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5. At Edinburgh, John Gillespie, Esq. of sons Mr Dutchman, senior, has lost, viz. Sunnyside Lodge, Lanarkshire.

three killed in action with privateers, and At Wolsely Hall, Staffordshire, Sir one by an accident at a ship launch in William Wolsely, Bart. He was walking America. in the shrubberies by his house, when he At Brighton, in her 90th year, Lady fell down, and expired before he could be Anne Murray, sister of the late Lord well taken into his room. He was upwards Chief Justice Mansfield. This benevolent of 80 years of age.

character rewarded the fidelity of her serAt Gilmour Place, Edinburgh, Mr vants in the most liberal manner, as the folJames M-Cliesh, late bookseller in Edin- lowing statement of bequests will shew : burgh.

To her housekeeper, who had been nearly 6. Elizabeth, youngest daughter of Mr 33 years in her service, she has given £3500, Turnbull, Dundas Street, Edinburgh. and her wardrobe ; to her butler, who had

At Edinburgh, Mr Thomas Hender- been 24 years, £1200; to her cook, who son, eldest son of Thomas Henderson, Esq. had been 19 years, £700; to her laundress, City Chamberlain.

who had been 11 years, £600; to her At Blaircessnock of Cardross, Mr two housemaids, one of whom had been James Sands, sen, aged 90 years.

18, and the other 9 years in her service, At Greenhead, Glasgow, aged 82 £600 each; and to her footman, who had years, William Caldwell, Esq. late of Yard- been 9 years, £600. The residue of her foot, Lohwinnoch.

ladyship's property will devolve on George 8. At Hayfield, by Kinross, at the ad. Finch Hatton, Esq. of Eastwell Park, in vanced


of 81, Mrs Syme, relict of David Kent, who married her niece, and who is Syme, Esq. of Cartmore.

appointed sole executor. At the age of 73, near London, the The celebrated mineralogist, Werner. The Right Hon. Henri Benedict Jules de Betizy, day of his death is not stated, but the Paris Lord Bishop of Uzes in France.

papers quote a letter from Dresden as to the · 10. In Upper Berkely Street, London, fact. “ His name," says the letter, " was Lieut.-Colonel the Hon. William Grey, known from the iron mines of Siberia to those fourth son of the late, and brother of the of gold in Peru." Among the effects left by present, Earl Grey.

Werner, there are several manuscripts nearly Lately -At Oxcomb, Lincolnshire, aged ready for press. This great man had printed 47, Mr W. Grant, grazier. He has left nothing since 1774. His labours always approperty to the amount of £100,000. peared to him not sufficiently matured; but

In East Street, Red Lion Square, Lon- his instructions are spread over the world by don, Mr Alexander M‘Laurin, commander thousands of scholars. His cabinet of of the ship Tobago.

minerals, consisting of 100,000 specimens, At Halifax, the lady of his Excellency has become the property of the Mineralogi. Maj-Gen. Smith, governor of New Bruns- cal Academy at Frieberg. wick.

Mr Scott, of Exeter. He travelled on busi. At Serampore, Lieut. H. F. Macfarlane, ness till about 80 years of age. He was one of the Pension Establishment

of the most celebrated characters in the kingAt Madras, Lieut. Macdonald, of his dom for punctuality, and by his methodical Majesty's 34th regiment of foot.

conduct, joined to uniform diligence, he graSuddenly, Lady Hackett, the lady of Sir dually amassed a large fortune. For a long C. Hackett, knight.

series of years the proprietor of every inn he Mr Wilson, of Sutton, Lincolnshire. He frequented in Devon and Cornwall knew the was a very penurious bachelor ; and on day and the very hour he would arrive. being undressed after his decease, £1187 Some time since, a gentleman on a journey was found in cash and bank bills on his in Cornwall stopped at a small inn at Port person.

Isaac to dine. The waiter presented him At London, of an aponlectic fit, Sir Wm with the bill of fare, which he did not apParsons, between 70 and 80 years of age. prove of, but observing a fine duck roasting, He was a very active and able magistrate, iI'll have that,” said the traveller." You and a great part of his life was dedicated to cannot, sir,” replied the landlord; “it is for the correction of abuses in the Police. He Mr Scott of Exeter.” “ I know Mr Scott was a great favourite with all the Royal very well," rejoined the gentleman ; “ he Family, to whom he taught music, of which is not in your house, "-" True, sir,” said he was a very able professor.

the landlord ; “ but six months ago, when At Demerara, Capt. Charles Dutchman, he was here last, he ordered a duck to be of the Cognac packet, of Hull, who, with his ready for him this day, precisely at two brother Henry, and a boat's crew, had been o'clock;" and, to the astonishment of the to the assistance of a vessel in distress: they traveller, he saw the old gentleman, on his were caught by a heavy squall, when all Rosinante, jogging into the inn-yard about unfortunately perished.' These make six five minutes before the appointed time.

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Some Account of Andrew Gemmels, the

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Remarkable Larch Tree in the Planta-

Historical Account of Discoveries and tions of the Duke of Athol........ 106

Travels in Africa. By the late John Original Letter of Queen Elizabeth to

Leyden, M. D. ; Enlarged by Hugh Sir Ralph Sadler, with a fac-simile

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GEM- than the misanthropic Dwarf, or the MELS, A ScottiSI BEGGAR, supe magnanimous Gypsey.

Such inquiries are at all times interesting, and, if discreetly and pro

perly conducted, may be rendered, I MR EDITOR,

conceive, both amusing and instrucA Passion seems at present to pre- tive. Even when pushed, as they are vail pretty generally, for bringing for- rather apt to be, somewhat beyond

proward to view the ground-work, in ac- bability, they seldom fail to elicit curitual history, of those professedly fic- ous and valuable information ; and, in titious narratives with which an un- the present case, they certainly afford known and most self-denied author most convincing and gratifying evihas lately entertained the public. dence not only of the truth and geNot satistied with the vraisemblable nius displayed in these National Tales, only, which this admirable writer has but also that their high excellence has so well communicated to his fancy de- been duly felt and appreciated by the tails, his readers have begun to look public. With these impressions, I have out curiously for the corresponding thrown together a few particulars facts and characters which he must which I happen to be possessed of, have set before him in their manu- respecting an individual who is supposfacture. Through the medium of the ed, by many persons who knew him, to Quarterly Review, and other periodi- have furnished the novelist with the cal works, the public have been already idea of one of his happiest creations. made familiar with some of the most Edie Ochiltree is, indeed, a much remarkable of these Originals. In Jean more elevated and amiable person than Gordon and Bowed Davie, particular, the eccentric wanderer I have to proly, the likeness in some characteristic duce as his counterpart ; but the latfeatures to their alleged representatives, ter (whom I cannot profess, however, is so very obvious as scarcely to leave a to delineate at present with much doubt that the mysterious author “had nicety or distinctness) certainly posan eye to them”'in sketching his ex- sessed some of Edie's most remarktraordinary pictures ;-and, in the able and agreeable qualities, and, if not south of Scotland at least, a strong the sole original, at least probably sugpersuasion prevails, that several others gested some of the most characteristic might still be brought forward, not features of that very prepossessing and less striking and worthy of notice, poetical badgeman.

Andrew Gemmels was well known monious, Andrew was never burdenover all the Border districts as a wan- some or indiscreet in his visits; redering beggar, or gaberlunzie, for the turning only once or twice a-year, and greater part of half a century. He generally after pretty regular intervals. had been a soldier in his youth ; and He evidently appeared to prosper in his entertaining stories of his cam-. his calling ; for, though hung round paigns and the adventures he had en- with rags of every shape and hue, he countered in foreign countries, united commonly possessed a good horse, with his shrewdness, drollery, and other and used to attend the country fairs agreeable qualities, rendered him a and race-courses, where he would general favourite, and secured him a bet and dispute with the country cordial welcome and free quarters at lairds and gentry, with the most inde every shepherd's cot or farm-steading pendent and resolute pertinacity. He that lay in the range of his extensive allowed that begging had been a good wanderings. Among his other places trade in his time, but used to comof resort in Tiviotdale, Andrew regu- plain sadly, in his latter days, that larly visited at my grandfather's. It times were daily growing worse. My was one of his “ Saturday-night father remembers seeing Gemmels houses," as he called them, where he travelling about on a blood mare, always staid over the Sunday, and with a foal after her, and a gold watch sometimes longer. He usually put in his pocket. On one occasion, at up his horse, on his arrival, without Rutherford in Tiviotdale, he had dropt the formality of asking quarters, and a clue of yarn, and Mr Mather, his had a straw bed made up for him in host, finding him rummaging for it, the byre, claiming it rather as his ac- assisted in the search, and, having got knowledged due and privilege, than hold of it, persisted, notwithstanding as a boon of charity. He preferred Andrew's opposition, in unrolling the sleeping in an out-house, and, if pos- yarn till he came to the kernel, which, sible, in one where cattle or horses much to his surprise and amusement, were kept. My grandfather, who was he found to consist of about twenty an old-fashioned farmer in a remote guineas in gold. situation, was exceedingly fond of his Many curious anecdotes of Ancompany, and, though a very devout drew's sarcastic wit and eccentric manand strict Cameronian, and occasion- ners are current in the borders; and ally somewhat scandalized at An- both his character and personal apdrew's rough and irreverent style of pearance must have been familiar to language, was nevertheless so much many individuals still alive, some of attracted by his conversation, that he whoin may probably be induced to never failed to spend the evenings of communicate further information rehis sojourn in listening to his enter- specting him, upon their personal autaining narrations and“ auld warld thority. As I am myself but a reportstories,” - with the old shepherds, er,-though upon authorities which hinds, and children seated around to me, at least, appear indisputable, them beside the blazing turf ingle in I shall, for the present, content myself “ the farmer's ha'.” These conver- with one or two specimens, illustrasations sometimes took a polemical tive of Andrew's resemblance to his turn, and in that case, not unfre- celebrated representative. The followquently ended in a violent dispute, my ing is given as commonly related with ancestor's hot and impatient temper much good humour by the late Mr blazing forth on collision with the Dodds of the War-Office, the person dry and sarcastic humour of his to whom it chiefly refers. Andrew ragged guest.

Andrew was never happened to be present at a fair or known to yield his point on these oc- market somewhere in Tiviotdale, (St casions; but he usually had the ad- Boswell's, if I mistake not,) where dress, when matters grew too serious, Dodds, at that time a non-comto give the conversation a more plea- missioned officer in his Majesty's sant turn, by some droll remark or service, happened also to be with a unexpected stroke of humour, which military party recruiting. It was convulsed the rustic group, and the some time during the American war grave goodman himself, with unfail- when they were beating up eagerly ing and irresistible merriment. for fresh men—to teach passive obe

Though free, however, and uncere- dience to the obdurate and ill-man

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