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Old and New Edinburgh Vol. III


78 OLD AND NEW EDINBURGH. [ Holyrood. The Edinburgh HeraZd of April, 1797, mentions the departure froni Holyrood of the Duc d?Angoul&me for Hamburg, to join the army of the Prince of Condd, and remarks, (( We wish His Highness aprosperous voyage, and we may add (the valediction of his ancestor, Louis XIV., to the unfortunate James VII.), may we never see his face again on the same errand ! ? The Comte d?Artois visited Sweden in 1804, but was in Britain again in 1806. His levees and balls ?tended in some degree to excite in the minds of the inhabitants a faint idea of the days of other years, when the presence of its monarchs communicated splendour and animation to this ancient metropolis, inspiring it with a proud consciousness of the remote antiquity and hereditary independence of the Scottish throne.? His farewell address to the magistrates and people, dated from the palace 5th August, 1799, is preserved among the records of the city. Among those who pressed forward to meet him was a Newhaven fishwife, who seized his hand as he was about to enter his carriage, and shook it heartily, exclaiming, ?( My name?s Kirsty Ramsay, sir. I am happy to see you again among decent folk ! ? - When the events of the Three Days compelled Charles X to abdicate the throne of France, he waived his rights in favour of his nephew, the young puc de Bordeaux, and quitting his throne, contemplated at once returning to Holyrood, where he had experienced some years of comparative happiness, and still remembered with gratitude the kindness of the citizens. This he evinced by his peculiar favour to all Scotsmen, and his munificence to the sufferers by the great fire in the Parliament Square. He and his suiteconsisting of IOO exiles, including the ~ U C de Bordeaux, Duc de Polignac, Duchesse de Berri, Baron de Damas, Marquis de Brabancois, and the Abbe? de Moligny-landed at Newhaven on the 20th October, 1830, amid an enthusiastic crowd, which pressed forward on all sides with outstretched hands, welcoming him back to Scotland, and escorted him to Holyrood. Next morning many gentlemen dined in Johnston?s tavern at the abbey in honour of the event, sang ?Auld lang syne? under his windows, and gave three ringing cheers ?( for the King of France? ? The Duc and Duchesse d?Angoul&me, after residing during \se winter at 2 I, Regent Terrace, joined the king% Holyrood when their apartments were ready. To the poor of the Canongate and the city generally, the exiled family were royally liberal, and also to the poor Irish, and their whole bearing was unobtrusive, religious, and exemplary. Charles was always thoughtful and melancholy. (? He walked frequently in Queen. Mary?s garden, being probably pleased by its seclusion and proximity to the palace. Here, book in hand, he used to pass whole hours in retirement, sometimes engaged in the perusal of the volume, and anon stopping short, apparently absorbed in deep reflection. Charles sometimes indulged in a walk through the city, but the crowds that usually followed him, anxious to gratify their curiosity, in some measure detracted from the pleasure of these perambulations. . . . . . Arthur?s Seat and the King?s Park afforded many a solitary walk to the exiled party, and they seemed much delighted with their residence. It was evident from the first that Charles, when he sought the shores of Scotland, intended to make Holyrood his. home; and it may be imagined how keenly he felt, when, after a residence of nearly two years, he was under the necessity of removing to another country. Full of the recollection of former days, which time had not effaced from his memory, he said he had anticipated spending the remainder of his life in the Scottish capital, and laying his bones among the dust of our ancient kings in the chapel of Holyrood.? (Kay, vol. ii.) In consequence of a remonstrance from Louis Philippe, a polite but imperative order compelled the royal family to prepare to quit Holyrood, and the most repulsive reception given to the Duc de Blacas in London, was deemed the forerunner Df harsher measures if Charles hesitated to comply ; but when it became known that he was to depart, a profound sensation of regret was manifested in ? Edinburgh. The 18th September, 1832, was named as the day of embarkation. Early on that morning a deputation, consisting of the Lord Provost Learmonth of Dean, Colonel G. Macdonell, Menzies of Pitfoddels (the last of an ancient line), Sir Charles Gordon of Drimnin, James Browne, LL.D., Advocate, the historian of the Highlands, and other gentlemen, bearers of arm address drawn up by, and to be read by the lastnamed, appeared before the king at Holyrood. One part of this address contained an allusion to the little Duc de Bordeaux so touching that the poor king was overwhelmed With emotion, and clasped the document to his heart. ?( I am unable to express myself,? he exclaimed, ?( but this I will conserve among the most precious possessions of my family.? After service in the private chapel, many gentlemen and ladies appeared before Charles, the Duc d?AngoulCme, and Duc de Bordeaux, when they
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