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52 OLD AND NEW EDINBURGH. [The Sciennes. of hermit, or chaplain, resided ; and the charter of foundation mentions that he was to be clothed ?? in a white garment, having on his breast a portraiture of St. John the Baptist.? In the ?? Inventory of Pious Donations,? under date 2nd of March, 1511, there is found a ?charter of confirmation of a mortification by Sir John Crawford, one of the prebends of St. Giles?s Kirk, to a kirk built by him at St. Giellie Grange, mortifying thereunto 18 acres of land, with the.Quany Land Soon after the erection of this chapel the convent of St. Katharine was founded near it, by Janet Lady Seton, whose husband George, third Lord Seton, was slain at the battle of Flodden, where also fell his brother Adam, second Earl of Bothwell, grandfather of James, fourth Earl of Bothwell, and Duke of Orkney. After that fatal day she remained a widow for forty-five years, says the ?History of the House of Seytoun ?-for nearly half a century, according BROADSTAIRS HOUSE, CAUSEWAYSIDE, 1880. (Fronr a Pa?ntinx ay-G. M. AiRman.) given to him in charity by the said Burgh, with an acre and a quarter of a particate of land in his three acres and a half of the said Muir pertaining to him, lying at the east side of the common muir, betwixt the lands of John Cant on the west, and the common muir on the east and south parts, and the Mureburgh now built on the north.? This solitary little chapel was intended to be a charity for the benefit of the souls of the founder, his kindred, the reigning sovereign, the magistrates of Edinburgh, ?? and such others as it was usual to include in the services for the faithful departed in similar foundations.? The chaplain was required to be of the foundeis name and family, and after his death the patronage rested with the Town Council. to the ?? Eglinton Peerage ?-and was celebrated for her ? exalted and matronly conduct, which drew around her, at her well-known residence at the Sciennes, all the female branches of the nobility.? In 1516 a notarial instrument on behalf of the sisters and Josina Henrison at their head, refemng to the foundation and mortification of St. John?s Kirk, on the Burgh Muir, is preserved among the ?? Burgh Records.? The convent was founded for Dominicans, and amid the gross corruption that prevailed at the Reformation, so blameless and innocent were the lives of these ladies that they were excepted from the general denunciation by the great satirist of the time, Sir David Lindsay, who, in his satire of the
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