Memorie of the Somervilles: being a history of the baronial house of Somerville, Volume 2 (Google eBook)

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A. Constable, 1815
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Page 194 - I furnished to half a dozen of good fellows muskets and pikes, and to my boy a broadsword. I carried, myself, as the fashion was, a sword and a couple of Dutch pistols at my saddle; but, I promise, for the offence of no man except a robber in the way...
Page 194 - Hill was garnished on the top, towards the south and east, with our mounted cannon ; well near to the number of forty, great and small. Our regiments lay on the sides of the Hill, almost round about: the place was not a mile in circle; a pretty round, rising in a declivity, without steepness, to the height of a bow-shot; on the top, somewhat plain; about a quarter of a mile in length; and as much in breadth; as I remember, capable of tents for forty thousand men.
Page 392 - All they that take the sword shall perish by the sword ;") whereas it was very weill knoune all the blood that that unfortunate gentleman had shed in Scotland was in ther quarrell and defence, being but then engadged in his master's service when he was taken prisoner, and executed at the lurk's instigatione.
Page 195 - Captains [were], for the most part, barons or gentlemen of good note ; our Lieutenants, almost all soldiers who had served over sea in good charges ; every company had, flying at the Captain's tent door, a brave new colour, stamped with the Scottish Arms, and this ditton, FOR CHRIST'S CROWN AND COVENANT, in golden letters.
Page 434 - The ladie, as she had been the only contryver of Montrose's escape, soe did she avow the same before them all ; testifying she was heartily sorry it had not taken effect according to her wished desyre. This confidence of hers, as it bred some admiratione in her accusers, soe it freed her husband and the servants from being farder challenged ; only they took security of the laird for his ladye's appearing before the Committie of Estates when called, which she never was. Ther worships gott...
Page 270 - ... or words ; hardly conceived what was proposed, and as confusedly and obscurely delivered his opinion ; and could indeed better judge by his eye than his ear; and in the field well knew what was to be done.
Page 434 - ... lyke swyne on a midding, he was challenged a little without the outmost guaird by a wretched trouper of Strachan's troupe, that had been present at his takeing. This fellow was none of the guaird that night, but being quartered hard by, was come rammellingin for his bellieful of drinke, when he made this unluckie discovery, which.
Page 194 - The crowners3 lay in kennous (canvas) lodges, high and wide ; their captains about them in lesser ones ; the sojours about, all in huts of timber covered with divot (turf) or straw. Our crowners, for the most part, were noblemen : Rothes, Lindsay, Sinclair had among them two full regiments at least, from Fife; Balcarras a horse-troop ; Loudon
Page 193 - It would have done you good," he remarks in one of his letters, " to have cast your eyes athort our brave and rich hills, as oft as I did, with great contentment and joy ; for I was there among the rest, being chosen preacher by the gentlemen of our shire, who came late with Lord Eglintoune.
Page 433 - ... what officers commanded them, she not only ordered her butlers to let the souldiers want for noe drink, but she herself, out of respect and kyndnesse...

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