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Old and New Edinburgh Vol. III


Chongrte.] A LEGEND BY SIR WALTER SCOT?I?. 5 - when the Castle of Duiiglass was blown up by gunpowder. An old house at the head of the Canongate, on the north side, somewhere in the vicinity of Coull?s Close, but now removed, was always indicated as being the scene of that wild story which Scott relates in his notes to the fifth canto of ?? Rokeby,? and in his language we prefer to give it here. He tells us that ?( about the beginning of the eighteenth century, when the large castles of the Scottish nobles, and even the secluded hotels, hke those of the French noblesse, which they had each 40,000 merks Scots as a fortune, their uncle, the Earl of Argyle, being cautioner for the payment, ?for relief whereof he got the wadset of Lochaber and Badenoch? Lady Jean, a third daughter, was also married in the ensuing January, with a fortune of 30,000 merks, to Thomas, Earl of Haddington, who perished in the following year, bearers insisted upon his being blindfolded. The request was enforced by a cocked pistol, and submitted to ; but in the course of the discussion he conjectured, from the phrases employed by the chairmen, and from some parts of their dress not completely concealed by their cloaks, that they were greatly above the menial station they had assumed. After many turnings and windings the chair was carried upstairs into a lodging, where his eyes were uncovered, and he was introduced into a bed-room, where he found a lady nen-ly delivered of an infant, and he was commanded by his possessed in Edinburgh, were sometimes the scenes. of strange and mysterious transactions, a divine of singular sanctity was called up at midnight to pray with a person at the point of death. This was no unusual summons ; but what followed was alarming- He was put into a sedanchair, and after he had been transported to a remote part of the town the EAST END OF HIGH STREET, NETHER BOW, AND WEST END OF CANONGATE. (Frmn G d w ofRofhiemay?r Mu!.) 48, Blackfriars Wynd : 49, l?odrig?s Wynd ; 50, Gay?s Wynd ; 51, St. Mary?s Wynd : 58, Leith Wynd ; 8, Suburbs of the Canongate : g, High Street : 14, The Nether How ; h, The Nether-bow Port; 18, The Flesh Stocks in the Goongate.
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