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Old and New Edinburgh Vol. III


Canongate.] MONTROSE. OF all the wonderful and startling spectacles witnessed amid the lapse of ages from the windows of the Canongate, none was perhaps more startling and pitiful than the humiliating procession which conducted the great Marquis of Montrose to his terrible doom. On the 18th of May, 1650, he was brought across the Forth to Leith, after his defeat and capture by :he Covenanters at the battle of Invercarron, where he had displayed the royal standard; and it is THE GOLFERS? LAND. impossible now to convey an adequate idea of the sensation excited in the city, when the people became aware that the Graham, the victor in so many battles, and the slayer of so many thousands of the best troops of the Covenant, was almost at their gates. Placed on a cart-horse, he was brought in by the eastern barrier of the city, as it was resolved, by the influence of his rival and enemy, Argyle, to protract the spectacle of his humiliation as long as CHAPTER 11. THE CANONGATE (continpud).
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