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Old and New Edinburgh Vol. II


232 OLD AND NEW EDINBURGH. [High Street. The death of his second countess left the earl free to win the prize and fulfil the nursery predictions. ? Admirers of a youthful, impassioned, and sonnet-making cast might have trembled at his approach to the shrine of their divinity, for his lordship was one of those titled suitors who, lifetime, it is not surprising that many interesting particulars concerning her have been preserved and handed down to us. She had a grace and bearing all her own; hence the Eglinton air and the Eglinton manner were long proverbial in Edinburgh after she had passed away. Her seven FLESHMARKET CLOSE. (From a Vicurpvhishd in 1845.) however old and horrible, are never rejected except in novels and romances ;? and though Sir John Clerk had declared his passion, he did so in vain, and his lovely Susanna became Countess of Eglinton about the year of the Union. To the charms of her personal appearance were added the more powerful attractions of genius and great accomplishments. Possessing these, in the elevated position which she occupied during a?long daughters were all handsome women, and it was deemed indeed a goodly sight to see the long procession of eight gilded sedans issue from the Stamp Office Close, bearing her and her stately brood to the Assembly Room, amid a crowd that was hushed with respect and admiration, ?to behold their lofty and graceful figures step from the chairs on the pavement. It could not fail to be a remarkable sight-eight singularly beautiful women, conspicuous
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