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of the provocation, seemed to his kinsmen to justify his deed. After a short abode at Hamilton, this fierce and determined man left Scotland, and served in France, under the patronage of the family of Guise, to whom he was doubtless recommended by having avenged the cause of their niece, Queen Mary, upon her ungrateful brother. De Thou has recorded, that an attempt was made to engage him to assassinate Gaspar de Coligni, the famous Admiral of France, and the buckler of the Huguenot cause. But the character of Bothwellhaugh was mistaken. He was no mercenary trader in blood, and rejected the offer with contempt and indignation. He had no authority, he said, from Scotland to commit murders in France; he had avenged his own just quarrel, but he would neither, for price nor prayer, avenge that of another man.—Thuanus, cap. 46.
The Regent's death happened 23d January 1569. It is applauded or stigmatized, by contemporary historians, according to their religious or party prejudices. The triumph of Blackwood is unbounded. He not only extols the pious feat of Bothwellhaugh, "who," he observes, "satisfied, with a single ounce of lead, him, whose sacrilegious avarice had stripped the metropolitan church of St Andrews of its covering;" but he ascribes it to immediate divine inspiration, and the escape of Hamilton to little less than the miraculous interference of the Deity.—Jebb, vol. ii. p. 263. With equal injustice, it was, by others, made the ground of a general national reflection; for, when Mather urged Berney to assassinate Burleigh, and quoted the examples of Poltrot and Bothwellhaugh, the other conspirator answered, "that neyther Poltrot nor Hambleton did attempt their enterpryse, without some reason or consideration to lead them to it; as the one, by hyre, and promise of preferment or rewarde; the other, upon desperate mind of revenge, for a lyttle wrong done unto him, as the report goethe, according to the vyle trayterous dysposysyon of the hoole natyon of the Scottes."—Murdin's State Papers, vol. i. p. 197.
THE RIGHT HONOURABLE
LADY ANNE HAMILTON.1
BY WALTER SCOTT.
When princely Hamilton's abode
The song went round, the goblet flow'd,
Then, thrilling to the harp's gay sound,
And echoed light the dancer's bound,
But Cadyow's towers, in ruins laid, And vaults, by ivy mantled o'er,
Yet still, of Cadyow's faded fame,
You bid me tell a minstrel tale, And tune my harp, of Border frame,
On the wild banks of Evandale.
For thou, from scenes of courtly pride, From pleasure's lighter scenes, canst turn.
To draw oblivion's pall aside, And mark the long-forgotten urn.
Then, noble maid! at thy command,
Lo! as on Evan's banks we stand,
Where, with the rock's wood cover'd side,
Rise turrets in fantastic pride,
And feudal banners flaunt between:
Where the rude torrent's brawling course
The ashler buttress braves its force,
'Tis night—the shade of keep and spire
And on the wave the warder's fire
Fades slow their light; the east is grey;
The weary warder leaves his tower; Steeds snort; uncoupled stag-hounds bay,
And merry hunters quit the bower.
The drawbridge falls—they hurry out— Clatters each plank and swinging chain,
As, dashing o'er, the jovial rout
Urge the shy steed, and slack the rein.
First of his troop, the Chief rode on j1
The steed of princely Hamilton
Was fleeter than the mountain wind.
From the thick copse the roebucks bound,
For the hoarse bugle's warrior sound
i The head of the family of Hamilton, at this period, was James, Earl of Arran, Duke of Chatelherault, in France, and first peer of the Scottish realm. In 1569, he was appointed by Queen Mary her lieutenant-general in Scotland, under the singular title of her adopted father.