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Tillietudlem-an incident which formed, from that mast, or pole, having a yard extended across it, moment, an important era in the life of Lady Mar- from which the mark was displayed, was raised garet, who seldom afterwards partook of that meal, amid the acclamations of the assembly; and even either at home or abroad, without detailing the those who had eyed the evolutions of the feudal miwhole circumstances of the royal visit, not forget- litia with a sort of malignant and sarcastic sneer, ting the salutation which his Majesty conferred on from disinclination to the royal cause in which they each side of her face, though she sometimes omit were professedly embodied, could not refrain from ted to notice that he bestowed the same favour on taking considerable interest in the strife which was two buxom serving-wenches who appeared at her now approaching. They crowded towards the goal, back, elevated for the day into the capacity of wait- and criticised the appearance of each competitor, as ing gentlewomen.

they advanced in succession, discharged their pieces These instances of royal favour were decisive; at the mark, and had their good or bad address reand if Lady Margaret had not been a confirmed warded by the laughter or applause of the spectaroyalist already, from sense of high birth, influence tors. But when a slender young man, dressed with of education, and hatred to the opposite party, great simplicity, yet not without a certain air of through whom she had suffered such domestic cala- pretension to elegance and gentility, approached the mity, the having given a breakfast to majesty, and station with his fusee in his hand, his dark green received the royal salute in return, were honours cloak thrown back over his shoulder, his laced ruff enough of themselves to unite her exclusively to and feathered cap indicating a superior rank to the the fortunes of the Stuarts. These were now, in vulgar, there was a murmur of interest among the all appearance, triumphant; but Lady Margaret's spectators, - whether altogether favourable to the zeal had adhered to them through the worst of young adventurer, it was difficult to discover. times, and was ready to sustain the same severities “ Ewhow, sirs ! to see his father's son at the like of fortune should their scale once more kick the o'thae fearless follies!” was the ejaculation of the beam. At present she enjoyed in full extent the elder and more rigid puritans, whose curiosity had military display of the force which stood ready to so far overcome their bigotry as to bring them to support the crown, and stifled, as well as she could, the play-ground. But the generality viewed the the mortification she felt at the unworthy desertion strife less morosely, and were contented to wish sueof her own retainers.

cess to the son of a deceased presbyterian leader, Many civilities passed between her ladyship and without strictly examining the propriety of his bethe representatives of sundry ancient loyal families ing a competitor for the prize. who were upon the ground, by whom she was held Their wishes were gratified. At the first disin high reverence; and not a young man of rank charge of his piece the green adventurer struck passed by them in the course of the muster, but the popinjay, being the first palpable hit of the he carried his body more erect in the saddle, and day, though several balls had passed very near the threw his horse upon its haunches, to display his mark. A loud shout of applause ensued. But the own horsemanship, and the perfect bitting of his success was not decisive, it being necessary that steed, to the best advantage in the eyes of Miss each who followed should have his chance, and that Edith Bellenden. But the young cavaliers, dis- those who succeeded in hitting the mark, should tinguished by high descent and undoubted loyalty, renew the strife among themselves, till one disattracted no more attention from Edith than the played a decided superiority over the others. Two laws of courtesy peremptorily demanded; and she only of those who followed in order succeeded in turned an indifferent ear to the compliments with hitting the popinjay. The first was a young man which she was addressed, most of which were little of low rank, heavily built, and who kept his face the worse for the wear, though borrowed for the muffled in his grey cloak; the second a gallant nonce from the laborious and long-winded romances young cavalier, remarkable for a handsome exteof Calprenede and Scuderi, the mirrors in which rior, sedulously decorated for the day. He had the youth of that age delighted to dress themselves, been since the muster in close attendance on Lady ere Folly had thrown her ballast overboard, and cut Margaret and Miss Bellenden, and had left them down her vessels of the first-rate, such as the ro with

an air of indifference, when Lady Margaret mances of Cyrus, Cleopatra, and others, into small had asked whether there was no young man of fa. craft, drawing as little water, or, to speak more mily and loyal principles who would dispute the plainly, consuming as little time as the little cock- prize with the two lads who had been successful

. boat in which the gentle reader has deigned to em In half a minute, young Lord Evandale threw him. bark. It was, however, the decree of fate that Miss self from his horse, borrowed a gun from a servant, Bellenden should not continue to evince the same and, as we have already noticed, hit the mark. equanimity till the conclusion of the day.

Great was the interest excited by the renewal of the contest between the three candidates who had been hitherto successful. The state equipage of

the Duke was, with some difficulty, put in motion, CHAPTER III.

and approached more near to the scene of action.

The riders, both male and female, turned their Horseman and horse confess'd the bitter pang,

horses' heads in the same direction, and all eyes And arms and warrior fell with hollow clang.

were bent upon the issue of the trial of skill. Pleasures of Hope.

It was the etiquette in the second contest, that WHEN the military evolutions had been gone the competitors should take their turn of firing through tolerably well, allowing for the awkward after drawing lots. The first fell upon the young ness of men and of horses, a loud shout announced plebeian, who, as he took his stand, half-uncloaked that the competitors were about to step forth for his rustic countenance, and said to the gallant in the game of the popinjay already described. The green,“ Ye see, Mr Henry, if it were ony other das,

I could hae wished to miss for your sake; but Jenny giving, at the same time, thanks to his competitor, Dennison is looking at us, sae I maun do my best.” who, he said, had re-established his favourite horse

He took his aim, and his bullet whistled past the in his good opinion, for he had been in great danmark so nearly, that the pendulous object at which ger of transferring to the poor nag the blame of it was directed was seen to shiver. Still, however, an inferiority, which every one, as well as himself, he had not hit it, and with a downcast look he must now be satisfied remained with the rider. withdrew himself from further competition, and Having made this speech, in a tone in which hastened to disappear from the assembly, as if fear-mortification assumed the veil of indifference, he ful of being recognised. The green chasseur next mounted his horse and rode off the ground. advanced, and his ball a second time struck the As is the usual way of the world, the applause popinjay. All shouted; and from the outskirts of and attention even of those whose wishes had fathe assembly arose a cry of “ The good old cause voured Lord Evandale, were, upon his decisive disfor ever!"

comfiture, transferred to his triumphant rival. While the dignitaries bent their brows at these “ Who is he? what is his name?" ran from mouth exulting shouts of the disaffected, the young Lord to mouth among the gentry who were present, to Evandale advanced again to the hazard, and again few of whom he was personally known. His style was successful. The shouts and congratulations of and title having soon transpired, and being within the well-affected and aristocratical part of the au that class whom a great man might notice without dience attended his success; but still a subsequent derogation, four of the Duke's friends, with the trial of skill remained.

obedient start which poor Malvolio ascribes to his The green marksman, as if determined to bring imaginary retinue, made out to lead the victor to the affair to a decision, took his horse from a per- his presence. As they conducted him in triumph son who held him, having previously looked care through the crowd of spectators, and stunned him fully to the security of his girths and the fitting of at the same time with their compliments on his his saddle, vaulted on his back, and motioning with success, he chanced to pass, or rather to be led, his hand for the bystanders to make way, set spurs, immediately in front of Lady Margaret and her passed the place from which he was to fire at a grand-daughter. The Captain of the popinjay and gallop, and, as he passed, threw up the reins, turned Miss Bellenden coloured like crimson, as the latter sideways upon his saddle, discharged his carabine, returned, with embarrassed courtesy, the low inand brought down the popinjay. Lord Evandale clination which the victor made, even to the saddle imitated his example, although many around him bow, in passing her. said it was an innovation on the established prac “Do you know that young person ?” said Lady tice which he was not obliged to follow. But his Margaret. skill was not so perfect, or his horse was not so “1-1-have seen him, madam, at my uncle's, well trained. The animal swerved at the moment and—and elsewhere occasionally,” stammered Miss his master fired, and the ball missed the popinjay. Edith Bellenden. Those who had been surprised by the address of “ I hear them say around me," said Lady Marthe green marksman, were now equally pleased by garet, “ that the young spark is the nephew of old his courtesy. He disclaimed all merit from the last Milnwood.” shot, and proposed to his antagonist that it should “ The son of the late Colonel Morton of Milnnot be counted as a hit, and that they should renew wood, who commanded a regiment of horse with the contest on foot.

great courage at Dunbar and Inverkeithing,” said “ I would prefer horseback, if I had a horse as a gentleman who sate on horseback beside Lady well bitted, and, probably, as well broken to the Margaret. exercise, as yours," said the young Lord, address “Ay, and who, before that, fought for the Coveing his antagonist.

nanters both at Marston-Moor and Philiphaugh," “ Will you do me the honour to use him for the said Lady Margaret, sighing as she pronounced the next trial, on condition you will lend me yours?” last fatal words, which her husband's death gave said the young gentleman.

her such sad reason to remember. Lord Evandale was ashamed to accept this cour “ Your ladyship's memory is just,” said the gentesy, as conscious how much it would diminish the tleman, smiling ; " but it were well all that were value of victory; and yet, unable to suppress his forgot now.” wish to redeem his reputation as a marksman, he " He ought to remember it, Gilbertscleugh,” readded, “ that although he renounced all pretensions turned Lady Margaret, “ and dispense with intruto the honour of the day” (which he said somewhat ding himself into the company of those to whom his scornfully), “ yet, if the victor had no particular name must bring unpleasing recollections." objection, he would willingly embrace his obliging “ You forget, my dear lady," said her nomen. offer, and change horses with him, for the purpose clator, “ that the young gentleman comes here to of trying a shot for love.”

discharge suit and service in name of his uncle. As he said so, he looked boldly towards Miss I would every estate in the country sent out as Bellenden, and tradition says, that the eyes of the pretty a fellow.” young tirailleur travelled, though more covertly, “ His uncle, as well as his umquhile father, is a in the same direction. The young Lord's last trial roundhead, I presume,” said Lady Margaret. was as unsuccessful as the former, and it was with “ He is an old miser," said Gilbertscleugh,“ with difficulty that he preserved the tone of scornful whom a broad piece would at any time weigh down indifference which he had hitherto assumed. But, political opinions, and therefore, although probably conscious of the ridicule which attaches itself to somewhat against the grain, he sends the young the resentment of a losing party, he returned to his gentleman to attend the muster, to save pecuniary antagonist the horse on which he had made his last pains and penalties. As for the rest, I suppose the unsuccessful attempt, and received back his own; youngster is liappy enough to escape here for a day

from the dulness of the old house at Milnwood, mane as their muscles could manage. His casque, where he sees nobody but his hypochondriac uncle too, had slipped completely over his face, so that and the favourite housekeeper."

he saw as little in front as he did in rear. Indeed, “ Do you know how many men and horse the if he could, it would have availed himn little in the lands of Milnwood are rated at?" said the old lady, circumstances; for his horse, as if in league with continuing her inquiry.

the disaffected, ran full tilt towards the solemn “ Two horsemen with complete harness," an- equipage of the Duke, which the projecting lance swered Gilbertscleugh.

threatened to perforate from window to window, at “ Our land,” said Lady Margaret, drawing her- the risk of transfixing as many in its passage as the self up with dignity, “ has always furnished to the celebrated thrust of Orlando, which, according to muster eight inen, cousin Gilbertscleugh, and often the Italian epic poet, broached as many Moors as a a voluntary aid of thrice the number. I remem Frenchman spits frogs. ber his sacred Majesty King Charles, when he took On beholding the bent of this misdirected career, his disjune at Tillietudlem, was particular in in a panic shout of mingled terror and wrath was set quiring”

up by the whole equipage, insides and outsides, at “ I see the Duke's carriage in motion,” said once, which had the happy effect of averting the Gilbertscleugh, partaking at the moment an alarm threatened misfortune. The capricious horse of common to all Lady Margaret's friends, when she Goose Gibbie was terrified by the noise, and stumtouched upon the topic of the royal visit at the bling as he turned short round, kicked and plunged family mansion — " I see the Duke's carriage in violently as soon as he recovered. The jack-boots, motion; I presume your ladyship will take your the original cause of the disaster, maintaining the right of rank in leaving the field. May I be per- reputation they had acquired when worn by better mitted to convoy your ladyship and Miss Bellen- cavaliers, answered every plunge by a fresh prick den home? Parties of the wild whigs have been of the spurs, and, by their ponderous weight, kept abroad, and are said to insult and disarm the well- their place in the stirrups. Not so Goose Gibbie, affected who travel in small numbers.”

who was fairly spurned out of those wide and pon“ We thank you, cousin Gilbertscleugh,” said derous greaves, and precipitated over the horse's Lady Margaret; “ but as we shall have the escort head, to the infinite amusement of all the spectaof my own people, I trust we have less need than tors. His lance and helmet had forsaken him in his others to be troublesome to our friends. Will you fall, and, for the completion of his disgrace, Lady have the goodness to order Harrison to bring up Margaret Bellenden, not perfectly aware that it was our people somewhat more briskly; he rides them one of her warriors who was furnishing so much towards us as if he were leading a funeral pro- entertainment, came up in time to see her diminucession."

tive man-at-arms stripped of his lion's hide,- of The gentleman in attendance communicated his the buff-coat, that is, in which he was muffled. lady's orders to the trusty steward.

As she had not been made acquainted with this Honest Harrison had his own reasons for doubt- metamorphosis, and could not even guess its cause, ing the prudence of this command; but, once issued her surprise and resentment were extreme,-nor and received, there was a necessity for obeying it. were they much modified by the excuses and exHe set off, therefore, at a hand-gallop, followed by planations of her steward and butler. She made the butler, in such a military attitude as became a hasty retreat homeward, extremely indignant at one who had served under Montrose, and with a the shouts and laughter of the company, and much look of defiance, rendered sterner and fiercer by the disposed to vent her displeasure on the refractory inspiring fumes of a gill of brandy, which he had agriculturist whose place Goose Gibbie had so unsnatched a moment to bolt to the king's health, happily supplied. The greater part of the gentry and confusion to the Covenant, during the intervals now dispersed, the whimsical misfortune which had of military duty. Unhappily this potent refresh- befallen the gens d'armerie of Tillietudlem for ment wiped away from the tablets of his memory nishing them with huge entertainment on their roed the necessity of paying some attention to the dis- homeward. The horsemen also, in little parties, as tresses and difficulties of his rear-file, Goose Gibbie. their road lay together, diverged from the place of No sooner had the horses struck a canter, than rendezvous, excepting such as, having tried their Gibbie's jack-boots, which the poor boy's legs were dexterity at the popinjay, were, by ancient custom, incapable of steadying, began to play alternately obliged to partake of a grace-cup with their captain against the horse's flanks, and, being armed with before their departure. long-rowelled spurs, overcame the patience of the animal, which bounced and plunged, while poor Gibbie's entreaties for aid never reached the ears of the too heedless butler, being drowned partly in

CHAPTER IV. the concave of the steel cap in which his head was At fairs he played before the spearmen, immersed, and partly in the martial tune of the And gaily graithed in their gear then, Gallant Græmes, which Mr Gudyill whistled with

Steel bonnets, pikes, and swords shone clear then

As ony bead; all his power of lungs.

Now wha sall play before sic weir men, The upshot was, that the steed speedily took the

Since Habbie's dead! matter into his own hands, and having gambolled

Elegy on blabbic Simwele hither and thither to the great amusement of all The cavalcade of horsemen on their road to the spectators, set off at full speed towards the huge little borough town, were preceded by Niel Blane, family-coach already described. Gibbie's pike, es the town-piper, mounted on his white galloway, caping from its sling, had fallen to a level direction armed with his dirk and broadsword, and bearing across his hands, which, I grieve to say, were seek a chanter streaming with as many ribbons as would ing dishonourable safety in as strong a grasp of the deck out six country belles for a fair or preaching.

Niel, a clean, tight, well-timbered, long-winded fel “Whisht, ye silly tawpie !" said her father; “we low, had gained the official situation of town-piper have naething to do how they come by the bestial

by his merit, with all the emoluments they sell — be that atween them and their conthereof ;- namely, the Piper's Croft, as it is still sciences. — Aweel — Take notice, Jenny, of that called, a field of about an acre in extent; five dour, stour-looking carle that sits by the cheek o' merks, and a new livery-coat of the town's colours, the ingle, and turns his back on a' men. He looks yearly; some hopes of a dollar upon the day of the like ane o' the hill-folk, for I saw him start a wee election of magistrates, providing the provost were when he saw the red-coats, and I jalouse he wad able and willing to afford such a gratuity; and the hae liked to hae ridden by, but his horse (it's a privilege of paying, at all the respectable houses in gude gelding) was ower sair travailed; he behoved the neighbourhood, an annual visit at spring-time, to stop whether he wad or no. Serve him cannily, to rejoice their hearts with his music, to comfort Jenny, and wi' little din, and dinna bring the sodhis own with their ale and brandy, and to beg from gers on him by speering ony questions at him; but each a modicum of seed-corn.

let na him hae a room to himsell — they wad say we In addition to these inestimable advantages, Niel's were hiding him.— For yoursell, Jenny, ye'll be personal, or professional, accomplishments won the civil to a' the folk, and take nae heed of ony nonheart of a jolly widow, who then kept the principal sense and daffing the young lads may say t’ye ;change-house in the borough. Her former husband folk in the hostler line maun put up wi' muckle. having been a strict presbyterian, of such note that Your mither-rest her saul !- could pit up wi' as he usually went among his sect by the name of muckle as maist women-but aff hands is fair play; Gaius the publican, many of the more rigid were and if onybody be uncivil, ye may gie me a cry. scandalized by the profession of the successor whom Aweel, - when the malt begins to get aboon the his relict had chosen for a second helpmate. As the meal, they'll begin to speak about government in broust (or brewing) of the Howff retained, never kirk and state, and then, Jenny, they are like to theless, its unrivalled reputation, most of the old quarrel - Let them be doing-anger's a drouthy customers continued to give it a preference. The passion, and the mair they dispute, the mair ale character of the new landlord, indeed, was of that they 'll drink; but ye were best serve them wi' a pint accommodating kind, which enabled him, by close o’the sma' browst—it will heat them less, and they'll attention to the helm, to keep his little vessel pretty never ken the difference.” steady amid the contending tides of faction. He “ But, father,” said Jenny, “ if they come to was a good-humoured, shrewd, selfish sort of fel-lounder ilk ither, as they did last time, suldna I low, indifferent alike to the disputes about church cry on you?” and state, and only anxious to secure the good-will " At no hand, Jenny; the redder gets aye the of customers of every description. But his charac-warst lick in the fray. If the sodgers draw their ter, as well as the state of the country, will be best swords, ye'll cry on the corporal and the guard ; if understood by giving the reader an account of the the country folk tak the tangs and poker, ye'll cry instructions which he issued to his daughter, a girl on the bailie and town-officers;- but in nae event about eighteen, whom he was initiating in those cry on me, for I am wearied wi' doudling the bag cares which had been faithfully discharged by his o' wind a' day, and I am gaun to eat my dinner wife, until about six months before our story com- quietly in the spence.—

And, now I think on't, the mences, when the honest woman had been carried Laird of Lickitup (that's him that was the laird) to the kirkyard.

was speering for sma' drink and a saut herring“ Jenny,” said Niel Blane, as the girl assisted to gie him a pu' be the sleeve, and round into his lug disencumber him of his bagpipes," this is the first I wad be blithe o' his company to dine wi' me; he day that ye are to take the place of your worthy was a gude customer anes in a day, and wants naemother in attending to the public; a douce woman thing but means to be a gude ane again —he likes she was, civil to the customers, and had a good drink as weel as e'er he did. And if ye ken ony name wi' Whig and Tory, baith up the street and puir body o' our acquaintance that's blate for want doun the street. It will be hard for you to fill o'siller, and has far to gang hame, ye needna stick her place, especially on sic a thrang day as this; but to gie them a waught o' drink and a bannock — Heaven's will maun be obeyed. Jenny, whatever we'll ne'er miss't, and it looks creditable in a Milnwood ca's for, be sure he maun hae't, for he's house like ours. And now, hinny, gang awa', and the Captain o' the Popinjay, and auld customs maun serve the folk, but first bring me my dinner, and be supported; if he canna pay the lawing himsell, twa chappins o'yill and the mutchkin stoup o as I ken he's keepit unco short by the head, I'll brandy." find a way to shame it out o' his uncle. The curate Having thus devolved his whole cares on Jenny is playing at dice wi' Cornet Grahame. Be eident as prime minister, Niel Blane and the ci-devant and civil to them baith—clergy and captains can laird, once his patron, but now glad to be his trengie an unco deal o' fash in thae times, where they cher-companion, sate down to enjoy themselves for take an ill-will. The dragoons will be crying for the remainder of the evening, remote from the ale, and they wunna want it, and maunna want it bustle of the public room. - they are unruly chields, but they pay ane some All in Jenny's department was in full activity. gate or other. I gat the humle-cow, that's the best The knights of the popinjay received and requited in the hyre, frae black Frank Inglis and Sergeant the hospitable entertainment of their captain, who, Bothwell

, for ton pund Scots, and they drank out though he spared the cup himself, took care it should the price at ae downsitting.”

go round with due celerity among the rest, who “ But, father," interrupted Jenny,“ they say the might not have otherwise deemed themselves handtwa reiving loons drave the cow frae the gudewife somely treated. Their numbers melted away by o' Bell's-moor, just because she gaed to hear a field degrees, and were at length diminished to four or preaching ae Sabbath afternoon."

five, who began to talk of breaking up their party.

At another table, at some distance, sat two of the liday. “ I heard that green kail-worm of a lad dragoons whom Niel Blane had mentioned, a ser naine his Majesty's health." geant and a private in the celebrated John Grahame “ Did he?" said Bothwell. “ Then, Tom, we'll of Claverhouse's regiment of Life-Guards. Even have them drink the Archbishop of St Andrews' the non-commissioned officers and privates in these health, and do it on their knees too." corps were not considered as ordinary mercenaries, “ So we will, by G~!" said Halliday; " and he but rather approached to the rank of the French that refuses it, we'll have him to the guard-house, mousquetaires, being regarded in the light of ca and teach him to ride the colt foaled of an acoin, dets, who performed the duties of rank-and-file with with a brace of carabines at each foot to keep him the prospect of obtaining commissions in case of steady." distinguishing themselves.

“ Right, Tom,” continued Bothwell; “ and, to Many young men of good families were to be do all things in order, I'll begin with that sulky found in the ranks, a circumstance which added to blue-bonnet in the ingle-nook." the pride and self-consequence of these troops. A He rose accordingly, and taking his sheathed remarkable instance of this occurred in the person broadsword under his arm to support the insolence of the non-commissioned officer in question. His which he meditated, placed himself in front of the real name was Francis Stewart, but he was univer- stranger noticed by Niel Blane in his admonitions sally known by the appellation of Bothwell, being to his daughter, as being, in all probability, cne of lineally descended from the last earl of that name the hill-folk, or refractory presbyterians. - not the infamous lover of the unfortunate Queen “ I make so bold as to request of your precision, Mary, but Francis Stewart, Earl of Bothwell, whose beloved,” said the trooper, in a tone of affected turbulence and repeated conspiracies embarrassed solemnity, and assuming the snuffle of a country the early part of James Sixth's reign, and who at preacher, " that you will arise from your seat, belength died in exile in great poverty. The son of loved, and, having bent your hams until your knees this Earl had sued to Charles I. for the restitution do rest upon the floor, beloved, that you will turn of part of his father's forfeited estates, but the over this measure (called by the profane a gill) of grasp of the nobles to whom they had been allotted the comfortable creature, which the carnal denomiwas too tenacious to be unclenched. The breaking nate brandy, to the health and glorification of his out of the civil wars utterly ruined him, by inter- Grace the Archbishop of St Andrews, the worthy cepting a small pension which Charles I. had al- primate of all Scotland.” lowed him, and he died in the utmost indigence. All waited for the stranger's answer. His fea. His son, after having served as a soldier abroad tures, austere even to ferocity, with a cast of eye and in Britain, and passed through several vicissi- which, without being actually oblique, approached tudes of fortune, was fain to content himself with nearly to a squint, and which gave a very sinister the situation of a non-commissioned officer in the expression to his countenance, joined to a frame, Life-Guards, although lineally descended from the square, strong, and muscular, though something royal family, the father of the forfeited Earl of under the middle size, seemed to announce a mao Bothwell having been a natural son of James VI. unlikely to understand rude jesting, or to receive Great personal strength and dexterity in the use of insults with impunity. his arms, as well as the remarkable circumstances “ And what is the consequence," said he, if I of his descent, had recommended this man to the should not be disposed to comply with your uncivil attention of his officers. But he partook in a great request?” degree of the licentiousness and oppressive disposi “ The consequence thereof, beloved," said Bothtion, which the habit of acting as agents for Govern- well, in the same tone of raillery, “will be, firstly, ment in levying fines, exacting free quarters, and that I will tweak thy proboscis or nose. Secondly, otherwise oppressing the Presbyterian recusants, beloved, that I will administer my fist to thy dishad rendered too general among these soldiers. torted visual optics; and will conclude, beloved, They were so much accustomed to such missions, with a practical application of the flat of my sword that they conceived themselves at liberty to com to the shoulders of the recusant." mit all manner of licence with impunity, as if to “ Is it even so ?" said the stranger; “ then give tally exempted from all law and authority, excepting me the cup;" and, taking it in his hand, he said, the command of their officers. On such occasions with a peculiar expression of voice and manner, Bothwell was usually the most forward.

“ The Archbishop of St Andrews, and the place be It is probable that Bothwell and his companions now worthily holds ;— may each prelate in Seotland would not so long have remained quiet, but for re soon be as the Right Reverend James Sharpe !" spect to the presence of their Cornet, who com “ He has taken the test,” said Halliday, exultmanded the small party quartered in the borough, ingly. and who was engaged in a game at dice with the “ But with a qualification," said Bothwell; curate of the place. But both of these being sud- don't understand what the devil the crop-eared denly called from their amusement to speak with whig means.” the chief magistrate upon some urgent business, “ Come, gentlemen," said Morton, who became Bothwell was not long of evincing his contempt for impatient of their insolence, “ we are here met 33 the rest of the company.

good subjects, and on a merry occasion; and we “ Is it not a strange thing, Halliday,” he said to have a right to expect we shall not be troubled his comrade,“ to see a set of bumpkins sit carou with this sort of discussion." sing here this whole evening, without liaving drank Bothwell was about to make a surly answer, but the king's health ?”

Halliday reminded him in a whisper, that there They have drank the king's health,” said Hal were strict injunctions that the soldiers should give

no offence to the men who were sent out to the See Note B, Sergeant Bothwell.

musters agreeably to the council's orders. So, after

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