Topographical description of Ayrshire; more particularly of Cunninghame

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Page 81 - ... Dalrymple, appointed by the Convention to wait upon King William and Queen Mary with an offer of the crown. He soon after became disgusted with the measures of the new Court, and entered into a treaty with the abdicated King at St Germains to procure his restoration, in which a chief article was to preserve the establishment of Presbytery in Scotland. This plot being discovered, he lay hid for some time in London, and finding that he could not have a pardon, without making a full discovery, he...
Page 428 - Bradock, in 1755), pretended she had found this poem, written on shreds of paper, employed for what is called the bottoms of clues. A suspicion arose that it was her own composition.
Page 67 - Spanish steads in complete armour. The Scottish King had, besides, a numerous army of foot soldiers well accoutred. They generally had bows and spears. " The Norwegians on the hill, apprehensive of being surrounded, began to retire in scattered parties towards the sea. Andrew Nicolson observing this, came up to the...
Page 435 - Kettle, a house four miles south of Dornoch, the headquarters. His Lordship gave them as good cheer as the country could afford, and made them all very hearty. After dinner, he called for a glass of wine, and expressed himself to this purpose to the General: "You see, my Lord, what a gallant army I, and these noble gentlemen with me, have raised out of nothing. They have hazarded their lives and fortunes to serve his Majesty. Your Excellency ought therefore to give them all the encouragement you...
Page 79 - ... his enemies. For this he was afterwards seized with remorse, and in expiation performed many acts of charity and mortification in his latter days.
Page 68 - Fergus,] equally distinguished for his birth and fortune. He wore a helmet plated with gold and set with precious stones, and the rest of his armour was of a piece with it. He rode gallantly up to the Norwegians, but no other ventured. He galloped frequently along the Norwegian line, and then back to his followers.
Page 69 - The Scotch then left the eminence, and fled, whence they could away to their mountains. The Norwegians, perceiving this, retired to their boats ; and rowing out to their ships, luckily escaped the storm. On the morning they came back in search of the bodies of those who had dropt. Among the dead were Haco of Steini...
Page 426 - James II. conferred the office of grand master on William Sinclair, Earl of Orkney, and Baron of Roslin. By another deed of the same King, this office was made hereditary in this very ancient and illustrious family.
Page 85 - Soon after his arrival, he was appointed one of the senators of the college of justice, and sworn into the privyCouncil.
Page 138 - ... manner, and strangers were at perfect ease in his company. He enjoyed a long course of uninterrupted health, but towards the close of life suffered from an acute disease, and was obliged to employ an assistant in his professional labours for a few years preceding his death, which happened in 1768, at the age of eighty -one.

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