Introductions and Illustrations of the Annandale Family Book of the Johnstones, Earls and Marquises of Annandale

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1894 - 78 pages
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Page 71 - Levingstoun, with strains of vehemence, that looked as if there was something more than ordinary in it : he, indeed, grounded it on his zeal for the king's service, adding, that such rebels and murderers should be made examples of.
Page 71 - Levingstoun, who commanded in Scotland, giving him a strict charge and particular directions for the execution of them ; and he ordered the passes in the valley to be kept, describing them so minutely that the orders were certainly drawn by one who knew the country well. He gave also a positive direction that no prisoners should be taken, that so the execution might be as terrible as was possible. He pressed this upon...
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Page 43 - But new matters ripened faster : so all centred in him. But because he was lazy, and the business required an active man. who could both run about and write over long and full accounts of all matters, I recommended M kinsman of my own, Johnstoune, whom I had found and knew to be both faithful and diligent.
Page 65 - ... Indies, and had a comparatively uneventful career. But the English Parliament had now endowed it with the enthusiastic backing of the whole Scottish nation.46 Its support became a matter of national honour, and its history was destined to be tragic rather than commonplace.47 HIRAM BINGHAM. 46...
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Page 66 - brought in a good many substantial, honest country gentlemen, well affected to the government and church, and many of them really religious, though there might be some greater lawyers than some of them have been and are.
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