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Old and New Edinburgh Vol. V


hstorphine.1 THE FORRESTERS. I21 took the name of Ruthven, and occupied the castle, the family honours and estates, which came by his first wife, went by the patent quoted to another branch of the family. Dreading that the young Ruthvens might play foully with the late lord?s charter chest, and prejudice their succession, Lilias Forrester Lady Torwoodhead, her son Williani Baillie, William Gourlay, and others, forced a passage into the castle of Corstorphine, while the dead lord?s bloody corpse lay yet unburied there, and took possession of a tall house, from which they annoyed the defenders, although they were unable to carry the post.? 3 He afterwards became colonel of the Scottish Horse Grenadier Guards. His son, the sixth lord, was dismissed from the navy by sentence of a court-martial in 1746 for misconduct, when captain of the Dejance, and died two years after. His brother (cousin, says Burke) William, seventh lord, succeeded him, and 04 his death in 1763 the title TOMB OF THE FORRESTERS, CORSTORPHINE CHURCH. and furiously demanded the charter chest, of which the Lords of Council took possession eventually, and cast these intruders into prison. Young Baillie become third Lord Forrester of Corstorphine. The fourth lord was his son William, who died in I 705, and left, by his wife, a daughter of Sir Andrew Birnie of Saline, George, the fifth Lord Forrester, who fought against the House of Stuart at Preston in 17 15 ; and it is recorded, that when Brigadier Macintosh was attacked by General Willis at the head of five battalions he repulsed them all. ?The Cameronian Regiment, however, led by their Lieutenant-Colonel Lord Forrester, who displayed singular bravery and coolness in the action, succeeded in effecting a lodgment near the barricade, lla devolved in succession upon two Baronesses Forrester, through one of whom it passed to James, Earl of Verulam, grandson of the Hon. Harriet Forrester; so the peers of that title now represent the Forresters of Corstorphine, whose name was so long connected with the civic annals of Edinburgh. It may be of interest to note that the armorial bearings of the Forresters of Corstorphine, as shown on their old tombs and elsewhere, were-quarterly I st and 4th, three buffaloes? horns stringed, for the name of Forrester; with, afterwards, 2nd and grd, nine mullets for that of Baillie; crest, a talbot?s head; two talbots for supporters, and the motto S?ero.
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