Edinburgh Bookshelf

Edinburgh Bookshelf


Index for “strange figure of mr arnot”

happened in the morning, which they attributed to their ignorance of his quality,
and requesting it, as a particular favour, that he would horwur them with his
company do dinner. To this polite card his lordship returned a verbal answer,
that “he kept no company with people whose pride would not permit them to
use their fellow-travellers with civility.”
The latter years of this amiable man’s life were spent in the discharge of the
duties of his office of a judge ; and the very last act of his public beneficence
was the erection of the ornamental building t,hat incloses St. Bernard’s Mineral
Well, in the neighbourhood of Edinburgh.’
His lordship died at Morningside, near Edinburgh, on the 22d of July 1793,
in the seventy-second year of his age.
THE strange figure of Mr. Arnot appears to have been a favourite with
Kay, who has here ironically represented him in the act of relieving a beggar,
the fact being that he had a nervous antipathy to mendicants, and was at all
times more disposed to cane them than to give them an alms.
John Duncan, the beggar here represented, was a poor creature, who, after
having long endeavoured to support himself by the sale of gingerbread, sunk into
mendicancy, which he usually practised at a corner of the Parliament Square.
Jock‘s mode of conducting business while in active life, and before he had
retired to enjoy the otium cum dignitate, expressed in so lively a manner in
his countenance and general appearance in the Print, was to place four or five
cakes of the commodity in which he dealt on their edges, at equal distances on
the ground, he himself standing by with a short pole, which, on paying Jock a
halfpenny, you were at liberty to discharge at the cakes, with the distinct
understanding that all those you knocked down became yours. Jock’s traducers,
however-for what public personage is without them +allege that the cakes
were so ingeniously placed, that it was next to impossible to knock any of them
over at all, and that therefore your halfpenny, was, a piwi, lost money. This
ingenious mode of gaming is still well known under the appellation of “ Roley-
Poley.” As to John Duncan, little more is known of him than what is recorded
of the antediluvian patriarchs, that he lived and died ; although, indeed, after
living the life of a beggar, he may be said to have died like a king, for his
death resembled that of Herod, King of Judea
1 “ I stii continue,” says Mr. W. Smellie in a letter to Lord Gardenstone, 1790, “ to worship your
lordship’s Saint. Upon .me he has performed the miracle of regeneration. From gratitude, therefore,
I shall always pay my devotion to St Bernard, and my penny to George Murdoch.”
E ... SKETCHES. 25 happened in the morning, which they attributed to their ignorance of his quality, and ...

Book 8  p. 32
(Score 3.63)

thought, sir,” said Arnot, sternly, “you took me for a scoundrel I ” The man
withdrew, not a little abashed at this plump insinuation of the dishonesty of his
On another occasion, he was waited upon by a lady not remarkable either for
youth, beauty, or good temper, for advice as to her best method of getting rid
of the importunities of a rejected admirer, when, after telling her story, the following
colloquy took place :-
“ Ye maun ken, sir,” said the lady, “ that I am a namesake 0’ your ain.
I am the chief 0’ the Arnots.”
‘( Are you, by Jing ? ” replied Mr. Arnot.
“ Yes, sir, I am ; and ye maun just advise me what I ought to do with this
impertinent fellow 1 ”
“ Oh, marry him by all means ! It’s the only way to get quit of his importunities.”
“ I would see him hanged first 1 ” replied the lady, with emphatic indignation.
“ Nay, madam,” rejoined Rlr. Arnot ; “ marry him directly, as I said before,
and, by the lord Harry, he’ll soon hang himself! ”
The severe asthmatic complaint with which he waB afflicted, subjected him
latterly to much bodily suffering. When in great pain one day from difficulty
of breathing, he was annoyed by the bawling of a man selling sand on the streets.
“ The rascal ! ” exclaimed the tortured invalid, at once irritated by the voice,
and envious of the power of lungs which occasioned it, ‘&he spends as much
breath in a minute as would serve me for a month.”
Mr. Arnot had a habit of ringing his bell with great violence-a habit which
much annoyed an old maiden-lady who resided in the floor above him. The
lady complained of this annoyance frequently, and implored Mr. Arnot to sound
his bell with a more delicate touch ; but to no purpose. At length, annoyed in
turn by her importunities, which he believed to proceed from mere querulousness,
he gave her to understand, in reply to her last message, that he would drop
the bell altogether. This he accordingly did ; but in its place substituted a
pistol, which he fired off whenever he desired the attendance of his servant, to
the great alarm of the invalid, who now as earnestly besought the restitution of
the bell as she had requested its discontinuance.
Mr. Arnot died on the 20th November 1786, in the thirty-seventh year of his
age, exhibiting, in the closing scene of his life, a remarkable instance of the
peculiarity of his character, and, it may be added, of his fortitude, For several
weeks previous to his death, he regularly visited his appointed burial-place in
South Leith Churchyard, to observe the progress of some masons whom he had
employed to wall it in, and frequently expressed a fear that his death would take
place before they should have completed the work.
JAMES BURNETT, LORD MOXBODDO. This learned, ingenious, and
amiable, but eccentric man, was one of the Judges of the Court of Session, He ... BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. thought, sir,” said Arnot, sternly, “you took me for a scoundrel I ” The ...

Book 8  p. 22
(Score 2.92)

Mr. Arnot, in his day, enjoyed an unusually large share of local popularity,
proceeding from a combination of circumstances-his extraordinary figure, his
abilities, his public spirit, his numerous eccentricities, and his caustic wit and
humour. The reverse of Falstaif in figure, he resembled that creature of ima,u' lnation
in being not only witty himself, but the cause of wit in others. The jest
of Henry Erskine, who, meeting him in the act of eating a spelding or dried
haddock, complimented him on looking so like his meat, was but one of many
which his extraordinary tenuity gave rise to.
Going alongst the North Bridge one day, Mr. Arnot, who was of so extremely
na'vaus and irritable a disposition that he appeared, when walking the streets
as if constantly under the apprehension of some impending danger, was suddenly
surrounded by half-a-dozen unruly curs in the course of their gambols. This
was a trying situation for a man of his weak nerves j but he wanted only presence
of mind, not courage, and the latter, after a second or two, came to his
aid. It rose with the occasion, and he began to brandish his stick ; striking
right and left, in front and in rear, with a rapidity and vigour that kept the
enemy at bay, and made himself, in a twinkling, the centre of a canine circle.
The resolution, however, which had come so opportunely to his assistance on
this occasion, in the end gave way. Perceiving a break in the enemy's lines,
he bolted through, turned again round, and thus, keeping the foe in front,
retreated, still flourishing his stick, till he got his back against a wall,
where, though it does not appear that he was pursued by the dogs, he continued
the exercise of his cudgel for some time with unabated vigour, a8 if still in
contact with the enemy, to the great amusement of the bystanders, amongst
whom recognising a young man whom he knew, he roared out to him in a voice
almost inarticulate with excessive agitation-" W-1, you scoundrel ! why
did you not assist me when you saw me in such danger 4"
The man whom nervous disease placed in this grotesque attitude was originally
of an intrepid mind, as is sufficiently proved by several incidents in his
early life. One of them was his riding to the end of the Pier of Leith on a
spirited horse, when the waves were dashing over it in such a way as to impress
every onlooker with the belief that he could not fail to be swept into the sea.
Another was his accepting the challenge of an anonymous foe, who took
offence at a political pamphlet he had written. This person called on him to
meet him in the King's Park, naming the particular place and time. Mr. h o t
repaired to the spot at the appointed hour; but, though he waited long, no
antagonist presented himself.
In his professional capacity he was guided by a sense of honour, and of moral
obligation, to which he never scrupled to sacrifice his interests. He would take
in hand no one cause, of the justice and legality of which he was not perfectly
satisfied. On one occasion, a case being submitted to his consideration, which
seemed to him to possess neither of these qualifications-" Pray," said he, with
a grave countenance to the intending litigant, "what do you suppose me to bet"
-<'Why,'' answered the latter, "I understand you to be a lawyer."-"I
D ... SKETCHES. 17 Mr. Arnot, in his day, enjoyed an unusually large share of local popularity, proceeding ...

Book 8  p. 21
(Score 2.89)

4to ; “Elucidations respecting the Common and Statute Zaw of Scotland,”
1777, 8vo ; “Select Decisions of the Court of Session, from 1752 to 1768,”
1780, folio; and “Loose Hints upon Education, chiefly concerning the
Culture of the Heart,” 1781, 8vo.
HUG0 ARNOT, Esq., the singularly attenuated gentleman who appears
between Lord Kames and Lord Monboddo, was, in as far as his person is concerned,
a sort of natural curiosity. He was of great height, but, as the Print
shows, sadly deficient in breadth ; yet an intelligent friend, who has contributed
some information to this work, and who knew him well, complains that the
limner has made him “ really too solid ! ” If this be so, it is an error which
is corrected in another likeness of him, which appears elsewhere in the present
work Mr. Arnot’s person was, in truth, altogether an extraordinary and remarkable
one, and it was in consequence the source of many jests and witticisms.
Mr. Arnot was the son of a merchant and ship proprietor at Leith, where he
was born on the 8th December 1749. His name was originally Pollock, but he
changed it in early life to Arnot, on the occasion of his falling heir, through his
mother, to the estate of Balcormo in Fife.’ He was bred to the law, and
became a member of the Faculty of Advocates in the year 1772. A severe
asthma, however, which was greatly aggravated by almost every kind of exertion,
proved a serious obstruction to his progress at the bar, where, but for this
unfortunate circumstance, there is little doubt that his talents would have raised
him to eminence.
Mr. Arnot published in 12m0, London, 1776, “An Essay on Nothing, a
Discourse delivered in a Society,” which was favourably received.
In 1779 appeared his “History of Edinburgh,” which makes, perhaps, as
near an approach to classical excellence as any topographical publication which
has ever appeared in Scotland. The merit of this work is sufficiently expressed
in the fact of its not having been thrown into the shade, either in respect of
information or composition, by any subsequent production In 1785, Mr. Axnot
published a “ Collection of Celebrated Criminal Trials, with Historical and
Critical Remarks,” which added considerably to the reputation of its author.
Prior to the publication of this curious work, Arnot quarrelled with the
booksellers ; and, in December 1784, he advertised the book to be published by
subscription, adding, ‘‘ Mr. Arnot printed, a few days ago, a prospectus of the.
work, that the public might form some idea of its nature, and he sent it to be
hung up in the principal booksellers in town; but they have thought proper
to refuse, in a body, to allow the prospectus and subscription papers to hang in
their shops. The prospectus will therefore be seen at the Royal Exchange
Coffee-House, Exchange Coffee-House, Prince’s Street Coffee-House, And
Messrs. Corri and Sutherland‘s Music-Shop, Edinburgh, and Gibb’s Coffee-
House, Leith.”
? “Died, December 6, 1773
deceased Mr. Pollock, merchant.
;, at her house in Fifeshire, Mrs. h o t o f Balcormo, relict of the ... BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. 4to ; “Elucidations respecting the Common and Statute Zaw of Scotland,” 1777, 8vo ; ...

Book 8  p. 20
(Score 2.79)

St Gilds Churchyard. THE CHURCHYARD. I49
were a hospital and chapel known by the name
of the ?Maison Dieu.? ?We know not,? says
Arnot, ?* at what time or by whom it was founded ;
but at the Reformation it shared the common
fate of Popish establishments in this country. It
was converted into private property. This building
is still (1779) entire, and goes by the name of the
Clam-shell Turnpike, from the figure of an escalopshell
cut in stone above the door.?
Fire and modern reform have effected dire
changes here since Arnot wrote. Newer buildings
.occupy the site ; but still, immediately above the
entrance that led of old to Bell?s Wynd, a modern
stone lintel bears an escalop shell in memory of
the elder edifice, which, in the earliest titles of it
. conceit which appears among the sculpture at
Roslm chapel. So late as 1620 ?James Lennox
iselected chaplain of the chapelry of the holy rood,
in the burgh kirk-yard of St. Giles.? Hence it is
supposed that the nether kirk-yard remained in use
long after the upper had been abandoned as a
plad of sepulture.
All this was holy ground in those days, fQr in
U Keith?s Catalogue? we are told that near the
head of Bell?s Wynd (on the eastern side) there
the pavement of a noisy street, ?there sleep the
great, the good, the peaceful and the turbulent,
the faithful and the false, all blent together in their
quaint old coffins and flannel shrouds, with money
in their dead hands, and crosses or chalices on
their breasts ; old citizens who remembered the
long-haired King David passing forth with barking
hound and twanging horn on that Roodday in
harvest which so nearly cost him his life ; and how
the fair Queen Margaret daily fed the poor at the
castle gate ?with the tenderness of a mother;?
those who had seen Randolph?s patriots scale ?the
steep, the iron-belted rock;? Count Guy of Namur?s
Flemish lances routed on the Burghmuir, and
William Wallace mustering his bearded warriors
~~ ~ ~~~~~
that are extant, was written of as the ?old land,?
formerly belonging to George Crichton, Bishop of
Dunkeld, who held that see between the years
1527 and 1543, and was Lord Keeper of the
Privy Seal under King James V.
Overlooked, then, by the great cruciform church
of St. Giles, and these minor ecclesiastical edifices,
the first burying-ground of Edinburgh lay on the
steep slope with its face to the sun. The last
home of generations of citizens, under what is now
ST. GILES?S CHURCH IN Tni PRESENT DAY. ... Gilds Churchyard. THE CHURCHYARD. I49 were a hospital and chapel known by the name of the ?Maison Dieu.? ?We ...

Book 1  p. 149
(Score 2.53)

this performance by myself. This practice, I assure him, has by no means
novelty to recommend it, although it has not hitherto been openly avowed :-
“ Three sages in three learned ages born,
Three different polished stages did adorn.
In dreams and prophesies the 6rst excelled ;
With pies and tarts the next his pages swelled ;
His high-dressed dishes praised in loud bombast ;
But I, IN NOTHINGh,a ve them all surpass’d.”
The publication of the Essay occasioned the following epigram, by the Hon.
Andrew Erskine, brother to the musical Earl of Kelly : -
“ To find out where the bent of one’s genius lies,
Oft puzzles the witty, and sometimes the wise ;
Your discernment in this all true critics must find,
Since the subject’s so pat to jour body and mind.”
The Hon. Henry Erskine was once disputing with Arnot about the disposition
which the Deity manifests in the Holy Scriptures to pardon the errors of
the flesh-the metaphysician insisting for a liberal code, and the wit taking a
rather more confined and Calvinistic view of the case. At last, on Arnot
avowing his resolution to live in the hope of pardon, Erskine readily conceded
that great allowance is made for the $esh ; but, affecting to be doubtful in the
peculiar case of his friend, he replied-
“ Though bawdy and blasphemy may be forgiven,
To flesh and to blood, by the mercy of Heaven ;
Yet I’ve searched the whole Scriptures, and texts I find none,
Extending that mercy to skin and to bone.”
Mr. Amot’s tenuity of person, as a subject of satirical remark, was not
entirely confined to the learned. One day as he was standing in Creech, the
bookseller’s shop, an old woman-a hawker of fish from Musselburgh-came
in to purchase a Bible. To quiz the old lady a little, Hugo said he wondered
she could trouble her head reading such a nonsensical, old-fashioned book
as that. Horror-struck at his blasphemous remark, the old woman eyed Hugo
in silence a few seconds, measuring him from head to foot with inexpressibG
amazement. At length she exclaimed-“ Gude hae mercy on us I Wha wad
hae thocht that ony human-like cratur wad hae spoken that way. But you,”
she added, with an expression of the most perfect contempt-“a perfect
atomy ! ”
Mr. Arnot was long afflicted with a nervous cough. He came into Creech’s
shop one day, coughing and wheezing at a tremendous rate. Casting his eye on
Mr. Tytler of Woodhouselee, who happened to be present, he observed to him
“If I do not soon get quit of this d-d cough, it will carry me off like a
rocket.” Mr. Tytler replied, ‘‘ Indeed, Hugo, my man, if you do not mend your
manners, you will assuredly take quite a contrary directh.” ... SKETCHES. 325 this performance by myself. This practice, I assure him, has by no means novelty to ...

Book 8  p. 456
(Score 2.11)

N the centre of the ancient city there I stood, till a few years since, a
strange, crooked, steep, and altogether
singular and picturesque avenue from
the High Street to the low valley on the
south, in which the more ancient extensions
of the once circumscribed Scottish
capital are reared. Scarcely anything
can be conceived more curious and whimsically
grotesque than its array of irregular
stone gables and timber galleries,
that seemed as if jostling one another
for room along the steep and narrow
thoroughfare ; while the busy throng
were toiling up or hurrying down its
precipitous pathways, amid the ceaseless
din of braziers’ and tinsmiths’ hammers,
for which it was famed, and the rumbling
of wheels, accompanied with the vociferous
shouts of a host of noisy assistants,
as some heavy-laden wain creeked
and groaned up the steep. The modern
visitor who now sees the Bowhead, an open
area nearly on a level with the Castle
drawbridge, and then by gradual and
easy descent of long flights of stairs, and the more gentle modern slope of Victoria
Street, at length reaches The Bowfoot Well in the Grassmarket, will hardly be persuaded
that between these two widely different elevations there extended only a few years
since a thoroughfare crowded with antique tenements, quaint inscriptions, and E t i l l
more strange and interesting associations ; unmatched in its historic and traditionary
memories by any other spot of the curious old capital, whose memories we seek to
revive. Here were the Templar Lands, with their antique gables, surmounted by the
croBs that marked them as beyond the reach of civic corporation laws, and with their old-
~IC+Nrrr+?tfajor Weir’s HOUS~. ... IX. THE WEST BOW AND SUBURBS. N the centre of the ancient city there I stood, till a few years since, ...

Book 10  p. 364
(Score 2.08)

conceiving that he might, in the course of events, become serviceable to his
views, resolved upon making him his friend. Lovat then lived in a villa somewhere
about the head of Leith Walk, and often observed young Home pass up and
down between Edinburgh and Leith. Presuming upon very slight acquaintance,
his lordship one day ran out, and, clasping the advocate in his arms, began to
administer some of those compliments which he used to call his weapons-
“My dear Henry,” he cried, “how heartily do .I rejoice in this rencontre.
How does it come to pass that you never look in upon me 3 Almost every day
I see you go past my windows, as if for the purpose of inflaming me with a
more and more passionate desire for your company. Now, you are so finelooking-
so tall, and altoget,her so delightful in your aspect, that unless you
will vouchsafe me some favour, I must absolutely die of unrequited passion.”
“ My Lord,” cried Home, endeavouring to extricate himself from his admirer’s
arms, “ this is quite intolerable ; I ken very wee1 I am the coarsest and most
black-a-vised b-h in a’ the Court 0’ Session. Hae dune-hae dune!”
“ Well, Henry,” said Lovat, in an altered tone, “ you are the first man I have
ever met with who had the understanding to withstand flattery.” “My dear
Lord,” said Home, swallowing the compliment with avidity, and returning the
embrace, “ I am rejoiced to hear you say so.”
The following anecdote is told of the other “ shadow,” HUG0 ARNOT,
and Mr. Hill, afterwards Professor of Humanity (Latin), who was then tutor to
the Lord Justice-clerk‘s son. Arnot met him returning from the Grassmarket
on one occasion when three men were executed there, and inqukng where he had
been, Mr. Hill replied that “ he had been seeing the execution.” ‘<W hat ! ” said
Hugo, “ you, George Hill, candidate for the Professor’s chair of Humanity /”
“Yes,” said Mr. Hill. “Then, by G-d,” continued the indignant Hugo,
“ you should rather be Professor of Barbarity ; and you are sure of the situation,
for it is in the gift of my Lord Justice-clerk ! ”
Mr. Arnot’s celebrated ‘( Essay on Nothing,” so full of quaint humour itself,
and the subject of several good sayings by his contemporaries, is now, perhaps,
only familiar in name to the generality of readers. As a epecinien of the
nervous style of the author, the following quotation from the preface may not
be unamusing :-“ I do not communicate this treatise,” says Hugo, ‘( to promote
directly piety, morality, meekness, moderation, candour, sympathy, liberality,
knowledge, or truth ; but indirectly, by attempting to expose and to lash pride,
pedantry, violence, persecution, affectation, ignorance, impudence, absurdity,
falsehood, and vice. Besides the stilts of Preface and Dedication, I intended
to have procured some recommendatory verses, which may be called ‘ Passports
for begging civility and favour from the Christiun reader.’ But as I know
no person living (at least in the British realms), who is endued with any
share of poetic fire ; and, besides, am persuaded, if there were any such, none
of them would be so fool-hardy as to recommend this performance, I hope,
instead of these, the reader mill accept the following verses, written in praise of
. ... BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. conceiving that he might, in the course of events, become serviceable to his views, ...

Book 8  p. 455
(Score 2.05)

Between the years 1781 and 1785 Mr. Lawson published a full detail of the
proceedings in his case, in a pamphlet occupying nearly 300 pages of letterpress ;
also, '' Three Letters addressed to candid Christians of all denominations."
He immediately thereafter went to London, where he was well received hy
several Dissenting clergymen, and from whom he obtained a license to preach,
which he continued to do for a few years, in connection with the Relief body.
Mr. Lawson died at Leith on the 27th of August 1788.
THE " Exchange of Heads " is supposed to have taken place betwixt two
individuals, so very opposite in every describable feature, that the one has been
denominated a shadow, while the other, par excellence, may as appropriately be
termed substance. The space between shadow and substance is ingeniously
devoted to the full development of a back view of a third party, who, differing
entirely from either, displays a rotundity of person more than equal to the
circumference of both.
Some account has already been given of MR. ARNOT, whose head, forming
the apex to the solid pyramid of Macpherson's trunk, appears first to the left in
the trio of figures. Respecting his substantial friend, however, whose ponderous
head, as if poised on a needle, seems like an infringement of the laws of gravity,
some amusing gossip has been preserved.
MR WILLIAM MACPHERSON, whose father was sometime deacon of
the masons in Edinburgh, was a Writer to the Signet, and, in many respects,
a man of very eccentric habits. He lived in that famed quarter of the city, the
West Bow, three stairs up, in a tenement which immediately joined the city
wall, and looked towards the west, but which has been recently removed to
make way for the improvements now in progress, and which have all but annihilated
the Bow. Mr. Macpherson continued a bachelor through life, and seemed
from many circumstances to have conceived a determined antipathy to the
" honourable state of matrimony." He had two maiden sisters who kept house
with him ; but whether they entertained similar prejudices, or remained single ... SKETCHES. 157 Between the years 1781 and 1785 Mr. Lawson published a full detail of the proceedings ...

Book 8  p. 222
(Score 2.05)

1845, Old Greyfriars Church was restored and reopened in 1857. What a
strange and varied history it has gone through!--'not a church, but a
caravanserai.' Here, after a sermon by Alexander Henderson of Leucbars in
1663, the Solemn League and Covenant was signed, laid out on a gravestone,
the parchment at length failing them, and many of the signatures being written
in blood ! (In the Engraving the stone is enclosedaithin' the railing, and a
glimpse of light rests on it.) Here'"Dr>Robertson the historian rolled along
his splendid sentences in the morning, and Dr. John Erskine in the afternoon
pierced and scattered them by hii Presbyterian dagger ! the one contending that
virtue, were she coming to earth in human form, would be adored ; the other
announcing that sheshad come in the person of Christ, and had been crucified
and slain. Here Dr. Robert Lee, a reformer too, in his own way, discerning
perhaps his time as well as Henderson did his, introduced an organ and a
liturgy, and struck a chord of innovation which his successor, the sagacious
and daring Wallace-now Editor of the Scofsman-boIdIy and successfully
The Greyfriars Churchyard stands on the ruins of the Franciscan
Monastery, and strange it was that the first man of note buried in it should
be George Buchanan, the scourge of the Franciscans as well as of the other
orders of monks-described by Miiton as 'white, black, and grey, With all
their trumpery.' Buchanan's funeral was attended by a 'great company of
the faithful,' and, standing near a small tablet erected to his memory by a
working blacksmith-his only monument here,-let us recall for an instant into
honourable remembrance the greatest of Scottish Latin scholars and not the
least of Scottish poets, the noble, brave-hearted, outspoken, manly, and eloquent
F ... OLD TOWN. 41 1845, Old Greyfriars Church was restored and reopened in 1857. What a strange and varied history ...

Book 11  p. 65
(Score 2.04)

century, it was his turn, along with another of the Royal Chaplains, to officiate.
The latter opened the proceedings with a prayer most elaborately composed for
the occasion. His eloquence attracted notice, and expectation was excited in
regard to the prayer with which the proceedings were to be terminated, and
which fell to be offered by the subject of this sketch, when the reverend gentleman
stood up, and rightly judging that neither the circumstances nor the services
called for anything but the femest and simplest words, with great solemnity
repeated the Lord’s Prayer, to the no small surprise of the audience, some of
whom had the bad taste to term it unsuitable to the occasion,
The death perhaps of no clergyman ever produced a greater sensation in the
neighbourhood where it occurred. It was announced by bills hawked about
the streets of Edinburgh; and the presence of thousands of persons at the
funeral attested the veneration in which their pastor was held. Only one of
Mr. Paul’s sermons was ever published, although some of them have since
appeared in the periodical publications of the day. His venerable widow
survived him till 21st November 1828.
This Print was executed by the artist from recollection, after the reverend
gentleman’s death.
THIS Print, which is one of the early productions of the artist, represents the
Giant in conversation with Mr. Watson, while Mr. M‘Gowan, Mr. Fairholme,
and Geordie Cranstoun are listening very attentively to what is going on.
Some account of MR. FAIRHOLME, the first figure to the left, will be
found in our notice of “The Connoisseurs.” The likeness here afforded may
not be so accurate or distinct in the outlines as the one in the group alluded to ;
yet the person and attitude are very characteristic of the upright and somewhat
pompous figure of the original.
The next figure presents an equally graphic portraiture of MR. JOHN
M‘GOWAN, who lived for many years in the Luckenbooths, where he occupied
the second and third flats above Creech the bookseller’s shop. He latterly
removed to a house in Princes Street, between Castle and Charlotte Streets,
where he died. ... BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. century, it was his turn, along with another of the Royal Chaplains, to officiate. The ...

Book 8  p. 578
(Score 1.95)

posts, and make the Grassmarket their headquarters.
The City Militia held the High Street,
a guard was placed on the college, and the guards
at the palace were doubled.
Undismayed by all this, the students mustered
in the Old High School Yard, with their effigy in
pontifical robes, and proceeded without opposition
down the High School Wynd, and up Blackfriars
Wynd to the lower end of High Street, where,
finding there was no time to lose, though unopposed
by the militia, they set fire to the figure
amid shouts of ?? Pereat Papa f I? but had instantly
to fly. Arnot says the burning took place in the
Blackfriars Wynd.
Grim old Dalyell of Binns came galloping
through the Netherbow Port at the head of his
linquish their intention, and a few who were
English were seized in their beds, and carried by
the guard to the Tolbooth.
All the forces in Leith and the neighbourhood
mere marched into the Canongate, where they remained
all night under arms ; and in the morning
the Provost allowed the privileges of a fortified
city to be violated, it was alleged, by permitting
the Foot Guards and Mars Fusiliers (latterly
zIst Foot) to enter the gates, seize advantageous
of treatment not much more respectful than their
own. In the course of this operation the head
fell OK,? and was borne in triumph up the Castle
Hill by a Dumber of boys. But this trumpery
affair did not end here.
Seven students were apprehended, and examined
before the Privy Council by Sir George
Mackenzie of Rosehaugh, the King?s Advocate,
and after being a few days in custody, were liberated.
So little were they gratified by this leniency
that many street scuffles took place between them
and the troops, whom they alleged to be the aggressors.
Violent denunciations of revenge against the
magistrates were uttered in the streets ; and upon
the 11th of January, 1681, the house of Priestfield
grey Dragoons; then came the Fusiliers, under the
Earl of Mar; and Lord Linlithgowv, with one
battalion of the Scots Foot Guards, in such haste
that he fell off his horse. The troops were ordered
to extinguish the flames and rescue the image.
? This, however, understanding the combustible
state of its interior, they were in no haste to do ;
keeping at a cautious distance, they merely belaboured
his Holiness with the butt end of their
musquets, which the students allege was a mode
LOOKING EAST. (From an EngnauiqQ W. H. Lizursofa Drawing& Playfair). ... 2 OLD AND NEW EDINBURGH. [University. posts, and make the Grassmarket their headquarters. The City Militia held ...

Book 5  p. 12
(Score 1.92)

No. v.
HENRY HOME, LORDK AMESt,h e first figure in this Print, well known by his
numerous works on law and metaphysics, was a judge of the Courts of Session
and Justiciary,
He was born in the county of Berwick, in the year 1695, and was descended
of an ancient but reduced family. But it was to his own exertions, his natural
talent, and profound legal knowledge, that he was indebted for the high rank
and celebrity he subsequently attained ; for his father was in straitened circumstances,
and unable to extend to him any such aid as wealth could afford.
His lordship was early destined for the profession of the law, in which he
wisely began at the beginning ; having started in his career as a writer's apprentice,
with the view of acquiring a competent knowledge of the forms and practical
business of courts. After long and successful practice at the bar, he was raised
to the bench, and took his seat 6th February 1752.
Lord Kames possessed a flow of spirits, and a vivacity of wit and liveliness
of fancy, that rendered his society exceedingly delightful, and particularly acceptable
to the ladies, with whom he was in high favour. He is accused of having
become in his latter years somewhat parsimonious ; what truth may have been
in the accusation we know not.
Notwithstanding the general gravity of his pursuits, his lordship was naturally
of a playful disposition, and fond of a harmless practical joke, of which a
curious instance is on record.
A Mr. Wingate, who had been his private tutor in early life, but who had
by no means made himself agreeable to him, called upon him after he had
become eminent in his profession, to take his opinion regarding the validity of
certain title-deeds which he held for a sum of money advanced on land. The
lawyer, after carefully examining them, looked at his old master with an air of
the most profound concern, and expressed a hope that he had not concluded the
bargain. The alarmed pedagogue, with a most rueful countenance, answered
that he had ; when Mr. Home gravely proceeded to entertain him with a luminous
exposition of the defects of the deeds, showing, by a long series of legal
and technical objections, that they were not worth the value of the parchment
on which they were written. Having enjoyed for aome time Wingate's distress,
he relieved the sufferer by thus addressing him-"You may remember, sir, how
you made me smart in days of yore for very amall offences : now, I think our ... BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. No. v. LORD KAMES. HUG0 ARNOT, ESQ. OF BALCORMO, ADVOCATE. LORD MONBODDO. HENRY ...

Book 8  p. 17
(Score 1.91)

plead With great eloquence upon what they had
picked up from the opposite counsel. When
acting as a volunteer against the Highland army,
in 1745, he fell into the hands of Colonel John
Roy Stewart, and was nearly hanged as a spy at
Musselburgh Bridge. He was author of several
literary works; but had many strange fancies, in
which he seemed to indulge with a view to his
health, which was always valetudinarian. He had
' he used to measure out the utmost time that was
allowed for a judge to deliver his opinion; and
Lord Arniston would never allow another word tc,
be uttered after the last grain had run, and was
frequently seen to shakeominously this old-fashioned
chronometer in the faces of his learned brethren if
they became vague or tiresome. He was a jovial
old lord, in whose house, when Sheriff Cockburn
lived there as a boy, in 1750, sixteen hogsheads
young one, which followed him like a dog
wherever he went, and slept in his bed. When
it attained the years and bulk of swinehood this
was attended with inconvenience ; but, unwilling
to part with his companion, Lord Gardenstone,
when he undressed, laid his clothes on the floor,
as a bed for it, and that he might find his clothes
warm in the winter mornings. He died at Morningside,
near Edinburgh, in July, 1793.
Robert Dundas of Arniston succeeded Culloden,
in 1748, as Lord President. In his days
it was the practice for that high official to have
a sand-glass before him on the Bench, with which
Dalrymple -said : " I knew the great lawyers of
the last age-Mackenzie, Lockhart, and my OWD
father, Stair-but Dundas excels them all !" (Catalogue
of the Lords, 1767.)
Among the last specimens ot the strange Scottish
judges of the last century were the Lords Balniute
and Hermand.
The former, Claud Boswell ot Balmuto, was.
born in 1742, and was educated at the same'
school, in Dalkeith, with Henry Dundas, afterwards
Lord Melville ; and the friendship formed by the
two boys there, lasted till the death of the peer, in
May, 181 I. He always spoke, even on the Bench,
He died in 1787.
Tn the dnwing visitors are represented as looking down the stairs leading to the cells below. ... With great eloquence upon what they had picked up from the opposite counsel. When acting as a volunteer ...

Book 1  p. 172
(Score 1.86)

to preach openly, by taking the oaths to Govemment,
had been founded in Edinburgh by Baron
Smith, and two smaller ones were founded about
1746, in Skinner?s and Carrubber?s Closes; but as
these places were only mean and inconvenient
apartments, a plan was formed for the erection of
a large and handsome church. The Episcopalians
of the city chose a committee of twelve gentlemen
to see the scheme executed. They purchased from
the Royal College of Physicians the area of what
had formerly been the Tweeddale gardens, and
opened a subscription, which was the only resource
they had for completing the building, the
trifling funds belonging to the former obscure
chapels bearing no proportion to the cost of so
expensive a work. But this impediment was removed
by the gentlemen of the committee, who
generously gave their personal credit to a considerable
The foundation stone was laid on the 3rd of
April, 1771, by the Grand Master Mason, Lieutenant-
General Sir Adolphus Oughton, K.B.,
Colonel of the 31st Foot, and Commander of the
Forces in Scotland. The usual coins were deposited
in the stone, under a plate, inscribed thus :-
Towards this church the Writers to the Signet
subscribed zoo guineas, and the Incorporation
of Surgeons gave 40 guineas, and on Sunday, the
9th of October, 1774, divine service was performed
in it for the first time. ?This is a plain,
handsome building,? says Arnot, ? neatly fitted up
in the inside somewhat in the form of the church
of St. Martin?s-in-the-Fields, London. It is 90
feet long by 75 broad pver the walls, and is omamented
with a neat spire of a tolerable height. In
the spire hangs an excellent bell, formerly belonging
to the Chapel Royal at Holyrood, which is
permitted to be rung for assembling the congregation,
an indulgence that is not allowed to the
Presbyterians in England. This displays a commendable
liberality of sentiment in the magistrates
of Edinburgh ; but breathes no jealousy for the
dignity of their national Church. In the chapel
there is a fine organ, made by Snetzler.of London.
In the east side is a niche of 30 feet, with a
Venetian window, where stands the altar, which is
adorned with paintings by Runciman, a native of
Edinburgh. In the volta is the Ascefision; over
the small window on the right is Christ talking
with the Samaritan woman ; on the left the Prodigal
returned. In these two the figures are halflength.
On one side of the table is the figure of
Moses ; on the other that of Elias.?
At the time Arnot wrote L6,Soo had been spent
on the building, which was then incomplete. ? The
ground,? he adds, ?? is low ; the chapel is concealed
by adjacent buildinis ; the access for carriages inconvenient,
and there is this singularityattending it,
that it is the only Christian church standing north
and south we ever saw or heard of. . . . . . . . . There are about I,ooo persons in this
congregation. Divine service is celebrated before
them according to all the rites of the Church of
England. This deserves to be considered as a
mark of increasing moderation and liberality among
the generality of the people. Not many years ago
that form of worship in all its ceremonies would
not have been tolerated The organ and paintings
would have been downright idolatry, and the
chapel would have fallen a sacrifice to the fury of
the mob.?
Upon the death of Mr. Can; the first senior
clergyman of this chapel, he was interred under its
portico, and the funeral service was sung, the voices
of the congregation being accompanied by the
organ. In Arnot?s time the senior clergyman was
Dr. Myles Cooper, Principal of New York College,
an exile from America in consequence of the revolt
of the colonies.
In the middle?of February, 1788, accounts
reached Scotland of the death and funeral of Prince
Charles Edward, the eldest grandson of James VII.,
at Rome, and created a profound sensation among
people of all creeds, and the papers teemed with
descriptions of the burial service at Frascati ; how
his brother, the Cardinal, wept, and his voice broke
when singing the office for the dead prince, on
whose coffin lay the diamond George and collar of
the Garter, now in Edinburgh Castle, while the
militia of Frascati stood around as a guard, with
the Master of Nairn, in whose arms the prince
In the subsequent April the Episcopal College
met ?at Aberdeen, and unanimously resolved that
they should submit ? to the present Government of
this kingdom as invested in his present Majesty
George III.,? death having broken the tie which
bound them to the House of Stuart. Thenceforward
the royal family was prayed for in all their
churches, and the penal statutes, after various
modifications, were repezled in 1792. Eight years
afterwards the Rev. Archibald Alison (father of ... CoWgab.1 THE EPISCOPAL CHAPEL. to preach openly, by taking the oaths to Govemment, had been founded in ...

Book 4  p. 247
(Score 1.86)

No . Page
Abercromby. Sir Ralph. K . B., giving the
word of command ........................ li 106
Abercromby, General Sir Ralph, K.B.,
viewing the army encamped on the
plains of Egypt ........................... lii 108
Adams. Mr . John, master of the Royal
Riding Menage ........................... clxi 410
Aeronauts, a Group of .................. xxxviii
Arnot, Hugo, Esq . of Balcormo, advocate ... v
cate ....................................... Viii 25
cate ....................................... lxvi 157
cate .................................... cxxxii 324
X ........................................ lxxxix 215
Beat, Rev . William, Kilrenny, Fifeshire ... cx 271
Bell, Mr. Andrew, engraver .................i.v 13
Bell, Mr . Andrew, engraver ............ lxxxvi 210
Beuuet. Mr . John, surgeon ...............c lix 401
Black, Dr . Joseph ........................... xxu 52
Black, Dr . Joseph, lecturing ............ xxiii 54
Black, Dr . Joseph ........................... xxv 56
Provost ................................. xxviii 62
Blair, Sir James Hunter, Bart ............. xcu 226
Blair, Sir James Hunter, Bart ............. cii 252
Arnot, Hugo, Esq . of Balcormo, advo-
Arnot, Hugo, Esq . of Balcormo, advo-
Arnot, Hugo, Esq . of Balcormo, advo-
Artois, Count D’, afterwards Charles
Blair. Sir Jcmes Hunter, Bark, Lord
Blir, Robert, Esq., Solicitor.Genera1,
afterwards Lord President of the
Court of Session ..................... cxxvii 313
Blair. Robert, Esq., Solicitor-General cxxviii 314
Blair, Rev . Hugh, D.D., of the High
Church .................................... lvii 120
Blair, Mr . Thomas, of the Stamp-Office ... cxlii 355
Boruwlaski, Joseph. the Polish Dwarf . cxxxiii 327
Brodie, Deacon William ..................... cv 256
Brodie, Deacon William ..................... cVi 264
and Elliestown ........................ xxxiii 75
Brown, George, Esq . of Lindsaylands
Brown, Dr . John, author of the “Brunonian
System of Medicine ” ......... xxvi
Brown, Dr . John, in his study ......... xxvii
No . Page
Abwsinian Traveller ..................... lix 128
Bruce. James. Esq . of Kinnaird. the
Buchan. Right Hon . the Earl of ......... cxvi 286
Bucks. Four .................................... cxx 292
Burnett. James. Lord Monboddo ............v 18
Burnett. James. Lord Monboddo ............ vi 21
Buttons. General. an American Officer ... cvii 266
Byrne. Charles. the Irish Giant ............ iv 10
Campbell. Major. of the 35th Regiment.xcvii 235
Campbell. John. Esq . of Blythswood.
Lieut.-Colonel of the 9th Regiment
of Foot .................................... clu 383
Byrne. the Irish Giant ..................... clxiv 417
Carlyle. Alexander. D.D., Inveresk ... xxix 65
Chalmers. Dr . John. Principal of King’s
College. Aberdeen ..................... xxxv 78
Chalmers. Dr . William. Professor of
Medicine. King’s College. Aberdeen
....................................... xxxv 79
Charteris. I&., in the character of “Bardolph”
.................................... lxiii 151
City Guard. Three Captains of the ......... xv
Clarkson. Major .............................. clx 409
Cochrane. the Hon . Basil .................. cliii 384
Cock- fighting Match between the
Counties of Lanark and Haddington
.......................................... xliv 96
Congregation. a Sleepy ........................ x 28
Contemplation ............ .......................... 21
Courtship .......................................... Ix 139
Craig. Lord .................................... cxxii 302
Cranstoun. George .............................. xx 50
Cranstoun. Geordie ........................ clxiv 417
Cmwford. Miss. of Jordanhill ............ xlvi 98
Crawford. Miss. of Jordanhill ............ xlvii
Crawford. Captain ........................... xlvii 99
the Awkward Squad ..................... clv 390
Cullen. Dr . William. in his study ......... civ 255
Dalzel, Professor .............................. xxx 67
Crichton. Colonel Patrick. of the Edinburgh
Volunteers. with a view of
Cullen. Dr . William ........................ ciu 253 ... TO VOL . I . PORTRAITS AND BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES . A No . Page Abercromby. Sir Ralph. K . B., giving ...

Book 8  p. 604
(Score 1.85)

Why two heads, apparently so nearly proportioned, should have been
distinguished, in the one case, by so much genius, and, in the other, by so little,
we leave the phrenologists to determine. We need not tire our readers by
any of our lucubrations on the life and character of the “Little Philosopher,”
whose writings and principles are so much interwoven with the late history of
MR. WATSON, who is represented by the figure on the right, was a person
little known beyond the sphere of his calling. He continued a bachelor, but
is said to have had a particular affection for children. He formerly resided in
the Covenant Close, but latterly removed to the Anchor Close, where he died
not many years ago, leaving his property, which was considerable, to a nephew.
THE figure on the right represents the late MR. WILLIAM SMELLIE,
printer, the author of the Philosophy of Natural History, and translator of the
works of Buffon. It is by no means one of Kay’s happiest efforts, as, instead
of the vacant expression here delineated, the prevailing cast of Mr. Smellie’s
features was grave and thoughtful; but this defect may have arisen in
consequence of the figure being originally that of a Mr. Gavin, and afterwards
changed to Mr. Smellie. He was born in the Pleasance of Edinburgh in
1740. Both his father and grandfather were architects, and were possessed of
considerable property at St. Leonards, in the neighbourhood of Edinburgh.
He married, in March 1763, Miss Jane Robertson, daughter of an eminent
army-agent in London. This lady was full cousin to Mrs. Oswald of Dunnikier,
their mothers having been sisters. Mr. Smellie’s only brother, named John,
married Miss Apes Ferrier, sister of the late James Ferrier, Esq., Principal
Clerk of Session.
Independently of his professional eminence-being the most learned printer
of his day-Mr. Smellie’s talents procured him the constant society and
friendship of nearly all the eminent literary characters who flourished towards
the latter end of the last century. For his great convivial qualities and
brilliant wit we have the testimony of many kindred spirits ; among whom may
be mentioned the poet Burns, who thus describes him, in a letter to a venerable
old gentleman, Mr. Peter Hill, late bookseller in Edinburgh :-‘‘ There in
my eye is our friend Smellie, a man positively of the first abilities and greatest ... BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. Why two heads, apparently so nearly proportioned, should have been distinguished, in ...

Book 8  p. 290
(Score 1.82)

Strictly speaking, Widow Duffs lodging was in the College Wynd ; though, as it
was at the foot of the wynd, its windows niay have looked into the Cowgate. Scott,
whose birthplace was in the same wynd, has introduced Jamie Duff in “ Guy Mannering,”
in attendance on the funeral of Mrs. Margaret Bertram of Singleside, to the family
burial-place in the Greyfriars’ Churchyard.
Mr. Arnot, according to information communicated to me, resided for a time on the
south side of the Canongate, immediately below St. Mary’sn Wynd. From thence he
removed to the New Town, where he occupied a floor in South St. Andrew Street-the
probable scene of the above occurrence.
An allusion will be found in Lord Cockburn’s dlemm‘als of his Time to the suppers
of Lord Moiiboddo as the most Attic of his day. Burns enjoyed them while in Edinbur,
qh, and was greatly charmed by the beauty of his daughter Eliza, of whom he makes
special note in his “ Address to Edinburgh,” “ Thy daughters bright thy walks adorn,”
etc. See the poem, and also Burns’s letter to Chalmers, in which he says-“ Fair Bis
the heavenly Miss Burnet, daughter to Lord Monboddo, at whose house I have had
the honour to be more than once,” etc. etc. See also the poet’s “ Elegy” on her premature
death from consumption,
In The Court of Session Garland, by James Baswell, notices of this and others of the
Judges will be found. It is reprinted by Robed Chambers in his Traditions, with
notes of his own.
Page 30, Dr. WEBSTER
Dr. Webster was one of the rare exceptions to Dr. Samuel Johnson’s antipathy
to a Scotsman. Brown’s Court, Castle Hill, where he entertained the lexicographer, bore
in his day the name of Webster’s Close.-Vide Dr. Johnson’s letters to him, relative
to his “Journey to the Western Islands.”
Marionville is, or was, a handsome old-fashioned house near Restalrig, which originally
bore the popular name of “Lappet Ha’,” owing to its having been built by a
fashionable milliner of Auld Reekie with the proceeds of her professional services
among the grandees of the old closes and wynds.
Page 54, Dr. BLACJL
Dr. Black’s earlier residence was in the College Wynd, not far from the house in
which Sir Walter Scott was born, and in the immediate vicinity of the College. ... TO VOL- I. BY PROFESSOR DANIEL WILSON, AUTEOR OF ‘MEMORIALS OF EDINBURGH IN THE OLDEN TIME,E’T C. ...

Book 8  p. 600
(Score 1.82)

~~~~~ ~
being inadmissible from the broad belt which supports
the creel, that is, fish-basket, crossing the
forehead. A sort of woollen pea-jacket with vast
amplitude of skirt, conceals the upper part of the
person, relieved at the throat by a liberal display
of handkerchief The under part of the figure is
endued upon a masculine but handsome form, notwithstanding
the slight stoop forward, which is
almost uniformly contracted-fancy the firm and
elastic step, the toes slightly inclined inwardsand
the ruddy complexion resulting from hard
exercise, and you have the beau idiab of fishwives."
REV. DR. FAIRBAIRN. (A&r a Photagrajh 6y John Mojat, Elnburgh.)
invested with a voluminous quantity of petticoat,
of substantial material and gaudy colour, generally
yellow with stripes, so made as to admit of a very
free inspection of the ankle, and worn in such
numbers that the bare mention of them would be
enough to make a fine lady faint. 'One half of
these ample garments is gathered over the haunches,
puffing out the figure in an unusual and uncouth
manner. White worsted stockings and stout shoes
complete the picture. Imagine these investments
The unmarried girls when pursuing the trade of
hawking fish wear the same costume, save that
their heads are always bare.
The Buckhaven fisher people on the opposite
coast are said to derive their origin from Flemish
settlers, and yet adhere to the wide trousers and
long boots of the Netherlands; but there is no
reason for supposing that those of Newhaven or
Fisherrow are descended from any other than a
good old Scottish stock. ... OLD AND NEW EDINBURGH. [Newhaven. ~~~~~ ~ being inadmissible from the broad belt which supports the creel, ...

Book 6  p. 304
(Score 1.71)

ABERCROMBGYe, orge, Esq., 106
Abercromby, Sir Ralph, 213, 289,
Abercromby, Lord, 106, 302, 303,
Abercromby, Sir Robert, K.C.B.,
Abercromby, Lord, of Aboukir
and Tullibody, 109
Abercromby, the Hon. James,
Speaker of the House of Commons,
Abercromby, Alexander, C.B., 110
Abercromby, John, G. C. B., 110
Abercromby, Ralph, Esq., 110
Abercromby, Captain George, 237
Aberdeen, Earl of, 72, 204
Aberdeen, Magistrates of, 135
Aboyne, Earl of, 187
Adam, Admiral Sir Charles, 95
Adam, Dr. Alexander, 298
Adam, Robert, Esq., architect, 406
Addington, Mr., 74
Addington, Justice, 380
Agnew, Sir Andrew, 170
Agnew, Miss Mary, 170
Aikenhead, Miss, 88
Aikman, Mr. John, 300, 334
Ainslie, General, 236, 419
Ainslie, Andrew, 257, 258, 259,
Aleck, Blind, 110
Alemore, Lord, 248
Alexander, Helen, 1
Alexander, Sir William, 106
Alexander, Provost William, 224
Alexander, Emperor of Russia, 392
264, 265
Alison, Rev. Mr., 179, 180, 182
Alison, Mr., 270
Allan, Robert, Esq., 42, 43, 261
Allan, Thomas, Esq., 43
Allan, IIiss Adriana, 128
Allan, Colonel Ethen, 267
Alston, Mr. John, 399
Alves, John, Esq., 307
Amory, Mr., 38
Ancrurn, Lord, 238
Anderson, Dr. James, preface, Vii
Anderson, David, Esq., 193
Anderson, Dr., 303
Anderson, Provost, 390
Anderson, Dr. Robert, 412
Andrew, Nr. Gcorge, 418
Angelo, Henry, 70
Angouleme, Duke D’, 215
Angouleme, Duchess of, 215
Annandale, Marquis of, 196
Anstruther, Lieutenant John, 237
Anstruther, Lady Betty, 417
Anstruther, Mr., 271
Arbuthnot, Lieutenant Robert,
Argyle, Duke of, 254
Armadale, Lord, 170, 306
Armstrong, Lieutenant Thomas,
Armstrong, Martyn John, 247
Arnold, Dr., 30
Arnot, Rev. Robert, 80
Arnot, Hugo, Esq., of Balcormo,
Arnot, Mrs., of Balcormo, 16
Arundel, Lord, 302
Asaph, Dean of St., 207
Atholl, Duke of, 213, 385, 420
Atholl, Duchess of, 213
Atkinson, Mr., 11
Auchinleck, Lord, 350
Anchterlony, Miss, 404
Aylesbuv, Earl of, 327
Aytoun, Lieut.-Colonel, 237
BABY, the dwarf, 328
Baikie, Miss, 262
Baikie, Robert, Esq., 262
Bailie, John, 305
Baillie, Mr., of Mellerstain, 196
Baine, Rev. James, 348
Baird, Robert, Esq., 81
Baird, Sir James, of Newbyth, 96
Baird, Sir David, 130
Baird, Sir David, Bart., K.B., 204
Baird, William, Esq., 204
Eaird, Rev. Dr., 237,240,354,359
Baird, Mr., 292
Balcarras, Earl of, 204
Balfour, James, of Forrett, 23
Balfonr, Rev. Dr., 67
Balfour, John, Esq,, 307
Balfour, Mr. E., 354
Balgray, Lord, 393
Ballangiech, Gudeman of, 190
Balmuto, Lord, 126, 298
Bankton, Lord, 225
Bannatyne, Rev. James, 124
Bannatyne, Katherine, 124
Bannqtyne, Lord, 303, 417
Barclay and Cross, Messrs., 22
Barjarg, Lord, 127, 299
Barnard, Dr., 74
Bath and Wells, Bishop of, 336
Bauchope, -, 309 ... TEE NAME S I N C I D EN TAL L Y hl E NT I0 NE D IN THE FIRST VOLUME. A ABERCROMBGYe, orge, Esq., ...

Book 8  p. 608
(Score 1.67)

the neighbouring .collegiate church, to a brewer?s
granary and spirit vault ! The ground floor had
been entirely re-paved with hewn stone ; but over
a large window on the first floor there was a sculptured
lintel, which is mentioned by Arnot as having
interesting remains, so characteristic of the obsolete
faith and habits of a former age, afforded undoubted
evidence of the importance of this building in early
times, when it formed a part of the extensive
collegiate establishment of St. Mary-in-the-Fields
bore the following inscription, cut in beautiful and
very early characters :-
???itbe Baria, gratia pkna, lomfnus tecum.?
A most beautiful Gothic niche was in the front of
this Suilding. ? It is said to have stood originally
over the main gateway,? he continues, above the
carved lintel we have described, and without a
the wealthy citizens of the capital. To complete
the ecclesiastical feature of this ancient edifice, a
boldly-cut shield on the lower crowstep bore the
usual monogram of our Saviour, I.H.S., and the
window presented the common feature of broken
mullions and transoms with which they had been
originally divided.? ... neighbouring .collegiate church, to a brewer?s granary and spirit vault ! The ground floor had been entirely ...

Book 4  p. 252
(Score 1.64)

West Bow.1 THE TEMPLE LANDS. 321
and diversion from other patients, and his lucrum
assans, he has lost more than &so sterling, and
craves that sum as his fee and the recompense of
his damage.?
But as it was represented for the Laird of Netherplace,
that he had done his work unskilfully, and
In the city the order possessed several flat-roofed
tenements, known as the Temple Lands, and one
archway, numbered as 145, on the south side of the
Grassmarket, led to what was called the Temple
Close, but they have all been removed. It was
a lofty pile, and is mentioned in a charter of
that the sum of seyenteen
guineas was sufficient
At the foot of the
Bow, and on the west
side chiefly, were a few
old tenements, that,
in consequence of
being built upon
ground which had
originally belonged to
the Knights of the
Temple, were styled
Templar Lands, and
were distinguished by
having iron crosses on
their fronts and gables.
In the ?Heart of
Midlothian,? Scott
describes them as being
of uncommon
height and antique
appearance ; but of
late years they have
all disappeared.
It was during the
Grand Mastership of
Everhard de Bar, and
while that brave warrior,
with only 130
knights of the order,
, was fighting under the
banner of Louis VII.
at Damascus, that the
Grand Priory of Scotland
was instituted,
( F Y o ~ a Measured Dnrwing by T. Hamilton, pzr6Zislud in 1830.)
and the knight who presided over it was then
styled Magziter Domus T?YZi in Sotid, when
lands were bestowed on the order,first by King
David I., and then by many others. To all the
property belonging to the Temple a great value
was attached, from the circumstance that it
afforded, until the extinction of heritable jurisdictions
in 1747, the benefit of sanctuary; thus
the Temple tenements in Fifeshire are still termed
houses of refuge.
Tempillands, lyand
next ye Gray Friers?
Yard;? and in 1598,
?a temple tenement
lyand near the Gray
Friars ? Yett ? was confirmed
to James Kent
(Torphichen Charters).
On these the
iron cross was visible
in 1824.
On the dissolution
of the order all this
property in Scotland
was bestowed upon
their rivals, the
Knights of St. John of
Jerusalem ; and the
houses referred to became
eventually a part
of the barony of Drem
(of old a Temple
Priory) in Haddingtonshire,
the baron of
which used to hold
courts in them occasionally,
and here, till
I 747, were harboured
persons not free of
the city corporations, I
to the great annoyance
of the adherents of
local monopoly ; but
so lately as 1731, on
the 24th of August,
the Temple vassals
were ordered by the Bailie of Lord Torphichen,
to erect the cross of St. John ?on the Templelands
within Burgh, amerciating [fining] such as
did not affix the said cross.?? This was a strange
enactment in a country where it is still doubtful
whether such an emblem can figure as an ornament
upon a tomb or church. CIearly there must have
been some disinclination to affix the crosses,
otherwise the regulation would scarcely have been
... Bow.1 THE TEMPLE LANDS. 321 and diversion from other patients, and his lucrum assans, he has lost more than ...

Book 2  p. 321
(Score 1.63)

ancient building had been preserved ; the heads, in basso relievo, which surmounted seven
of. the arches, have been referred, by eminent antiquaries, to the remote era of the lower
empire. Four of these were placed by Mr Walter Ross, in his tower at Deanhaugh,
and on its demolition in 1814, they were secured by Sir Walter Scott, along with a large
shallow stone basin, which served as the fountain from whence wine was distributed at the
Crosa on occasions of festivity. All of these objects are now among the antiquities at
The ancient pillar which surmounted the octagonal
building, has been described by Arnot,’ and most of his
mccessors, as a “column consisting of one stone upwards
of twenty feet high, spangled with thistles, and
adorned with a Corinthian capital.” It is still preserved
on the Drum estate, near Edinburgh, whither it was
removed by Lord Somerville in 1756, but it in no way
* corresponds with this description.’ It is an octagonal
gothic pillar, built of separate stones, held together by
iron clamps, with a remarkably beautiful gothic capital,
consisting of dragons. with their heads and tails intertwined,
and surmounted by a battlemented top, on
which the unicorn was formerly seated, holding an iron
From this ancient edifice, rogd proclamations, and
the more solemn denunciations of the law, were announced;
and here also the chief pageants were displayed
on occasions of public rejoicings. Before the art
of printing was invented, all Acts of Parliament and other
matters of public interest were published from it to the
people, and from thence also the mimic heralds of the
unseen world, cited the gallant James and the nation’s
chivalry to the domains of Pluto, immediately before the Battle of Flodden.
No incident in history appears to us more strongly to mark the perversion of taste, and
the total absence of the wholesome spirit of veneration, that prevailed during the eighteenth
century, than the demolition of this most interesting national monument. The love of
destructiveness could alone instigate the act, for its site was in the widest part of the High
Street, at a time when the Luckenbooths narrowed the upper part of that thoroughfare to
half its breadth, and immediately below it stood the guard-house, “ a long, low, ugly building,
which, to a fanciful imagination, might have suggested the idea of a long black snail
crawling up the middle of the High Street; and deforming its beautiful esplanade.”’ No
such haste, however, was shown in removing this unsightly building. Its deformity gave no
offence to civic taste, and it continued to encumber the street till near the close of the century.
Propositions have been. made at various times for the restoration of the City Cross.
1 Arnot, p. 303. * Restored in front of St Giles’s Cathedral, 1869.
Heart of Mid-Lotbian, vol. i. p. 247.
VmNErrE-The c a p i d of the City Croua. ... INCIDENTS AFTER THE RESTORA TION. 115 ancient building had been preserved ; the heads, in basso ...

Book 10  p. 126
(Score 1.62)

gave the signal at ten minutes to three, when the balloon ascended in a S.S.E.
direction, “ in the most grand and magnificent manner,” amid the acclamations of
the people. He passed over the city at a great height, waving his flag as he proceeded.
According to Lunardi’s own account, “ the balloon, after rising, took
a northeast direction, and, near to the Island of Inchkeith, came down almost
to the sea ; he then threw out some ballast, and the balloon rose higher than
before. A current of mind carried him east to North Berwick; a different
current then changed his course, and brought him over between Leven and Largo.
After this, a S.S.W. breeze brought him to the place where he descended,”
which was on the estate of the Hon. John Hope, a mile east from Ceres.
“When the balloon was at its highest elevation (about three miles) the barometer
stood at eighteen inches five-tenths. Mr. Lunardi at this time felt no
difficulty in respiration. He passed through several clouds of snow, and lost
sight at times both of sea and land. His excursion took about an hour and
a half; and it would appear he passed over upwards of forty miles of sea, and
about ten of land.” On his descending, Mr, Lunardi was first welcomed by Mr.
Robert Christie, and next by the Rev. Robert Arnot, who came running, with
a crowd of people after him. He wag accompanied to Ceres by a body of
gentlemen who soon collected, where he was “ received by the acclamations of a
prodigious multitude, his flag being carried in procession before him, and the
church-bell ringing in honour of such a visitant.” At the manse of Ceres he
drank a few glasses of wine, and both there and at the house of Mr. Melville he
received the compliments of a great many ladies and gentlemen. The same
evening he started for Cupar, having been invited by the authorities, where the
most enthusiastic reception awaited him. After having been next day entertained
at dinner, and presented with the freedom of the burgh, he proceeded
to St. Andrews, to which place he had been invited by the Club of Gentlemen
Golfers, where he was made a citizen, and had, by diploma, the honour of
“ Knight of the Beggar’s Benison ” conferred upon him.
Such is a brief account of Lunardi’s first aerial trip in Scotland. Brilliant it
certainly was, and it is as unquestionable, that although half a century has since
elapsed, it has not been surpassed.’ Many anecdotes are told of the surprise
and terror of the peasantry on first beholding the balloon. Some reapers in a
field near to Ceres were dreadfully alarmed-judging from so uncommon an
appearance, and the sound of Lunardi’s trumpet, that the end of all things was
at hand. Certain it is, however, that the Rev, Mr. Arnot, who was previously
aware of Lunardi’s ascent, required considerable persuasion to convince the
people that they might approach the object of their terror without fear of
supernatural injury.
Mr. Lunardi’s next adventure took place at Kelso on the 22d of October.
In t,his flight he did not ascend above a mile, keeping constantly in view of the
An eye-witness informs us “that there has been no exhibition nearly so grand as Lunardi’s first
ascent. All the other ascents since his time have been dosing, sluggish-looking exhibitions, whereas
Lunardi went off in the grandest style, precisely resembling a sky-rocket.” ... BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. gave the signal at ten minutes to three, when the balloon ascended in a ...

Book 8  p. 115
(Score 1.61)

  Next Page More Results

  Back Go back to Edinburgh Bookshelf

Creative Commons License The scans of Edinburgh Bookshelf are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 License.