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STORY OF ADAM SCOTT, Court if any person would go a message
for him, but none accepted, or seemed (Continued from p. 52.)
to care for him. He believed serious
ly that they wanted to hang him for To Carlisle he was taken and examin- the sake of his money, and gave up ed, and all his money taken from him, hope. and given in keeping to the Mayor, in Always as Adam sold one drove of order to be restored to the rightful own- sheep after another in Yorkshire, he ers; and witnesses gathered in all the despatched his drivers home to Scotland, way from Yorkshire, such as the tall and with the last that returned, he sent man named ;--for as to all that Adam word of the very day on which he would told in his own defence, his English be home, when all his creditors were to judges only laughed at it, regarding it meet him at his own house, and receive no more than the barking of a dog. In- their money. However, by the madeed, from the time he heard the tall næuvres of one rascal, (now one of his man's evidence, whom he felled first, he accusers,) he was detained in England lost hope of life. That scoundrel swore three days longer. The farmers came that Scott had knocked them both down all on the appointed day, and found the and robbed them, when they were nei- gude wife had the muckle pat on, but no ther touching him nor harming him in Adam Scott came with his pockets full any manner of way. And it seemed to of English gold to them, though many a be a curious fact, ihat the fellow really long look was cast to the head of the never knew that Scott had been attacked the Black Swire. Then came the next at all. He had neither heard nor seen day, and the next again, and they began when his companion struck the blow, to fear that some misfortune very serious and that instant having been knocked had befallen to their friend. down himself, he was quite justitiable There was an elderly female lived in in believing that, at all events, Scott had the house with Scott, called Kitty Cairns, meant to dispatch them both. When who was aunt either to the goodman or Adam related how this happened, his the goodwife, I have forgot which; but accuser said he knew that was an arrant Auntie Kitty was her common denomilie ; for had his companion once struck, nation. On the morning after Adam there was not a head which he would Scott was taken prisoner, this old wonot have split.
man arose early, went to her niece's “ Aha! 'it is a' that ye ken about it, bedside, and said, lad," said Adam, “ I fand it nae mair “ Meggification, hinny! sic a dream than a rattan's tail! I had baith my as I hae had about Aidie!-an' it's a night-cap an'a flannen sark in the crown true dream, too! I could tak my aith to o'my bannet. But will ye just be sae every sentence o't-ay, an' to ilka good as tell the gentlemen wha that person connectit wi't, gin I saw him companion o'yours was ; for if ye dinna atween the een." do it, I can do it for you. It was nae “ Oh, auntie, for mercy's sake haud other than Ned Thom, the greatest thief your tongue, for you are garring a' my in a' England.”
heart quake! Ower weel do I ken The Sheriff here looked a little sus- how true your dreams are at certain picious at the witnesses ; but the alle- times !” gation was soon repelled by the oaths “Ay, hinny! an' did you ever hear of two, who, it was afterwards proven, me say that sic an' sic a dream was both perjured themselves. The Mayor true when it turned out to be otherwise? told Scott to be making provision for Na, never i' your life. An'as for folk his latter end; but, in the mean time, to say that there's nae truth in dreams, he would delay passing sentence for ye ken that's a mere meggification.eight days, to see if he could bring for- Weel, ye shall hear ; for I'm no gaun ward any exculpatory proof. Alas! to tell ye a dream, ye see, nor aught like lying bound in Carlisle prison as he ane, but an even-down true story. Our was, how could he bring forward proof? Aidie was sair pinched to sell the hinFor in those days, without a special derend o his sheep, till up comes a messenger, there was no possibility of braw dashing gentleman, and bids him communication ; and the only proofs a third mair than they were worth, wil Adam could have brought forward were, the intention o'paying the poor simple that the men forced themselves into his Scotchman in base money. But, aha! company, and that he had as many let our Adie alane! He begoud to sheep in his possession as accounted for poize the guineas on his tongue, an' the whole of the money. He asked in feint a ane o' them he wad hae till they
were a' fairly weighed afore a magis- scrape, for there never was an honester trate : and sae the grand villain had to man breathed the breath o' life than pay the hale in good sterling gowd. Adie Scott." This angered him sae sair that he hired The judge smiled, and said he would twa o his rudians to follow our poor be glad to have proofs of that; and, for Aidie, and tak a’ the money frae him. Linton's encouragement, made the townI saw the hail o't, an' I could ken the clerk read over the worst part of the twa chaps weel if confrontit wi' them. evidence, which was very bad indeed, They came to him drinkin' his ale. only not one word of it was true. But They rade on an' rade on wi' him, till Linton told them, he cared nothing for they partit roads, an' then they fell on their evidence against a Scot; him, an'a sair battle it was ; but Aidie was weel enough kend that the Engwan, and felled them baith. Then he lishers were a' grit leears, an' wad Hed' for hame, but the English pur swear to ony thing that suited them; sued, an' took him away to Carlisle pri- but let him aince get Adam Scott's plain son; an'if nae relief come in eight days, story, an' then he wad ken how matters he'll be hanged.”
stood.” This strange story threw the poor He was indulged with a private ingoodwife of Kildouglas into the deepest terview, and greatly were the two friends distress ; and the very first creditor who puzzled how to proceed. The swindcame that morning, she made Auntie ler, who really had bought the last ewis Kitty repeat it over to him. This was from Scott, had put a private mark upon one Thomas Linton, and she could not all his good gold to distinguish it from have repeated it to a fitter man; for, his base metal, and made oath that all though a religious and devout man, he the gold was his; and that he had given was very superstitious, and believed in it to his servant, whom Scott had robbed, all Auntie's visions most thoroughly. to buy cattle for him in Scotland. The Indeed, he believed farther; for he be- mark was evident; and that had a bad lieved she was a witch, or one who had look: but when Scott told the true story, a familiar spirit, and knew every thing Linton insisted on the inagistrate being almost either beneath or beyond the summoned to Court, who saw that golu inoon. And Linton and his brother weighed over to his friend.
" And I being both heavy creditors, the former will mysell tak in hand,” said he, undertook at once to ride to the south, only to bring forward all the farmers in order, if possible, to learn something from whom Scott bought the sheep, but of Adam Scott and the money; and, if all the Englishmen to whom he sold he heard nothing by the way, to go as them; an'gin I dinna prove him an far as Carlisle, and even, if he found honest man, if ye gie me time, I sall gie him not there, into Yorkshire. Accord- you leave to hang me in his place.” ingly, he sent a message to his brother, The swindler and robber now began and proceeded southward; and, at a to look rather blank, but pretended to village called Stanegirthside, he first laugh at the allegations of Thomas Linheard an account that a man called ton; but the Scot set up his birses, and Scott was carried through that place on told the former that “ he could prove, the Friday before, to Carlisle jail, ac- by the evidence of two English aldercused of robbery and murder. This men, who saw the gold weighed, that he was astounding news; and in the ut- had paid to his friend the exact sur most anxiety, Linton pressed on, and which he had here claimed; and that, reached Carlisle before the examination either dead or alive, he should be obliconcluded, of which mention was for- ged to produce the body of the other merly made; and when Adam Scott robber, or he who pretended to have asked through the crowded court, if any been robbed, to show what sort of serpresent would go a message for him into vants he employed. “I'll bring baith Scotland for a fair reward, and all had noblemen and fawyers frae Scotland," declined it, then Thomas Linton stepped added he,“ who will see justice done to forward within the crowd, and said, so brave and so worthy a man; an' if " Ay, here is ane, Adam, that will ride they dinna gar you skemps take his to ony part in a' Scotland and England place, never credit a Scot again.” for ye; ride up to Lunnon to your chief Adam Scott's chief being in London, in the House o' Lords, afore thae Eng- and his own laird a man of no conselisb loons shall dare to lay a foul finger quence, Linton rode straight off to his on ye!-An' I can tell you, Mr. Shirra, own laird, the Earl of Traquair, travelor Mr. Provice, or whatever ye be, that ling night and day till he reached him. you are gaun to get yoursell into a grand The Earl, being in Edinburgh, sent for
a remarkably clever and shrewd law- drawn to Carlisle to hear the trial, and yer, one David Williamson, and also there is little doubt, that, if matters had for Alexander Murray, Sheriff of Sel- gone otherwise than they did, a rescue kirkshire, and to these three Linton was intended. told his story, assuring them, that he Why should any body despise a dream, could vouch for the truth of it in every or any thing whatever in which one separticular; and after Williamson had riously believes ? Blackwood's Mag. questioned him backwards and forwards, it was resolved that something should instantly be done for the safety of Scott. THE DREAM OF A BOOKWORM. Accordingly, Williamson wrote a letter
For the Olio. to the Mayor, which was signed by the
Concluded from p. 59. Earl, and the Sheriff of Scott's county, which letter charged the Mayor to take ACCORDINGLY Oates, having progood heed what he was about, and not vided himself with a warrant, repaired to move in the matter of Scott till Quar- one morning with his satellites to the ter-session day, which was not distant, chambers of the young templar and and then counsel would attend to see commenced a rigid search. Not a single justice done to a man, who had always nook in the apartment escaped their been so highly esteemed. And that by scrutiny. Every thing was turned topsy all means he (the Mayor) was to secure turvy, but nothing was found to excite Scott's three accusers, and not suffer suspicion. At length I was found in the them by any means to escape, as he library, and handed to Oates for his inshould answer for it, The letter also spection. I saw the eye of the informer bore a list of the English witnesses who glisten with expectation but his countebehoved to be there. Linton hastened nance fell when Oates, who understood back with it, and that letter changed the French, pronounced me to be any thing face of affairs mightily. The grand but “ damnable and idolatrous." They swindler and the tall robber were both soon quilted the chambers overwhelmseized and laid in irons, and the other, ed with disappointment and mortificaalso, was found with great trouble. tion, the young templar calling after From that time forth there remained little them that he would bring his action doubt of the truth of Scott's narrative; against the whole band for trespass. for this man was no other than the no- Nothing else occurred to disturb me for torions Edward Thom, who had eluded several years, but in the course of time the sentence of the law both in Scotland my possessor died, and I passed succesand England, in the most wonderful sively into thehands of several persons, manner, and it was well known that and at length again came into the hands he belonged to a notable gang of rob- of a bookseller in Fleet Street. Here I bers.
was purchased by a gentleman who It is a pity that the history of that shortly after proceeded to Ireland. interesting trial is far too long for a Again I passed through many hands winter-evening tale, such as this, though until I became an inmate of the small I have often heard it all gone over ;- library of that man whom the poet Goldhow Williamson astonished the natives smith eulogized in his beautiful poem with his cross questions, his speeches, the “ Deserted Village;" and finally and his evidences ;-- how confounded into the hands of that eccentric being the mayor and aldermen were that they himself. Long would it take me to tell had not discerned these circumstances of the many shifts which that genius before ;-how Thom, at last, turned was put to during his subsequent stay king's evidence, and confessed the in London, for I was shortly brought whole ;-how the head swindler was back to England by the poet, who took condemned and executed, and the tall up his lodging in an obscure alley near robber whipped and disinissed, because Fleet-street. He was soon pennyless he had in fact only intended a robbery, and destitute, and I daily beheld him but had no hand in it;--and, finally, part with many little necessaries to prohow Scott was released with the highest cure a meal. At length the few books approbation; while both magistrates he possessed were one by one conveyed and burgesses of ancient Carlisle strove to a certain shop in the neighbourhood with one another how to heap favours and pledged for a tenth of their value. on him and his friend Thomas Linton. It soon came to my turn and I was There were upwards of two hundred transferred to the red depot of the old Scottish yeomen accompanied the two hunks, who liberally advanced a shilling friends up the Esk, who had all been upon me. I had for my companions
there such a countless host of articles, almost an indispensable claim on every that their names would fill a good sized performer; and on this account perdictionary. Here were bracelets pawned haps did not much relish the business : for a rich merchant's wife ; there a gold the high reputation of Gay, however, watch imprisoned by a young spend- and the critical junto who supported thrift, who had a fortune of 20,0001. him, made him drudge through two left him at the decease of his father.- rehearsals. On the close of the last, In one corner was stowed away a va- Walker was observed humming some luable collection of plate, the property of the songs behind the scenes, in of a dowager, who had raised a sum a tone and liveliness of manner, which upon it to answer her present neces- attracted all their notice. Quin laid saries. In fine, here was every thing hold of this circumstance to get rid of that could be named, -as multifarious the part, and exclaimed, “Ay, there's a a collection of valuables as ever filled man who is much more qualified to do the stronghold of a bandit.
you justice than I am.” Walker was I was released from my confinement called on to make the experiment; and about a twelvemonth after, having been Gay, who instantly saw the difference, sold to-(do not stare!)--an alderman accepted him as the hero of his piece. of London! My owner was as fond of The Beggar's Opera.-Mr. Gay wrote turtle as any of his feast-loving brethren. all, or the greatest part of this opera, at No revel or water party was ever got up the Duke of Queensbury's, in the sumat which he did not attend ; but he was mer-house, which is something like a a learned man, and, next to a good cavern on the side of a bank, at Amesdinner, loved a good book. I will do bury, The duke and duchess were him the justice to say that I was prized great friends to learned and ingenious above all the valuable tomes in his men; particularly to the late celebrated library, and that, though his fist was Dr. Arbuthnot. At that period the none of the smallest I was handled with duchess thought herself slighted at court, all possible delicacy. But, unfortun- and had desisted attending the drawingately, my possessor died suddenly of an
Miss Arbuthnot and Mr. Gay apoplectic fit, brought on by over indul were almost constantly with her ; and I gence at a feasting bout at Greenwich. believe, to gratify the duchess, he touch
The alderman having no near rela- ed on the modes of the court; and Miss tions, I fell to the lot of
Arbuthnot knowing many old Scots and Here I suddenly awoke and marvelled. English songs, collected the most proper The venerable volume lay open on my airs, and Gay wrote in suitable measure reading desk, but the voice was silent. for them ; so they had no need of a mu
Such, gentlest and most courteous sician to compose new tunes. of readers, is the substance of what I The whole money received for the had revealed to me. If in the relation sixty-two nights of this opera was thou hast found me dull and prosing, 11,1991. 14s.; and one night, (making I pray thee to attribute it rather to my the sixty-three,) for a benefit, 1681. 10s. want of skill in such details than to any Young Macklin. - I was informed unwillingness to please thee.
nearly fifty years since by an elderly London, July 1830.
gentleman, who was born and bred in
Dublin, that Macklin had been a shoeMACKLINIANA.
boy, i. e. a blacker of shoes, at the col.
lege in Dublin, and was a waiter or The Original Macheath.–Tom Wal marker at a gaming table, where his ker, as he was constantly called, (the common appellation was cursed Charso much celebrated original Macheath ley. in the Beggar's Opera), was well known Hyppesly, the original Peachum.to Macklin, both on and off the stage. In this character Hyppesly adopted the He was a young man, rather rising in very dress of Jonathan Wild-a black the mediocre parts of comedy, when the coat, scarlet waistcoat with broad gold following accident brought him out in lace, velvet breeches, white silk rolledMacheath.* Quin was first designed up stockings gartered under the knees for this part, who barely sung well with black straps, square-toed shoes, enough to give a convivial song in com white flowing wig, laced hat, silver pany, which, at that time of day, was bilted sword, &c. Shuter followed his
example. lle, Wild, was hanged in Quin performed the part of Macheath for
1725. his own benefit, (at Lincoln's Ino Fields, Mar. 29,1730,) which produced 1121. 138. 6d., in mo
The truc-born Irishman,--acted at ney-tickets 931. 16s,
Covent Garden one night only, Nov.
28th, 1767, and not printed ; Macklin mis,) were all, if we are to believe the seemed to acquiesce in the withdrawal, scandal of Scotstarvet, either protecsaying, in his strong manner, “I be- tors of witches or themselves dabblers lieve the audience are right ; there's a in the art. Even Knox himself did not geography in humour as well as in escape the accusation of witchcraft ; morals, which I had not previously the power and energy of mind with considered."
which Providence had gifted him, the In rehearsing this piece, Macklin enemies of the Reformation attributed took infinite pains to irstruct a young to a darker source. He was accused actor in his part, who having to pro- of having attempted to raise " some nounce “Lady Kinnegad," did it so sanctes" in the churchyard of St. Andifferently from what the veteran ex- drew's, but in the course of this resuspected, that he could not help exclaim- citation upstarted the devil himself, ing in an angry tone, " What trade are having a huge pair of horns on his you, Sir?” The performer answered, head, at which terrible sight Knox's “Sir, I am a gentlenian.” “ Then," secretary became mad with fear, and rejoined he, “ stick to that, Sir, for shortly after died. Nay, to such a you will never be an actor.”
height' had the mania gone, that Scot Macklin as Macbeth.—The squibs of Scotstarvet mentions that Sir Lewis on this occasion were innumerable; Ballantyne, Lord Justice Clerk of the following being short, are given as Scotland, “ by curiosity dealt with a a specimen :
warlock' called Richard Grahame,"
(the same person who figures in the I learned lo night what ne'er before I knew, trial of Alison Balfour, as a confedeThat a Scotch inonarch's like an Irish Jew.
rate of Both well's,) “ to raise the devil, So uncouth Macklin's form, I'll suffer death, who having raised him in his own If well I knew the witches from Mucbeth. yard, in the Canongate, he was thereby
so terrified that he took sickness and No longer mourn, Macduff, thy children's fall,
thereof died.” This was a “ staggerMackun hath murdered sleep, Machetb, and ing state of Scots statemen” indeed,
Lit. Gas. when even the supreme criminal judge
of Scotland was thus at the head of the
delinquents. Well might any unforWITCHCRAFT IN SCOTLAND.
inate criminal have said with An
gelo WITCHCRAFT, in the reign of James when judgen sienl themselves."
" Thieves for their roblery have authority. 1. became the all-engrossing topic of
Meas. for Meas. Act. II. Scene 2. the day, and the ordinary accusation resorted to whenever it was the object Nor, in fact, was the Church less of one individual to ruin another, just deeply implicated than the court and as certain other offences were during the hall of justice ; for in the case of the reign of Justinian, and during the Alison Pearson, (1588) we find the cefourteenth and fifteenth centuries in lebrated Patrick Adamson, Archbishop Italy. In Scotland the evil was not of St. Andrew's, laying aside the fear less busy in high places, than among of the Act of Parliament, and condesthe humbler beings, who had generally cending to apply to this poor wretch been professors of the art magic. À for a potion to cure him of his sicksort of relation of clientage seems to ness! have been established between the A faith so strong and so general operative performers, and those noble could not be long in manifesting itself patrons (chiefly, we regret to say of in works. In 1572 occurs the first entry the fair sex) by whom their services in the Justiciary Record, the trial of were put in requisition. The Lady Janet Bowman, of which no particulars Buccleugh, of Branxholm Hall, whose are given, except the emphatic senspells have furnished our own North tence “Convict : and Brynt." No tewer ern Wizard with some of his most stri- than thirty-five trials appear to have king pictures ; the Countess of Athol, taken place before the Court of Justithe Countess of Huntly, the wife of the ciary during the remainder of James's Chancellor Arran, the Lady Ker, wife reign, (to 1625) in almost all of which of James, Master of Requests, the the result is the same as in the case of Countess of Lothian, the Countess of Bowman.
For. Quar. Angus, (more fortunate in her generation than her grandmother Lady Glam