Old and New Edinburgh

Old and New Edinburgh

Volume IV

308 OLD AKD NEW EDINBURGH. [Arthur's Scat. sey, and a deep excitement prevailed, when it was whispered-none knew how-that they were under secret orders for the distant East Indies-in other words, that they had been SOU to the East India Company by the Government, and that, worse than the authorities basely having an idea that the poor clansmen of Kintail "were ignorant, unable to comprehend the nature of their stipulations, and incapable of demanding redress for any breach of trust." But the Seaforth men were neither so ignorant all, they had been sold by their officers and by the chief, whom they had looked upon as a father and leader. All their native jealousy and distrust of the Saxon was now kindled and strengthened by their love of home. General David Stewart, in his '' Sketches of the Highlanders," boldly asserts that the regiment was secretly under orders for India, nor so confiding as the Government supposed, and they were determined at all hazards not to submit to the least infraction of the terms on which they were enlisted as Fencible Infantry-limited service and within the British Isles ; and when the day for embarkation came, the zznd September, their longsmothered wrath could no longer be hidden. " The regiment paraded on the Castle hill, and
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