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A sailor, who had been long out at sea, was on his return asked by a companion what sort of voyage they had. Why,' said he, 'a very good one; only we had prayers twice. But one of the times there was no more occasion for them than if you and I should fall down and pray this minute.


"My Lord Stair,† who wrote a very bad hand, sent once to my Lord Loudoun a written commission to be read to Sir Philip Honeywood. Lord Loudoun received the letter at the British Coffee-house, where he was sitting after dinner with some friends taking a very hearty bottle; and whether the wine made him see double or no, so it was that he read the commission very distinctly. Next morning he went to wait on Sir Philip Honeywood, and being then quite cool and in his sober senses he could not read a word of it, and neither could Sir Philip.

* Of John, fourth Earl of Loudoun, Boswell in his "Scottish Tour " thus writes:-" He did more service to the county of Ayr in general, as well as to individuals in it, than any man we have ever had. The tenderness of his heart was proved in 1745-6, when he had an important command in the Highlands, and behaved with a generous humanity to the unfortunate. I cannot figure a more honest politician; for though his interest in our country was great and generally successful, he not only did not deceive by fallacious promises, but was anxious that people should not deceive themselves by too sanguine expectations. His kind and dutiful attention to his mother was unremittent. At his house was true hospitality, a plain but a plentiful table; and every guest being left at perfect freedom, felt himself quite easy and happy. While I live I shall honour the memory of this amiable man." Boswell relates that, having sent a message that he and Dr. Johnson purposed to dine with him, the messenger reported that the earl "jumped for joy." John, fourth earl of Loudoun, was born in 1705, and died in 1782.

+ John, fifth earl of Stair, born 1720, died 1789. Joining the army, he attained the rank of captain. He composed several pamphlets on political topics.

General Philip Honywood was a cadet of the House of Honywood, Evington, baronet; he died in 1785.

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Lord Loudoun could not go back to Lord Stair and tell him his hand was not legible, so Sir Philip trusted to Lord Loudoun's memory of what he had read the day before, and could not then read at all, a most curious fact. When the Duke of Cumberland was told of it he said, 'Loudoun, why did you not stay and dine with Sir Philip, and then you would both have read it.'


"Mr. Clark, uncle to Baron Clark, a most curious mortal, who had been bred a surgeon, had travelled over the greatest part of the world, and always walked. He had the misfortune to break one of his legs, and two pieces of the bone came out of it. He had them drest, and made hafts to a knife and fork of them. When he was dying he sent for Doctor Clark * and the Baron.† 'Now, gentlemen,' said he, this knife and fork will be the most valuable part of my executory, and I'll leave them to any of you two who shall give me the best inscription to put upon them. The Doctor, who was a fine classical scholar, tried a good many times, but at length the baron fairly got the better of him by a most elegant and well-adapted inscription,—

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LORD AUCHINLECK. Campbell of Suckoth and his son were both men of great

* John Clerk, a cadet of the house of Clerk, of Pennycuik, was born in 1689, and having studied medicine, became the first physician. in Scotland. In 1740 he was elected President of the Royal College of Physicians. He died in 1757,

+ Sir John Clerk, second baronet of Pennycuik, was appointed a Baron of Exchequer in 1707. He was a patron of Allan Ramsay, and an ingenious antiquary. From his pen proceeded the song commencing, "O merry may the maid be that marries the miller." He died 4th October, 1755.

The Campbells of Succoth are descended from a branch of the ducal house of Argyll, their ancestors possessing Lochow, in Argyleshire (Nisbet's Heraldry). John Campbell of Succoth, mentioned in the text, was progenitor of Archibald Campbell of Succoth, Principal Clerk of Session, and of Sir Islay Campbell, Lord President of the Court of Session.

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wit. The father had been constantly attached to the Duke of Argyle, but had never got the least assistance from him, upon which the son went and paid court to the Duke of Hamilton. His dutchess (sic) was then of the Spencer family.* So young Suckoth planted a mount, which he called Mount Spencer. The dutchess made him a present of some fine foreign trees in flower-pots, so he got a cart and a couple of horses from his father to bring them home with, but most of them broke by the way. The old man was not pleased that his son had deserted his chief, so he says to him, 'Dear John, why will you pay court to the House of Hamilton, for I see naething ye get frae them but a wheen broken pigs?' 'Sir,' says he, 'broken pigs are as good as broken promises.' 'Very true,' John, but they're no sae dear o' the carriage."" LORD AUCHINLECK.

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Sir William Gordon † wanted a servant who could write well. My father,' said he, 'knew of a very clever fellow, but the most drunken, good-for-nothing dog that ever lived.' 'Oh,' said Sir William, 'no matter for that, let him be sent for.' So when he came Sir William asked him a great many questions, to which Brodie answered most distinctly. At last he asked, him, 'Can you write Latin, sir?' 'Can your honour read it?'. said he. Sir William was quite fond of him, and had him drest out to all advantage. advantage. One day, at his own table, he was telling a story. 'Not so, sir,' said Brodie, who was standing at his back. 'You dog,' said he, 'how do you know?' 'Because I have heard your honour tell it before.' He lived with Sir William more than seven years."


* Anne, third wife of James fifth Duke of Hamilton, was daughter' and co-heiress of Edmund Spencer, Esq., of Rendlesham, in the county of Suffolk.

† Sir William Gordon of Park, Bart., was grandson on the mother's side of the celebrated Archbishop Sharp. He joined Prince Charles Edward in 1745, and was attainted, but the attainder was afterwards reversed. He died at Douay, 5th June, 1751.


"Sir William Gordon was always a singular character. When he came to be eighteen it was necessary for him to choose a curator, and he chose his own livery servant, for,' said he, 'one is plagued seeking for a curator to sign papers with you, and sometimes they refuse to sign." LORD AUCHINLECK.

"Mr. Charles Cochrane * said one day to my Lord Justice Clerk (Charles Erskine †), 'Pray, my lord, what is the reason that there never was a gentleman a ruling elder, who was not either a knave or a very weak man?' Ay, Charles,' said he, 'why, I'm a ruling elder myself, and what do you take me to be?' 'A very weak man, my lord.'” LORD AUCHINLECK.

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Sir Walter Pringle,‡ afterwards Lord Newhall, was apt to be very passionate when he thought a lord did not hear him properly. One day he appeared before Lord Forglen, § who

* Charles Cochrane, of Ochiltree, grandson of the first Earl of Dundonald, succeeded his mother in the estate of Culross. He died in 1752.

Charles Erskine, of Tinwald, third son of Sir Charles Erskine, Bart., of Alva, was admitted advocate in 1711. He was elected M.P. for the county of Dumfries in 1722, and nominated Solicitor-General in 1725. Raised to the bench in 1744 by the judicial title of Lord Tinwald, he was in 1748 promoted as Lord Justice Clerk. He died at Edinburgh, on the 5th April, 1763. Lord Tinwald combined a dignified deportment with much suavity of manner.

Sir Walter Pringle, of Newhall, was called to the Bar in 1687. After enjoying a high reputation as a pleader, he was raised to the bench, as Lord Newhall, in June, 1718. He died 14th DecemThe ber, 1736, and the judges in their robes attended his funeral. Faculty of Advocates commended him in their records, and the poet Hamilton, of Bangor, composed his epitaph.

§ Sir Alexander Ogilvy of Forglen, Bart., second son of George Ogilvy, second Lord Banff, was Commissioner for the Burgh of Banff from 1702 to 1707. Admitted advocate, he was in 1706 appointed a Lord of Session, when he assumed the title of Lord Forglen. died 30th March, 1727.


was very heavy. Sir Walter opened his cause. The other party answered, and among other objections which they stated, they insisted on some trifling point of form, that the cause had not been regularly put up upon the wall. Sir Walter replied to all their objections with accuracy and spirit, but took no notice of the trifling point of form. 'Lord Forglen,' said Sir Walter, 'you have pleaded your cause very well, but what do you say to the wall?' Indeed,' said he, 'my lord, I have been speaking to it this half-hour;' and off he went in a great passion."


"Jack Bowes, an Englishman, who was married to a noted midwife at Edinburgh, and was really mad, but had great humour, got up one day on the steps which lead up to the New Kirk (the lady's steps), and there he gathered a crowd about him, and preached to them. Gentlemen,' said he, 'you will find my text in the 2nd Epistle of St. Paul to Timothy, the 4th chapter, and there the 13th verse, 'The cloak that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments.' 'We insist upon the first clause. We see, gentlemen, from these words that Paul was a presbyter, for he wore a cloak. He does not say the gown which I left at Troas, but the cloak which I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest bring with thee. Timothy, we all know, was a bishop. Now, my friends, the doctrine I would inculcate from this is, that a presbyter had a bishop for his baggageman.' LORD AUCHINLECK.

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A drover owed another lambs. His creditor came and craved time for the money. John,' said he, 'let me alone for a fortnight, for I really cannot pay you sooner.' The creditor insisted, and called him before a judge and put him to his oath. He swore positively that he owed no such debt. After the court was over, the creditor asked him how he could swear against what he had owned so often. Because,' said he, you forced me, and I had nothing else for it; but, however, John, you shall lose nothing by it, for I shall give you

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