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56 OLD AND NEW EDINBURGH. [Holyrood. thirty-two days. He was then brought forth, nude, in presence of a multitude, who regarded him with fear and wonder, and to whom he affirmed ?that by the aid of the Blessed Virgin, he could fast as long as he pleased.? ? As there appeared to be more simplicity than guile in his bchaviour, he was released, and. afterwards went to Rome, where he fasted long enough to convince Pope Gregory of the miracte. From Holyrudhous f but the days of its declension an& destruction were at hand. The English army which invaded Scotland under the Earl of Hertford, in 1543-4, barbarously burned down the temporal edifices of the abbey; and. among other plunder there were camed off the brass lectern which has been already described, and a famous brass font of curious workmanship, ? by Sir Richard Lea, knight, captain of English INTERIOR OF HOLYROOD CHURCH, LOOKING EAST. Rome he went to Venice, where he received fifty ducats of gold to convey him to Jerusalem, in performance of a vow he had made. He returned to Scotland in the garb of a pilgrim, wearing palmleaves, and bearing a bag filled with Iarge stones, which he said were taken out of the pillar to which the Saviour was bound when he was scourged. He became a preacher, and in an obscure suburb of the city perfornied mass before an altar, on which his daughter, a girl of beauty, stood with wax tapers around her to represent the Virgin-a double impiety, which soon brought him under the ridicule and contempt he deserved.? In 1532, the ? Diurnal of Occurrents ? records, there ?was made ane great abjuration of the favouratis of Martene Lutar in the abbey of Pioneers, who presented it to the Church of St, Albans, in Hertfordshire, with the following absur& inscription, which is given in Latin in Camden?s ?? Britannia ?:- -?When Leith, a town of good account im Scotland, and Edinburgh, the principal city of that nation, were on fire, Sir Richard Lea, knyght, saved me out of the flames, and brought me to England In gratitude for his kindness, I, who heretofore served only at the baptism of kings, do now most willingly render the same service even to the meanest of the English nation. Lea the conqueror hath so commanded ! Adieu. The year of man?s salvation, 1543-4, in the thirty-sixth year of King Henry VIII.? Father Hay records that among other things
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