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Old and New Edinburgh Vol. IV


The Cowgate.] - THE MAGDALENE CHAPEL 261 Michael Macqueen (or Macquhen), .a wealthy citi- Zen, and afterwards by his widow, Janet Rhynd. 1725, accompanied by a servant, ?or tumbler,? who robbed him, and against whom he warned the people of certain country towns in the Courant of December, I 7 25. Arnot records that in early times there existed in the Cowgate an ancient Maisoson Dieu which had fallen into decay; but it was re-founded in the reign with ancient painted glass-the only fragments in all Scotland which have survived the Reformation, the latter was used as a hall for their meetings. The foundation was augmented in 1541 by two donations from Hugh Lord Somerville, who was taken prisoner by the English in the following year, and had to ransom himself for I,OCO merks. If the edifice suffered in the general sack of the city during the invasion of 1544 it must have been The hospital4esigned to accommodate a chap lain and seven poor men-and the chzpel, the little square spire of which (with its gargoyles formed like cannon, each with a ball stuck in its mouth) is nearly lost amid the towering modern edifices which surround it-were dedicated to St Mary Magda- 1 and contain the royal arms of Scotland, encircled by a wreath of thistles, and those of the Queen Regent Mary of Guise, within a wreath of laurel, with the shields of the founder and foundress within ornamental borders. These probably date from 1556, in which year we find that ?The baillies and
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