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Old and New Edinburgh Vol. II


OLD AND NEW EDINBURGH. [High Street 5748 an interesting page in popular literature, and been the theme of more than one work of fiction. She was Rachel Chiesley, the daughter of that Chiesley of Dally who, in a gust of passionate resentment, shot down the Lord President Lockhart, and she inherited from him a temper prompt to ire. She and her husband had been married upwards of dislike, and would live with her no longer ; while he, on the other hand, asserted that he had long been tortured by her ? unsubduable rage and madness,? and had failed in every effort to soothe or bring her to reason. She was a woman of more than common beauty, Another account has it 1 that in her girlhood Grange had seduced her, and GEORGE BUCHANAN. (From a Print that brfoqed to tke fate David Lainf.) twenty years, and had several children, when a separation was determined upon between them. ?Some portion of her father?s violent temper appears to have descended to the daughter,? says the editor of Lord Grange?s Letters, ?and aggravated by drunkenness, rendered her marriage for many years miserable, and led at last, in the year 1730, to her formal separation from her husband.?? According to Lady Grange?s account there had been love and peace for twenty years between her and Lord Grange, when he conceived a sudden she compelled him to marry her by threatening to pistol him, and reminding him that she was Chiesley?s daughter. . In effecting the separation, he allowed her EIOO a year so long as she lived peacefully apart from him; but his frequent journeys to London, and rumours of certain amours there, inflamed her jealousy, and after being for some time in the country, she returned and took a lodging near her husbands house in Niddry?s Wynd, as she herself touchingly relates, ?that I might have the pleasure to see the house, he was
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