Old and New Edinburgh

Old and New Edinburgh

Volume V

Beechwood.] SIR ROBERT DUNDAS OF BEECHWOOD. 105 to the Castle of Edinburgh under a strong escort of their comrades. General Leslie, and Lieutenant MacLean the adjutant, having accompanied this party a little way out of Glasgow, were, on their return, assailed by a mob which sympathised with the Highlanders and accused them of being active in sending away the prisoners. The tumult increased, stones were thrown ; General Leslie was knocked down, and he and MacLean had to seek shelter these documents were not formally executed, were confused in their terms, and good for nothing in a legal sense, Mrs. Rutherford of Edgerstoun very generously fulfilled to the utmost what she conceived to be the intentions of her father. Sir Robert Dundas, Bart., of Beechwood, like the preceding, figures in the pages of Kay. He was one of the principal Clerks of Session, and Deputy Lord Privy Seal of Scotland. He was born in June, 1761, and was descended from the Dundases BEECHWOOD. in the house of the Lord Provost till peace officers came, and a company of Fencibles. One of the mutineers was shot, by sentence of a court-martial. The others were sent to America. On his way back to Edinburgh General Leslie was seized with a dangerous illness, and died at ' Beechwood House on the 27th of December, '794. No will could be found among the General's repositories at Beechwood, and it was presumed that he had died intestate. However, a few days after the filneral, two holograph papers were discovered, bequeathing legacies to the amount of L7,ooo among some of his relations and friends, particularly .&I,OOO each to two natural daughters. Although 110 of Amiston, the common ancestor of whom was knighted by Charles I., and appointed to the bench by Charles 11. Educated as a Writer to the Signet, he was made deputy-keeper of Sashes, and in 1820 a principal Clerk of Session. He was one of the original members of the old Royal Edinburgh Volunteers, of which corps he was a lieutenant in 1794. He purchased from Lord Melville the estate of Dunira in Perthshire, and succeeded to the baronetcy and the estate of Beechwood on the death of his uncle General Sir David Dundas, G.C.B., who was for some time Commander-in-Chief of the forces. Sir Robert died in 1835. A winding rural carriage-way, umbrageous and
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