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head,? and without the aid of which he could perform nothing, was cast in also, and it was remarked by the spectators that it gave extraordinary twistings and dthings, and was as long in burning as the major himself. The place where he perished was at Greenside, on the sloping bank, whereon, in 1846, was erected the new church, so called. If this man was not mad, he certainly was a singular paradox in human nature, and one of a TRINITY CHURCH AND HOSPITAL, AND NEIGHBOURHOOD. (From Curdon of Rothiemas Map.) 57, Halkerston?s Wynd ; 58, Leith Wynd ; 6. St. Ringan?s Suburbs, or the Beggar Row ; 27, the North Craigs, or h?eil?s Craigs ; 24, the Correction House ; p, the Colh qe Kirk ; i, Trinity Hospital j i, Leith Wynd Port ; s. St. Paul?s Work. ing to the Tolbooth from Greenside, she would not believe that her brother had been burned till toldthat it had perished too ; ? whereupon, notwithstanding her age, she nimbly, and in a furious rage, fell upon her knees, uttering words horrible to be remembered.? She assured her hearers that her mother had been a witch, and that when the mark of a horse-shoe-a mark which she herself displayedcame on the forehead of the old woman, she could kind somewhat uncommon-outwardly he exhibited tell of events then happening at any distance, and the highest strain of moral sentiment for years, and to her ravings in the Tolbooth must some of the duringall that time had been secretly addicted to every degrading propensity ; till evenhially, unable to endure longer the sense of secret guilt and hypocrisy, With the terrors of sickness and age upon him, and death seeming nezr, he made a confession which some at first believed, and on that confession alone was sentenced to die. If Weir was not mad, the ideas and confessions of his sister show that she undoubtedly was. She evidently believed that her brothefs stick was one possessed of no ordinav power. Professor Sinclair tells us, that on one of the ministers returndarkest traditions of the West Bow be assigned. She confessed that she was a sorceress, and among other incredible things, said that many years before a fiery chariot, unseen by others, came to her brother?s house in open day j a stranger invited them to enter, and they proceeded to Dalkeith. While on the road another stranger came, and whispered something in the ear of her brother, who became visibly affected ; and this intelligence was tidings of the defeat of the Scottisl army, that very day, at Worcester. She stated, tow, that a dweller in Dalkeith had a familiar spirit, who span for her
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