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Aberdeen afterwards Albany Alexander ancient Andrews Angus appears appointed army Athol Baillie Balcarres Balfour Baliol Barclay baronet barons battle became bishop Blackadder Blair born Borthwick Bothwell brother Bruce Brus Buchan Buchanan burgh Campbell castle charter church Comyn court crown daugh David death died Douglas duke duke of Albany earl earl of Angus earl of Athol earl of Fife earl of Mar earl of Menteith earldom Edin Edinburgh edition Edward eldest England English father favour Fife France George Glasgow heir Henry History honour King James king of Scotland kingdom Lady laird lands letter Lindsay Lond London Lord lordship March Margaret married Mary minister parish parliament Perthshire poem possessed published queen received regent reign Robert the Bruce royal says Scotland Scots Scottish sent Sir James Sir John Sir William sons Stirling succeeded surname Thomas tion took Walter wife William the Lion
Page 150 - Arbuthnot was a man of great comprehension, skilful in his profession, versed in the sciences, acquainted with ancient literature, and able to animate his mass of knowledge by a bright and active imagination; a scholar with great brilliance of wit, a wit who, in the crowd of life, retained and discovered a noble ardour of religious zeal.
Page 469 - In my infant and boyish days, too, I owed much to an old woman who resided in the family, remarkable for her ignorance, credulity, and superstition. She had, I suppose, the largest collection in the country of tales and songs concerning devils, ghosts, fairies, brownies, witches, warlocks, spunkies, kelpies, elf-candles, deadlights, wraiths, apparitions, cantraips, giants, enchanted towers, dragons, and other trumpery.
Page 233 - Thou hast tasted of prosperity and adversity; thou knowest what it is to be banished thy native country, to be over-ruled, as well as to rule, and sit upon the throne; and being oppressed, thou hast reason to know how hateful the oppressor is both to God and man...
Page 471 - He was the only man I ever saw who was a greater fool than myself, where woman was the presiding star; but he spoke of illicit love with the levity of a sailor, which hitherto I had regarded with horror. Here his friendship did me a mischief; and the consequence was, that soon after I resumed the plough, I wrote the Poet's Welcome.
Page 256 - All that the genial ray of morning gilds, And all that echoes to the song of even, All that the mountain's sheltering bosom shields, And all 'the dread magnificence of heaven, O how canst thou renounce, and hope to be forgiven ! X.
Page 470 - You know our country custom of coupling a man and woman together as partners in the labors of harvest. In my fifteenth autumn, my partner was a bewitching creature, a year younger than myself. My scarcity of English denies me the power of doing her justice in that language, but you know the Scottish idiom: she was a "bonnie, sweet, sonsie lass.
Page 479 - There is scarcely any earthly object gives me more — I do not know if I should call it pleasure — but something which exalts me, something which enraptures me — than to walk in the sheltered side of a wood, or high plantation, in a cloudy winter-day, and hear the stormy wind howling among the trees, and raving over the plain.
Page 314 - Strahan, however, had sent one of the sermons to Dr. Johnson for his opinion ; and after his unfavourable letter to Dr. Blair had been sent off, he received from Johnson on Christmaseve, a note in which was the following paragraph :
Page 451 - Truth, its Manifest; or, a Short and True Relation of divers main passages of things (in some whereof the Scots are particularly concerned), from the very first beginning of these unhappy Troubles to this day.