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any sound critic will admit the objec- a voice of great extent and compass? tion as valid, which Miss Dance made The mad scene was terrific and heartto it when it was proposed to her to rending in the highest degree; and the undertake the part of the gypsey, name- ineffable smile of insanity which she ly, that no lady would consent to stain gave, while she fancied that she had her complexion with umber, and there- Jaffier in her arms, and the strangely fore the piece never could be properly changed tone of her voice on that ocperformed. We think, however the casion, were certainly never more hapexperiment might have been made, pily conceived, or executed with more and Miss Dance, in the part of Splen- distracting effect.” By the way we dora, would have been a most lovely should here mention, that the other day, and interesting representative, parti- in a certain bookseller's shop, we heard cularly in the mad scene, for, to use the a professor in a university, not a hunwords of an eloquent theatrical critic in dred miles from the college, say to a the Edinburgh Correspondent, “Who, gentleman who was speaking in rapthat saw Miss Dance in Belvidera, can tures of Miss Dance's poor Belvidera's for a moment hesitate in allowing her smile, “ What did she go mad for?”. pathos and fine feeling ? and so true To think of any man in this enlightwere they both to nature, that we shall ened age asking, “ What Belvidera venture to say, her's were not feigned went mad for?” and that man, too, tears-who, that beheld her in that not a profeşsor of divinity !! arduous part, will deny that she had
No. I. SIR, -A change in the established tre of travel, is possessed. He would form of religious worship in this coun- be apt to suppose, that through whattry, has supplied us with many a ruin ever land he might chance to direct ed cathedral and desolated abbacy; his course, he would still, amidst al and the transference of the seat of the modern exhibition of steam ani Scottish royalty from Holyrood to St smoke, and manufacturing, and hus. James's, has been proportionally pro- bandry,-amidst all that feathering ductive of palace ruins. In whatever of trade and traffic, by which ou direction you take your annual trip, sea-ward vallies and navigable river whether you travel by the power of are skirted, discover, at reasonabl steam or of the lever, by land or by intervals, the more hallowed form: sea, on foot or on horseback, you can- of antiquity, the lingering features o not fail, provided your course is over chivalry, the broken arch and th your native soil, to discover, at the mouldering turret, the genius of a for opening up of every bay, and at the mer and more poetical age-hoverin weathering of every head-land, at the over, and still greeting with a partinį entrance of every strath, or on the valediction, the present. In this ex apron of every eminence, some arrest.. pectation, however, he would be dis ing shapeof Ruin, melting down, under appointed. St Paul's, and Windsor the silent but irresistible influence of are still the abodes of religion an time, into the earth, yet still continu- royalty, whilst St Andrew's Cathedra ing to connect, by all the ties of asso and Falkland Palace are in ruins. Th ciation, the past with the present, the same happy revolution in church an mitre and the crown of Scotland with state, which removed from us the su the less elevated apprehensions of mo- perstitious observances of Rome, an dern times. A Scotsman who has never the seat of our government, has let travelled beyond the precincts of his us, in addition to more substanti native country, who has never crossed benefits, the reversion of a most romar the Tweed on the one hand, nor the tic and interesting land, rendered sti region of “Skua-gulls”* on the other, more interesting and romantic by th can have no adequate notion of the ad- mouldering remains of our former roy: vantages of which Scotland, as a thea- and religious establishments.
* Shetland --Vide Dr Fleming.
I am not so sinit with antiquarian from the face of the earth itself, every
mania, as to imagine, or to attempt to intimation, every record of antiquity; to persuade others to imagine, that a and thus I would train up a young,
* Ruin” is preferable, as an object of and a bustling, and a trifling generate pleasurable contemplation, to an entire tion, to consider pleasure and pudding est and a sublime edifice; but I assured as all in all ! in die ly think, that when these floating My reflections have assumed this Car wrecks on the ocean of time are asso cast, in consequence of a visit, or pleaprinse ciated not only with the mere display sure excursion rather, which, a few e 9 of architectural design and execution, days ago, I was induced to make, in este but with the ancient spirit and moral company with a highly respectable o mel energies of our country, with much and intelligent friend, to the ruins of mote that it has now lost, but which once Falkland Palace. Understanding that e, y rendered it dignified in its internal the present proprietor of these “ Royal mi character, and imposing in its external Ruins," and of the extensive grounds Bilc relations, our patriotism must be of a around them, (J. Bruce, Esq.) had, ezt very suspicious description indeed, if it with a great deal of good sense and ser is not awakened and strengthened by proper feeling, ordered the Palace to be Berge the contemplation of them. There is enclosed by a sufficient wall, and thus
nothing, in my opinion, which is more protected from that dilapidation un! truly salutary to our national health der which, in the course of ages, it had
and prosperity, than this reverence for, suffered so much, and by means of and frequent conversation with, the which (if permitted to be proceeded "Mighty Past.” And, should the time in) not a vestige would in a few years ever arrive when a Scotsman can tra. remain, I was anxious, ere the inclovel over the land of his fathers, hal- sure should be completed, and the for
lowed as it is in almost every direction mer aspect of the ruins, by the openHer with reminiscences of their public cha- ing up of some new views,* in some sit. racter or domestic life, without taking measure altered, to saunter over, unuz any interest in such recollections, he der the conduct of a well-informed
will then be ripe for a state of rebel- and intelligent guide, the venerable, lion or of vassalage. He will either and time-hallowed precincts. It was have actually forfeited his claims to in a June day, and worthy of Juno herdependence, or be prepared to do so. self. The wind, which had long resistWere I desirous of reducing our na- ed every southern tendency, and which tional character, whether considered in had regularly at night-fall checked reference to loyalty or to patriotism, to round in sullen obstinacy to the east, all that binds our hearts to the throne, had at last yielded up or that attaches us to our national con- and came over our faces, as weadvanced stitution and privileges; from the ple- upon our expedition, in all the blannitude of authority, or rather from the dishment and softness of an Italian atinsidious covert of design, I would mosphere. The sun, which had obissue forth my mandate, that all the tained sufficient elevation to overshoot monuments of our ancient history the highest parts of the Lomond hills, should be erased—that with the ruins yet not to irradiate the northern asof the cathedral, as well as with the pect, flooded down his beams upon us, tomb-stones of the martyrs, men should over a dark and still sunless backbuild offices, and construct fences-and ground, through which trees, and turthat the fast mouldering palaces of the rets, and cottage-smoke were beginrace of Stuart should yield up their ning to penetrate into light. There last foundation-stone to grace the lin- was
a freshness and a hilarity over the tels of some modern villa, or figure whole face of nature, according well from the snug parlour chimney of some with that lightness of heart, and buoyburgh magistrate. I would become a ancy of spirit, which generally accomsecond Edward, and efface not only panies, as well as suggests, such carepaper
and parchment, but even less, and, as the busy world deem it,
« the point,
* The alterations here alluded to, are towards the north side of the Palace, by means of which the northern aspect, which was formerly concealed by trees and some rising grounds, will be opened up, and travellers upon the Cupar and Perth roads, by Auchtermuchty, will have an excellent view of the ruins.
aimless excursions; and as we trotted When my friend overtook me, he made and walked our horses onwards, in an me acquainted with the following aneceasy jogging tête-a-tête way, I felt as- dote, respecting the manner in which sured that this day's enjoyment was the property of Bally-Mill, which lies not at the mercy of chance; and that, a little way farther east, upon the being pleased with, and happy in our- banks of the Eden, was originally selves, we should find the objects we obtained from King James the Fifth, went to visit fully equal to our expec- of facetious, and princely, and, alas, tations. As we halted for an instant unfortunate memory! in passing through the ancient and The king, who was fond of seeing most beautifully situated burgh of human nature under every
modifica Auchtermuchty, in order to water our tion of circumstance, and in the abhorses at a small, but clear and rapid sence of all ceremony and constraint, stream, which divides the town, my a taste which a court was but indifferfriend took occasion to remark, that, ently calculated to gratify, was in the according to tradition, we were now habit, whilst he resided at Falkland, of upon classic ground, rendered so by making excursions in disguise into the the exceedingly graphic and humor adjoining country. In one of these ous description of country life and frolics, he entered, rather late in the manners, which the “ Guidewife of evening, a miller's house, which was Auchtermuchty,” said to have been situated on Falkland muir, at the conwritten by King James the First, con- fluence of the Daft-water with the tains. “ There,” said he, pointing to Eden. As the royal presence did not a green bank, on the farther side of appear to her any ways imposing, the
fed the honest woman's miller's wife stoutly opposed the engaislines, of which the gudeman made trance of her Guest; and at last, findso poor an account; and upon that ing that words had but little weight very stone, perhaps, were the 'foul with him, she brought up, as she had sheets' laid, which the spait thought frequently in the course of expostulaproper to carry along with it."* In the tion threatened to do, the more weighty course of conversation, I learned that argument of her husband's presence “Christ's Kirk on the Green,” likewise upon the carle's obstinacy. The Miller, supposed to have been celebrated by who chanced to be man of some huthe royal author above mentioned, lay mour, and of great good nature, thoug! upon the banks of the river Leven, at miserably ruled by his wife, was pre no great distance, and was in fact none vailed upon to consent to the strar:ger? other than the church and the green request ; and having adjusted his mill. of Lesly;" the dancing and de- labour for the night, returned to hi ray,” making part of an annual revel, Guest with a tongue loaded with in which, under the sanction of royal au- quiries, and a heart light as air. Th thority, and even example, was there stranger was intelligent, and facetious exhibited. “Weel,+ Bally-Mill,” said the landlord became gleesome ani my friend, as we began to cross over open-hearted, till at last, with a mos the valley towards Falkland, to a re- friendly and familiar salutation be spectable looking figure who was ri- twixt the carle's shoulders, and ding past us, in an opposite direction, hearty, and vigorous, and protracte “how's a' wi'ye the day, Bally-Mill?” shake of his hand, the gudeman decla Mutual conversation ensued, from red he was the “ ae best fallow he ha question answer flowed,' during which, met with since the death o'the aul as I had not the good fortune to be parson oʻCult, who was aye fou six day acquainted with Bally-Mill, I had out of the seven, and ended his life a drifted a considerable space in advance. last ae drifty night amang the snaw."
" " Strone,
* Vide No. Vol. I. of this Magazine.
+ It is customary in Fife, as well as in several counties of Scotland, to address fa mers, and even small proprietors, by the familiar appellation which belongs to their pr. perty or farm. Thus we have · Drone,'
”? “ Cuff-about,” and “ Tai about,” “Cockairnie,” “Rumgally,” “ Craigfoodie,” &c. &c.
It is reported of this “ drouthy brother," that, having through life frequently e. pressed a wish for a white " hinner end,” in allusion to the sweet milk with which I was in the habit of washing down the lagging remains of a parrich-cog-his death, the manner stated, became proverbial.
tyka The ale, which now, in spite of “ Bes- mountains which overpowered the Transy's grumbling," and protesting again mind more with bulk, and height, En and again that there was not anither and compass--but none which preats drap in the house, if their “hair war sented a smoother and a more distinct up like a gowan,"*-the ale, which had outline, and which cut out, in the clear
now begun to flow more freely,wrought blue heaven above, a more bold and wonders.
graceful curvature. I can never re2. " Kings may be great, but they were glo. strain my feelings when I am under ious,
the influence of mountain scenery-it Ede O'er a' the ills o' life victorious."
comes over my soul with the power In a word, they were, in the course of and the swell of music. So, lifting In the evening, (under the management myself up from the saddle, and cutting
of John Barleycorn,) as well acquaint- right and left with a switch I had in ed with each other, and upon as fa- my hand, to the no small alarm of miliar terms, as if, like Burns's drou- my companion, and bodily apprehenthy cronies,
sion of my poney, I burst out into “ They had been fou for weeks thegither.” is the pathway of chivalry—a field
these, or similar exclamations:-"Here 2 And upon taking his departure next worthy of kings. On that mountain's while morning, the stranger insisted upon brow I still see the shades of royalty
a visit from his kind-hearted and the deer is starting from his covert,
hospitable landlord, at his house in and his branchy horns are figuring and Falkland, where, under the name of amidst the stillness and fragrance of
ER "The Gudeman of Ballengeoch,” he the morning air. But the royal trumde was, as he alleged, sufficiently well pet has sounded—and a thousand bue known. The visit, in the course of gles have awakened at the call and ke a few days, was paid_and the cour- the steed, and the rider, and the hound, asti tiers, being apprized of the jest, had and the echoes are away-and from exps the miller introduced, very much to the banks of Lochleven, to the tides of Tid his astonishment and confusion, in- the German Ocean, all is one wide disE press to the king's presence. Here he was play of speed, and glitter, and princehe s banquetted and feasted for some days ly bravery, and courtly confusion ve in a most princely manner, and dis- and the gallantry of ladyhood is ae, in missed at last with the alternative of broad--the pride and the boast of a *** the 8th part or the 4th of the lands of Scottish court are darting their fla
Bally-Mill, at his option. Having con- ming radiance from glen to steep, and o sulted his wife on this intricate sub from steep to glen. The falcon,t too, med ject, he was admonished that no man is on the wing
and now hangs like a mit in his senses could possibly hesitate spot in the bosom of the cloud-and 27. respecting the relative value of 8 and 4. now stoops it suddenly, with the speed Elit “And the eighth part remains in the and the fatality of lightning. But the ut possession of the person who passed scene has shifted, and the noontide chos us,” concluded my Informer, “ to this heats are come on--and, clustering in hour."
upon that plain, are arranged on the We had, by the time that this anec green grass sod, without the ceremony co dote was completed, come so far round of heralding · King and courtier, lord
in front of the Lomond hills, which and lady fair'-whilst the fat deer is :: now lay directly south of us, as to seething in the oak-suspended caulEbe to open them up in a beautiful and most dron, and the jest is seasoned with
“Like two young roes laughter, and the laugh is unhampered is is that are twins,” they rose before us by courtly ceremony-and the First
in all the freshness of a recent, yet Stuart of the land has seated the in all the permanent stability of an fairest daughter of proud Loraine by eternal existence. I have seen many his side and the eye is bright, and
jis sublime style.
- Hair was like a gowan,”-proverb meaning, “ Were you even as beautiful.” Yellow hair amongst our Scottish progenitors, as well as in ancient Greece, being held in high estimation. 1 Hence Falkland—quasi Falconland !
This is probably no fiction for the parish of Kettle, or King's Kettle, to the east of Falkland, derived, in all likelihood, its name from this circumstance. Vide Statis. tical Account, parish, Kettle-by the Rev. Dr Barclay, Minister.
the cheek is glowing—and the heart of leather aprons.”-Fy on't-Oh fya whole court is beating wild and high the mountain smells already of the to the tune of health and glee and fes- loom and the workshop; let us pass tivity.” “ Tumterara-tarrara-tum- quickly on." "Loom here, or loom tee,” interrupted my less mercurial there,” replied my friend, “ who seemfriend. “ Has the man lost his sen- ed now to regard me as if he were seses ? Who ever heard of such a rho- riously concerned about my intellects, domontade of blaflummery and stilted " the division of these Lomonds was nonsense? Why, man, that stuff might no easy job. I was myself present at do for MʻPherson's Ossian, or Black- several meetings, where Sir William wood's Magazine.” The very men. Rae, and Sheriff Jameson, had no little tion, my dear sir, of your far-noted difficulty,and exhibited great prudence, Magazine, acted like a charm in bring- and skill, and impartiality, in adjusting me to myself again ; and from that ing the various claims; and it is my moment to this, I have never lost hope humble opinion, that there is moregood of seeing my friend's prophecy rea sense in one rood of well-cultivated lized.
land, than in a thousand acres of waste After a considerably protracted silence, royalty; and, however disrespectfully we came up close to the very
breast, as it you may speak of tailors, and shoemawere, and under the brow of the moun- kers, and bailies, and weavers, and so tain, and I could perceive, much to my forth, they are fully as useful in their mortification, that there were other day and generation, and not a great wrinkles than those of time observable deal less ornamental, than idle grooms upon its front. There was something and blackguard courtiers, persecuting so incongruous betwixt the great ex- kings, and assassinating nobles. You pression of nature, combined with the have but to cast your eye a little to thi moral sublimity of association, by which westward of the road upon which w I had so lately been transported, and are now entering, to see a verificatio dikes, and ditches, and irregular inclo- of all this, for there lies before you th sures, and partially cultivated patches, Cameronian village of Fruchy, whic! and all the littleness, and all the con once lent a night's lodgings to those un tamination of private and plebeian ap- happy men whom the oppression of “ propriation, the characters of which I Stuart race” had driven like cattle fror read but too distinctly up to the very their homes and their families, an mountain-top-thatmy spirits sunk as whom, under the whip, and in terror ( much below par, as they had lately ri- the thumbikens, a royal escort wer sen above it, and I meditated, with a conducting to endure death, or wors mixture of indignation and regret, on than death, in the dark and airles the sacrilege I had witnessed. “That dungeon of Dunotter Castle. * An summit,” said I at length to my com if you will only put yourself to th panion, was wont, but a few years trouble to direct your eye a little i ago, to suggest no notion, nor recollec- advance, you will mark, over the tile tion, but that of the power which ori- and thatched roofs which interven ginally created it, or the mightiness and composing as it were a part and pride of our national story, with that royal palace we are now fast aj which it was so eminently and closely proaching, the parapet and turrets associated. But now-fy upon it- a fortress, which is stained by one Oh,fy!-There is “Tailor Lapboard's” those deeds of horror, which rose park, and this is “Suter Elson's” field, barbarous atrocity above the genius, ar and that is “ Bailie Bluster's” portion; character even of the age in which it w here, at this stone, terminates the di- perpetrated.” Having, notwithstanı vision of“ Christy Codgut,” the fish- ing a slight degree of inclination to r wife ; and that unseemly patch which taliate upon this somewhat cutting ai disfigures the very summit, at once uncourtly address, allowed my curi suggests the idea of “ sowen-mugs and sity to hear the story to which he &
* Several of these unhappy men died in this worse than Calcutta black-hole, a a well sprung up, which is still to be seen in the middle of the dungeon floor, to supi the thirst of the survivors ! Such interpositions were by no means unusual in th times. A braken-bush, for example, grew up and spread in the course of a nig till it covered, and completely concealed from the search of persecuting “Clavers,”( who had effected his escape from this horrible place of confinement !