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146 OLD AND NET into the royal presence, the king became alarmed, and retired into the Tolbooth, amid shouts of ?? &ly !? .? Save yourself !? ?Armour ! Armour !? When the deputation returned to the portion of St. Giles?s absurdly named the little kirk, they found another multitude listening to the harangue of a clergyman named Michael Cranston, on the text of ? Hamanand Mordecai.? The auditors, on hearing that the king had retired without any explanation, now rush?ed forth, and with shouts of ?Bring out the wicksd Haman !? endeavoured to batter down the doors of the Tolbooth,? from which James was glad to make his escape to Holyrood, swearing he would uproot Edinburgh, and salt its site ! This disturbance, which Tytler details in his History, was one which had no definite or decided purpose-one of the few in Scottish annals where The species of spire or lantern formed by groined ribs of stone, which forms the most remarkable feature in the venerable church, seems to be. pecumonarch to show his gratitude by attention to the cause of religion, and his care of the new Subjects committed to his care. The king now rose, and addressed the people from whom he was about to part in a very warm and affectionate strain. He bade them a long adieu with much tenderness, promised to keep them and their best interests in fond memory during his absence, ?and often to visit them and communicate to them marks of his bounty when in foreign parts, as ample as any which he had been used to bestow when present with? them. A mixture of approbation and weeping,? says Scott in his History, ?followed this speech; and the good-natured king wept plentifully himself at taking leave of his native subjects.? The north transept of the church long bore the queer name of Haddo?s Hole, because a famous cavalier, Sir John Gordon of Haddo-who defended his castle of Kelly against the Covenanters, and loyally served King Charles 1.-was imprisoned there for some time before his execution at the adjacent cross in 1644. high alm) was ordered to be cast-into cannon for the town walls, instead of which they were sold for Azzo. Maitland further records that two of the remaining bells were re-cast at Campvere in 1621 ; one of these was again recast at London in 1846. ? In 1585 the Town Council purchased the clock belonging to the abbey church of Lindores in Fifeshire, and placed it in the tower of St. Giles?s, ? previous to which time,? says Wilson, ? the citizens probably regulated time chiefly by the bells for matins and vespers, and the other daily services of the Roman Catholic Church.? In I 68 I we first find mention of the musical bells in the spire. Fountainhall records, with reference to the legacy left to the city by Thomas Moodie, the Council propose ?to buy with it a peal of bells, to hang in St. Giles?s steeple, to ring musically, and to build a Tolbooth above the West Port of Edinburgh, and put Thomas Moodie?s nanie and arms thereon.? When the precincts of St. Giles?s church were secularised, the edifice became degraded, about . -
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