Tales of a grandfather, Volume 23

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R. Cadell, 1836 - Scotland
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Page 34 - ... for the Goodman of Ballengiech. The King had given orders that he should be admitted ; and John found his friend, the goodman, in the same disguise which he had formerly worn. The King, still preserving the character of an inferior officer of the household, conducted John Howieson from one apartment of the palace to another, and was amused with his wonder and his remarks. At length, James asked his visitor if he...
Page 154 - ... of the epileptic person. When the party gained the summit, they slew the sentinel ere he had time to give the alarm, and easily surprised the slumbering garrison, who had trusted too much to the security of their castle to keep good watch.
Page 34 - Howieson would come to see him on the next Sunday, he would endeavor to repay his manful assistance, and at least give him the pleasure of seeing the royal apartments. John put on his best clothes, as you may suppose, and appearing at a postern gate of the palace,' inquired for the Goodman of Ballengiech.
Page 17 - Your grace need not think to escape us," said this fierce warrior ; " if our enemies had hold of you on one side, and we on the other, we would tear you to pieces ere we would let you go.
Page 350 - ... yet often neglecting it for the meanest amusement ; a wit, though a pedant ; and a scholar, though fond of the conversation of the ignorant and uneducated. Even his timidity of temper was not uniform ; and there were moments of his life, and those critical, in which he showed the spirit of his ancestors. He was Jaborious in trifles, and a trifler where serious labour was required...
Page 33 - King admittance, saying, that the laird of Arnpryor was at dinner, and would not be disturbed. " Yet go up to the company, my good friend," said the King, "and tell him that the Goodman of Ballengiech is come to feast with the King of Kippen." The porter went grumbling into the house, and told his master that there was a fellow with a red beard at the gate, who called himself the- Goodman of Ballengiech, who said he was come to dine with the King of Kippen.
Page 350 - ... conquest might have been easy. He was fond of his dignity, while he was perpetually degrading it by undue familiarity; capable of much public labour, yet often neglecting it for the meanest amusement; a wit, though a pedant; and a scholar, though fond of the conversation of the ignorant and uneducated.
Page 51 - ... lasting peace between the countries, he earnestly desired a personal meeting with his nephew in the North of England. There is reason to believe that James was, at one period, somewhat inclined to the Reformed doctrines ; at least, he encouraged a Scottish poet, called Sir David Lindsay of the Mount,1 and also the celebrated scholar, George Buchanan, in composing some severe satires against the corruptions of the Roman Catholic religion ; but the King 1
Page 303 - ... boats to one of the islands possessed by the MacDonalds, or that they must be concealed somewhere in Eigg. After making a strict but unsuccessful search for two days, MacLeod had appointed the third to leave his anchorage, when, in the grey of the morning, one of the seamen beheld, from the deck of his galley, the figure of a man on the island. This was a spy whom the MacDonalds, impatient of their confinement in the cavern, had imprudently sent out to see whether MacLeod had retired or no. The...
Page 294 - Thus was finally ended, by a salutary example of severity, the " foul debate" betwixt the Maxwells and Johnstones, in the course of which each family lost two chieftains ; one dying of a broken heart, one in the field of battle, one by assassination, and one by the sword of the executioner.

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