Bonnie Scotland: Tales of Her History, Heroes, and Poets

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Ticknor and Fields, 1861 - Scotland - 273 pages
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Not bad for an out of print book. It gives a good overview of portions of Scottish history I was most interested, and told in such a manner as to be pleasant. Best of all, it was free, something we researchers like.

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Page 272 - I may have but a minute to speak to you. My dear, be a good man - be virtuous - be religious - be a good man. Nothing else will give you any comfort when you come to lie here.
Page 171 - Their side-saddles were placed on the ground to serve for seats, and their horses were tethered, or piqueted, as it is called, in the rear of the congregation. Before the females, and in the interval which divided them from the tent, or temporary pulpit, the arms of the men present, pikes, swords, and muskets, were regularly piled in such order as is used by soldiers, so that each man might in an instant assume his own weapons.
Page 97 - never let it be said that a man who was born of a woman, and nursed by a woman's tenderness, should leave a mother and an infant to the mercy of barbarians! In the name of God, let the odds and the risk be what they will, I will fight Edmund Butler rather than leave these poor creatures behind me. Let the army, therefore, draw up in line of battle, instead of retreating.
Page 150 - ... sent down to Scotland, with strict orders that they should be received, and their directions punctually complied with, by clergy and people. An act so infatuated, and •betraying such profound ignorance of a people's nature, was never perhaps perpetrated by any government. Sunday, the 23d of July 1637, was the day appointed for the introduction of the new service-book into the churches of Edinburgh. On that day a great concourse of people, including the lords of the privy-council, the lords...
Page 175 - After all was over, Mr. Peden took Isahell aside, and said, " You have got a good husband, value him highly ; keep linen for a winding-sheet beside you ; for in a day when you least expect it, thy master will be taken from thy head. In him the image of our Lord and Saviour is too visible to pass unnoticed by those who drive the chariot wheels of persecution through the breadth and length of bleeding Scotland. But fear not, thou shalt
Page 88 - Abbey, with this inscription on his tomb : " Edward I., The Hammer of the Scotch...
Page 56 - Be quiet,' said the old chief; 'let no man touch the youth. He has Macgregor's word for his safety ; and, as God lives, he shall be safe while he is in my house.' He kept his promise, and even accompanied Lamont, with twelve men in arms, to Inverary, where, having landed him on the other side of Loch Fyne, he left him with these words : ' Lamont, you are now safe ; no longer can I, or will I, protect you. Keep out of the way of my clan ; and God forgive you.
Page 10 - ... attempt to set forth the facts, but, assuming a knowledge of them on the part of his readers, proceeds directly to make his comments and to draw his lessons. For this reason a simple statement of the important facts in Burns's life is necessary before beginning the reading or study of the essay.
Page 17 - There is a very affecting letter to Gilbert, dated the 7th, in which the poet says, " I am dangerously ill, and not likely to get better — God keep my wife and children.
Page 152 - Deil colick the wame o' thee, thou fause thief! dost thou say the mass at my lug?' took up the little stool on which she sat and flung it at the dean's head. In an instant all was uproar : the women of the congregation rushed to the desk ; and the dean, to avoid being torn in pieces, pulled off his surplice and fled. Lindsay, Bishop of Edinburgh, mounted the pulpit to address the...

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