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Old and New Edinburgh Vol. III


124 OLD AND NEW EDINBURGH. princcs Street came into her possession, the pocket-knife, fork, and spoon which Prince Charles used in all his marches and subsequent wanderings. The case is a small one, covered with black shagreen ; for pottability, the knife, fork, and spoon are made to screw upon handles, so that the three articles form six pieces for close packing. They are all engraved with an ornament of thistle-leaves, and the fork and spoon have the prince?s initials, C. s : all have the Dutch plate stamp, showing that they were manufactured in Holland. It is supposed that this case, with its contents, came to Lady Mary Clerk through Miss Drelincourt, daughter of the Dean of Armagh, in Ireland, , While her mother was still confined to bed a Highland party, under a chieftain of the Macdonald clan, came to her house, but the commander, on learning the circumstances, not only chivalrously restrained his men from levying any contribution, but took from his bonnet his own white rose or cockade, and pinned it on the infant?s breast, ?that it might protect the household from any trouble by others. This rosette the lady kept to her dying day.? In after years she became the wife of Sir James Clerk of Pennicuick, Bart., and when he went off to the royal yacht to present him with the silver cross badge, the gift of ?the ladies of Scotland.? From the king, the case, with its contents, passed to the Marquis of Conyngham, and from him to his son -4lbert, first Lord Londesborough, and they are now preserved with great care amidst the valuable collection of ancient plate and b2jbuien2 at Grimston Park, Yorkshire. Sir Walter Scott was a frequent visitor at No. 100, Princes Street, as he was on intimate terms with Lady Clerk, who died several years after the king?s visit, having attained a green old age. Till past her eightieth year she retained an ( ? I Book of Days.?) who became wife of Hugh, third Viscount Pnmrose, in whose house in London the loyal Flora Macdonald found a shelter after liberation from the long confinement she underwent for her share in promoting the escape of the prince, who had given it to her as a souvenir at the end of his perilous wanderings. In the Edinburgh Obsmw of 1822 it is recorded that when George IV. contemplated his visit to Scotland, he expressed a wish to have some relic of the unfortunate prince, on which PRINCES STREET, LOOKING EAST FROM SCOTT?S MONUMENT.
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