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As soon as we had emptied the nae better weapon in his hands than basins of their savoury contents, the the jail-door, (it had once been a hardamsel removed them, and in their row,) whilk he reft frae the bands, and place produced a large jar full of cleared his way through the seven snuggled brandy. Drinking cups corporations of King Bruce's borough. made of horn, both deep and wide, ac- He was a rough unsonsie chield, and companied it, and the guests proceed- lost his life through the fault of ed to replenish and empty them with strang hemp, when he was but twenty the regularity and rapidity of platoon years auld and twa. But where was firing. The gloom and wrath which there a man like our ain Tam Marwere visible on the brows of the Gal. shall, known in his own sangs by the wegean, the man of Dryfe Dubs, and name of Galloway Tam, who had sic the fiery cousin of Kate Marshall, be- a cunning hand that he stole the gan to brighten up, smiles were suc- purse of Serjeant Macraw from his ceeded by opener mirth-mirth by very belt, as he paid him for a new langhter, loud, and long, and boister- snuff-mull, and a' for a wager o'twall ous. The names of the ancient heroes pennys-and, by my fay, he had a and heroines of the clan were toasted, hand as strang as it was cunning, for and the toasts were accompanied by he fought the het-blooded Highlandbrief notices and allusions to their er wi' a crabtree stick against cauld characters and their achievements.- steel for a round sound hour, and The chieftain, hoary and furrowed, then gae him back his purse to mend and his might subdued by the force his sair banes." " Ah, grandfather," of eighty years and odd, sat up erect, said Kate Marshall, “ my uncle was and joyous as the glories of ancient the pride o' ancient Galloway. Comtimes arose to his recollection. The pared with him, what are those handlight of youth came back to his faded less and heartless coofs that carry on eyes in fitful and broken gleams.- the calling now-reavers of auld wives « Ah! lads,” said he, with a tone of haddins, and robbers of hen-roosts.sorrowful reflection, and conscious that And yet thae sackless sinners sigh for he was fallen on evil days and among the hand o' strang Tam Marshall's little men, “ the times are sadly niece of a' the miseries and dools changed-and man, once stately and that women are doomed to dree, that stark, is now stunted and feckless of bearing bairns to a gomeril is the where is the fallow now like black saddest and the sairest.” “ And what Jamie Macall, the game cock of Glen- serves all this sighing about auld mannah, who threw a fat wether o'er times," said the descendant of the the West Bow Port of Edinburgh, on Macgrabs of Galloway, “ the days are a wager of a plack with a porter.” gane when a stark chap, with a drawn " And sad and sair he rued it,” said sword, bought pleasure and wealth Kate Marshall, “the deed was done the hempen might of civil law lies in anger, and the poor creature bleated stretched over the land, and deel soupit as it flew owre the wall, thirty feet it is else but a desperate foumart trap high and three, and Jamie said he a cursed gird-an-girns to grip all heard the bleat o' the waefu brute in kinds of spulziers-slight maun to do, his lug as he lay on his death-bed !" for might canna do, sae said Tam “ Then there was Jock Johnstone,” Marshall, wight as he was, and sae said the chieftain, heedless of his say 1-and talking o'gallant Tam, grand-daughter's illustrations, “ Rab's I might do waur than gie ye ane of Jock of the Donkeydubs of Lochma- his sangs he had a soul to make, and ben, kenned far and near by the name a sweet voice to sing-sangs that shall of double-ribbed Jock, who fought his live while heads wear horns, and that's way from among iron stanchells, with a right bauld boast.”
The audience seemed as prepared to listen as the Galwegean was to sing, and he accordingly delivered, in a kind of rough and careless chant, the following rude verses:
My love sball neither sigh por sab
When the linns o' Clouden have ceased to
The moor-hen swears by her rough legs,
When the hare has might to break my mesh,
The Galwegean ceased, and applauses Marshall made sangs of a safter sortprolonged, and almost rivalling in he had a tender heart at times-it discordance the mixed greeting of the aye grew hardened by the Candleowl and raven, when the fox glides mas fair o' Dumfries—whan men under their secure roosts, followed rade hame with dizzy heads and the traditional ballad of the tribe. — heavy purses. Kate Marshall, my “ May I be ridden by the reeket winsome lass, e'en sing me thy uncle's deil round the roons o Galloway," sang that he made for poor Chrissaid the descendant of the Macgrabs, tian Kennedy o' Cummertrees, whan “ without saddle or sonks, if lady's the salt sea swallowed up the father fingers ever touched stented thairm to o her lad bairn." The gay look a better sang than that. I should of the gypsey maiden saddened as like to see the lad that said no till't-" the old man spoke, and she sung, “ Its a ballad o' bauld bearing doubt, with a voice exceedingly pathetic and less," said the chieftain, “and brags sweet, some verses which I have never o' hership and bodily harm. Tam forgotten.
CHRISTIAN KENNEDY'S SONG.
The lea shall have its lily bells,
The tree its bud and blossom, But when shall I have my leal love
Hame frae the faithless ocean.
All night I woo the tender stars,
With eyes upturned and mourning,
For my leal love returning.
Sair, sair I pled, and followed him
Oh sweetly sweet would be the sleep, With weeping and with wailing;
That knows no dream or waking, He broke his vow, and broke my heart, And lang and green may the grass grow And sighed, and went a sailing.
Aboon a heart that's breaking. “ Sweet be your tongue, my sonsie poncrapin's numerous roosts-see if lass,” said the man of Galloway ; “ I the carse pool keeps a salmon with shouldna scunner at a bed aneath the a fat mergh-fin-seek for a hare in billows myself-providing I could be the hedge, and a moorhen on the drowned within sight o' Tongland, hill--and, aboon a', pluck some ripe my native place to have sae saft plumbs and apples for my fair and and tender à voice to warble aboon kind cousin Kate-We maun cease me-Faith, I count it nae uncomfort- singing and rin." able thing to have a sweet sang sung Instant preparation was made for by cherry lips about ane whan their this excursion, and I had no doubt head's happit.”_" And what voice that the laird and the captain would shall sing owre thee," said the iron mourn o'er their diminished flocks in man of Dryfe, who had no sympathy the morning, and plan an expedition for the fame of song after the turf with hound and horn, against the had opened and closed upon him foxes of Dalswinton wood and Queens“ The hooded crow shall have its berry mountain. The alert Macgrab, sunket off yere brisket bane some and the cousin of bonny Kate, stood mornin, and ye winna hear its croak- ready awaiting the signal to march dom me, if ye will —" “ It's now from the chieftain, but the desperado near ane o'clock," said Kate Marshall's from the Dub of Drufe shewed evicousin ; " and we maun count the dent reluctance to prepare, and seemsheep on Cursan Collieson's hill-side ed contending with some strong internumber the fat hens on Captain Ca. nal feeling. He put his emotions in
words: “ By the spur o'the John- if I disna.” The gypsey maiden stones,” said he, “ and its a winged looked on the Drysdale suppliant with ane, if the sough of Christian Kenne- mingled pity and scorn ;-but her dy's sang is no ringing in baith my grandfather said : “ Sing him a sang, lugs, like the wether's bleat i' the lug Katherine, my dow; its a sad thing o black Jamie o' Glenmannah. De'il to have the sough of a dirge in ane's hae me if I'se owre prood ot. Kate, ear,-it never comes but dole and sormy winsome kimmer, hae ye nae sang row follow-dinna let him gang to —some kissing kind ane, to drive this his doom, may be, uncheered, if your wail odool and sorrow out of my tongue can charm him." To her lng. Conscience, if ye'll sing me ane, grandfather's request the maiden comI'se bribe your lips with a pocket-full plied, and sung, with an easy and arch o the sweetest plumbs that ever hung grace, the ballad I shall try to repeat under a green leaf to the sun, d-n me to you.
Now, wad ye but leave your gay lady,
Now quat the grip, thou gypsey loon. And carry the tinkling tools wi' me;
Thou hast touzeli'd me till my breath is And lie on kilns, on clean ait straw,
And my lady will fret frae bower to ha', My Winsome lass o' Gallowa.”
Quo' the winsome lass o' Gallowa'.
8. The fingers that starch my lady's frills
Ye've coupit the soldering-pan, my lass, Never could carry your tinkling tools ;
And ye have scaled my clinks o' brass ; Ye're pans wad grime my neck of snaw,
And my gude spoon caams ye've split in twa, Quo' the winsome lass o' Gallowa'. .
My winsome lass o' Gallowa'. During the gypsey maiden's song, the wark !” he half shouted, “ bairns to sky, which before bad become cloudy wark! when mankind are humbled and overcast, darkened down to earth we maun work,-a praying eye is aye at once; thunder was heard nearer steeked ;-a dunt o'thunder and a flaff and nearer, and the crooked fires came o' fire are just the tongue and the light flashing rapid and bright among the to make our trade thrive ;-mind, the green branches of the forest. The fattest ewe has the fairest fleece; and applause which succeeded her song the best hen sits at the wing o' the was sobered down by the presence of cock ;-prime matters to remember.the tempest ;-I was busy with inter- Rin, rin while the light shines.” nal prayer; the old man alone seemed And away started the gypsey marau. unawed, -he snatched up the unfinish- ders, leaving me alone with the hoary ed harvest-horn that lay at his feet, and conductor of this roving horde, and gave one brief blast : “ Bairns, to his hopeful grand-daughter.
LETTÉR, FROM A PROPRIETOR OF ST ANDREW's-SQUARE, RELATIVE TO THE
PROPOSED MONUMENT FOR LORD MELVILLE. MR EDITOR, I AM one of those Proprietors of St Committee on 6th March last. Even Andrew's square who have been fre after that, I merely considered it as a quently alluded to of late in your Ma- piece of neglect in point of etiquette ; gazine, as well as in certain other pub- for I had reason to know that the se lications, as having been the means of cretary to the Naval Committee had preventing the Naval Monument, in constantly had access to the whole of honour of the memory of the late Lord our minutes ; nor was it till I read the Melville, from being erected in that letter from “ One of the Committee,” which, I agree with you in thinking, is that I came to be satisfied that this the best situation for it, either within omission had been of more importor in the neighbourhood of this city. ance than I had previously imagined. I have not the least intention of en- I cannot persuade myself that the netering into any discussion on the sub- gotiation would ever have been broken ject, nor do I think it would be rea- off, had the Naval Committee been as sonable to request of you to admit any well informed of our proceedings as additional arguments, either on the we were with regard to theirs, nor one side or the other, relative to a that they would have neglected as matter which has already occupied ful. they did a communication which was ly enough of your valuable Miscellany. made to them by “ a learned gentle. At the same time, I must confess, that man*" shortly before they adopted I am anxious that such gentlemen as their last resolution, (unless, indeed, may choose to favour the public with they considered themselves bound by their speculations, should be fully ac- their agreement with Sir Patrick quainted with the facts of the case be- Walker,) had they known, that it fore they begin to reason upon the sub- was not with any proprietor of the ject ; and the more so, that, from the square that any change of measures language employed by a gallant member originated, and, that after they themof the Naval Committee, whose letter selves had agreed upon an ultimaappeared in the last Number of your tum, point after point was conMagazine, and from certain other cir- ceded by the proprietors, with no cumstances which have recently come other view than that of consulting the to my knowledge, I am fully convinced, feelings and desires of the Naval that, however strange it may appear, Committee, before any one of the the Committee are at this moment in a members of the square ever thought of state of consiclerable ignorance of the protesting against the erection of the history and progress of their negotiation pillar. with the proprietors of St Andrew's- As I said before, I have no intensquare. I am aware that, in point of tion of arguing the matter ; but trustfact, no official answer was transmitted ing that you will agree with me in by the proprietors of the Square to the thinking, that in fairness and justice last communication of the Naval Com- to all parties concerned, the facts of mittee. This was doubtless a great the case ought to be known to the omission on the part of the gentlemen public, I hope you will have the who ought to have returned such an- kindness to indulge me with inserting swer. From not having been a mem- the following extracts from the miber of the last Committee appointed nutes of the proprietors of the square, by the proprietors, I am not personal- to which I will annex no farther exly responsible for the neglect; and the planation than seems to me to be netruth is, that I was not aware of it till cessary to render them intelligible to after I had read the “ General Report," such persons as did not hear the verbwhich was published by the Naval al statements by which they were ac
• I hope there are none of us who are incapable of acknowledging and endeavouring to repair any error which we may happen to commit, but this gentleman was mistaken in saying that two of the proprietors might be induced to withdraw their objections, and your correspondent in the Number for February, who said they had made the amende honourable, was also wrong, and both for the same reason, that those proprietors had expressly consented to terms more favourable to the Naval Committee, than they themselves had signified their satisfaction with, before the negotiation was broken off.
companied, and from them I think entered into the following resolution : you will be satisfied that the following “ The Committee, having considered is a correct detail of the facts of the the extract of the minute of the Comcase.
mittee of Proprietors of St Andrew's Ist, The negociation was opened by Square, of date the 8th instant, herea printed letter, dated 9th December by instruct their secretary to inform 1818, and signed by the secretary to the Committee of Proprietors, that the the Naval Committee; in which he Naval Committee cannot agree to the asked permission of the Proprietors to modifications proposed by the prom erect the pillar in the square under prietors of the Square, relative to the certain conditions, which were all of introduction of gas, and building up them highly reasonable and proper. the door of the monument."
On the 21st of the same month the 3d, The different gentlemen who Proprietors of the Square held a meet- had proposed the modifications which ing, for the purpose of taking this let. I have mentioned, having been priter into their consideration, where the vately informed of this resolution only differences of opinion among them of the Naval Committee, and being were, as to whether the pillar should sincerely desirous to throw no obstacle be erected in the centre, or at the west in the way, withdrew their respeccate of the Square, and whether an tive proposals. At the same time, answer should be returned to the in agreeing to a door being made in Naval Committee, consenting to the the pillar, it was thought advisable, erection, before or after it should be that measures should be adopted to Iseertained whether the absent Pro- prevent the indiscriminate access of prietors would concur with those who strangers. And whether the idea was attended the meeting.
correct in a legal view or not, it was also At this meeting, all the gentlemen deemed necessary that this should be who have ever been stated as objectors, done before the pillar was erected, for excepting one, were present, and it was this reason, that any condition agreed unanimously agreed, that the proposal to beforehand by the Proprietors among of the Naval Committee should be ap- themselves would have been binding provedof, provided this general consent upon them, and might have been enwas got; and several meetings of the forced at any time by a minority, or Proprietors, and of their Committee even by one of their number; whereas were held for the purpose of forward- a regulation made after the pillar was ing the object in view.
finished, would have been liable to 2d, It had been signified, that it constant alterations at the pleasure of would be as cheap, and that the every meeting of proprietors, or of per pillar would be stronger, if it were sons obtaining authority from non-resi built with a stair in the inside, than dents, however small the number of it would be if it were solid, and that such meeting might be. the stair would also be convenient This explanation will explain the when it should be necessary to repair next resolution of the Committee of the pillar. It was suggested, at one Proprietors, which was entered into of our meetings, that in order to on 20th March, 1819, in these terms: secure the privacy of the Square for “ The Committee unanimously agree, the sake of the children of the Pro- that no gas-light shall be combined prietors, and to prevent strangers from with the pillar; and that the door of getting within the area, under the the pillar shall be under lock and key, pretence of ascending the stair, the and entirely under the control of the door of the Pillar should be built up, Proprietors, and never opened exceptand should never be opened excepting ing for necessary repairs, and that any when repairs were wanted. It was individual proprietor shall have the also thought, that gas lights might power of a veto against opening the be combined with the pillar in such door, excepting for repairs.” a manner, as to prove ornamental to 4th, This explicit offer was as expli. it, and useful to the Square.
. citly accepted by the Naval CommitThese suggestions, together with tee, by a minute dated on the same day, the proposal, that the pillar should be in which they state, that they consider erected at the side of the Square, were the transaction with the Proprietors of communicated to the Naval Committee; the Square to be closed. Their minute and on the 9th of March 1819, they was in these terms: " having VOL. VII.