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364 OLD .AND NEW EDINBURGH. [Heriot?s Hospital. as being in the vicinity of St. Giles?s church. There he acquired an extensive connection as a goldsmith and money-lender, and soon recommended himself to the notice of his sovereign, by whom he was constituted, as Birrel records, on the 17th of July, goldsmith to his consort the gay Queen Anne, which ?was intimat at the crosse, be opin proclamatione and sound of trumpet ; and ane Clic, the Frenchman, dischargit, quha-was the Queen?s Goldsmythe befor.? Anne - was extravagant, fond of jewellery and splendour, thus never had tradesman a better ~ustomer. She ioved ornaments for the decoration of her own person, and as presents to others, and when desirous of procuring money, it was no uncommon .. banker. On the 28th of May, 1588, he ,;as admitted a member of the corporation of Goldsmiths. The first material notice of George Heriot is connected with his marriage, when his father furnished him with the means of starting in business, by ?ye setting up of ane buith to him.? In all he received from his father, and the relations of his wife-Christian, daughter of Sirnon Marjoribanks, burgessof Edinburgh-asum ofabout Az 14 I IS. 8d. sterling, and the buith we have noticed already ~50,000 sterling-an eaornous sxm for those days. Imitating the extravagance of the Court, the nobles vied with each other in their adornment with precious jewels, many of which found theh way back again to ? Jingling Geordie;? and Anne?s want of discretion and foresight is shown in one of her letters found by Dr. Steven, when she lacked money, on the occasion of having to pay a humed visit to her son the Duke of Rothesay and Crown Prince of Scotland, at Stirling :- ?GECJRDG HERIOTT, I ernestlie dissyr youe present tc send me twa hundrethe pundis vithe ail expidition becaus.1 man hest me away presentlie.? When James became king of England, Heriot ANNA R.? thing for her to pledge the most precious of her jewels with Heriot, and James was often at his wits? end to redeem the impledged articles, to enable the queen to appear in public On the 4th of April, 16or, Heriot was appointed jeweller to the king, and it has been computed, says Dr. Steven, that during the ten years which immediately preceded the accession of James to the Crown of Great Britain, Heriot?s bills for Queen Anne?s jewels alone did not amount to less thao
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Heriot's Hospital.] HERIOT'S WIVES. 565 followed him to London, and transferred his double business from his Krame by St. Giles's, to somewhere in Cornhill, opposite the Exchange, where his business became so great that on one occasion, by royal proclamation, all the mayors of England, and in the flower of her days, leaving Xeriot once more a childless widower. He felt her death keenly, and a scrap of paper has been preserved, on which he traced, two months after, the brief, but signi6- cant sentence, never meant for the public--"shc justices of the peace, were required to assist him in procuring workmen at the current rate of wages. Here, amid his prosperity, his wife died, without children. Five years afterwards he married Alison, one of the nineteen children of James Primrose, who for forty years was clerk to the Privy Council, and ancestor of the Earls of Rosebery ; but Alison, who brought him a dowry of A333, died soon after cannof be foo mrifch Zimenfed, zdo cuZd not k foo mufch Zmed" Her death occurred on the 16th April, 1612. He nom devoted himself entirely to the prose- ' cution of his greatly extended business, and in devising plans for the investment of his property at his decease j and having no relations for whom he felt any regard, save two natural daughters, and friends to whom he left legacies, his mind became filled
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