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Old and New Edinburgh Vol. V


J0ppa.l BRUNSTANE HOUSE. I49 side of the streets when the cavalcade was to pass, and through this flesh and blood corpus (sic), as it were, all the mind of the city followed, in longdrawn procession half a mile in length, The Stone Mason of Cromarfy.? The whole thing was national, as distinct from popular. To make the day complete, Nature herself spread over it the robe of innocency, but, as it were, of dabbled innocency, snow and thaw together, You saw, of course, the result of the post-mortem examination, which showed a brain past responsibility-a temble example of what mental work caused, even to such a physical giant as Hugh Miller. The last time I incredible number of volumes that threw light on Scottish archzeology, but kindly rendered invaluable assistance to other workers in the same useful field. Joppa, a modern village, the name of which does not appear in Kincaid?s ?Gazetteer of Midlothian ? in 1787? or his map of 1794, is now incorporated with Portobello on the east, and a mineral well once gave it importance to invalids. Near it are salt works, well known as Joppa Pans. Robert Jamieson, Professor of Natural History in the University of Edinburgh, to the chair of which he was a p pointed in 1804, was long resident in this place, and he is referred to in the famous ?Chaldee MS.?as dia PORTOBELLO, 1838. iAflcr W. 8. &oft.) saw him I felt suspicious that his mind was shaken, for tottering nervousness in so vast a form (for he really looked quite colossal) seemed more than ordinary mauziaise honte, and he complained much of his broken health? (ciLife and Letters of Sydney Dobell.?) As has been mentioned in a previous chapter, he was buried in the Grange cemetery. In No. 12, James Street, Portobello, the eminent antiquary, David Laing, LL.D., who for forty years acted as librarian to the Signet Library, closed his long, laborious, and blameless life on the 18th of October, 1878, in his eighty-sixth year. He formed oneof the last surviving links between our own time and literary coteries of sixty years ago. We have elsewhere referred to him, and to that career in which he not only edited personally an almost He was born in Cromarty in 1802. wise man which had come out of Joppa, where the ships are ; one that had sojourned in far countries,? Brunstane Bum, which flows into the Firth at Magdalene Bridge, forms a kind of boundary in this quarter, and the bridge takes its name from an ancient chapel, dedicated to W. Mary Magdalene, which once stood in the ground of New Hailes, and which was a subordinate chaplaincy of the church of St. Michael, at Inveresk, and, with others, was granted by James VI. to his Chancellor, Lord Thirlstane, progenitor of the Earls of Lauderdale. Before quitting this quarter it is impossible to omit a reference to the great quadrangular oldfashioned manor-house of Brunstane, which was sometimes of old called Gilbertoun, and which is approached by a massive little picturesque bridge, of such vast antiquity that it is supposed to be
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