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Old and New Edinburgh Vol. VI


364 OLD AND NEW EDINBURGH, [Newton. gift ratified by Bishop Richard and Pope Gregory. There are many places in Scotland of the name of Newton. In 1612 a Sir William Oliphant of Newton (but which is not very apparent) was appointed King?s Advocate, and held the office till 1626. ? He conquered the lands of Newton, the barony of Strabroke, and the Murrows, near Edinburgh,? says Scott of Scotstarvit ; ?? but was unfortunate in his children as any of the rest. For his eldest son, Sir James, populous villages, consisting of long rows of red-tiled cottages that border the wayside, which are chiefly inhabited by colliers, and are known by the classical names of Red Raw, Adam?s Raw, Cauld Cots, and Cuckold?s Raw. The present parish comprehends the ancient parishes of Newton, on the south-east, and Wymet -now corrupted, as we have said, into Woolmetwhich also belonged to the abbey of Dunfermline, and were incorporated with the lordship and was expelled therefrom for having shot his own gardener dead with 3 hackbut. His eldest sonnamely, Sir James, by Inchbraikie?s daughter-in his drunken humours stabbed his mother with a sword in her own house, and for that fled to Ireland. He disposed and sold the whole lands, and died in @eat penury. The second brother, Mr. William, lay many years in prison, and disposed that barony of Strabroke and Kirkhill to Sir Lewis Stewart, who at this day (about 1650) enjoys the same.? Newton parish is finely cultivated, and forms part of the beautiful and fertile district between Edinburgh and the town of Dalkeith. It abounds with coal, and there are numerous wch James the Sith?s princely grant to Lord Thirlstane. Three-quarters of a mile north of Newton Church is Monkton House, belonging to the Hopes of Pinkie, a modem edifice near the Esk, but having attached to it as farm offices an ancient structure, stated to have been the erection and the favourite residence of General Monk. Here is a spring known as the Routing WeZZ, which is said, by the peculiar sound it makes at times, to predict a coming storm. ?The case is,? according to the ?Old Statistical Account? (Vol. XVI.), ? that this well being dug many fathoms deep through a rock in order to get
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