244 OLD AND NEW EDINBURGH. [Cowgate. farlane sent for the magistrates, who secured the house and servants. -4 contemporary says :- ‘‘ I saw his (Cayley’s) corpse after he was unclothed, and saw his blood where he lay on the floor for 04 hours after he died just as he fell, so it was difficult to straighten him.” (“ Dom. Ann.,’’ Vol. 111.) Criminal letters were raised against .Mrs. Macfarlane by the Lord Advocate, Sir David Dalrymple, and the father and brother of the deceased, who was a native of York. Not appearing for trial she was declared an outlaw, while her husband was absolved from all blame. Mrs. Murray, Cayley’s landlady, who kept a grocery shop in the Cowgate, vindicated herself in a pamphlet from imputations which Mrs. Mac- In wild terror Mrs. Macfarlane now rushed from the room, locked the door, and sending for her husband showed him the body, and told him all that had transpired. “ Oh, woman !“ he exclaimed, in misery, “what have you done?” His friends whom he consulted advised her instant flight, and at six o’clock that evening she walked down the High Street, followed by her husband at a little distance, and disappeared. By ten that night-deeming her safe-Mr. Mac- Walter Scott, related to him more than once, that when she, a little girl, was once left alone in Swinton House, Berwickshire, she wandered into the dining-room, and there saw an unknown lady, “beautiful as an enchanted queen, pouring out teg at a table. The lady seemed equally surprised as herself, but addressed the little intruder kindly, in particular desiring her to speak first to her mother Sy herself of what she had seen.” Margaret for a moment looked out of the window, and when she turned the beautiful lady had vanished! On the return of the family from church, she told her mother of what she had seen, was praised for her discretion, and pledged to secresy in what seemed to be a dream. Subfarlane’s accusations had thrown upon her character, and denying that the lady had been in the house on the Saturday before the murder; “but evidence was given that she was seen issuing from the close in which Mrs. Murray resided, and after ascending the Back Stairs was observed passing through the Parliament Square towards her own house.” Of this Scottish Lucretia the future is unknown, and the only trace seems something of the marvellous. Margaret Swinton, a grand-aunt of Sir OLD HOUSES IN THE COWGATE.