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Kay's Originals Vol. 2


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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. 425 The figure on the right of Mr. Cauvin is meant to represent MR SCOTT, farmer, Northfield, who survived, and was long an intimate friend of the Founder of the Hospital. An intelligent and skilful agriculturist, he was greatly esteemed in the neighbourhood, and by none more so than those who were his dependants. One man is said to have been in his employment between thirty and forty years; and another, who died at a very advanced age, had been servant in the family for upwards of sixty years. Mr. Scott waa an elder of the parish church of Duddingston. His wife, a Miss Graham, by whom he had several children, died in 1834.’ No. CCCXV. MRS. SMITH, IN THE COSTUME OF 17 9 5. THAT this Portraiture was sketched without a sitting may be conjectured from a memorandum by the artist, which states that when the lady heard of his intention to publish her likeness, “she sent for him to come and get a proper look at her; but he did not choose to accept the invitation.” Those who remember Mrs. Smith will have little difficulty in recognising a strong likeness to her in the Etching. MRS. or rather LUCKIES, MITH(fo r so in her later years she was uniformly styled) is dressed in the somewhat ridiculous fashion prevailing towards the close of last century. The Print bears the date 1795 ; and at that period she resided in South Bridge Street. Some years afterwards she removed to a house purchased for her in Blackfriars’ Wynd. Mrs. Smith was a native of Aberdeen, and had in early life been married to a trader of the name of Kinnear, by whom she had a son and two daughters. After the death of her husband she resumed her maiden name of Smith. Her favourite walk was the Meadows. She was a stout, comely-looking woman, and usually dressed well. She lived to old age, in the enjoyment of two annuities-one of which she derived from a gentleman of fortune, the husband of one of her daughters. The other daughter was also well married, and we believe settled in America. Mrs. Smith died in January 1836. His eldest son, Andrew, was s Writer to the Signet ; and David, who formerly assisted him in the management of Northfield, was a large sheep-farmer near Gala Water. Three of his five daughtera were respectably msrried ; the eldest to John Parker, Esq., S.S.C., who was appointed to the office of Principal Extractor in the Conrt of Session ; the second to I&. George Law, farmer, Morton ; and the second youngeat to Adam Paterson, Esq., W.S. VOL. 11. 31
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