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which the Earl of Loudon, with the Lord President and the Captain, were obliged to retreat through the western parts of Ross into the Isle of Sky, where they continued until the rebel army was broke and dispersed at the battle of Culloden.
I have been the more particular in this narrative of the Captain's conduct during the rebellion, as it gives some light into the situation and transactions of the friends of our constitution, in those parts at that time: And my information assures me, that the facts are taken from persons of undoubted veracity who were present with the Captain in his march to Aberdeen with General Cope, and in his return from it; and who were with him in the skirmish at Inverury, and were afterwards witnesses of his death. Upon
his return from the Isle of Sky, he was constantly employed in expeditions through the rebel countries of great extent, to reduce them to a submission to the government, which he performed with diligence, and zeal, but still with the greatest humanity. This the rebels themselves must acknowledge, as he never did the least injury to any man; and in all that vast circuit which he made through these distant countries, he neither himself seized, nor allowed those under his command to seize any thing but arms; and yet, notwithstanding all this humanity, his diligence and zeal had been such in the whole of this rebellion, as rendered him obnoxious to the rage and revenge of the rebels, who had vowed his destruction upon the first opportunity; and because they had not courage to face him, they had recourse to the base method of assassination, which was effected on the Lord's-day, the 31st of August 1746. He was then on a long and necessary march at the head of 500 men, on the side of Locharkey, amongst the wild rocks of Lochaber, where, as he was passing by the side of a wood, between the advanced guard and the main body of his men, he was shot dead by a villain who concealed himself behind the trees and rocks in the wood, and who, by the advantages of that situation, got off without being discovered, and has never since been found out: An event to the Captain, no doubt, most happy, and a blessed kind of instantaneous translation to the regions of endless peace and triumphant joy; but to all who loved the public, not to be mentioned without the tenderest sensibility and deepest regret.
One of my correspondents on this occasion concludes his account of the deaths of Sir Robert, the Doctor, and the Captain, in these words : “ Thus died those three worthy men, to the irreparable loss of the country in which they lived, all of them remarkable for a brave spirit, full of love to their native land, and of disinterested zeal for religion and liberty ; faithful in their promises, stedfast in their friendship, abundant in their charity to the poor and distressed ; moderate in their resentments, and easy to be reconciled; and especially, remarkable for their great and entire love to each other; so that one soul seemed, as it were, to actuate all the three *." To which it might have been added, blessed with a sister, not unworthy to make a fourth person in such a friendship.
My other correspondent, in his character of the Captain, speaks in this manner : “ The great foundation of all his other virtues was laid in a most sincere and stedfast regard to the Supreme Being. He carefully studied the great doctrines of our holy religion, which he courageously professed, and, as it was requisite, defended, in whatever company he might be cast: He did this with the greater freedom, as his practice was always agreeable to it; and in particular, his regard, both to the book and to the day of God. He had from his infancy been trained up in an acquaintance with the scripture, and he daily perused it with pleasure, and doubtless, with advantage. And though the natural cheerfulness of his temper inclined him on other days to facetious turns in conversation, yet on the Sabbath he was not only grave and devout, but carefully attentive that all his speech might tend to edification, and as far as possible minister grace to the hearers. He was exemplary in the social virtues, temperate in the use of food and sleep, and rose early for devotion, wherein, as in many other respects, he remarkably resembled his beloved friend Colonel Gardiner. He was also thoroughly sensible how much a faithful discharge of relative duties is essential to the character of a Christian. He approved himself therefore as a brave and vigilant officer, a most active and faithful servant of the crown, and a true patriot to his country in the worst of times; and in domestic life was exemplary as a husband, a father, and a master. He was a most affectionate brother, a faithful friend, a constant benefactor, and a sure patron of the oppressed ; and, to crown all, was at last, in effect, a martyr in the cause of that religion he had so eminently adorned, and of those liberties he had so long and so bravely defended.”
* The intimacy of their friendship, though chiefly founded on a similarity of character, might perhaps be further promoted, by their being so nearly of the same age; for Sir Robert was born August 24, 1684; the Captain, September 18, 1685; and the Doctor, September 19, 1687. Sir Robert therefore was slain in his sixty-second year; the Captain in his sixty-first, and the Doctor in his fifty. ninth.
It must give a sensible pleasure to every reader, who enters into these things with a becoming spirit, to reflect, that notwithstanding these unparalleled and irreparable losses, this family, which has been long celebrated for so many worthy branches, is not yet extinct; but that both Sir Robert Munro and the Captain have left those behind them, who may not only bear up the name, but if they answer the hopes, which in the opening of life they give to their country, may add new honours to it.
I hope the reader will not lay down this narrative, which is now brought to a close, without deriving some useful lessons from the remarkable train of Providence, which this Appendix, as well as the preceding memoirs, offer to his observation. And the more he enters into these lessons, the more will he be disposed to lift up his wishes and prayers to God for those valuable remains, both of Sir Robert Munro's and of Colonel Gardiner's family, which may yet be within the reach of such addresses ; that God may graciously support them in their sorrows, and that all the virtues and graces of the illustrious dead may
live in them, and in their remotest posterity. Amen!
THE PRIVATE SOLDIERS
REGIMENT OF FOOT,
VHICH WAS ONE OF THOSE ENGAGED IN THE IMPORTANT AND GLORIOUS
BATTLE OF CULLODEN,