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MONTHLY REGISTER.

SCOTTISH CHRONICLE.

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April 1.- Mr J. Sheet of Staffordshire, who ness of the Spring, neither hastens nor redied very lately, was said to be the only re- tards the harvest : maining soldier of those employed under Seed-time commenced on Harvest commenced for General Wolfe at the siege of Quebec. But

the north banks of the each of these years on

Clyde at Carnwath, at there is at present living in the burgh of

the following dates, for

lows: Linlithgow, one of those heroes who was an

21 years eye witness sto that General's receiving his 1796, March 1st, September 12th. mortal wound. The health, strength, and 1797, February 27th, September 16th. activity of this veteran is such, that he still 1798, March 29th, August 16th. joins in public and social amusements. At 1799, March 13th, September 26th. a recent meeting of a Masonic body he was 1800, March 21st, September 1st. present, accompanied by a son and grandson 1801, March 9th, August 24th, of his own, upon which occasion he sung 1802, March 17th, September 16th. the “ Death of Wolfe" with much feeling 1803, March 220,

Augast 31st. and energy. His name is William Wilson. 1804, March 12th, September 11th. Although employed in the field of Quebec, 1805, March 19th, September 5th. he properly belonged to some of the ships 1806, March 24th, September 6th. of war, and, owing to that circumstance, it 1807, March 26th, September 7th. seems he never had any pension from Go. 1808, March 7th,

August 22d. vernment.

1809, March 9th, September 13th. On Tuesday, the 17th March, William 1810, March 27th, September 12th. Napier Milliken, Esq. of Milliken, was 1811, March 18th, September 10th. served heir male general of Archibald, third 1812, April 3d. September 25th. Lord Napier of Merchieston, Bart. of Nova 1813, March 18th, September 4th. Scotia, great grandson of the inventor of 1814, March 28th,

September 6th. logarithms.

1815, March 21st, September 12th. On Tuesday, in consequence of presenta- 1816, March 26th, September 14th. tions by the Crown, the Senate of the Un. 1817, March 18th, September 22d. iversity of Glasgow admitted Dr Thomas 3-On Friday se'nnight, about 12 o'clock Thomson, Professor of Chemistry, and Dr at night, John Brodie, a young man from Robert Graham, Professor of Botany. Dunkeld, accompanied by a woman of the

Daring Robbery. Friday night, about name of Margaret Robertson, from the panine o'clock, Peter Muir, Whitburn carrier, rish of Auchtergavin, came to the house of was attacked by three fellows about a mile Allan Jamieson, St John's Street, Perth, for beyond Toll-cross, near Glasgow, and rob- the purpose of being married, and remained bed of about £200. Two of them seized there for the night, Jamieson having told him and threw him on the ground, where them that he would get a clergyman to they held him, while the third mounted his marry them next day for 30s. A clergycart, and took from a basket a great coat, man was accordingly procured, in the perin which the money was deposited. The son of John M.Diarmid, a corporal on the villains did not take his watch.

Staff of the Perthshire Militia, who, being As Mr Walter Armstrong, jun. a respecto dressed in black clothes, went through the able merchant in New Castletown, Rox. ceremony in due form, from the Common burghshire, was returning from Bellingham Prayer Book, and received 5s. for his serfair, on the evening of the 18th ult. he un. vices from the bride. After the ceremony, fortunately lost his life near Falstone, in at- the party regaled themselves plentifully at tempting to ford the river Tyne, which was the bride's expense; and having spent all much swollen by the melting of snow near its the money she had brought with her, a

Strict search has been made for the mounting to 30s. they stripped her of her body, but hitherto without success. Mr pelisse, to pay for 16s. worth of more spirits, Armstrong has left a widow and two child and then kicked and turned her out of doors. ren to lament his untimely end. The me. By the vigilance of the sitting Magistrates, lancholy event has also occasioned universal Jamieson and M.Diarmid were committed regret among an extensive circle of friends. to jail on Monday, and Brodie on Tuesday,

April 2.- The Climate. As the seed-time to answer for this disgraceful outrage. this year has been much later than ordinary, 6.-Clydesdale Road. At a respectable it may be satisfactory to know, from the fol. meeting which took place at Hamilton on the lowing statement, that the earlinesss or late. 4th instant, for the purpose of promoting

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this important undertaking, the subscrip- Maclauchlan, who seems to be the leader of tion was raised to upwards of £10,000 ; and this set of young thieves, is perfectly callous such measures have been adopted as must and regardless. Their practice was to go ere long ensure the command of funds ade- about the environs of the city to see where quate to the completion of a road, which clothes were left in areas and greens, and bids fair to be one of the most useful and then come back in the evenings and carry beautiful in the united empire, while it them off. The things stolen were generally promises ulterior communications and im- carried to the house of one Johnston, in the provements of great national importance.- Calton, where they were left, but neither Operations will, we are informed, forthwith sold nor pawned, a trifling sum being given commence, and contracts be advertised for for each article, and sometimes a little bread making and repairing the most needful parts and cheese. Johnston and his wife are in of the projected line.

custody for this offence. 7.-On Tuesday, Mary Hutcheson, aged The first anniversary of the Edinburgh 24 years, a native of Tyron, charged with Society of Highlanders, was celebrated on fraud, was committed to Glasgow Jail. The Thursday last, in the British Hotel, Prince's folly on the one hand, and the duplicity on Street. The meeting was numerous and rethe other, which are developed in this case, spectable. The members and visitants apare sufficiently singular. The prisoner ac- peared in the full Highland dress of their knowledges that about four years ago she respective clans. The evening passed away began to tell fortunes by reading cups. She in the utmost harmony. The laudable purwas in the habit of giving information to poses that drew the members together as a people who had lost property by theft or society, glowed in every bosom, and broke otherways. Her art only enabled her to forth in every sentiment ;-these purposes give a description of the persons of the thieves, are to keep alive the language, dress, and not being able to tell their names.

customs of their ancestors, their funds being vant girl, it seems, began about a year ago principally devoted to benevolent objects. to call on this woman for the purpose of Many loyal and patriotic toasts were given, getting her destinies unfolded. In read and songs sung, in the Gaelic language, aping the cups she told the simpleton that she propriate to the occasion; and the company was to receive some money, concealed in a broke up at a late hour, singularly gratified corner of her master's room ; and in order with such an opportunity of recalling feelings to show her where to look for it, she went connected with “Tir na'm beaun, na'w to the house along with the girl, and laid gleaun, agus, na'n gaisga ch.” down some money in the place where the On Tuesday forenoon, a meeting of the promised sum was to be got. So complete members of the Trades House, Glasgow, was the ascendency which she had over this in consequence of a requisition to the Con. young woman, that in the course of three vener, took the question of Burgh Reform weeks she got from her sums to the amount into consideration. After considerable dis. of £27, assuring her that when the money cussion, it was agreed to postpone the farpromised was found it would be increased ther consideration of the question till the twenty fold. For the purpose of so increas- Lord Advocate should bring forward his ing, it was pretended to be deposited, the bill relating to this subject in Parliament. ceremony of doing which was not a little At this meeting the Convener exhibited an imposing. It was laid down in presence of abstract which he had taken from the Chamthe girl; and Mary, after telling her to re- berlain's books of the city's funds, which tire,

read several passages of scripture, and appeared to be in a very flourishing and prayed. She has also defrauded a man,

prosperous condition. who employed her fortune-telling powers, Commission of the General Assembly of of several pounds. To a blind person she the Church of Scotland.- Thursday the promised to give sight, received a consider- Commission of the General Assembly, conable sum as the reward of her promise ; and voked by a circular letter from several memto a person affected with deafness she was bers, met here in the Assembly Aisle. Afto restore hearing. These are understood ter the meeting had been opened in the usual to be only a few of her tricks. She main- form, by the Rev. Dr Gibb, moderator, and tains that the servant's money will be re- the authority by which it was called had turned when the time of its rising comes. been read, Dr David Ritchie shortly stated

8.-On Tuesday, the Sheriff-substitute sit- the urgent necessity of having the proposed ting in the Police-office, sentenced James legislative measure of the increase of churchMaclauchlan, Adam Macdonald, Alexander es extended to Scotland. Macmillan, John Mackenzie, and Grace Dr Nicol then read a printed report of Macmillan, to be confined in Bridewell the speech of the Chancellor of the Exche. sixty days each, for various acts of theft. quer on the subject, and from this inferred, This is another gang of the juvenile depre- that it was only necessary to draw up a dators with which this town and neighbour- strong case of the very destitute state of hood has been so much infested. The old- many parts of Scotland of religious instrucest does not exceed thirteen, and the girl is tion, to obtain the concurrence of Governnot ten years of age, but all of them have ment for the requisite extension of the bill been repeatedly in Bridewell for theft to this part of the island.

Dr Irvine of Little Dunkeld, in a short should be appointed to draw up a memoribut 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 superstj. near 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 quan. very 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. 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

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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 intend- 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 in 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 most 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 ingeni. saving banks, all we need say in commenda- 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 esta. having 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 were 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 Edin. the 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 bit. ment of the Court of Session, confirming terly. Having confessed his crime, the the leases granted on the Queensberry es- 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

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 chand. a 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, which last place he was emattendance, 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- from 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.

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