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Old and New Edinburgh Vol. II


256 OLD AND NE\V EDINBURGH. [High Street. to be the same tenement with which he endowed an altar in the chapel of the Holyrood, at the south or lower end of St. Giles?s churchyard. From the trial in 15 r4, the year after Flodden, of ?ane quit for slauchter in his awin defence,? we learn that Walter Chepman was Dean of Guild for the City. ??The 24th day of October, anno suprascript, Alexander Livingstone indytit and accusit for the art and pairt of the creuall slauchter of umquhile Lady Lovat-niece of the first Duke of Argyllwas born in I 7 I 0, and, under great domestic pressure, became the wife of that cunning and politic. old lord, who was thirty years her senior, and by no means famous for his tenderness to her predecessor, Janet Grant of that ilk. She passed years. of seclusion at Castle Downey, where, while treated with outward decorum, she was secretly treated. with a barbarity that might have broken another woman?s heart. Confined to one apartment, she, HOUSE OF THE ABBOTS OF MELROSE, STRICHEN?S CLOSE. (From az Engraving in the Roxburgh Edition of Sir Walfet Scoft?s ?Monnstrv.?! Jak, upoun the Eurrowmuir of Edinburgh in this month of September by-past. Thai beand reniovit furth of court, and again in enterit, they fand and deliverit the said Alexander quit and innocent of ye said slauchter, because tha; clearlie knew it was in his pure defence. John Livingstoune petiit instrunienta. Testibus Patricio Barroun et Johanne Irland, Ballivis, Magistro Jacobo Wischeart de Pitgarro, cleric0 Justiciario S.D.N. Regis, Waltero Chepman Decano Gild, Johanne Adamson juniore, Jacobo Barroun, Patricio Flemyng, et muZtis diis.? This, says Amot, is the earliest trial to be found in the records of the city of Edinburgh. was seldom permitted to leave it, even for meals, and was supplied for these with coarse scraps from his lordship?s table. They had one son, Archibald Fraser, afterwards a merchant in London, and before his birth the old lord swore that if she brought forth a girl he would roast it to death on the back of the fire ; and he often threat-. ened her, that if aught befel the two boys of his first marriage in his absence, he would shoot her through the head. ?A lady, the intimate friend of her youth,? says Sir Walter Scott, ?was instructed to. visit Lady Lovat, as if by accident, to ascertain the truth of those rumours concerning her husband?s conduct which had reached the ears of her family- .
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