Edinburgh Bookshelf

Old and New Edinburgh Vol. II


very probable that the Earl may often have been a guest in that old mansion, and King James himself in later years. The bishop, who married Margaret Murray of Touchadam, died in 1593, and was succeeded in the old mansion by his son John Bothwell, designed of Auldhamer, who accompanied King James to England, and was created Lord Holyroodhouse, in the peerage of Scotland, in 1607. Here dwelt his sister Anne, a woman of remarkable beauty, whose wrongs are so touchingly re- THE EXCISE OFFICE AT THE NETHERBOW. (After a Pkotograplr & A k x d e r A. Ingir.) ?? an English villain,? according to Balfour-a servsnt boy, out of revenge against his master. In the Scots Magazine for 1774 we have a notice of the death of Eleonora Bothwell, daughter of the deceased Henry, Lord Holyroodhouse. Alexander, his son, Master of Holyroodhouse, who died about the middle of the last century, ended the line of the family, of whom no relic now remains save the tomb of Bishop Adam, which still exists in Holyrood chapel On the front of .corded in the sweet old ballad known as ? Lady Anne Bothwell?s Lament.? She was betrayed in a .disgraceful Ziaison by Sir Alexander Erskine (a son af John, 14th Earl of Mar), of whom a portrait by Jamieson is still extant, and represents him in the military dress of his time-a handsome man in a cuirass .and scarf, with a face full of nobility of expression. The lady?s name does not appear in the Douglas peerage ; but her cruel desertion by Sir Alexander was confidently believed at the time to have justly exposed him to the vengeance of heaven, for he perished with the Earl of Haddington and others in the Castle of Dunglas, which was blown up by guhpowder in 1640, through the instrumentality of the third pillar from the east is a tablet with his arms-a chevron, between three trefoils slipped, with a crescent, and a very long inscription, the first six lines of which run thus :- ? Hic reconditus jacet nobilissimus vir Dominus Adamus Bothuelius, Episcopus, Orcadum et Zethlandiz : Commendatonus Ifonasteni, Sancti Crucis ; Senator et Consiliarius Regius : qui obiit anno ztatis suz 67, 23 die Meosis August4 Anno Domini 1593.? The ancient edifice is associated with an eminent citizen, who lived in later but not less troublesome and warlike times, Sir William Dick, ancestor of the present baronets of Prestonfield. The south,
Volume 2 Page 220
  Shrink Shrink   Print Print   Pictures Pictures