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Old and New Edinburgh Vol. I


THE GUISE PALACE. 93 The Castle Hill.] queen?s Deid-room, where the individuals of the royal establishment were kept between their death and burial. In 1828 there was found walled up in the oratory an infantine head and hand in wax, being all that remained of a bambina, or figure of the child Jesus, and now preserved by the Society of Antiquaries. The edifice had many windows on the northern side, and from these a fine view spent her youth in the proud halls of the Guises in Picardy, and had beell the spouse of a Longueville, was here content to live-in a close in Edinburgh! In these obscurities, too, was a government conducted, which had to struggle with Knox, Glencairn, James Stewart, Morton, and many other powerfd men, backed by a popular sentiment which never fails to triumph. It was DUKE OF GORDO~?S HOUSE, BLAIR?S CLOSE, CASTLE HILL. must have been commanded of the gardens in the immediate foreground, sloping downward to the loch, the opposite bank, with its farm-houses, the Firth of Forth, and Fifeshire. ?? It was interesting,? says the author of ? Traditions of Edinburgh,? ?to wander through the dusky mazes of this ancient building, and reflect that they had been occupied three centuries. ago by a sovereign princess, and of the most illustrious lineage. Here was a substantial monument of the connection between Scotland and France. She, whose ancestors owned Lorraine as a sovereignty, who had the misfortune of Mary (of Guise) to be placed in a position to resist the Reformation. Her own character deserved that she should have stood in a more agreeable relation to what Scotland now venerates, for she was mild and just, and sincerely anxious for the welfare of her adopted country. It is also proper to remember on the present occasion, that in her Court she maintained a decent gravity, nor would she tolerate any licentious practices therein. Her maids of honour were always busied in commendable exercises, she herself being an examplc to them in virtue, piety, and modesty,
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