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Kay's Originals Vol. 1


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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. 3 i i no doubt that the intervention of the Directory of the great Republic will obtain my liberty. Remember me most affectionately to all my friends, who are the friends of liberty and of mankind.” Muir was not disappointed in the sincerity of the French Directory, at whose request he was delivered up by the Spanish authorities. On entering France he was warmly hailed by the people ; and in Paris he received every mark of respect from the government. He did not, however, live long to enjoy the liberty which it had cost him such peril to obtain. The seeds of a decline had been sown in his constitution before his departure from Scotland ; and the many fatigues which he had subsequently undergone, together with the wounds he had received in the action, proved too complicated and powerful to be resisted. He died at Chantilly, near Paris, on the 27th September 1798, where he was interred, with every mark of respect, by the public authorities. No. CXXVI. SIR ARCHIBALD HOPE OF PINKIE, BART. THIS gentleman, who has been dubbed by the artist a “ Knight of the Turf,” was the ninth baronet of Craighall-the original designation of the family.’ He was grandson to Sir Thomas, a distinguished member of the College of Justice, and one of the early promoters of agricultural improvements in Scotland. By his skill in this latter department, the Meadows, now one of the pleasantest and most frequented walks about Edinburgh, was converted from its original marshy and waste condition into a state of high cultivation. In commemoration of this circumstance, it obtained the name of “ Hope Park ;” but it is still generally known as “ The Meadows.” SIR ARCHEALDw,h o succeeded to the title on the death of his grandfather in 1771, does not appear to have been ambitious of obtaining distinction either at the bar or in the senate j and the only public situation which he ever held was that of Secretary to the Board of Police, to which he had been appointed for life ; and, on its abolition, received a compensation in lieu of the office. On his own estate, and throughout the neighbourhood, he supported the character of a country gentleman, more intent on improving his lands than desirous of engaging in those political and party animosities which so much distract the harmony of society, and retard the progress of substantial national improvement. On his property he established extensive salt and coal works, from which he derived very considerable emolument, and which still continue 1 The Hopes of Craighall are the stem from which has sprnng the noble family of Hopetonu, noticed in a precediug part of this work. The designation of Craighall wra laid aside by Lord Rankeillor, son of the second baronet, who had been knighted by the title of-Sir Archibald Hope of that Ilk.
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