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REGENT MURRAY?S FUNERAL. 143 St. Giles?s Church.] Beware of injured Rothwellhaugh ! ? The death-shot parts-the charger springs- Wild rises tumult?s startling roar ! And Murray?s plumy helmet rings- Rings on the ground to rise no mare ! ? When his remains were committed to the tomb in which they still lie, the thousands who crowded the church were moved to tears by the burning eloquence of Knox. ?Vpoun the xiiij day of the moneth of Februar, 1570,? says the ? Diurnal of Occurrents? ? my lord Regentis corpis, being brocht in ane bote be sey, frz Stirling to Leith, quhair it was keipit in Johne Wairdlaw his hous, and thereafter cary it to the Palace of Holyrudhous, wes transportit fra the said Palace to the College Kirk the Regent Murray, the Regent Morton, and his great rival, John Stewart Earl of Athole, are buried ; and adjoining the aisle where the sorely mangled remains of the great Marquis of Montrose were so royally interred on the 7th of January, 1661. The Regent?s tomb, now fully restored, stands on the west side of the south transept, and on many accounts is an object of peculiar interest. Erected to the memory of one who played so conspicuous a part in one of the most momentous periods of Scottish history, it is well calculated to interference of the General Assembly, and a riot ensued. The portion of the church which contained these monuments was eftered by a door adjoining the Parliament Close, and, as it was never shut, ?the gude regent?s aisle,? as it was named, became a common place for appointments and loungers. Thus French Paris-Queen Mary?o servant-in his confession respecting the murder of King Henry, stated that during the communings which took place before that dark deed was resolved on, he one day ?took his mantle and sword and went to prumencr (walk) in the high church.? Probably in consequence of the veneration entertained for the memory of the Regent, his tomb rouse many a stirring association. All readers of history know how the Regent fell under the bullet of Bothwellhaugh, at Linlithgow, in avenging the wrongs inflicted on his wife, the heiress of Woodhouselee. As the ?Cadyow Ballad ? has it- ? ?Mid pennoned spears a stately Proud Murray?s plumage Scarce could his trampling So close the minions crow- ? From the raised vizor?s shade, Dark rolling, glanced the And his steel truncheon waved Seemed marshalling the iron ?But yet his saddened brow A passing shade of doubt Some fiend was whispering in grove, floated high ; charger move, ded nigh. his eye, ranks along ; on high, throng, confessed, and awe ; his breast, ~ of Sanctgeill, in this manner; that is to say, .i?illiam Kirkaldie of Grange, Knycht, raid fra the said palace in dule weid, bearing ane pensal! quherin was contenit ane Reid Lyon; after him followit Colvill of Cleishe, Maister (of the) Houshold to the said Regent, with ane quherin was contenit my lords regentis armes and bage.? The Earls of Mar, Athole, Glencairn, the Lords Ruthven, Methven, and Lindsay, the Master of Graham, and many other nobles, bore the body through the church to the grave, where it ?was JOHN KNOX?S PULPIT, ST. GILES?S. (From tk Scottish Anfaquarinn Museum). buryit in Sanct Anthonie?s yle.? On the front of the restored tomb is the ancient brass plate, bearing an inscription composed by George Buchanan :- ?( Iur060 Stuvarto, Mwm?e Cornifi, Scotie Prwqi; Vim, a t a t i s szw, longe opt* mo : a6 inirnik, 0mni.- rnemorie deterrimis, ex insdiis exfindo, Ceu pafn? commwni, pafna mcprens $omit.?? Opposite, on the north side of the west transept, was the tomb in which the Earl of Athole, Chancellor of Scotland, who died suddenly at Stirling, not without suspicion of poison, was interred with great solemnity on the 4th of July, 1579. A cross was used on this occasion, and as flambeaux were borne, according to Calderwood, the funeral probably occurred at night ; these paraphernalia led to the usual
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