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Old and New Edinburgh Vol. III


I2 . OLD AND NEW EDINBURGH. [Canongate. A little gableended house now occupies the site of the former, and was long known as the dwelling of a very different personage, a Lucky Spence, of unenviable notoriety, whose "Last dow on the ground floor, a cavity was found in the solid wall, containing the skeleton of a child, with some remains of fine linen cloth in which it had been wrapped. Our authority,') says Wilson, NISBET OF DIRLETON'S HOUSE. Advice 'I figures somewhat coarsely in the poems of Allan Ramsay. About 1833 a discovery was made, during some alterations in this house, which was deemed illustrative of the desperate character of its seventeenthcentury occupant. '( In breaking out a new Win- '' a worthy shoemaker, who had occupied the house for forty-eight years, was present when the discovery was made, and described very graphically the amazement and horror of the workman, who threw away his crowbar, and was with difficulty , persuaded to resume his operations."
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Canongate.] MONTROSE. OF all the wonderful and startling spectacles witnessed amid the lapse of ages from the windows of the Canongate, none was perhaps more startling and pitiful than the humiliating procession which conducted the great Marquis of Montrose to his terrible doom. On the 18th of May, 1650, he was brought across the Forth to Leith, after his defeat and capture by :he Covenanters at the battle of Invercarron, where he had displayed the royal standard; and it is THE GOLFERS? LAND. impossible now to convey an adequate idea of the sensation excited in the city, when the people became aware that the Graham, the victor in so many battles, and the slayer of so many thousands of the best troops of the Covenant, was almost at their gates. Placed on a cart-horse, he was brought in by the eastern barrier of the city, as it was resolved, by the influence of his rival and enemy, Argyle, to protract the spectacle of his humiliation as long as CHAPTER 11. THE CANONGATE (continpud).
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