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Mauchac?s Uasc.1 LOCKHART ASSASSINATED. we must suppose he was separated, swore to have vengeance. He was perhaps not quite sane ; but anyway, he was a man of violent and ungovernable passions. Six months before the event we are about to relate he told Sir James Stewart, an advocate, when in London, that he was ?determined to go to Scotland before Candlemas and kill the president !? ?The very imagination of such a thing,? said Sir James, ?is a sin before God? bed with illness, but sprang up on hearing the pistol-shot; and on learning what had occurred, rushed forth in her night-dress and assisted to convey in the victim, who was laid on two chairs, and instantly expired. The ball had passed out at the left breast. Chiesly was instantly seized. ? I am not wont to do things by halves,? said he, grimly and boastfully ; ? and now I have taught the president how to do justice !? He was put to th,o THE FIRST INTERVIEW IN 1786 : DEACON ?Leave God and me alone,? was the fierce response, ? we have many things to reckon betwixt us, and we will reckon this too !? The Lord President was warned of his open threats, but unfortunately took no heed of them. On Easter Sunday, the 3rst of March, 1689, the assassin loaded his pistols, and went to the choir of St. Giles?s church, from whence he dogged him home to the O!d Bank Close, and though acconipanied by Lord Castlehill and Mr. Daniel Lockhart, shot him in the back just as he was about to enter his house-the old one whose history we have tmced. Lady Lockhart-aunt of the famous Duke of Wharton-was confined to her URODIE AND GEORGE SMITH. (Afer Kay.) torture to discover if he had anyaccomplices; and as he had been taken red hand, he was on Monday sentenced to death by Sir Magus Prize, Provost of the city, without much formality, according to Father Hay, and on a hurdle he was dragged to the Cross,wliere his right hand was struck off when alive; then he was hanged in chains at Drumsheugh, says another account; between the city and Leith at the Gallowlee, according to a third, with the pistol tied to his neck. His right hand was nailed on the West Port. The manor house of Dalry, latterly the property of Kirkpatrick, of Allisland, was after this alleged to be haunted, and no servant therein
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