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Old and New Edinburgh Vol. III


did not correspond in paint of date with the shirts they accompanied.? Lord Napier died in 1823. His house, together with Nos. 70 and 72 (in the early part of the century the abode of John Mill, Esq., of Noranside), became afterwards one large private hotel, attached to the Hopetoun Rooms. In the former the late Duchess of Kent and others ff note frequently put up, and in the latter many important meetings and banquets have been held. Among these notably was the one given to Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton in 1854 on the occasion of his inauguration as President of the Associated Societies of the University. Sk William Stirling of Keir, M.P., occupied the chair, and the croupiers were Sir Jarnes Y. Simpson and Professor Blackie. When the army and navy were proposed, Professor -4ytoun facetiously responded for the latter as ? Admiral of Orkney,? being sheriff of those isles, and in reply to an eloquent address of Bulwer?s, which he closed by coupling the health of CHAPTER XXI. THE STREETS CROSSING GEORGE STREET, AND THOSE PARALLEL WITH IT. Sir Archibald -4lison with the literature of Scotland, the latter replied, and introduced some political and anti-national remarks that caused disapprobation. The whole street front of the three houses is now occupied by the Edinburgh Educational Institution, or Ladies? College, where above 1,000 pupils (under the care of the Merchant Company) receive a course of study embracing English, French, German, Latin, and all the usual branches of literature, to which are added calisthenics, dancing, needlework, and cookery. The edifice was opened in October, 1876, and has as life governor the Earl of Mar and Kellie. After the formation of Queen Street, the now beautiful gardens that lie between it and Heriot Row and Abercrombie Place were long a neglected waste. It was not until 1823 that they were enclosed by parapet walls and iron railings, and were laid out in pleasure-walks and shrubberies for the inhabitants of these lodties. Rose Street-Miss Bums and Bailie Creech-Sir Egerton high-Robert Pollok-Thistle Street-The Dispensary-Hill Stmt-Count d?Albany-SL Andnw Street-Hugo Amot-David, Earl of Buchan-St. David Street-David Hum-Sir Walter Scott and Basil Hall- Hanover Street-% J. Gnham Dalyell-Offices of Association for the Improvement of the Poor-Frederick Strat-Granr of Corrimony- Castle Street-A Dinnu with Sir Wdter Scott-Skcne of Rubislaw-key N a p i e r a t l e Street and Charlotte Street. IN 1784 the magistrates made several deviations from the plan and elevations for building in the New Town; and at that time the names and designs for the two Meuse Lanes, running parallel with George Street, but on the south and north sides thereof, were changed to Rose Street and Thistle Street. These were accordingly built in an inferior style of architecture and of rougher work, for the accommodation of shopkeepers and others, with narrower lanes for stabling purposes behind them. Rose Street and Thistle Street lie thus on each side of the great central street of the first New Town, at the distance of zoo feet, and are, like it, 2,430 feet long, but only thirty broad. The first inhabitants were at least people of the respectable class; but one lady who resided in Rose Street in 1789 obtained a grotesque notoriety from the manner in which she became embroiled with the magistrates, and bad her named linked with that of Bailie-afterwards Lord Provost- Creech. Miss Burns was a native of Durham, where her father had been a man of wealth, but became unfortunate ; thus his family were thrown on the world. His daughter appeared in Edinburgh in 1789, when she had barely completed her twentieth year, and there ?her youth, her remarkable beauty, and the extreme length to which she camed the then extravagant mode of dress, .attracted such notice on the evening promenades that she was brought before the ?bailies at the instance of some of her neighbours, more particularly Lord Swinton,-who died in 1799, and whose back windows faced hers in Rose Street ; and she was banished the city, with the threat from Bailie Creech that if she returned she would get six months in the House of Correction, and thereafter be drummed out. Against this severe decision she appealed to the Court of Session, presenting a Bill of Suspension to the Lordordinary (Dreghorn), which was refused ; it came before the whole bench eventually, and ?the court was pleased to remit to the Lord Ordinzry to pass the Bill.? The papers now became filled with squibs at the expense of Bailie Creech, and a London journal
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