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Kay's Originals Vol. 1


396 B I 0 G RAP H I C AL S KE T C 13 E S. already 2” said he tp the first group he met; “I may just gang my way back again.’’ Forward he went, in spite of all his lordship’s exertions to prevent him. He of course found the church-doors closed ; but, no doubt recollecting that the dissenters were not so short-winded, Dolphin proceeded to the meeting-house, where he remained in his usual position until sermon was finished. As may well be guessed, the dog was a great favourite with Lord Hermand. Naturally of a kind disposition, he was particularly indulgent to Dolphin. So long as his master remained at Hermand the animal fared on the best ; but during his absence, was treated much in the fashion of other dogs. Dolphin had not only sagacity enough to understand this, but displayed a surprising degree of wisdom and foresight in the mode he took to mitigate the evil, He apparently knew exactly at what time his lordship’s avocations in the Court of Session recalled him to the city ; and, accordingly, about a fortnight previous he commenced carrying away whatever he could lay his paws on in the shape of butcher-meat. These savoury pieces he carefully hid in the woods, to make up for the scanty fare of brochan to which he was reduced during the “ sitting of the Session.” Lord Hermand’s warmth of temper was not confined to occasional sallies on the bench. A large party were at dinner, and his lordship in excellent humour, when one of the waiting-men, in handing over a wine decanter, unfortunately let it fall to the floor, by which it was smashed to pieces. This unlucky accident at once overbalanced his lordship’s equanimity. He sprang to his feet in a fury of passion, and, darting over chairs and every impediment, rushed after the fellow, who fled precipitately down stairs. The dinner party were thrown into convulsions of laughter, and had scarcely regained their composure, when his lordship returned from the chase, and resumed his chair as if nothing had occurred to disturb the harmony. Lord Hermand married Miss Graham WDomall, daughter of William WDowall of Garthland, Esq., but had no issue. His lordship resigned his office as a Senator of the College of Justice in 1826 ; and died at Hermand on the 9th of August 1827, upwards of eighty years of age. His widow survived him for several years. He left the liferent of his estate of Hermand to Mrs. Fergusson and, after her demise, to her niece, the wife of Thomas Maitland, Esq., advocate, and their second son; with special legacies to the second son of each of his other nieces, Mrs. Cockburn and Mrs. Fullerton, the wives of two of the Senators of the College of Justice. He accordingly did so ; but Dolphin was not of a similar mind. An amusing instance occurred on one occasion at Hermand.
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