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ard was taken by Admiral Lockhart Ross Ravenstruther, passing down that dyke of the Tartar, and by him presented to totthe river at Cobblehaugh, passing west the burgh. The rude hand of time has the dyke to the new march-stone on the now reduced it to a rag. At noon, the Hardstonlaw, and then passing west the town drummer, on horseback, with his gate to the old Pine-fold, and then passing spirit-stirring tantara, appears, which is to the east end of the Longloch, and passthe signal for congregating the equestrians ing west therefrom the south gate to the who are to join the Magistrates and Town march-stone besouth the Rood of Cross, Council in riding the land-marches. and from that stone even thro' the moss to
A public instrument was taken in the Braxmoss—within which bounds, the haill year 1775, upon the 9th of June, in pre- common lands, mosses and muirs, appersence of John Wilson, notary public, and tain to the burgh of Lanark, and inhabiwitnesses, wherein the Lord Provost, tants thereof, and have been yearly boundBailies, Council and Community of said ed and ridden by the Provost, Bailies, burgh, did, for performance of the ancient Council, and Community of the said yearly custom, and for the knowledge of burgh, past memory of man, without stop the freedoms and liberties of their burgh, or impediment whatever, as divers and in riding of their marches, and bounding sundry instruments taken thereon purport. of their common lands, which appertain Like as the present day and year, the to the said burgh, pass upon foot and Provost, Bailies, Council
, and Comhorse-back to the marches after specified, munity of the said burgh have ridden for the common weal of the said burgh, said marches, and caused their officers in and to make their marches known to all our Sovereign Lord's name and authority, neighbours adjacent thereto-" In the fence and arrest all fewell, fail, peats and first place, beginning at the foot of the divotes, which are casten within said burn at Lockhart bridge, on the water of bounds by an unfree or out-lowrisman, that Mouse, and passing therefrom, north-east, none remove the same of the grounds to the new march stone at the hedge at whereon they lye, but that the same rethe New Mains burn, at the foot of the main under sure arrestment at their inbrae, where the said burn begins to run stance, ay and while they be made fourthtowards the water of Mouse, from thence coming as law will, whereupon upon to the new march-stone on the hedge in all and sundry the premises, the treasurer the park opposite to the wood, and from of the said burgh, in their name and upon thence passing southwards to the new their behalf, asked and took instruments march-stone on said hedge, about twenty one or more needful, in the hands of me, five clue's distant from the former ; from John Wilson, notary public subscribing thence passing north east to the new march- These things were done respectively and stone, close to the inside of the dyke, on successively at every march-stone, and the south side of the entry to Jerviswood publicly at the mercate cross of Lanark, house, at the place where the old stone between the hours of six in the morning dyke, now demolished, ended, which and three in the afternoon, before and in formerly was accounted the march ; and presence of—" &c. from thence to the march-stone on the Having finished their rounds, the whole north side of the King's high-street, at assemble on the race ground in the moor, Leitchford ; from thence to the gate at where a race is run for a pair of spurs. said foord, and up the water of Mouse, —No horse is allowed to start except is while unto the path that passed from the belong to a burgess, and has been presaid mid-water to the meadow burn pass- viously carted. The bells are rung in the ing south, passing south up the march- morning during the procession of the dyke of the hill, and march-stone there, birches, and at noon, while the ceremony south-east the gate to the march-stone on of riding the marches is performing. In the neuk of the dyke at Mouse bridge, the afternoon the Magistrates and Council passing south-east the gate in the mid fold, dine in the County Hall, in company from thence passing to the Balgreen, to a with a number of the Burgesses and march-stone on the common gate, and gentlemen of the neighbourhood, and the from that place, passing the gate and whole day is one of high festivity. The march dyke southeastward, to the east corporations hold their annual meetings, dyke to the Stack-bill, thro’ the little moss and no public business of any kind is to the common gate that passes to Raven- done. No weather, however tempestuous, struther, and then passing the yett of can hinder the observance of the ceremony
--witnesses make oath that the march- pleaded and addressed the Jury ;-Each stones are standing in the same situation exerted his abilities in his respective they left them “ l'année passce;" and duties with the greatest solicitude, but their declaration is transmitted to the with very little effect. The jurors of Care
lisle had been so frightened by the Highland army, that they thought every thing
in the shape or hue of tartan a certain June 8. Sun rises.
proof of guilt. They discriminated so sets
little between one alleged criminal and Peach-leaved bell tower blows.
another, that the victims of a sinking cause Bastard play flowers.
might have been just as fairly and much Sword lilies become common.
more conveniently tried by wholesale, or Strawberries flower abundantly. in companies. At length one of the
Scottish Advocates devised an expedient which had a better effect than all the elo
quence he had expended. He directed Junte 9.
his man-servant to dress himself in some
tartan habiliments, to skulk about for a After the riding of the Lanark Marches short time in the neighhourhood of the yesterday, this day may be dedicated to
town, and then permit himself to be taken. än acquaintance with a few distinguished The man did so, and was soon brought Scottish personages
into court, and accused of the crime of
high-treason, and would have been conOld Londs Of Session.
demned to death, had not his master stood In the very interesting "Traditions of up, claimed him as his servant, and Edinburgh by Mr. Chambers,” which proved, beyond dispute, that the supposed largely assist the historian, and illustrate criminal had been in immediate attendthe manners of by-gone days, there are ance upon him during the whole time of very curious anecdotes of remarkable per
the Rebellion. This staggered the jury, sons and incidents,
and, with a litile amplification from the Lord Covington (Alexander Loch hart, oung Advocate, serred to inake them csq., was appointed to the bench in more cautious afterwards in the delivery 1774 and died in 1782. lle was one of of their important fiat.-Lockhart (Lord the ablest lawyers of his time. Mr. Covington) was held in such estimation Lockhart and Mr. Fergusson (after- as an advocate, that the late Lord Newwards Lord Pitfour) had always been
ton, when at the bar, wore Lockhart's rivals, in their profession at the bar, gown till it was in tatters, and at last had and were usually pilied against each a new one made, with a fragment of the other as advocates in important cases.
neck of the original sewed into it, whereIn only one thing did they ever agree, hy he could still make it his boast that and that was the Jacobitism which af
he wore " Covington's Gown." fected them in common. After the Rebellion of 1745 was finally suppressed, many violently unjust, as well as bloody
Lord Pitfour, who died in 1777, owed measures, were resorted to, at Carlisle, in the disposal of the prisoners, about seventy
his elevation to the bench in 1764 to the of whom came to a barbarous death.
late Earl Mansfield, whose official duty Messrs Lockhart and Fergusson, indig- it was to inform his majesty of the vanant at the treatment of the poor High- cancy, and who had influence in supply. landers, resolved upon a course by which ing it. The news of the vacancy reached they were able to save many lives. They
Lord Mansfield, while attending a levee set out for Carlisle, and, ofiering their
at St. James's, and, instantly bethinking services, were gladly accepied as counsel
himself of his friend Fergusson, he spoke in by the unfortunate persons whose trials
his favor to the king, and in addition to were yet to happen. These gentlemen his own recommendation brought forarranged with each other that Lockhart
ward the Duke of Argyll, whom, strange should examine evidence, while Fergusson
to say, he caused to testify to the loyalty of the Jacobite barrister, by putting the
question to him in so direct and confident From an Edinburgh Nouspaper, 1827. a manner that his grace, out of polite
ness, could not help bowing. This, of boddo's last journey he only got the course, was taken as sufficient assurance length of Dunbar, and then returned. by his majesty, who could not doubt the His nephew enquiring the occasion of attestation of so attached and so whiggish this—"Oh George," said his lordship, “I a vobleman. Fergusson had just as great find I am eighty-four."-So convinced expectations of becoming the Lama of was Lord Monboddo of the truth of his Thibet as of being made a senator of fantastic theory of human tails, that, whenthe College of Justice. Lord Pitfour ever a child happened to be born in his always wore his hat on the bench on ac- house, he watched at the chamber-door, count of his sore eyes.
in order to see it in its first state—having a notion that the attendants pinched off the infant-tails. There is a tradition, that
Lord Monboddo witnessed the death of Lord Monboddo (James Burnet, Esq.), Captain Porteus by the mob in 1735. He appointed a lord of session 1767, died in had that day returned from completing his 1799. He once embroiled himself in a law-education at Leyden, and taken lodglaw-plea respecting a horse which be- ings near the foot of the West Bow, where longed to himself. His lordship had many of the greatest lawyers then resided. committed the animan, when sick, to the When the rioters came down the Bow charge of a farrier, with directions for the with their victim, Mr. Burnet was roused administration of a certain medicine. The from bed by the voise, came down in his farrier gave the medicine, but went be- night-gown, with a candle in his hand, yond his commission, in so far as he mixed and stood in a sort of stupor, looking on it in a liberal menstruum of treacle, in and still holding the lighted candle, till order to make it palatable. The horse the tragedy was concluded. It is further dying next morning, Lord Monboddo added, that he was apprehended and exraised a prosecution for its value, and ac- amined next day by the magistrates. tually pleaded his own cause at the bar. Lord Monboddo, while a judge, had a He lost it, however, and is said to have been good house in St. John's Street, where so enraged in consequence at his brother Burns often attended the parties given by judges, that he never afterwards sat with his lordship’s beautiful daughter. them upon the bench, but underneath, amongsi the clerks. The report of this case is exceedingly amusing, on account of the great quantity of Roman law Another Lord of Session (Henry Home quoted by the judges, and the strange Esq.) Lord Kames, appointed in 1752, circumstances under which the case ap- died in 1783. He was distinguished for peared before them. With all his oddities, his metaphysical subtilty and literary and though generally hated or despised abilities, and admired for extraordinary by his brethren, Monboddo was by far powers of conversation; yet he was strangethe most learned, and not the least up- ly accustomed to apply towards his intiright judge of his time. His attainments mate friends the term which designates a in classical learning, and in the study of she-dog. It is well taken off in Sir Walancient philosophy, were singular in his ter Scoit's “Red Gauntlet.” When Lord time in Scotland. He was the earliest Kames retired from the Bench, he took a patron of the venerable professor John public farewell of his brethren. After ad Hunter of St. Andrew's, who was for dressing them in a solemn speech, and many years his secretary, and who chiefly shaking their hands all round, in going wrote the first and best volume of his out at the door of the Court-Room, he Lordship's Treatise on the Origin of Lan- turned about, and, casting them a last guages. When Lord Monboddo travelled look, cried, in his usual familiar tone, to London, he always went on horseback. —" Fare ye a' weel, ye bitches !” This It is said that the late king, George III., might be called the ruling passion strong on understanding this, and being told that in death, for Lord Kames died a very two dragoon officers had just come up short while thereafter. A man called from Scotland in a post-chaise, remarked Sinkum the Cadie, who had a short and a it was strange that one of his law-judges long leg, and was excessively addicted to should visit him on horseback, while his swearing, used to lie in wait for this disdragoons adopted the more civilian-like tinguished Judge, almost every morning, mode of conveyance. On lord Mon- and walk alongside of his Lordship up
street to the Parliament-House. The The Lord President Dundas (Robert Astery of Sterne's little Aattering French Dundas, Esq., of Arniston) who died in nan, who begged so successfully from 1787, was in his latter years extremely the ladies, was scarcely more wonderful subject to gout, and accustomed to fall than this intimacy, which arose entirely backwards and forwards in his chair. from Lord Kames love of the gossip He used to characterise his six clerks which Sinkum made it bis business to thus:-“Two of them cannot read; two of cater for him.
them cannot write ; and the other two can
neither read nor write!” The eccentric Lord Hailes (Sir David Dalrymple) Sir James Colquhoun was one of the two another Lord of Session, appointed in who could not read.-In former times, it 1766, died in 1792 apparently without a
was the practice of the Lord President to will. Great search was made, no testa
have a sand-glass before him on the bench, mentary paper could be discovered, the which measured out the utmost time that heir-at-law was about to take possession of could be allowed to a Judge for the dehis estates, to the exclusion of his daughter livery of his opinion. Lord President and only child, and Miss Dalrymple pre- Dundas would never allow a single mopared to retire from New Hailes, and from
ment after the expiry of the sand, and the mansion-house in New Street. Some of often shook his old-fashioned chronometer her domestics, however, were sent
to lock ominously in the faces of his Brethren, up the house in New Street, and, in clos- when their “ ideas upon the subject" being the window-shutters, there dropped gan to get vague and windy. out upon the floor, from behind a panel, Lord Hailes's will, which was found to se. cure her in the possession of his estates.
Hvur Glasses in Coffins. -A story is told of Lord Hailes once making a serious objection to a law-paper,
A writer in the Gentleman's Magazine, and, in consequence, to the whole suii to which it belonged, on account of the word walking into the fields, I stopt in Clerk
1746, says, “in June, 1718, as I was justice being spelt in the usual manner, and as here printed : his lordship contend- enwell church-yard to see a grave-digger ed that it should have another e at the
at work. He had dug pretty deep, and end-justicee. Perhaps no author ever af
was come to a coffin, which had laio so fected so much critical accuracy, and yet eaten so with rust, that he could not read
long that it was quite rotten, and the plate there never was a book published with so large an array of“ Corrigenda et addenda," any thing of the inscription. In clearing as the first edition Lord Hailes's “ Anaway the rotten pieces of wood, the grave nals of Scotland.”
digger found an hour-glass close to the left side of the skull, with sand in it, the
wood of which was so rotten that it broke Lord Gardenstone (Francis Gardner where he took hold of it. Being a lover Esq.), who died in 1793, also a lord of ses- of antiquity, I bought it of him, and took sion and author of several literary works, a draught of it as it then appeared : some had strange eccentric fancies, in his modé time after, mentioning this affair in comof living: he seemed to indulge these pany of some antiquarians, they told me chiefly with a view to his health, which that is was an ancient custom to put an was always that of a valetudinarian. He hour-glass into the coffin, as an emblem of had a predilection for pigs. A young the sand of life being run out; others one took a particular fancy for his Lord conjectured that liule hour-glasses were ship, and followed him wherever he went anciently given at funerals, like rosemary, like a dog, reposing in the same bed. and by the friends of the dead put in When it attained the years and size of the coffin, or thrown into the grave." swinehood, this was inconvenient. However, his Lordship, unwilling to part with his friend, continued to let it sleep in his bed room, and, when he undressed, laid June 9. Sun rises .
3 47 his clothes upon the floor, as a bed to it.
8 13 He said that he liked the pig. for it kept Lurid Iris flowers. his clothes warm till the morning.
VICARAGE HOUSE, THAME, OXFORDSHIRE. It will appear from the annexed com- afterwards came in to their assistance; at munication, which was accompanied by which time he himself, with his stout capan original drawing for the present en- tain Walter (they two only), fought against graving, that there are interesting anec- a great many of the rebels for a long time dotes connected with this spot.
together, in which encounter the brave
colonel behaved himself as manfully with (For the Year Book.]
his sword as ever man did, slashing and During the civil wars of the seven- beating so many fresh rebels with such teenth century, Thame was surrounded courage and dexterity, that he would not by garrisons of the contending parties, stir till he had brought off his own men, and, consequently, partook of the mise- whereof the rebels killed but two (not a ries of the period.
man more), though they look sixteen, Anthony' a' Wood, the Oxford anti- who staid too long behind. Captain quary, was then a student in the town, Walter had six rebels upon him, and, acand he has minutely recorded several of cording to his custom, fought it out so the skirmishes he witnessed. A part of gallantly that he brought himself off with his narrative vividly portrays the confu- his colonel, and got home safe to Walsion. He says, “on the 27th of January, lingford, with all their men except eigh1644, Colonel Thomas Blagge, governor teen. Colonel Blagge was cut over the of Wallingford Castle, roving about the face, and had some other hurts, but not country very early, with a troop of stout dangerous. Aiter the action was conhorsemen, consisting of seventy or eighty cluded at Crendon, and Blagge and his at most, met with a party of parlia- men forced to fly homewards, they took menteers, or rebels, of at least 200, at part of Thame in their way, and A. Wood long Crendon, about a mile northward and his fellow sojourners being then at from Thame; which 200 belonged to the dinner in the parlour with some strangers, garrison of Aylesbury, and, being headed they were all alarmed with their apby a Scot called Colonel Crafford, who, proach; and, by that time that they could as I think, was governor of the garrison run out of the house to look over the there, they pretended that they were look- pale that parts it from the common road, ing out quarters for them. Colonel they saw a great number of horsemen Blagge fought with, and made them run, posting towards Thame over Crendon till his men, following them too eagerly, bridge, about a stone's cast from their were overpowered by multitudes that house (being the only house on that road Vol. 1-23.