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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. 423 No. CLXVI. ENSIGN MACDOUGAL, OF THE HOPETOUN FENCIBLES. THIS military young gentleman was so very juvenile in his appearance that the boys used to cry, as he passed along the street, '' There goes the Sucking Ojicer!" His €ather, who had been an officer in a Highland regiment during the American war, was paymaster of the Hopetoun Fencibles-an appointment which, as well as the ensigncy of his son, he procured through the influence of Lord Napier. Young MACDOUGAiLn due time became one of the most handsome men in the service. He went from the Fencibles into the 30th Foot, with which regiment he served a few years in Ireland. He then joined the 85th ; and, with this corps, was at the landing of the Helder, under the Duke of York, in 1799. While in Ireland, Macdougal accidentally became acquainted with a lady reputed of great wealth and greater expectations, who seemed to regard his attentions with marked interest. The intimacy rapidly increased ; and, in an unlucky hour, the military hero, gratified with her apparent preference, was induced to offer his hand, which was accepted. When it was too late, he found he had united himself not to an heiress, or .even a woman of good family, but to a female fortune-hunter of humble origin, and utterly penniless. The result of such a connection may be anticipated : quarrels ensued-he beat her, and she returned the compliment. To make bad worse, both parties had recourse to the bottle ; and Macdougal became ultimately so habitually intemperate, that he was compelled to leave the army and go abroad, where he died. He was six feet one, and well proportioned. w3s opposed by Mr. Grant. Mr. P- then said, that as Mr. M- and Mr. Foulke were not to meet, they would leave the ground, as he did not think Mr. Foulke was ohliged to fight Lieutenant Grant by any law of honour. They then parted, Mr. Grant assuring Mr. Foulke that he would post him in return. It was at this time Mr. Grant's intention to lay the matter before the oflicers of his regiment, that he might be directed by them in what manner it was proper to proceed. But Mr. Foulke, anxious to have this matter settled, and wishing to give Mr. Grant an opportunity of bringing it to a conclusion, sent Mr. Grant a message at twelve o'clock on Tuesday, informing him that he was now ready to meet him. Mr. Grant, attended by his second aod surgeon, met Mr. Foulke and his second on the beach to the eastward of Leith. Twelve paces was the distance measured off by the seconds. It was agreed that the parties should exchange pistols, and both fire at the same time. The last went through the heart of Mr. Foulke, and proved fatal in a few minutes. He endeavoured to speak ; but the only expression he made use of was, that 'he hoped he died like a man of honour.' Mr. Grant and his second drove off immediately in a post-chaise, which was in waiting, Na opportnnity of proposing any accommodation occurred to the gentlemen who attended them to the ground." Two o'clock was accordingly appointed. Three shobs were exchanged.
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