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the early Christians, and sealed with the blood of the
LANDS OF THE LORDS OF THE ISLES. martyrs, degenerated into a spurious devotion, until Duntilm Castle in the Isle of Skye, the ancient nothing remained of its divine origin but the empty show stronghold of the Macdonalds, Lords of the Isles, built of pompous entertainments.
upon a high and rocky point, was in former ages The Cross indeed may have its utility in the mind, I surrounded in part by the sea, and by means of a ditch but only as a memento of the Redeemer's sufferings and
or moat, which in times when gunpowder was unknown, death; to bow down to it is a superstitious vanity, irre was thus rendered impregnable: its ruins yet remain. concileable with the spirituality of Christian worship.
The illustrious family of the Macdonalds then located Caldicot, Monmouthshire, June 8.
themselves on the estate of Kilmuir, at the north end
of the island of Skye, and resided there for centuries The paths across the moorlands in old Cornwall, are before the erection of the modern and elegant castle of said to have been first traced by angels' feet; they were
Armadale. The estate of Kilmuir, constituting the then trodden by the Pilgrim as he paced the path to
most valuable portion of what remained of the almost wards his votive bourne ; or by the Palmer, whose list
regal possessions of the once all-powerful Lords of the less footsteps had neither fixed kebla, nor future abode. Dimly visible by the darker hue of the worn grass, these | May 30, to Captain Fraser of Kilduckie, at the upset
Isles, was sold in the Parliament House, Edinburgh, on strait and narrow roads led the traveller along from orice of 80.000 hermitage to chapelry or cave; or turned aside to greet
In the churchyard of Kilmuir are buried the remains some legendary spring, until at last the winding way
of the celebrated Flora Macdonald and several other stood still upon the shore where St. Michael of the
members of the Kingsburgh family, which entertained Mount rebuked the dragon beside the Severn Sea. But
and sheltered the unfortunate Charles Edward Stuart, what was the wanderer's guide along the wide wild
when a fugitive after the disaster of Culloden. surface of the Cornish moor? The wayside Cross! From mound to mound, from risted rock to lofty hill, there stood in solemn stone, the trophy of old Syria, to EARLY CAREER OF THE LATE JOSEPH HUME, M.P. be the soothing signal of the solitude, the welcome beacon
The distinction achieved by the late Joseph Hume of the wayfarer's eye. It was a frequent vow among has been attributed to an incident said to have occurred the former men to make pilgrimage to the shrine of St. l in his boyhood, which was first promulgated in the Michael
| Christian Penny Magazine. Where the great vision of the guarded Mount
The history of the celebrated Joseph Hume is curious. Looks toward Namancos and Bayona's hold;
His mother considerably more than half a century ago, sold and from the fords of the Tamar, to the Archangel's crockery at a stall. A very rich young peer, in a drunken hill, the wayside crosses were the guides and the guar frolic, upset her stock and smashed it. Lord Panmure was dians of their westward course; as they stood by one,
his name. She claimed and received damages," and now, they hailed another on the distant heath, and were
my good woman,” said he, “is there any thing else I can glad, for in those days,
do for you ?” She replied-she had a son, a sharp little
fellow, whom she wished to receive a better education than The magnet woo'd her iron mate in vain.
she could give him. The peer being pleased with the boy Morwenstow, June 12.
R. S. HAWKER. sent him to an excellent school. The boy, in Parliament
will have contributed to upset and smash the crockery of CLEVER.- Another usage of this word has currency
| privilege more than any other Englishman. in this locality among those who speak English. The In the Morning Herald, this circumstance met with a word is used adverbially, and applied to anything done partial refutation, in these words. well or in a skilful manner. Thus, sheep in good order, This anecdote is founded on fact, but not correctly told. are said to be clever; and if a future improvement is The Hon. William Maule, some thirty or forty years before pointed out, the remark is instantly-it will look clever! he was created Lord Panunure, professed to believe in the Llangollen, June 5.
G. power of Animal Magnetism, as the modern Mesmerism
was termed some sixty or seventy years ago ; it was, howQUERIES.- Are there any particulars extant of emi
ever, not in a drunken frolic that he broke the crockery,
but in frolic, and to astonish the weak minds of his comgrants from Flanders and from Ireland to England in
panions at the inn of Montrose, that he induced the widow the fifteenth century ?
Hume herself, under the supposed influence of a mesmerisAre there any lists of Henry, Duke of Richmond's
ond sing or magnetic process conducted by Mr. Maule, to break adherents, engaged with him in the conflict at Bosworth the crockery in her own shop. The sequel is, we believe, field, in August, 1485 ?
correctly told. Where are Edmondson, Mowbray Herald's Manu- In England, the press has an all pervading power scripts deposited ?
and incidents like these impress themselves on the comRotherham, June 14.
F, W. H.
prehension of most minds, becoming in fact household Edmondson died Feb. 17, 1786: his library and manu. words, and when based in error, are difficult to amend scripts were dispersed by sale in 1788.--ED.
or rectify. The statements here recited, are wholly in
accurate ; in reference to either Lord Panmure or Joseph SWALLOWS TAKEN BY ARTIFICIAL FLIES. Hume, it is wholly a fiction, and had no reality. The
A LITTLE incident occurred a few days since, which starting point in the life of such a man as Joseph Hume,
though not strictly suited to the character of your who will ever be entitled to the consideration of being
of being Current Notes, is notwithstanding worthy of being one of the most meritorious individuals of his day, should
noticed. be accurately told, and Hume was wholly unknown to
A friend, who lives in the neighbourhood of Llanrwst, Lord Panmure, till after his appearance in Parliament.
was out fishing with Peter Hughes, the fisherman of The facts connected with the breaking of the crockery
ry that place. While so employed, he heard Peter, who are now given on the relation of an intimate friend of
was a few yards above him, call out, and on going to the late Lord Panmure, who witnessed the frolic, and
| him, found that a swallow had taken the fly, and as they was aware of all the circumstances connected with that
were winding up the line to release it, a sparrow-hawk affair.
made a swoop to seize the swallow, who by struggling In one of the years 1794, 5, or 6, during the race
got free, but so narrowly that the point fly caught the week at Montrose, several of the young gentlemen land
hawk by the foot, and he was secured. owners of the neighbourhood, including the Lord Pan
Last year, while fishing in the Ceiriog, a small mure, then the Hon. William Ramsay Maule, laid a bet
stream that flows by Chirk, my ily, an exceedingly of ten pounds with the late Archibald Scott, of Duninald,
neat one, made by John Shaw of Shrewsbury, was that he would not in open day, break a certain quantity
taken by a swallow; by exercising some care I set him of crockery at the Cross of Montrose. He accepted the
free with very little injury; but I have never heard of bet, and on the day appointed, in front of the Town Hall,
| anything like the former incident. a temporary scaffold was raised and loaded with all sorts
Llangollen, June 5. of articles in crockery ware. Mr. Scott, at the hour required, mounted the rostrum, and to the no small amuse SEALED LETTERS..- Observing, in a collection of old ment and surprise of the bystanders, began in good papers, the wax seals were interwoven with unwrought earnest to break and destroy the fragile materials which silk, may I ask at what period the practice became were set about and before him.
general ? Thus it is shewn that Mr. Maule was not the sole Diss, June 8.
W. M. actor in this matter, nor was it perpetrated in the necro-1 Garnier, in his Histoire de France, quoted in the Esprit mantic style implied in the preceding paragraphs, which des Journeaux, April 1782, states, Charles the Fifth, when are calculated to mislead and create a generally very indisposed with the gout, "s'efforcoit d'ouvrier la lettre de erroneous impression, from the names of the parties Hepri, mais comme elle etoit enlacée avec de fils de soie, therein asserted to have been implicated; and the effect ses doights couvert de nodus et presque perclus ne pouvoit of this crockery breaking affair, as the late Lord Pan- les rompre.” mure used to remark, was. Mr. Scott was so abashed Shakespeare, in his Lover's Complaint, alludes to the and so ashamed of his foolish exhibition, that from that custom: time he almost wholly withdrew himself from society.
- Letters sadly penn'd in blood, The maiden name of Joseph Hume's mother was
With sleided silk, feat and affectedly
Enswath'd and seal'd to curious secrecy. Mary Allan, and it is quite true that she kept a crockery
Sir John Cullum describes a letter so secured, that had shop in Montrose, to which she added the sale of toys,
been transmitted from Christina, Queen of Sweden, to our groceries, and other little requirements ; she further
Charles the Second. In fact, the practice continued among endeavoured to eke out a scanty existence by letting the un
d du lodgings. Her shop was opposite to a place called the King William the Third. Shorebrae, in Montrose, and her husband commanded a small vessel in the Newcastle trade, which probably. led COINAGE.-The Mint return, recently issued, shows to her dealing in crockery.
that during 1854, the gold coinage amounted to Whether Mrs. Hume supplied the articles for Mr. A. 4,152,1831., of which 562,5721. was in half sovereigns. Scott's exhibition, and thus created some supposition in The silver coinage amounted to 140,4801., of which connection with the origin of the tradition is not known, 55,0411. was in florins. The copper coined amounted to but whoever did so, the claim was discharged at the 61,5381. time; and supposing the farce to have occurred in 1794, Joseph Hume was then seventeen years old ; to his INQUIRER will doubtless find specimens of the Swedish mother's industry he was indebted for his education, and Copper Money in the British Museum, but the editor he was then passing midway through his studies at would willingly shew him his own varieties, and refer college. It is believed, that it was through the influence him to others of the larger representative pieces, as also of David Scott, then an East India Director and Mem- the one Daler Swedish Mint Tokens, derisively desigber for Forfarshire, Joseph Hume obtained his appoint- nated · Baron Gortz's Gods, the issue of which, to aid ment in the Company's service, to which he did so much King Charles the Twelfth, was one of the charges of honour.
treason made against that minister. The history of Brechin, June 11.
A. J. these pieces has yet to be written.
the upper ranks of so
“ Takes note of what is done-
SONG IN DISPRAISE OF WOMEN.
ROYAL THEATRICALS AT HAMPTON COURT. From a Manuscript, time of King Henry VII.
INDUCED by the beauty and cheapness of the late Mr. THES wemen all,
John Kemble Chapman's History of Theatrical EnterBoth great and small,
tainments at Court, more particularly those performed They wander to and fro;
before Her Majesty at Windsor Castle, in 1848-9, I Nowe here, now there,
became a purchaser, and found in it much to approve They wot not where,
and commend. Considerable research is embodied in its But J will not say so!
well printed pages, and the numerous engravings with They rune, they range,
which it is embellished are entitled to the highest praise : Theyr myndes do change,
it is altogether a pleasingly interesting volume. They mak theyr frends yr foe;
During the reigns of Elizabeth, James the First, and At louers trewe,
Charles the First, there were Court representations of Gidy days and newe,
Theatrical performances at Hampton Court; but at But J will not say so!
p. 31, it is stated “ William the Third had no taste for Wythin their brest,
the drama, por have we any record of dramatic enterTheyr loue doth rest,
tainments at Court until four plays were performed at Who lyst to pue sha}l know ;
St. James's before Queen Anne in 1704. That George For all ther bost,
the First, who spoke no English, and was past the learnAll day almost,
ing of it, early in 1718, ordered the Great Hall at But J will not say so !
Hampton Court Palace to be fitted up as a theatre, where Now whot, now colde
plays were to have been acted twice a week during Ther ys no holde,
the summer season, by way of propitiating public opinion But as the wynd doth blowe;
in the encouragement of the drama ; but the month of When all is done,
September was more than half passed before the arChange like the moon,
rangements were completed, and seven plays were all But J will not say so !
that were represented before the Court returned to They loue, they leyue,
Colley Cibber, who in his Apology states many in-
teresting particulars of these performances, notices that Who vsyth them myche,
subsequently but one play was given at Hampton Court Shall neuer be ryche,
by King George the Second, for the entertainment of But J will not say so!
the Duke of Lorraine ; and from that period till the Gyue thys, gyue that,
present reign, it is certain no theatrical representations All thyngs they lacke,
have graced the festivities of the Regal Court of England. And all you may bestowe;
These observations are preludial to the purport of an Ones ought of syghte,
unpublished letter by the late William CAPON, formerly Farewell, good nyght,
a scene painter of no mean notoriety at Drury Lane But J will not say so!
and Covent Garden Theatres. Written in 1821, it Thus one and other,
appears to have reference to some Dutch print of a Takyth after the mother,
theatrical performance in William the Third's reign, As cockes by kynd do crowe;
most probably in Holland, but supposed to have been a My song ys endyd,
graphic illustration in his time of the Royal Theatre at The best maye be amended,
Hampton Court. It commences :-
“In the summer of 1783, I was for the first time at The Harl. MS. 7578, has a version of this ballad. | Hampton Court Palace. In the great Hall built by which Ritson has printed, sce Ancient Songs, 1790,
Cardinal Wolsey, there was then remaining a Theatre, p. 134.
with some scenery, an orchestra, etc., which was called King William the Third's Theatre. The whole was
very dirty and shabby in appearance, and to the best of • The word “and’is indicated by an imperfectly formed my recollection, might have been about eighteen or “and per se," shewing the then use of that character. twenty feet wide from the first wing on the one side, to
the opposite wing on the other, and about the same in in 1706,-the throwing an arch from wall to wall, over depth from the front of the stage to the last scene at the the front of the stage. back. There were, I think, four pairs of wings, some “There seems in this view taken altogether some such scenes on rollers, and hanging borders, but much torn, similarity as might induce a belief this print may posand very dirty.
sibly represent that theatre with the alterations men- The painted decorations which were exposed to the tioned by Cibber; and the shape of the orchestra is eye, were to the best of my recollection very like to those really very like to the brick foundations discovered by shewn in this print ; they were at least of a similar me, after the destruction of that theatre in June, 1789, style of architecture.
when and during the following winter I made most “ The stage was raised about four or five feet above accurate measurements and plans of the whole ruins, the floor of the hall. In this print, the Lion shewn on and perspective views, particularly from the north end, the breast of the guardsman on the left hand, are the of its appearance after the fire.* ' I then saw distinctly arms of Holland ; on the breast of the one, on the right, former foundations of walls, which had been by the pit are the arms of Zealand; but whether these are in- flooring wholly concealed from observation. tended to show some of King William's Dutch body
“W. Capon.” guard, I know not. We may suppose some dramatie representation is proceeding by the appearance of the persons
STERNE'S LE FEVRE. on the stage, but there is a vastness of size of the whole! The following Memorandum from a Manuscript when compared with the human figures, which does not by the fate Mr. Halpin of Portarlington, Queen's correspond with the size of the theatre which I remem- County, Ireland ; in the possession of Dr. Hanlon, of ber in the hall of Hampton Court Palace; and reckoning that town, may possibly interest the readers of Current the human figures as shewn in the print, at six feet, the Notes. wings (if wings they are intended to represent,) are The first master of the French school, at Portarlingabout eighteen feet high from the feet of the first men ton, was Mr. Le Fevre, who ,kept boarders, a most on each side, to the top of the cornice, from the crown worthy character, a friend and correspondent of Dr. moulding, of which the arched borders vault ; again, Henry Maude, bishop of Meath, the original founder the disposition of each side is so different to the usual and promoter of the Protestant Charter Schools. From arrangement of a theatre, that I am at a loss to conclude Le Fevre's school others were established, particularly what the artist has really intended to shew. If each for infant children, so that the town of Portarlington, side is one continued plane standing parallel to the for more than half a century has been celebrated for its other, as far as to the distant range of figures, which schools, there being at present ] six reputable evidently are purposely in shadow in order to throw a seminaries for the instruction of the youth of both strong light on the next distant plane, which is at a sexes; three for males, and three for females, which right angle with the sides, this disposition is quite con- conjointly contain three hundred children. trary to all usuality of practice in stage arrangement, Le Fevre the protomaster's son bore a commission and is not a picture so dissected as is convenient to the in the army, and was the identical Le Fevre of whom exits and entrances of the performers, and required by Sterne in his Tristram Shandy has drawn so good a the business of the stage, for here could be no entrance picture. but from behind, otherwise than at the doors in the front | Dublin, July 6.
A. S. on each side; nor was the disposition of the stage at Hampton Court in the manner here shewn,-the wings COUNTESS MELBOURNE'S LINES ON A BED. there in the usual manner stood parallel to the ground MANY years since, in my mother's folio Common line, and to each other, to facilitate the entrances and Place book, I remember soine “ Lines on a Bed," attriexits of the performers from behind the scenes.
buted at the time to the Countess Melbourne ; what “In this very extraordinary and scarce print, there they were I have long since forgotten ; they were very have been three plates employed to produce its present popular, and most of my acquaintances remenuber someappearance. That which shews the stage to the foot of thing, or pretend they do, yet their recollections are the figures standing on it, is of superior merit to the nothing. Can any reader of Current Notes kindly reother representing a Proscenium vaulting over with a fresh my memory's dream of what I once thought very semi-elliptical arch; an orchestra, and pit and side pleasing? boxes. By the inscription at the bottom, it was pub- 1 Bath, July 6.
ΕιΡΗ ΕΝΤΑ. lished at Amsterdam. The publisher's name appears, The lines referred to are probably ihe once well known but not those of the artists, or date.
charade, written by the Countess so early as 1790, if not “ The verses in Low Dutch at the foot of the print, are before. evidently from the marks, worked from a third plate.
Form'd long ago, yet made to day, “ Colley Cibber in his Apology particularly describes
'Tis most employ'd while others sleep; the effects produced by an alteration that was made in
What few are known to give away,
Yet none can e'er desire to keep. Vanbrugh's theatre in the Haymarket, subsequently the Italian Opera House, shortly after it had been built * These drawings and plans are in the editor's possession.
TIE ASSUANLEE CUP.
courage, that he had been branded and stigmatised as a COLLECTORS of rarities regard with particular atten- .COM
en coward, and according to another account it is intimated, tion the Cups or vessels which have been in the olden that he had stolen in disguise to the Earl's camp as a day owned by distinguished individuals, or have derived spy, yet all agree, that a special interest from their association with some me
A silver cup he from the table bore. morable event. In this respect there are few can vie However obtained, the cup remained in the Assuanlee with the silver Cup now in the possession of Mrs. family till about the middle of the last century, when, Alexander Gordon, only surviving child of the late Sir as related by Mr. Jervise, the following incident ocErnest Gordon of Park and Cobairdy, and the history of curred. its acquirement by Sir Ernest's father, is equally bordering on romance, with the manner in which it is said to
Some years after the fortyhave been originally obtained.
five,' a party of gentlemen, Mr. Jervise in his recently published History and
Jacobites, and all more or less Traditions of the Land of the Lindsays, has entered
under the ban of Government, fully into the history of the transactions which in the
ventured to hold a meeting at reign of James the Second led to the rebellion of the
a small hostelry in Morayadherents of Douglas and Crawford, caused by the
shire, between Elgin and ruthless act of that monarch stabbing Douglas to the
Forres. In the course of their heart, while under an invitation to supper in the Castle
sederunt, one of their number, of Stirling, on the evening of Feb, 13, 1452; the particul
Gordon of Cobairdy, rose up lars are thus related :
to mend the fire, and in doing Douglas went thither on the faith of a safe-conduct under
so saw something at the bottom the Great Seal. After supper, His Majesty led Douglas to a
of the peat-bunker, or box side apartment, and remonstrating with him on his lawless
for holding the peats, which intrigue, urged him to break the covenant which he then
seemed to glitter. He fished held with Crawford and Ross, with this demand Douglas,
the object out, and found that though unarmed and in the midst of foes, determinedly
it was a large and handsome refused to comply, and the King then exclaiming with an
old cup, but flattened. On oath-If you will not break this league, I shall !-struck him to the heart with a dagger. Sir Patrick Gray and
enquiry it turned out, this
was the celebrated Cup of others, who were secreted near the fatal chamber, then rushed on the Earl and finished this cold blooded act of
Assuanlee, that had been royalty by throwing the carcase out at the window into the
pledged in security for a debt palace garden, which aperture has since been called "the
to the inn-keeper, by the Douglas window." This murder was the signal for open Laird, a drinking spendthrift. Cobairdy, a man of conrebellion on the part of Earl Douglas's adherents—his siderable taste, and a collector of rarities, never lost brothers instigated by indignation and horror, proclained sight of the cup, till opportunity offered when he got it the King a liar and traitor at the gates of his palace, into his possession, though he and his family had to pay dragged iguominiously through the streets of Stirling at more than one sum of money which had been raised by the tail of a horse, the Earl's safe-conduct, and afterwards Assuanlee on the security of his little-cared-for heirset the town on fire.
| loom. Cobairdy had it perfectly restored to shape, and The battle of Brechin that followed, was fought at on the top or cover had the figure placed, the crest of the Haercairn, about two miles north-east of the city, his family, Gordon of Cobairdy. It has been erroneously on May 18, 1452, when the Earl's party, from circum- stated the arms of the Earl of Crawford were upon it, stances detailed by the historian, were discomfited, and but there are no arms. On the lid, in characters one of the royalists, a son of Donald, the Thane of apparently of the seventeenth century, is the following Cawdor, becoming intermingled with the routed rebels, Linscription and unable to extricate himself, went onward with them
TITUBANTEM FIRMAVIT HUNTLEICS, to Finhaven Castle, where, while quaffing “ the blood
BREICHEN, Mall 20 (or 28) 1453. red wine," the Earl and his followers were aroused by an alarm of the advance of the king's forces under
Exclusive of the figure, the Gordon crest, the Cup Huntley, and in the confusion consequent on preparing Scottish
measures in height about fifteen inches, and holds a for defence, Calder had opportunity to carry off the
Scottish pint and two gills. silver drinking cup, which on his returning, he pre
The woodcut is from a drawing kindly communicated sented to his chief as evidence of his having bearded
by Lord Lindsay. " the Tiger" in his den, and as a reward received an INGLEDEW.-Can any reader of Current Notes give augmentation to his patrimony of Assuanlee, or favours an account of the family or birth-place of Thomas of a like kind.
Ingeldew, a clerk of the diocese of York, who in 1461 There are doubts as to Calder's braggart fame; per founded two Fellowships in Magdalen College, Oxford ? sonally he appears to have previously evinced so little Newcastle-upon-Tyne.