Old and New Edinburgh

Old and New Edinburgh

Volume V

OLD AND NEW EDINBURGH. [Corstrophinc - ~- I CRAIGCROOK IN THE PRESENT DAY. than doubled all the specie circulating in France, when it was hoarded up, or sent out of the country. Thus severe edicts were published, threatening with dire punishment all who were in possession of Azo of specie-edicts that increased the embarrassments of the nation. Cash payments were stopped at the bank, and its notes were declared to be of no value after the 1st November, 1720. Law’s influence was lost, his life in danger from hordes of beggared and infuriated people. He fled from the scenes of his splendour and disgrace, and after wandering through various countries, died in poverty at Venice on the zist of March, 1729. Protected by the Duchess of Bourbon, William, a brother of the luckless comptroller, born in Lauriston Castle, became in time a Mardchal de Camp in France, where his descendants have acquitted themselves with honour in many departments of the State. C H A P T E R XI. CORSTORPHINE. hrstorphine-Suppd Origin of the Name-The Hill-James VI. hunting there-The Cross-The Spa-The Dicks of Braid and Corstorphine--“ Corstorpliine Cream”-Convalt.scent House-A Wraith-The Original Chapel-The Collegiate Church-Its Provosts-Its Old Tombs-The Castle and Loch of Corstorphine-The Forrester Family. CORSTORPHINE, with its hill, village, and ancient church, is one of the most interesting districts of Edinburgh, to which it is now nearly joined by lines of villas and gas lamps. Anciently it was called Crosstorphyn, and the name has proved a puzzle to antiquarians, who have had sonie strange theories on the subject of its origin. By some it is thought to have obtained its name from the circumstance of a golden cross-Croix d’orjn-having been presented to the church by a French noble, and hence Corstorphine; and an obscure tradition of some such cross did once exist. According to others, the name signified ‘‘ the milk-house under the hill,’’ a wild idea in
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