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Restalrig. ] THE MARIONVILLE TRAGEDY. 141 lution, and brought him to the ground by a mortal wound. As usual on such occasions, Consternation and distress reigned supreme j the passionate Macrae was sincerely afflicted, and it was with difficulty that Sir William Maxwell could prevail A very unfavourable view was taken of Macrae?s conduct. It was alleged that for some time before the duel he was wont to practise at a barber?s block in the garden at Marionville, and that he had pistols of a peculiar and very deadly character; CRAIGANTINNIE HOUSE. upon him to quit the field. Sir George lingered for two days, when he expired. Macrae?s days of pleasure at Marionville were ended for ever. He fled to France, and for a time took up his residence at the H8tel de la Dauphine, in Pans. The event created a great sensation in Edinburgh society. Macrae left behind him a son and daughter. As Sir George Ramsay was childless, the baronetcy went to his brother William both of which were vulgar rumours, as he was without such weapons, and those used in the duel were a clumsy old brass-mounted pair that belonged to Captain Amory, who bore testimony that Macrae, as they journeyed together to the land of exile, never ceased to bewail the fate of his friend, and that he took so obstinate a view of the valet?s case. Macrae and Amory reached France ; a summons was issued for the trial of the former, but as he
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