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any sound critic will admit the objec- a voice of great extent and compass? tion as valid, which Miss Dance made The mad scene was terrific and heartto it when it was proposed to her to rending in the highest degree ; and the undertake the part of the gypsey, name- ineffable smile of insanity which she ly, that no lady would consent to stain gave, while she fancied that she had her complexion with umber, and there- Jaffier in her arms, and the strangely fore the piece never could be properly changed tone of her voice on that ocperformed. We think, however the casion, were certainly never more hapexperiment might have been made, pily conceived, or executed with more and Miss Dance, in the part of Splen- distracting effect.” By the way we dora, would have been a most lovely should here mention, that the other day, and interesting representative, parti- in a certain bookseller's shop, we heard cularly in the mad scene, for, to use the a professor in a university, not a hunwords of an eloquent theatrical critic in dred miles from the college, say to a the Edinburgh Correspondent, “Who, gentleman who was speaking in rapthat saw Miss Dance in Belvidera, can tures of Miss Dance's
Belvidera's for a moment hesitate in allowing her smile,“ What did she go mad for?" pathos and fine feeling ? and so true To think of any man in this enlightwere they both to nature, that we shall ened age asking, “ What Belvidera venture to say, her's were not feigned went mad for ?" and that man, too, tears—who, that beheld her in that not a professor of divinity !! arduous part, will deny that she had
No. I. SIR, -A change in the established tre of travel, is possessed. He would form of religious worship in this coun- be apt to suppose, that through whattry, has supplied us with many a ruin- ever land he might chance to direct ed cathedral and desolated abbacy; his course, he would still, amidst al and the transference of the seat of the modern exhibition of steam and Scottish royalty from Holyrood to St smoke, and manufacturing, and hus. James's, has been proportionally pro- bandry,-amidst all that feathering ductive of palace ruins. In whatever of trade and traffic, by which ou direction you take your annual trip, sea-ward vallies and navigable river whether you travel by the power of are skirted, discover, at reasonabl steam or of the lever, by land or by intervals, the more hallowed form sea, on foot or on horseback, you can- of antiquity, the lingering features o not fail, provided your course is over chivalry, the broken arch and th your native soil, to discover, at the mouldering turret, the genius of a for opening up of every bay, and at the mer and more poetical age-hoverin weathering of every head-land, at the over, and still greeting with a parting entrance of every strath, or on the valediction, the present. In this ex apron of every eminence, some arrest.. pectation, however, he would be dis ing shapeof Ruin, melting down, under appointed. St Paul's, and Windsor the silent but irresistible influence of are still the abodes of religion an time, into the earth, yet still continu- royalty, whilst St Andrew's Cathedra ing to connect, by all the ties of asso- and Falkland Palace are in ruins. Th ciation, the past with the present, the same happy revolution in church an mitre and the crown of Scotland with state, which removed from us the su the less elevated apprehensions of mo- perstitious observances of Rome, an dern times. A Scotsman who has never the seat of our government, has let travelled beyond the precincts of his us, in addition to more substantii native country, who has never crossed benefits, the reversion of a most romar the Tweed on the one hand, nor the tic and interesting land, rendered sti region of “Skua-gulls”* on the other, more interesting and romantic by th. can have no adequate notion of the ad- mouldering remains of our former roy: vantages of which Scotland, as a thea- and religious establishments.
* Shetland_Vide Dr Fleming.
I am not so smit with antiquarian from the face of the earth itself, every mania, as to imagine, or to attempt to intimation, every record of antiquity ; o persuade others to imagine, that a and thus I would train up a young,
* Ruin” is preferable, as an object of and a bustling, and a trifling genera
pleasurable contemplation, to an entire tion, to consider pleasure and pudding sta and a sublime edifice; but I assured- as all in all !
ly think, that when these floating My reflections have assumed this
wrecks on the ocean of time are asso- cast, in consequence of a visit, or pleacits ciated not only with the mere display sure excursion rather, which, a few
of architectural design and execution, days ago, I was induced to make, in Home but with the ancient spirit and moral company with a highly respectable ni energies of our country, with much and intelligent friend, to the ruins of w that it has now lost, but which once Falkland Palace. Understanding that
rendered it dignified in its internal the present proprietor of these “ Royal
character, and imposing in its external Ruins," and of the extensive grounds de relations, our patriotism must be of a around them, (J. Bruce, Esq.) had, at very suspicious description indeed, if it with a great deal of good sense and
is not awakened and strengthened by proper feeling, ordered the Palace to be Be the contemplation of them. There is enclosed by a sufficient wall, and thus la nothing, in my opinion, which is more protected from that dilapidation un
truly salutary to our national health der which, in the course of ages, it had and prosperity, than this reverence for, suffered so much, and by means of and frequent conversation with, the which (if permitted to be proceeded "Mighty Past.” And, should the time in) not a vestige would in a few years ever arrive when a Scotsman can tra- remain, I was anxious, ere the inclovel over the land of his fathers, hal- sure should be completed, and the forlowed as it is in almost every direction mer aspect of the ruins, by the open
with reminiscences of their public cha- ing up of some new views,* in some te racter or domestic life, without taking measure altered, to saunter over, unvə any interest in such recollections, he der the conduct of a well-informed will then be ripe for a state of rebel- and intelligent guide, the venerable,
He will either and time-hallowed precincts. It was have actually forfeited his claims to in- a June day, and worthy of Juno herdependence, or be prepared to do so. self. The wind, which had long resistWere I desirous of reducing our na- ed every southern tendency, and which tional character, whether considered in had regularly at night-fall checked reference to loyalty or to patriotism, to round in sullen obstinacy to the east, all that binds our hearts to the throne, had at last yielded up or that attaches us to our national con- and came over our faces, as weadvanced stitution and privileges; from the ple- upon our expedition, in all the blannitude of authority, or rather from the dishment and softness of an Italian atinsidious covert of design, I would mosphere. The sun, which had obissue forth my mandate, that all the tained sufficient elevation to overshoot monuments of our ancient history the highest parts of the Lomond hills, should be erased—that with the ruins yet not to irradiate the northern asof the cathedral, as well as with the pect, flooded down his beams upon us, tomb-stones of the martyrs, men should over a dark and still sunless backbuild ofices, and construct fences-and ground, through which trees, and turthat the fast mouldering palaces of the rets, and cottage-smoke were beginrace of Stuart should yield up their ning to penetrate into light. There last foundation-stone to grace the lin- was
a freshness and a hilarity over the tels of some modern villa, or figure whole face of nature, according well from the snug parlour chimney of some with that lightness of heart, and buoyburgh magistrate. I would become a ancy of spirit, which generally accomsecond Edward, and efface not only panies, as well as suggests, such care
and parchment, but even less, and, as the busy world deem it,
lion or of vassalag
« the point,
* The alterations here alluded to, are towards the north side of the Palace, by means of which the northrern aspect, which was formerly concealed by trees and some rising grounds, will be opened up, and travellers upon the Cupar and Perth roads, by Auchtermuchty, will have an excellent view of the ruins.
aimless excursions; and as we trotted When my friend overtook me, he made
fed the honest woman's miller's wife stoutly opposed the engaislines, of wbich the gudeman made trance of her Guest; and at last, findso poor an account; and upon that ing that words had but little weight very stone, perhaps, were the 'foul with him, she brought up, as she had sheets' laid, which the spait thought frequently in the course of expostulaproper to carry along with it."* In the tion threatened to do, the more weights course of conversation, I learned that argument of her husband's presence “Christ's Kirk on the Green,” likewise upon the carle’s obstinacy. The Miller, supposed to have been celebrated by who chanced to be a man of some hu: the royal author above mentioned, lay mour, and of great good nature, thoug! upon the banks of the river Leven, at miserably ruled by his wife, was pre no great distance, and was in fact none vailed upon to consent to the stranger ather than the church and the green request; and having adjusted his will of Lesly;" the dancing and de- labour for the night, returned to hi ray,” making part of an annual revel, Guest with a tongue loaded with in which, under the sanction of royal au- quiries, and a heart light as air. Th thority, and even example, was there stranger was
intelligent, and facetious exhibited. “Weel,+ Bally-Mill,” said the landlord became gleesome ans my friend, as we began to cross over open-hearted, till at last, with a mos the valley towards Falkland, to a re- friendly and familiar salutation be spectable looking figure who was ri. twixt the carle's shoulders, and ding past us, in an opposite direction, hearty, and vigorous, and protracte “how's a' wi'ye the day, Bally-Mill?" shake of his hand, the gudeman decla Mutual conversation ensued, from red he was the “ae best fallow he ha question answer flowed,' during which, met with since the death o’the aul as I had not the good fortune to be parson oʻCult, who was aye fou six day
o acquainted with Bally-Mill, I had out of the seven, and ended his life drifted a considerable space in advance. last ae drifty night amang the snaw.
* Vide No. 1. Vol. I. of this Magazine.
+ It is customary in Fife, as well as in several counties of Scotland, to address fa mers, and even small proprietors, by the familiar appellation which belongs to their pr. perty, or farm.
Thus we have « Drone,” “ Strope," “ Cuff-about, and “ Tai about,” “ Cockairnie,” “
” “Rumgally,” “ Craigfoodie,” &c. &c. It is reported of this “ drouthy brother,” that, having through life frequently e. pressed a wish for a white hinner end,” in allusion to the sweet milk with which I. was in the habit of washing down the lagging remains of a parrich-cog his death, the manner stated, became proverbial.
eht The ale, which now, in spite of “ Bes- mountains which overpowered the Piga sy's grumbling," and protesting again mind more with bulk, and height, rine and again that there was not anither and compass--but none which prewhii drap in the house, if their “ hair war sented a smoother and a more distinct up like a gowan,"*--the ale, which had outline, and which cut out, in the clear
now begun to flow more freely, wrought blue heaven above, a more bold and wonders.
graceful curvature. I can never re" Kings may be great, but they were glo. strain my feelings when I am under rious,
the influence of mountain scenery-it loe O'er a' the ills o' life victorious."
comes over my soul with the power In a word, they were, in the course of and the swell of music. So, fifting
the evening, (under the management myself up from the saddle, and cutting cry of John Barleycorn,) as well acquaint- right and left with a switch I had in Il led with each other, and upon as fa- my hand, to the no small alarm of Mae miliar terms, as if, like Burns's drou- my companion, and bodily apprehenthy cronies,
sion of my poney, I burst out into “ They had been fou for weeks thegither." is the pathway of chivalry-a field
these, or similar exclamations:-“Here ats And upon taking his departure next worthy of kings. On that mountain's w morning, the stranger insisted upon
brow I still see the shades of royaltyat the & visit from his kind-hearted and the deer is starting from his covert,
hospitable landlord, at his house in and his branchy horns are figuring ne di Falkland, where, under the name of amidst the stillness and fragrance of
"The Gudeman of Ballengeoch," he the morning air. But the royal trumde was, as he alleged, sufficiently well pet has sounded--and a thousand bu+ la + known. The visit, in the course of gles have awakened at the call and Ik ki a few days, was paid--and the cour- the steed, and the rider, and the hound, as sti tiers, being apprized of the jest, had and the echoes are away--and from elp y the miller introduced, very much to the banks of Lochleven, to the tides of This astonishment and confusion, in- the German Ocean, all is one wide disspesies to the king's presence. Here he was play of speed, and glitter, and princehe banquetted and feasted for some days ly bravery, and courtly confusionse in a most princely manner, and dis- and the gallantry of ladyhood is a. e, ki missed at last with the alternative of broad the pride and the boast of a .: the 8th part or the 4th of the lands of Scottish court are darting their flaBally-Mill
, at his option. Having con- ming radiance from glen to steep, and os sulted his wife on this intricate sub- from steep to glen. The falcon,t too, hed: ject, he was admonished that no man is on the wing and now hangs like a we in his senses could possibly hesitate spot in the bosom of the cloud-and respecting the relative
value of 8 and 4. now stoops it suddenly, with the speed alila " And the eighth part remains in the and the fatality of lightning. But the ut possession of the person who passed scene has shifted, and the noontide bos us,” concluded my Informer, “ to this heats are come on-and, clustering in hour."
upon that plain, are arranged on the We had, by the time that this anec- green grass sod, without the ceremony nozu dote was completed, come so far round of heralding King and courtier, lord
in front of the Lomond hills, which and lady fair --whilst the fat deer is 3° now lay directly south of us, as to seething in the oak-suspended caulhide open them up in a beautiful and most dron, and the jest is seasoned with
“ Like two young roes laughter, and the laugh is unhampered that are twins,” they rose before us by courtly ceremony and the First in all the freshness of a recent, yet Stuart of the land has seated the in all the permanent stability of an fairest daughter of proud Loraine by eternal existence. I have seen many his side and the eye is bright, and
“ Hair was like a gowan,”-proverb meaning, “ Were you even as beautiful.” Yellow hair amongst our Scottish progenitors, as well as in ancient Greece, being held in high estimation. Hence Falkland-quasi Palconland !
This is probably no fiction for the parish of Kettle, or King's Kettle, to the east of Falkland, derived, in all likelihood, its name from this circumstance... l'ide Statis. tical Account, parish, Kettle-by the Rev. Dr Barclay, Minister.
the cheek is glowing—and the heart of leather aprons." -Fy on't-Oh fya whole court is beating wild and high the mountain smells already of the to the tune of health and glee and fes- loom and the workshop; let us pass tivity.” “ Tumterara-tarrara-tum- quickly on.” “Loom here, or loom tee,” interrupted my less mercurial there,” replied my friend,“ who seemfriend. “ Has the man lost his sen- ed now to regard me as if he were seses ? Who ever heard of such a rho- riously concerned about
intellects, domontade of blaflummery and stilted " the division of these Lomonds was nonsense? Why, man, that stuff might no easy job. I was myself present at do for MʻPherson's Ossian, or Black- several meetings, where Sir William wood's Magazine.' The very men- Rae, and Sherif Jameson, had no little tion, my dear sir, of your far-noted difficulty,and exhibited great prudence, Magazine, acted like a charm in bring- and skill, and impartiality, in adjusting me to myself again ; and from that ing the various claims; and it is my moment to this, I have never lost hope humble opinion, that there is moregood of seeing my friend's prophecy rea- sense in one rood of well-cultivated lized.
land, than in a thousand acres of waste After a considerably protracted silence, royalty; and, however disrespectfully we came up close to the very
breast, as it you may speak of tailors, and shoemawere, and under the brow of the moun- kers, and bailies, and weavers, and so tain, and I could perceive, much to my forth, they are fully as useful in their mortification, that there were other day and generation, and not a great wrinkles than those of time observable deal less ornamental, than idle grooms upon its front. There was something and blackguard courtiers, persecuting so incongruous betwixt the great ex- kings, and assassinating nobles. You pression of nature, combined with the have but to cast your eye a little to thi moral sublimity of association, by which westward of the road upon which w I had so lately been transported, and are now entering, to see a verificatio dikes, and ditches, and irregular inclo- of all this, for there lies before you
th sures, and partially cultivated patches, Cameronian village of Fruchy, whicl and all the littleness, and all the con- once lent a night's lodgings to those un tamination of private and plebeian ap- happy men whom the oppression of“ propriation, the characters of which I Stuart race” had driven like cattle fror read but too distinctly up to the very their homes and their families, an mountain-top-that my spirits sunk as whom, under the whip, and in terrorimuch below par, as they had lately ri- the thumbikens, a royal escort wer sen above it, and I meditated, with a conducting to endure death, or wors mixture of indignation and regret, on than death, in the dark and airles the sacrilege I had witnessed. “ That dungeon of Dunotter Castle. * AD summit,” said I at length to my com- if you will only put yourself to th
was wont, but a few years trouble to direct your eye a little i ago, to suggest no notion, nor recollec- advance, you will mark, over the tile tion, but that of the power which ori- and thatched roofs which interven ginally created it, or the mightiness and composing as it were a part and pride of our national story, with that royal palace we are now fast aj: which it was so eminently and closely proaching, the parapet and turrets associated.-But now-fy upon it- a fortress, which is stained by one Oh,fy!-There is “Tailor Lapboard's” those deeds of horror, which rose park, and this is “Suter Elson's” field, barbarous atrocity
above the genius, ar and that is “Bailie Bluster’s” portion; character even of the age in which it w here, at this stone, terminates the di- perpetrated.” Having, notwithstant vision of Christy Codgut,” the fish- ing a slight degree of inclination to r wife ; and that unseemly patch which taliate upon this somewhat cutting ai disfigures the very summit, at once uncourtly address, allowed my curi suggests the idea of "
sowen-mugs and sity to hear the story to which he &
* Several of these unhappy men died in this worse than Calcutta black-hole, ai a well sprung up, which is still to be seen in the middle of the dungeon floor, to supi the thirst of the survivors ! Such interpositions were by no means unusual in th times. A braken-bush, for example, grew up and spread in the course of a nig till it covered, and completely concealed from the search of persecuting “ Clavers," who had effected his escape from this horrible place of confinement !