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Dr Irvine of Little Dunkeld, in a short should be appointed to draw up a memori. but most interesting speech, stated, that it al, to be submitted to the consideration of was consistent with his personal knowledge, the commission, of which committee Dr that there were parishes in the Highlands Inglis was to be a member, and his sketch of 60 miles long by 40 broad, with only one to be adopted as the basis of the memorial place of worship, and that he had met with to government. persons of 60 and 70 years of age, who had 9.--On Saturday last, as a merchant in only once, in the course of their lives, Sanquhar was coming to Dumfries on busi. heard a sermon. That the ignorance of the ness, he was attacked by three stout looking people in many places was consequently ex- Irishmen, who knocked him down, and treme. They were, therefore, the ready dragged him a considerable way into a wood dupes of the Missionaries of any supersti. Dear Closeburn, where, after striking and tious or fanatical creed with which they hap- kicking him in a barbarous manner, they pened to come in contact. That there had searched his pockets in the expectation of very recently arisen in the Highlands of finding a sum of money which he was going Perthshire a new sect, denominated Free to pay away in Dumfries ; but were disapmen, who professed open hostilities to all pointed, as he had it concealed in a private existing denominations of Christians. In pocket next to his shirt. It is thought the other parts the Catholics were gaining ground villains were alarmed by the noise of some in a most alarming degree ; and though the people who were working in the wood, for Missionaries sent out by the Church of Scot- they ran off abruptly, after giving the merland were very useful, yet their influence chant a few more kicks, which rendered him was necessarily of a far inferior description insensible for a considerable length of time, to that of established clergymen; and the and it was with much difficulty that he could want of accommodation was such, that he find his way out of the wood. himself, when employed in that service, A man, charged with murder, has been had usually preached under a tree, or a rock, committed to Dumbarton jail. The followin a cave, or a barn.
ing are said to be the particulars of the case : James Grant, Esq. writer to the signet, That on Friday, the deceased, called Bor. mentioned some striking instances of the rowman, having approached the spot in the success of the Catholic Missionaries for the muir of Dumbarton where some men were want of established churches.-Among o- engaged in smuggling, they at first gave thers, he instanced one particular district, of him whisky, which he drank in large quanvery considerable extent and population, tities. They then stripped him naked, and, where, at the close of the 17th century, having rubbed his body with whisky, they there was not a single Catholic ; but being set him on fire, and tortured him in the destitute of the ministry of a regular pro manner of the American Indians. He sur. testant clergyman, a catholic priest from vived only 24 hours. Two men, who are Ireland had landed in it, and in the course not yet apprehended, are said to be impliof half a century, the whole population, cated. The deceased has left a wife and six with scarcely an exception, were re-con- children. It is reported that he became obverted back to the Catholic superstition. noxious to the smugglers, as they suspected
Dr Nicoll then moved, that the house him of being a spy. should appoint a committee to draw up a 11.-In the neighbourhood of Perth, and strong case to be transmitted to Govern. in Strathearn, the oat-seed is just comment, and to take into consideration what mencing. In the higher districts, the ground would be the best means for supplying the has been covered with snow for the greater deficiency of churches.
part of the month, and spring ploughing is Dr Anderson stated, upon the authority far in arrears. It may be stated as someof a correspondent in the Highlands, that thing new in the annals of meteorology, the most imminent evil was the spread of the that ground could not be ploughed, for Catholic religion ; and therefore he was of snow, so late as the 28th of March, within opinion, that the mere erection of churches a mile of the Carse of Gowrie. An unbroken is not sufficient, but that new parishes should sheet of snow covered the Grampian Hills be formed, and proper provision made for throughout the greater part of the month, the officiating clergy.
destructive to the hopes of the Highland Dr Inglis read a memorial, pointing out, shepherd, whose flocks must be perishing in a very forcible manner, the extreme im- for want of food at the approach of the portance of increasing the number of church. lambing season. es in Scotland, particularly in the Highlands 13.-Scotch Burghs. In the House of and manufacturing districts. He mentioned, Commons, on Friday, the Lord Advocate as extraordinary instances of the dispropor. rose for the purpose of moving for leave to tion between the population and the esta. bring in a Bill to regulate the funds of the blished religious accommodation, the pa. Royal Scotch Burghs. Hitherto the magirish of St Cuthbert's at Edinburgh, and strates of those burghs had given in their that of the Barony at Glasgow, each of them accounts to the Court of Exchequer in Scotcontaining fully forty thousand inhabitants, land, without any check on their proceedwith only one established church.
ings; he should therefore propose, that these It was at last agreed, that a committee accounts should be produced to the bur.
gesses before they were brought before the appearance, who, ringing the bell, and not Court of Exchequer; but as this might not finding it answered immediately, took from be entirely effectual in preventing abuses, his pocket a bunch of keys, and very delia power was to be given to five burgesses, berately opened the door and went in; but to make representations on the subject to some of the family coming home in the the Court of Exchequer. He then moved mean time, he made a very precipitate refor leave to bring in a Bill to regulate the treat, without waiting to answer interrogamode of accounting for the common good tories, or being able to carry any thing off. and revenue of the royal burghs, and comp 17.-Lately, as a lame man was carried trolling their expenditure.
about from door to door, in the High Street, Lord A. Hamilton approved of the Bill, Glasgow, in a hand-barrow, begging, he arso far as it went. The burghs had, for rived at the door of a Scottish cloth-shop, more than thirty years, been asking the when the boys began to teaze him. He boon, but it had been perseveringly and in- laid about him stoutly with a cudgel, till variably denied, till many of them were re the alarm was given that the police were duced to bankruptcy. But the bill did not coming, upon which he started nimbly up do away with the self-election of the magi. from his carriage, which he shouldered, and strates, which had led to the dissipation of ran off with it so quickly, that he could not their funds. The corruption of those burghs be overtaken. We are credibly informed, had gone on from year to year, till it was that scarcely an hour elapsed before he was admitted by judges that various statutes had again at his trade in the Bridgegate. fallen into desuetude.
18.-Circuit Court, Stirling:- This day The Lord Advocate said, the Bill was the Circuit Court of Justiciary was opened sufficiently wide to cure all the grievances here by the Right Hon. Lord Pitmilly. complained of, as to the mismanagement of Peter Robertson, portioner of Corntown, the funds; but it certainly was not intendo in the parish of Logie, and county of Stired, like some of the measures proposed by ling, was put to the bar, accused of murder, the Noble Lord, as a mere stalking-horse in so far as he, upon the 9th day of March for parliamentary reform.
1818, did, within his dwelling house at After some conversation between the Corntown, wickedly and feloniously bereave Learned Lord and Sir J. Newport, on the of life and did murder Elizabeth Robertson, principle of the Scotch law, according to his daughter, by inflicting a severe blow -which statutes might go into desuetude,
the upon her head with a pair of tongs, whereby .motion was agreed to. The Bill was im. the said Elizabeth Robertson was mortally mediately brought in, read a first time, and wounded ; did languish until the morning ordered to be read a second time this day of the 10th day of the said month of March, three weeks.
when she expired. 14. Among the many benevolent insti. This was a inost distressing case. The tutions which have adorned the British pannel having quarrelled with Margaret character within the last twenty years, there Malcolm, his servant, for having allowed is not one which so entirely meets the ap one of his children to go to a dancing-school probation of the philosophical mind, or one ball against his express orders, in the heat so absolutely free from objections to the po- of passion he seized upon a pair of tongs, litical economist, as that of saving banks. seemingly for the purpose of throwing at The very purest eleemosynary charities offer the said Margaret Malcolm ; but (as rather a bonus, more or less, to idleness, and sap appeared from the evidence) which he threw to a certain degree that spirit of independ- from him as a foolish expression of rage, ence, which becomes no order of the people when they struck the forehead of his little so well as the inferior and labouring class ; favourite daughter, of eight years of age, and make a breach in that principle of self- and fractured her skull. reliance, which is the firmest support of the Mr Maconochie, Advocate-Depute, chargsocial system, and which, once broken in ed the Jury very ably on the part of the upon, soon becomes a total ruin. Of the Crown; and Mr Jeffrey, in a most ingenisaving banks, all we need say in coirmenda- ous speech on the part of the pannel ; and tion is, that their effects are the very oppo. Lord Pitmilly having summed up the evisite of these ; that they cherish industry, dence, the Jury found the pannel guilty of teach prudence, give security and increase culpable homicide. to the fruits of honourable exertion, encour Lord Pitmilly, after a suitable admoni. age moral habits, and reward a youth of la- tion, sentenced the pannel to six months bour with an old age of comfort.
imprisonment in the jail of Stirling. The operations of the Monkland Canal 23.-A new fever hospital has been estahaving rendered it necessary to remove the blished at Queensberry House, in the Canold Martyr's stone at the west end of the ongate, by the Managers of the Infirmary, Canal Basin, the proprietors have very at a great expense, as the present hospital handsomely erected a new one, with the could not admit all the patients who applied. same inscription.
Into this new hospital a great number of 16.-Sunday, a house in Northumber- patients have also been admitted. land Street, Edinburgh, during Divine Upon Sunday forenoon, while the family Service, was entered by a person of decent Ferc at church, a house in the Gallowgate,
a little above Claythorn Street, was broken of employment, but had not been successinto, by forcing through the lath roof of ful; and is now on his return to Edinthe adjoining close, and descending by a burgh. The respectability of his personal hatchway into the house, where the villains appearance, and the manner in which his (supposed to be boys, from the size of the feelings are affected by the contemplation of hole by which they entered,) broke open a his present condition, leave little room to chest of drawers, and took therefrom two doubt the truth of his statement. twenty shilling notes and about one pound 27.-Dumfries.--At the Circuit Court on in silver ; amongst the silver were three Friday last, a boy, or rather a child, of the South Sea shillings'; also, a box contain name of John Wilson, was indicted for ing two gold rings, one set with hair and
stealing a pocket-book containing £7 in the other with mock diamonds; a gold notes and 4s. in silver, from the shop of brooch, and a quantity of confections from Jonah Nicholson, grocer, High Street, so the shop window. It is supposed the thieves far back as October 1817. This, in fact, were scared, as a number of other articles appeared to be the youngest prisoner we were left in a state ready to be carried off. ever recollect to have seen in a court of jus
26.- Queensberry Leases.- This impor tice, and when he took his place at the bar, tant case, which involves a great part of the surprise and pity were pictured in the counimmense personal property of the late Duke tenance of every beholder. At first he of Queensberry, amounting to upwards of seemed quite composed, but he had no £1,200,000, is again brought under the re sooner looked round on the formidable array view of the House of Lords, by the appeal of the bench and the bar, than he hung of the Duke of Buccleugh against the judg- down his head, and began to cry very bito ment of the Court of Session, confirming terly. Having confessed his crime, the the leases granted on the Queensberry ese jury unanimously recommended him to tate. The case for the appellant was open- mercy; and after a suitable admonition ed by the Lord Advocate, followed by the from the bench, he was sentenced to eightSolicitor-General (Sir W. Giffard). Sir S. een months imprisonment in the jail and Romilly, who appeared as counsel for the bridewell of Dumfries, to the latter of which trustees under the Duke of Queensberry's places he is to be transferred as soon as it will, made a most able and eloquent speech; is ready for his reception. The manner in and next day Mr Cranstoun, one of the in which this boy spent the money he had most eminent counsel of the Edinburgh stolen, is another proof of the necessity of a Bar, spoke on the same side. The House good example on the part of parents, and was more than usually crowded with the evinces how readily even mere children Gentlemen of the long robe from Westmin. mimic the vices of their elders. It appeared ster Hall, to hear the luminous argument that the whole £7, 4s. was spent in the of that distinguished advocate. The final course of a few days, in taverns, or rather, decision of this case is most anxiously look. as the Lord Justice Clerk justly termed ed for by the legatees of the late Duke. It them, low tippling houses, by this boy, and has now been nearly twelve years in de- a few of his companions who were in the pendance.
secret, and with whom he had shared the Last Friday afternoon, a man was observ. booty.. His lordship here commented, with ed lying at the side of the Dundee road, a becoming zeal, on the degraded character of little to the westward of Arbroath. On ap- those publicans, who could open their doors proaching him, it was found that he was in to such juvenile customers, and exchange a state of insensibility. Medical assistance their poison for money, which, they must was therefore procured ; and he was convey. have been well aware, had been either pil. ed to a public-house in the town to be taken fered from the boys' parents, or obtained by care of. It is suspected that he had taken means still more criminal. poison, as a phial containing a small quan John Lissens, who had formerly been in tity of laudanum was found upon him. In the army and navy, was next brought to the his pocket were several recommendatory let- bar, accused of robbing Thomas Rule, canters to and from respectable people in Glas- dlemaker. He pleaded Not Guilty. gow, with a few pawnbroker's receipts for Thomas Rule, sworn-is a tallow chanda gold watch and sundry articles of wearing ler, and resides near Inchbonny, near Jedapparel, which he had pledged. All the burgh: left home in August last in quest of money in his possession amounted only to work : went to Newcastle and Leeds, and 7d. Through the kind attention of the was unsuccessful : returned to Knarsburgh Magistrates in providing medical and other and Carlisle, in which last place he was em. attendance, the unfortunate man has been ployed by Joseph Monkhead for one week, again placed in a state of convalescence, and and received 18s. of wages : returning to is likely soon to recover. The account which Scotland, he arrived at Longtown on the he gives of himself is, that he is a native of 13th September, where he got a pint of the United States ; was an officer in the beer: proceeded on the road to Langholm, French army under Bonaparte; had been and met with the pannel at the bridge on recommended to a situation in Glasgow, of the Langholm side of the town : pannel rose which he had been disappointed; had pro- froin the end of the bridge, where he was ceeded from Glasgow to Aberdeen in quest sitting, and asked witness what road he was Vol. III.
going, and how far: witness told him he the outside for the knife, and said, it is was going to Langholm, and pannel said he here : he thinks pannel took it out of his was going that way too. They went on to pocket himself, and delivered it to MIngether about nine miles, when pannel took tosh : proceeded towards Langholm, pannel a knife out of his pocket, like a butcher's being in custody of John M'Intosh and knife : pannel asked if that would let out a Andrew Murray : at Langholm pannel was man's blood ; witness replied, he thought it taken to the office of Messrs Scott and Henwould: pannel, who was then at his left derson, writers. (The recovered articles hand, turned round, and desired him to de were then identified.) liver
up his watch and money, as that was Andrew Murray, tenant in Nittyholm, what he came for ; witness gave him the and John M•Intosh, labourer at Hollows watch out of his own hand : pannel asked Constable, and Robert Armstrong, tenant if he had any money, and requested him to in Brocketlees, all in the parish of Cannoby, deliver it up likewise immediately, at the were next examined, who corroborated the same time lifting his stick above his head statement of Thomas Rule in all partiin a threatening attitude, and holding the culars. It appeared that the constables had knife in his left hand : on this witness gave been very active and zealous in the perhim a 3s. and Is. 6d. piece : pannel was formance of their duty, and that Mr Armnot satisfied, and asked him if he had any strong had shown a determination and cour. more : on his answering that he had not, age which did him the highest credit : they pannel put his hand into witness's waistcoat severally received the commendation of the pocket, and took out another shilling, and a court. The jury, without leaving the box, penknife with two blades : all those articles returned a viva voce verdict, all in one voice were taken from him by force, in conse. finding the libel proven. Whereupon the quence of threats : pannel asked what there Lord Justice Clerk pronounced sentence of was in his bundle: witness replied, a shirt death against the prisoner in a very impresand a pair of stockings : pannel took it in sive manner. He is to be executed on his hand, and after examination returned it: Wednesday the 3d June next. on going away, pannel turned, and damn
During the whole of the trial, Lissens ing him, said, if he had not been a canny behaved in the most hardened manner, and young man he would have murdered him. repeatedly tried to intimidate, by staring Pannel then went over a wall into a bank the witnesses full in the face, and muttering of wood, and when there, asked him if ever imprecations against them. he had seen bold Johnston the highwayman he had to deal with in the present instance before? Witness made no reply; on which were too steady to be practised upon by he repeated the question, and told him to such arts ; but we can easily conceive witmake the best of his way to Langholm, for nesses whom his conduct might have over. there were other nine of them in the neigh- awed and embarrassed; for the natural exbourhood, and if they came up to him they pression of the fellow's countenance is in would perhaps take his life. Proceeding the highest degree villanous and ferocious, on the road to Langholm, he soon came up and his appearance, apart from all evidence, to some labourers and masons working at seemed to convince every one that he was the turnpike, and told them the circum- capable of perpetrating even greater crimes stance which had just happened ; on which than that of which he stood accused. When about fourteen persons pursued immediately the person robbed was brought to the bar, in the direction he had pointed out : John Lissens whispered, loud enough to be heard, M•Intosh and Andrew Murray were two of “ You may take the body, but, d-n you, them : he accompanied them, and passed you cannot take the soul !” and we under the house of Mr Armstrong of Brocketlees, stand he afterwards paid a similar compliwho was told what had happened, and also ment to the judges. After his sentence was followed in pursuit on horseback: Mr Arm- pronounced he began to droop a little, and, strong outstripped the rest : when witness in a tremulous and inarticulate voice, atcame up to the pannel, Mr Armstrong and 'tempted to crave the mercy of the court, in a great crowd were surrounding him : wit- consideration of his alleged services as a ness pointed out the pannel as the robber, soldier. Thomas Rule, the young man and M.Intosh seizing him, ordered him to who was robbed, appeared much more af. give up the articles he had taken ; where- fected than the prisoner at the bar ; and as upon the pannel gave up the watch and the sentence of death was pronounced, unknife, and es. : there was no 3s. piece among able longer to restrain his feelings, he burst the money returned, but he is sure the into tears in the open court. watch and penknife are the same that the Proceedings of the Committee on the Pro. pannel took from him : pannel passed along posed National Monument for Scotland; the road a short way, in custody of John the Earl of Moray in the Chair.- The conM'Intosh : pannel being asked what he vener having stated to the committee the had done with the large knife, said, he had former proceedings which had taken place thrown it away: the stick had been taken on this subject, the following resolution was from him before witness came up, and was thereupon moved by the Right Honourable in possession of one of the crowd: some the Earl of Wemyss and March, and secondpersons began to feel pannel's pockets in ed by Lord Gray, viz :-" The committee
having resumed consideration of the pro- admitted, will aggravate and legalize them; ceeding of the Highland Society on the 9th that the only true remedy for these evils is January and 17th June 1816, relative to one which shall be of a preventive nature ; a National Monument for Scotland, com and that, unless the radical abuse, which memorative of the victories by sea and land, consists in the Magistrates electing their and particularly of the victory of Waterloo, successors, be corrected, every other provi. in which Scotsmen bore so distinguished a sion in favour of the community must prove' part, are of opinion, that such a tribute abortive. would be most gratifying to the feelings of all 2dly, That the report of the committee ranks in this part of the united empire; and be therefore approved of and adopted, as that a monumental church of ornamental expressing in detail the opinion of the Guilarchitecture would be a most appropriate and dry. useful testimonial of national gratitude, and 3dly, That petitions shall be presented to would furnish an hallowed place of record both Houses of Parliament, praying that for inscribing, on some durable material, the bill may not pass into a law. the names of those Scottish heroes, who by 4thly, That Mr Kirkman Finlay, Lord their signal exertions, upheld the martial Provost of Glasgow, and member of the dis. fame of their ancestors."
trict of burghs, be requested to present the This resolution having been unanimously petition to the House of Commons, and that approved, it was then resolved to refer the Lord Viscount Melville be requested to preconsideration of the most proper means of sent the petition to the House of Peers. carrying it into effect to a sub-committee of 5thly, That these Resolutions be printed noblemen and gentlemen, who were named once in each of the newspapers published in accordingly.
Edinburgh. The thanks of the meeting were unani It was also suggested that the Resolutions mously voted to the Earl of Moray for his be inserted once in the London Courier, conduct in the chair, and to their convener, Times, and Morning Chronicle, which was Mr Linning, for his zeal and exertions in agreed to. promoting the object of the meeting.
It was resolved, that the management of Bill for Controlling the Expenditure, fc. this opposition shall be vested in the Standof the Scots Royal Burghs.-Yesterday a ing Committee, and it be recommended to General Meeting of the Guildry Incorpora- the Committee to co-operate with any other tion of Edinburgh was held in the Free incorporations or public bodies whose senti. masons' Hall, for the purpose of taking in ments coincide with those of this incorpora. to consideration the bill lately brought into tion. Parliament, by the Lord Advocate, for re The thanks of the meeting were, on the gulating and controlling the expenditure motion of Mr Inglis, unanimously voted to of the common good of the royal burghs Mr Phin, for his judicious conduct in the in Scotland, when the report of the stand- chair.
(Signed) Wm Puin. ing committee upon that subject was read, We understand that the objections of the and the following resolutions unanimously Committee to the measure were chiefly adopted :
founded on the following points : That the Freemasons' Hall, 27th April 1818. Auditors of the public accounts are to conAt a General Meeting of the Incorporation tinue to be appointed by the Magistrates, of the Guildry of the City of Edinburgh, to whom they must report, and by whom called by repeated advertisements in the their report must be approved ; the Comnewspapers, upon the refusal of the Lord mittee thought that the nomination should Dean of Guild to comply with a requisition be with the citizens, and the report should addressed to his Lordship to convene the be made to the Exchequer, in which effect Guildry, for the purpose of considering a should be given to the objections that might bill lately introduced into Parliament for be stated to them. regulating the expenditure of the common That the vouchers of the accounts could good of royal burghs, and from which meet not be seen by the citizens until after they ing precautions were adopted to exclude all had preferred a complaint to the Exchequer, persons who did not produce Guild tickets where, when it was too late, the objection or other evidence that they belonged to the might be obviated by the nature of the Guildry :
voucher, but nevertheless the party comIn the absence of the Lord Dean of Guild, plaining must pay the expenses ; a risk Mr William Phin was, on the motion of which none would choose to run. Mr Inglis, unanimously called to the chair. That the accounts are proposed to be The bill being submitted to the considera- merely of receipt and expenditure, instead tion of the meeting, and, together with the of charge and discharge, with state of reve. report of the committee, having been there. nue and of debts due to and by the common after very fully and deliberately discussed, good, as provided by that part of the act on the motion of Mr Arch. Anderson, se 1693, which is not quoted and revived. conded by Mr Bowie, it was unanimously That the arrangement under which the
Resolved, 1st, That the above bill, in- borrowing of money by the Magistrates is stead of correcting the evils that have long authorised, is altogether most highly objecbeen complained of, and are now publicly tionable, as legalizing and extending a