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Restalrig.] LHL LA31 UP THE LOGANS. I35 -_7n T I?- , sible eyrie, Fast Castle, there to await the orders of Elizabeth or the other conspirators as to the disposal of his person. Logan?s connection with this astounding treason remained unknown till nine years after his death, when the correspondence between him and the Earl of Gowrie was discovered in possession of Sprott, a notary at Eyemouth, who had stolen them from a man named John Bain, to whom they had been entrusted. Sprott was executed, and Logan?s bones were brought into court to havea sentence passed upon them, when it was ordained ?that the memorie?and dignitie of the said umqle Robert Logan be extiiict and abolisheit,? his arms riven and deleted from all books of arms and all his goods escheated. The poor remains of the daring old conspirator, were then retaken to the church of St. Mary at Leith and re-interred j and during the alterations in that edifice, in 1847, a coffin covered with the richest purple velvet was found in a place where no interment had taken place for years, and the bones in it were supposed by antiquaries to be those of the turbulent Logan, the last laird of Restalrig. His lands, in part, with the patronage of South Leith, were afterwards bestowed upon James Elphinstone, Lord Balmerino ; but the name still lingered in Restalrig, as in 1613 we find that John Logan a portioner there, was fined LI,OOO for hearing mass at the Netherbow with James of Jerusalem. Logan was forfeited in 1609, but his lands had been lost to him before his death, as Nether Gogar was purchased from him in I 596, by Andrew Logan of Coatfield, Restalrig in 1604 by Balmerino, who was interred, in 1612, in thevaulted mausoleum beside the church ; ?and the English army,? says Scotstarvit, ? on their coming to Scotland, in 1650, expecting to have found treasures in that place, hearing that lead coffins were there, raised up his body and threw it on the streets, because they could get no advantage or money, when they expected so much.? In 1633 Charles I. passed through, or near, Restalrig, on his way to the Lang Gate, prior to entering the city by the West Port. William Nisbet of Dirleton was entailed in the lands of Restalrig in 1725, and after the attainder and execution of her husband, Arthur Lord Balmerino, in I 746, his widow-Elizzbeth, daughter of a Captain Chalmers-constantly resided in the village, and there she died on the 5th January, 1767. Other persons of good position dwelt in the village in those days; among them we may note ? Sir James Campbell of Aberuehill, many years a Commissioner of the Customs, who died there 13th May, 1754, and was buried in the churchyard ; and in 1764, Lady Katharine Gordon, eldest daughter of the Earl of Aboyne, whose demise there is recorded in the first volume of the Edinburgh Adverhjer. Lord Alemoor, whose town house was in Niddry?s Wynd, was resident at Hawkhill, where he died in 1776 ; and five years before that period the village was the scene of great festal rejoicings, when Patrick Macdowal of Freugh, fifth Earl of Dumfries, was married to Miss Peggy Crawford, daughter of Ronald Crawford, Esq., of Restalng.? From Peter Williamson?s Directory it appears that Restalrig was the residence, in 1784, of Alexander Lockhart, the famous Lord Covington. In the same year a man named James Tytler, who had ascended in a balloon from the adjacent Comely Gardens, had a narrow escape in this quarter. He was a poor man, who supported himself and his family by the use of his pen, and he conceived the idea of going up in a balloon on the Montgolfier principle ; but finding that he could not carry a firestove with him, in his desperation and disappointment he sprang into his car with no other sustaining power than a common crate used for packing earthenware; thus his balloon came suddenly down in the road near Restalrig. For a wonder Tytler was uninjured; and though he did not reach a greater altitude than three hundred feet, nor traverse a greater distance than half a mile, yet his name must ever be mentioned as that of the first Briton who ascended with a balloon, and who was the first man who so ascended in Britain.? It is impossible to forget that the pretty village, latterly famous chiefly as a place for tea-gardens and strawbemy-parties, was, in the middle of the last century, the scene of some of the privations of the college life of the fine old Rector Adam of the High School, author of ?Roman Antiquities,? and other classical works. In 1758 he lodged there in the house of a Mr. Watson, and afterwards with a gardener. The latter, says Adam, in some of his MS. memoranda (quoted by Dr. Steven), was a Seceder, a very industrious man, who had family worship punctually morning and evening, in which I cordially joined, and alternately said prayers. After breakfast I went to town to attend my classes and my private pupils. For dinner I had three small coarse loaves called baps, which I got for a penny-farthing. As I was now always dressed in my best clothes, I was ashamed to buy these from a baker in the street. I therefore went down to a baker?s in the middle of a close. I put
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OLD AND NEW EDINBURGH. [ Restalrig. them in my pocket and went up some public staircase to eat them, without beer or water. In this manner I lived at the rate of little more than fourpence a day, including everything." In the following season he lived in Edinburgh, and added to his baps a little broth. In 1760, when only in his nineteenth year, Adam-one of that army of great men who have made Scotland what she is to-day-obtained the head mastership of Watson's Hospital. This place was the patrimony of the Nisbet family, already referred to in our account of the ancient house of Dean, wherein it is related that Sir Patrick Nisbet of Craigantinnie, who was created a baronet of Nova Scotia in 1669, was subsequently designated '' of Dean," having exchanged his paternal lands for that barony with his second cousin, Alexander Nisbet. The latter, having had a quarrel with Macdougall of Mackerston, went abroad to fight a duel with 1Hti Huudr: OF THE LnGANS OF RESTALRIG, LOCH END. (PUYfh Uftter a Skr4ch by fhe Author J J I ~ C in 1847.) Year after year Restalrig was the favourite summer residence of the Rev. Hugh Blair, author of the well-known " Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles-lettres," who died on the 27th of December 1800. , A little way north-east of Restalrig village stands the ancient house of Craigantinnie, once a simple oblong-shaped mansion, about four storeys in height, with crowstepped gables, and circular turrets ; but during the early part of this century made much more ornate, with many handsome additions, and having a striking aspect-like a gay Scoto-French chheau-among the old trees near it, and when viewed from the grassy irrigated meadows that lie between it and the sea. him, in 1682, attended by Sir William Scott of Harden, and Ensign Douglas, of Douglas's Regiment, the Royal Scots, as seconds. .On their return the Privy Council placed the whole four in separate rooms in the Tolbooth, till the matter should be inquired into ; but the principals were, upon petition, set at liberty a few days after, on giving bonds for their reappearance. On the death of Sir Alexander Nisbet at the battle of Toumay, unmarried, the estates and title reverted to his uncle, Sir Alexander, who was succeeded by his eldest son Sir Henry ; upon whose decease the title devolved upon his brother Sir John, who died in 1776. In that year the latter was succeeded by his
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