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King Robert the Bruce. During the at this place, namely, three handsome brigs preparation that had been going on in the of 120 to 190 tons, and a fine ship of 410 Psalter Church-yard of Dunfermline, to tons. These vessels made fine launches. wards the building of a new church, which happily free of any accident; and the ship promises from its plan, designed by Mr in particular went off in excellent style, gliding Burn, to be one of the handsomest, and, majestically into the water, amid the cheers from its site, the most commanding in Scot- of the greatest number of spectators we have land, a tomb, supposed to be that of the seen on any similar occasion, who hailed the celebrated King Robert the Bruce, was the prospect of an opening trade to India, the other day discovered. There is yet no ab- ship being destined on a voyage to Bombay. solute certainty of the tomb being his, no 2.-Melancholy Accident.On Wednes. inscription to that effect having been found, day se'ennight, as Mr Simpson, steward to but there is much circumstantial evidence Major Hart of Castlemilk, was returning to prove the supposition. The situation from Dumfries, in company with a Mr corresponds very nearly with that of King Johnstone, he was unfortunately drowned Robert's sepulchre, pointed out by our two in attempting to cross the river Annan, at a earliest Scottish historians, Barbour and point called the William-wath Ford. His Fordun, while the appearance of the grave companion, who, from the quantity of rain indicates it to have been one of a personage that had fallen, was almost certain that the of no small distinction. There is a large river was unfordable, remonstrated against trough, built of polished stone, about seven the danger of this attempt, especially as the feet in length, and 18 inches in depth; the bridge of Hoddam was at no great distance. cover of which, when first observed, had on 'But, as Mr Simpson persisted in his design, it several iron rings, in a very decayed state, and set off at full speed, his friend was and some of which were even entirely loosen- induced to follow him to the ford, where he ed from the stone. In this trough lies a found, to his great dismay, a horse without large body, six feet two inches in length, a rider, clambering up the bank, and encased in lead. The lead is pretty entire, deavouring to escape from the river at the except on the breast, where it is much con- same side by which his master had entered sumed, exhibiting part of the skeleton of it. It is probable that the deceased had the body, in a state of considerable preserva reached the middle of the ford before he tion. The body itself has been wrapped in was unhorsed, and his cries, if he uttered damask cloth, extremely fine, and inter- any, must soon have been lost amidst the woven with gold, some fragments of which roaring of the river. It is believed Mr S. remain. Something like a crown has been had a considerable sum of money about observed upon the head, but from the hur him when he perished ; but although the ried inspection that has been made of it, most diligent search has been made, his this has not yet been accurately ascertained. body has not yet been found. A wooden coffin appears to have surrounded 2.-The following fracas happened in a the body, of which some vestiges still exist. public-house on Tuesday afternoon :-A The mouldered wood, conceived to be oak, mechanic, taking a draught of porter, was lies strewed on the bottom of the tomb, and asked if he had any news, when he replied, one or two nails have been picked up from that the only thing he had heard was the amongst it. The grave is now closed, and melancholy death of the physician who had secured against any violent depredations by attended the Princess Charlotte. A mesthree rows of large flag stones, fastened to senger, sitting with some other persons each other by iron bars, in which state it is within hearing of the conversation, now to continue till the intentions of the Barons bounced on the mechanic, collared him, and of Exchequer, as to further procedure, are
charged him with uttering sedition, and learnt. Several fragments of marble, carved added that the statement was not true. The and gilt, were dug from the ruins in the man was detained nearly two hours a priimmediate neighbourhood of the tomb, soner. They at last relented so far as to which, in all probability, are the remains of offer him his liberty if he would give them the monument that had been crected over it. a gill or two of whisky. The mechanic was
Aberdeen, February 28.--If we may not disposed to accept of his release on such judge from the spirit with which ship-build- terms, and was then escorted prisoner to the ing is carried on here at present, we may procurator-fiscal's office. Here the mes. anticipate a brisk trade at no distant period. senger charged the prisoner with having In the course of this week about 1000 re- said that the doctor who had killed the pringister tons of shipping have been launched cess had shot hijnself. The mechanic,
therefore, was guilty of sedition. The pub- derstand considerable improvements have lic prosecutor, of course, made the man be been made upon the plans, and that the forth with released.-Glasgow Chronicle. hotel and tavern are to be kept quite sepaCourt of Session.-Second Division.
It is also understood that certain priWe stated some time ago, that a petition vileges in the coffee-room will be reserved to and complaint, at the instance of Deacon the subscribers. Alexander Lawrie and others, had been On the 26th ult. the ship Minerva of presented to the Court of Session against the Liverpool, for New York, put into Ullalast election of the magistracy of Edinburgh, pool. After weathering a severe gale for with a view to annul that election, as being some days, she was dismasted on the 21st, informal in a variety of particulars, which in lat. 54, lon. 20. Both her boats, and the court ordered to be answered. The also her bulwarks and spars, were washed answers having been followed by replies, from the deck; the first mate and two of and duplies for the magistrates, this im- the men were likewise unfortunately washed portant case came to be advised by the court overboard. By the greatest exertion of all on Tuesday. Four of the Lords only were on board, she was at last brought into Ullapresent (the Lord Justice Clerk being ab- pool ; but the crew and some of the passensent from indisposition), all of whom gave gers were frost-bitten, and all were comit as their opinion, that the disqualification pletely exhausted with their great and unof one of the council invalidated the elec- remitting exertions.---Late on the night of tion. Two of the Judges, Lords Robert- the 4th current, the inhabitants of Ullapool son and Bannatyne, were of opinion that the were greatly alarmed by dreadful screams disqualification was proved. Lords Glen- proceeding from this vessel, then lying in lee and Craigie expressed doubts. The case the offing. On boats going out, it was was again before the court on Thursday, found that the ship was on fire under the when informations on certain points were lowest deck. The inhabitants immediately ordered to be given in by Tuesday.
flocked on board to assist the distressed and The court resumed consideration of this disabled crew ; but in spite of every exercase yesterday, and heard the opinion of tion, in less than three hours £150,000 Lord Reston, who, as Lord Ordinary, had worth of goods were consumed. It is supbeen called in, in consequence of the equa- posed that a fourth part of her cargo will lity of the votes of the four other judges, to be got landed, though in a damaged state. decide the point on which they differed, viz. As soon as it was perceived that the fire Whether the admitted fact that Bailie Ro could not be got under, the vessel made for bert Anderson does not reside within the the shore, and approached so close, that royalty, although just beyond it gh- fears were entertained for the safety of the ton-place), shall, in terms of the two acts village,-sparks flying about in all direcof parliament regulating that matter, dis- tions. Fortunately the wind shifted. Fragqualify him from holding the office of bai ments of silks and goods of all descriptions lie, and thereby annul the whole election were washed ashore from the wreck. as incomplete ? or, Whether a long course Union Canal.-On Tuesday, after the of opposite practice, wherein gentlemen, adjournment of the general meeting of the though not strictly resident within the burgh, Union Canal Company, the committee of yet resident so near it as to perform all the management, with many of the proprietors, duties, have held the office of bailie un- proceeded to the west end of Fountainbridge, challenged, shall be allowed to go to proof? the spot fixed on for the basin, where they This latter was his Lordship's opinion ; and were met by the engineer and contractor ; the proof is accordingly allowed. Memo- and after an appropriate and inipressive rials on the other points of the cause were prayer by the Rev. David Dickson, one of at the same time ordered.
the ministers of the parish, Mr Downie of On Saturday, at a general meeting of the Appin, president of the company, dug the subscribers to the new hotel and tavern, to first spadeful in this extensive work. From be erected in Waterloo Place, it was stated a drawing which was exhibited at the meetby the Lord Provost, from the chair, that ing, of the aqueduct over Slateford valley, the subscription already amounted to nearly it promises to be one of the most striking £22,000 ; and Sir W. Rae proposed, that and elegant structures of the kind in the the stock of the company should be raised to kingdoin. It is to be nearly 500 feet long, that sum, in place of £20,000, originally and 65 feet high; and it is designed by proposed, which would enable the company Mr Baird, on the principle of the celebrated to furnish suitable chandeliers, grates, &c. aqueduct at Llangothlen in Wales. for the large rooms. This proposal was 13.-On Wednesday, a boy, who was unanimously agreed to, as was also an offer amusing himself with a few companions in laid before the meeting from Mr Oman, to the Overgate, Dundee, was suddenly thrown take a lease of the premises, when finished, down in a fit of epilepsy, and in a few seat a rent of six per cent. per annum upon conds was strongly convulsed, when a sailor the whole outlay. The excavations are who was accidentally passing took off the to be immediately begun, and the building boy's shoe, and held the inside of it to his will be commenced without delay. We un nostrils for a short time, which almost imVOL. III.
mediately restored him. The sailor averred without annulling the whole proceedings of that he had seen this often done, and never the meeting. The Court, however, con. once without effect.
sidered the objection well founded, and an. Court of Session, Second Division.- nulled the election. A separate application Wednesday the Court took into considera- having been made by the complainers, that tion the report of the auditor on the ac the Court would name interim magistrates counts of expenses incurred by the magic to carry on the affairs of the burgh till a strates, the city clerks, and the keeper of new regular magistracy could be obtained, the records, in defending themselves against the Court named interim managers, consisto the petitions and complaints of Deacon ing partly of some of those office-bearers Lawrie, accusing them of contempt of au who were chosen at last Michaelmas and thority; when they approved of the audi. had accepted, and partly of the complainers. tor's reports, and decerned against Mr Jury Court.-On Thursday the Court Lawrie for £65: 19:8, the expenses in- proceeded to try the issue in the cause in curred on the part of the magistrates ; which General Mathew Baillie, of Carnbroe, £46, 2s. the expenses on the part of the in the county of Lanark, was pursuer, and clerks ; and £47 : 12 : 10, the expenses James Bryson, surgeon in Hamilton, was incurred by the keeper of the records : in defender. This was the second action of all, £159 : 14: 6.
crim. con. ever tried before a Scottish jury. Inverness Election of Magistrates. After The issue sent by the Second Division of the question respecting the last election of the Court of Session to be tried was, “ Whethe magistracy of Edinburgh was disposed ther the defender did, on the 1st day of Ja. of, on Tuesday, the Court proceeded to con nuary 1818, or at any time between that sider the case of Inverness ; the principal time and the 1st day of January 1812, seobjection to the election of magistrates of duce and maintain an adulterous connexion, which was, that though, by the set of the and did commit adultery with Mrs Elizaburgh, it was necessary that the whole beth Cross, or Boyes, then the wife of the members of the council should be resident pursuer, at the pursuer's house at Carnbroe, burgesses, yet at the last election, two bai or in the neighbourhood thereof." The lies and several councillors were elected, damages were laid at £10,000.-The na. who were not qualified. It was contended ture of the evidence in this case prevents us for the magistrates, that the original set of from giving any account of it. Ill usage of the burgh had been altered by usage ; and the lady, and introducing into the house it was asserted, that the usage had been to four natural children of the pursuer's, were elect persons who were not resident bur. dwelt upon as matter of aggravation and gesses. The Court ordered the magistrates alleviation of damages. The act of adultery to condescend on the facts which they was positively denied, and rested solely averred in support of this plea ; but ex upon circumstantial proof. A great number pressed an opinion, that if usage is to be of witnesses were examined for both parties, permitted to change the original constitution and the jury were charged by Mr John of the burghs, this usage ought to be inve- Clerk for the defender, and by Mr Jeffrey terate and general; not for a short period, for the pursuer, in reply. The Lord Chief or confined to a small number of cases, but Commissioner summed up the evidence ; for a period of at least forty years, and ex and the jury having retired out of Court at tending to a variety of instances.
half past five o'clock on Friday morning, Aberdeen Election of Magistrates an returned in half an hour, finding the charges nulled. The Court afterwards took up the in the issue Not Proven. The verdict of case of the city of Aberdeen. The com the jury was hailed by a crowded Court plaint against the election of magistrates with the greatest applause. There were no contained several objections, only one of less than 150 witnesses in attendance for which, however, the Court considered to be the defence. The defender is married to relevant. By the set of the burgh, the the sister of the pursuer's wife. meeting of the old and new councils, for 18. At a numerous meeting of the Cale. the purpose of electing the office-bearers, is donian Hunt, on Tuesday se'ennight, the appointed to consist of forty persons; and it propriety of erecting a national monument is provided, that, if any of these persons are to the memory of King Robert Bruce, absent, the meeting may call in an equal whose body has recently been discovered number of other persons to act in their amidst the ruins of the abbey of Dunferm. room, under the denomination of assistants. line, was suggested, and highly approved It appeared, that at the last election one of of. It was also proposed, that the subscripthe assistants was not a burgess ; and it tion should be limited to one guinea each was contended, that this circumstance ren person. dered the proceedings of the meeting void. At a meeting of the Faculty of Advocates It was maintained for the magistrates, that on the 10th inst. Mr Alexander Manners, it was not necessary for these assistants, by who had filled the office of their principal the terms of the set, to be qualified as bur. librarian for twenty-five years, was induced, gesses ; and that, at any rate, supposing from the state of his health, to tender his this individual to have been disqualified, resignation ; upon which the Faculty una. this circumstance merely set aside his vote, nimously resolved to allow him to retire on