Old and New Edinburgh

Old and New Edinburgh

Volume II

One of her chief intimates was the unfortunate Lady Jane Douglas of Grantully, the heroine of the long-contested Douglas cause. She contemplated the approach of her own death with perfect calmness, and in anticipation of her coming demise had all her grave-clothes ready, and the , turnpike stair whitewashed. When asked by her only son, Archibald (before mentioned), if she wished to be put in the family burial vault at Beaufort, in Kilmorack, she replied, I Indeed, Archie, ye needna put your- ' sel' to any fash aboot me, for I carena' though ye lay me aneath that , hearthstane." She died in her house at the Wynd head, in 1796, in the eighty-sixth year of her age. The old Scottish &ling-pin of her house door is now preserved in the Museum of the ' Scottish Antiquarian Society. Lovat, who died a Lieutenant-General in 1782, was a man of irreproachable character, who inherited nothing of old Lovat's nature but a genius for Her stepson, Sirnon, Master of TIRLISO-PIN, FKOM LADY LOVAT'S HOUSE, BLACKFRIARS WYND. (From *hsco*tish M?,srum.) service in America. The rapidity with which the ranks of previous Highland regiments, raised by making fine speeches. He raised the Fraset Highlanders, or old 71st regiment, which was disbanded in 1783, after a career of brilliant the bloody brawl between the Earl of Bothwell and Sir William Stewart of Monkton. Between these two a quarrel had taken place in him in 1757, were filled by Frasers, so pleased George III., that on the embodiment of the 71st he received from the king a free grant of his family estates of Lovat, which had been forfeited by his father's attainder after Culloden. At the first muster of the 71st in Glasgow, an old Highlander, who had brought a son to enlist, and was looking on, shook the general's hand with that familiarity so common among clansmen, and said, " Simon, you are a good soldier, and speak like a man ! While you live old Simon of Lovat will never die "-alluding to his close resemblance personally to his father, the wily old lord of the memorable "Fortyfive." Blackfriars Wynd, which has now become a broad street, has many a stirring memory of the great and powerful, who dwelt there in ages past j hence it is that Sir Alexander Boswell wrote- " What recollections rush upon my mind, Of Lady Stair's Close and BZackfk'ws Wynd! There once our nobles, and here judges dwelt ." CHAPTER XXXI. ALLEYS OF THE HIGH STREET (continued:. Blackfriars Wynd-The Grant of Alexander 11.-Bothwell slays S'r Williiam Stem-Escape of Archbishop Shar&Cameronian Meeting house-The House of the Regent Morton-Catholic Chapels of the Eighteenth Century-Bishop Hay-" No Popery *' Riots-Baron Smith's Chapel-Scottish Episcopalians -House of the Prince of Orkney- Magnificence of Earl William Sinclair-Cardinal Beaton's House-The Cardinal's Armorial Bearing-Historical Associations of his HouscIts Ultimate Occupants-The United Industrial School. A BROAD $end (AngZic6 archway), leading through the successor to the tenement in which Lady Lovat dwelt, gave access to the Blackfriars Wynd, which, without doubt, was one of the largest, most important, and ancient of the thoroughfares diverging from the High Street, and which of old was named the Preaching Friar's Vennel, as it led towards the Dominican monastery, or Black Friary, founded by Alexander II., in 1230, on the high ground beyond the Cowgate, near where the Old Infirmary stands. The king gave the friars-among whom he resided for some time-with many other endowments, a grant of the whole ground now occupied by the old wynd and modern street, to erect houses, and for five centuries these edifices
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