 
than either my gentle kin or my book- 
lear, and I found myself trailing a piki 
as a private gentleman^ under old Sir Lu- 
dovick Leslie, where I learned the rules 
o' service sae tightly, that I will not forget 
them in a hurry. Sir, I have been made to 
stand guard eight hours, being from twelve 
at noon to eight o'clock pf the night, at 
the palace, armed with back and breast, 
head-piece and bracelets, being iron to the 
teeth, in a bitter frost, and the ice was as 
hard as ever was flint ; and all for stopping 

an instant to speak to, my, landlady^ wbe» 
J should haye gooe to roll-call.'' . 

" And doubtless, sir," replied Lord Meit- 
teith, .'* you have gone through some hot 
service, as well as this same cold duty yop 
talk of r , 

** Surely, my lord, it doth not becopi^e 
me to speak ; but he that hath seen the 
fields of Leipsic and of Lutzen, t^ay bp 
pfid to have seen pitched battl/es* Ai^l 
Oiie who hath witnessed the intakimg «jf 
iFrankfort, and Spanheim, and Nuremberg^ 
MXkd so forth, should know something about 
leaguers, storms^ onslaughts and oyt&Us.'^^ 

" But your merit, sir, and experiencQ^ 
were, doubtlesg, followed by promotion," 

•* It came slow, my lord, dooms slow^^ 
replied Dalgetty'j ** but as. my Scottish 
countrypien, the fathers of Uie war, and 
the raisers of those valorous, Scottish f^ 
giments that were the dread of Germmy» 
began to fall pretty thick, what willi pesti^ 
lence and what with the sword, wl^y w«i 

A LCaEm> OF MOKTRO&e. 1 77 

tiidr diildren, succeeded to: their inherit- 
ance* Sir, I was six years first private 
gentleman of the company^ and three years 
lance^peisade ; disdaining to receive a hal- 
bert) as nnbecoaiing my birth. Wherefore 
I was ultimately pr<mioted to be a fahn- 
dragger, as the Higii Dutch call it, (which 
signifies an asxcient) in the King's Leif Re- 
giment of Kack- Horse, and thereafter I 
srose to be Keatennant and ritt-master, un- 
der that invincible monarch, <^e bulwark 
of the Protestant faith, the Lion, of the 
North, the terror of Austria, GustayvB the 

•*^ And yet, if I understand- you^ Captain 
Dalgetty,— I think that rank correspond! 
with your foreign title* of ritt-master, »'* 

♦* The same grade preceesely,** answef 
ed Dalgetty ; ^* ritt-niasiter signifying li-^ 
tcrally file-leader." 

** I was observing,'^ continued Lord 
Menteith, « that, if- 1 understood you 
light, you had left the service of this great 

H i 

178 TALES OF MT LAKl>l40RB« 

** It i*as after his dcath-^it Was after 
his death, sir,'^ said Dalgetty, «* when I 
was in no shape bound to continue mine 
adherence. There are things, my lord, in 
that service, that cannot but go against the. 
stomach of ady cavalier of honour. la 
especial, albeit the pay be none of the 
most superabundant, being only about six- 
ty dollars a month to a ritt-master, yet 
the invincible Gustavus never paid above 
one-third of that sum, whilk was distri- 
buted monthly by way of loan } although, 
when justly considered, it was, in fact, a 
borrowing by that great monarch of the 
additional two-thirds wMch were due' to 
the soldier. And I have seen some whdle 
regiments of Dutch and Holsteiners mu- 
tiny on the field of battle, like base scul- 
lions, crying out Gelt,' gelt, signifying' their 
desire x)f pay, instead of falling to blows 
like our noble Scotch blades, who fever 
disdained, my lord, postpohiiig of honour 
to filthy lucre." 

« But were not these arrears,'' said liord 

-— •*^-^>' -- «r^ i -«^^5M*»— ■*^»"** - t> 


Menteith, ^* paid to the soldiery at some 
stated period ?" 

« My lord," said Dalgetty, « I take it 
on my conscience, that at no period, and 
by no possible process, could one creutzer 
of them ever be recovered. I myself never 
saw twenty dollars of nxy own all the time 
I served the invincible Gustavus, unless it 
WAS from the chance of a storm, or vic- 
tory, or the fetching in some town or 
doorp, when a cavalier of fortune, who 
knows the usage of wars, seldom faileth to 
make some small profit." 
' •* I begin rather to wonder, sir,'* said 
Lord Menteith, ^< that you should have 
continued so long in the Swedisb service, 
than that you should have ultimately with- 
drawn from it." 

** Neither I should," answered the ritt^ 
master ; ** but that great leader, captain, 
and king, the Lion of the North, and the 
bulwark of the Protestant faith, had a 
way of winning battles, taking towns, over- 
running countries, and levying cdntribu- 

■»*^»' Hi». «. 




tions, whilk made his service irresistibij 
delectable to all true-bred cavaliers who 
follow the npble profession of arms. . Sim- 
ple as I ride here^ my IcH'di I have myself 
commanded the whole stift of Danl^espiel 
en the Lower Rhine, occupying the Fah^ 
grave's palace, consuming his choice wines . 
with my comrades^ calling in contributioDS^; 
requisitions, and caduacs, and not failing to 
:ick my fingers, as became a good cook* 
But truly all this glory hastened to deeay^ 
after our great master had been shot with 
three bullets on the field of Luteen ; where* 
fore, finding that Fortune had changed 
sides, that the borrowings and lendings 
went on as before out of our pay, whil« 
the caduacs and casualties were all cut off^ 
I e'en gave up my commission, and took 
service with Wallenstein in Walter Butler^is 
Irish regiment.'* 

*^ And may I beg to know df you^** said 
Xiord Menteith, apparently interested in 
the adventures of this soldier of fortune^ 
fallow you liked this change of mas^seii ?" ^ 

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▲ I^0£ND OT M0MTB06E* 181 

*^ Indifferent well/* said the Captain*** 
u very indifferent well. I cannot say that 
the Emperor {mid much better than tht 
great Gustavus* For hard knocks, we had 
plenty of them* I was often obliged to run 
my head against my old acquaintances, tht 
Swedish feathers, whilk your honour must 
conceive to be double*pointed stakes, shod 
with iron at each end, and planted befinre 
the squad of pikes to prevent an infall of 
the cavalry. The whilk Swedish feathers, 
although they look gay to the eye, resem* 
bling the shrubs or lesser trees of an forest, 
as the puissant pikes, arranged in battalia 
behind them, correspond to the tall pinea 
thereof, yet, nevertheless, are not altoge-* 
ther so sofl to encounter as the plumagf 
of a goose. Howbeit, in despite o£ heavy 
blows and light pay, a cavalier of fortuni 
may thrive indifferently well in thie impe* 
rial service, in respect his private casualties 
are nothing so closely looked to as by tht 
Swede ; and so that an officer did his duty 
on the field, neither Wallenstein mm Pap- 


.V'- ••*v;-, .'. 


peakeim, nor old Tilly before them, wOuM 
likely listen to the objurgations of boors 
0r burghers agdnst any commander or gol- 
Qado by whom they chanced to be somewh^^ 
tlosely shorn. So that an experienced ca- 
valier, knowing how to lay, as our Scott^h 
phrase runs, * the head of the sow to the tail 
of the grice,' might get out of tbe country 
the pay whilk he could not obtain from the 
emperor." . 

^< With a full hand, sir,, doubtless, and 
with interest," said Lord Menteith. 
. . <v Indubitably, my lord," answered Dal* 
getty, composedly } ^' for it would be 
doubly <ti^raceful for any soldado of rank 
to have his name called in quejstion for any 
petty delinquency." 

^* And pray, sir," continued l40rd Men- 
teith, ^' what made you leave so gainful a 
service ?" 

i *« Why, truly, sir," answered the sol- 
dier, ** an Irish cavalier, called O'Quil- 
ligan, being major of our regiment, and 
I having had words with him the night 



A M«ftKB lot ifMmaa& ISt 

%e&re> respecting the' worth Bjkd pf eoe^ 
^ience of our safVeral nations, it pleased 
imnthe next day to deliver his orders to 
«e with the point of his batloon advan^eed 
and held aloof, instead of declining atid 
4r«ling the same, as is the ^shtdn from a 
courteous commanding officer towttrda his 
^ual in rank, though, it may be, his info* 
rtor in military grade* Upon this quarrel, 
aify we fought in private rencontre > and 
as, in the perqinsitibns which -followed, it 
pleased WaKer Butler, our Oberst or cold- 
iiel, to give the lighter punishment to his 
^countryman and the Keii^ier to me, where- 
upon ilK stomaching sach {lartiattty, I ex* 
'dianged my commission for one under the 

" *• I hope you found yourself better off 
by the change?" said Lord Metiteith. 

'* In good sooth," answered the* R^tt- 
master,^< I had but little to complain of. 
The pay was^ somewhat ri^lar, being fufr* 
nisbed by the rich Flemings and Walloons 
€SE' the Low Ciountry. Tlie quarters were 

esceelleiit ; the g»o<i wheaten loaves of Qsk 
Flemings were better than the Brovant rye^ 
bread c^ the Swede, and Rhenish wine was 
iDMe plenty with us than ever I saw tte 
black beer of Rostock in Guslavus'is camp^ 
Service there waa none, duty there was 
little ; and that little we might do, or leave 
undone, at our pleasure ; an excellent re» 
irement for a eavalier somewiiat weary of 
field and leagittr, who had purchased with 
his blood as mudti honour as migbt serve 
his turn, and was desirous of a little ease 
and good living.'' 

^^ And may I ask,** said Lord Menteith^ 
^ why you. Captain, being, as I supposoi 
in the situation you describe^ retired: from 
the Spanish service also ^ 

^ You ace to consider, my lord, that jpour 
Spaniard^'' replied Captain Da]gett)s ^' ia a« 
peraon altogether unparalleled in his own 
Moceiti wherethrough he maketh not fit ae« 
count of such foreign cavaliers of valotsr as 
are pleased to take service with him. And a 
galling thing it is to every honourable soi» 

." 7 ' 

.;*'.%*.._^.- ' 

A LxooffB OF M mmnn. ISS 

dado. to be put aside, and postpmed, and 
obliged to yield prefer^Eree to every puflbig 
signior, who» were it the question which 
should first mount a breach at push of pike, 
might be apt to yield willing place to a 
Scottish cavali«r. Moreover, sir, I was 
pricked in conscience respecting a matter 
of religion." 

^^ I should not have thought, Qiptaia 
I^getty^, that an 0ld soldier, who had 
csbanged service so often, would Imve been 
t90 scfopulous on that head.** » 

** No more I am, my lord,'* sAid the Gap- 
tain, ^ since Ihold it to be the duty of the 
chaplain of the regim^ntto settle those mat- 
ters for me, and every other brave caivaliei^ 
inasmuch as he does nothing else tltatl know 
for his pay and allowances. But this was 
A particular case, my lord, a cams impr» 
visws, as I may say, in whilk Ihad no diapt 
lain of my own peraiasion to act ^ my 
adviber. I found, in ^ short, that.altlMi^ 
my boiDg a Protestant might be wmJcod at^ 


. ^ iii^^i * _tj* *- 


in respect tfattt I was a man of actioDi and 
bad jRiore experience than all the Dons in 
bur teHkk put together, yet, when in gani. 
son, it was expected I should go to mass 
with the regiment. Now, my lord, as a 
true Scottish man, and educated at the Ma- 
r^sehal College of Aberdeen, I was bound 
to uphold the mass to be an act of blinded 
papistry and utter idolatry, whilk I was al- 
ti^ether unwilling to homologate by my 
presence. True it is, that I consulted on 
the point with a worthy countryman of my 
<)Wn, one fktber Fatsides, of the Scottish 
Convent in Wurtzburg*'— 

■«« And I hope,^' observed Lard Mentdltfs 
^ you obtained a clear opinion from the 
ghostly father P* 

^ ^ As clear as it could be^" replied Cap. 
tain Ddgetty, <* considering we bad dtank 
6ix4asks of Rhenish, and about two^utcfah 
kins of Kirchen- wasser. Father Fatsiderin^ 
fermel me, that, as nearly as he could judge 
ibr a^ hefetk like myself, it signifi^ not 


much, whether I went to' aias« or iiat;» see- 
ing my eterxial perdition vm$ sigv^ed apd 
9ea}ed at uny rate, in respect of my impe* 
Bitent and obdurate ^ perseverance in my 
damnable heresy. Being discouraged by 
this response, I applied to a Putcb pastor 
%^ the reformed churph, who told mei ,he 
tboughti I might lawfully go to mass, in re- 
jspect that the prophet permitted Naaman, 
a mighty man of valour and an honourap 
ble cavalier of Syriaj to fdlow his master 
into the bouse of Rimmon^ a fidse god, or 
^ol, ito whom he bad TOwed service, and 
to bow down when the king was leaning 
iq^on h|i hand« But neither .was this an- 
swer. »iUisfactory to me^ both because these 
was an unco difference between an aooint- 
^ed King of Syria and oiir Spaiiifh otloael, 
ivvhom I- could have blown away like the 
^peeling of an ingan^ and phiefly Jbii^caiise I 
could not find the tiding was required of 
jneby any of the article? ef war}: neither 
^as I pr^Eered . 9ny ^iKs4defi»tioii, either 


tt<^perqu]8ite M pay, for the Wrong I might 
thereby do to my consdiewce.*' 

^ So you again changed your service V* 
mA Lord Menteith. 

" In troth did I, my lord ; and after try- 
ing iot a shd^t time two or three othtr 
powers^ I even took on for a time with 
their High Mightiiiesses the States of Hol- 

^< And how did' their service jump with 
your humour H^ again demanded his com- 

^ Oh my lord,*^ said the soldier in a 
:Sort of enthusiasm, *^ their behaviour oh 
pay^^dajy might be a pattern to aU Europe 
»»-*ao borrowmgs, no lendings, no of^et^, 
no arrears»^~^l balanced and' paid like ""a 
bank^s bocA. Tiie quarters, too, siri^ e^- 
ceilentt and the allowances unchalleng^ 
able.} but theo^ sir, they are- a preceese, 
acsiiqpulotts people, and will allow nothiffg 
fof peecadiUoes. So that iif a boor cofli- 
piaiflifi of a brakea head^or a beer-seller of a 


broken caot or a daft wench does but squeak 
loud enough to be heardaboveher breathy 
a .soldier . of hoaoar shall b# dragged^ otot 
before his own court-martialf who can beak 
judge of and punish his demerite, but be« 
fore a base mechanical burgo^master^ wbo^ 
shall menace him with the rasp^house» the 
eordf apd what not, . aa if hie* were^one of 
tbeiro wnmean, amphibiousi twenty-breech^ 
ed boors. So, not being able'to dwd.. 
longer among those ungrateful plebeians, 
who, although unable to defend themselves 
by theijT proper strength, will nevertheless 
allow the noble foreign cavalier who en« 
gages with them nothing beyond his dry 
wages, which no honourable spirit will put 
in competition with a liberal licence and 
honourable countenance, I resolved to leave 
the service of the Mynheers. And hearing 
at this time, to my exceeding satisfaction, 
that there is something to be doing this 
summer in my way in this my dear native 
country, I am come hither, as they say. 


like a beggar to a bridal, in order to give 
my loving countrymen the advantage of 
that experience which I have acquired in 
foreign parts. So your lordship has an out- 
line of my brief story, excepting those pas- 
sages of action in the field, in leaguers, 
storms, and onslaughts, whilk would be wea- 
risome to narrate, and might, peradven- 
ture, better befit any other tongue than 
mine own,** 



For pl^Eis of right let statesmen vex tl^eir headj 
Battle's my business, and my guerdon bread ; 
And, with the sworded Switzer, I can say. 
The best of causes is the best of pay; 


r » 

The difficulty and natrowiiess of the 
road had by this time become such as to 
interrupt the conversation of the travel- 
lers, and Lord Menteith, reining back his 
horse, held a moment's private conversa- 
tion with his domestics. The Captain9 who 
now led the van of the party, after about 
a quarter of a mile's slow and toilsome ad- 
vance up a broken and rugged ascent^ 
emerged into an upland valley, to which a 
mountain stream acted as drain, and af« 
forded sufficient room upon its greensward 
banks for "Che travellers to pursue their 
journey in a more social manner. 


Lord Menteith accordingly resumed die 
oonversation, which had been interrupted 
bj the difficulties of the way. ^* I should 
have thought," said he; to Captain Dalget- 
ty» '< that a cavalier of your honourable 
mark, who hath so long followed the va- 
liant King of Sweden^ and entertains such 
a suitable contempt 'for the base mecha- 
nical- Slates of HoUand, would not have 
hesitated to embrace the cause of King 
Charles, in preference to that of the low- 
bonii round-headed, canting knaves who 
are in rebdMon against his authority^" 

" Ye: speak reasonably, my lord," said 
TkAgettyj ** and, cteteris paribus, I might 
be induced to see the matter in the samo 
light; But, my lord, there is a southern 
proverb, — ^fine words butter no parsnips. 

I hftv^ heard enough «ince I came here, to 


satisfy me that a cavalier of honour is free 
to take any party in this civil embroilment 
whilk he may find most convenient for hit 
own peculifbr. Loyalty is your pass-lK^ord^- 
my lord!— iLiberty, roars another chidd 

from theother side'of the strath — the King, 
shouts one— the Parliament, roars another 
—•Montrose for ever, cries Donald, waving 
his bonnet— Argyle and Leven , cries asouth- 
country Saunders, vapouring with his hat 
and feather. Fight for the bishops, says a 
priest, with his gown and rochet-— Stand 
stout for the kirk, cries a minister, in a Ge- 
neva cap and band. — Good watch- words all 
— excellent watch-words. Whilk cause is 
the best I cannot say. But sure ami that 
I havefought knee deep in blood many a 
day for one that was ten degrees worse than 
the worst of them aV 

' " And pray, Captain Dalgetty,**^ said his- 
lordship, " since the pretensions of both 
parties seem to you so equal, will you 
please to inform us by what ciraumsiances 
your preference will be determined ?* 

" Simply upon two considerations, ray 
lord," answered the soldier. " Being, firsts 
on which side my services would be in most 
honourable request: — And, secondly^ whilk 



ia a corollary of the first, on whilk party 
they are likely to be most gratefully requi- 
ted. And, to deal plainly with you, my 
lord, my opinion at present doth on both 
points rather incline to the side of the Par- 

•* Your reasons, if you please,*' said Lord 
Menteith, " and perhaps I may be able to 
meet them with others which are more 

. ** Sir, I shall be amenable to reason,** 
sanl Captain Dalgetty, " supposing it ad- 
dresses itself to my hpnour and my inte- 
rest Well, then, my lord, here is a sort of 
Highland host assembled, or expected to 
assemble, in these wild hills, in the King'g 
behalf.^ Now, sir, you know the nature of 
our Highlaaders. I will not deny them to be 
a people stout in boriy and valiant in heart, 
and courageous enough in their own wild 
way of fighting, which is as remote from the 
usages ^nd disciplines of war as ever was 
that of the ancient Scythians, or of the sal- 
vage Indians of America that now is They 


hnyena sae irnqkle as a German whistle, or 
a dru^, to l>6at a inarch^ an alarm, a charge, 
a retreat, a reveillee, or the tattoo, or any 
other point of war ; and their damnable 
skirlin' pipes, whilk they themselves pre- 
tend to understand, are as unintelligible to 
the ears of any cavsdiero accustomed to ci- 
vilized warfare* So that, were I underta- 
king to discipline such a breechless mob, 
it were impossible for me to be understood ; 
and^ if I were understood, judge ye^ my 
lordy what chance I had of being obeyed 
among a band of half salvages, who are, ac- 
customed to pay to their own lairds and 
chiefs, allenarly, that respect and obedience 
whilk ought to be paid to commissionate 
officers. If I were teaching them to form 
battalia by extracting the square root, that 
is, by forming your square battalion of equal 
number of men of rank and file, correspond* 
ing to the square root of the full number 
present, what return could I expect for com- 
municating this golden secret of military tac- 
tic^ except it may be a dirk in my wamci on 



placing «ameM*Alister More, M'SbemeioiP 
Capperfae, in the flank or rear, when he 
claimed to be in the van? — Truly, Well 
saith holy writ, « if ye cast pearls before 
swine, they will turn again a«cl rend ye'" 
« 1 believe, Andei^on," said Lord Men- 
teith, looking back to one of his servants, 
for both were close behind him, " you can 
assure this gentleman, we shall have more 
occasion for experienced officers^ and be 
more disposed to profit by their instruc- 
tions, than he seems to be ^ware df**^ 

•« With your honour's permissiotij" said 
Anderson, respectfully raisisg his cap, 
« when we are joined by the Irish infantry 
who are expected, and who should be land- 
ed before nowj we shall have need of good 
soldiers to discipline oUr levies." 
* « And I should Hkewell^very well, to be 
employed in such service," said Dalgetty jr 
« the Irish are pretty fellows— very pretty 
fellows— I desire to see none better in the 
field. I once saw a brigade of Irish, at the 
inlaking of ]?rankibrt upon the Oder, stand 




to it with sword and pike until they beat 
. off the blue and yellow Swedish brigades, 
esteemed as stout as any that fought under 
the immortal Gustavus. And although stout 
JHepburn, valiant Lumsdale, courageous 
Monroe, with myself and other cavaliers, 
made eatry elsewhere at point of pike, yet, 
had we all met with such opposition, we had 
returned with great loss and little profit. 
Wherefore these valiant Irishes, bemg all 
put to the sword, as is usual in such cases, 
. did nevertheless gain immortal prai3e and 
honour ; so that, for their sakes, 1 have 
always loved and honoured those' of that 
; nation next to my own country of Seot- 
Jand." . 

I ^« A command of Irish," said Menteitb, 
** I think I could almost promise you, 
should you be disposed to embrace the 

**^ And yet," said Captain Dalgetty, <« my 
fSecond and greatest difficulty remains be- 
hind } for, although I hold it a mean and 
^sordid thing for a sojdado to have nothing 


in bis mouth but pay and gelt, like the 
base cuUions, the German lanz-knecbts, 
whom I mentioned before ; and although 
I will maintain it with my sword, that ho- 
nour is to be preferred before pay, free 
quarters, and arrears, yet, cantrarioj a sol- 
dier's pay being the counterpart of his 
engagement of service, it becomes a wise 
and considerate caralier to consider what 
remuneration he is to receive for his ser- 
vice, and from what funds it is to be paid. 
And truly, from what I can see and hear, 
the Convention are the purse-masters. The 
Highlanders, indeed, may be kept in liu* 
mour, by allowing them to steal cattle; 
and for the Irishes, your lordship and 
your noble associates may, according to 
the practice of the wars in such cases, pay 
them as seldom or as little as may suit 
your pleasure or convenience ; but • the 
same mode of treatment doth not apply to 
a cavalier like me, who must keep up his 
horses, servants, arms, and equipage^ and 
who neither can, nor will, go to warfiure 
upon his own charges/' 


Anderson, the domestic who had before 

spoken, now respectfully addressed his 

master — *• I think, my lord," he said, " that, 

under youf^ lordship's favour, I could say 

something to remove Captain Dalgetty's 

second objection also. He asks us where we 

are to collect our pay ? Now, in my poor 

mind, the resources are as open to us as to 

the Covenanters. They tax the country 

according to their pleasure, and dilapidate 

the estates of the King's friends ; now, were 

we once in the Low Country, with our 

Highlanders and our Irish at our backs, 

and our swords in our hands, we can find 

many a fat traitor whose ill gotten wealth 

shall fill our military chest and. satisfy our 

soldiery. Besides, confiscations will fall in 

thick, and in giving donations of forfeited 

lands to every adventurous cavalier who 

joins his standard, the King will at once 

reward his friends and punish his enemies* 

In short, he that joins these Roundhead 

dogs may get some miserable pittance of 

-r— »~ ^, 


pay-^he that joins our standard has a 
chance to be knight, lor(l, or earli if luok 
serve him.*' 

** Have you ever served, my good 
friend i^ said the Captain to the spokes- 

<^ A little, sir, in these our domestic 
quarrels,*' answered the man, modestly. : 

*^ But never in Germany or the Low 
Countries ?'' said Dalgetty* 

^ I never had the honour^' answered Ab- 

" I profess,'* isaid Dalgetty, addressing 
Lord Menteith, ♦'your lordship's servant 
has a sensible, natural, pretty idea of mili- 
tary matters ; somewhat irregular though, 
and smells a little too much of selling the 
bear's skin before he has hunted him. I 
will take the matter, however, into my con- 

«« Do so. Captain," said Lord MenteitK; 
« you will have the night to think of it, for 
we are now near the house, where I hqpe 
to insure you a hospitable reception." 

■• _ * ' 




•* And that is what will be .very wel- 
come,** said the Captain, " for I have tasted 
no food since day- break but a farl of oat 
cake, which I divided <vith ray horse. So 
I have been fain to draw my sword-belt 
three bores tighter for very extenuation, 
lest hunger and heavy iron should make 
the gird slip/' 


■ipB n 't-m I 



Once dtt a tinie, no matter wjienr 

S<vne Glunimiei met in a glep ; 

As deft and tight a« ever wore 

A durk, a targe, and' a claymore, 

Sliort hoie*'and belted plaid or tnews, 

In tJist, Loehaber, Skye, or Lewes, 

Or cover'^l hard head with s bonnet ; 

Had you but known them you would own it. 

A ^iLL was now before the traveU^rSy 
covered with an ancient forest <^ Scot- 
tish firs, the topmost of which^ flinging* tj^eir 
scathed braiiches across the western bpri- 
zon, gleamed ruddy in the setting suou In 
the centre of this wood rose die towM% or 
rather theehimneysi of the house, or castle» 
as it was caU^df destined for the end of 
their journey. 

As usual at that period, one or two high- 
ridged narrow buildings, intersecting and 


crossing e^ich other, formed the corps de- 
logis. A projecting bartizan or two, with 
the addition of small turrets at the angles, 
moch resembling pepper boxes, had procu- 
red for Darnlinvarach the dignified appel- 
lation of a castle. It was surrounded by a 
low court-yard wall, within which were the 
usual and necessary offices. 

As the travellers a{^roached more near- 
ly, they discovered marks of recent addi^ 
lions to the defences of the place, which had 
been suggested dcrubtless by the insecurity 
of these troublesome times. Additional 
loo|)*holes for musketry were struck out in 
different parts of the building and oi its 
stirrounditig wall. The windows bdd been 
of new carefully secured by stancbeons of 
if6n, crosrifig each other atbwwt and end- 
long like the grates of a prisdn. The door 
of th^ courtyard was riiut, kb& it was only 
after cautteusefaallenge^tiiait one of its leaves 
"was opened by two domestics, both strong 
Highlanders, and both under arms, like 
Bttias and Bandarus in the iBnetd^ ready 

204 TAUiS Of, MY XAN.DLplp. 

to defeod the entraoce if ^ught hofttile U«!3 
ventured an intrusion. 

When the travellers were admitted into 
the court, they found additional pr^ara- 
tipnfi for defence. The walls were scafial4- 
ed for the u«e of fire-arms, and one or two 
of the small guns, called sackers and fj^lcons^ 
were mounted at the. angles ^and ^anki^g 

More domestics, both in the Highland 
and Lowland dress, instantly rushed from 
the interior of the manaioiH and some 
faastexied to tak« the boFees of the stnui- 
gers, while others waited to marshall them 
a way into the dwellings hou^e^ But Cap- 
tain Dalgetty refused the proffered asstfU 
ance of those who wished to relieve him 
:of the charge of his horse. ^< It is my cus- 
totOf my friends, to see Gustavus (for bq I 
have called faimafter my inv}nciAi»l5 master,) 
acbommodftted myself; we are old iriends 
and'^fellow tfav^lers, and as I often fSeed 
the use of iufi legs, I always lend him iamy 
turn the service of my tongue, to xjall for 


'"whatever he has occasion for ;'' and accorcl- 

singly he strode into the stable after his 

-steed without farther apology. 

Neither Lord Menteith nor his attend- 

r ants paid the same attention to their horses, 
but, leaving them to the proffered care of 

' the servants of the* place, walked forward 
ititoithe house, where a sort of dark vault- 
ed vestibule displayed, among other mis- 
cellaneous articles, a huge barrelof two- 

• penny ale, beside which were ranged two or 

three wooden queichs or bickers, ready, it 

would appear, for the service of whomso- 

.ever thought proper to employ them. *Lord 

Menteith applied himself to the spigot, 

--drank without ceremony, and then handed 

•the stoupto Anderson, who followed his 

master's • example, but not until he- had 

>:fl4ing out the 'drop of ale which remained, 

^alld slightly rinsed the wooden cup. 

" What the de'il^ man," said an old High- 
4a»d servant belonging to the family, ** can 
^iie^ no drink after her ain masler withoytt 


waahing the cup and spillii^ the ale^Md 
be damned to her l" 

" I was bred in France,** answered An* 
derson, " where nobody drinks aft^ an- 
other out of the same cup, unless it be after 
a young lady," 

♦' The te'ils in their nicety,** said Donald ; 
<< and if the ale be gude, fat the waur is*t 
that another man's beard^s been in the 
queich before ye ?** 

Anderson's companion drank without 
observii^ the ceremony which had given 
Donald so much oftnce, and boi^ of thetn 
followed their master into the low arched 
stwie hall, wliich was the common Ten- 
dezvous of a Highland family. A large fire 
of peats in the huge chimney at the upper 
end shed a dim light through the apaft* 
' ment, and was rendered necessary by Hie 
. damp, by which, even during the summer^ 
the apartment was rendered uncomfortable. 
Twenty or thirty targets, as many day- 
mores, with dirks, and plaids, and guns, 
both match.lock and fire4ock, and long* 

A LB0&KD Of npHTWBB fi07 

biW4^ and cBos^i^bows, and LoQbaber ax«Sj 
and coats of pkte armoitr^ aod sted -bon- 
netSi and head pieces, and the more an- 
eieflt habergeons^ or shirts of reticnfated ' 
miEdl, ivdtb hood and sleeves corresponding 
to it) all httng in cdnfosion aboot the walk, 
and wonld hare formed a month's amtise* 
Hient to a mtnfber of a modern antiquarran 
society. But SQoh things were too ianiiUar 
to attract mu<% observatk>n on th& part of 
the. present speotatoni/ ' ■ 'j ■■ 

These was a large clnmsy loaken taUe, 
which the hasty hospitality of the domes- 
tic who had before spoken, immedia&ly 
I spread with miilki butter, goat>miik dieese, 
:^. flagdn of 'beer, and a flask of usquebssn 
: deigned for the refiiedhment of LerdtMen* 
^tlB^^ i while an inferior servant niade' si- 
jBii^r preparations at the :bottom of tfaeita- 
Me for* the beaeflt of his attendants. Hie 
. space which intervened between thctm w£», 
. according to the maimers of the tidies, suf- 
ficient distinotkm betweein master amd ser- 
vant, even though tiie former was, as in 
the present instance, of high rank* Mean- 

1 1 1. *' 


mhile they stood'.by the fire, the ytt>u% 
.Bdbleman nnder the chimnej^ and his^ ser- 
vants lU; some little distance^ 

" What do yoii Urink, Anderson,* said 
the former, " of oiirfdlow traveller ?*' 
*' A stout fellow," replied Anderson, 

'^ it all be good that is upcome* I wish 
wc had twenty such to put our Teagues in- 
to .some sort of discipline.'' 

-^ I differ from you, Anderson," said 
Lord Menteith j ** I think this fellow Dal- 

_getty is one of those horse4eeches, whose 
appetite for blood being only, sharpened by 
what he has: sucked in foreigh countries, 
he is now returned to ^ batten lupon that of 

: his own. Shanie on the packjof these mer- 
oenary swords-men J they have tnade 'the 

^' name of Soot tbxough iriUEiirope eqiiiva« 

r lent to that of va J pitiful, taercenjiiy, who 
knows neither honour nor^ prindfAe but 

: his month's pay, ywho transfers his alle- 
giance from standard to standard, at the 

i.f teasure of fortune or the best bidder ; and 
tO' whose iaaatiafate. thii«t^<fi>r pldnder^'and 


warm quarters we owe much of that civii 
dissension which is now turning our swords 
against our own bowek. I bad-scarce pa* 
tiqnce with the hired gladiator, and yet 
could hardly Iieip laughing at the axtrecqi* 
ty of his impudence*" 

<' Your lordship will forgive me/' said 
Anderson, ^^ if I recommend to you in the 
present circumstances, to conceal at leasts 
part of this generous indignation ; we can- 
not, unfortunately, do our work without the 
assistance of those. who act on baser mo« 
tives than our own* To use the canting 
phrase of the saints in the English Parlia* 
ment^ we cannot spare the assistance of 
such fellows as our friend the soldado ; the 
4&ons of Zeruiah are stUl too many for us." 

^^I must dissemble, then, as well as I 
can/' said Lord Menteith, ^* as 1 have hi- 
therto done, upon your bint* But I wish 
, the fellow at the devil with all my heart*'' 

^< Ay, but still you must remember, my 
4ord," resumed Anderson, <VtI>at to cute 
vtiie bite of a scorpion, you.miiit ccu^ ja- 


Other scorpioa oq tlie wound — ^but stq), 
we shall be overheard." 

From a &ide*door in the ball glided a 
. Highlander into the apartment^ whose lofty 
.staturci complete equipmenti as well as the 
leather in his bonnet, and the confidence 
of his draaeaoour, announced to be a per- 
ison of superior xank. He walked slowly 
up to the table, and made no answer to 
Lord Menteiih, jwbo, addressuig him by^the 
name of AUani asked him how lie did. 

^< Ye manna 8|>eak to her e'en now," 
whispered the old ^attendant 

The tall Highlander, sinking down upon 
the open settle next the fire, fix^d his 
eyes upon the red embers and the huge 
heap ol* tucf, and seemed buried in pro- 
found abstraction. His dark eyes and wild 
and enthusiastic featupes bore the air of 
OM wh<^ deeply isifMressed with his own 
subjects of meditation, pays little attenticm 
to exterior objects^ An air 6f gloomy se- 
venity, the fruit perhaps of ascetic andao- 
iitevy habits, mighty in a^ Lowlander^ l^a^e 


been ascribed to religious fanaticUtn ; but 
by that disease of the mind, tht^n so com- 
mon both in England and the Low Coun- 
try of Scotland, the Highlanders of ihi8f>e- 
riod were rarely infected. They had, how- 
ever, their own superstidons, which over- 
clouded the mind with tbiioik-coming fan- 
cies, as completely as the- puHtanism of 
their neighbours. 

*< His lordship's hoaour,'' i;aid the High- 
land servant, sideling up to Lord Men- 
teith, and speaking in a very low tone, 
^< his lordship manna spieak to Allan even 
now, ibr the cloud is upon his i»ind«^' 

Lord Menteith nodded, and took lio 
iatther notice of the reserved mountaineer. 
' ^' Said I not," said the. latter, suddenly 
raising his stately person uprighit, and lock- 
ing at the domestic-^*^ said I ikA that four 
ilirere to come, and here stand but three on 
the hall floor?'* 

<« In troth did ye say sae» Aftua," aaid 
tfaedkl Highlander, ^^ and heir's the fourth 
msFU coming dinking in at the yett e'en ooi^ 


.from the stable, for he*s «;heUed like a par- 
tan wi' airn on back and breast, haunch 
and shankis. And am I to set her chair up 
near the Menteith^s, or down wi* the ho- 
nest gentlemen at tne foot of the table?* 

L(N*d Menteith himself answered the en- 
quiryby pointing to a seat beside his own. 
*^ And tiere she -comes," said Donald, as 
Captain Dalgetty entered the hall; «* and 
I hope gendemens will' all take bread and 
cheese, as we say in the glens, until better 
meat be ready, until thie Tiernach comes 
.back firae the hill wi' the Southern gentle- 
folks, and then, Dugald Cook will sheW 
V himself wi* his kid and hill venison.** 

In the mean time. Captain Dalgetty bad 
entered the apartment, and tiratking up to 
the seat placed next Lord Menteith, was 
leaning on the back of it with his arms 
folded. Anderson and his companion wait- 
ed at the bottom of the table, in a r^spect- 
fai attitude^ until ^ey shoukl receive per- 
^ mission to seat themselves ; while three or 
^f(mr Highlanders, under the direction of <dd 

# A LBGEKD OF MOKTAOftt. 213^ 

Donald, ran hither and thither to bring ad- 
ditional articles of food, or stood still tct 
give attendance upon the guests* 

In the midst of these preparations, Allan 
suddenly started up, and snatching a lamp 
from the hand of an attendant, held it close 
to Dalgetty's face, while he perused his 
features with the most heedful and grave - 

" By my honour," said Dalgetty, half 
displeased, as, mysteriously shaking his- 
head, Allan gave up the scrutiny—" I trow 
that lad and I will ken each other when we 
meet again .'^ 

Meanwhile Allan strode to the bottom 
of the table, and having, by the aid of his- 
lannp, subjected Anders<^n and hiistsotnpa- 
nion to the same investigation, stood a mo«« 
mexit as if in deep reflection, then touching: 
his forehead, suddenly seized Anderson by 
the arm, and before he could offer any effec- 
tual resistance, half led and half dragged 
faim to the vacantseat at the upper end, 
£kn^ having made a mute intimation that he 


should there pk<ce himself, he hurri^-the 
soklado ^ith the satne unoeremonlovit fule- . 
cipitation to thei)ottoin of thetaUe;: The 
Captaun, exceedingly inoensed at tbii'free- 
dooiy endeavoured to shake Allan fcom 
him with violence; but, powerfalras he* 
was, he proved in the struggle cnferior 
to the gigatrtic mountaineer, who threw 
him off with such violence, that after reel* 
itig a few paices he fell at full length, and 
the vaulted hall rang with the clash of his 
armour. When he arose, his first action was 
to draw his sword and to fly at Allan, who, 
with folded arms, seemed to await his on^ 
set with the most scornflil indifieretlce. 
Lord Menteith and his attendants inter- 
posed to preserve peace, while the High- 
landers, snatching weapons from the wall, 
seemed prompt to increase the broiL 

" He is mad," whispered Lord Men- 
teith, " he is perfectly mad ; there is no 
purpose in quarrelling with him." 

*< If you are assured that he is non cam^ 
po9 mentis^'' said Captain Dalgetty, «* tJ^e 



whilk his |)reeding and behaviour seem to 
testify, tlie matter muft end here, seeing that 
-a madman can neither give an affront, nor 
render honourable satisfaction. But by my 
saul, if I had had my provant and a bottle of 
Rhehish under my belt, I should have stood 
otiieY- ways up to him. And yet it's a pity 
he should be sae weak in the intellectualsi 
being a strong proper man of body, fit to 
handle pike, morgenstern, * or any othei: 
military implement whatsoever." 

* This was a sort of club or mace used in the earlier 
part of the sixteenth century in the defence of breaches 
and waHs. When the Germans insulted a Scotch re- 
giment then beseiged in Trailsund, saying they heard 
there was a ship come from Denmark to them laden with " 
tobacco pipes, ** One of our soldiers," says Colo»el 
Robert Monro, ^' shewing them oyer the work a. Mor- 
genstern, made of a largo stock banded with iron> like 
the shaft of a halbert, with a round globe at the end 
with cross iron pikes, saith, * here is one ©f the to- 
bacco pipes, wherewith we will beat out your braict \ 
when you intend to storm us/" 


Peace was thus restored, and the party^ 
seated themselves agreeably to their form^ 
er arrangement, with which Allan, who had 
now returned to his settle by the fire, and 
seemed again immersed in meditation, did 
not again interfere. Lotd Menteith, ad dress- 
ing the principal servant, hastened to start 
some theme of conversation which might 
obliterate all recollection of the fray that 
had taken place. ^ The laird is at the hilf 
then, Donaldj I understand; and some Eng- 
Ksb strangers with him ?*• 

** At the hill he is, an it like your -ho- 
nour^ and two Saxon calabaleros are with 
him sure enough; and that is Sir Miles 
Musgrave and Christopher Hall, both from 
the Cumraigi as I think they cair their 



«* Hall and Musgrave ?'* said Lord Men- 
teith, looking at his attendants, "the very 
men that we wished to see/* 

. ** Troth,'' said Donald, " an* I wish I 
had never seen them between the een, for 


A LBaBNI> 07 liONtROSE. 217 

they*re couieto berry US out o* house and 
baV : ^' 

: "Why, Donald/' J said Lord M^nteith, 
^f you did hot use to be sOvChurlish of your 
beef and ale; southland though they be, 
they'll scarce eat up all the cattle that's 
going on the Castle mains." 
. «« Teilcare an they did," said^ Donajid, 
^* an that war the warst x>%- for we have a 
wheen canny, tre^smen here that wadna 
let us want if there was a hcnrned, beast 
atween tl^is and Perth. Buttfais is a warse 
job — its nae less than a wager." : 
• " A wager P' repeated Lord Menteith, 
with some surprise. «. . ^.\. 

*^ Troth,'? continued I^on^ld, to the full 
as eager to tell his news as Lord Menteith 
was curious to hear them, ^Vas your lord- 
ship is a friend and kinsinano' the house, 
an' as ye'U hear aneugh o't in less, than an 
hour, I. may as w^l tell ye mysel. Ye sail 
be pleased^ then to know, that when our 
Laird was up. in England, where he gangs 

VOL. III. * K 

S18 TiOJHi oFJCTiftMnuauit 

oftener th&n hid fmncb cftBJiridi^ he was 
biding at the house o' this Sir Miles MuSi. 
gmve» aD* there was putteii /6ti the table 
siK candlesticks, that they t tell me imnS 
twice aa ttiuckle as the candlesticks : im 
Duiilblaiie kirk^ and neither aim, bsask^ nor 
tin, but a' solid silver nae less j-n-up in 
their fifaglifidfi- pride^ faas^ sae mmkle^ Md 
kens ^ae little htiw txi guide it! Sa* thejr 
began to jieer tfai Laird, that he saw nae 
iic graltii m his ain poor country ; And the 
Laird, scorning to hacfhis cotrntryi put dewa 
without a Word for kstarfedit* fewese, like • 
gude Scotsman, th^ be had mair catodte- 
sti(^ and better candlestick in h»;Bim 
easrie at bame, than Were ev«f lighted in a 
hallin Cumbeiiand, « Cu toberland be d» 
name o* the country." r > 

^ That was patriotically siud/' aatdLoird 

« Fiiry true — ^but her honour had better^ 
hae hauden her tongue, for if ye say ony^ 
thing amang the 3ax6ns liiafs a wee- by m^ 

ittBrntfy^iufcUak ye down for a wager us Smk 
fMia Lowland smith would haoonei: fhood 
oa a Highlmd Asity. An' ao the Laiii 
behoved eithtr to gae back o' hk vmdf ^r 
WHiger iwa hundred mer ks j ^mi so fae^ e^ea 
tocdc the wtger^ rather than be shamed wl 
the like.o^ theiBL Aad now he's like to gfet 
it to pt^f and I'm thiBkii^ that- s whi^ makes 
hjm me sweer to eo»e hanie at e'eti." . 
. ** Indeed/' sitid Lord Meoteith, << from 
my idea of your &mty plat^ Donald^ your 
matter is eef tain .to lose such a wager." 

^* Your faofi^r m»y swear that ; an' 
whisre he's to. get thfi. siller I kwiMy al- 
tliaiigh he. borrow out o'.t^eiTty pg£5es» 
I advised him to ptfe.the twa Sason g^ntJi^r 
mea and their servants cannUy into the pit 
o* the tower till they gae up the baigain of 
fiee guite-wiilf bat the Laird wjnna hear 


Allan here rtaited up, strode forward, 
aod interrupted the conversation, saying to 
the domestic in a voice like thunder, *^ And 



how dared you to give my brother such 
dishonourable advice? or bow dare you tp 
say he will lose this or any other wager 
which It is his pleasure tp lay ?" 

«« ^Troth, Allan M*Aulay,*' answered the 
old man/ <* it's no for my father's son to' 
gaiqsay what your father^s son thinks fit to ' 
say^ an' so the Laird may no. doubt win his 
wager. A' that I ken against it is, that the 
teil a candlestick, or ony thing like it, is 
in the house, except the auld airn branche&i 
that hae \)eitn here since Laird Kenneth's : 
time, and the tin sconces that your father 
gard be made by auld Willie Winkie the 
tiiikler, matr be token tRat de'il an unce of 
siller plate or vessel is JbovX the hou^e at 
a', forby the lady's auld ]|^M>$set dish, that 
wants the cover and ane o' the lugs." 
. ' «^ Peace, old man !" said Allan, fiercely ^ 
<< and do you, gentlemen, if your refection 
is finished, leave this apartment clear ; I 
must {Nisipare it for the reception of^these . 
southern* guests." 


A LEGSKD 6T M0NTR05B* 991 

*< Come away," said the domestic, pull- 
ing Lord Menteith by the sleeve; *< his 
hour is on hira,*' said he, looking towards 
Allan, <* and he will not be controuled.'* 

They left the hall accordingly. Lord 
Menteith and the Captain being ushered 
one way by old Donald, and the two ati^* 
tendants conducted elsewhere by another 
Highlander. The former had scarcely 
reached a sort of withdrawing apu-fement 
ere they were joined by the lord o( the 
mansion, Angus M< Aulay by name, and his 
English guests* Great joy was expressed 
by all parties, for Lord Menteith and the 
. English gendemen were well known to 
each other, and on Lord Menteith^s intro* 
duction. Captain Dalgetty was well recei- 
ved by the Laird. But after the first burst 
of hospitable joy was over, LcH'd Menteith 
could observe that there was a shade of sad- 
ness on the brow of his Highland friend. 

^< You must have heard,** said Sir Chris- 
topher Hall, << that our fine undertaking 


in Cumberkiiid fs klf btowQ til{>. Thblni- 
lltia'wduldriot inaf(^ into ISksbtlakidi ddl 
your prick-ear'd Coveiiftnt^rs have been 
too bard f6^t tfar fHends in tbe southeni 
bbireB. And so, understatiding tii«ir« in to 
be some stirring work heie, MbsgMver mA 
i, ratber tban sit idle at home, riire come t^ 
bave a campaign aAioiig your ' k9l§ i^nd 
plaids/* , . . 

^ I hope y^uliave brought anna, tnen^ 
ktkd money ^iih you,"* taid IxMfd Meftfeilll^ 

*^ Only some dozen or two ^ traopen^ 
whom we l^t at the last LbwkuEid Viillige^'* 
ikid Miisgme, ^ and tamlbte eaodgh w^ 
had to get them so far/' 

*^ As for money," said his conpanfon, 
* we expect a small supply from our £rietiQ 
itad host here.* 

The Laird how, colouring higbiy, toek 
Menteith a little apart, and expressed to 
him his regret that he bad Mleft into a 
Jbdlish t)Iunder. 


: «• 1 heftrd of it f^m Donald/' siud Lord 
jyteoticith^ scarce able to. suppress a smile. 
i <MDevil! take th«t old man,'' said M^la- 
h^s ^* ht iTOttld ti^sfety thing, were it to 
CDSt one oncAs life y imt it's no jesting taaitr 
le0 io yoi^wAtheTitay Lord, f<»r I reckon 
on^jroar friMdly and fraternal benevofence, 
saa neafv kinsman of our bouse^ to help me 
out with the money due to these pOck-pud- 
dingps ; or elte^ to be ptaio wi' ye, the de'il 
H' M^Aidil^ win there be at the muster,' for 
eunse me if I do not turn Govermnter ra- 
<kher tban'faeie' these fellows without pay* 
lag tbra^; dud^ at the best, I shall be ill 
t»)oUgh o0^ gettit^g both the scaith and the 
iewn."' ^ * 

'•« You mafjF suppose^ cousin,'* said Lord 
Menteiib, ^« 1 aiti BOt too well eqmpi just 
now ; but you m^y be assured I shall en- 
dnvour to help youas weU as I can, for 
the sake of Old kindned, ndgbbourhdody 
a»it aUkotie;'' , ^ 
" Thank ye— thank ye-^hanft ye,*^ r^« 

224 TALEi; OF MT^ IiAMIUUdfm. 

terated M^AuJayj « s^nd »9 :tl»^:ab:e to 
spend the money in the King's . aorviceh^^ 
what signifies whether you, they, or I pay. 
it — ^we are a' one man's baiitis> I hi^e.' JSut. 
you must help me pQt:tdd, or:eIse I shaU 
be for taking to Andrew Ferrajcaj £bvl Hk« 
not to be treated like a liar oc a. In3^h;suA 
at my own board-end, when, Qod knows^ 
I only meant to support my honour, ao4 
that of my family and country." ^ ^ > 

Donald, as they were spe»king,:e9tei7ed» 
with rather a blither fs(c?:thati bf^ might 
have been expected to wear, considering 
the impending fate of his mas^r's. .purae 
and credit. ^^ Gentlemens, her dinner iji 
ready, and her candles are ligfttedtM^'' S9i4. 
Donald, with a strong guttural ejpphs^is^oo 
the last clause of his spieech. ^ 

<< What the devil can he mei^o ?" aaifil 
Musgrave, looking to his countryman.. . 

Lord Menteith put the saip^ qui^tiqqt 
with his eyes to the Laird, which .M^Aul^y: 
answered by shaking his head* 




A short dispute about precedence some- 
what delayed their leaving the apartment^ 
Lord Menteith insisted upon yielding up 
that which belonged to his rank, on consi* 
deration of his being in his own country, 
ud of his near connection with the family 
in which they found themselves. The 
two English strangers, therefore, were first 
uAered into the hall, where an unexpect- 
ed display awaited them. The large oaken 
table was spread with substantial joints of 
meat, and seats were placed in order for 
the guests. Behind every seat stood a gi- 
gantic Highlander, completely dressed and 
armed after the fashion of his country, 
holding in his right hand his drawn sword, 
with the point turned downwards, and in 
the left, a blazing torch made of the bog* 
pine. This wood, found in the morasses, 
is so full of turpentine, that, when split and 
dried, it is frequently used in the High- 
lands instead of candles. The unexpect- 
ed and somewhat startling apparition was 

K 2 

' yi'» 


seen by the red g^ate of the tot)ehe8» "wbidi 
dispfaiyed the wild leakttre% uousiiiRl: driei^ 
and glittering arms of those wiw boKitheoi^ 
while the Bn^oke, eddying up totHe toof o£ 
the hall, over-canopied them willi AiVQlmie^ 
of vapour. Ere the strangers had itoowr**^ 
ed firom their surprise, Allan steptfonMrd*. 
and pointing with his jsheatfaed broad-mrovd 
to the torch-bearers^ said, in a deepiaiid' 
stem tone of voice, *< fieholdt; goatleflsen: 
cavaliers, the 'chandelien of my hrothcii'a^ 
house, the ancient fashion of oun aniawit 
name; not one of these men knows asy 
law but their Chiefs coaimand««-WottUi you 
dare to compare to tbsm in vahie the riflh* 
est ore that ever was dug out of tbe mine? 
How say you, cavaliers ?««^si yout v|^r 
won or lost?*' 

** Lost, lost^'' said MasgravegBily^*-^my^ 
own stiver candlesticks are idl melted and 
riding on horseback by this timc^ aluk I 
^ish the fellows that enlisted were half aa. 
trusty as these. Here, sir,** heiaddadta 

dcbte of honour joa*' be s«tlkid'' 

•« My fathert curse upon my lather's , 
goo,** said Allan, intewupting hiin^ " if he 
receive from you one penny* It ia enough 
that you claim no^ right to exact from him 
what is his own." 

Lord Menteith eagerly supported Al- 
lan's opinion, and the elder M^Aulay rea- 
dily joined, deelaring the whole to be a 
fool's bu^ness, and not worth speaking 
siore about. The Englishmen, after sorpe 
epurteous opposition, were persuaded to 
regaid the whole as a joke. 

H And now, Allan," said the Laird, 
^ please to remove your candles ; for, since 
the Saxon gentlemen have seen them, the v 
will eat their danner as comfortably by the 
light of the old tin sconces without soom- 
fidiing them with so much smoke." 

Accordingly, at a sign from Allan, the 
Jiving chandeliers, recovering their broad- 


■f , 


%AfM i» Wf Mmf4>9J>^ 

swordSf abd faddiDg tlie point erect, march- 
ed out of the hallp and left the guests to 
enjoy their refreshment 

• K ♦" 

' .1 

V » 


t f 


: '» 


... I . •• . . . < 


lliAieliy 80 fbarksse sod 80 fdl he gr^5 

That his owne syre and maister oChis goipe^: 

Did often tremble at his horrid view ; 

And if for dread of hurt would him advise^ 

The aii^ beaales not rashly to des|Aise, 
. Nor too.much to proToke ; for he would leamft. v ' 

The lyon stoup to him in lowly wise^ 

(A lesson hard^) and make the libbard steme 
' Leaw roariiigy wben in rage he for rev^ge did eame. 



•■ ' ' » _ • 

w r . < 

Notwithstanding the proverbial epi- 
curism c^f the English, — proverbial, that 
is to say,^ in Scotland at the periodi-»>the 
Epglish v^itors madq no figure whatever 
at the, entert^iqinent con){>ared with tjie 
pprl:^l^t;ops. vowcity; of Capitain Dalgetty, 
although that g^lant soldier bad already 
displayed much ^teadiqess and pertinacity 
in his attack upon the refreshment set ber 


fore them at their entrance, by way of f^^ 
lorn hope. He spoke to no one during 
the time of his meal ; and it was^ not until 
the victuals were nearly withdrawn from 
the table, that he geatiied t)ie rest of the 
company, who had watehed him wilk 
some surprise, wtl^ asi aeomrnf of the rea- 
sons why he ate so very fist and so' very 

^ The formftc. quaUtfy^ be ttidy ^he 
had acquired' While he'fllled a pftbis^attfae 
bursar's table, at the Marescll^l-ColIege^of 
Aberdeen, when^" saidihe^. <<-]£}Viavdid 
dot move your jaws as fast as a pair of 
castanets, you were very unlikely to get 
mnytMng to put between tbenu And as 
fbr the quantity of my food; he'h knowti 
io this honoumibie company,^*' dontinueld 
the Captain, *^ that it's the dttty of every 
commander of a fottress^ on all obcatsiooi 
which offer, to stetii^e as mu6h niiinitibn 
and vivers as theit magazines can' possibly 
bold, hot knowing when thby mayltevo to 
sustain a siege tit a^ blockade; Upon wbidi^ 




eaimller fintto that pMranl ia good ttidr 
srimndaiitt he mlH^ in; ni|r estimatiQil^ dd 
rmtely tor viokial Utma^for ai Inst thfM* 
diysy ak these ismo koowtng wbeodhe maf^ 
€Qttie by anolhet: meal/ • 

Hie Latrd. expreBted his aeqoiaBctoee 
m t^e prtideiice q£ thisk pimodfiteif and n^ 
commended to the veteran to add a! taasoC 
tiiftlidy and a flagcm of daaet to.tbB^ iakk 
ftantial pnovisioaaa he hadi alkeadji hid vB^ 
to which propoaai the Captain rcbMliljr 

When dinner was removedt and Ihe see* 
>«ant8 had withdrawn, esee|)ltiig^t}&e Laird's 
:>page or bendiman^ wiib remained in the 
apartment) to call fyt or brhig whatever 


wssiwantedy oTy ijl 4^ mnrd^ tot answer tbfe 
purposes of a asodem belLwiMV (dve oon* 
Mwsation began to tifica upon poUthn^'ami 
the btate ofthecotivtay'; and. Lord. Men- 
teith inquired . attxjousljr and partitnlarly^ 
whet clsina waoai expected^ toi^om die psOi 
.piCHied muster of the Kiag^ friends. 

^ik-.i**' "•» T-- •»»• 

8381 TfLsr ov'MT ilmiiioiun 

r <« That depends itiudb^ nty lord, on the 
person who lifts the banner,'' said the 
Laird ; ** for you know we Highlanders 
are not easily commanded by one of our 
own Chiiefs, or, to say the truth, by an^ 
other body. We have heard a rumour, in-' 
deed, that Colkitto-^that is, young Ool- 
kitto, or Alaeter McDonald, is come over 
the Kyle from Ireland, with a body of the 
Esuri of Antrim's people, and that they had 
got as fitr as Ardnamurchan. Hieytmight- 
have been here before now, but, I suppose,- 
they wanted to plunder the country as they . 
came along.'' 

<< W^ Colkitto not serve you fyt a 
leader^ then P' said Lord Menteith. 

^* Cc^kitto !" said Allan M'Aulay, scorn- 
fttUy ; '^ who talks of Colkkto ?-«Tfaere 
lives. Imt one man whom we will follow,' 
and that is Mimtf ose." 

<<'J3ut Montarose, dr," said Sir Christo- 
pher Hall, ** has not been heard of since 
our intfiectual attempt to rise in the North." 




:It:,i& thought 1)6 ha».rekusned to .the King 
at Oxford for further instructkms.'' 
' " Returned !'*. daid AUaii» with a scorn* 
ful laugh i f} I could tell ye^ but it is not 
;Wfrth^ piy.. while j\ ye will know soon 

enwgfe;' • :! T .... * 

' << % my hoa<»«F) AlkD» -' siiid Laid Mea- 
teUhy ^^ you wiU weary out your friends 
wi^h this intolerable, froward» and suUen 
>mf]|0Urr-9i|ftJ:kiiow the reaaciD»" added 
i^J^ughidg)} ;<< you:hwe net. seen Ai^ 
not Lyle to-day," 

M WbQm did you aay I had not seen T 
said AUaB, stornly. 

y ijttjnpt Lyie* the, fairy que^n of song 
and fl(iin$trel»y/ aaid Lord> M^tdtfa» 

" Would f to God I,^«re never to - see 
her again/' said Allan, sighing^ ^ on cim? 
4ftifipitk^'4iiipe^w^d were kiid on yoii'i" 
r <«4U9d.why.on: oie?'V8«fidi^iLt<Mrd^M 

teith; qs^elm^y^ 

^ Became/ said AUan^ ^ it is written in 
your 6ir^jm^9 UmIi ifOtt^Me toiieito luin 

/ . ; 


■_«.- — - 

tt4 .naam^grmwLJMmjMo^ 

foi ^cb akhir/^. So«arfibg,lfe^£dse*up srSI 
left the' sooBii. »vj • 

^^ Haaf tue l]Mn bng ia Ibkiv ^Wiy ?^ i«4 
Lofd Mcmleithi oddreasifig fab bnrther. > 

f« About three dajs,'' aud Angus ;: ^^tiHe 
fit IB well nigh over, he will be beftei^^ta- 
jnrroif >»Biib coiM^ geMki^ d<m't'let 
the tappttJiesi wrairgb to 1»e^ eMFptted,-*^the 
KiDgfs .faatUfa^ KiDg .CtuaAes^d health, and 
wAj thei»mButing dogtftiAt relbse94i^ 
go jtarHesma *bf the road :Qf th^ 0rriMi^ 

The health wad qiiielrry emptied, and 
as faiA tsucceeded by another, asd anibl^tter, 
and anotlvrr alt of ar pail^f casrti suid, im^ 
forced ia ml eamost nanMr; ^kptatil 
IHUgetl^i ko^Ritter, tkMgbl it Mce^ary 
to enter a looiest;. > i 

<< G^mteiAM eatdiienr^'^besfttdi ^Idxmk 
these healths, prima, both out of respecfC to 
l^is holKmrable and hospit^hld i^od&(s>eei 
ind WiuMh, because I h«td it nM'good'to 
beprettea^ ib 'aodhmattersy mUt p&mb^ p 
but I protest, i^reeable to the warraa- 


Aioe granted by this . hooourahle lotii , fhat 
it shall be free to me^ notwitlntuidiii^ mf 
piwem aomplaistace^ to tdce aeridbe widi 
.the €ovenftttbir8 .to^mocrowv proemiifig^ I 
ebal) be so minded.'' 

• *M'A«lay.and \m EngUsb gneits /sttreA 
M' thi» decbffafeioii^ which, would have ew- 
telnly bred Bew diftturbsBee^ xfLosd Men* 
teitti hsKi not tikeo no the affior*. and ex^ 
fAained ^e ckcuBistaiiceB asd eooditieas. 
<^ Itruaty^ beccmdodff^ ^ we idudl be afak 
to secure. Captain Dalget^'s assistaoee to 
oar own t>arty.'^ 

1 i^:Aiid if notyf': said the Leod^ ^ i pro* 
test/ at the Gapta» sayv tliat n^iihng tfa«t 
has passed thiB< etneoii^ >not efvesi hie !»• 
ving eaten my baesd ond^aalt^ and. pledged 
me in bi^andyv Bourdeaox, ornsqiiebMii^ 
sball prejudiee my. elesBriQg \Asa to the 
neck^bone.*' m : 

^ Ion shall be heattaly weleciiiie,1 siai4 
tbe Captain, ^* providing my ■jswbid.caiinet 
l^eep Biy heady whieh^ithas dmie.m warse 
dsBgeni Aan your ffiid ia liMyt to ni^lst 
for me.'* 


: Here I/ord Menteiih again interposed, 
and the concord of the company being with 
no small difficuhy restored, was cemented 
by soine deep carouses. Lord Menteitb, 
however, contrived to break up the party 
earliier than was the usage of the Castle, 
underpretence of fatigue and indisposition* 
lliis was somewhat to the disappointment 
of the valiant Captain, who, among other 
habits' acquired in the Low Countries, had 
acquired both a disposition to^ drink, and a 
capacity to bear, an exorbitant quantity of 
strong liquors* \ 

Their landlord ushered^ them in person 
to a sort of sleeping gallery, in which there 
was a f(Hir*posted bed, with tartan curtains, 
and a number of cribs, or long hampers, 
placed along the wall, three of iiidiich, well 
stuffed with blooming heather, were pre- 
pared for the reception of guests. 

<< I need ' not tell your Idrdship,*^ said 
M^Aulay to Lord Menteith a little apart^ 
^ our Highland mode of quartering. Only 
that, not liking you diould sleep in the room 


alone with this German land-louper, I have 
caused your servants' beds to be made here 
in the gallery. By G — d, my lord, these 
are times when men go to bed with a throat- 
hale and sound as ever swallowed. brandy^ 
and before next morning it may be gaping 
like an oyster^shell.'^ 

Lord Menteith thanked him. sincerely, 
saying, *< It was just the arrangement he 
would have requested ; for, although ,he 
had not the least apprehension of violence 
from Captain Dalgetty, . yet Anderson was 
a better kind of person, a sort of gentle-, 
m^an, whom he always liked to have near 
his person.** 

•* I have not seen this Anderson,;' said 
M*Aulay; " did you hire him in Eng- 

" I did so,'' said Lord Menteith j V you 

v(^ill see the man to-morrow ; in the m:ean« 


time I wish you good night" 

His host left the apartment after the 
evening salutation, and was about to pay, 
the same compliment to Captain Dalgetty, 

but oliSiSrvuig lam dccpty eogtged in the 
diflcussion of a; huge pitcher filled intk 
brandy pOBset, he thought it a pity to dis- 
turb him in so lamdtble an emplaymeity 
Md took hk leave without farthtt 45am 

Lord Menteith's two attendantB eates^ 
ad the apartmeat almost imtnediatdy af. 
ter bis departure* The good Captain^ 
who was now somewhat encumbered with 
his good cheer» began to find the un* 
doing of the clasps of. his armour a task 
somewhat diflkult, and addressed Ander«» 
scm in these words, anterraptad by a slight 
hiccup,*—*' Anderson, my good fnend, yoit 
m$rf read in Scripture, that he that .ptit« 
teth off his armoisr should not boast^ him^ 
self like he that putteth it on — I bfeUevo 
dttt it not the right word of command ; 
but the plaia truth of it is, I am like to 
sleep in my corslet, like many jm honest 
fellow that never waked again, unless yoa 
unloose this buckle.'' 


4. XiKttiiD w mmnmouu ftt§ 

^ XJado his arftmirt Sibbald;' said Aa. 
d«K>ii to the other servant. 
- << By St Andrew T said the CaptaiOy turiu- 
iiig round in great astoiiishment» ^ hece'a 
a^^mmon feltow~4i stipendiary with four, 
pounds a-year and a livery- cloak, thinks 
himself too good to serve Ritt-master Du- 
gald Dalgetty of Drumthwadcet, who has 
sliudied humanity at the Mat eschal GoUego- 
of Aberdeen, and saved half the priiices 
of Europe!** ^^ 

*^ Captain Dalgetty,'' said Lord Men- 
teith, whose lot it was to stand peacemaker, 
throughout the evening, << please to uhder^ 
stand thst Anderson waits upon no one but 
myself) but I will help Sibtmld to undo 
j^vx corslet with much pleasure." 
, " Too much trouble for you, my Iord#? 
said Dalgetty } <^ and yet it would do you 
)M harm to practice how a handsome har« 
Hess is put on and put off. I can step in 
atid out of mine like a glove ; only to? nigbtt 
although not ebrius, I am, in the olasM 
phrase, vino dboque gravatw.'* 

240 TALSS OF lilT I/AKlO^OItd. 

By this time he was unshelled» and 9toOd 
before the fire musing with a face of drunk- 
en wis^lom on the eVents of the evening. 
What seemed chiefly to interest hita, wfs 
the character of Allan M'Aulay. ^* To 
come over the Englishmen so fcleverly with 
his Highland torfch-bear^rs^-^ eight bar?- 
breeched Rories for six silver cimdlesticks ! . 
—it was a master-piece---af6««^«fejpa*^e — ^it 
was perfect legerdemain^— and to be a mad- 
man after all ! — I doubt greatly, my lord, 
(shaking his head,) that I must allow him, 
notwithstanding his relatidtkship to your 
lordshipy the privileges of a rational per- 
son, and eithier battoon him sufficiency to 
expiate the violence offered to my persop, 
or else bring it to a matter of mortal ar)i>i-' 
tfement, as becomelh an insulted cay$i- 
lier/' / ' « . 

^^ If you care to hear a Tong slbry/' said 
Lor4 Menteith, *« at this time of ni^t, I 
can tell you why the circumstances of Al* 
lah's birth account so well iTor his singulal* 
character, as to put sjich^ ^satisfaction en- 
tirely out of the question." , , 



** A long stof y, my lord," said Captain • 
Dalgetty, " ifl next to ^ good evening T 
draught and a warm night-cap; the best 
shoeing-horn for drawing on a sound sleep. ; 
And smce your lordship Is pleaded to take . 
the trouble to tell it, I shall rest your pa« 
tient and obliged auditor^** i 

•* Anderson," said Lord Menteith, •* and . 
you, Sibbald, are dying to hear, I suppose,, 
of this strange man too $ and I believe I . 
must indulge your curiosity, that you may 
l^now how to behave to him in time of 
need.— *You bad better step to the fire: 

Having thus assemUed an audience ^ 
4d)out him, Lord Menteith sat dowp upon . 
the edge of the four-postad bed, while Cap- 
tain Balgetty, wi^g the relicks of the 
posset frtm his beaid and mustachoes, and ^ 
lepeating the first v^rse of the Luthersui 
{Muiflit AUe guter geigter lohen den Herrn, 
t&f^ rolled himself into one of the places ot*. 
Kpaee, and, Uirusting his shock pate from 
lietween the blanketSy listemed to Lord Men-, 

textli^ relation in a most lu:surk>u8 %\xS^- 
between sleeping and wskking; * * ^i^ 

« The' father,* said Lord Mefiteith, ^oP 
the two brothers, Angus and Allan IMNAIP^ 
lay, was ia-gentleman of consideration and^ 
family, being the chief of a Highlarir! clan^'^ 
of good account, though not ^umerous^^ 
his lady, the mother of these young m^b, 
was a gentlewoman of good family, if I^ 
may be permitted to say so of one nearly^ 
connected with my own. Her brother, 'dh 
honourable and spirited young man,^'^-' 
tained from Jaiines the Sixth a grant of fi>* ' 
restry, and other privileges, over a royalJ' 
chace adjacent to this castle ; and, in exer-' 
cising and defending these ri^ts, he w*»» 
sO unfortunate as to involve himself ih i^ 
quarrel with some of our Highland fi©6£* 
hooters or caterans, of whom I tfeihk,'GapA^ 
jtain Dalgetty, ydu must havte beard.** • - ' 

*» And that I "hare,* said the C^pOii^,^ 
exerting . himself to answer the'ap^etf? 
« Before I Ica^ the ■ Maifeschal GttUeg* '^ 
Aberdeeo,' Diigald Ganf was fia^^ng <b6^ 


> t 

d^inl m tbci Garioch, and the Farquharsous 
on I>ee-side» and the Oain Chattan on the 
tiorddns^ landis, and the Grants and Came- 
rans ki Moraj-land. And since that, I have 

•eeh the Cravats and Pandours in Pannonia 

^^ . • 

and Transylvania, and liie Cossacks from 


the Polidi frontier, and robbers, bandittii 
had barbarians of all countries besides, so 
that I have a distinct idea of your broken 
Highlandmen.'' . 

' << The clan/' said L6rd Menteith, " with 
ifirhom^he maternal uncle of the M^Aulays 
had been placed in ieud, was a small sept of 
banditti,' called, from their houseleiss state,^ 
and their mcessatiily wandering among the 
thountains and glens, the Children of the 
fifisL They are a fierce and hardy people, 
wilh all the irritability, and wild and venge- 
ftil passions, proper to men who have ne- 
ver known the restraint of civilised society. 
A party of them lay in wait for the unfor. 
innate Warden' of the Forest, surprised him 
tvbik' hunting alone and unattended, and 
dew bibd with every circumstonce of in^ 

imtive' cmnity. 'They ccU; 9^ H^tsiln^^ 
und resolvcd^rifta byayido^ to exW^jt^ 
^tbe castle of hk fe^otber-ia-lfiw« ; ^C^ rl^iji^ 
'ivas fibfiieiili^ wad the lady reluctaii%faf^(^ 
"^ed ad guests^ men against whoiii^^ gf;FlmH% 
'^he \9as afraid to ^iiit ^en gat^ JR^efresli; 
menls were^ f^ed before th^ Clitldf^^ 
the Mfst^^ho took an fppfotliiii^^'t^rtf^ 
tiie head of their nctim fr^n the pl^id ti| 
which it was wrappedf placed it on t^ 
table>>pot a piwe of bi^ead. be|w^pjp .the 
lifeless J«w», bidding tlitjm dxi^^c^ 9%^ 
now, since many a. good ^^^ ^^y: ha^ 
-eaten at that table^ Hie ladyt who hf^ 
been absent for some hmisehol4 pojq^f^ 
entered at tfaia moment, uff^ ^Bf?l?. ^ - 
holding her brother's head«^edi lik^. an 
urow» out of the house into the wpqds, ^^r 
tering shriek upon shriek. The ryffiafiS| 
Hsatiaied With this savage tnuoiph^ .^^r 
drew. The terrified menials^ afl^ Qypff:^ 
ming the alarm to which the|^ bfd J^^ff^ 
subjected, sought their upfcwtunate; o))^ 
tress ia exery direftion^ but.«^efrif^ 


^fere to liefoiind. The unfortunate hus> 
tiand' returned next day, and, vrith the as* 
distance of his i^opte, undertook a more 
«BX20us and distant search, but to eqoaIly> 
MfHle purpose. It was believed uniVersally, 
iStttAi in the ecstacy of her terror^ she must 
^iSket haire thrown herself over one of the 
kiiiawmB frtctgiceB which overhang the 
i$v%t, or into a deep lake about a mile from> 


tile castle./ Her lo» was the more lament- 
ed, as d^ was six months advanced in her 
pregnancy^ Angui M'Ariay, her eldest 
Mn; having been born about dghteen 
months befbre.-^—^— But I tire you, Ckptain 
Bal^etty, and you seem inclined to sleep;" 

*^ By no meanb/' answered the soldier ; 
^^ I am no whit ■somnolent; I always hear 
m%i with my eyes shut. It is a fa^ion I 
learned wlien I stood oentinel*'' 

* And I dare sayi" said Lord Henteith^ 
kside to Atiderson, ♦* the weight of the hal- 
bert of thfe 'ierjeailt of the rounds often 
made him open them." 
*■ Being apparently, ho we ver, in the hu* 






mour of story-tdlingi the young 

weht on, addressing himsejf' chi^y^to-bl^ 

sfervants^ without minding the tlambefiag 


. . • • • • • ' 

«< Every baron in ihe country,'' naid h^ 
<< now swore revengie for this dreadfl4 pi^'uiie» 
They took arms with the relations and brot 
ther-in-law of the murdered pei80i)», aii4 
the Children of the Mist were hunted down, 
I believe^ with as little merc^ as they had 
themselves manifested. Seventeen, beaifi^ 
the bloody trophies of their .vengesuiee^ 
were distributed amon^ the alUes, and fed 
the crows upon the gates of their castles* 
The survivors sought out more distant wlr 
dernesses, to which they retreated.*' 

" To your right hand, counter-march 
and retreat to your former grcmnd,^ S9td 
Captain Dalgetty ; the military phrase ha* 
ving produced the correspondent word of 
command ; and then starting up, professed 
he had been profoundly attentive to ef^ 
word that had been spoken.^ 

" It is the custom in summert!* said liotl 

«^ft «#• 

d^mOMim 09 MOKTJtOM* 247 

MaUbtHHfh without ttitnding hk^pdbagy^ " to 
fieod the cows to the upUod pastures to 
have the bnefit of the grass ; and the tnaidv 
of the village, and of the facnilj, go there 
.io ttiilk them io the morning and evenings 
^^thile.thus employed, the females of this 
Jbttily, to. their ^reat terror^ perceived that 
Jl^r motions were watched at a distance 
, by. a pale» thin, meagre figure;, bearing a 
strong resemblance to their deceased mis- 
^ tteasi and passiiig, of course^ for her appa* 
, rition. When some of the boldest resolved 
to approach this faded form, it fled from 
, them into the woods wiUi a wild shrieks 
^e husband, injEbrmed of' this circum- 
stance, came up to the glen with some at- 
I tapdaots, and took, his measures so; well as 
, to< intercept the retreat of the unfortunate 
iiigitivQ, an.d to secure the person of his 
unfortunate kdy,. though her intellect pro-. 
: vfid to be totally deranged. How she 
1 mppoftod henelf during her wandering in 
the woods could not he known«-some sup* 
;pMBd:iA0 lived i^Hm i(oata and wUd ber-' 

jM8 TAiJBS (HP Mt LANDlXmil. 

nes> wHJi wMch £Ke iiroods at tibat seasmti 
Abounded ^ but the greater {art of llieviAf 
gar were satisfied that she must have jobn 
alsted up9n the milk of the wiH. doeB« ms 
been nooriahed by the fiiiriea, or sap^^wteii 
in some maoner equally nmraeUoiis^ ' Met, 
fe« appearance was more easily ai)epiial)Qdk 
for. She had seen' from ^e tiiieiket. tM 
milking of the cows, to supeciat^nd yAMk : 
bad been hc^ favounte domeirtic employe 
ment, and the habit had previdled ev^i^ift«; 
her deranged state of mind* 

*< In due season the unfoctjinate la^jr waa . 
delivered of a boy, who no^ on^ ahewji: • 
no appearance of having supbred Jfrom bw^i 
mother's calamities, l^t appeared t9 b^ii^ : 
infant of uncommon health and atreag4ib».< 
The unhappy mother, after her oaeftiev., 
ment, recovered h&t reaaoaf-f^atloaaj^an a 
gr^at measure^ but never her heakb^ and j 
spirits. Allan was her only joy. Jier<atr*,- 
Iwtion to htm was linremtttiDg ;. and .uiw 
questionably she.mUrt have impressed afwi 
his eau ly vajmX many oi tboao aaptntMn^ 

T, T JJg* ' 1^ ^, — ^ i j; '' Ti^ pi r ,^' ^g »i, ,.■»-. ■^■.^.^■■^i 


ideas to whidiliis* moody and ebtliusiastic 
'temper gave so ready a reception. She 
*dled when'Tie was about ten years old. Her 
^liist Words were spoken to him in private j 
iJtot -there is little doubt that they convey- 
ch4 ah injunction of vengeance upon the 
Children of the Mist, with which he has 
€ihce amply complied, 

** From this moment the habits o^ Allan 
M^Aulay were totally changed. He liad- 
hitherto been his mother^s constant com- 
panion, listening to her dreams, and re- 
peating his own, and feeding his imagina- 
tion, which, probably from the circum* 
stances preceding his birth, was constitu* 
tionally deranged, ykilh all the wild and 
terrible superstitions so common to the 
mountaineers, to which his unfortunate 
mother fiad become mu6h addicted since 
her brother's death. By living In this man- 
fler^ the bey. had' gotten a timid^ witd^ 
starlt^d look, lovfjd to seek out solitary, 
places in ""the wci6ds, aild was never ^' 
niuch terrified as by the approach of cfaiU 


250 ^AtB8 Of Wt IiAMDLQH^; 

dten of th« same age. I *Bm^n(keir^' 
though some ymrs younger, bdn^ brai^^t 
up here by my father upon a viaitf W» 
can I forget the astonishment with wbiGii 
I saw this infant- hermit shun every lg|* 
tempt I made to engage him* in the sjpo^ 
natural to our age. I can remember hiB 
father bewailing his deposition to miM^ 
and aUegiogi at Uie same tiipe, tliat it was 
impossible for him to takeirom his wi^ Ifte 
company of the^ bay> as he seemed to be 
the only consdation that rematiied to her 
in this world» and as the. amuseen wt wbtiA 
Allan-s society a£^rded her seemed to {^ 
vent the recurrenoe^- at least in its Sa^ 
force, of that fearful malady by wUeb.^i^ 
jl^d been visited. , Bttt^ after the deetlt^ 
bis moth^, the habits ai^ manners of tte 
boy seemed at once to chan^e^ ItistrQebfe 
remftined as* thought&d end -ser^ow f» ta> 
fore ; and long fits^of si^nee, aMl#bstrsia. 
tioH-dsewed pkdnly that h» cfapiii[t/oiiS^ in 
fUs respect wm. ia iio .dei^9ip« i^M^^ 
J9ot. at, «tbe^ time^ . he aoufi^ misA.J^ 


A lifiCMWO or MOMf ftOfHb 


j^e^mmi^ df tbe youth of the chni, 
idi^Gli he had. hitherto seemed anxious to 
illfioid» He took $h|tre in all their exer- 
(ieae£^; md^ from his very extraordinary 
.|ipr9QBfd flitr^gtb, soon excelled his bro- 
jftker and other youths, whose age con- 
MitcaUy > exceeded his own. They who 
ihadhithwto held him in contempt, now 
'jfeared, if they did not love him ; and, in- 
stead ^Allan's being esteemed a dn^aming^ 
^Mromanisb, and feebled-minded boy, those 
^ho encountered him in sports or miJitary 
Li8Keeeise» sow complained that, when heat*- 
jgA' by the strife, he was too apt to turn 
igamif into earnest, and to forget that be 
virtus only engaged in a friendly trial of 
flfti}eng(li«<7-*But I speak to regardless ears,-' 
^d h&sfi Menteitb, interrupting himself, 
Jar ^ Oiptain's nose now gave the most 
JMaiqpiilaUe sig^ that he was fast locked 
imthe aim of oblivion.- 
r^i ^ If fmok mean the ears of thaff snorting 
Mum, aqr lord^** 9aM Anderson, ^< they 
m% iodecKlt dwt to anydiing that you can 


my i oevertbelew, thia filace li0iil8.«ift^(Nt 

more private conferenc^t I hope.yoa wiifc 

have the goodness to proctod» &r SibbiM*a 

benefit and formine.. The hi^tofy off^tlbi 

poor young fellow haa a lieep and anUkittt 

terestinit" **r 

/* You must kuQWy. then/' oonttnaiii 

Lord Menteith, ^^ that Allan ocntiniied Mt 

increaae in strength and activity till hiSifi& 

^enth year, abQujt which U^^ he a«a^¥W^ 

a total independence of. ch^^racter^ jwl 

impatienqe qf contrdu), which. much alaniN 

ed his surviving parent. He was ^bseojb ill 

jthe woods for whole days and. nights, undca 

pretence, of huntingi thpiigh h»^ did i^ afe 

ways bting home game. His fathm* w^ thtf 

more alarmed, because seyeml of-the, C^^ 

dren of the Mist, encouraged byi the. !•» 

creasing troubles of the state» had v«o|uiM| 

b^ck to. their old hauojts, nor did hrthllll 

i| altogether safe to.^tnew aqy attM^uytft 

them. The, risk of Allan, in fajif.wap^rf 

A IdWlBfB 09 MOKTftOSft. S5S 

tin firee-booters, was a perpetual soured 
0i apprehension. 

« <* I vifas lAyself upon a visit to the castle 
nhtn thit matter was brought to a crisiai 
AUsoi had been absent sirice day break in 
the woods, where I had sought for him in 
tain { it was a dark stormy night, and he 
iAd not return; His father expressed th6 
utmort anxiety, and spoke of detaching a 
party al the dawn of morning in quest of 
kifls, when, as we were sitting at the sup- 
j^-tieible, tiie door suddenly opened, dnd 
Allan' entered the room with a proud,, 
f rm, and confident air. His intractability 
alF' temper, as well as the unsettled state of 
ViU mind, had such 2ta influence over hfs 
fiither, that he snppreissed all other tokens 
ef displeasure, excepting the observation 
that I had killed a fkt buck, and had rei 
turned before sunset, while he suppbseii 
ikMan, who had been oik the ' hill tilt mik^ 
night, had returned with eisfpty hkmd^ 
« Are yo« mre of that f saidl'Allaiii fi«tee^ 

IBM aE&c»:aiB»i mmoaau^ 

4lier taW » 1- 

^^ Wie Qow obsirved Mi hands vmte 
4diMdy9 and that tiiere were 8pot» of Uoo4 
Mi.hiBface» and waited, tiietmtie with* iah 
faisezice ) wisen suddenly^ uodoiogthe ow- 
ner cf hiB pbid^. he roUed down on the te^ 
Us, a human head, bloody and imw ee^^ 
wexed^ sar^Bg, at the same thne, ^ Lie thou 
where the head of^ a better man. lay btfmf^ 
jre.* f^rom the hagard featraes, and mi^ 
led red^hau and beards partly grizsded wlll| 
•ge» bis father and: ethete pcssent reoog^ 
akised the head of Hutar q£ ike^ Mist, s 
wdliknown- leader amoog the ouHaws^ rei^ 
doubted iot strength and fenocity» wfao 
had been actii^ m the morder of the una 
fivtunate warden, and had eaea(ied.J!)ff 
deaperate defence and- eztraofdina^y agi& 
Ipr, when so nuiny of hiacomptoionsyweeto 
deatrogred^ We wwe all, it bdk_ 
Kandy atmi^. mA sinrprise, but Alka 
taedtogntiQr our curiosity} 


HMi^dc^red thai iie mosb kave: oveitoofifc 
the oudaw after a desperate struggle, bt^ 
osufie wc diseovered diat h^ had Mitaine^ 
iMwral wounds from the coatest* Ml sihnik 
•iurtt were m>w.tak^i to eosurQ him ag&iiitt 
^bevettgrnQoe of (he free^hooleris but imv^ 
4h6F his womidB nor the pasitiye eomtnand 
-of his father, nor even the lockio^ the g9Jbt$ 
«rf*the castle and the doors of his apartment 
^nere preeautions. adequate to pceveqt Al^ 
im from peeking (mt the very« persons ti> 
»hom he. was pecufiaiiy obaoaioi^i^ &$ 
n^e his esqape by night from the window 
af.the.apavtment, and laughing at his ffi^ 
ikef s vdn care» produced ,o;i oaa^ oooasisv 
(bhe head of 4Hie», and upoq another those of 
tan of the Children of the MisL ^At len^ 
j^ese men, iierce as they werei became ap^i 
palled by the inveterate animosUj and ira^ 
dacity mdi which Allan aoi^hlr out ih^ 
aeoesses. As be never hesitetc d to eiurauaibi 
ler any odd% they concluded iJuit h^ mmt^ 
y^j^A chame^ life^ or figbti^&dar l^e gnai^^ 
diaoyhip of some supernatural .influenot. 

tff6 TAI^es OF Mt L^KDLORO, 

Neither gun, dirk, nor dourfach^ they nmSt^ 
myailed aught agatfist him. They imputed 
this to the remarkable circumstaDces uMer 
^ which he was born ; and at length five or six 
4)f the stoutest Caterans of the Highknda 
would have fled at Allan's halkK>, or the blast 
of his horn. In the meanwhile^ however^ 
ibey carried on their old trade, .and did 
4be. M'AulaySy as well as their kinsmen 
and allies, as much mischief as they could. 
This provoked another expedition against 
the tribe, in which I had my share; we 
surprised them effectually, by besettti^ 
at once the upper apd under passes of the 
county, and made such dean wodc as is 
usual on these occasions, burning and slay* ! 
ing right before m. In this terrible species 1^ 
of war^ even the females and the helplen . 
do not always escape. One little, maiden 
alone, who smiled, upon Allan's drawn : 
^rk, escaped his vengeance upon my eaii 
nest entreaty^ She was. brought to tW 
cattle, and here bred up under the naine 
Annot Lyie, the. most beautifiii little^ 


A L&6£m> 09 itmnwm. Sfi7 

fiiiry certainly that ever danced up<m a^ 
h^n^ by modn light. It was lotig ere Al- 
lan could endure the presence of the cHild, 
ttfiftil it occurred to his imaginadon, fi'om 
tier features perhaps, thait she did not be- 
IdAg to the hated blood of hts enemies, 
t)*t'bad become their captive in tome ef 
their incursions ; a circumstance not in 
itself impossiUe, but in which- he believes 
B8 firml/ as in holy writ, tie is. particular- 
ly delighted by her skiH in music, which is ' 
M exquisite, that she far exceeds thfe'best 
performers in this country in playing on the ^ 
datthach or harp. It was discovered that thik 
produced upon the disturbed spirits of AU 
Ian, in his gloomiest moods, benefjciaref* ' 
ifeets, similar to those experienced by the 
Jewish monarch of old ; and so engaging 
ia 4he temper of Annot Lyle, bo jBstsdhia- 
tiog the innocence and gaiety of her dispo- 
gition, that she is conMdered and treated in 
liie castle ratber ad the sister of the pro- 
prietory than as a &€p€i\6tnt upoA his cha. 
lity« Indeed, it is impossible for any one 

IMB ItfcMilliililiMl TiiiilWifntJT 

J|r the iag€»ii4ty» livelmesfiy 2|Q<i swe^tMps 

r ^^ Take qsrear my lord^" s^d Ande^iw^ 
jDoSiqg } ^< ther^ ifr dangef i&. «uch viol^at 
;MbiineodaitioiM. All^n M*Au|ay, a^ yqiir 
^^ddfai^ deapribi^ hioii vould prove ao 
.ywy safe jriifftl/V 

^i Pooh ! pooh !" said Lord .Meatei(b» 
JiiMigbiBgt j^t blushing at the same time ; 
« AlUn is not a€ce»3ible ta th^ passiea of 
iQifei and for fnya^lff " said he mwe gnupe* 
ly^ ^< Aofiot's uaknpwa bkrth ia^oi^ 
jasQson agaviat aerioua designs^ and her jutr 
pfptected state precludes everyf other.** 

^* It is spoken like yourself^ fiiy I<^^T 
(savi AndeiiS99«— ^* But I trust you^wiH 
.f^qpeed witbypur interesthig story." 

^< It t^^ well-nigh fiqished/' said J^^u^ 
.Meiiiteith % f* I hafe only to add, tbat^fcovi 
tl^ fp^% fi^ngth wdA courage^of Aikm 

JteWlftbl9t4>4P«Nti<Hii tod lism^tai opiBim 


igiaefaOy snteitaiKd aiid eneotmifSiA ^ 
himself, that he holds cominuDioii with ttii^ 
petnatural beiiigSy and can prediet future 
«0reiit$9 the daa pay a much' greater de«> 
^ee g£ dcfereHice to hkn than etea to hia 
tMrother, who is a bold-hearted rmdifig 
Highladder, hut with nothing which can 
pg^^ly rival, the extraordinary character 
^ bis younger bpolhexv^ 

^ Sucfh a cteuractar,'' said AndersWH 
^ cannot but have the deepest effect on 
•tbe minds^ of a Highland host. We must 
secure AUan^ 09^ lord, at all eve»ts. What 
between his bravery and his second stg^it***^ 
<< Hush !" said Lord Menteith^ '' dia| 
"^1 is awaking," 

. *^ Do you talk erf the second sights dr 
d&uieroscopia V* said the soldier ; ^ 1 t^ 
' miember memorable Major Monro telling 
" tne how Murdoch Mackenaie, bdm in Aik 
^atnti a private gettlleaiw is a eMapaiiy 
'Hid a pretty ^^aUier^ feretcHd the Nieatk €f 
-Donald Tough^ a Loofaaber niaii^ an4 eiii^ 
tMn other persons^, as wsdl as. the hiut si 

^ najor bitnielf at a stiddm oftiyi at^ 
jsnoge. fiif TrailesttQd.^ 

^ /« I ^ve ^fteor bMr4 of tbift faculty,? 
Qbserved Anderaont *' but I have always 
tii0tight those pretending to«it vbre either 
eodiosiasts or iibpMtors." 
' «< I should be lothi*" said Lord Menteitb, 
f ^ W apply dither. cbatecter to my kinimaiiy 
Allan M^Aulay. He has shewn on many 
pccasions too mnch acuteness and sense, 
of which you this night had ah instance, 
for th# character of an enthusiast ; and his 
high sense (mT hononr, and isornliness of dis- 
position, free him &om the charge of im- 

*« Your lordship, then,*' said Anderson, 
f^ is a believer in his supernatural attri- 
bates ?' - 

•• By no means,'* said the young noble- 
nan \ ^^ I think tliat he persuades himself 
^hat the^ predtcfetons wiiich a^e, vtx ideality. 
Hie r€»Hilt of judgment and r^flectloh, are 
jSKipelrnatuipaHmpr^ss^S'Oiif his thind, ju^ 
te fa&iitica^ <Wni^4re lh« workings of their 

4 XiEOBHIl pW MOHTftOtey 261 

own imagination to be divine inspiration—^ 
at least, if this will not serve you, Andef* 
son, I have no better explanation to give $ 
and it is time we were all aaleep after the 
toilsome journey of the day*" 

'■m ^ 

I 1. S.^ 

, ! i'l . , • .. •» * * » •'" 


i^ALfiS 09 uTUisaaMiU 


Comiog evenU cast their shadows before. 


At an early hour in the morning the 
guests o£ the Castle sprung from their re- 
pose ; and, afler a moment's private con- 
versation with his attendants, Lord Men- 
teith addressed the soldier, who was seat- 
ed in a comer burnishing his corslet with 
rot-stone and shamoisJeather, while he 
hummed the did song in honour of the 
victorious Gustavus Adolphus : — 

When camion are roaring, and bullets are ^yaig. 
The lad that would have honour^ boys, must never 
fear dying. 

<< Captain Dalgetty,** said Lord Men«> 


tex1^9 ^ thetime is come that we must part, 
or become comrades in service.* 

^Not before breakfast, I hope,* said 
Captain Dalgetty. 

** I should have thought,* replied his 
lordship, «* that your garrison was victual- 
led for three days at least." 

^ 1 have still some stowage left fbrbeef 
ted bannocks,'' said the Captain ; ^* and I 
never miss a favourable opportunity of re- 
newing my supplies.** 

^ But," said Lord Menteith, *< no ju^ 
didous commander allows either flags of 
truce or neutrals to remain in his camp 
Icmger than is prudent ; and therefore we 
must know your mind exactly, according' 
to which you shall either have a* safe eon* 
duct to depart in peace, or be welcomfe'to 
remain with us.* • . ** 

' *^ Truly,* said the Captain, <« that betegf 
&e case, I will not attempt to protract the 
capitulation by a counterfeited parley, (a 
dung excellently practised by Sir Jame^ 

Rftimay at tb& siege of Haxmau^ in ^ 
year of God 1636,) but I will frankly cmi, 
that if I like jom pay aa ;weUtu your pro- 
van t and your company, I care not hoar 
ijoon I take the oath to youv colours;*'? ' 

" Our pay," said Lord Menteitb, *^ amk 
at present be small, tsiqce it is paid out^f 
the commoa stock rai3ed by the fiiw 
amongst us who can command some ftmd9. 
-ras oisgor and adjutant, I dare not promise. 
Captain Dalgetty more than half a di^ar 

** The devil take all hslveA and quartenV 
s»id tlie Captain $ '* were it hi my <^ion» I 
dmld no more consent to the halving df 
that doUiir, than the woman in the Jn^^ 
meiit of Solomon to the disseverment of 
^ cfattld of her bowels*" 

'' The parallel will scarce hold^ C«|^. 
tiun DaJgetiy» fiir I think yon woi^Id ra- 
ther cfNdsent to tlie dividing of the ddbc 
tjliian give it up entire to your competilor. 
Jfyf^mWi m the way of arrears I xMsy 

• j^fonilse you the other half-dollar at the 
end of the campaigi).'' 
** Ah! these arrearages," said Captain DaU 

^getty, ** tfafft are always promised, and al^ 
ways go for nothing ! Spain, Austria, and 
Sweden, all sing one song. Oh ! long life 
iotfae Uogan* mogans ! if they were no of- 

.fifjera m soldiers, they were good pay-mas- 
torf# And yet, my lord, if I could ;but be 
made c^tiorated that my natural heredi- « 
tament ^f Drumth^acket had faUen into 
possession of any of these loons of Cc^ve- 
nimter^t ^ho could be, in the event of our 

Tsttccess, made a traitor of, i-have so nftoch 

mliie for that fertile and pleasant sfKot, 
that I would e'en^ake on wi* ydii for4l» 


^ I can resolve Captain Bdgettj^^s qu^ 
tion,'' said Sibha4d, Lord Menteiili's se- 
cond attendant, «< for if bin estate of Drt». 
thiWiK^lket be, aa I conceive, the l^Mig wiaste 
B)0or so caJiedt that lies five milea soudi of 
Aberdeen, I can tell bim it vms Ifttely piir* 


200/ ~ ,WAl»$\imM(i,hiiMm4Hi9^ 




as ever swore the Covt^oanfc," 

< * The crop' eaKed hound i" . md' f^phin 
Dalgetiy,:iuairage J *^ wl>a4:tii«^ d^vil^ve 
faim tht asstirance to pufcbasa tb^imimm 
tance oflai family of fauF hundt^d . y^s^m 
to say afe;Mai%^Qbal>CoUeg^i ih^biH9 M]5». 
I will pulL hint oui of my /aU^br'^^*. hajmen 
by the fearsK And iWi . toy i I^fnd Met^t^Hl^. 
I am your??, hriud ajad ; swords body? . and . 
sotJ> till deatfe^dam part, x>r torth^jeud of 
the Ilex t . caiopaigii,! wbiCibi^srerr event. sbaU - 
fiirsit;coi»e to paW 

** ADd I," said ths, yogting. ncMegwrtM^ 
«^ rivet the vbargam by a : m©ilthte pay< ift^ 
advance.'* • . .^., . 

^* That i&moie thatntecessai^r aatd 3>al^ 
getty, pocketing the nioae.yhd;v^ever«i '* fiirti 
now I must go do^w'ti, : Idok /after. . my^ icasy « 
sad^Je aad rabuiiziemsots^ and. see^vtiML. 
Gustavus haa liis moraingi anA-±eibhima0ft2 
h«vo taken' new iCKviciei?/, ,i ' \\ 

" There goes your precious. ^n^CToiJb,*'^ 


8)ud Lofd Menteith ta Andeisonv as the 
Captain left the room; '< I fear we shall 
have little cied it of htoi/' ' 

^* He is a man of the times^ however,'*- 
said Anderson;; *< and without such. we 
^Ould hardly be able to carry on:oureii^ 

^^ Let us go down," answered .LordiMen^ 
teiffa, ** and see haw our muster is. Ukdy 
to tfarivei for I bear' a g^od.^ deaiof biistiei 
ki the castle." 

Whert they entered the ball, tlie dotnes;< 
tics keeping modestly in the back-ground^ 
morning greetings past between Lord J^kn- 
ti^, Angus M^Aolay^and his Bnglish: 
gaest^i while Allans occup^ytng- the ssunr 
settle which he had filled the preceding: 
evenitig^ attention whatever to any 

Old Donald^hastiiy rushed into tk<^ apart- 
ment, << A messa^^ firorn Viob' Alist6o 
Mom'v he is coming^np inthe ev^enin^jf*^ 

*• With how many allendaii4rs f'* smIt 





•* Same five-and*tW6iity or UikQ^*^ 
Donald, " his ordinary retinue*'' 

<< Shake down pledty of straw in the 
great barn," said the Laird* * ) 

Another servant here stumbled hasttly 
in, announcing the expected arrival of Sk. 
Hector McLean, *< who is arriving with a 
Wge following.*' 

^ Put them in the malt kiln," said M<A»* 
ky ; ^< and keep the breadth of the mid* 
denstcad between them and. the M^D<k. 
nalds; they are but unfriends \% each 

Donald mow re-entered, his visage cob- 
sfderably lengthened—** The tiel's i* Ac 
folk," he said ; <* the hale Hielanda are . 
asteer, I think. Evan Dhu, of Lochielt 
will be here in an hour, with Lord kens how 
many gillies." 

** Into the great bam with them beside 
the McDonalds," said the Laird. . 

More and more Chiefs were aniiouiiMd» 
the least 4>f whom would ha^e «ecottfited it 

dmogatDry to hb dignity to stir witlKMit a 
retinae of six or seven persons. To eveiy 
sew anniraciationy Angus M^Auley an- 
swered by naming some place of accommo- 
dation ^^^-thestable, tbeloft^ the cow-house, 
4he sheds# every domestic office was desf- 

'-tiried for the night to some hospitable pur- 
pose or accommodation. At length the 
4imval of M^Dougal of Lorn, after all his 
means of accommodation were exhaujsted, 
r^dtK^d him to some perplexity. ^^ What 
the devil is to be dotie, Donald i" said he; 
** the great barn would hold fifty more,! if 
<th6y would li^ heads and thraws ; but there 

r^wOttld be drawn dirks amang them which 
ishonld lie uppei*most, and so we shouLl 

;!have bloody puddings before moi'ning !" 

V «* What needs all this ?" said Allan, start- 
ing up, and coming forward with the stern 

: abruptness of his usual manner ; <* are the 
Gael to-day of softer flesh or whiter blood 

.Utan tbeir fathers were? Knock the head 

1 due of a? cask of usquebae, let that be their 
>>ight gear—-thei£ plaids their bed- clothes 


«-^and the blue sky their cfttH^py^ and tbe 
heather their couch— come a thou^nd 
0}ore, and they would not quarrel pn the 
broad heath for want of room T 

" Allan is right,-' said hi§ brother j ^* it 
is very odd -how All^in^ wbO| between our- 
selvesy'^ said he to Musgrave, *<iia a little 
WQwf, seems at times to have more senae 
than us all put together* Observe him 

*^ Yes,** continued AUan^ fixiog bis eyea 
with a ghastly stare upon the opposite side 
of the hall, *• they may well bc^in as they 
are to end ; many a man wtU sleep thb 
night upon the l>eath, that wlienHbe Mar- 
tinmas wind shall blow shall lie tbeiie stark 
enough, and reek little of cold or lack of 

<< Do not forespeak us, brother,'' said 
Angus } ** that is not lucky/' 

** And what luck is it then that <you ex- 
pect ?" said Allan ; and straining his qsfSi 
until they almost started from t^mr sock- 
ets, he fell with a eon vulsive .shudder mip 

I <■! I» ■'' _ 


tixe ftrms lof Donald and his brother, who» 
knowing the nature of his fits, had come 
n«ar ^ to prevent -his f alL They seated him 
upon a bench, and^^upported him until he 
came^'to bimdeli*, and was about to spea^. 

«* For God^ sake, AUan»" said his bro- 
tfaer, vlio knew the impression his mystical 
<words were likely to make on many of the 
guests, ^y say nothing to discourage us*'' 

«* Anj I he who discourages you ?" said 
Allan ;. *^ let every man face his weird qs I 
«hall face mine. That which must come, 
will come; and we &haU stride gallantly 
ovier many a field of victory ere we, reach 
yim'fatal, or tread yon sable 

• ^ What slaughter-place ? what scaf-^ 
folds ?*' exclaimed several voices ; for Al- 
latf s renown, as a seer was generally esta* 
blished in the Highlands. 

** You will know that hat too soon," an* 
swered Allan* «* Speak to me no more^ 1 
am weary of your questions." Re then 
pressed ^his -hand against 'his brow, rested 


\^ elbow upon biji knee* aad sunk iotblii 

deep reverie. 

<< Send for Annot LyJe, and the harp^?^ 
s^id Angus, in a wbisper^ to his servant >f 
<Vand let those gentlemen follow me, wh«i 
do not fear a Highland breakfast*" 

All accompanied their hospitable laod^ 
lord excepting only Lord Menteilh, wb# 
lingered in one of the deep embrasureit 
formed by the windows of the hall. An^ 
not Lyle shortly after glided into tbe* 
roomy not ill described byJLord Menteith 
as being the lightest and most fairy iguK 
that ever trod the turf by moon4ight« £tor 
stature, considerably less than the ordinary 
size of women, gave her the appearanee of ' 
extreme youth, insomuch^ that although 
she was near eighteen, she might hav^' 
passed for four years younger^ Her figure, 
hands, and feet, were formed Upoh a mo* 
del of exquisite symmetry with the si26 and^. 
lightness of h^r person, so that Titania faer« 
self could scarce have found a more fitting 
represoitative. Her hair wfus^ a dark shade 

AiJLBOUro; OY M0NT&O8E* S7lt 

ofithe coionr usually termed flaxen, whose 
clustering ringlets suited admirably with her 
^Mf complexicM), and with the playful^ yet 
|i|bple expresflion of her Ifeatures* When 
wie add to these charms, that Annot, in 
her orphan, state, seemed the gayest and 
happiest of maidens, the reader must allow 
us to claim for her the interest of almost all 
who looked on her. In fact, it was impos* 
sible to find a more universal favourite, 
and she often came among the rude inha« 
hiitants of the castle, as Allan himself, in s 
poetical mood, expressed it, ^* like a sun« 
beam on a sullen sea," communicating to 
all others the cheerfulness that filled her 
Oitf^n mind. 

Annot^ such as we have described her» 
smiled iand blushed, when, on entering .the 
apartment. Lord Menteith came from his 
place of retirement, and kindly wished her 

" And good^morning to you, my lord,* 
returned she, extending hex band to her 
foctiid ; ^vwe have seldom seen ycm of lat0 

M 2 

|>«>«<<l»»<[WHim^i^W>i ■ »m' « Tii hi f I ^1 ii«» t -ii n ,'i "' >km ' 

ff74 .Tiiaunreir'-tMrp Jsmmumm. 

ikl'ilm o«sde^ mm! n*w I fiMr*al<te'«Hil}i^ 
peaceftil putpose."^ 

*^ At leas Viet me Mt interru^ your 
harmony, Annot,"* said Lord Meateitfa^ 
** though my arrival may bteed discord 
dse where. My cousin, AUas, iUieeiis the 
S^s^tatiee of ^y^uT tpice and wimc." 

*' My pi^84rirer,'^«said Amiot Lyte, « ha» 
arrghb to^cny poor exiertioias ; aud you^ too»^ 
my tord^ — ^you, too^ are my preserver, and 
¥rere th^e most active to save: a life. that ift. 
wortkless emxugbj,. unless it can' benefit my 

• 'So saying, she Bate i£ofvn at a little dis* 
tiMcenapon the bench on 'which AAan M^^ 
Aulay was placed^ and tuning *iierclair- 
shaeh, a small haq>^ aboutt thirty inches, 
m height, nbe' accompanied it mth her 
iFoice. The air vmaan aneient Qaeii&me- 
tody, aod the word«, which were supposed 
to^ be very old, were in tlie same language ;. 
but We suhjom a tea^nsktiDa of them, by 
Secufidus M'Pherson, E^f^of'Gienfotqgen,. 
trychji, 'akhMgh^^ubmlttcrd to the ;&ita& 

A &SO«llD OP HON l^HOSfi. C "tS 

of EngKsH rhythm, weUnisfc wilttoe found 
nearly as genuine as the version of Ossian 
by his celebrated namesake«r 


" Birds of omen dark and foul. 
. 'NtgHt^erowj ra^en, 4Mit ^d 0*^)9 
Leave tiienok vwn 4;o km drMoi-* 
All night long he heard jmxr aof earn.-— 
Haste to ca^e and vuined tower, 
Ivy, tod, or dingledkbower^ 
Tlieretoi wink awd map^ ior, lunrk I 
In the mid air tings the^latk* 

*^ Hie to moorish gills and rocks, 
•Prowling welf and wily Ibx, — 
• 'Hie you-fiist^ ncnrtumi your vie*', 
Though th^^lwabtVlfiata to the ewe. 
Couch your trains, and speed j^our flight. 
Safety parts with parting night ; 
And on distant echo born> 
' Comes thehunter's early horn. 

, '• s. , . 

" The moon's wan crescent scarce^ gleams, 
Ghost-like she fades in morning beams ;. 
Hie hence each peevish imp and fay 
^ That scare the ^pilgrim on his way :-^ 

S9t fJdMB or Ui hAUBhOMm.t 

T^ torch that cheats benighted men ; . ,;_ ,^ 
Thy dance is o'er^ thy reign is dene. 
For Benyieglo hath seen the sun. 

'' Wild tboQghts, that, sinfiil, dark sid.da^i- ; 
O'erpower the passive miad 'm sleep. 
Pass from the slumberer^s soul away. 
Like night-mists from the brow of day :— -^ 
Foul hag^ whose blasted visage grim 
^ Smothers the pulse^ oofic^es the Hmb». 
Spurtby ibtrkpaifreyy andbfgooei 
\ Thou darest not face the godlike sum" 

- As the strain proceeded^ Allan M'Atlky 
gradually gave signs of recovering hls-'prcL 
sence of mind and attention to the ol^jects 
around him. The deep-knit furrows o^f hii 
bro^w relaxed and smoothed themsdv^^^"^ 
and the rest of his features, wbick iiA 
seemed contorted with internal agony, re- 
lapsed into a more natural state. Wh^th 
\k€ raised his head and sat upright^, hlk 
countenance, though still deeply meli»- 
tlioty, was divested of its wildneM «mI 

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A.%MOmXU OF UOnrBMEs ftff 

ferocity ; md in its composed state^ al- 
though by no means handsome, the expres- 
sion of his features was striking, manly^ and 
even noble. His thick, brown eye-browSf 
which had hitherto been drawn close toge« 
thev^n^trere now slightly separated^ atf in the. 
natural state ; and bis j;rey eyes, which had 
rolled and flashed from under them with an 
unnatural and portentous gleam, now reco- 
vered a stQ^dy.and determined expressioti. 

<< Thanic God l" be said, after sitting si- 
lent for about a minute, until the very last 
sounds of the harp had ceased to vibrate, 
^A iny sonl is 710 longer darkened — ^the mist 
hath passed from my spirit'' . 
' '. ^^ You owe thanks, comin Allan,** said 
iiOfd M^ntekh, coming forward, ^' to Au* 
not Lyie, as well as to heaven, for this 
ha^py change in your melancholy mocNd*'* 

<< My noble coushi Meoteith," said AJU 
Ian, rising and greeting him very respect- 
Adlyy as well as kindly, ^^ has kqown my 
unhappy circumstances so long, that his 
kbda^ss will require no expuse for my \je^ 

17^ taiaSs .t>jr* ht: XAnnuxacDi 

iHg thus Ute in bjcldiiig;hini irelcoine to 

'• We are too old »»]uaintiDces» Allan,". 
^iidXiOFd^Mentetdi/^^.and.toD gonld ffieaih;^ 
to stand ion .theSoemmiiQial^f louttekrd 
gveetitig ; :but iMt& will iife' Imlf ? the fii^-t- 
iMids tdt^daj, 'and, you )know» ^wilh (Our. 
MOtt&tain Chieft ceremony must not !be 
noghoiAdi What will you give, little An^ 
tiatr\tot making you ik tompany to: ineetr 
Evan fDhuyr and I know ntitihoiw many bon- 
tieto and^ftdthers ?" 

-^tW^attliiliJia igii^ertne^'ffiahLi&iiaDt,' 
oniUng ; '^Bothing leas, I boqpe^ tkbsn tfae^ 
best ribbon at the rfair of Ihmne.'^ 

i 'H The feir of v£)iaitne» Annot?'' aaid 
A)kn> sadly )^ thei^ mU >be jblood^^i. ^mdf 
before rtiiat day, sfnd J: noiay. never ;see itf 
btttijsou'hatvemreUirenitndediBie ;of what I 
hlureAing'intendied/itOTdo;'' . -' 

4iiavittg/said(this, he left >tbr room. 

^'^ SbotiJd he ^tfrik long Jn :this ^manoer^'' 
said £iot:d Meoieikh,;^'^yaeiiaittst:keep yoiiHr 

J ^ 

^*,I hope netf'* md Annot, swixiousty j 
<< this fit has been a long one» and probjsi* 
bly will not soon return, v It is fearful to 
see a mind) naiurally generous, aadnlbo- 
tMMiate, . afflicted by this.conatitiitianialinia. 

As she spoke in a low and eottafidential 
toiie» Lord M^iteith natarally drew close» 
and stooped fof wards, that he might ftJ» 
better catch the sense. of what she tatd^ 
When Allan suddenly entered the. apart* 
ment, they natorally drew, back from eaeb 
otlier with a manner express ve of con^ 
Mtousness, aaif ssirpmed in a.converaalion 
which they wiabed to keep secret from hm« 
Thia did not; escape Allan's^ obsecvatio»> 
heiatopt short at the door of the apartment 
. — his brows were contracted-^his.eye&railp 
ed:^ but it wai^ only; the .paroxysm of a mo- 
ment. He passed his bcoad . sioerwy iiaad 
across bis. brow, as if to obiijterate:4)ii!Qae 
ttgns <of emotiony and aduraneed tewafxis 
(Annot,^ kddiog in;ht8 haada vexfimagili 
l)ox ^ made of joakv^wd^ louxioud)^ inhiifit 


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<< J take you to vritness," be said, ^f CQvtsia^ 
Mepteith, tbat I give this box and its oon^ 
tents to Annot Lyie. It contains a few or« 
naments that belonged to my poor mother 
-i-of trifling value, you may guess, for Um^ 
wife of a Highland laird has seldom a mii^ 
jewel casket." 

. *< But these ornaments,'' said Annot Lylei 
gently and timidly refusing the box, ** be* 
long to the family — I cannot accept " ■ 

" They belong to me alone, Anoot^" 
said A)ian, interrupting her ; ** they were 
my mother's dying bequest. They are aU 
I can call my own, except my plaid and 
my claymore* Take them, therefiore-^ 
they are to me valueless trinkets — and keep , 
them for my sake — sliould I never return 
from these wars." 

So saying, he opened the case, and pre^ 
seated it to Annot *< If," said he, << they 
aie of any value, dispose of them for your . 
own support, when this house has beea 
cooiumed with hostile fire, and can oo 
longer ^iwd you protection*?— But ke^ , 

A LEGsm OF uavtRon. SSt 

<yke ring in memory of Allan, w)k> hoA 
d66e to reqahe your kitktness, if not all 
he wished, at least all he could." -- 

* ' Annot Lyle endeavoured in vain to re* 
BtMin the gathering tears, when she satd^ 
**Qj|^ ring, Allan, I will accept from you» 
as a memorial of your goodness to a f>obr 
orphan, but do not press me to take more ; 
for I can not, and will not, accept a gift of - 
such disproportioned value.'* t 

^ Make your choice, then,'* said Allan ; 
"your delicacy-may be welLfoonded j the ' 
others shall assume a shape in which thqr 
may be more useful to you/* - 

'*• Think not of it,*' said Annot, choo^ 
sing from the contents of the casket a ring^ 
apparently the most trifling in value which 
it contained ; " keep them for your own, 
or your brother's bride.— But, good hea- 
vens!" she said, interrupting hef self, and 
looking at the. ring, << what is this that I 
have chosen ?" 

Allah hastened to look upon it, widr 
eyes of gloomy apprefacmsion ; it bore^ ior 


«nknMi»' a deai(h*g head dwve imor€9om»^ 
daggers. Wlieh. jAfllan recognised 4^6 d&> 
vice, he uttered a sigh so deep; tHat she 
dropped tlie ring fiom her band» which 
rolled upon the floor. Lord Mentieith 
picked it op, and . returned it to the terri* 
tied Annot. 

«^ I take God to witness,** said Allan^ 
<< that your hand, young lord, and not 
mine, has again delivered to her t^is iU-^ 
omened gift. It wts the movming ring 
worn «by my mother in memorial of her 
murdered brother." 

<* I fear no* ooicdA/^ said Annot, sm»« 
ling'thjrough her tears ; ^ and notbrng 
coming throu^ the bands of my two pa^ 
tronsi*' 80 she was wont to call Lord Men- 
tdth amd Alian^ ^ can bring- bad luck to 
the poor orphan." 

<i9he put the ring 6n her finger; : and,' 
turning . to i her harp/ sung, to a ilively.aic^ 
the following verses of one df the ^hioB4 
abk/sotigs of ithe period, whieb had rfonnd 
its way, UKaited' as* it wasr with dhe *^ua»nt) 

A JUOKfilX) OF ltf^QKi;aOSB» 4iit 

liy.peii)olical fa^te of King Gh^fWs^ time, 
Ixom some courts siasque to 1^e wilds »ci# 

, " Gaz^ not upon the stars, fond sage, • 
In them no influence lies ; 
Tb read the fete 6f youdi or age, 
^Look on my Helen's eyes. 

" Yet, rash astrologer, refrain. 

Too dearly would be won 
The prescienee of anoihet^s- pain, 

I£pmbfn«d^by.iljh]Be^fwn*'' ^ 

<* She k rights Allan," said Lord MftOr 
teith; ^< and this end of an old song is 
worth all we shall gain by our att^npt t^ 
look into* futurity." 

<^ She is wroi^ my lord^" said Allan, 
sternly, «« though you, who treat with 
lightness the warnings I have given yon, 
may not live to. see the event of the omen. 
Xaugh not so .scornfully/' hei added, inter- 
rupting himself, ^* or rather .laugh xm Zfi 
loud and as long as yoii will j your terniiOf 
laughter will find a pauie ere loog*" 

Ip^ TAUfitt ^ if T LANDSMUK 

: <•.! care not for your inuons /SOm^J^ 
said Lord Menteith ; ^* howevef short iti^ 
fl|Hili of lif^ the eye of no Highland seer 
can see its termination." 

. •« For Hcaven*s sake," said Annot Lyle, 
interrupting him, *' you know, his natnre,^ 

m4 ^^^^ '^^^^^ b^ c^^ endure" 

" Fear me not," said Allan, interrupting 
her,-<-** my mind is now constant and calm. 
— **But for you, young lord," said be, tuni- 
iog to Lord Menteith, ^' my eye has sought 
yfin, through fields of battle, where High- 
l^joders and Lowlanders lay strewed ar 
thick as ever the rooks sat on those aiK 
cient trees," pointing to a rookery which: 
was. seen from the window— ■" my eye 
6^u§ht you, but your corpse was not tbiere^ 
"T-Wy eye -sought you among a train of nil* 
reacting and disarmed captives, drawn up 
within the bounding walls of an ancient> 
Md rugged fortress>~fiash after flash^ 
pl^ticion after platoon — the hostile shot fyHt 
sqpaoDgst them) but you were not aoRMig' 
their iiinks|-*^caffulds were prepared--^ 

Hods were arranged, saw-dast was spread 
-«><tfae priest was ready with his book, the' 
headsman with his axe-«-^but there, too,' 
mine eye found you not." ^ 

/ «• The gibbejky then, I suppose, must be 
lOy doom ?" said Lord Menteith. «• I wisK^ 
they had spared me the halter, were it but' 
for the dignity of the peerage/* 

He spoke this scornfully, yet notwttb- 
out a sort of curiosity, and a wish to re- - 
ceive an answer ; for the desire of prying' 
ioto futurity frequently has some influence^ 
eumn on jthe minds of those who disavow 
aU belief in the possibility of such predic- 

" Your rank, my lord, will sufier no di*. 
honour in your person, or by the manner 
of your death. Three times have I seeti a 
Highlander plant his dirk in your bOsoni«i*» 
and such will be your fate.** 

. << I wish you would describe him to me^** 
said Lord Menteith, << and I shall save bim : 
the trouble of lulfilUng your prophesy, if 
his plaid be passable to.awbrd or pistol." 

' ^ Tour weapofiV aani Alkn, <^ wo«Id 
avail yoift littlft ; nor cam. I give you- theiiiK 
fprttation 39011 ddske. The ftk» ^ the vi^. 
sioD has been ever arertscd'firoinjme.'' 

• ^ So be it then," said Lord Menteithy 
'* and let it r^t in the uncertainty in which 
your augury has placed it« I shall dine not 
the less merrily among plaids^ and dirks, 
and. kilts to-day." 

'•* It may be soi". said Allan j «• and^ it 
may he, yon do well to enjoy these mo- 
mentSy. which to me ace poisoned by au- 
guries of future evilw But I," he con^ 
tinned^— <* I repeat to you, that this wea- 
pon,** touching the hilt' of the dirk which 
he wore, " carries your fate.** 

**- In the meanwhile,'' said LordMen- 
tdth, *« you, Allan, have frightened the 
bleodv from: the cheeks of Annot Lyle^— 
let us leave this discourse, my friend, and 

gb to <8ee what we both understand^-^-the 


process ofour TOilitary<pr-©parat4oi>s;r.^ 
' They jowed i!^ngus M*Aulay and- bis 
Englisn guests^ and, in die milicai^y disQua* 



dions which immediately took place, Allan 
shewed a clearness of mind, strength of 
judgment, and precision of thought, totally 
inconsistent withthajmystiqal^ight in which 
his character has been hitherto exhibited. 

I 4 t 

r , 

\' f 

^* « • 

MB TAifs or Mr LiUnisxmk 


* * ■ 

WImb Albin bar daymore indigiiaiitij dxtmB, 
When her bonneted chififtaiiw around her AaSkcnmi^ 
daa-Banald the dauntless, and Moray the proud. 
All plaided and plumed in their tartan array— 

Whoever saw that morning the castle of 
Darnlinvarach beheld a busy and a gallant 

The various Chiefs, arriving wttb their 
different retinues^ which, notwitlistandiBg 
their numbers, formed no more than tlieir 
usual equipage and body guard upon oc- 
casions of solemnity, saluted the Iwd of 
the castle and each 'Other with oveilSow- 
ing kindness, or with haughty amd dia* 
tant politeness, according to the cironn- 
rtancM of friendship or hostility in which 
tlietr clans had recently stood to each other. 
Eadi Chiefs however small his comparative 

^pertancei shewed the full disposition to 

«tadt from the rest the deference dae to a 

separate ' and independent :prince ; while 

-the stronger and more powerful^ divided 

4imong themselves by recent contentions 

^r ancieBt ' feuds, were constraisftd in; po- 

•Mfcy to use great deference to the feelings 

H>f €heir less powerful brethren, in order, 

4b case of need, to attach as nnmy as might 

•be to their own interest and standard. Thus 

thfe meeting of Chiefs ressmbled^not a tittle 

. Ahose ancient Diets of the Empire, where 

the smallest Frey-Graf^ who possessed : a 

7 o«atle ^perched upon! a barren crag, with a 

:few hocidred acres around it, claimed the 

. Ml^ and honours of a sovereign prince, 

•wid a seat according to bis rank among the 

; dignitaries of the empire. 

. . Thefo^owers of the different leaders were 

separately arranged and accommodated, as 

loom and circumstances bestpertnittedi each 

retaining, hotwever, bis hencbmao) who wmt- 

edi c^e as the 9hadoW) upon his persiHi^ to 

: ^nceo^te wliatever w^k be reqttirigd byrhis 

VOL. m. N 


800 t ALES Of MT LAK0LORD4. 

The exterior of the castleafforded a 
gular scene. , The Highlanders, from de- 
ferent islands, glens, and straths, eyed eaeh 
other at a distance with lo(^s of einulatioti> 
inquisitive curiosity, or hostile malevolenee; 
but the most astounding part of the asseiiEh 
.l>ly, at least to a Lowland ear, was the rival 
perfornaance of the bagpipers. These ww- 
like minstrels, who had the highest opinion 
each of the superiority of hk own tribes 
joined to the most overweening idea of the 
importance connected with the profession, 
at first performed their various pibrochs in 
froM each of his own clan. At length, betr*- 
ever, as the black-cocks towards the end of 
the season, when, in sportsman^ languagi^ 
they are said to fldck,>are attracted tc^ther 
by the sound of each other's triumpbsffit 
crow, even so did the pipers, swelliBg their - 
plaids and tartans in the same triumphant 
manner in which the birds ruffle up theif . 
feathers, begin to approach each other with« 
m such distance as might give to their breb^ 
thren a sample of their skill. Walking within 

^sbdrt dtstaBoe, and eydng each ot^ar wifh 
Jpoks in which 8elf*importaQce and defiance 
might be traced, they strutted, puffed^ and 
plied theirscreamingiafitrumentSi each play- 
ing hifi own favourite tune with such a du^, 
:that if an Italian musician had Iain buried 
within ten miles of them, he must have 
dsen from the dead' to run out of hearingp 
. The chieftains meanwhile had assembled 
Jn close conclave in the great hall of the 
castle. Among them were the persons of 
the greatest consequence in the High- 
lands, some of them attracted by zeal for 
the rdyal cause, and many by aversion to 
^that domination which the Marquis of Ar- 
gyle, since his rising to such influence in 
the state, had exercised over his High- 
land neighbours. That .statesman, indeed, 
though possessed of very considerable abi- 
lities, and very great power, had failings 
which rendered him unpopular among the 
Highland chiefs. The devotion which hfs 
professed was of a morose and fanatical 

'chara; } bk ambition appeared to be in- 
satiable^ aad inferior diiefs complained of 
^kis waivt of bounty and lib^ality. Add to 
thiSf that although a Highlander, and of a 
family distinguished for valour before and 
sincei Gillespie Grumajch^ (which was the 
personal distinction be bc»:e in -the 'High- 
lands, ^here titles, of rank are unknown^) 
was 6uspected of being a better man la the 
cabmet than in the field. He and his tribe 
were partiQulaxly obnoxious to the l^fDo- 
n^lds andtbeM^Leans^two numerous septs, 
who^ though disunited by ancient feuds, 
agreed in an intense dislike to the Camp- 
bells, or, ap they were called, the Children 
•of Diarmid* . < . 

(For -some time the ass^mlfled Chiefs re- 
•mained silent, until someone should open 
the business «of the meeting. At length 
one of the most powerful of them commen- 
ced ihe diet by saying,—** We have been 
summoned hither, M^Aulay, to consult of 
weighty matters concerning the King's af- 
fairs, and those of the state, and we crave 

jt LE6£ND OF MONTR(K%. 203 

to know by whom they are to be explained 
to us?* 

M*Aulay, whose strength did not lie- in 
oratory, intimated his wish that Lord Men- 
teith should open tiie business of the coun- 
cil. With great modesty, and, at the $ame 
'time, with spirit^ that young lord said, *« he 
wished what he was about to propose had 
come from some person of better known, ' 
and more established character. Since, 
however, it lay with lum to be spokesman,, 
he had to state to the chiefs assembled, thab 
tboSe who wished to throw off the base yoke . 
which fanaticism had endeavoured to wreath 
round their necks, had not a moment to 
lose. The Covenanters," he said, ** after 
having twice made war upon their 8ove- 
reign,^ and having ratorted from him every . 
request, reasonable or unreasonable, which 
they thought proper to exact — after their 
chiefs had been , loaded with- dignities and 
favours — after having publicly declare^, 
when his Majesty, after a gracious visit to 
the land of his nativity, was upon his re« 
turn to England^ that he rtturned a con-* 


tented King from a contented people, — kf^ 
ter all this, and without even the pretext 
for a national grievance, the same men have, 
upon doubts and suspicions, equally disho-^ 
nourable to the King, and groundless in 
themselves, detached a strong army to as^ 
sist his rebels in England, in a quarrel with 
which Scotland had no more to do than she 
has with the wars in Germany. It was 
well,*' he said, "that the eagerness with 
which this treasonable purpose was pur- 
sued, had blinded'the junto who now usurp-i 
ed the government of Scotland to the risk 
which they were about to incur. The army 
which they had dispatched to England un- 
der old Leven comprehended their veteran 
soldiers, the strength of those armies which 
had been levied in Scotland during the two 
former wars'* — — 

Here Captain Dalgetty endeavoured to 
rise, for the purpose of explaining how 
many veteran officers, trained in the Ger- 
man wars, were, to his certain knowledge, 
in the army of the Earl of Leven* But 
AUan M'Aulay holding him down in the 

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seat with one hand, pressed the fore-finger , 
of the other upon his own lips, and, though 
with some difficulty, prevented hi% inter<^ 
Terence* Captain Dalgetty looked upon 
Hma with a very scornful and indignant 
air, by which the other's gravity was in no 
way moved, and Lord Menteith proceed* 
td without farther interruption. 

«« The moment," he said, " was most 
&vourable for all true-hearted and loyal 
Scotchmen to shew, that the reproach their 
country had lately undergone arose from 
the selfish ambition of a few turbulent and 

Seditious men, joined to the absurd fanati- 


cism which, disseminated from five hundred 


pulpitSr had spread like a land-flood over 
the Lowlands of Scotland. He had letters 
from the Marquis of Huntly in the no^th, 
which he should shew to the chiefs sepa# 
rately. That nobleman, equally loyal and 
powerful, was determined to exert his ut. 
most energy in the commott cause, and the 
powerful £arl of Seaforth was prepared to 
join the same standard. From the Earl of* 
Ai^ly^ and the Ogilvies in Angus^shiret he 

£96 ,. TMJEfr 09 MY XiiMUXmi^ 

had had communications equally deieid^d^^ 
and there was no doubt that theses who^* 
with the Haysy Leiths, Burnets, and other 
loyal gentlemeD, would be soon on horae^ 
back, would form a body &r more tbaft 
sufficient to overawe the northern Co^ 
venanters, who had already experienced 
their valour in the well-known rout which 
was popularly termed the Trot of Turifii 
South of Forth and Tay," he said, " the 
King had many friends, who, oppressed by 
enforced oaths» com pulsatory levies^ heavy 
taxes, unjustly impeded and unequally ie« 
vied, by the tyranny of the Gocnmittiee of 
* Estates, and the inquisitorial incidence of 
the Presbyterian divines,, waited but the 
waving of the royal banner to take op armst 
Douglas^ Traquair, Koxbutgh, Hume, all 
friendly to the royal cause, would counter^ 
balance," he said, <^ the covenanting ia^ 
terest in the souths and twO' geiilismeR( 
of name and quality, here present, from 
the north of England, would answer for 
the zeal of Cumbedand, Westmorland,, 
and Northumberland. Against so many 

- . A. 

I 03^t gentlemen the southern Covenan- 

I tmis coiild but arm raw leries ; the Whig- 

^ Linares of the western shires, and the plow- 

I i^en and inechanics of the Low-country*, 

, Fiff the West Highlands, he knew no ini^ 

terest which the Covenanters possessed 

there, except that of one individual, as 

W^U known as he was odious. But was 

there a single man, who, on casting his eye 

]round this haiJ, and recognising the power, 

the gallantry, and the dignity of the chiefs 

ilBsembled, could entertain a moment's doubt 

of their success against the utmost force 

^hioh Gillespie Grumach could collect 

ilgainst thf m ? He had only &rther to add^ 

^hftt considerable fiinds, both of money and 

^i^mimition, had been provided for the 

. ^my—- (Her/e Balgetty drew himself up, 

aQ4 looked round)---«diat •fficers of ability 

and ^cperience in the fordgn wars, one of 

iy]»om was now present, had engaged to 

U9m such levies as might require to be 

d^ciplined|~and that a numerous body 

S9S TALES or Mf IsASmMlh 

of auxiliary forces from Ireland, htLVing 
been detached from the Earl of Antrim,' 
from Ulster, bad successfully accompHsli-' 
ed their descent upon the main land^ and- 
with the assistance of Oanranald^s people^ 
haying taken and fortified the castle oF 
Mingarry, in spite of Argyle^s attempta^ 
to intercept them, were in full inarch to^ 
this place of rendezvous* It only remain^ 
ed,** he said, '^ that the noble Chie& as^ 
Sembled, laying asides every lesser coiiti-^ 
deration, should unite, heart and hand, in- 
the common cause ; send the fiery crosfr 
through their clans, in order to collect 
their utmost force, and form their junc-*- 
tion with such celerity as to leave the ene-^ 
my no time, either for preparation, m re« 
covery from the panic which would spread- 
at the first sound of their pibroch. He 
himself," he said, ^* though nettl;ieramon^ 
tlie richest nor the most powerful of the 
l^cottish nobility, felt that be had to rapi^ 
l^rt the dignity of an ancient Mdhonour-^ 
able nation, and to^hat cause be waade^ 


f^ • - ^ - 






tfermioed to devote both life and fortune/ 
If those who were rtaore powerful were 
equally prompt, he trusted they would de- 
serve the thanks of their King, and the gra- 
titude of posterity." 

Loud applause followed this speech of 
Lord Menteith, and testified the general 
aquiescence of all present in the sentiments 
which he had expressed; but when the 
shout had died away, the 'assembled Chiefs 
continued to gaze upon each other as if 
iremething yet remained to be settled. Af^ 
ter some whispers among then^selves, an^ 
aged mati, whom his grey hairs rendered^ 
respectable, although he was not of the^ 
highest order of Chiefs, replied to whitt had 
been said* 

« Thane of Menteitfi," he said, « yoii 
have well spoken^ nor is there one of us' in 
^hose bosom the same sentiments do not 
burn like fire. But it is hot strength alone 
that wins the fight } it is the head of t)\e 
commander as well as the armofthesoU 
dier» that brings victory* I ask of yoii 




yfho k to raise aad susts^a tbe baniier 
under which we are invited ta rifle moA 
muster ourselvei^? Will it be expected tbal; 
we should risque our children, and tiie 
flower of our kinsmen, ere we know tc^ 
whose guidanee they are intrusted I This 
were leading those to slaughter, whom, hy 
the laws of God and man, it is our duty ta 
protect. Where is the royal commission^ 
under which the lieges are to be coavoca^ 
ted in arms ? Simple and rude as we may 
be deemed^ we know something of the esta.* 
blisbed rules of war aa well as of the laws- 
of our country j nor will we arm ourselves 
against the general peace, unless by tte ex» 
press commands of the iCing, and ind^ a^ 
leader fit to command such men as are heie 

<< Where Would you find such a leader,'^ 
•aid another Chief, starting up, << saving the 
representative of the Lords of tbe Ides, ea^ 
titled by birth and heieditary descent to lead 
forth the array of every elan of the H%h* 
lands; wd wheje is that dignity Ipdged, 
save in the house of Vich Alister More f ' 

-V . T^^.- .- *'' 

A lAimilD OF MpNTJtOaSU ' SOI 


* f< I. acknowledge/' said another Chiefs 
dagerly iqterruptiog the speal^r, ^< the; 
toith in what has been first said« but not 
the ioferepce. If Yich AUster More 4e* 
ures to be held representative of the Lorda 
(tf the Isles, let him first shew his blood i» 
ndder than mine*'" 

*^ That is soon .proved^" said Vich AUster 
More, laying his hand upon the ba9ket-hilt 
of his clajmore. Lord Menteith threw 
biiMelf between them, entreating and imr 
ploring each to remember that the interests, 
of Scotland, the liberty of their country, and 
the cause of their King, ought to be supe* 
dor in their eyes to any personal disputes 
respecting descent, rank, and precedence^ 
Several of the Highland Chiefs, who had 
no desire to admit the claims of either chief- 
tain, interfered to the same purpose, and 
ncme with more emphasis than the Celebris 
ted Evan Dbu. 

. ^ I have come from my lakes," he said». 
<< as a streaiti descends from the hills, not 
to turn- again, but to accomplish my cour^e^ 
It is not by looking back to our own pre- 



tensions that we sliall serve Scotland cv 
King Ctiarles; My voice shall be for that 
general whom the King shall name, who' 
will doubtless possess those qualities which 
are necessary to command toen like us. 
High- bom he must be, or we shall lose our 
rank in obeying him — wise and skilfnl^ or 
we shall endanger the safety of our people — 
bravest among the brave, or we shall peril 
bur own honour — temperate, .firm, and 
manly, to keep us united. Such is the man 
that must command us. Are you prepa^^ 
J^ed, Thane of Menteith, to say where such 
a general is to be found ?" 

« There is but one,** said Allan M^Aulay ; 
^ and here,*^ he said, laying his hand upon 
the shoulder of Anderson, who stood be- 
hind Lord Menteith, <* here he stands.** 

The general surprise of the meeting was 
expressed by an impatient murmur; when \ 
A.nderson, throwing back the cloak itf 
which his face was muffled, aiid stepping 
i^rward, spoke thus ; — «< I did 6ot long in» 
Pstid to be a silent spectator of ihis inte^ 

"■ < av •■ |i nwajiia ■« 

A LEGEND 6f M(»rritose^ Wd^ 

resting scene, although my hasty friend, 
has obliged me to disclose myself some- 
what sooner than was my intention* -Whe- 
ther I deserve the honour reposed in me by 
this parchment will best appear from what; 
I shall be able to do for the King's service* 
It is a commission, under the great seal, to 
James Graham, Earl of Monfrose, to cam^ 
liiand thoss forces which are to be assem« 
bjed for the service of his Majesty in this 

A loud shout of approbation burst from 
the assembly. There was, in fact, no other 
person to whom, in point of rank, these 
proud mountaineers would have been dis- 
posed to submit His inveterate and here* 
ditary hostility to the Marquis of Argyte 
insured his engaging in the war with suffi* 
cient energy, while his well-known military 
talents, and his tried valour, afforded ever/^ 
lidpe of his bringing it to a favourable con*' 





Oar plot is a good |dota» ever ma laid; ourfiieiids tra» 
and opnstant : a good plot^ good fiiends, and full of esqpeeta*^ 
tioii : aa exoelleixt plot^ very good friends. 

£knry IF. Part- 1. Act 11. Se. III. 

No sooner had the general acclamation of 
joyful surprise subsided, than silence wa» 
eagei^jr demanded for reading, the royal: 
QQiqmission ; and the bonnets^ which hither* 
to each chief had worn, probably because 
unwUling to be the .first to uncover, were 
qow at once vailed in honour of the royad 
warrant It was couched in the most full 
afid ample termsy authorising the Earl of 
Montrose to assemble the subjects in arm% 
for the putting down the present rebellion^ 
which divers traitors and seditious pei^ 

t;- •' 


A ££G£NI> or MONTftOtt. SM^ 

sons had levied against the King, to the ma^> 
nifest forfaulture^ as it stated, of their allfih 
giance, and to the breach of the pacification 
between the two kingdoms* It enjoined all. 
subordinate authorities to be obedient and^. 
assisting to Montrose in hi& enterprise y 
gave him the power of making ordinances^ 
and proclamations^ punishing nusdemean- 
ours, pardoning criminals, placing and dis- 
placing governors and commanders. In fine,, 
it was as. large and full a commission as any 
with which a prince could entrust a subject* 
So soon as it was finished, a shout buxat ftom 
the assembled chiefs, in testimony of their 
willing submission to the will of their Sove- 
reign. Not contented with. generally thank* 
ing them for a rec^tion so favourable, 
Montrose hastened to address himself to 
individuals. The most important chiefs 
had already been k)ng personally known to 
him, but even to those of inferior conse«» 
quence he now introduced himself, and by 
the acquaintance he displayed with their 


peculiardesignationsi and the circumstances 
and history of their clans, he shewed how 
long he must have studied the character 
of the mountaineers, and so prepared him- 
self for such a situation as he now held. 

While he was engaged in these acts of 
courtesy, his graceful manner, expressive 
features, and dignity of deportment, made 
a singular contrast with the coarseness and 
meanness of his dress. Montrose possess- 
ed that sort of form and &ce, in wUcb the 
beholder, at the first glance, sees nothing^ 
extraordinary, but of which the interest be- 
comes more impressive the longer we gaze 
upon them. His stature was very little 
above the middle size, but in person he was 
uncommonly well built, and capable both 
of exerting great force, and enduring much 
fatigue. In fact, he enjoyed a constitution 
of iron, without ^hich he could not have 
sustained the hardships of his extraordinary 
campaigns, through all of which he subject- 
ed himself to the hardships of the meanest 
soldier. He was perfect in all exercise^ 

A US«SKD or HONTaOSC; 807 


whether peaceful or martidl, and possessed^ 
of course, that graceful ease of deportment 
proper to those to whom habit has rendered 
all postures easy. His long brosVn hair, ac* 
cording to the custom of men of quality 
among the Royalists, was parted on the top 
of his head, and trained to hang down on 
each side in curled locks, one of which, de*- 
scending two or three inches lower than the 
others, intimated Montrose's compliance 
with that fashion against v^bich it pleased 
Mr Pr^nne, the puritan, to write a trea* 
tise, entitled, •' The Unloveliness of Lave« 

The features which these tresses inblosed, 
were of that kind wbich derive their inte« 
rest from the character of the man, raChet 
than from the regularity of their form. But 
a high nose, a full, decided, well-opened* 
quick grey eye, and asanguine complexion^ 
made amends for some coarseness and irre« 
gularity in the subordinate parts of the face; 
$0 that, in general, Montrose might be termi^ 


td rather a handsome, than a hard-ft^a^k^ 
red man* But those who saw him when his* 
soul looked through those eyes with all the 
energy and fire of genius — those who heard 
him speak with the authority of talent, and 
the eloquence of nature, were impressed 
with an opinion even of his external form, 
more enthusiastically favouj^ble than- the 
portraits which still survive would entitle 
us to ascribe to them* Such, at least, was 
the impression he made upon the assembled 
dfaiefs of the mountaineersi over whom, as 
iipon all* persons in their state of society, 
personal appearance has no small influence* 
In the discussions which followed bis dis- 
covering himself, Montrose explained, the 
various risks which he had run in- bis pre- 
sent undertaking. His first attempt bad 
been to assemble a body of loyalists in the 
north of England, who, in obedience tathe 
orders of the Marquis of Newcastle, he ex* 
pected would have marched into Scotland ; 
but the disincliniftion of the English to 

crosftibe Border,-— the dday of tke Earl of 
^Ajntrim, ^ho was to have landed ia the 
Solvfsj Firth witih his Irish arnay^ prevent* 
>ed his executiBg this desi^ii; and other 
'^ans having in like manner failed, he sta- 
rted that he found himself under the neoes« 
4nif of assuming a disguise through the 
liowlands^ in which he had been kindly as- 
«tisted by his kinsman of Menteith* By what 
means Allan M^Aulay had come to know 
^im, he <could not pretend to explain. 
Those who knew Allan's prophetic preten* 
<fliens» smiled mysteriously ; but he himself 
Oiily repUedy that ^^ the Earl of Montrose 
Jieed not be surprised if he was known to 
thousands, of whom he himself could -r^ 
4aan ^o memory,^' , . 
^* By the honour off « cavalier,^ said Cap- 
tain Dalgetty^ finding at length an oppor- 
tunity to thrijLstan liis word, ** I am proud 
vand happy .i^ having an opportunity, of 
drawing a sword under your lordship'acom- 
«mand4 and I do forgive all grudge, ,sn^ 


eeiitentt and nmliee of my b»rt» to Mr M^ 
Ian M^Aulay^ for haying thrust me down 
to the lowest seat of the board yestreen* 
Certesy he hath this day spoken so like a 
man having full command of his senses^ 
that I had resolved that he was no way en- 
titled to claim the privilege of insanity. 
Bat sinoe I was only postponed to a no- 
ble earl, my future commander-in-chief, 
I dOi before you all, recognise the justice 
of the preference, and h^trtily salute Allan 
as one who is to be his hon-camaradtkJ^ 

Having made this speech, which was 
Httle understood or attended to, without 
putting off his military glove, he seised on 
Allan's hand, and began to shake it with 
violence, which Allan, with a gripe like a 
smith's vice, returned with such force, as 
to drive the iron splents of the gauntlet 
into the hand of the wearer, i 

Captain Dalgetty might have construed 
this into a new affront, had not his atten- 
tion^ ask he stood blowing and shaking hk 



-Itaiid, been sudd^ily called by MontroK 

<^ Hear this news," he said, " Caption 
Dalgetty — I should say. Major Dalgetty»-«- 
the Irish, who are to profit by your mili- 
tary experience^ are now within a few 
leagues of us." 

<• Our deer-stalkers," said Angus M*Au- 
r lay, *• who were abroad to bring in venison 
for this honourable party^ have heard of a 
band of strangers, who speak neither Saxon 
nor pure Graelic^ and can with difficulty 
make themselves be understood by the 
people of the country, who are^arching 
this way in arms, under the leading, it is 
said, of Alaster M*Donald^ who is commoh^ 
ly called Young Colkitto." 

^< These must be our men," said Mon- 
trose ; ** we ilfiust hasten to send messen- 
gers forward, both to act as guides and to 
relieve their wants." 

•* The last," said Angus M«Au1ay, « will 
be no easy matter; for I am informed^ 


that, excepting muskets and a very litfk 
ammunition, they want every thing that 
soldien should have ; and they are parti- 
cularly deficient in money, in shoes, ^nd In 

^« There is at least *iio use in saying* so^ 
said Montrose, '* in so loud a tone. Tire 
puritan weavers of Glitsgow shaH ptovidp 
them plenty of broad-cloth when we make 
a descent from the Highlands^ and if the 
ministers could preach the old women of 
the Scottish boroughs out of their webs of 
ixiapery, to make tents to the^feliows cm 
Duhse Law, I will try whether 1 have not 
a little interest both to make these ^bdly 
dames renew their patriotic gift, and the 
prick-eared knaves, their busbands, 0{>en 
their purses?* 

^ And, respecting arms,*' said Cafitain 
©algetty , ** if your lordship will pwmit an 
old cavalier to speak hfs mtod, so thaft' Ae 
one-third have muskets, my darling ^eapen 
wot^d be the pSce for tiie remainder, whe- 
ther for resisting a charge of horse, or for 


wHl make a huadfed pike-heads in a day ;i 

hfire is .plenty of :woQd for shaftft; and L 

will wpbdldf that, accoi:dieg to the bc$t. 

usages Qf \vai% a. strong battalion of pikes/ 

4?#^B.«p 4a the fasijion of the Lion. of the. 

!||Fprjth» the ii»fnortal Giistavus, would beat 

^e.JVtaQ^danian. phalanx, of w.hi<?h. I uaed. 

^ .r<md in the M«i^aqhal:GQll^e, .wfee» t; 

studied in the ancient town of BotO-aooo^d;; ' 

fftd fmther> I will Yenturesto prediCafte"-— 

. The Cap tafia's lecturp. upon tactics wj^si 

here suddenly interrupted by Allan JVt^Au- 

^,, wl^ saidj Mstily,^ — f* !Koojin:fi)f an on* 

expected and unwelcome gue^U" 

.^ Ax the 94mie miioienti the, door .of liie 

hnU ppfiped^ and. a gwy-bai^ed man, of» 

rery stately appearance, presented .UiftaelC 

ta.the asseoiJilyf Tbcsre j¥iis;frtudti dignity, 

aud even ^^utliority, in bis .oiiinnw* ; Hia 

it^ure.was above tbc.xptnmon size, md 

■ • » 

his U>Qks . sui^h. a^ : w[0ie )wed ; to.'^Qm^md^ 

higber mk MMNig theiii xttanied it <mfdb 
fiConifiiliadiAErmoe rbat iMw of tlie ^\v^ert- 
omgealleneot of iftfenor powert Idokecba* 
ifttef wi$l»d thwitehr»dbew^ <^Qfo 
nJikHiu^f tbisaMftinblfr ^Ki ibt "stntiipai^ 
«< ttm I to addfciss Hiyattf as Imlcr $ ite 
btwe^joiiaDt'liaitd ilpcNi tl^ praBOO infaacii 
to l^datt^ office at Instrw pMikmi as k m 

^ AddfCMt Totuself toioe^ Sif Ihuicai 
Cmpbctl^'' mid Mootooii^ stepping for- 

« To ywil" MidStt Doacaft rnmB i l MH i. 
iinth 4(MBe JMWini. .,.;"... 

«< to tbe Eari «f MontMiei if«y«tt tew, iiair* 

can CMi^bsU, <« have bad some dfttoHb^F 
in neogniwig hiai in die Akgme^ ef a 
froMii-^Aiid ytt i toii^t bav^eguMstdtkit 
iM^eyj) JaAiieaea inferior to yaw ioaA4iw^ik 
distinguished as one who .troubles ImeU 

A UMH* ^f MMVftOM^ til 

cfixM. hifV9 coUected together tlitannh eps 
eembiy of msguided persoos*'' 

^'I wiU nsver unto you," 8«4 Motw 
trase, ^ ia tke maoMr of your own^mif 
tetos. I have not trooUtd Iscm1» but tlum 
podttby fetlier's house. Bat let us leave en 
ekqrcetion, which i» of little consequencf 
liut to Qiyselfesy aad: hear the tidiiiga- yon 
have: bioiight: from your, chief of Argyte-} 
for I HQust conclude that it is iafais mme 
^t you have odqm to thie ineetiag,^^ 

^ H is in tbe^ name of the Marquis of 
Argyle,'' said Sir Duncan Canpheiijr^^^ in 
Iften^e of thaSoottish BarliaaMa|t» that I 
demand to know the ipeaniiu; of tfa«a singu* 
hKviMiiiv0oation. If itisdeiigMdtadisturb 
(te p^K^e c( the eonntry, it were bm t acting 
like neighbours, and men of honour, « to 
give us some intimation to atand upon our 

^ It is,. a singular^ and new state of a& 
ftirs^ia Scotland," iiaid MoQtrose, Uiraiti|f 
from Sir Duncan Campbell to the afqem^ 


.'• < 

lily, •^ when Scottish men of rank and ft- 
mi\y cannot meet in the house oiPa cathmon 
fi-iend ?nthout an inquisitorial visit and de- 
mand, on the 4)art of our rulers, to know 
the sul^eet of our conference. Methinks 
bur ancestors were -accustomed to hoM 
Highland huntings, or other* purposes of 
meeting, without asking the leave either of 
the great M^Callum More himself, or oc 
any of his emissaries or dependants.** 

" The times have been such in Scot- 
land,**, answered one of the Western C!uefs, ' 
•< and Buch they will agaki'be, wfien the in- 
truders on our ancient possessions are again 
reduced to be, lairds of Lochaw; instead 
df overspreading us like a band <>f devour- 

tog locusts." > 


*^ Am 1 tb understand, then, ^ said Sfr 

]9uncan, ^ that it is against my name alone 

that these preparations are directed ? or are 

we only to fee sufferers In common with the 

peaceful and orderly inhabitants of Scot- 
land?^ . / ^ . fl-; ' 

^ I wcmid ask,^' daid a wild-looking cfaicft 
hastily up, ff oiie question at thdi 
Knight of Ardenvohr^ ere hb proceeds'fiir* 
Ihw iahis daring catechiam.— Had he 
IkMUglit mora than* one life to this easily 
that he ventulresr to intrude among na flbft^ 
the :pttr(i09es of insult ?^' 
i\J^ Gentlenoi^'V said Montrose, <^let roe 
implorje yom patience } a messenger vho 
oitees.. among us for the purpose of em- 
basnyt is entitled to freedom of .speech, and 
1^ safe conduct* And since Sir Duncan 
Qampbellis sapressing,^ I care not if lin^ 
&rm :him, for his guidancdi that he is in an 
asseoibly of the. King's loyal subjects, cori« 
y6kied by me, in his Majest^^'s name and an* 
tioMtfity, and as empoweJ:ed by his Majesty't 
foyal commisaioA." 

" We are to have, then, I presume," said 
Sir Duncan Campbell, << a civil war in all 
its forms? I have been too long a isold ier 
to view its approach with anxiety; but it 
would have been for my Lord of Montrofee't 


in omMofailbnlaM, and tbe peac^oftlNr 
comttrjr more* ^ . ^ 

<< Thoab <c9iitultod tbtir owa aittbitifni 
and vritfntflMrtf Sr Dbocoii'' ^i M n w afl 
Moalrqwv ^ lAo iwMglit the miMcjM^ 
the pass in which it aow stands^ ^tod reiw 
dtsrod n ec ttto ry tte diarp xe— Bdka iwMch 
.«e are fiow niuoUslfy about to nstt!* 

M And what raadc among tiioie ial^iiaiik 
«%'' and Sir Doaom CSaaq^U, ^ahatl^iNi 
aarigntD a noble Earlt ao vioiaa<^ attached 
to the Govemnt, that lie was the iii^ in 
tfia^ to^caraas dw Tweedi wadii^ middle 
de^ at the head of his ngiment, to dwife 
ihe royalibaees ? It was die saaae^ I tUak^ 
who iatqfiosed the Gorawiit upoA the hi«* 
gesses and Cdlq^tss of Abmdeea» id the 
l^at of aw«d and p&e/' 

<^ I imdecatand yoox tamt, £ir DiacaBt'* 
said Montrose, tompemteljr \ "^^ aad i can 
only add^ tl»t \i Micere rap^ntaneo can 
make amends for yontibfui mtm% and &r 

yi^UAa^ to tiie artftit rep n^mtatidtt of m^ 
tdtaouft l^poentes^ I di^ll te {laniofieii iir 
the crimes with which you taunt' Bfte« I 
mm here^ wtth my awor^ iti my haadi "^b^U- 
1^^ to ipeod tlie best blood of my bo^ to 
«ftfl|Mi«iieiid» for itty wrror^ and iiiMlttl iMb 
«m do no Hint e;" 

: «< Weil, «y lord^" said Sit Dwcan, ^l 
shall be sorry to c»ry . teck this iMguage 
40 the Marquis of Argyte« ihadM^infiif« 
Afaetr ^arge from <lie Marq^St tfaat» to pn- 
^vwit tbe bloody fiBuds whicb mi^ neeea- 
warily follow a Highlaiid war^ his lord^ip 
iwitt be , eofitented if tenais ^ trace eonM be 
mtaagtd t0 tbe a#r^ of the Htghtasd iMa, 
as there is ground enough m Soodand to 
ijglit upon withmit aeighbiNfers dertroying 
tach other^s ikmiliei aad inheritaaces.'' 

'* It is a peaceliil proposaV said Mm- 
tiose, soifliiig^ << sudi as it- feiiofild be, co- 
lamg from otie wiiose ao^ons imvt alw^ays 
teen nom peac^ than fcii tMasures. Yet, 
ii^the terms of suck a truee couid hft 6^Hy 
fixed, and if we can obtitn security, — for 

^S^ TMS& .OJL HY. &AIWIXlfU9. 

.tbitt» Sir I>unctQ« is 8)dispeD«ible»< 
your Marquis will Qbser\«e |ii^£ terii» witfei 
Mn^t fid«Jit}v If for my part, shot^ld* be 
eotitent to Uav^ peftce behind u^iitKeife^e 
'Xnuit oetds carry vnrbeforc ui. BaAt "Stir 
iDuacsQy.yOtt ure top old 4ind espwopfiftd 
a soldier for us to permit you to reiBftiii m 
:our leftgueTi ai^d witness oUrj^oGOddiagsf 
wesball^ .there^e» wbeo you liam rtfrest^ 
ed yoitf 9df> ;recoffuneAd youi! sptiedy se> 
■turn tolaverary, Md we ehaUr sejiil wikb 
you a;>gent}e;)oan od our part » to a^aAt tbe 
t^riDS of the ^^hliMni armiattf^ io cjumi tiie 
Harquis stiall b« found teiriout in]^£OfK>aw;g 
such a mea4UF€w'' .jSkur Boii^aa . Cafiapbell 
asseated l^ a; bowt . . : .. : '. .. . i 

: , '\ My Lord at ]MU»twtW" liiiHitiauMi 
Montroaf^ ^' will you bave tbe^ocid^eis ie 
attfeod Sir Duii^an Qiupf>be}U: o£ Arden- 
vQhr^ whiles we^del^cmioe ifvbo,^)aU retuta 
vitii hifn t9 hia Ct^ef.r M^ApIay .wiilpin* 
mit ua to riagtieat tl^tha b« anlMstaiiied 

yii\i suitable jbipipitaUly,'' . ^ ; ,1 

^* I will give prd^sSifor that/' said Alkn 



^ I ^ai 

A ux»s»0 Of XQN^rm)S£« 391 

Slant, vmBg ahd comng forward. ' *^ I 
Uvt^ SitDnwmk Campb<iH ; wahave beeor 
jdiDt. sufferers in former days, atod I <io nob 
fttfgftt it iH)w;^ 

V « My Lord of M^nteith," said Sir Ddn4 
emi'Ciiaf^U, :*'I'am grieved to s^e you, 
sit youl* ettHy ag^- en'gafeed iri 'such flespe;^ 
ra»e and rdbettii)i»s tsouraes."' * 

'!.•*• I tam yotmgy"* aiiswered Mehteith^ 
*« yet old enough ttf distirigui^ between 
rigfeC and wrong; bet^iireen ii^alty afild re. 
^lieUbn ; and ^tbe £K>ofier a good courstf t« 
hegvtm^ tbe larig^f auk} the bbttet imve Z 1^ 
iebftnoe oif rmtoing it/ : ! / 

«« And you too, ray friefld, Alkti M^Auj^ 
ley ," said Sir Duncaii, taking bis ban d ; ^!^ m us t 
.#e aUcMuill eabh cCber enemies, tftat hare 
(IkMi^ so 0ft«n'allied againska cornmori foe?* 
Then ^ taraiiig round to* the liieetiAg, bie 
^laid, « FarevTeH, genftle*eTi j there a«e, so 
ijAany: of yew |o whoin I wish? well, th»t yoiir 
.j^^fietioj^ 0{ alt terras bi mediation gives me 
deep: affliictioD» May Heaven,*' l)e saiil. 



lodkmg iqnrafds, ^ JMJga betvraiioaDi 
trret^ mod thMe of the moten ^ thfe ami 
cooiinotioD {*" 

«< Atteo;' 6aid MontraB^) <^io that 
Iwiiiid ye atl iobmtt ik" 

(Mr XkMcma Camfibill left the liaK, 
pnitd fay AUn hhAxAsf and lofd Mm^ 
tetth. <^Tbei^gf>e$<atroe^faied(^tB|)be)^ 
Mid Jioatroflet u the eBvojrdepttttedt ^or 
they are ever iair aad false/* 

>« Pardm iM, ttyloid,'^ Mid EfM^DIfii { 
^ hnMdttaiy eaeody m I am to tileir saaeii^ 
i have ever foa&d the Xni^ of Aadui^ 
¥obr brave in war, hcmest m peaofv and 
tnil^ in eotmcS.** 

'« Of bis own dispesirimv'' aaid<lid«tixM^ 
^eucb he is midoubte^ ; batibe>»QwAclt 
as the ctfgaa or fl^eoth^pieoe ^^f^hk chin^ 
the Mtf qtiis, the ftlsest taan that wper ttmr 
breartb. And, M^Aulay^^ he coirtiniiidi, 
in a wMsper to hk holt, '^« leM he shmAd 
make some impressioii upon the. *«loa{ifti 
Tienceof Menteith, etr the sb^^ufariSiiparii* 
ticin erf* ye«ir brothUrr yov had better send 

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mme iDlo ikat cshattbi^r, to* ]^ra?<^ k^: 
fkmug&og them into an^ j^ih^ee coeftn 

^ ^ Tbe dftiHl a iMlieito have I^^' aiMiir«r- 
ed M^Aulay, «< exceptiiig tbfe ^|^, wiwr 
hn^otady Imike his tiittA* Iiy^aft#flifititi«i3 
«Mit6iMtoQ for fup^tiiirii^ mtb thfte of Ua 
OWaonrflf tMitI«nMDdjtoiitf|Lylea9<l 
lier harp." And he l^ the apartttietot ^ 
give orders accortfatj^y* 

M*aMrMlb a waitt ^inttCKMli 1^ 
mbo riiimld imdertakf tlio paritom laris^of 
reteraing widi Sr DaliMti to Inv^rarji 
To the fattghar ti%;nifarka^ accwtooied j» 
consider themselves upon an e%lialit]^ ffteii 
mth MbCaUiifli Mom* Ih^ waa an; ^Sce hot 
4b>boptoposed } uittGrolbefawhooO'iild.&M 
j^haad the aattie exeuae, . it was pJMgHhstt 
mmeeeptaUe* Ome would have tbm^hl; 
liivmai^ had hieen the. Vtfey of the Sh^w 
of DmHi, tht iiilejrior ehieft abewed suoh 
iMttOtanoe to i^pfiroicA il. After a aotiiih 
deraUe htskatkm^ tha jpiaio rensoa was at 
length spoken out^ namdly» that whfitavcir 

9t% T4i^^ ^ ^^ L4^0i.aiuv 

Highlander should ua(^rUd%e is^g^^^^^ 
distasteful.t^ M'(^UuQa MoJ[^«.he. v^puli^be 
sure to treasure the offence in his remem* 
Urapce» at}d ^ne?4^ Qr^iO^tvps to paak^ Mni 
bitterly. rspeutpCi):. ; ^r ^ 

:. Ifl thick 44€[niaia|Mf>nti^>se» who,co9^40r<* 
^d th^ fM|apqfA4. ajrmis|i#e as a n|«cet9tr9|ta* 
gem oa; the part oJL ^sgjWt fiUhojH^;be 
had HQt venjtuced blu^iUy to^ rgscfc it- in 
presence of those cooc^rved; so 
wytfly* .rfufplyi^d to impose the^dfMMV^^?^ 

pother.. cia,qi i^ estate i(i :th«> Hig Mf a w te 
iipop ntkioh $he wraik of -^r^ifr Qouid 
jurrefJt itwlfv . 

} i* 3ut.I have a n«ck thpug^tf 9»i^ l^^it 
gfttty, Wwofly ;. .« aqd whaf if I»;Chtts«i !• 
■ftV^gje himself upon that ?. L have k^imi 
s c«s^ ^heare ai^ honpurab^ amlntMad^r i>as 
)^p»Q spy. Wore ^jij^pw. »ijpfc 

l^«r d|dii»« ICtmi^Rs uf» aiiM»9fflfi4^M9'*^ 
mete, mercjfplly a^t the aiiegj^ of C||^mv<aijir 

tjbi^h. ; re^^d that Jtbey owfe cu^.df <b<ir 




hkndn and noses^ ^»»t out their 'eyds^ tfo^ 
ftOfibr6d thtm to de{iartf in pefttitf." . -^ 
- ' •^ By my hdnour^ GapUin Dalgfttty^" sftid 
Montrose,' ^^ sbouB' th& Mtin|uf4i contrary 
to the roles of war, dare to praetiseany 
attocky against jou$ you fhay depend upon 
My taking sudi sigiiaL ^engeaAce^ that «tt 
Scotland shall ring of «tf'' ' * i 

^ That will do but little for Dalgetty/^ re* 
turned the Captain ; ^< but cofragio ! as the 
Spaoiasd says.! With l^beLand of Bronaise 
full in yiew, the Mo(>r df - Dptfmth^aeketi 
mompcaq^era-f^egHa, as we said at'Maresdia} 
G^lcge, I vi^ill-not refnse^your excellency's 
fx>mbaisdion» beiiig consoiOms it becomes )3i 
eaviilier of honour to obe^. his commander's 
CMrdcM^ in defiance both of gibbet and 
•imrd." ' • .".,•-..,. .. ,-, 

« *■ Gatlantl}^ rasolvedr said Montrose ; 
** and if yo£t will come 'apart with me I wiU 
fuimiah ydu with the -coodi^cfna* to^ be 4aid 
before M^Cailum Mdre, upon which we anb 
witting to grant' him a. {race for hiB H^;^ 
land dominions/* 

M0> ttttacardkY-uDiMMnk 

Wift ^iittt *w« aaed mt tiiMUfr .«iffr 
reidari. Hi^ wire of «nn*\iMlve vataaia^. 

itmt titmahhmtl to^haitebmaivmi^'mil^: 
ftr tin purpose of grinia^ tifliei . .W J M Mi >b, 
hiA pttt Giqfftaa CMIgMty nkBinipIeiie sfmf. 
mmibn of! fail ttwlru«iioa% «•# vhtio th»|. 
worthy, MaUng^ iBMrntkimy cKmmm^ ifilr 
BMur tfM dMr of bii alpictdiiBt^ Ifogttmb 
ttiftde him a ftigtt t0 tcriiimi 

^I ^9iMlC^'^Bhi|l M ^ J iMHk Hit fe- 
laitfd Ml oAew islia hit mtttAsimiac.tSm 
GiwiGtiftMMritiHhiit;»^tttfai niortftis Mfoii^ 
ffid' of -a f«i«wi . MMMt^ miii: 4 Aig /of tranr. 

And tbflft hii gtnent iiift capaptjAom: Unt 
OB bi»4«tHi» >tintte «»(M«« of. tlw 4|Mi[tf 
tfac eneoMli ^(GiiiSk «s Ac «» thejt*. oqIms 
ttAdnr Mft'otMtoitiratiott. In Aorty? Otpf*"' 
Dalgetty, yon miMt be impem nkmr-mgrnKt? 
■* <Ali>I»4 yoiff fiMeUmM^," said. Ilie 

i . 

Of MwnmasB ^U^ 

ligMC0,.«»fftlwf do ii« piiik ttfle^l^tt 
poke, wkicb 1 ham knomt frmdiBed ufitar 
iMHounbie ioUMos yAmi Inive boia^ gtam- 
pectad to cone opcni Mdniemuidi as ^iIm 
jpttBmufi, your SaKcdlncjr/nMj^nif OQ » piw 
cMw «MurrMii»i of ^K^nH^veK Dpgildi JMU- 
gctty iluitt Imut «p «ey» iMn ir^ emra; limr- 
ttitiy tww of tow ilwrean itt 4f<)ida^ 
More't pibioeK oe iMir musy diodis'ii 
the sett of his ploid'irad treivii^ • 

:^ Bmnagh,'' itmvefedMoaltwei^ htte^ 
v^K^tmxJMgMtttf^ miA at they mj thit 
» lady's mind m <iwaya ' ^af i t lw iui in ter 
poals«ript» ao i mtmM kwre yoii think thot 
tlie asost Mipoftant pait of your conmssioft 
Ilia tn what I have last sold to you«" t 

: Bal^etty oDcetRinegrimiad mMSMgmcm^ 

mA withdfcieir to victoal hi^ dMMfgar aad 

Uoatlf/ fikr (he fatignta of lui^' apfMrostth* 


▲t the door of the stahii^ fortQuhtaras 

always ciaiasad Ua fint caaa, he iMAiAiqpia 

.MfAxiksfi Md Sur iide|r;Mttl8ra«%' wbo 


kfld bsea Iwkiligf nthm ixfme ; : tndr srflier 
pKakiiig his pmntetni etn^t, both tAii. 
fead^n stviki^^iMiwdii^ibb Ci^tala from 
takii^ an ammftl<if snob vatee witk. bim 
upon hi» presettt ytry&iigaSm^ jmifa^^ . 
J- Angus padutedv is //the mmst: mlarmkig 
teklum th& ironist* of jratket wMdttracte^ by 
iRhi6h it#ouM\faaMi6e«BC]r£sr;him to tra- 
irel int» i^^gT^ashiie^'indi tIjBfe wretdied'fatfts 
w batbies whcrehelwould^ie eondenmed ta 
ftM tke^ 9if^ 4^ where no .Bmtge. cduld 
be! pMeufecl lor bis ^nMse^^ unless^ he cm^ 
ent the Miiaips3of old b wther»* in shorty he 
.^QROunoed 'k ahml^atdf ftnpo^^ble that^ 
after uaAieftakhigHSudiiia pilgi^t^ge^ tiie 
iaimal iiHat^icaiefcr mSitarf segt 
^▼ioe. The Bngltsbanm stfongljr eMfem- 
;ed, ail that Aegus^iad said, and gave \sam^ 
-adlf body aad soul totfce devil, i^^ethooght 
k was not an act little short •of atMohile 
. laurdef )te csifety g^^horse « wwthv »>{|irtliing 
«hM0f8i]fedb;a ^Mteatid inhosfystsMedesait. 
Captimi Dalgettgr &» nn hiskant laofciftl 

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Steadily, first s^t^ooe: of the gwtleflMiiai)d 
i]^»t at tbeMber, asd Ibes ask»litbem> af 
if in a s^te 0( iad^ciflioQ^. whsAt tb^. would 

Gircumitano«k ^ .^ 

. ^< By th« hwd oi my Mim$ myi4uf 
ffufwli'- amwQfed M^Aal^y,: *^ if youJeftitt 
the be^fl; w my. kMp^, }iou;ioay rely ott 
his being fed aitd sorted 8^0f4ia3;to)iii 
.v^orth and qualityi: aiul tluit U|;)oa yoiAt 
b^ip^y returii, you yt^Ai $9A kiittk tf sledc* m 
WQiVion- boiled in biittefr'v : '. : . 

*'0r," wd SirJMiki.Miilftrwet ••if 
this worthy o^kvalier chuaea to part wid^hii 
qbKiurger for a reasonable tiinib 1 haye soMi 
pvt of the silver qimdlfistieks/ si^llr diM^c^ng 
t^e Jb^ys in my purs^ wbiAh I shall be v«ry 
willing to transfer to hipk'' , 
, /< In brief, mine honourable fUcndi^ 
^Ad Captam D«^etty» agfun eyeing theqa 
both with an air of c«aiio p^^ratimi M I 
find it would not be altogether mi«Wf 9l> 
tble to either of you to hftvesQf09 ioklf^ i9 

|ieHe«MK}ittiai More M h$mg Mm a(i «t 
iiie gatt itf kM onftwoiMle* AnddMdMlea 
it vookl be no tmitt wtsiii^sMy to ale, im 
audi aa event, tlmt a noble aUd krfal eanu 
fiieer idee ^ Miles Ma^favi^y er a wor^ 
mi hospitable ckieftmm like our exeeiiat 
kadloiNl) 6)tMld ael as^aiy exepator/* 

Bath luistafiei ta protest tdiat tb^ bad 
aa audi ofayect^ and iasifltcd agiua open the 
iaipaiiabte diaracter of the H%ldaad|^tfcik 
Angus M'Aakjr araariiled e^rer % numbet 
of ii»d<laclioaan»Si descripttve of tiie d£ 
ioiilt fiasaesf preeqnces, coirries, mA beals^ 
Ihfoagfa wbidi be said the road lajto I» 
verarfy when <)ld Donald, "who bad now 
catered, aandioaed bis iMster-s acoau^tof 
tbese diffieulttes/ by holing op his hands, 
iUiA eievatiftg his eyes, and slNikiag faia 
iMad at eveiy guttural wbtcb M^Aidb^^ {Mk 
iiouaeed. Sat all this dkt ntot tno^ra the iiK 
tedMe €aptaifi« 

» Mj wtt&ij ftteads^*' said be, «.^iist»^ 

VES jfliiiot new to the daegers ef tnv^riUtigk 
«fid the ffiouBtttM of Boheaaa, (do diipftp 
nj^ement to llie beak and corries Mr Ao^ 
gos la pleased to neoitiofiy and of which 
Sir If ile»» who never saw theoH ccmfiroift 
llie fccATorS)) these mountalas may compete 
^»th the vilest roada in Europe* In fact^ 
any bone haUi a most excdlent and social 
quality^ fm although he cannot pledge me 
in my cup» yet we share our loaf between 
lan and it "wiU be hard-if he tfuffifirs fiunioe 
mikere akeB or bannocte are ITo te found. . 
And, to cut ihts matter ^kort» I beseech 
you, my good friends, to tAmxve the state 
«f Sir Duncan CampbeH's pidficey, Irhich 
Iftwids in that stall befbre ns, firt; mnd fiaiT ; 
and| in return for your aSKue^ on my ac- 
count, I give you my honest assc^reration, 
«4}iat while we travel the same road, both 
that palfhey and his rider shall lack food 
befbre either Gustavus or V* 

Having said dtis, he fifiod a latge mea- 
sure with com, and wsfted up witfa*^ it to 
his charger, who^ by his low whinnying 

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"'Do you think," said the Englishman, 
** that the Marquis will not respect, in Cap- 
tain Dalgetty*s person, the laws of civilized 

** No more than I would respect a Low- 
land prQclamation," said Angus M*AuIay. 
" But come along, it is-time I were return- 
ing to my guests.** , 


IVkiUhI by Jcuiios Ballafit/ne A, Co. 

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