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ALPHABETICAL LIST of SCOTCH BANKRUPTCIES and DIVIDENDS, announced August 1824; extracted from the Edinburgh Gazette.

SEQUESTRATIONS.

Carrick, J. stone and china-merchant in Glasgow.
Chisholm, Duncan, solicitor in Inverness, general
merchant, and dealer in leather there.
Ewart, John, cabinet-make and upholsterer in
Edinburgh.

Gillespie, John, & Co. manufacturers in Glasgow.
Marr, Robert, & Son, merchants in Leith.
Orr & Co. masons and builders in Glasgow, and
Fenton & Co. quarriers at Govan colliery.
Stevenson, Simon, haberdasher in Edinburgh.
DIVIDENDS.

Caw, James, sometime merchant in Perth; by Robert Peddie, Town-Clerk there.

The death of Dr Irvine has excited a profound and universal feeling of regret throughout the whole circle of his acquaintances and friends. In the religious world he was well known as the author of several valuable pamphlets on the state of religion in the Highlands, and on the ecclesiastical law of Scotland, and as the warm friend and supporter, with his purse and pen, of every philanthropic institution." In the literary world, also, he was held in high estimation as an able and profound Celtic and Oriental scholar; and there can be no doubt that the cause of Gaelic literature, in particular, has sustained a most important loss by his death. He was one of the persons nominated by the Highland Society of Edinburgh to compile their Celtic Dictionary, and he is understood to have executed his part of the task, which was fortunately completed a short time before his decease, with uncommon ability and success. The late Dr Stewart of Edinburgh mentions him, in the preface to his Gaelic grammar, as one of the friends to whom he was principally indebted in the composition of that excellent work; and his name is on the records of the Highland Society of London, as the donor of a large body of Celtic MS. poetry, which he is known to have collected from oral recitation in different parts of the Highlands and Isles, and which, we understand, is considered, by the most competent judges, to be the most invaluable repository now in existence of a floating literature, that, but for him, must have been for ever lost to the public.

The loss of Dr. Irvine, however, will be longest and most deeply felt by his parishioners and personal friends. To the latter he was endeared by a warm generosity of temper, and an unaffected kindness of manners, that are but rarely combined, to an equal extent, in the same individual; and to the former by the most conscientious dis

BIRTHS.

1824. Feb. 4. At Negapatam, the Lady of Alexander Fairlie Bruce, Esq. civil service, a son.

Obituary.

DR. IRVINE OF LITTLE DUNKELD.

March 3. At Bellary, Madras, the Lady of Lieutenant-Colonel Campbell, 46th regiment, a son.

April 7. At the Retreat, near Aurungabad, the Lady of D. S. Young, Madras medical establishment, and Surgeon to his Highness the Nizam's cavalry brigade, a daughter.

21. At the Cape of Good Hope, the Lady of Lord Charles Somerset, a daughter.

DIVIDENDS.

Cumming, John, ship-owner and wharfinger in Leith; by the trustee there.

Dryden, William, skinner in Jedburgh; by James Hilson & Son, manufacturers there.

May 5. At Sympheropole, Sultana Katte Ghery Krim Ghery, a daughter.

9. At Buenos Ayres, the Lady of Woodbine Parish, Esq. his Majesty's Consul-General, a son.

June 29. At Government House, Montreal, C'anada, the Lady of Lieut.-Colonel M'Grigor, 70th regiment, a daughter.

Hay, Willam, late merchant in Perth; by James Russel, merchant in Kirkaldy.

Rodger, James, jun. merchant in Greenock; by J. M'Givin, accountant in Glasgow.

Scott & Macbean, merchants in Inverness; by John Ross, the trustee there.

Steel, William, merchant in Glasgow; by John Fraser, merchant there.

BIRTHS, MARRIAGES, DEATHS.

charge of pastoral duty, and the most delightful interchange of cordiality and good deeds. His professional acquirements were of a very respectable order. It was a maxim of his, that every man should unceasingly labour to become an adept in his particular profession-and, in practice, he completely verified his maxim, being intimately acquainted with the history of the Church, and of the various sects, schisms, and tenets, that prevailed within its pale, in ancient and modern times, and being, both in his sermons and conversations, a firm advocate of the enlightened and evangelical views of divine truth, which he had derived from a careful and critical study of the original scriptures. It was, however, in the discharge of the practical duties of his profession that his exertions were most unwearied, and that his character most eminently shone. His week-day attentions to his flock were unremitting; and the poorest of his parishioners will bear testimony to the open frankness and unaffected kindness of manner, which always made his advice doubly acceptable, and which led his parishioners to believe that he took a personal rather than a professional interest in their welfare.

It is gratifying to have it to record, as a proof of the regard with which the recollection of his character is cherished in that part of the country where he was best known, that the inhabitants of the parish of Little Dunkeld are now busy in raising a voluntary subscription for the erection of an appropriate monument to his memory; and that the members of a Highland Society, composed of persons from all the adjoining parishes, have only been prevented from contributing for a similar purpose, from a conviction, that those who enjoyed the privilege of sitting under his ministry have the best title to take the lead in paying the last marks of respect to his memory.

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MARRIAGES.

1824. Feb. 24. At Bombay, Captain Frederick Roome, superintendent of cadets, to Miss Evander Morison.

July 16. At Balranald, the Rev. Finlay M'Rae, minister of North Usit, to Isabella Maria, youngest daughter of Colonel Macdonald of Lyndale.

19. At Edinburgh, by the Rev. James Henderson, according to the forms of the Presbyterian Church, and, on the 17th current, by the Right Rev. Bishop Sandford, according to the forms of the English Church, Sir Alexander Don, of Newton Don, Bart. Representative in Parliament for the courty of Roxburgh, to Grace Jane, eldest daughter of John Stein, Esq. Heriot Row.

26. At St Paul's Chapel, Edinburgh, Samuel Beazley, Esq. to Miss E. F. Conway.

27. At Kensington Church, Lord Bishop of Jamaica, to Miss Pope, daughter of the late E. Pope, Esq.

28. At Irvine, James Johnston, Esq. town-clerk of Irvine, to Jean, second daughter of the late James Crichton, Esq. banker there.

- At Inverkeithing, Lieut. Robert Cock, R. N. to Elizabeth Greig Currie, eldest daughter of William Currie, Esq. of Swintonsbeath.

30. At Belhaven Park, Ellis Dudgeon, Esq. to Elizabeth, eldest daughter of the late George Johnston, Esq.

-At Woodside, Harvey Strong, Esq. American Consul, to Janet, eldest daughter of Colin Gillespie, Esq.

31. At Gibraltar, Major John Marshall, Military Secretary to his Excellency General the Earl of Chatham, to Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Wm. Toye, Esq. Judge of his Majesty's Court of Civil Pleas in that garrison.

Aug. 2. At Dundee, the Rev. G. D. Mudie, of Rochford, Essex, to Miss Wedderburn Ainslie, daughter of Mr Ainslie of Dundee.

At Kilmarnock, William Orr, Esq. to Anne, youngest daughter of the late Alexander Fowlds, Esq.

3. At Dalyell Lodge, Fifeshire, Robert Lindsay, Esq. second son of the Hon. Robert Lindsay of Balcarres, to Frances, daughter of Sir Robert Henderson of Straiton, Bart.

-At Musselburgh, Edward, son of James Johnston, Esq. of Clifton, Gloucestershire, to Sarah, eldest daughter of James Porteous, Esq. Musselburgh.

At Portobello, David Watson, Esq. writer in Edinburgh, to Elizabeth, youngest daughter of the late Francis Beaumont, Esq. Knockhouse, near Dunfermline.

est daughter of the late Lieut.-Colonel William Sherriff, Madras cavalry.

Aug. 9. At Ayr, W. A. Smith, Esq. Adjutant 1st Ayrshire yeomanry cavalry, to Miss George Elizabeth Crawford of Doonside.

4. At Kirkbyhill Church, near Boroughbridge, James Mellor Brown, Esq. formerly of Gattonside, Roxburghshire, to Mary, eldest daughter of Mr Jacob Smith, of Givendale Grange.

6. At Edinburgh, Captain Thomas Paterson, of his Majesty's God regiment, to Mary Ann, young.

At Southfield Cottage, Mr William Phipps, Cramond, to Clementina, second daughter of the late Alexander Dick, Esq. accountant, Edinburgh.

11. At London, Captain Sanderson, Bengal cavalry, to Elizabeth Oswald, eldest daughter of Alexander Anderson, Esq. Chapel-Street, Grosvenor Square.

13. At Inverness, D. Campbell, Esq. surgeon, to Alexanderina Forbes, third daughter of the late Captain John Forbes.

16. At Crauford, the Hon. George Charles Grantley Fitzhardinge Berkeley, sixth son of the late Earl of Berkeley, to Caroline Martha, second daughter of the late Paul Benfield, Esq.

At Edinburgh, Peter Hill, jun. Esq. to Ann, only daughter of Daniel Macdowall, Esq. of St

Vincent.

- At Branxton, George Rennie, Esq. East Craig, to Isabella, only daughter of the late John Turnbull, Esq. of Branxton.

17. At Glasgow, Alex. Stevenson, Esq. W. S. to Catherine, second daughter of Andrew White, Esq. Charlotte-Street.

At manse of Meldrum, the Rev. William Grant, minister of Duthil, to Mary, youngest daughter of the late Dr Garioch.

-At Invergordon, the Rev. David Fraser, minister of Dores, to Miss Catharine Stormonth, third daughter of the late Rev. James Stormonth, minister of Airly.

- At London, the Earl of Kinnoul, to Louisa, second daughter of Admiral Sir Charles and Lady Rowley.

-At Haddington, the Rev. Benjamin Laing, Arbroath, to Georgina, sixth daughter of the Rev. Mr Chalmers, Haddington.

19. At Dumfries, John Clark, Physician to the forces at Albany barracks, Isle of Wight, to Mary, daughter of John Gilchrist, M.D.

-At Glentyan, the Rev. Henry John Ingilby, Rector of West Keal, Lincolnshire, to Elizabeth, second daughter of the late Day Hort M'Dowall, Esq. of Walkingshaw.

20. At Edinburgh, Jacob Keyser, Esq. Professor of Chemistry and Natural Philosophy in the University of Christiana, Norway, to Miss Maria Frances Frederici, daughter of the late Francis Frederici, Esq. some time governor of Surinam.

21. At manse of Forglen, James Morrison, Esq. Haughs, to Johnston, eldest daughter of the Rev. L. Moyes, minister of Forglen.

23. At Glasgow, Mr William Motherwell, merchant, to Ann Nicol, third daughter of Robert Nicol, Esq. Hutchesontown.

At Westfield, Kingston, John Macalpine, Esq. surgeon, to Ellen, daughter of the late John Webster, Esq. Stone O'Morphy, Kincardineshire. 25. At the manse of Panbride, the Rev. Wm. Robertson of Carmylie, to Dorothea, daughter of the Rev. David Trail, Panbride.

- At St Martin's in the Fields, London, George Rennie, Esq. junior, of Phantassie, East Lothian, to Jane, eldest daughter of the late John Rennie, Esq.

Lately. At 5, Kier-Street, Edinburgh, Mr William Crawford, merchant, Montrose, to Elizabeth, daughter of the late Mr James Aikman, jun. distiller, House of Muir.

DEATHS.

1824. Jan. At Bangalore, Lieutenant Patrick Ritchie, of the Hon. East India Company's Military Service, second son of Alexander Ritchie, Esq. town-clerk of Brechin.

Feb. 15. At Bellavy, East Indies, of cholera, Captain James Weir, 7th Madras light infantry.

19. At Kaira, Bombay, Robert Tod, M.D. Surgeon 4th light dragoons.

May 22. On board the ship Charlotte, off the Cape of Good Hope, Mr William Campbell Farquharson, second son of the late Dr William Farquharson, physician in Edinburgh.

June 19. At Madeira, in consequence of a fall from his horse, Ensign Robert Hamilton Fotheringham, of the Bengal infantry, aged 19, only son of the late Major J. Fotheringham, of the Madras engineers.

June 27. At George Town, in the district of Columbia, North America, Thomas Wilson, Esq. of Dullatur, advocate.

29. At Frenich, parish of Aberfoyle, Alexander Graham, Esq. of Stronemacnair, aged 101 years.

July 1. In Duke-Street, St James's, London, Major-General Lachlan Macquarie, in the sixtythird year of his age. His conduct from earliest youth was marked by a most amiable disposition, a high sense of honour, and animated zeal for his profession. He entered the army at the age of fifteen, and served his King and country for forty-seven years, in all parts of the world, with great credit. His many excellent qualities endeared him to an extensive circle of friends, in all classes of society, and it may be truly said, that no man ever possessed in a higher degree the respect and esteem of his superiors, inferiors, and equals.

8. At Harrowgate, in the 19th year of her age, Eliza, youngest daughter of the late Benjamin Outram, Esq. of Butterly Hall.

11. At sea, on board the ship Helen from Trinidad, whither he had gone for the recovery of his health, Mr James Hunter Bogle, second son of the late Allan Bogle, Esq. Glasgow.

20. At his house in Bridgend, Perth, Patrick Richardson, Esq. of Flatfield, sometime one of the Magistrates of Perth.

-At Banff, Miss Gordon, Logie, aged 70. 22. At Portobello, Mr William Dalmahoy. - At Glasgow, in the 69th year of his age, William Pattison, Esq. late merchant.

-At Balmuto, the Hon. Claud Irvine Boswell, Lord Balmuto.

-Suddenly, in his carriage, at Great Canford, near Poole, Thomas Macnamara Russell, Esq. Admiral of the White.

23. At Edinburgh, Mr James Murray, late combmaker, High-Street.

-At Bristol, Mr Stewart Cruickshank, son of the late Rev. Alexander Cruickshank, minister of Mearns.

24. At Stevenson Mains, Mrs Elizabeth West, spouse of William Bogue, Esq. of Kirkland.

-At Leith, Mr Alexander Smith, merchant, aged 52.

25. At Halyburton, Berwickshire, after a few days illness, Mr John Fairbairn, long tenant there, and author of "a Treatise on Sheep-farming, by a Lammermuir Farmer."

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-At manse of Wamphray, the Rev. Mr Joseph Kirkpatrick, minister of that parish, in the 75th year of his age, and 47th of his ministry.

-At South Wellington Place, Glasgow, Henry Thomson, Esq.

28. At Dun House, Miss Erskine of Dun. By her death the country has lost one of its warmest and steadiest friends, the neighbourhood a most excellent member of society, and her relations one of their number whose heart ever glowed with the most sincere affection and truest friendship. Her domestics and dependents have lost in her a kind and benevolent lady, who had much enjoyment in seeing them all comfortable and happy. The poor never applied to her without obtaining relief; nor did they even need to apply to her, for she herself sought out the distressed, the widow, and fatherless, and, without ostentation, delighted in alleviating their miseries as far as she could. She bore a long and severe illness with much Christian fortitude and resignation, and beheld the approach of death with composure and peace, supported by the blessed hope of life and immortality beyond death and the grave. -At Monmouth, John Charles Colins, M. D. of Swansea.

July 28. At Edinburgh, Susan, youngest daughter of the late Major Hamilton Maxwell, of Ardwell.

-At Glasgow, Ann Campbell, wife of Mr Colin Campbell, merchant there.

29. At her house, in Carrubber's Close, Edinburgh, Agnes Deborah Campbell, aged 81, spouse of the late James Miller, preacher of the gospel. -At her house, Hope-Street, Edinburgh, Miss Blair.

30. At London, Mr William Sharrp, the great. est engraver this country (perhaps Europe) ever produced. He died as he lived, a believer in the divine commission and miraculous conception of the late Joanna Southcote.

-At Kilconquhar, Fife, Mrs Magdaline Lizars, wife of Mr John Brewster, printer, 11, Society, Edinburgh.

31. At Elgin, Robert Joss, Esq.

-At Glasgow, Mr John Wilson, merchant, in the 80th year of his age.

- At Alloa, Mrs Janet Paterson, wife of Mr Robert Barton, merchant.

- At the manse of Little Dunkeld, in the 52d year of his age, the Rev. Dr Alexander Irvine, minister of that parish.

At his house, Park-Street, Edinburgh, John Brown, Esq.

Aug. 1. In Manchester, where he was much respected, Alexander Livingston, a native of Haddington, at the advanced age of 98 years. In the early part of life he served twenty-seven years in the Scots Greys, during the German war. He had two horses shot under him at the memorable, battle of Minden; he was severely wounded at the battle of Lefelle, where that distinguished corps suffered very much. He was a pensioner of Chelsea Hospital nearly fifty years. He retained his faculties till within a few minutes of his death; and a few days prior to his dissolution he related with enthusiasm the earliest achievements of his active life. He was buried at St John's Church with military honours, by order of Lieu-, tenant-Colonel Sir Thomas Pate Hankin, commanding the Scots Greys, who are now stationed in Manchester barracks. This gentleman heard of the death of the old soldier, and with the true feeling of a military man, gave immediate directions for his interment to be sanctioned by the attendance of a suitable guard, the regimental band of music, who played solemn dirges, a horse properly caparisoned, and military mourners, consisting of a Captain, a subaltern, three serjeants, two corporals, and forty privates. The friends of the deceased were the chief mourners, and three vollies were fired over the old man's grave. As Scotscraig House, William Dalgleish, Esq. of Scotscraig.

-At manse of Irongray, Mrs Anne Campbell, wife of the Rev. Dr Dow, minister of Irongray. -At Burnhouse, Joseph Calder, Esq. -At Burntisland, Mr Andrew Hutchison,

town-clerk.

2. At Godstone, Surrey, on his way to Worthing for the recovery of his health, in the 29th year of his age, the Rev. Alexander Waugh, A.M. Minister of the Scots church, Miles's Lane, and son of the Rev. Dr Waugh, minister of the Scots church, Well-Street.

-At her house in Gilmore-Street, Edinburgh, Mrs Isabella Telfer, widow of Alexander Telfer, Esq. of Luscar.

3. Suddenly, at his house, River Bank, forty miles up the Mohawk river, North America, Mr James Archibald, farmer: late of the Little Cumbray, by the Isle of Bute: much respected.

At East Mill, near Brechin, Patrick Wilson, Esq. in the 43d year of his age.

At Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, Mr Thomas Kirkland, an eminent surgeon of that town. He was a son of Dr Kirkland, late a celebrated physician of the same place, upon whose evidence Earl Ferrers suffered death at Tyburn as a common felon, for shooting his steward.

4. At Cheltenham, Thos. Jameson, M.D. aged 71, where he had been a resident physician twentytwo years.

-At Orrard, Mrs Richardson, lady of the late James Richardson, Esq. of Pitfour Castle, much and justly regretted. She bore her distress with great magnanimity and Christian fortitude; and to all who knew her private life she has left an example how to live and how to die. To clothe

the naked, feed the hungry, and shelter the orphan and fatherless, seemed to constitute the pleasure and happiness of her life, and the cause was only extinct with her breath. Her acts of charity and benevolence, which were not local, but extended to the abodes of distress wherever they were, will long be remembered with grateful emotions, especially by those who shared her bounty. The remains were brought from Orrard to Pitfour on Saturday, and the funeral took place on Tuesday. The tenantry, and others from the neighbourhood, to show the deep sorrow they felt for the loss of so amiable and useful a lady, assembled to pay their last tribute of gratitude to the memory of one whose tender and generous heart was ever open to the cry of misery and distress, and whose bountiful hand was ever ready to administer, to the wants of the suffering, the necessaries and comforts of life, and along with these the use of medical aid when necessary. Aug. 5. At Dumfries, Mr James Dinniston, late merchant there.

-At Mary's Cottage. Trinity, Mrs J. Linning. 6. At Tynefield, William Hunter, Esq.

7. Mrs Jessie Hamilton, wife of John Glassford, Hopkirk, Esq. W. S., in the 28th year of her age.

9. At Bath, Major-General William Augustine Prevost, C. B. son of the late Major-General, and brother of the late Lieutenant-General Sir George Prevost, Bart.

-At Juniper Green, Colinton, Lieut. Henry Rymer, R. N.

10. In Lauriston Lane, Edinburgh, Francis, the only son of Leonard Horner, Esq.

-At Glasgow, Mrs Powlett, the widow of Lieutenant-Colonel Horatio Armand Powlett, in her 86th year.

At Cornhill, in the 64th year of his age, Lawrence Robertson, Esq. of Cornhill, late Provost of Perth.

11. At Edinburgh, Maria Jane Craigie, eldest daughter of Captain Edmund Craigie, of the Hon. East India Company's service.

Aug. 16. At Sandwich, Mr Frend, landlord of the Mermaid inn. The deceased, with several young men, a few days back, were enjoying themselves in a field running, when a blade of grass by some means cut his foot, and the wound gradually getting worse, caused his speedy dissolution.

16. At Newtown, Paisley, at an advanced age, Miss Mary Rainy.

-At Arbroath, in the 58th year of his age, the Rev. John Cruikshanks, pastor of the Scots Episcopal Church there.

At Edinburgh, Mr James Richardson, surgeon and druggist.

17. At Leith, Peter F. Hay, son of Mr John Hay, ship-owner.

-At Aberdeen, in the 22d year of her age, Jane Allan Kidd, daughter of the Rev. Dr Kidd.

12. At Rothesay, at an advanced age, the Rev. James Ramsay, formerly minister of the gospel in Glasgow.

13. In Upper Gower-Street, London, Lucy Elizabeth, wife of Lord Maurice Drummond.

-At Clifton, Lieut. John Bushnan, R. N., aged 28. He sailed with Captains Ross and Parry in the three north-west expeditions, and was attached to the overland expedition destined for Behring's Straits, under Captain Franklin.

14. At Glasgow, Dr William Buchanan, late Surgeon of the 82d regiment of foot.

-At Edinburgh, Mrs Jean Lawton, widow of Edward Lawton, Esq. of the island of Jamaica.

-At his house, Dean Bank, Captain James Matthew.

15. At Edinburgh, the Rev. James Duguid, third son of the Rev. John Duguid, minister of Evie and Rendal, Orkney, aged 27.

At Glasgow, in the 28th year of his age, Mr John Johnston, formerly midshipman on board H. M. S. Royal Oak, 74 guns, Admiral Sir Pultney Malcolm, and, at the period of his decease, agent for the Forth and Clyde Canal Company.

At Inverness, Mrs Sirella M'Iver, relict of the late Rev. Murdoch M'Iver, minister of Lochalsh.

-At Meadowsale, near Strathaven, James Millar, Esq. advocate.

At Rockhill, Argyllshire, Mrs M'Lachlan, sen. of M Lachlan, in the 91st year of her age.

18. At Glasgow, Lieutenant James Joseph Gordon, R. N. aged 41 years, only son of Captain Gordon, late of Gordon Bank.

Mrs Heugh, relict of John Heugh of Cartcows, Esq.

-At Cupar, Mr Peter Morgan, Supervisor of Excise.

19. In the 28th year of her age, Susanna Davidson, wife of William Kirkaldy, Esq. merchant in Dundee.

-At Edinburgh, William Calder, Esq. late Lord Provost of that city, much and deeply regretted.

-At the Bridge of Allan, near Stirling, Mrs Ann Thomson, second daughter of the late Alex. Thomson, tobacconist, Edinburgh, and spouse of Robert Rankin, some time general agent, Katharine-Street, there.

20. At Dalnaspidal, Blair Atholl, Lieut.-Colonel George Johnston, brother to the Right Hon. Lady Gray.

At London, Thomas Trevor Hampden, Viscount Hampden and Baron Trevor of Bromham.

At Eden, Mrs Grant Duff, relict of the late John Grant, Esq. of Kincardine O'Neil.

-At Edinburgh, Mr Daniel Miller, late of the Excise.

22. At Inverleith Mains, Mr George Lauder, farmer.

23. At Stranraer, James Mackay, Esq. merchant, Glasgow, in the 60th year of his age.

Lately. At Tewkesbury, a few days since, Thomas Tippen, a Chelsea, pensioner, in his 100th year. The veteran enjoyed his faculties in tolerable perfection until a very short period before his death. He entered the army in his 23d year, and served as a private in the 20th regiment at the memorable battle of Minden, as well as in five other general actions on the continent.

-At Okegem, near Ninove, in the Netherlands, a woman named Marie De Brakeleer, aged 103. She possessed her intellectual faculties to the last, and her hair was long, black, and thick.

-On board his Majesty's ship Owen Glendower, on his passage home from the coast of Africa, Mr Thos. Thomson, youngest son of the Rev, George Thomson, minister of Melrose.

J. Ruthven & Son, Printers.

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EDINBURGH MAGAZINE,

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LITERARY MISCELLANY.

OCTOBER 1824.

THE SCOTTISH GALLOVIDIAN ENCYCLOPEDIA *.

THIS is, beyond all question, the most extraordinary, not to say, monstrous production of the present age. That there are individuals capable of any extravagance may well be believed; but here the cause of astonishment is, that the press, accommodating as it is to every species of folly, should have become subservient to the purposes of such an obscene, drivelling blockhead as John Mactaggart. By what "windlasses and assays of bias" he got it to work for him, and throw into the lap of gaping curiosity a work compounded of all that is offensive and abominable, and which exhibits intellect in the lowest stage of infirmity, must, even in this book-making age, be matter of wonder.

In point of propriety, we should, before taking any notice of his work, introduce the reader to its redoubtable author, whose history forms one of the most imposing articles in his Encyclopedia. "The Friday night before Keltonhill fair was the night in which I, gomerall Johnie, first opened my mouth in this wicked world." His grandfather's grandfather, it appears, got his head cloven (an accident which was sufficient to lay the foundation of a hereditary complaint)" at the brack o' Dunbar, fighting in the Highland army against Oliver Cromwell." What brack this was, or what a brack is, we profess not to know; but of this we are certain, that Old Noll never encountered a Highland Host at Dunbar, or elsewhere. His father, we are told, is a farmer; and throughout John's " pilgrimage on earth, from the cradle, till this moment, he has never met with any whom he considered had so much native strength of intellect." Upon no higher authority than the testimony of his son, we shall suppose Mactaggart, senior, to be a most judicious personage; and so supposing and believing, but denying to him the attribute of foresight, we sincerely grieve for his domestic afflictions, the greatest of all which we conceive to be the one which developed itself on

the Friday night before Keltonhill fair." The Jewish law prescribed penances for the act of involuntary manslaughter; and to a man of tender conscience, the act, however involuntary, of begetting such a being as our author, must appear equally heinous. John, at an early age, was placed, along with some brothers and sisters, under the tuition of a half-grown boy, "who taught and lashed them occasionally;" and John was most happy when the seed-time commenced, because this juvenile dominie was then transferred from the thrashing to the harrowing department. When six years of age, our author had no companion at home" but a howlet,"-the

The Scottish Gallovidian Encyclopedia, or the Original, Antiquated, and Natural Curiosities of the South of Scotland; containing sketches of eccentric characters and curious places, with explanations of singular words, terms, and phrases; interspersed with poems, tales, anecdotes, &c., and various other strange matters; the whole illustrative of the ways of the peasantry, and manners of Caledonia; drawn out and alphabetically arranged. By John Mactaggart.

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