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Old and New Edinburgh Vol. I


As the time of her accouchement drew near, she was advised by the Lords of Council to remain in the fortress and await it; and a former admirer of Mary?s, the young Earl of Arran (captain of the archers), whose love had turned his brain, was sent from his prison in David?s Tower to Hamilton. STORE WHICH FORMERLY STOOD OVER THE BARRIER-GATEWAY OF EDINBURGH CASTLE. (From tke Original ~ G W in tht Mwccm of tht So&& of Antiquaries of Scofkrul.) A French Queen shall beare the some And he from the Bruce?s blood shall come To rule all Britainne to the sea, As near as to the ninth degree.? According to the journalist Bannatyne, Knox?s secretary, Mary was delivered with great ease by On the ground floor at the south-east corner of thc Grand Parade there still exists, unchanged anc singularly irregular in form, the room wherein, a1 ten o?clock on the morning of the 19th of June 1566, was born James VI., in whose person thc rival crowns of hlary and Elizabeth were to bc united. A stone tablet over the arch of the 016 doorway, with a monogram of H and M and the date, commemorates this event, unquestionably thc greatest in the history of Britain. The royal arms of Scotland figure on one of the walls, and an orna. mental design surmounts the rude stone fireplace, while four lines in barbarous doggerel record the birth. The most extravagant joy pervaded the entire city. Public thanksgiving was offered up in St. Giles?s, and Sir James Melville started on the spur with the news to the English court, and rode with such speed that he reached London in four days, and spoiled the mirth of the envious Elizabeth for one night at least with the happy news. And an old prophecy, alleged to be made by CIPHER OF LORD DARNLEY AND QUEEN MARY. (Over entrancr fo tkr RvaZ Apartments, ddidurglr Castle.) Thomas the Rhymer, but proved by Lord Hailes to be a forgery, was now supposed to be fulfilled- <? However it happen for to fall, The Lycn shall be lord of all 1 the necromantic powers of the Countess ot John Earl of Athole, who was deemed a sorceress, and who cast the queen?s pains upon the Lady Reres, then in the Castle. An interesting conversation between Mary and Darnley took place in the little bed-room, as recorded in the ?Memoirs? of Lord Herries Daniley came at two in the afternoon to see his royal spouse and child. ?? My lord,? said the queen, ?God has given us a son.? Partially uncovering the face of the infant, she added a protest that it was his and no other man?s son. Then turning to an English gentlemar, present, she said, ? This is the son who, I hope, shall first unite the two kingdoms of Scotland and England.? Sir William Stanley said, ?Why, madam, shall he succeed before your majesty and his father?? ?Alas !? answered Mary, ?his father has broken to me,? alluding to the conspiracy against Rizzio. ?? Sweet madam,? said Darnley, ?is this the promise you made--that you would forget and forgive all ? ?I ? I have forgiven all,? replied the queen, ?but will never forget. What if Faudonside?s (one of the assassins) pistol had shot? What would have become of both the babe and me ? ?? ? Madam,? replied Darnley, ?these things are past.? ?Then,? said the queen, ? let them go.? So ended this conversation. It is a curious circumstance that the remains of In infant in an oak coffin, wrapped in a shroud marked with the letter I, were discovered built up in the wall of this old palace in August, 1830, but were re-consigned to their strange place of jepulture by order of General Thackeray, comnanding the Royal Engineers in Scotland. When John Spotswood, superintendent of Lo- :hian, and other Reformed clergymen, came to :ongratulate Mary in the name of the General kssembly, he begged that the young Duke of
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