Scotish Elegaic Verses. MDC.XXIX.-M.DCC.XXIX.: With Notes and an Appendix of Illustrative Papers

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James Maidment
T. G. Stevenson, 1842 - Elegiac poetry, Scottish - 297 pages
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Page 288 - shine as the brightness of the firmament, and as the stars for ever and ever.
Page 162 - Mackay, his appearance was not peculiarly interesting, as he was " a rough, fat, black, noisy man, more like a butcher than a Lord." Memoirs, p. 236. He was taken up on suspicion of favouring the Pretender's attempt to invade Scotland in 1718, but was afterwards liberated, and died, according to Wood, (Vol. I. p. 205,) " of an inflammation of his brain, 21 st June 1 70S, immediately on his release from prison, in the 52d year of his age.
Page 288 - ... thing ; and though his spirit and humour were made up of smoothness and gentleness, yet he could bear with the harshness and roughness of the schools ; and was not unseen in their subtilties and spinosities, and, upon occasion, could make them serve his.
Page 197 - Scripture, though it seems he made ill use of it. He was a professed Deist, and by many alledged to be ane Atheist, though he has frequently professed his belife of a God, and said he could not deny a Providence. However, he was a great mocker at religion, and ridiculer of it. He keeped noe public society for worship, and on the Sabbath had his sett meetings for ridiculing of the Scriptures and sermons.
Page xxxi - Churchyard before the corpse was taken out of the house in the foot of the Advocates' Close. A few years before this, it had ceased to be the fashion for ladies to walk behind the corpse, in full dress, with coloured clothes ; but formerly the chesting was at the same time, and all the female relations asked, which made part of the procession.
Page 8 - Majesty had been pleased to continue him in that office of chancellor, which, by his means, his worthy father, of happy memory, had bestowed upon him, he was ready in all humility to lay it down at his Majesty's feet; but since it was his royal will he should enjoy it with the known privileges of the same, never a stol'd priest in Scotland should set a foot before him so long as his blood was hot.
Page 81 - James, (a Senator of the College of Justice, by the title of Lord...
Page 35 - Optima quaeque dies miseris mortalibus aevi Prima fugit; subeunt morbi tristisque senectus Et labor, et durae rapit inclementia mortis.
Page 264 - Edince ornator, si non conditor ; yet in one night and a day all was consumed, and his family rouened, and this John Robeson, among his other children, brought to poverty. This burning was by the populace called a remarkable judgement, because Baillie Robeson, in his office as youngest magistrate, it fell to his share to attend the execution of the sentence of the Restoration Parliament, in ignominiously burning the nationall Covenants, at the...
Page xxviii - ... restraining the exorbitant expense of marriages, baptisms, and funerals." The Act restricts the attendance at funerals to numbers proportioned to the rank of the deceased ; it also " prohibits and discharges the using or carrying of any branches, banners, and other honours at church, except only the eight branches to be upon the pall, or upon the coffin where there is no pall.

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