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Kay's Originals Vol. 1


NOTES TO VOL. I. Page 257, DEACONBR ODIEA ND THE EXCISEO FFICE. The Excise Office was then in Chessels’ Court, Canongate. In the reign of Charles 11. it stood a little below John Knox’s house, just within the Nether Bow Port, From thence it was removed to a fine old building in the Cowgate, on the site of the southeru arches of George IV. Bridge, originally the mansion of the Earl of Haddington, the favourite of James I. Froni this it was transferred to Chessels‘ Court in 1772, and then to the fine mansion of Sir Lawrence Dundas in St. Andrew Square, now the Royal Bank.of Scotland. Brodie’s own house was in .the Lawnmarket, a little below the West Bow, styled after him Brodie’s Close. Page 281, Dr. ALEXAXDEMRO NRO. Among the earliest Scottish photograph portraits, taken with paper negatives, by the late D. 0. Hill, R.S.A., is a very characteristic photograph of Dr. Alexander Monro Tertius. Page 287, EARLO F BUCHANH’SO USE. The Earl of Buchan’s house was at the north-east corner of St. Andrew Sqnare, with its east windows on North St. Andrew Street. There the Society of Antiquaries was originated ; and there the eccentric nobleman figured in such scenes as that of Apollo and the Muses, described in the following note. Page 305, HADDOH’SO LE. The Little Kirk, or Haddo’s Hole, waa the north-west division of Old St. Giles’s Church. Until near the close of last century it was entered through a beautiful Norman porch, the last remains of the earliest structure ; and over this was a chamber to which Maitland gives the name of the Priest’s Prison. In this apartment Sir John Gordon of Haddo was imprisoned in 1644, previous to his trial, and beheading by the Maiden. Hence the name of Haddo’s Hole. Page 306, MUIR of Huntershill and his MONUMENT. The monument referred to as in prospect was at length successfully raised in spite of the proceedings which interdicted its erection for a time, and wasted the funds in law proceedings ; thereby reducing the scheme to the poor obelisk now in the Old Caltou Eurying-ground. Page 315, LORDP RESIDENBLTA IRA ND LORDM ELVILLE. The houses referred to in the note were, it is presumed, in Brown Square. Lord Melville occupied the most westerly house on the north side of the square. The next house was occupied for a time by Sir Ilay Campbell, the predecessor of Lord President Blair. The locality was conveniently near the Parliament House, with easy access by the Cowgate and Old Parliament Stairs. Hence the square was a favourite resort of the Judges. Lord Justice-clerk Miller was succeeded in the centre house on the same side by his son, Lord Glenlee, who continued to occupy it long after the general fashionable migration to the New Town. Page 41 7, APGOWAN’MS USEUM. Pennant, in his Second Tour, gives some account of the contents of Mr. John Macguan’a “ small but select private cabinet.” Some of the objects found in the neighbourhood of Edinburgh appear to have possessed considerable local interest; and especially a fine Roman bronze, representing a beautiful Naiad, with a wine-vat on her head, and a small satyr in one arm.
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