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Old and New Edinburgh Vol. II


maters past there, and how to betray his mistres; for they could not chuse a more fitte man than him to do such an act, who, from his very youth had been renouned for his treacherie, and of whom his oune father had no good opinion in his very infance; for, at a certain time, his coming foorth with him in a garden where his father was, with some one that had come to visit him, busy in talk, the nurse setting down the childe on thegreen grass, and not much mindinge him, th boy seeth a foude, which he snatched up and had eaten it all till a little of the legges, which when shee saw, shee cried out, thinking he should have been poisoned, and shee taking the legges of the toade that he had left as yet oneaten, he cried out so loud and shrill, that his father and the other gentleman heard the outcries, who went to see what should burgh,attainted and foundguiltie I?oNE* THE ARMoRTA?, account of the conflagration in the Scots --Magazine for that William Douglas of Whitting- . . families have lost their all. An of heigh treason for the murder of the king his maister.? OF CARDINAL BEATOX, FROM HIS HOUSE, BLACKFRIARS WYND. (From the Scoffiflr Anfiquarinn Museum.) year, which ?adds, ? many poor ? opponent of Bishop William Abernethy Drummond of the Scottish Episcopal Church, one of the few clergymen who paid his respects to Charles Edward when he kept his court at Holyrood. By his energy Dr. Hay constructed a chapel in ChalmeIIs Close, which was destroyed in 1779, when an attempt to repeal the penal statutes against Catholics roused a ?NO Popery? cry in Edinburgh. On the and of February a mob, including 500 sailors from Leith, burned this chapel and plundered another, while the bishop was living in the Blackfriars Wynd, and the house of every Catholic in Edinburgh was sacked and destroyed. Principal Robertson, who was supposed to be friendly :o Catholics, and defended themin the ensuing General Assembly, had his house attacked, his hame, grandson- of Archibald who made a disposition of the house in Blackfriars Wynd, was a contemporary of Morton?s, and was closely associated with him in the murder of Darnley. His name appears as one of the judges, in the act (? touching the proceedings of the Gordons and Forbesses,? and he resigned his seat as senator in 1590. Lower down, on the east side of the wynd, was a most picturesque building, part of which was long used as a Catholic chapel. It was dated 1619, and had carved above its door the motto of the city, together with the words, In te Domint Speravi-f?ax intrantibus-SaZvus exeunti3us- Blissit be God in aZZ his gzyfis. On the fifth floor of this tenement was a large room, which during the greater part of the eighteenth century was used as a place of worship by the Scottish Catholics, and, until its demolition lately, there still remained painted on the door the name of the old bishop-Mr. Nay-for, in those days he dared designate himself nothing more. He was ce1,brated in theological literature as the old respectable citizen, above. 80, was carried out during the fire. Nearly opposite to it was another large tenement,? the upper storey of which was also long used as a Catholic chapel, rand as such was dedicated to St. Andrew the Apostle of Scotland, until it was quitted, in 1813, for a more complete and ornate church, St. Mary?s in Broughton Street. After it was abandoned, ? the interior of the chapel retained much of its original state till its demolition. The framework of the simple altar-piece still remained, though the rude painting of the patron saint of Scotland which originally filled it had disappeared. Humble as must have been the appearance of this chapel-even when furnished with every adjunct of Catholic ceremonial for Christmas or Easter festivals, aided by the imposing habits of the officiating priests that gathered round its little altar-yet men of high rank and ancient lineage were wont to assemble among the worshippers.? With oihers, here caine coiistantly tc mass a d Happily. no lives were lost.?
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