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Old and New Edinburgh Vol. I


men of rank, another plot to storm it, at a time when its garrison was the nsth, or old regiment of Edinburgh, was formed by Lord John Drummond, son of the Earl of Perth, with eighty men, mostly Highlanders, and all of resolute courage. All these -among whom was a Captain McLean, who had lost a leg at Killiecrankie, and an Ensign Arthur, late of the Scots Guards-were promised commissions under King James, and IOO guineas each, if ROYAL LODGING AND HALF-MOON BATTERY. when the plot was marred by-a lady ! In the exultation he felt at the approaching capture, and the hope he had of lighting the beacon which was to announce to Fife and the far north that the Castle was won, Ensign Arthur unfolded the scheme to his brother, a physician in the city, who volunteered for the enterprise, but most prudently told his wife of it, and she, alarmed for his safety, at once gave information to the Lord Justice the event succeeded ; and at that crisis-when Mar was about to fight the battle of Sheriffmuir-it might have put him in possession of all Scotland. Drummond contrived to suborn four of the garrison -a sergeant, Ainslie, to whom he promised a lieutenancy, a corporal, who was to be made an ensign, and two privates, who got bribes in money. On the night of the 8th September, when the troops marched from the city to fight the Earl of Mar, the attempt was made. The chosen time, near twelve o'clock, was dark and stormy, and the ilrodlcs operandi was to be by escalading the western walls, near the ancient arched postern. A ladder, equipped with great hooks to fix it to the cope of the bastion, and calculated to admit four men Clerk, Sir Adam Cockburn of Ormiston, who instantly put himself in communication with Colonel Stuart. Thus, by the time the conspirators were at the foot of the wall the whole garrison was under arms, the sentinels were doubled, and the ramparts patrolled. The first party of forty men, led by the resolute Lord Drummond and the wooden-legged McLean, had reached the foot of the wall unseen ; already the ladder had been secured by Sergeant Ainslie, and the escalade was in the act of ascending, with pistols in their girdles and swords in their teeth, when a Lieutenant Lindesay passed with his patrol, and instantly gave an alarm I The ladder and all on it fell heavily on the rocks below. A sentinel
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them were captured, among others old McLean, who made a desperate resistance in the West Port with a musket and bayonet. Many who rolled down the rocks to the roadway beneath were severely injured, and taken by the City Guard. A sentinel was bound hand and foot and thrown into Macintosh, of Borlum, in his 80th captivity of fifteen years, for participation rising of 1715; and for twelve months, there were confined in a small, horrid, unhealthy chamber above the portcullis, many a year as '' the black hole " of south) where he confessed the whole plot ; the corporal was mercilessly flogged ; and Sergeant Ahslie was hanged over the postern gate. Colonel Stuart was dismissed ; and Brigadier Grant, whose regiment was added to the garrison, was appointed temporary governor. From this period, with the exception of a species of blockade in 1745, to be related in its place, the history of the Castle is as uneventful as that of the Tower of London, save a visit paid to it in t+ time of George I., by Yussuf Juniati, General and Governor of Damascus. Many unfortunate Jacobites have suffered most protracted periods of imprisonment within its walls. ' with her daughters, the Ladies Mary who were brought in by an escort of twenty under a ruffianly quartermaster, who with every indignity, even to tearing weddingring from Lady Strathallan's finger, and daughters of their clothes. During the these noble ladies were in that noisome the gate, they were without female attendance, under the almost hourly surveillance sergeants of the guard. The husband of was slain at the head of his men on Culloden, where the Jacobite clans were by neither skill nor valour, but the sheer numbers and starvation.
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