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Old and New Edinburgh Vol. I


146 OLD AND NET into the royal presence, the king became alarmed, and retired into the Tolbooth, amid shouts of ?? &ly !? .? Save yourself !? ?Armour ! Armour !? When the deputation returned to the portion of St. Giles?s absurdly named the little kirk, they found another multitude listening to the harangue of a clergyman named Michael Cranston, on the text of ? Hamanand Mordecai.? The auditors, on hearing that the king had retired without any explanation, now rush?ed forth, and with shouts of ?Bring out the wicksd Haman !? endeavoured to batter down the doors of the Tolbooth,? from which James was glad to make his escape to Holyrood, swearing he would uproot Edinburgh, and salt its site ! This disturbance, which Tytler details in his History, was one which had no definite or decided purpose-one of the few in Scottish annals where The species of spire or lantern formed by groined ribs of stone, which forms the most remarkable feature in the venerable church, seems to be. pecumonarch to show his gratitude by attention to the cause of religion, and his care of the new Subjects committed to his care. The king now rose, and addressed the people from whom he was about to part in a very warm and affectionate strain. He bade them a long adieu with much tenderness, promised to keep them and their best interests in fond memory during his absence, ?and often to visit them and communicate to them marks of his bounty when in foreign parts, as ample as any which he had been used to bestow when present with? them. A mixture of approbation and weeping,? says Scott in his History, ?followed this speech; and the good-natured king wept plentifully himself at taking leave of his native subjects.? The north transept of the church long bore the queer name of Haddo?s Hole, because a famous cavalier, Sir John Gordon of Haddo-who defended his castle of Kelly against the Covenanters, and loyally served King Charles 1.-was imprisoned there for some time before his execution at the adjacent cross in 1644. high alm) was ordered to be cast-into cannon for the town walls, instead of which they were sold for Azzo. Maitland further records that two of the remaining bells were re-cast at Campvere in 1621 ; one of these was again recast at London in 1846. ? In 1585 the Town Council purchased the clock belonging to the abbey church of Lindores in Fifeshire, and placed it in the tower of St. Giles?s, ? previous to which time,? says Wilson, ? the citizens probably regulated time chiefly by the bells for matins and vespers, and the other daily services of the Roman Catholic Church.? In I 68 I we first find mention of the musical bells in the spire. Fountainhall records, with reference to the legacy left to the city by Thomas Moodie, the Council propose ?to buy with it a peal of bells, to hang in St. Giles?s steeple, to ring musically, and to build a Tolbooth above the West Port of Edinburgh, and put Thomas Moodie?s nanie and arms thereon.? When the precincts of St. Giles?s church were secularised, the edifice became degraded, about . -
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1628, by numerous wooden booths being stuck up all around it, chiefly between the buttresses, some of which were actually cut away for this ignoble purpose, while the lower tracery of the windows was destroyed by their lean-to roofs, just as we may see still in the instance of many churches in Belgium. These wretched edifices were called the Krames, yet, as if to show that some reverence was still paid to the sanctity of the place, the Town Council decreed, ?? that no tradesman should be admitted to these shops except bookbinders, mortmakers (i.e. watchmakers)] jewellers, and goldsmiths.? ? Bookbinders,? says Robert Chambers, ?must be in this instance meant to signify booksellers, the latter term being then unknown in Scotland ;? but within the memory of many still Displaying double-beaded winged dmgons clustering round a central rose with the hook of the altar lam?. Sanction was given in the early part of 1878 by the municipal authorities for extensive restorations, to be conducted in a spirit and taste un known to thebarbarous ?improvers? of 1829. At the head of the restoration committee was placed Dr. Rilliam Chambers, the well-known publisher and author. According to the plans laid before it, the last of the temporary partitions were to be removed, the rich-shaped pillars embedded therein to be uncovered and restored ; the galleries and pews swept away, when the church will assume its old cruciform aspect. ? By these operations the Montrose aisle will be uncovered, and form an interesting historical object. Provision is made for the Knights of the Thistle, if they should desire it, erecting their stalls, as is done by the Knights of east angle of the church. Another account says they were named from the infamous Lady March, wife of the Earl of Arran, the profligate chancellor of James VI., from whom the nine o?clock bell was also named ?The Lady Bell,? as it was rung an hour later to suit herself. An old gentlewoman mentioned in the ?? Traditions of Edinburgh,? who died in 1802, was wont to own that she had, in her youth, seen both the sfdtue and the steps ; but it is extremely unlikely that the former would escape the iconoclasts of 1559, who left the church almost a ruin. But time has accomplished a change that John Knox and ?Jenny Geddes? could fittle foresee ! was ordered for the church. ?The instrument,? says the Scofsmzn, ?consists of two full manuals and a pedal organ of full compass. The great organ contains eleven stops, and one of sixteen feet in metal. There are eleven stops in the swell organ, and one of sixteen feet in wood. The pedal organ contains five stops, including two of sixteen feet in wood, and one of sixteen feet in metal. In the great organ there is to be a silver clarionet of eight feet; a patent pneumatic action is fitted to the keys, and the organ will be blown by a double cylinder hydraulic engine.? In its most palmy days old St. Gilas?s couldnevei boast of such ?a kist 0? whistles ? as this !
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