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drawn by four horses, and escorted by six men on as I thought, dead or dying. It was, however, horseback, was heard coming up the avenue. The Andrew Fairservice, as well and whole as ever he Highlanders listened attentively. The carriage con was in his life, who had only taken this recumbent tained Mr Jobson and his unfortunate prisoners. posture to avoid the slashes, stabs, and pistol-balls, The escort consisted of Rashleigh, and of several which, for a moment or two, were flying in various horsemen, peace-officers and their assistants. So directions. I was so glad to find him, that I did soon as we had passed the gate at the head of the not inquire how he came thither, but instantly com. avenue, it was shut behind the cavalcade by a High- manded his assistance. landman, stationed there for that purpose. At the Rashleigh was our first object. He groaned when same time the carriage was impeded in its farther I approached him, as much through spite as through progress by the cattle, amongst which we were in- pain, and shut his eyes, as if determined, like lago, volved, and by the barricade in front. Two of the to speak no word more. We lifted him into the car. escort dismounted to remove the felled trees, which riage, and performed the same good office to anthey might think were left there by accident or other wounded man of his party, who had been left carelessness. The others began with their whips on the field. I then with difficulty made Jobson to drive the cattle from the road.

understand that he must enter the coach also, and “Who dare abuse our cattle?” said a rough voice. support Sir Rashleigh upon the seat. He obeyed, _“ Shoot him, Angus !”

but with an air as if he but half comprehended my Rashleigh instantly called out—"A rescue! a res- meaning. Andrew and I turned the horses' heads cue !" and, firing a pistol, wounded the man who round, and opening the gate of the avenue, led them spoke.

slowly back to Osbaldistone-Hall. “Claymore!” cried the leader of the Highlanders, Some fugitives had already reached the Hall by and a scuffle instantly commenced. The officers circuitous routes, and alarmed its garrison by the of the law, surprised at so sudden an attack, and news that Sir Rashleigh, Clerk Jobson, and all their not usually possessing the most desperate bravery, escort, save they who escaped to tell the tale, had made but an imperfect defence, considering the been cut to pieces at the head of the avenue, by superiority of their numbers. Some attempted to a whole regiment of wild Highlanders. When we ride back to the Hall, but on a pistol being fired reached the mansion, therefore, we heard such a from behind the gate, they conceived themselves buzz as arises when bees are alarmed, and mustersurrounded, and at length galloped off in different ing in their hives. Mr Jobson, however, who had directions. Rashleigh, meanwhile, had dismounted, now in some measure come to his senses, found and on foot had maintained a desperate and single- voice enough to make himself known. He was the handed conflict with the leader of the band. The more anxious to be released from the carriage, as window of the carriage, on my side, permitted me one of his companions (the peace-officer) had, to to witness it. At length Rashleigh dropped. his inexpressible terror, expired by his side with a

“ Will you ask forgiveness for the sake of God, hideous groan. King James, and auld friendship?” said a voice Sir Rashleigh Osbaldistone was still alive, but so which I knew right well.

dreadfully wounded that the bottom of the coach “ No, never !” said Rashleigh, firmly.

was filled with his blood, and long traces of it left “ Then, traitor, die in your treason!” retorted from the entrance door into the stone-hall, where MacGregor, and plunged his sword in his prostrate he was placed in a chair, some attempting to stop antagonist.

the bleeding with cloths, while others called for a In the next moment he was at the carriage door surgeon, and no one seemed willing to go to fetch - handed out Miss Vernon, assisted her father and one.—“ Torment me not,” said the wounded manme to alight, and dragging out the attorney, head “ I know no assistance can avail me, I am a dying foremost, threw him under the wheel.

man.” He raised himself in his chair, though the “ Mr Osbaldistone,” he said, in a whisper, “ you damps and chill of death were already on his brow, have nothing to fear-I must look after those who and spoke with a firmness which seemed beyond have-Your friends will soon be in safety-Fare- his strength. “ Cousin Francis,” he said, “ draw well, and forget not the MacGregor.”

." I approached him as he requested. He whistled — his band gathered round him, and, “I wish you only to know that the pangs of death hurrying Diana and her father along with him, do not alter one iota of my feelings towards you. they were almost instantly lost in the glades of the I hate you!” he said, the expression of rage throw. forest. The coachman and postilion had abandoned ing a hideous glare into the eyes which were soon their horses, and fled at the first discharge of fire to be closed for ever—"I hate you with a hatred arms; but the animals, stopped by the barricade, as intense, now while I lie bleeding and dying beremained perfectly still; and well for Jobson that fore you, as if my foot trode on your neck." they did so, for the slightest motion would have “ I have given you no cause, sir," I replied, dragged the wheel over his body. My first object“ and for your own sake I could wish your mind is was to relieve him, for such was the rascal's terror a better temper.” that he never could have risen by his own exertions. “ You hate given me cause,” he rejoined. “ In I next commanded him to observe, that I had love, in ambition, in the paths of interest, you have neither taken part in the rescue, nor availed my- crossed and blighted me at every turn. I was born self of it to make my escape, and enjoined him to to be the honour of my father's house - I have been go down to the Hall, and call some of his party, its disgrace--and all owing to you. My very pa. who had been left there, to assist the wounded. trimony has become yours_Take it,” he said, " and But Jobson's fears had so mastered and controlled may the curse of a dying man cleave to it!" every faculty of his mind, that he was totally in In a moment after he had uttered this frightful capable of moving. I now resolved to go myself, wish, he fell back in the chair; his eyes became bui in my way I stumbled over the body of a man, glazed, his limbs stiffened, but the grin and glare

near to me.'

of mortal hatred survived even the last gasp of life. little startled at the idea of my marrying a Roman I will dwell no longer on so painful a picture, nor Catholic. But he was very desirous to see me say any more of the death of Rashleigh, than that “ settled in life," as he called it; and he was senit gave me access to my rights of inheritance with sible that, in joining him with heart and hand in out farther challenge, and that Jobson found him- his commercial labours, I had sacrificed my own self compelled to allow, that the ridiculous charge inclinations. After a brief hesitation, and several of misprision of high-treason was got up on an af- questions asked and answered to his satisfaction, Sdavit which he made with the sole purpose of fa- he broke out with—“I little thought a son of mine vouring Rashleigh's views, and removing me from should have been Lord of Osbaldistone Manor, and Osbaldistone-Hall. The rascal's name was struck far less that he should go to a French convent for off the list of attorneys, and he was reduced to po- a spouse. But so dutiful a daughter cannot but verty and contempt.

prove a good wife. You have worked at the desk I returned to London when I had put my affairs to please me, Frank; it is but fair you should wive in order at Osbaldistone-Hall, and felt happy to to please yourself.” escape from a place which suggested so many pain How I sped in my wooing, Will Tresham, I need ful recollections. My anxiety was now acute to not tell you. You know, too, how long and happily learn the fate of Diana and her father. A French I lived with Diana. You know how I lamented her; gentleman who came to London on commercial bu- but you do not-cannot know, how much she desiness, was intrusted with a letter to me from Miss served her husband's sorrow. Vernon, which put my mind at rest respecting their I have no more of romantic adventure to tell, nor, safety.

indeed, anything to communicate farther, since the It gave me to understand, that the opportune ap- latter incidents

of my life are so well known to one pearance of MacGregor and his party was not for who has shared, with the most friendly sympathy, tuitous. The Scottish nobles and gentry engaged the joys, as well as the sorrows, by which its scenes in the insurrection, as well as those of England, have been chequered. I often visited Scotland, were particularly anxious to further the escape of but never again saw the bold Highlander who had Sir Frederick Vernon, who, as an old and trusted such an influence on the early events of my life. I agent of the house of Stuart, was possessed of learned, however, from time to time, that he contimatter enough to have ruined half Scotland. Rob nued to maintain his ground among the mountains Roy, of whose sagacity and courage they had known of Loch Lomond, in despite of his powerful enemies, Bo many proofs, was the person whom they pitched and that he even obtained, to a certain degree, the upon to assist his escape, and the place of meeting connivance of Government to his self-elected office was fixed at Osbaldistone-Hall. You have already of Protector of the Lennox, in virtue of which he heard how nearly the plan had been disconcerted levied black-mail with as much regularity as the by the unhappy Rashleigh. It succeeded, however, proprietors did their ordinary rents. It seemed imperfectly; for when once Sir Frederick and his possible that his life should have concluded withdaughter were again at large, they found horses out a violent end. Nevertheless, he died in old age prepared for them, and, by MacGregor's knowledge and by a peaceful death, some time about the year of the country,- for every part of Scotland, and of 1733, and is still remembered in his country as the the north of England, was familiar to him, — were Robin Hood of Scotland — the dread of the wealthy, conducted to the western sea-coast, and safely em but the friend of the poor and possessed of many barked for France. The same gentleman told me, qualities, both of head and heart, which would have that Sir Frederick was not expected to survive for graced a less equivocal profession than that to which many months a lingering disease, the consequence his fate condemned him. of late hardships and privations. His daughter Old Andrew Fairservice used to say, that“ There was placed in a convent, and although it was her were many things ower bad for blessing, and ower father's wish she should take the veil, he was un- gude for banning, like Rob Roy." derstood to refer the matter entirely to her own inclinations.

[Here the original manuscript ends somewhat abWhen these news reached me, I frankly told the ruptly. I have reason to think that what followed state of my affections to my father, who was not a related to private affairs.]

POSTSCRIPT. The second article of the Appendix to the In- only the rough draught. The originals were discotroduction to Rob Roy, p. 24, contains two curious vered in the State Paper Office, by the indefatigable letters respecting the arrest of Mr Grahame of Kil researches of Mr Lemon, who is daily throwing more learn by that daring freebooter, while levying the light on that valuable collection of records. From Duke of Montrose’s rents. These were taken from the documents with which the Author has been thus scroll copies in the possession of his Grace the pre- kindly favoured, he is enabled to fill up the adsent Duke, who kindly permitted the use of them dresses which were wanting in the scrolls. That of in the present publication. The Novel had but just the 21st Nov. 1716, is addressed to Lord Viscount passed through the press, when the Right Honour- Townshend, and is accompanied by one of the same able Mr Peel - whose important state avocations date to Robert Pringle, Esquire, Under-Secretary do not avert his attention from the interests of lite- of State, which is here inserted as relative to so cu. rature - transmitted to the Author copies of the rious an incident:original letters and enclosure, of which he possessed

Letter from the DUKE OF MONtrose to Robert “ I long exceedingly for a return of my former

Pringle, Esq., Under-Secretary to Lord Vis- dispatches to the Secretary's about Methven and count Townshend.

Com Urquhart, and my wife's cousins, Balnamoon "Glasgow, 21 Nov. 1716. and Phinaven. “SR,

“ I must beg yow 'll give my humble service to “ Haveing had so many dispatches to make this Mr Secretary Methven, and tell him that I must night, I hope ye'l excuse me that I make use of an- referr him to what I have written to My Lord other hand to give yow a short account of the occa Townshend in this affair of Rob Roy, believing it sion of this express, by which I have written to my was needless to trouble both with letters." Ld. Duke of Roxburgh, and my Lord Townshend, which I hope ye'l gett carefully deleivered.

Examined, Robt. LEMON, “ Mr Graham, younger of Killearn, being on

Deputy Keeper of State Papers. Munday last in Monteith att a country house, col

STATE PAPER ORICE,

Nov. 4, 1829. lecting my rents, was about nine o'clock that same night surprised by Rob Roy with a party of his men in arms, who, haveing surrounded the house Note.-The enclosure referred to in the preceand secured the avenues, presented their guns in ding letter, is another copy of the letter which Mr at the windows, while he himself entered the room Grahame of Killearn was compelled by Rob Roy to with some others with cokt pistolls, and seased Kilo write to the Duke of Montrose, and is exactly the learn with all his money, books, papers, and bonds, same as the one enclosed in his Grace's letter to and carryed all away with him to the hills, at the Lord Townshend, dated November 21st, 1716. same time ordering Killearn to write a letter to

R. L. me (of which ye have the copy inclosed), proposeing à very honourable treaty to me. I must say The last letter in the Appendix, p. 25 (28th Nothis story was as surprising to me as it was inso- vember), acquainting the Government with Killent; and it must bring a very great concern upon learn's being set at liberty, is also addressed to the me, that this gentleman, my near relation, should Under-Secretary of State, Mr Pringle. be brought to suffer all the barbaritys and crueltys, The Author may also here remark, that imwhich revenge and mallice may suggest to these mediately previous to the insurrection of 1715, he miscreants, for his haveing acted a faithfull part in perceives, from some notes of information given to the service of the Government, and his affection to Government, that Rob Roy appears to have been me in my concerns.

much employed and trusted by the Jacobite party, “ I need not be more particular to you, since I even in the very delicate task of transporting specie know that my Letter to my Lord Townshend will to the Earl of Breadalbane, though it might have come into your hands, so shall only now give you somewhat resembled trusting Don Raphael and the assurances of my being, with great sincerity, Ambrose de Lamela with the church-treasure. “S', ye most humble servant,

(Signed) “ MONTROSE.

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Nors A, page 58,-WILTON.

NOTE B, p. 91,- AN AGED CLEROYNAN. The nunnery of Wilton was granted to the Earl of Pembroke I have în vain laboured to discover this gentleman's name, apon its dissolution, by the magisterial authority of Henry and the period of his incumbency. I do not, however, despair VIII., or his son Edward VI. On the accession of Queen Mary, to see these points, with some others which may elude my sagaof Catholic memory, the Earl found it necessary to reinstal the city, satisfactorily elucidated by one or other of the periodical Abbess and her fair recluses, which he did with many expres- publications which have devoted their pages to explanatory sions of his remorse, kneeling humbly to the vestals, and in commentaries on my former volumes; and whose research 201 ducting them into the convent and possessions from which he ingenuity claim my peculiar gratitude,

for having discovered had expelled them. With the accession of Elizabeth, the ac many persons and circumstances connected with my narratives, commodating Earl again resumed his Protestant faith, and of which I myself never so much as dreamed. a second time drove the nuns from their sanctuary. The remonstrances of the Abbess, who reminded him of his penitent

NOTE C, p. 103,- INCH CAILLEACH. expressions on the former occasion, could wring from him no other answer than that in the text "Go spin, you jadel Inch Cailleach is an island in Lochlomond, where the clan of Go spin 1"

MacGregor were wont to be interred, and where their separto

chres may still be seen. It formerly contained a nunnery; hence translated the Psalms into Gaelic verse. He had formerly been the name Inch Cailleach, or the Island of Old Women. minister at the neighbouring parish of Balquidder, and died at

Aberfoil in 1688, at the early age of forty-two.
Note D, p. 111,-SNOW-BALLS.

He was author of the Secret Commonwealth, which was

printed after his death, in 1691-(an edition which I have never The boys in Scotland used formerly to make a sort of Satur seen) - and was reprinted in Edinburgh, 1815. This is a work nalia in a snow-storm, by pelting passengers with snow-balls. concerning the fairy people, in whose existence Mr Kirke apBut those exposed to that annoyance were excused from it on

pears to have been a devout believer. He describes them with the easy penalty of a baik (curtsey) from a female, or a bow the usual powers and qualities ascribed to such beings in Highfrom a man. It was only the refractory who underwent the land tradition. storin.

But what is sufficiently singular, the Rev. Robert Kirke, au

thor of the said treatise, is believed himself to have been taken NOTE E, p. 115,-HENRY WYND.

away by the fairies,-in revenge, perhaps, for having let in too Two great clans fought out a quarrel with thirty men of a

much light upon the secrets of their commonwealth. We learn side, in presence of the king, on the North Inch of Perth, on

this catastrophe from the information of his successor, the late or about the year 1392; a man was amissing on one side, whose

amiable and learned Dr Patrick Grahame, also minister at Aberroom was filled by a little bandy-legged citizen of Perth. This

foil, who, in his Sketches of Perthshire, has not forgotten to substitute, Henry Wynd-or, as the Highlanders called him,

touch upon the Daoine Shie, or men of peace. Gor Chrom, that is, the bandy-legged srnith-fought well, and

The Rev. Robert Kirke was, it seems, walking upon a little contributed greatly to the fate of the battle, without knowing

eminence to the west of the present manse, which is still held a which side he fought on ;-90, “To fight for your own hand,

Dun Shie, or fairy mound, when he sunk down, in what seemed like Henry Wynd," passed into a proverb.

to mortals a fit, and was supposed to be dead. This, however,

was not his real fate. Note F, p. 117,- Mons MEG.

"Mr Kirke was the near relation of Graham of Duchray,

the ancestor of the present General Graham Stirling. Shortly Mons Meg was a large old-fashioned piece of ordnance, a after his funeral, he appeared, in the dress in which he had great favourite with the Scottish common people; she was fa

sunk down, to a medical relation of his own, and of Duchray. bricated at Mons, in Flanders, in the reign of James IV. or V. 'Go,' said he to him, 'to my cousin Duchray, and tell him that of Scotland. This gun figures frequently in the public accounts

I am not dead. I fell down in a swoon, and was carried into of the time, where we find charges for grease to grease Meg's Fairyland, where I now am. Tell him, that when he and my mouth withal (to increase, as every school-boy knows, the loud

friends are assembled at the baptism of my child (for he had ness of the report), ribands to deck her carriage, and pipes to left his wife pregnant), I will appear in the room, and that if he play before her when she was brought from the Castle to accom

throws the knife which he holds in his hand over my head, I pany the Scottish army on any distant expedition. After the

will be released, and restored to human society. The man, it Union, there was much popular apprehension that the Regalia seems, neglected, for some time, to deliver the message. Mr of Scotland, and the subordinate Palladium, Mons Meg, would Kirke appeared to him a second time, threatening to haunt him be carried to England to complete the odious surrender of na night and day till he executed his commission, which at length tional independence. The Regalia, sequestered from the sight he did. The time of the baptism arrived. They were seated at of the public, were generally supposed to have been abstracted table; the figure of Mr Kirke entered, but the Laird of Duchin this manner. As for Mons Meg, she remained in the Castle ray, by some unaccountable fatality, neglected to perform the of Edinburgh, till, by order of the Board of Ordnance, she was prescribed ceremony, Mr Kirke retired by another door, and actually removed to Woolwich about 1757. The Regalia, by was seen no more. It is firmly believed that he is, at this day, his Majesty's special command, have been brought forth from in Fairyland."-(Sketches of Perthshire, p. 254.) their place of concealment in 1818, and exposed to the view of the people, by whom they must be looked upon with deep asso

NOTE H, p. 128,-CLACHAN OP ABERPOIL ciations; and, in this very winter of 1828-9, Mons Meg has been

I do not know how this might stand in Mr Osbaldistone's day, restored to the country, where that, which in every other place

but I can assure the reader, whose curiosity may lead him to or situation was a mere mass of rusty iron, becomes once more

visit the scenes of these romantic adventures, that the Clachan a curious monument of antiquity.

of Aberfoil now affords a very comfortable little inn. If he

chances to be a Scottish antiquary, it will be an additional Norz G, p. 119,-FAIRY SUPERSTITION.

recommendation to him, that he will find himself in the viciThe lakes and precipices amidst which the Avon-Dhu, or nity of the Rev. Dr Patrick Grahame, minister of the gospel at River Forth, has its birth, are still, according to popular tradi

Aberfoil, whose urbanity in communicating information on the tion, haunted by the Elfin people, the most peculiar, but

most subject of national antiquities, is scarce exceeded even by the pleasing, of the creations of Celtic superstitions. The opinions

stores of legendary lore which he has accumulated.-Orig. Note. entertained about these beings, are much the same with those

The respectable clergyman alluded to has been dead for some of the Irish, so exquisitely well narrated by Mr Crofton Croker.

years. An eminently beautiful little conical hill, near the eastern extremity of the valley of Aberfoil, is supposed to be one of their

Note I, p. 128,-WALTER CUMING OF GUIYOCK peculiar haunts, and is the scene which awakens, in Andrew A great feudal ressor, who, riding on some cruel purpose Fairservice,

the terror of their power. It is remarkable, that through the forest of Guiyock, was thrown from his horse and, two successive clergymen of the parish of A Serfoil have em his foot being caught in the stirrup, was dragged along by the ployed themselves in writing about this fairy superstition. The frightened animal till he was torn to pieces. The expression, eldest of these was Robert Kirke, a man of some talents, who “Walter of Guiyock's curse,” is proverbial.

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