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from experiencing the extremity of her indig- to accommodate theirs; and he seemed readily Tales of a Grandfather ; being Stories taken nation. ^ Cecil, in particular, was at one time enough disposed to stretch to its utmost limits
from Scottish History: Second Series, 3 vols. on the point of ruin. A post from Scotland the power thus presented to him. Thus, from 18mo. Edinburgh, Cadell and Co.; London, delivered into his hands a private packet from being a just and equitable monarch, he was inSimpkin and Marshall; Dublin, Cumming. the Scottish king, when the secretary was in spired with a love of arbitrary power; and We are not sure whether the First Series of attendance on Elizabeth. Open your des- from attending, as had been his custom, to these Tales pleased most the young or the patches,' said Elizabeth, and let us hear the state business, he now minded little save huntold; we have heard very venerable graybeards news from Scotland.' A man of less presence ing and festivals. speak enthusiastically of the amusement and of mind would have been ruined ; for if the « If the English nation were delighted to information they derived from it; while with queen had seer, the least hesitation in her eceive King James as their sovereign, the all the juvenile branches of society with which minister's manner, her suspicions would have Scottish people were no less enchanted by the we are acquainted, one volume has ever been been instantly awakened, and detection must prospect of tħeir monarch's ascent to this wealreckoned equal to at least one whole holyday. have followed. But Cecil recollected the queen's thy and pre-eminent situation. They conSo esteemed and prized, we have taken up the sensitive aversion to any disagreeable smell
, sidered the promotion of their countryman and Second Series with delight, for we know it will which was strengthened by the belief of the prince as an omen of good fortune to their nayield much delight to a great proportion of the time, that infectious diseases and subtle poi- tion; each individual Scotsman expected to population of these realms. Any farther in, sons could be communicated by means of scent secure some part of the good things with troduction would be impertinent.
alone. The artful secretary availed himself of which England was supposed to abound, and With the same kind and amiable feeling as this, and while he seemed to be cutting the multitudes hurried to court, to put thembefore, this work is “ humbly inscribed by strings which held the packet, he observed it selves in the way of sharing them. James Sir Walter Scott“ to Hugh Littlejohn, Esq.," had a singular and unpleasant odour, on which was shocked at the greediness and imporhis grandson, the eldest born of Mr. Lockhart. Elizabeth desired it might be taken from her tunity of his hungry countrymen, and scanIt commences with the accession of James I. presence, and opened elsewhere with due pre- dalised besides at the poor and miserable apto the throne of England, Scotland, and Ire- caution. Thus Cecil got an opportunity to pearance which many of them made among land ; and brings down the leading events of withdraw from the packet whatever could have the rich Englishmen, and which brought disScottish history to the period of the Union. betrayed his correspondence with King James." credit upon the country to which he himself as The first chapter is an Essay on the Progress Of the reception of the monarch in England well as they belonged. He sent instructions of Civilisation, admirably adapted to the com- many curious anecdotes are told, of which the to the Scottish privy council to prevent such prehension of youth. It is then shewn how annexed are examples :
intruders from leaving their country, comfavourable all circumstances were to the peace- “ The wealthy placed their gold at his dis- plaining of their manners and appearance, as ful succession of James.
posal—the powerful opened their halls for the calculated to bring disgrace upon all the natives « The faults of Elizabeth (observes the most magnificent entertainments--the clergy of Scotland. A proclamation was accordingly author), though arising chiefly from age and hailed him as the head of the church and the issued at Edinburgh, setting forth that great ill-temper, were noticed and resented by her poor, who had nothing to offer but their lives, numbers of men and women of base sort and subjects, who began openly to shew them- seemed ready to devote them to his service. condition, and without any certain trade, call. selves weary of a female reign, forgetting Some of the Scottish retinue who were ac-ing, or dependence, repaired from Scotland to how glorious it had been, and to desire to quainted with James's character, saw and court, which was almost filled with them, to have a king to rule over them. With this feared the unfavourable effect which such a the great annoyance of his majesty, and to the general feeling, all eyes, even those of Eliza- change of circumstances was likely to work on heavy disgrace of the Scottish nation ; for beth's most confidential statesman and coun- him. • A plague of these people !' said one of these suitors being, in the judgment of all who sellor, Robert Cecil, afterwards Earl of Salis- his oldest domestics ; they will spoil a good saw them, but idle rascals, and poor miserable bury, were turned to the King of Scotland as king.' Another Scot made an equally shrewd bodies, their importunity and numbers raised next heir to the crown. He was a Protestant answer to an Englishman, who desired to know an opinion that there were no persons of good prince, which assured him the favour of the from him the king's real character. • Did you rank, comeliness, or credit in the country, church of England, and of the numerous and ever see a jackanapes ?' said the Scotsman, which sent forth such a flight of locists. Furstrong adherents to the Protestant religion. meaning a tame monkey; "if you have, you ther, it was complained that these unseemly As such, Cecil entered into a secret corre- must be aware that if you hold the creature in supplicants usually alleged that the cause of spondence with him, in which he pointed out your hands you can make him bite me, and if their repairing to court, was to desire payment the line of conduct proper on James's part, to i hold him in my hands, I can make him bite of old debts due by the king, which of all secure his interest in England. On the other you.' Both these sayings were shewn to be kinds of importunity,' says the proclamation, hand, the English Catholics, on whom Queen true in course of time. King James, brought with great simplicity," is the most unpleasing Elizabeth's government had imposed many from poverty to wealth, became thoughtless to his majesty. Therefore, general proclamasevere penal laws, were equally friendly to the and prodigal
, indolent, and addicted
to idle tion was directed to be made at all the market succession of King James, since from that pleasures. From hearing the smooth flatteries crosses in Scotland, that no Scottish person prince, whose mother had been a strict Ca- of the clergy of England, who recognised him should be permitted to travel to England with. tholic, they might hope for some favour, or, as head of the church, instead of the rude out leave of the privy council; and that at the least, some release from the various hard- attacks of the Presbyterian ministers of Scot. vessels transporting individuals who had not ships which the laws of England imposed on land, who had bardly admitted his claim to be obtained due license, should be liable to con. them. The Earl of Northumberland conducted one of its inferior members, he entertained new fiscation." & correspondence with James on the part of and more lofty pretensions to divine right. The description of these doings is followed the Catholics, in which he held high language, Finally, brought from a country where his per- by a number of striking stories of duels, acts and offered to assert the Scottish king's right sonal liberty and the freedom of his govern- of violence, &c. &c. which ensued upon the of succession by force of arms. These intrigues ment were frequently placed under restraint, more intimate mixture of the two nations ; were kept by James as secret as was in his and his life sometimes in danger, he was over and then the author clearly relates the events power. If Elizabeth had discovered either the joyed to find himself in a condition where his connected with the attempt to force episcopacy or the other, neither the services of Cecil, own will was not only unfettered, as far as he upon Scotland_attempts which led to those
e high birth and power of the great Earí| himself was concerned, but appeared to be the lacts that lost Charles I, his throne and life. Having disposed of this graver historical mat-tending his authority over so powerful a con- of Johnstone, and as soon as the enemy with. ter, our admired writer is quite at home in federacy. The secret of this association did drew from the blockade of the fortress, had painting the state of the Borders, of the High- not long remain concealed from Johnstone, sent to the assistance of her chief the few ser. lands, and of the Isles, at this period, before the who saw that his own destruction and the vants who had assisted in the defence. After more regular and firm administration of the ruin of his clan were the objects aimed at, and this she heard the tumult of battle; but as laws checked their disorderly, fierce, and san- hastened to apply to his neighbours in the east she could not from the tower see the place guinary habits. We must select a few of the and south for assistance. Buccleuch, the re- where it was fought, she remained in an agony most characteristic incidents.
lative of Johnstone, and by far his most power- of suspense, until, as the noise seemed to pass " There had been long and deadly feud, on ful ally, was then in foreign parts. But the away in a westerly direction, she could endure the West Borders, betwixt the two great fa- Laird of Elibank, mentioned in the last story, the uncertainty no longer, but sallied out from milies of Maxwell and Johnstone. The former bore the banner of Buccleuch in person, and the tower, with only one female attendant, to house was the most wealthy and powerful assembled a great number of the clan of Scott, see how the day had gone. As a measure of family in Dumfries-shire and its vicinity, and whom our historians term the greatest robbers precaution, she locked the strong oaken door had great influence among the families inhabit- and fiercest fighters among the Border clans. and the iron.grate with which a border fortress ing the more level part of that country. Their The Elliots of Liddesdale also assisted John was commonly secured, and, knitting the large chieftain had the title of Lord Maxwell, and stone ; and his neighbours on the southern keys on a thóng, took them with her hanging claimed that of Earl of Morton. The John- parts, the Grahams of the Debateable Land, on her arm. When the Lady of Lockerby stones, on the other hand, were neither equal from hopes of plunder and ancient enmity to entered on the field of battle, she found the to the Maxwells in numbers nor in power ; but the Maxwells, sent also a considerable number relics of a bloody fight; the little valley was they were a race of uncommon hardihood, of spears. Thus prepared for war, Johnstone covered with slain men and horses, and broken much attached to each other and their chief- took the field with activity; while Maxwell, armour, besides many wounded, who were intain, and residing in the strong and moun- assembling hastily his own forces, and those of capable of further effort for saving themselves. tainous district of Annandale, used to sally his new followers, the Nithsdale barons, in- Amongst others, she saw lying beneath a thorn from thence as from a fortress, and return vaded Annandale with the royal banner dis- tree a tall, gray-haired, noble-looking man, to its fastnesses after having accomplished played, and a force of upwards of two thousand arrayed in bright armour, but bare-headed, their inroads. They were, therefore, able men. Johnstone, unequal in numbers, stood and bleeding to death from the loss of his to maintain their ground against the Max. on the defensive, and kept possession of the right hand. He asked her for mercy and help wells, though more numerous than themselves. woods and strong ground, waiting an oppor- with a faltering voice ; but the idea of deadly So well was this known to be the case, that tunity of fighting to advantage ; while Max. feud, in that time and country, closed all access when, in 1585, the Lord Maxwell was declared well, in contempt of him, formed the siege of to compassion even in the female bosom. She to be a rebel, a commission was given to the the castle or tower of Lockerby, the fortress of saw before her only the enemy of her clan, and Laird of Johnstone to pursue and apprehend a Johnstone, who was then in arms with his the cause of her father's captivity and death; him. In this, however, Johnstone was unsuc-chief. His wife, a woman of a masculine dis- and raising the ponderous keys which she bore cessful. Two bands of hired soldiers whom the position, the sister or daughter of the laird along with her, the Lady of Lockerby is comgovernment had sent to his assistance, were who had died in Maxwell's prison, defended monly reported to have dashed out the brains destroyed by the Maxwells; and Lochwood, his place of residence. While Maxwell en- of the vanquished Lord Maxwell. The battle the chief house of the laird, was taken and deavoured to storm the castle, and while it of Dryffe Sands was remarkable as the last great wantonly burnt, in order, as the Maxwells ex- was bravely defended by its female captain, clan battle fought on the Borders, and it led to pressed it, that Lady Johnstone might have the chief received information that the Laird the renewal of the strife betwixt the Maxwells light to put on her hood. Johnstone himself of Johnstone was advancing to its relief. He and Johnstones, with every circumstance of was subsequently defeated and made prisoner. drew off from the siege, and caused it to be ferocity which could add borror to civil war. Being a man of a proud and haughty temper, published through his little army that he would The last distinguished act of the tragedy took he is said to have died of grief at the disgrace give a. ten pound land,' that is, land rated in place thus:-- The son of the slain Lord Max. which he incurred; and thus there commenced the cess-books at that yearly amount, to any well invited Sir James Johnstone to a friendly a long series of mutual injuries between the one who would bring him the head or hand conference, to which each chieftain engaged to hostile clans. Shortly after this catastrophe, of the Laird of Johnstone. When this was bring one friend only. They met at a place Maxwell, being restored to the king's favour, reported to Johnstone, he said he had no ten- called Auchmanhill, on the 6th August, 1698, was once more placed in the situation of war- pound lands to offer, but that he would bestow when the attendant of Lord Maxwell, after den of the West Borders, and an alliance was a five-merk land upon the man who should falling into bitter and reproachful language made betwixt him and Sir James Johnstone, bring him the head or hand of Lord Maxwell. with Johnstone of Gunmanlie, who was in in which they and their two clans agreed to The conflict took place close by the river Dryffe, attendance on his chief, at length fired his stand by each other against all the world. This near Lochmaben, and is called the Battle of pistol. Sir James Johnstone turning round to agreement being entered into, the clan of Dryffe Sands. It was managed by Johnstone see what had happened, Lord Maxwell treach. Johnstone concluded they had little to appre- with considerable military skill. 'He shewed erously shot him through the back with a pistol hend from the justice of the new lord warden, at first only a handful of horsemen, who made charged with a brace of bullets. While the so long as they did not plunder any of the a hasty attack upon Maxwell's army, and then gallant old knight lay dying on the ground, name of Maxwell. They accordingly descended retired in a manner which induced the enemy Maxwell rode round him with the view of com. into the valley of the Nith, and committed great to consider them as defeated, and led them to pleting his crime, but Johnstone defended him. spoil on the lands belonging to Douglas of Drum- pursue in disorder with loud acclamations of self with his sword till strength and life failed lanrig, Creichton Lord Sanquhar, Grierson of victory. The Maxwells and their confederates him. This final catastrophe of such a succes Lagg, and Kirkpatrick of Closeburi, all of them were thus exposed to a sudden and desperate sion of bloody acts of revenge took place several independent barons of high birth and great charge from the main body of the Johnstones years after the union of the crowns; and the power. The injured parties pursued the depre- and their allies, who fell upon them while consequences, so different from those which dators with forces hastily assembled, but were their ranks were broken, and compelled them ensued upon former occasions, shew how effec. defeated with slaughter in their attempt to to take to flight. The Maxwells suffered tually the king's authority, and the power of recover the prey. The barons next carried grievously in the retreat-many were over- enforcing the course of equal justice, had intheir complaints to Maxwell the warden, who taken in the streets of Lockerby, and cut creased in consequence of that desirable event. alleged his late alliance with Johnstone as down or slashed in the face by the pursuers ; You may observe, from the incidents men. a reason why he could not yield them the a kind of blow, which to this day is called in tioned, that in 1585, when Lord Maxwell as. redress which his office entitled them to ex- that country a Lockerby lick, Maxwell saulted and made prisoner the Laird of Johnpect at his hands. But when, to make up himself, an elderly man and heavily armed, stone, then the king's warden, and acting in for such risk as he might incur by renewing was borne down from his horse in the be- his name, and committed him to the captivity his enmity with the Johnstones, the barons of ginning of the conflict, and as he named his in which he died, James was totally unequal to Nithsdale offered to bind themselves by a bond name and offered to surrender, his right hand, the task of vindicating his royal authority, and of manrent, as it was called, to become the which he stretched out for mercy, was cut from saw himself compelled to receive Maxwell into favourers and followers of Lord Maxwell in all his body. Thus far history; but family tra- favour and trust, as if he had done nothing his quarrels, excepting against the king; the dition adds the following circumstance: the contrary to the laws. Nor was the royal temptation became too strong to be overcome, Lady of Lockerby, who was besieged in her authority more effectual in 1598, when Ms and he resolved to sacrifice his newly-formed tower, as already mentioned, had witnessed well, acting as royal warden, and having shite friendship with Johnstone, to the desire of ex. from the battlements the approach of the Laird king's banner displayed, was in his tude
feated and slain, in so melancholy and cruel a mirable defence of a country in time of war, step-son's hands, which he forcibly closed on manner at Dryffe Sands. On the contrary, must have been great scourges in time of the the scalding bread, saying, Here, AllanSir James Johnstone was not only pardoned, profound peace to which the Border districts here is a cake which your mother has got but restored to favour and trust by the king. were consigned after the close of the English ready for your breakfast.' Allan's hands were But there was a conspicuous difference in wars, was the levying a large body of soldiers severely burnt; and, being a sharp-witted and the conseqnences of the murder which took to serve in foreign countries. The love of mi. proud boy, he resented this mark of his stepplace at Auchmanhill, in 1608. Lord Max- litary adventure had already carried one legion father's ill-will, and came not again to To well, finding no refuge in the Border coun- to serve the Dutch in their defence against the loisk. At this time the western seas were try, was obliged to escape to France, where Spaniards, and they had done great service in covered with the vessels of pirates, who, not he resided for two three years ; but the Low Countries, and particularly at the unlike the sea-kings of Denmark at an early afterwards venturing to return to Scotland, he battle of Mechline, in 1578: where, impatient period, sometimes settled and made conquests was apprehended in the wilds of Caithness, of the heat of the weather, to the astonishment on the islands. Allan-a-Sop was young, strong, and brought to trial at Edinburgh. James, of both friends and enemies, the Scottish auxi- and brave to desperation. He entered as a desirous on this occasion to strike terror, by liaries Aung off their upper garment, and mariner on board of one of these ships, and a salutary warning, into the factious nobility fought like furies in their shirts. The cir- in process of time obtained the command, first and disorderly Borderers, caused the criminal cumstance is pointed out in the plan of the of one galley, then of a small flotilla, with to be publicly beheaded on 21st May, 1613. battle which is to be found in Strada, with the which he sailed round the seas and collected Many instances might be added to shew that explanation—' Here the Scots fought naked.' considerable plunder, until his name became the course of justice on the Border began, after Buccleuch levied a large additional force from both feared and famous. At length he pro. the accession of James to the English throne, the Border, whose occupation in their native posed to himself to pay a visit to his mother, to flow with a less interrupted stream, even country was gone for ever. These also dis- whom he had not seen for many years : and where men of rank and power were concerned. tinguished themselves in the wars of the Low setting sail for this purpose, he anchored one The inferior class of freebooters were treated Countries. It may be supposed that very morning in the sound of Ulva, and in front with much less ceremony. Proclamations were many of them perished in the field, and the of the house of Torloisk. His mother was made, that none of the inhabitants of either descendants of others still survive in the Ne- dead, but his step-father, to whom he was side of the Border (except noblemen and gen- therlands and in Germany."
now an object of fear as he had been for. tlemen of unsuspected character) should re- So much for the Borders ; now for the West- merly of aversion, hastened to the shore to tain in their possession armour or weapons, ern Isles—the adventures of Allan-a-Sop! receive his formidable son-in-law, with great offensive or defensive, or keep any horse above “ The MacLeans," we are told, "a bold affectation of kindness and interest in his the value of fifty shillings. Particular clans, and hardy race, who, originally followers of prosperity; while Allan-a-Sop, who, though described as broken men, were especially dis- the Lords of the Isles, had assumed inde- very rough and hasty, does not appear to charged the use of weapons. The celebrated pendence, seized upon great part both of the have been sullen or vindictive, seemed to take clan of Armstrong had, on the very night in isle of Mull and the still more valuable island his kind reception in good part. The crafty which Queen Elizabeth's death became public, of Ilay, and made war on the MacDonalds old man succeeded so well, as he thought, in concluding that a time of misrule, by which with various success. There is a story be- securing Allan's friendship, and obliterating they had hitherto made their harvest, was longing to this clan, which I may tell you, all recollections of the former affront put on again approaching, and desirous of losing no as giving another striking picture of the man- him, that he began to think it possible to time, made a fierce incursion into England, ners of the Hebrideans. The chief of the clan, employ him in executing his private revenge and done much mischief. But such a conse- MacLean, of Duart, in the isle of Mull, had upon MacKinnon of Ulva, with whom, as was quence had been foreseen and provided against. an intrigue with a beautiful young woman of usual between such neighbours, he had some A strong body of soldiers, both English and his own clan, who bore a son to him. In con- feud. With this purpose, he offered what he Scots, swept along the Border, and severely sequence of the child's being, by some accident, called the following good advice to his son-inpunished the marauders, blowing up their for- born in a barn, he received the name of Allan- | law : “My dear Allan, you have now wantresses with gunpowder, destroying their lands, a-Sop, or Allan of the Straw, by which he was dered over the seas long enough ; it is time and driving away their cattle and flocks. The distinguished from others of his clan. As his you should have some footing upon land, a Armstrongs appear never to have recovered father and mother were not married, Allan castle to protect yourself in winter, a village their consequence after this severe chastise- was of course a bastard, or natural son, and and cattle for your men, and a harbour to lay ment; nor are there many of this celebrated had no inheritance to look for, save that which up your galleys. Now, here is the island of clan now to be found among the landholders of he might win for himself. But the beauty of Ulva, near at hand, which lies ready for your Liddesdale, where they once possessed the the boy's mother having captivated a man of occupation, and it will cost you no trouble, whole district. The Grahams, long the inha- rank in the clan, called MacLean, of Torloisk, save that of putting to death the present probitants of the Debateable Land which was he married her, and took her to reside with prietor, the Laird of MacKinnon, a useless claimed both by England and Scotland, were him at his castle of Torloisk, situated on the old carle, who has cumbered the world long still more severely dealt with. They were shores of the sound, or small strait of the sea, enough.' Allan-a-Sop thanked his stepfather very brave and active Borderers, attached to which divides the smaller island of Ulva from for so happy a suggestion, which he declared England ; for which country, and particularly that of Mull. Allan-a-Sop paid his mother he would put in execution forthwith. Acin Edward VI.'s time, they had often done frequent visits at her new residence, and she cordingly, setting sail the next morning, he good service. But they were also very lawless, was naturally glad to see the poor boy, both appeared before MacKinnon's house an hour and their incursions were as much dreaded by from affection and on account of his personal before noon. The old chief of Ulva was much the inhabitants of Cumberland as by those of strength and beauty, which distinguished him alarmed at the menacing apparition of so the Scottish frontier. This, indeed, was the above other youths of his age. But she was many galleys, and his anxiety was not lessened subject of complaint on both sides of the Bor- obliged to confer marks of her attachment on by the news, that they were commanded by der ; and the poor Grahams, seeing no alter- him as privately as she could, for Allan's visits the redoubted Allan-a-Sop. Having no ef. native, were compelled to sign a petition to the were by no means so acceptable to her husband fectual means of resistance, MacKinnon, who king, stating themselves to be unfit persons to as to herself. Indeed, Torloisk liked so little to was a man of shrewd sense, saw no alterdwell in the country which they now inhabited, see the lad, that he determined to put some af. native, save that of receiving the invaders, and praying that he would provide the means fronton him, which should prevent his returning whatever might be their purpose, with all outof transporting them elsewhere, where his pa. to the castle for some time. An opportunity for ward demonstrations of joy and satisfaction. ternal goodness should assign them the means executing his purpose soon occurred. The lady He caused immediate preparations to be made of life. The whole clan, a very few individuals one morning, looking from the window, saw for a banquet as splendid as circumstances excepted, were thus deprived of their lands and her son coming wandering down the hill, and admitted, hastened down to the shore to residences, and transported to the county of hastened to put a girdle-cake upon the fire, meet the rover, and welcomed him to Ulva Ulster, in Ireland, where they were settled on that he might have hot bread to his break- with such an appearance of sincerity, that the lands which had been acquired from the con- fast
. Something called her out of the apart- pirate found it impossible to pick any quarquered Irish. There is a list which shews the ment after making this preparation, and her rel which might afford a pretence for executrate at which the county of Cumberland was husband entering at the same time, saw at ing the violent purpose which he had been led taxed for the exportation of these poor fellows, once what she had been about, and deter- to meditate. They feasted together the whole as if they had been so many bullocks. An- mined to give the boy such a reception as day; and in the evening, as Allan-a-Sop was other efficient mode of getting rid of a warlike should disgust him for the future. He snatched about to retire to his ships, he thanked the and disorderly population, who, though an ad-I the cake from the girdle, thrust it into his Laird of MacKinnon for his entertainment,