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Case of Heriot Sadler. teen, the Author of our being only, the marriage will be established in evi- , his answer in his ear as evidence of the who lias given it to us with all its sin- dence. The first of these is of an inte marriage-conjured up the inquirer, gularities, weaknesses, and capacities, is resting nature. The oppressive secret, bearing testimony on this table; figured able to determine. Suffice it to say, already revealed to her mother, was to his apprehensive imagination the acthat he inflamed a quarrel between this now to be broken to Mrs Plowman. It cusing witness and the scrutinizing jury; poor child and her grandmother; and, was a Sunday morning. The old lady he shifted and evaded the question ; lie taking advantage of the irritation he had assembled her family at breakfast. scrupled and stammered; he did not had excited, while her kind and respect. The defendant was there by invitation. dare to say she was his wife;" she able guardian was confined to the bed His wife in tears. The scene, which was a virtuous woman.” I confidently of sickness, he persuaded her to a clan- you may imagine, I cannot describe. call this his second acknowledgmeni. destine marriage with himself! On the · Mr Watson, (said the benevolent wo- The next is more decisive.— A direct subject of this marriage he enjoined his man,) if Harriet be your wife take her admission to the brother of his wife. wife to secrecy, as he asserts, by the to your own house, --if she be not your When a publication of the marriage sanction of an oath. To the fact of this wife, I shall not cease to cherish and was demanded from him, he pleaded marriage we shall offer you indubitable protect her!" What was the answer the fear of his family, entreated for posttestimony. But you naturally inquire of the defendant to this affecting ap. ponement, and solicited delay. “ Wlry!" why it was to be kept secret ? Gentle peal ? Attend, I beseech you, to his said the irritated brother,"“ men, you shall hear. The defendant, reply. He took his wife under the you marry my sister ?"-—Marry her!" it seems, had other objects than the idle arm, and led her out from her former said the monster, “ I married her to be pursuit of love,-objects more conson- home. This I beg leave to call his first my nurse! O God! there is something ant to his age. His amorous intrigue acknowledgment. Thus, then, he con- shocking in the disgusting contrast be. turns out to have been but a mere un- ducted her from this dear and early tween the vigour of this man's vices, derplot in the vulgar drama of his ava- home, where she had conversed with and the feeblennss of his frame! It was rice. It is curious to observe how he propriety and prudence, where cheer- at this very moment that the poor vichad marshalled and disciplined his vices, fulness and young hope had been her tim bore to him a son,- the child of submitting each to each in bad subor- playmates, and innocence had led her misery, but, praised be God, not the dination,-teaching his lust to minister onward in the easy paths of peace !- child of sin! The admissions of the marto his cupidity, and sending out the ob- he led her forth, young pupil of adver- riage follow now in rapid succession :scene jackall of the one to fetch in sity, to try her tender feet upon the notes upon notes directed to Mrs Watprey for the more voracious appetite of thorny ways of suffering and shame! son ; letters upon letters signed “ her the other ! From the intimate know. unacquainted with sorrow, unpractised loving husband.” At one time, he even ledge he had acquired of the plaintiff's in pain: new to the throes of a first la promised to her uncle a sight of the affairs, he discovered that she possessed bour, struggling with “ the mind's im- certifieate. But this is not all. Long the power of making a liberal settlement patience and the body's need,” nature after, when his wife had returned to on her grand-daughter. On this settle- began to sink under the accumulated the arms of her grandmother, ever open ment the defendant set his heart, and distress, and was ready prematurely to to receive her darling child, by her painsisted on the concealment of the mar- disengage her from that burthen---to thetic solicitations she procured from riage for the
purpose of its accomplish the honoured and admired matron so the defendant, in some lucid interval of ment, which he feared might be defeat pleasing even in her pangs, and which feeling and nature, an avowal of the ed by a disclosure. Accordingly, he is yet more her pride than it is her pain ! marriage, addressed to the plaintiff, and now earnestly laboured to effect his fa. In this state a humane tradesman re to be communicated to her alone. To vourite project. Professing a parent's ceived her, while her husband sought a be sure it is not conceived in the spirit anxiety for the welfare of Miss Sadler, lodging and a midwife. I am brought of peace and conciliation; to be sure it (the undiscovered Mrs Watson,) he now to what I do not hesitate to call is rude and laconic, and has the impress enlarged on the advantages of a liberal his second acknowledgment. The good of that savage disposition, rough even portion, painted in fascinating colours lady who let him the lodgings, a Mrs in its relentings ;-but such as it is, it the crowd of suitors who would be at- Montague, I think, inquired, as I sup- shall be shewn to you. There is a cirtracted by the report of fortune, amongst pose is the ceremony upon
cumstance which, I am aware, will be whom the young lady and her friends sions, the character of her intended brought forward on the opposite side, might select the character best adapted guest. Now, I ask you the question, with studied and elaborate display, as to insure her future felicity! At this as men who are not without the frailties great matter of confidence and triumph, time he left the Crescent for Nenagh, and errors of our common nature ; sup- and which I shall state to you, there. where his property lay, and continued posing there had existed between the fore, as broadly and as nakedly as the to press the important point of the set defendant and this unhappy woman, no counsel for the defendant can require. tlement by letters. At Nenagh he re more sacred tie than the bad bond of It is simply this. When this unfortumained till recalled by the pressing so- their own mutual vices,-do you ima- nate victim, stricken beneath this double lícitations of his wife, who was now in gine that he would have hesitated for a and returning stroke of calamity, was the last stage of her pregnancy, and moment to smooth for her the bed of in a state of slow convalescence, her could no longer concealfrom her friends travail by a direct assertion, whether husband presented to her a written disher afflicting situation. In April 1807, true or false, that she was his wife? avowal of the marriage, which he prethe defendant returned to town. Here Indeed he ma no such assertion. His vailed upon her to subsc
be. I am will commence the long series of ac: guilty conscience dared not to make it. persuaded there is no occasion to comknowledgments on his part, by which it took the alarm at the inquiry-rung mune with you on this subject. I do
[February 7. 1818. not believe that it is necessars to press no! it is not the poor pittance of dama-in the lowest state, has no pleasure but you on this point. I am here, a young ges you may award her this day that those of sense, and no wants but those and unexperiencud advocate; - am, the plaintiff solicits at your hands? She of appetite ; afterwards, when society above all things, apprehensive that 1 demands' at this tribunal the honour of is divided into different ranks, and some shoald not do justice to my client; but her child-she calls upon justice to re- are appointed to labour for the support ) declare to God I do not think it ne buke, once more, this veteran in vice, of others, those whom their superiority cessary. Why, the approved wisdom as his crimes have brought down her sets free from labour, begin to look for of our law refuses all authority to the grey hairs in sorrow to the grave ! Per- intellectual entertainments. Thus, while acts of the honoured and acknowled- haps he may yet understand this rebuke; the shepherds were attending their ged wife, living in the sunshine of her perhaps he may yet regard this second flocks, their masters made the first ashusband's affection, and who has wit- admonition ! He may obey the au- tronomical observations ; so music is nessed no anger but “ the graver coun. thoritative mandate of the law, though said to have had its origin from a man at tenance of love,” because it is humane. he has not listened to the gentle whis- leisure, listening to the strokes of a hanly jealous even of his amiable and hon-perings of nature. He may yield from mer. ourable influence. What credit then his churlish hoards the means of sub It is an old observation that there is would you give to the forced disavowal sistence to the child he has deserted nothing new under the sun ; and those of this poor victim-extorted from her and the wife he has betrayed, and sup- who are accustomed to regard slight by the tyrant who seemed to hold the ply at least the necessities of life, building as an offence of very recent strings of her destiny in his hands where he has for ever destroyed its date, are corrected by the following who appeared commissioned from heav. comfort and its consolation! When extract from “ A brief and merry Hisen tò deal out to her, her lot of suffer- this case was first committed to my tory of Great Britain," published many ing --who at 17 years of age had snat: care, I felt grieved as for a national dis- years ago. Speaking of the metropolis, ched her from her mother's lap, and grace. In this land I had conceived the author says,-" The ground is exfrom her grandmother's embrace, and its occurrence scarcely possible. I had tremely dear, so that people make the hurried her away to sorrow, to suffer. imagined that cruelty and avarice at most of it. They take it commonly for ing, and to shame! Why, he had broken least were excluded from the catalogue a time certain, ten, twenty, or thirty her mind as well as her heart! She was of Irish vices. I had flattered myself, years, perhaps, and calculate things as much an involuntary agent in his that, however we might have made our with so much exactness that the build. hand, as the mere material pen with selves the scorn and contempt of sur- ings seldom stand much longer. But which she scrawled the disavowal. She rounding nations by our weak and wick- they are sometimes out in their calculastood before him a poor subdued maniac ed party animosities, still within the do- tions, and 'tis common to see some of in the presence of her keeper! O yes ! mestic circle all was peace, and purity, these daring accomptants crushed to give him all the benefit of this disavow and confidence, and honour! I had pieces by houses that drop before the al !--Bear with me a little longer, hoped that if my country could not end of the time limited. The buildings are while I present this case to you in boast of commercial greatness, or liter-spacious, have fair outsides, and are another point of view. Suppose that ary honours, or national pre-eminence goodly to look into; but, at the latter the defendant should establish his case : -still it was her glory that her gener. end of the year, when the weather --suppose that he should fully disproveous children married not for avarice, or proves tempestuous, as in the months the fact of the marriage-how then vanity, or lust - that she had amply of November and December, the most *tands his defence ?-What is it? It is merited the milder or the happier fame, wary and prudent of the inhabitants this.- Foul and abominable seduction that all her wives were chaste, and all generally quit their dwellings, whilst --seduction of a young girl of 17! The her husbands were affectionate !"
others, more daring and presumptuous, defendant pleads, that at 60 years of
It is scarcely necessary to mention, that the even continue in them at that season!" age, like a canker in the blossom of the jury found a verdict for the plaintiff. spring, he ate away this young and ten.
In DUGDALE's Monasticon Anglicader heart that he coiled this pure and Thoughts on Various Subjects, num, of which an edition of only 350 spotless child, just fresh from the hands
subscribed copies was lately published of her Creator, into the folds of his
Sir James Mackintosh, in one of his by the Rev. B. BANDINEL, we find this own loathsome and languid lusts--and addresses, has stated the following fact, curious item in an account of the Glasendeavoured to unite her, whom heaven on the authority of a clergyman at Man- tonbury Monastery: “ Item, paid to Bar. had separated from him by the interval chester :-Examining the registers of nes, a goldsmith, for newe trymynge of of half a century, in the dreadful part- the collegiate church for the last six an image of golde of the Faither of Heven. nership of eternal perdition !-- This is years, viz. from January 1st, 1807, to withoute a backe and a foote, garnished Juis defence, if it should avail him! And the 31st of December 1812, it was found with course stones, lackinge one stone if it should not, what say you to the from the signatures, that so many as upon his breest, weing xxvi. unces." wretch who comes into a court of jus- 9756 persons had been married within Signed by Henry VIII. of whose wri. tice, in the open day, and in the face of that period, who were not able to write ting a fac simile is given. an indignant world, to blast the reputa, their own names. tion of his wedded wife-to tarnish and
Taylor, the water poet, says,
« One slander that honour that should be Sir Joshua Reynolds beautifully takes William Boonen, a Dutchman, brought cherished in the recesses of his heart, advantage of a classical tradition, to il- first the use of coaches hither, and the and in the vindication of which he should lustrate and enforce the doctrine he was said Boonen was Queen Elizabeth's be ready to pour forth his blood! No, ! laying down. He observes that " Man, coachman, for indeed a coach was a
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224 atrange monster in those days, and the fof nature, and not the effect of reason their native colours, makes the reader sight of them pul both horse and man in- and reflection. For we see it in the disgusted with them. to an azement.” Dr Piercy observes, good and in the bad, in the most Porson's Review of Brunk's Aristoph. they were first drawn by two horses, thoughtless as well as in the thoughtand that it was the favourite Bucking-ful.”
Gaming was invented by the Lydians ham, who, about 1609, began to draw
when under the pressure of a great fawith six horses. About the same time The Hindus, like some of the ancient mine. To divert themselves from dwelhe introduced the sedan.
philosophers, suppose that the soul is ling on their sufferings they contrived
an emanation of the spirit of God, dice, balls, tables, &c. It is added, An auction of unmarried ladies used breathed into mortals.--So Genesis ii. 7, that to bear their calamity the betto take place annually in Babylon. “In it is said that God “ breathed into his ter, they used to play a whole day withevery district," says the historian," they (man's) nostrils the breath of life." out intermission, that they might not be assembled on a certain day in every But their manner of expressing it is disgusted with the thoughts of food. year, all the virgins of marriageable more sublime. They compare it to the The invention intended as a remedy for age.” The most beautiful was first put up, heat and light sent forth from the sun, hunger, is now a very common cause of and the man who bid the largest sum of which neither lessens nor divides his that evil. money, gained possession of her charms. own essence;-to the speech which conThe second in personal appearance fol- veys knowledge without lessening that A very interesting essay might be lowed, and the bidders gratified them- of him who instructs the ignorant; -- to a written on the unhappiness of those selves with handsome wives according torch at which other torches are light from whom nature and fortune seem to to the depth of their purses. But alas ! ed, without diminution of its light. have removed all the causes of unhapit seems that there were in Babylon
Essay on the Creation.
piness. some ladies for which no money was
Ed. Review, No. 37, p. 104. likely to be offered, yet these also were Gen. iii, 17. “ Cursed is the ground disposed of, so provident were the Ba: for thy sake.”—There seems to have All controversies that can never end, bylonians.—"When all the beautiful been a notion, which, of old prevailed had better, perhaps, never begin. virgins," says the historian, “ were sold, greatly, that the antideluvian world
Sir William Temple. the crier ordered the most deformed to was under a curse, and the earth very stand up; and after he had openly de- barren. Hence the ancient mytholo Voltaire says it is the task of men of manded who would marry her with a gists refer the commencement of all the least sense to explain the sense of small sum, she was at length adjudged plenty as well as happiness in life, to others. This bears hard upon the tribe to the man that would be satisfied with the æra of the Deluge, Bryant's Myth. of annotators and commentators ; those the least ; and in this manner the money v. 5, 279. Hence too, according to Du who are described by Bolingbroke as arising from the sale of the handsome, Halde, some of the Hindus, impelled persons “ who make fair copies of foul served for a portion to those who were by the dread of terrestial pollution, manuscripts, give the signification of either of disagreeable look, or had any suspend themselves aloft in cages, upon hard words, and take a great deal of oimperfection." This custom prevailed the boughs of trees.
ther grammatical pains. The obligaabout 500 years before Christ-but it
tion to these men (he adds) would be is doubtful whether a similar sort of Of the indecency which abounds in great indeed, if they were in general aprocess is not carried on at this day, Aristophanes, unjustifiable as it certains bleto do anything better.-i approve, and among ourselves.
ly is, it may be observed, that different therefore, very much, the devotion of a
ages differ extremely in their ideas of studious man at Christ-church, who was We have no specific term to denote this offence. Among the ancients, plain overheard in his oratory entering into a the sogyn
of the Greeks. “ How com- speaking was the fashion; nor was that detail with God, as devout persons are mon is it,” says Dr Reid, “ to see a ceremonious delicacy introduced which apt to do, and, amongst other particuyoung woman in the gayest period of has taught men to abuse each other lar thanksgivings, acknowledged the dilife, who has spent her days in mirth, with the utmost politeness, and express vine goodness in furnishing the world and her nights in profound sleep, with the most indecent ideas in the most mo with the makers of dictionaries !" out solicitude or care, all at once trans- dest language. The ancients had little formed into the careful, the solicitous, of this. They were accustomed to call the watchful nurse, of her dear infant; a spade a spade; to give every thing its John V. King of Portugal and his doing nothing by day but gazing upon proper name. There is another sort of
Mistress. it, and serving it in the meanest offices; indecency which is infinitely more danby night depriving herself of sound gerous, which corrupts the heart with This prince was so much captivated sleep for months, that it may lie safe in out offending the ear. I believe there by a young and handsome lady of the
Forgetful of herself, her is no man of sound judgment who would court, that, although well informed of whole care is centered in this little ob- not sooner let his son read Aristophanes her having already bestowed her heart ject. Such a sudden transformation of than Congreve and Vanburgh. "In all on a lover every way deserving of it, her whole habits, and occupations, and Aristophanes' indecency there is no- he was determined to endeavour at turn of mind, if we did not see it every thing that can allure, but much that winning the preference through all day, would appear a more wonderful must deter. He never dresses up the those temptations which kings have it melamorphosis than any that Ovid has most detestable vices in an amiable light; in their power to offer. The young described. This, however, is the work but generally by describing them in lady's sentiments and principles were,
[February 7, 1818 however, proof against these undue a pure and constant attachment guarded pairing for many years. When these attempts to shake her fidelity to the Mademoiselle de S--- from that mean melancholy and desolating effects of first possessor of her affections; and species of jealousy, which it was in the storm were described to the king, to prove her resolution to maintain tended should effect her downfal. John, he was so deeply penetrated with grief it unbroken, she retired to the convent however, continued to act the part he at the sufferings of his people, that, D'Oliveira, hoping that she should there had assumed, till, unconsciously to him wholly unable to control his feelings, be safe from the importunities of her self, he became charmed by the sense, his tears flowed unchecked in the preroyal admirer. In this, she was sadly wit, and interesting manners of the pera sence of Father Govea. This worthy mistaken : she fled not with more ear son through whiom he had hoped to man was of the order of Capuchins, and nestness than the king pursued ; and as have wounded the vanity of the first an admirable preacher. The holiness no retreat, however sacred, could be object of his admiration. But his Ma- of his life, which was exemplary, had barred against him, whose power was jesty was at length convinced that the impressed the king with the highest despotic, she was still obliged to sub- latter was rejoiced at being relieved veneration for his person, and the most mit to his visits, and trust to time and from his importunities, and that she perfect confidence in his disinterestedher own perseverance in virtue for that anxiously waited for the moment when ness, a strong proof of which he had release which she had vainly sought in she might feel herself wholly emanci- given in having refused both the diga religious retirement. Determined, pated from the painful restraint under nity of Patriarch of Lisbon, and Cardi. at all events, to avoid ever being alone which she had for some time suffered. nal of Rome, which had been pressed with the king, she engaged, as her con This soon took place: the king's new upon him. The state of mind in which stant companion, a young lady belong. attachment so rapidly gained strength, Father Govea now saw the King of Poring to the convent, who might at the that it shortly conquered all remains tugal, was too favourable to the acsame time be a restraint on the king's of his former inclination; and his se- complishment of a wish he had long conduct, and a strict witness of her cond mistress, less scrupulous or more cherished at heart, to be suffered to own. This circumspection, from which interested by the passion of the king, subside without an effort of obtaining it. nothing could for a moment divert her, yielded without reserve to the pleasures He had in real charity grieved over the failed of proving to the royal lover that of a mutual affection. The intercourse state of adultery in which the king lived, her heart was closed against him. John, to which this led continued unbroken and therefore seized the present auspitherefore, persevered in his suite; but for many years, and was finally dissolved cious moment to represent to him, with suspecting that the little progress he in a manner honourable to both parties. mild eloquence, that God, when justly had hitherto made was attributable to This event originated in the following irritated by the guilty conduct of printhe opportunities his rival still enjoyed circumstances:--
ces, frequently suffered the punishment of keeping alive his interest in the affec Lisbon was but just recovering from they had incurred, to fall in this world tions of his mistress, he determined on the fatal effects of a disorder resembling
the fatal effects of a disorder resembling on their less faulty subjects, reserving, removing this fancied obstacle to his the plague, which had carried off a it might be fearfully apprehended, a see success, by sending the young man out great portion of its inhabitants, when it verer one for the greater culprits in the of the kingdom; and this he did in a was again visited by a calamity, which world to come. This edifying reproof manner most calculated to extenuate in severely renewed the affliction and mi- of the good father, which was extended some degree the motives which actua- series of the survivors. There arose, beyond what it is here necessary to de ted him. He generously conferred on from the south, so tremendous a storm, tail
, made a sensible impression on the him an honourable and lucrative em
tha threatened to involve this ill. king, and particularly on the point ployment, at a distance from Portugal, fated city and its neighbourhood in ir- which had principally instigated him to and made every branch of his family remediable ruin. Seven hundred ves venture this exhortation. Of this, his easy in their circumstances through his sels, which were riding at anchor in the majesty gave a solid proof, by instantly munificente. A more summary and a Tagus, were torn from their moorings, resolving to sacrifice to God the object more cruel method of getting rid of a and either entirely wrecked or greatly in that had so long diverted him from his rival, might have been expected from jured by running a-ground. One English duties. It required no small degree a despotic monarch of a country noted man-of-war, commanded by Lord Were, of manly fortitude to fulfil this laufor the most atrocious acts of jealous and destined for the secret conveyance dable determination. His attachment passion. All his Majesty's schemes of money privately granted by the court to his mistress continued unabated, were vain; the object of them main- of Portugal to that of London, alone and her society was an unfailing source tained the same cold, respectful reserve, weathered unhurt this frightful temp- of pleasure and comfort to him after which virtue had first dictated as the est. The ships of war belonging to his the cares and employments of the day. most dignified mode of checking the Portuguese Majesty shared in the de- This he evinced by regularly repairing, unlawful hopes of the king ; who now, structive consequences already men at the fall of every evening, to the conas a lover's last resource, endeavoured tioned. The country in the vicinity of vent D'Oliveira, where she continued to enlist vanity in his cause---that aux the metropolis exhibited a similar scene to reside, to pass it in her company, iliary which has so often proved all of devastation---houses on all sides re He was now to give up for ever an inpowerful where love and ambition have duced to a heap of rubbish---the earth tercourse from which he had for years failed. To rouse this passion in his strewed with the dismembered branches derived his chief delight,-an object behalf, the king affected to transfer his of the finest trees, and millions of the that was still dear to him,—and his admiration and attentions to the com- largest olives torn up by the roots, Majesty was nobly firm in prosecuting panion of his mistress ; 'but here again presented a sad spectacle of a loss this painful reformation, for he did not he was fated to meet disappointment.-- which there could be no hope of re. even allow himself a last interview with
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1229 bis mistress. This lady acted with no ture with a patience and fortitude which houn, its friends, and allies, and the less dignity and fortitude. Finding that excited astonishment. This banditti plunder of the lands of Luss ; of having, the king did not visit her the day after had committed violent depredations on on the 7th of February preceding, inthe hurricane, she sent a messenger to the lands of John Lyon of Muiresk, for , vaded the lands of Alexander Coique inquire into the cause, who was at the which Macintosh, the captain, had been houn of Luss, with a body of 400 men, same time commissioned to present the executed, and Patrick declared an out- composed partly of his own clan, and king with a couple of shirts, which she law, and a commission of fire and sword of the clan Cameron, and of lawless had made for him with her own hands. issued out against him. In resentment thieves and robbers, equipped in arms, By the advice of Father Govea, how- of these proceedings, Roy and his asso- and drawn up on the field of Lennox ever, this present was not delivered. ciates plundered the lands of Belchir- in battle array ; of having fought with On the return of the messenger, the la- ries, the property of Lyon of Muiresk. Sir Alexander, who, being authorised dy was fully informed of all that had Lyon defended his house of Belchirries by a warrant from the privy council, passed, and the resolution which had against the assaults of these robbers till had convocated his friends and followa in consequence been formed by his the 30th of April 1666, when they sur. ers to resist this lawless host; of hav. Majesty respecting his future conduct rounded the house, brought straw and ing killed about 140 of Sir Alexander's in regard to her. So far from resent corn from the barnyard, piled them a- men, most of them in cold blood, after ing this desertion, she appeared desir. round the mansion, and set the whole they were made prisoners'; of having ous of following his example, and ob- in flames. The proprietor, and his son, carried off 80 horses, 600 cows, and literating, by a life of penance, the guilt a lad of about 18 years of age, were 800 sheep; and of burning houses, she had incurred by their illicit cum- glad to come out of the house on a ca- corn-yards, &c. This was not the first merce. She readily quitted the mag- pitulation with the robbers, who pro- time that the laird of Luss had suffered nificent apartments which the king had mised them their lives. Having got by the Macgregors. When the king with boundless generosity built and a possession of the house, they carried off was at Stirling, on the 21st December dorned purposely for her use";—re- the furniture, and arms, horses, and 1602, about six weeks before the en. turned all his costly presents,—and, cattle to the hills of Abernethy, about gagement on the field of Lennox, the with an humble spirit, retired again to 16 miles distant. They also carried laird presented himself, attended by a the lowly cell which she had occupied the gentleman and his son prisoners, number of women,corresponding to that in the days of her innocence. The king and, regardless of the articles of capitu- 'of his followers who had been killed or consoled himself for her loss, by elevat- lation, murdered them both, leaving wounded by the Macgregors. A jury ing and enriching those of her family their bodies in a field, pierced with ma- of landed gentlemen of most respectable whom he knew to be most dear to her. ny wounds. Roy and his banditti, to family sat on the trial. Among the Thus ended this amour.
the number of forty, proceeded next to number; however, was Thomas Fallusassault the borough of Keith, where daill, burgess of Dumbarton, the spe
they levied contributions, and fought cial confident and adviser of the laird. Some Account of the Clan Macgregor.
with all who opposed them. In this as- The jury unanimously convicted the
sault, however, Roy was so severely prisoner, who, in consequence, was conPatrick Roy Macgregor, by his acti- wounded as to be unable to make his demned to be hanged and quartered at vity, courage, and cruelty, had render- escape. Next day he was apprehend the cross of Edinburgh, his limbs to be ed himself the most celebrated of a ed, and conducted under a strong guard stuck up in the chief towns, and his most formidable band of robbers, that to the tolbooth of Edinburgh. On the whole estates to be forfeited. Four of long infested the Highlands. It con- 25th of March 1667 he was brought to his followers were condemned at the sisted of about forty persons, whose stile trial, and sentenced to be taken on the same time ; eleven others on the 17th of life had nourished a strength and ac- 27th to the cross of Edinburgh, his February; and six more on the 1st of tivity of body, and a cruelty of disposi- right hand to be cut off
, and then to be March. Many pages of the criminal tion, displayed in wanton outrages a- hanged till dead, and his body to be records are engroesed with the trials of gainst the feelings of others, yet ac- hung in chains on the gallows between the Macgregors. It became the obcompanied with a fortitude that bore, Leith and Edinburgh. The executioner ject of national attention to break this without shrinking, the pinching of cold mangled him so shockingly, that he was lawless confederacy. A statute was and hunger, and the torture of the ex- next
day turned out of office. . Pat- passed in 1633, ordaining that the whole ecutioner. Lachlan Macintosh, the rick Drummond; the associate of this of the clan Macgregor should appear captain of this band, about a year pre- outlaw's guilt, was at the same time the before the privy council, and give suceding, had finished his course in the companion of his sufferings.
rety for their good behaviour; that the hands of justice. Patrick, who suc This trial, and some former pro- sirname of Macgregor should be aboceeded in the command, was a man of ceedings relating to the clan Gregor, lished; and that no minister should robust make, but diminutive stature. afford the most characteristic evidence baptise a child, or clerk, or notary subThe red hair which grew thick on all of the barbarous state of the Highlands scribe a bond, or other security, under his body, indicated his strength, while in those times, of the lawless manners the name of Macgregor, under pain of it added to his ugliness, and got him of the people, and despicable imbecili-deprivation. This act was rescinded at the name of Roy. His stern features ty of the executive arm. The crimes with the restoration, but as it is probable the bespoke ferocity ; his keen red eyes, and which another of the chiefs was charged Macgregors had aggravated the outnose like the eagle's beak, heightened resemble more the outrage and desola- rages of a disorderly life, by the unparthe terrors of his countenance ; and tion of war, than the guilt of a felon. donable crime of jacobitism, the act was both at his examination and execution, He was accused of having conspired again revived in the first parliament of he bore an uncommon severity of tor- the destruction of the name of Colqu- / William and Mary. Within these few