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Old and New Edinburgh Vol. II


3?6 OLD AKD NEW EDINBURGH. me West Bow. sorely. Keeping on the defensive, Westerhall gave way step by step, seeking to gain the advantage of the ascent, and thus supply the defect ?of his stature, which Writes perceiving, he bore in close upon him hand to hand. Thus they continued in close and mortal combat for about a quarter of an hour, ?clearing the causeway,? so that none could venture near them, or leave the conveyed to their lodgings. Their wounds were slight, save that which Writes had just received on his head, from which several pieces of bone came away. After he was cured, and after the death of Hugh Lord Somerville, Privy Councillor to James VI. (an event which occurred in 1597), these combatants were reconciled, and their feud committed to oblivion. ASSEMBLY ROOMS, WEST BOW, LOOKING TOWARDS THE LAWNYARKET. (F~om a Drawing ay Yawzes Skcnr of RztbicZaw). shop doors; neither dared any man attempt to part them, for every thrust and stroke of their swords threatened all who came near. . . Westerhall eventually was driven down, fighting every inch of the way to the foot of the Bow; and, having on-for riding, probably-a pair of long black boots drawn close up, was becoming quite weary, and stepping within a shop door, stood there on his defence; and then the last stroke given by Hugh Somerville nearly broke his good sword, as it struck the stone lintel of the door, where the mark remained for years after. ?The tome being by this tyme all in an uproar,? they were separated by a party of halberdiers, and Eleven years after this, in the month of June, 1605, William Thomson, a dagger-maker in the Bow, was slain by a neighbour of his own, named John Waterstone, who, being taken red hand, was next day beheaded on the Castle Hill. The Earl of Dunfermline was at that time Provost. The arched gate at the foot of the first bend in the Bow is distinctly shown in Rothiemay?s map (see j. I I 2). Within this and the old city wall, on the west side, was an ancient timber-fionted tenement, known as ?Lord Ruthven?s Land,? being the residence of the gloomy and daring Patrick third Lord Ruthven, whose son was the first Earl of Gowrie-the same dark and terrible lord who rose
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