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let Meg keep the boy-she would have returned “ And what did you do to him?" him after he had forgot all."
“ Sent him to hell before me?" replied the mis"Why, Hatteraick, you are turned driveller !" creant.
“ Wetter! will you deny that all that cursed at “Wretch !" said Mac-Morlan,“ you have crowned tempt at Portanferty, which lost both sloop and a life spent without a single virtue, with the mur. crew, was your device for your own job?"
der of your own miserable accomplice !" “ But the goods, you know".
“Virtue?" exclaimed the prisoner
er-"Donner! I “ Curse the goods!” said the smuggler, was always faithful to my ship-owners- always accould have got plenty more; but, der deyvil ! to counted for cargo to the last stiver. Hark ye ! let lose the ship and the fine fellows, and my own life, me have pen and ink, and I'll write an account for a cursed coward villain, that always works his of the whole to our house; and leave me alone a own mischief with other people's hands ! Speak to couple of hours, will ye-and let them take away me no more - I'm dangerous.”
that piece of carrion, donner wetter !" “ But, Dirk -- but, Hatteraick, hear me only a Mac-Morlan deemed it the best way to humour few words."
the savage ; he was furnished with writing mate“ Hagel! nein ! ”
rials, and left alone. When they again opened the * Only one sentence.”
door, it was found that this determined villain had “ Tausand curses! nein!”
anticipated justice. He had adjusted a cord taken “At least get up, for an obstinate Dutch brute !” from the truckle-bed, and attached it to a bone, the said Glossin, losing his temper, and pushing Hat- relic of his yesterday's dinner, which he had conteraick with his foot.
trived to drive into a crevice between two stones “ Donner and blitzen!” said Hatteraick, spring- in the wall, at a height as great as he could reach ing up and grappling with him—“ you wil have it standing upon the bar. Having fastened the noose, then?"
he had the resolution to drop his body as if to fall Glossin struggled and resisted; but, owing to his on his knees, and to retain that posture until resosurprise at the fury of the assault, so ineffectually, lution was no longer necessary. The letter he had that he fell under Hatteraick, the back part of his written to his owners, though chiefly upon the buneck coming full upon the iron bar with stunning siness of their trade, contained many allusions to violence. The death-grapple continued. The room the younker of Ellangowan, as he called him, and immediately below the condemned ward, being that afforded absolute confirmation of all Meg Merrilies of Glossin, was, of course, empty; but the inmates and her nephew had told. of the second apartment beneath felt the shock of To dismiss the catastrophe of these two wretched Glossin's heavy fall, and heard a noise as of strug- men, I shall only add, that Mac-Guffog was turned gling and of groans. But all sounds of horror were out of office, notwithstanding his declaration (which too congenial to this place to excite much curiosity he offered to attest by oath), that he had locked or interest.
Glossin safely in his own room upon the night preIn the morning, faithful to his promise, Mac- ceding his being found dead in Dirk Hatteraick's Guffog came—“ Mr Glossin,” said he, in a whis-cell. His story, however, found faith with the pering voice.
worthy Mr. Skriegh, and other lovers of the mar" Call louder," answered Dirk Hatteraick. vellous, who still hold that the Enemy of Mankind “ Mr Glossin, for God's sake come away!” brought these two wretches together upon that
“ He'll hardly do that without help," said Hat- night, by supernatural interference, that they might teraiek.
fill up the cup of their guilt and receive its meed, " What are you chattering there for, Mac-Guf- by murder and suicide. fog?” called out the captain, from below.
“Come away, for God's sake, Mr. Glossin!” repeated the turnkey. At this moment the jailor made his appearance
CHAPTER LVIII. with a light. Great was his surprise, and even horror, to observe Glossin's body lying doubled across
To sum the whole-- the close of all. the iron bar, in a posture that excluded all idea of his being alive. Hatteraick was quietly stretched As Glossin died without heirs, and without pay. upon his pallet within a yard of his victim. On ment of the price, the estate of Ellangowan was lifting Glossin, it was found he had been dead for again thrown upon the hands of Mr. Godfrey Bersome hours. His body bore uncommon marks of tram's creditors, the right of most of whom was violence. The spine where it joins the skull had however defeasible, in case Henry Bertram should received severe injury by his first fall. There were establish his character of heir of entail. This young distinct marks of strangulation about the throat, gentleman put his affairs into the hands of Mr. which corresponded with the blackened state of his Pleydell and Mr Mac-Morlan, with one single proface. The head was turned backward over the viso, that though he himself should be obliged again shoulder, as if the neck had been wrung round with to go to India, every debt, justly and honourably due desperate violence. So that it would seem that his by his father, should be made good to the claimant. inveterate antagonist had fixed a fatal gripe upon Mannering, who heard this declaration, grasped him the wretch's throat, and never quitted it while life kindly by the hand, and from that moment might lasted. The lantern, crushed and broken to pieces, be dated a thorough understanding between them. lay beneath the body.
The hoards of Miss Margaret Bertram, and the Mac-Morlan was in the town, and came instantly liberal assistance of the Colonel, easily enabled the to examine the corpse.—“ What brought Glossin heir to make provision for payment of the just crehere?” he said to Hatteraick.
ditors of his father;- while the ingenuity and re* The devil !" answered the ruffian.
scarch of his law friends detected, especially in tlie
accounts of Glossin, so many overcharges as greatly own door-keepers. But you know what Cujacinis diminished the total amount. In these circum says, ‘Multa sunt in moribus dissentanea, mulia sine stances, the creditors did not hesitate to secognise ratione.'? However, this Saturnalian court has done Bertram's right, and to surrender to him the house our business; and a glorious batch of claret we had and property of his ancestors. All the party re- afterwards at Walker's. Mac-Morlan will stare paired from Woodbourne to take possession, amid when he sees the bill.” the shouts of the tenantry and the neighbourhood; “ Never fear,” said the Colonel ; “ we'll face the and so eager was Colonel Mannering to superintend shock, and entertain the county at my friend Mrs certain improvements which he had recommended | Mac-Candlish's to boot.” to Bertram, that he removed with his family from “ And choose Jock Jabos for your master of Woodbourne to Ellangowan, although at present horse ?” replied the lawyer. containing much less and much inferior accom Perhaps I may." modation.
“ And where is Dandie, the redoubted Lord of The poor Dominie's brain was almost turned Liddesdale ?" demanded the advocate. with joy on returning to his old habitation. He « Returned to his mountains ; but he has proposted up stairs, taking three steps at once, to a mised Julia to make a descent in summer, with the little shabby attic, his cell and dormitory in former goodwife, as he calls her, and I don't know how days, and which the possession of his much supe- many children.” rior apartment at Woodbourne had never banished “0, the curly-headed varlets !-1 must come to from his memory. Here one sad thought suddenly play at Blind Harry and Hy Spy with them. — But struck the honest man— the books !--no three what is all this?” added Pleydell
, taking up the rooms in Ellangowan were capable to contain them. plans ;" tower in the centre to be an imitation of While this qualifying reflection was passing through the Eagle Tower at Caernarvon-corps de logishis mind, he was suddenly summoned by Manner- the devil ! — wings — wings? why, the house will ing to assist in calculating some proportions rela- | take the estate of Ellangowan on its back, and fly ting to a large and splendid house, which was to be away with it !" built on the site of the New Place of Ellangowan, “Why then, we must ballast it with a few bags in a style corresponding to the magnificence of the of Sicca rupees,” replied the Colonel. ruins in its vicinity. Among the various rooms “ Aha! sits the wind there? Then I suppose the in the plan, the Dominie observed, that one of the young dog carries off my mistress Julia ?" largest was entitled The LIBRARY ; and close be “ Even so, counsellor.” side was a snug well-proportioned chamber, en “ These rascals, the post-nati, get the better of titled, Mr. SAMPSON'S APARTMENT.—“ Prodigious, us of the old school at every turn,” said Mr Pleyprodigious, pro-di-gi-ous !” shouted the enraptured dell." But she must convey and make over her Dominie.
interest in me to Lucy." Mr Pleydell had left the party for some time; “ To tell you the truth, I am afraid your flank but he returned, according to promise, during the will be turned there too,” replied the Colonel. Christmas recess of the courts. He drove up to
« Indeed?” Ellangowan when all the family were abroad but “ Here has been Sir Robert Hazlewood,” said the Colonel, who was busy with plans of buildings Mannering, “ upon a visit to Bertram, thinking, and pleasure-grounds, in which he was well skilled, and deeming, and opining' and took great delight.
“ O Lord
I pray spare me the worthy Baronet's “ Ah ha!” said the counsellor,—“ so here you triads !" are! Where are the ladies? where is the fair Ju “ Well, sir,” continued Mannering ; " to make lia ?”
short, he conceived that as the property of Single“ Walking out with young Hazlewood, Bertram, side lay like a wedge between two farms of his, and and Captain Delaserre, a friend of his, who is with was four or five miles separated from Ellangowan, us just now. They are gone to plan out a cottage something like a sale, or exchange, or arrangement at Derncleugh. Well
, have you carried through might take place, to the mutual convenience of both your law business ?”
parties.” “With a wet finger," answered the lawyer; “got “ Well, and Bertram”. our youngster's special service retoured into Chan " Why, Bertram replied, that he considered the cery. We had him served heir before the macers. original settlement of Mrs Margaret Bertram as the “Macers ? who are they?”
arrangement most proper in the circumstances of “Why, it is a kind of judicial Saturnalia. You the family, and that therefore the estate of Singlemust know, that one of the requisites to be a ma side was the property of his sister.”. cer, or officer in attendance upon our supreme court,
“ The rascal !” said Pleydell, wiping his specis, that they shall be men of no knowledge." tacles," he'll steal my heart as well as my mistresu “ Very well!”
- Et puis?" “ Now, our Scottish legislature, for the joke's “ And then Sir Robert retired, after many grasake I suppose, have constituted those men of no cious speeches ; but last week he again took the knowledge into a peculiar court for trying questions field in force, with his coach and six horses, his of relationship and descent, such as this business laced scarlet waistcoat, and best bob-wig-all very of Bertram, which often involve the most nice and grand, as the good-boy books say." complicated questions of evidence.”
“ Ay! and what was his overture ?" « The devil they have !--I should think that ra “ Why, he talked with great form of an attachther inconvenient," said Mannering.
ment on the part of Charles Hazlewood to Miss “0, we have a practical remedy for the theore- Bertram.” tical absurdity. One or two of the judges act upon
1 The singular inconsistency hinted at is now, in a great buch occasions as prompters and assessors to their degree, removed.
“Ay, ay; he respected the little god Cupid “Only till we carry these plans into effect, when he saw him perched on the Dun of Single- See, here's the plan of my Bungalow, with all side. And is poor Lucy to keep house with that convenience for being separate and sulky when old fool and his wife, who is just the knight him- I please.” self in petticoats ?"
“And, being situated, as I see, next door to “No—we parried that. Singleside-House is the old castle, you may repair Donagild's tower to be repaired for the young people, and to be for the nocturnal contemplation of the celestial called hereafter Mount Hazlewood.”
bodies ? Bravo, Colonel ! " " And do you yourself, Colonel, propose to "No, no, my dear counsellor! Here ends The continue at Woodbourne ?”
Note A, page 14,—THE GROANING MALT.
generally knew whose purse was best stocked, and who took The groaning malt mentioned in the text was the ale
a lonely and desolate road homeward, -those, in short, brewed for the purpose of being drunk after the lady or
who were best worth robbing, and likely to be most easily
robbed. goodwife's safe delivery. The ken-no has a more ancient
All this Charlie knew full well ;-but he had
pair of source, and perhaps the custom may be derived from the sotret rites of the Bona Dea. A large and rich cheese was
excellent pistols, and a dauntless heart. He stopped at
Mumps's Ha', notwithstanding the evil character of the place. made by the women of the family, with great atfectation
His horse was accommodated where it might have the necesof serrecy, for the refreshment of the gossips who were to attend at the canny minute. This was the ken-no, so called
sary rest and feed of corn; and Charlie himself, a dashing
fellow, grew gracious with the landlady, a buxom quean, because its existence was secret (that is, presumed to be so)
who used all the influence in her power to induce him to from all the males of the family, but especially from the husband and master, He was, accordingly, expected to con
stop all night. The landlord was from home, she said, and
it was ill passing the Waste, as twilight must needs descend duct himself as if he knew of no such preparation, to act as
on him before he gained the Scottish side, which was reckif desirous to press the female guests to refreshments, and to
oned the safest. But Fighting Charlie, though he suffered seem surprised at their obstinate refusal. But the instant
himself to be detained later than was prudent, did not achis back was turned, the ken-no was produced ; and after all had eaten their all, with a proper accompaniment of the
count Mumps's Ha'a safe place to quarter in during the night. groaning mall, the remainder was divided among the gossips, kind words, and mounted his nag, having first examined his
He tore himself away, therefore, from Meg's good fare and Each carrying a large portion home with the same affectation pistols, and tried by the ramroad whether the charge reof great secrecy.
mained in them.
He proceeded a mile or two, at a round trot, when, as NOTE B, p. 55,- Muure's HA:
the Waste stretched black before him, apprehensions be
gan to awaken in his mind, partly arising out of Meg's unIt is fitting to explain to the reader the locality described usual kindness, which he could not help thinking had in this chapter. There is, or rather I should say there was, rather a suspicious appearance. He there fore resolved to a little inn, called Mumps's Hall,--that is being interpreted, reload his pistols, lest the powder had become damp; but Beggar's Hotel,-near to Gilsland, which had not then at what was his surprise, when he drew the charge, to find tained its present fame as a Spa. It was a hedge alebou:e, neither powder nor ball, while each barrel had been carewhere the Border farmers of either country often stopped to fully filled with tou, up to the space which the loading had refresh themselves and their nags, in their way to and from occupied ! and, the priming of the weapons being left unthe fairs and trysts in Cumberland, and especially those who touched, nothing but actually drawing and examining the came from or went to Scotland, through a barren and lonely charge could have diseovered the inefficiency of his arms district, without either road or pathway, emphatically called till the fatal minute arrived when their services were rethe Waste of Bewcastle. At the period when the adventures quired. Charlie bestowed a hearty Liddesdale curse on his described in the novel are supposed to have taken place, there landlady, and reloaded his pistols with care and accuracy, were rany instances of attacks by freebooters on those who having now no doubt that he was to be waylaid and astravelled through this wild district; and Mumps's Ha' had a saulted. He was not far engaged in the Waste, which was bad reputation for harbouring the banditti who commit then, and is now, traversed only by such routes as are desuch depredations.
scribed in the text, when two or three fellows, disguised An old and sturdy yeoman belonging to the Scottish side, and variously armed, started from a moss-hag, while, by s by sumate an Armstrong or Elliot,
but well known \y his glance behind him (for, marching, as the Spaniard says, sonbriquet of Fighting Charlie of Liddesdale, and still re with his beard on his shoulder, he reconnoitred in every membered for the courage he displayed in the frequent frays direction), Charlie instantly saw retreat was impossible, which took place on the Border fifty or sixty years since, as other two stout men appeared behind liim at some dis had the following adventure in the Waste, which suggested tance. The Borderer lost not a moment in taking his rethe idea of the scene in the text:
solution, and boldly trotted against his enemies in front, Charlie had been at Stagshaw-bank fair, had sold his sheep who called loudly on him to stand and deliver. Charlie or cattle, or whatever he had brought to market, and was spurred on, and presented h's pistol. “D-n your pistol!" og his return to Liddesdale. There were then no country said the foremost robber, whoin Charlie to his dying day banks where cash could be deposited, and bills received in protested he believed to have been the landlord of Mumps's stead, which greatly encouraged robbery in that wild coun Ha'--"D---n your pistol! I care not a curse for it."-" Ay, try, as the objects of plunder were usually fraught with gold. led," said the deep voice of Fighting Charlie, “but the toto's Tae robbers had spies in the fair, by means of whom they ) out now.' He had no vecasion to utter another word: the
rogues, furprised at finding a man of redoubted courage fidelity. Those who, like the author, possess a brace of well armed, instead of being defenceless, took to the moss them, consider them as very desirable companions. In every direction, and he passed on his way without farther molestation,
Note D, p. 63,-LUX CLEEKS. The author has heard this story told by persons who received it from Fighting Charlie himself; he has also
The cleek here intimated, is the iron hook, or hooks, de heard that Mumps's Ha' was afterwards the scene of some
pending from the chimney of a Scottish cottage, on which other atrocious villany, for which the people of the house
the pot is suspended when boiling: The same appendage suffered. But these are all tales of at least half a century
is often called the crook. The salmon is usually dried by old, and the Waste has been for many years as safe as any
hanging it up. after being split and rubbed with
the smoke of the turf tire above the cleeks, where it is said place in the kingdom.
to reist, that preparation being so termed. The salmon
thus preserved is eaten as a delicacy, under the name of Note C, p. 59,-Dandie Dinmont.
kipper, a luxury to which Dr Redgill has given his sancThe author may here remark, that the character of excellent novel entitled " Marriage."
tion as an ingredient of the Scottish breakfast. - See the Dandie Dinmont was drawn from no individual. A dozen, at least, of stout Liddesdale yeomen with whom he has been acquainted, and whose hospitality he has shared in
Note E, p. 64,-CLAN SURNAMES. his rambles through that wild country, at a time when it The distinction of individuals by nicknames, when they was totally inaccessible save in the manner described in
possess no property, is still common on the Border, and the text, might lay claim to be the prototype of the rough, indeed necessary, from the number of persons having the but faithful, hospitable, and generous farmer. But one same name. In the small village of Lustruther, in Rox. circumstance occasioned the name to be fixed upon a most burghshire, there dwelt, in the memory of man, four inrespectable individual of this class, now no more. Mr habitants, called Andrew, or Dandie, Oliver. They were James Davidson of Hindlee, a tenant of Lord Douglas, be distinguished as Dandie Eassil-gate, Dandie Wassil-gate, sides the points of blunt honesty, personal strength, and Dandie Thumbie, and Dandie Dumbke. The two first had hardihood, designed to be expressed in the character of their names from living eastward and westward in the Dandie Dinmont, had the humour of naming a celebrated street of the village; the third from something peculiar in race of terriers which he possessed, by the generic names the conformation of his thumb: the fourth from his taci. of Mustard and Pepper (according as their colour was turn habits. yellow, or greyish-black), without any other individual It is told as a well-known jest, that a beggar-woman, redistinction, except as according to the nomenclature in pulsed from door to door as she solicited quarters through the text. Mr Davidson resided at Hindlee, a wild farm on à village of Annandale, asked, in her despair, if there were the very edge of the Teviotdale mountains, and bordering no Christians in the place. To which the hearers, conclose on Liddesdale, where the rivers and brooks divide cluding that she inquired for some persons so surnamed, as they take their course to the Eastern and Western seas. answered, “Na, na, there are nae Christians here; we are His passion for the chase, in all its forms, but especially a' Johnstones and Jardines." for fox-hunting, as followed in the fashion described in the next chapter, in conducting which he was skilful beyond
Note F, p. 66,--GIPSY SUPERSTITIONS. most men in the South Highlands, was the distinguishing point in his character.
The mysterious rites in which Meg Merrilies is de When the tale on which these comments are written,
scribed as engaging, belong to her character as a queen of became rather popular, the name of Dandie Dinmont was
her race. Ai know that gipsies in every country claim generally given to him, which Mr Davidson received with acquaintance with the gift of fortune-telling; but, as is great good humour, -only saying, while he distinguished
often the case, they are liable to the superstitions of which the author by the name applied to him in the country,
they avail themselves in others. The correspondent of where his own is so common-“ that the Sheriff had not
Blackwood, quoted in the Introduction to this Tale, gives written about him mair than about other folk, but only
us some information on the subject of their credulity. about his dogs." An English lady of high rank and fashion
“ I have ever understood," he says, speaking of the Yetbeing desirous to possess a brace of the celebrated Mus
holm gipsies, “ that they are extremely superstitioustard and Pepper terriers, expressed her wishes in a letter, carefully noticing the formation of the clouds, the fight which was literally addressed to Dandie Dinmont, under
of particular birds, and the soughing of the winds, before which very general direction it reached Mr Davidson, who attempting any enterprise. They have been known for was justly proud of the application, and failed not to com
several successive days to turn back with their loaded ply with a request which did him and his favourite attend carts, asses, and children, on meeting with persons whom ants so much honour.
they considered of unlucky aspect; nor do they ever proI trust I shall not be considered as offending the memory
ceed on their summer peregrinations without some propi. of a kind and worthy man, if I mention a little trait of
tious omen of their fortunate return. They also burn the character which occurred in Mr Davidson's last illness. I
clothes of their dead, not so much from any apprehension use the words of the excellent clergyman who attended
of infection being communicated by them, as the convic. him, who gave the account to a reverend gentleman of the
tion that the very circumstance of wearing them would same persuasion:
shorten the days of their living. They likewise carefully “ I read to Mr Davidson the very suitable and interest
watch the corpse by night and day till the time of inter. ing truths you addressed to him. He listened to them with
ment, and conceive that the deil
tinkles at the lykewake' great seriousness, and has uniformly displayed a deep con
of those who felt in their dead-thraw the agonies and tercern about his soul's salvation. He died on the first Sab
rors of remorse.' bath of the year (1820); an apoplectic stroke deprived him
These notions are not peculiar to the gipsies; but har. in an instant of all sensation, but happily his brother was
ing been once generally entertained among the Scottish at his bed-side, for he had detained him from the meeting
common people, are now only found among those who are house that day to be near him, although he felt himself not
the most rude in their habits, and most devoid of instruc
tion. much worse than usual.- So you have got the last little
The popular idea, that the protracted struggle beMustard that the hand of Dandie Dinmont bestowed.
tween life and death is painfully prolonged by keeping the “His ruling passion was strong even on the eve of death.
door of the apartment shut, was received as certain by the Mr Baillie's fox-hounds had started a fox opposite to his
superstitious eld of Scotland. But neither was it to be window a few weeks ago, and as soon as he heard the
thrown wide open. To leave the door ajar, was the plan sound of the dogs his eyes glistened; he insisted on getting
adopted by the old crones who understood the mysteries out of bed, and with much difficulty got to the window,
of deathbeds and lykewakes. In that case, there was room and there enjoyed the fun, as he called it. When I came
for the imprisoned spirit to escape; and yet an obstacle. down to ask for him, he said, he had seen Reynard, but
we have been assured, was offered to the entrance of any had not seen his death. If it had been the will of Provi. frightful form which might otherwise intrude itself. The dence,' he added, “I would have liked to have been after
threshold of a habitation was in some sort a sacred limit, him ; - but I am glad that I got to the window, and am and the subject of much superstition. A bride, eren to thankful for what I saw, for it has done me a great deal
this day, is always lifted over it-a rule derived apparently
from the Romans. of good. Notwithstanding these eccentricities (adds the sensible and liberal clergyman), I sincerely hope and believe he has gone to a better world, and better company
Note G, p. 99,- LIDDESDALR. and enjoyments."
The roads of Liddesdale, in Dandie Dinmont's dayı, If some part of this little narrative may excite a smile, could not be said to exist, and the district was only accesit is one which is consistent with the most perfect respect sible through a succession of tremendous morasses. About for the simple-minded invalid,
and his kind and judicious thirty years ago, the author himself was the first person religious instructor, who, we hope, will not be displeased who ever drove a little open carriage into these wilds; the with our giving, we trust, a correct edition of an anecdote excellent roads by which
they are now traversed being which has been pretty generally circulated. The race of then in some progress. The people stared with no smal Pepper and Mustard are in the highest estirpation at this wonder at a sight which many of them had never witnessed day, not only for vermin-killing, but for intelligence and in their lives before.
BEEN SUPPOSED TO BE ALLUDED TO IN THE NOVEL.
XOTR 5, p. 101,-Tappit Hex.
Horace. The best society, whether in respect of rank or
literary distinction, was always to be found in St John's The Tappit Hen contained three quarts of claret
Street, Canongate. The conversation of the excellent ola ** Weel she lo'ed a Hawick gill,
man, his high, gentleman-like, and chivalrous spirit, the And leugh to see a Tappit Hen.'
learning and wit with which he defended his fanciful pa
radoxes, and the kind and liberal spirit of his hospitality, I have seen one of these formidable stoups at Provost
must render these noctes cænæque dear to all who, like the Haswell's, at Jedburgh, in the days of yore. It was a pew author(though then yung), had the honour of sitting at his ter measure, the claret being in ancient days served from board. the tap, and had the figure of a hen upon the lid. In later times, the name was given to a glass bottle of the same dimensions. These are rare apparitions among the dege
Note M, p. 129,- Lawyers' SLEEPLESS Nights. nerate topers of modern days.
It is probably true, as observed by Counsellor Pleydell, Note I, p. 101,- ConviviaL HABITS OF THE SCOTTisa
that a lawyer's anxiety about his case, supposing him to
have been some time in practice, will seldom disturb his BAR.
rest or digestion. Clients will, however, sometimes fondly The account given by Mr Pleydell, of his sitting down
entertain a different opinion. I was told by an excellent In the midst of a revel to draw an appeal case, was taken judge, now no more, of a country gentleman, who, adfrom a story told me by an aged gentleman, of the elder dressing his leading counsel, my informer, then an advoPresident Dundas of Arniston (father of the younger Pre
cate in great practice, on the morning of the day on which sident, and of Lord Melville.) It had been thought very
the case was to be pleaded, said, with singular bonhomie, desirable, while that distinguished lawyer was King's
“Weel, my lord" (the counsel was Lord Advocate), " the counsel, that his assistance should be obtained in drawing awful day is come at last. I have nae been able to sleep a an appeal case, which, as occasion for such writings then
wink for thinking of it-nor, I dare, say, your Lordship rarely occurred, was held to be matter of great nicety.
either." The Solicitor employed for the appellant, attended by my informant acting as his clerk, went to the Lord Advocate's chambers in the Fishmarket close, as I think. It was Sa
ADDITIONAL NOTE. tarday at noon, the Court was just dismissed, the Lord Advocate had changed his dress and booted himself, and GALWEGIAN LOCALITIES AND PERSONAGES WHICH HAVE his servant and horses were at the foot of the close to carry him to Arniston. It was scarcely possible to get him to listen to a word respecting business. The wily agent, how. An old English proverb says, that more know Tom Fool erer, on pretence of asking one or two questions, which than Tom Fool knows; and the influence of the adage would not detain him half an hour, drew his Lordship, seems to extend to works composed under the influence of who was no less an eminent bon vivant than a lawyer of an idle or foolish planet. Many corresponding circum. unequalled talent, to take a whet at a celebrated tavern, stances are detected by readers, of which the author did when the learned counsel became gradually involved in a not suspect the existence. He must, however, regard it spirited discussion of the law points of the case. At as a great compliment, that in detailing incidents purely length it occurred to him, that he might as well ride to imaginary, he has been so fortunate in approximating Arniston in the cool of the evening. The horses were di- reality, as to remind his readers of actual occurrences. It rected to be put in the stable, but not to be unsaddled. is therefore with pleasure he notices some pieces of local Dinner was ordered, the law was laid aside for a time, and history and tradition, which have been supposed to cointhe bottle circulated very freely. At nine o'clock at night, cide with the fictitious persons, incidents, and scenery of after he had been honouring Bacchus for so many hours, Guy Mannering. the Lord Advocate ordered his horses to be unsaddled, The prototype of Dirk Hatteraick is considered as havpaper, pen, and ink were brought-he began to dictate the ing been a Dutch skipper called Yawkins. This man was appeal case--and continued at his task till four o'clock well known on the coast of Galloway and Dumfries-shire, the next morning. By next day's post, the solicitor sent the as sole proprietor and master of a Buckkar, or smuggling case to London, a chef d'euvre of its kind, and in which, lugger, called the Black Prince. Being distinguished by my informant assured me, it was not necessary on revisal his nautical skill and intrepidity, his vessel was frequently to correct five words. I am not, therefore, conscious of freighted, and his own services employed, by French, haring overstepped accuracy in describing the manner in Dutch, Manx, and Scottish smuggling companies. which Scottish lawyers of the old time occasionally united A person well known by the name of Buckkar-Tea, from the worship of Bacchus with that of Themis. My infor having been a noted smuggler of that article, and also by mant was Alexander Keith, Esq., grandfather to my friend, that of Bogle-Bush, the place of his residence, assured my the present Sir Alexander Keith of Ravelstone, and appren- kind informant, Mr Train, that he had frequently seen tice at the time to the writer who conducted the cause. upwards of two hundred Lingtow-men assemble at one
time, and go off into the interior of the country, fully laden NOTE K, p. 120,- GIPSY COOKERY.
with contraband goods.
In those halcyon days of the free trade, the fixed price We must again have recourse to the contribution to for carrying a box of tea, or bale of tobacco, from the coast Blackwood's Magazine, April 1817:
of Galloway to Edinburgh, was fifteen shillings, and a man "To the admirers of good eating, gipsy cookery seems with two horses carried four such packages. The trade to have little to recommend it. I can assure you, however, was entirely destroyed by Mr Pitt's celebrated commuthat the cook of a nobleman of high distinction, a person tation law, which, by reducing the duties upon excisable who never reads even a novel without an eye to the en articles, enabled the lawful dealer to compete with the largement of the culinary science, has added to the Alma
smuggler. The statute was called in Galloway and Dumnach des Gourmands, a certain Potage à la Meg Merrilies fries-shire, by those who had thriven upon the contraband de Derncleugh, consisting of game and poultry of all kinds, trade, “ the burning and starving act. stewed with vegetables into a soup, which rivals in savour Sure of such active assistance on shore, Yawkins deand richness the gallant messes of Camacho's wedding; meaned himself so boldly, that his mere name was a terror and which the Baron of Bradwardine would certainly have to the officers of the revenue. He availed himself of the reckoned among the Epulæ lautiores."
fears which his presence inspired on one particular night, The artist alluded to in this passage, is Mons. Florence, when, happening to be ashore with a considerable quantity cook to Henry and Charles, late Dukes of Buccleuch, and of goods in his sole custody, a strong party of excisemen of high distinction in his profession.
came down on him. Far from shunning the attack, Yaw
kins sprung forward, shouting, “Come on, my lads! Yaw. Note L, p. 125,- LORD MONBODDO.
kins is before you." The revenue ofhcers were intimi.
dated, and relinquished their prize, though defended only The Burnet, whose taste for the evening meal of the an by the courage and address of a single man. On his proper cients is quoted by Mr. Pleydell, was the celebrated meta element, Yawkins was equally successful. On one occaphysician and excellent man, Lord Monboddo, whose cænæ sion, he was landing his cargo at the Manxman's lake, near will not be soon forgotten by those who have shared his Kirkcudbright, when two revenue cutters (the Pigmy and classic hospitality. As a Scottish Judge, he took the de the Dwarf) hove in sight at once on different tacks, the one signation
of his family estate. His philosophy, as is well coming round by the Isles of Fleet, the other between the known, was of a fanciful and somewhat fantastic charac Point of Rueberry and the Muckle Ron. The dauntless ter; but his learning was deep, and he was possessed of a free-trader instantly weighed anchor, and bore down right singular power
of eloquence, which reminded the bearer between the luggers, so close that he tossed his hat on the of the os rotundum of the Grove or Academe. Enthusias deck of the one, and his wig on that of the other, hoisted tically partial to classical habits, his entertainments were a cask to his main-top, to show his occupation, and bore always given in the evening, when there was a circulation away under an extraordinary pressure of canvass, without ef excellent Bourdeaux, in flasks garlanded with roses, receiving injury. To account for these and other hair which wore also strewed on the table after the manner of breadth escapes, popular superstition alleged that Yawkins