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MARSHAL STAIR. 105 Lady Stair?s closol House of Lords and Court of Session. In support of what he stated, Dundonald, in a letter to that he made a vow never again to take any species of drink, unless it had first passed through her hands; and this vow he kept religiously till the day of his death, which took place on the 9th April, 1747, at Queensberry House in the Canongate, when he was in his seventy-fifth year. He was General of the Marines, Governor of Minorca, Colonel of the Greys, and Knight of the Thistle. He was buried in the family vault at Kirkliston, and his funeral is thus detailed in the Scots Magazine for 1747 :- when the procession began, as a signal to the garrison in the Castle, when the flag was half hoisted, and minute guns fired, till the funeral was clear of the city. With much that was irreproachable in her character, Lady Stair was capable of ebullitions of temper, and of using terms that modem taste would deem objectionable. The Earl of Dundonald had stated to the Duke of Douglas that Lady Stair had expressed her doubts concerning the birth of his nephewa much-vexed question, at this time before the THE LAWNMARKET, FROM ST. GILES?S, 1825. I. Six bLton men, two and two. 2. A niourning coach with four gentlemen ushers and the Earl?s crest. 3. Another mourning coach with three gentlemen ushers, and a friend carrying the coronet on a velvet cushion. 4. Six ushers on foot, with bgtons and gilt streamers. 5. The corpse, under a dressed canopy, drawn by six dressed horses, with the Earl?s achievement, within the Order of the Thistle. 6. Chief mourners in a coach and six. 7. Nine mourning coaches, each drawn by six horses. 8. The Earl?s body coach empty. 9. Carriages of nobility and gentry, in order of rank? A sky-rocket was thrown up in the Canongate 14
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