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in the strongest terms, to an Italian who accompanied him, yea as being
the finest in the world, yes, replied the HILL OF BALLYGEICH, &c. Italian, I believe it is, except Mount
Damietta, (Demiet) at Stirling. These To the Editor of the Melange.
words operated like an electric shock
on the nervous system of the enthusiSIR,
ast, for he had spent almost the whole The rage for foreign travelling, to the of his life in the vicinity of the hill neglect of places comparatively speak- without ever having ascended it. Had ing near to our own doors, dues not he been so unfortunate as to have let seem in us, at all very justifiable the cat out of the pock, he certainly Foreign travelling is perhaps consider- would have been a good subject for a ed an appendage without which there display of the risible faculties of the cannot be a finished education. I agree Roman. I myself have known young to this, but apprehend that it would men who boasted of having lounged be much more reasonable to argue for in a Parisian caffe, and promenaded this point, of first being versant in on the Boulevard St. Denys, yet livwhat is to be seen in our own country, ing within a few hours walk of Lochas, with the exception of rather fewer lomond, never have been spectators of specimens of antiquity to gratify the its solemn grandeur, which have set classical scholar, there are in it innu- all the world a running. This blamemerable objects, as well worth the able conduct evinces either a want of contemplation of the man of taste and real taste or a determination in the science, as in any country under the person of for ever being in love with sun, and those who wilfully neglect the epithet of Blockhead. Ancient the opportunities of research, justly lay Philosophers earnestly inculcated the themselves open to its censure. There maxim nosce teipsum, with which I. is a good story illustrative of this, would beg leave (not in the least unwhich I have somewhere read, if my dervaluing their profound sapience) to memory would serve me correctly to couple another, nosce tuam propriam relate it.-A gentleman was quite in terram. raptures with a view from some hill in I am one of those erratic beings who Italy, and expressed himself about it, fond of practising the doctrines I teach,
M take at intervals short' excursions to might take a range to the lowest verge visit some of our neighbouring scenery, of the horizon, but this can seldom be the greatest part of which I have seen, obtained in summer, from the vapours and I may bic permitted to say that I which thicken the atmosphere, though believe there is no large town in the, in clear weather, with the assistance kindomy about which a greater variety of a telescope, the coast of Ireland must of it can be enjoyed. A friend and I, be distinctly observed. Stretching the both equally fond of escaping the eye progressively north-west, the isomúrky abodes of our dense-peopled lated Craig of Ailsa rears its gigantic city, projected a short tour to the Hill and venerable head to the right of of Ballygeich, which we lately accom- which, appear the lofty protruding plished. This hill, of pretty general ragged peaks of Arran, till obscured resort with the amateurs of fine views, by the intervening hills. Now appear
stands about 12 miles to the south of the mountains of the Highlands, the Glasgow, in the muir, on the east road sovereigns of our Isle, who, with an to Kilinarnock, and is celebrated, not affected dignity, reign unrivalled—the without justice, as commanding a more range of Campsie and Strathblane hills, extensive prospect to the west, than shading off to the north-east, form a any other in Scotland. To judge boundary to the north. The interfrom the appearance of the hill, we vening landscape is extensive, rising would almost conceive this to be im- gently towards the north, and preprobable, but the traveller must remark sents a picture not devoid of beauty. his gradual ascent from Clarkston Toll, On the sea coast, to the west, the site so that we are indebted for the supe- of 'several towns may be distinctly riority of the view, not so much from traced, but as we approach nearer to the height of the hill itself, as this na- our station, the general aspect of the tusal advantage of the country. In our country is dreary and forbidding, save, progress while aseending the hill-tothe when in relief to the eye, a scanty crop east Tintoek gradually elevates itself. on the side of some little hill, seems From the summit-tothe south-east, at struggling to cover the red soil. Exa great distance, the horizon is seen tent is the grand feature of the prosresting on the dark tops of the Moffat pect from Ballygeich, and it may be hills: the view directly to the south thère enjoyed in its excellence. The is limited, from the height of the in- traveller, when looking around from terjacent lands, but turning to the its summit, may say with propriety west, we are delightfully astonished. I am an admirer in the wide Temple Herc the-neean appears one intermine- of Nature, environed by the mountains able sheet of white surf rising into the which are its walls. clouds, the eye lost in the apparent It may be worth while to step aside infinite expanse must now retract, for a moment, and ascend the Meikle caught perhaps in its return by a glid- Binn, a hill about 14 miles to the ning vessel, which though seen a mote north of Glasgow, which commands a in creation, or a form as empty as the prospect to the east, nearly as extenbubble, may contain all the reality of sive as the other does to the west thei merchant, and the golden antici- from the summit of this hill, the first spations of the emigrant to other shores. prominent objects of attraction, are the Were it the lot of the visitor to have mountains of the north, whieh appear a perfect unelouded sky, on some par. cróuded on each other, peak surmountSticular places, the sphere of his vision ing peak, in matchless grandeur
and to the west, the picturesque vil ration, as perhaps no where could their · lage of Fintry, terminates an agreeable minds become more abstracted and vista, edge: on each side by the neigh- bent to a particular purpose, and it bouring hills
. The view to the east, must be well known to every reader of which principally enhances this hill, is sound history the important trangącmagnificently comprehensive--Berwick tions which took place upon these Law-the Bass Rock -- and Arthur's sublime portions of oùr globe. Seat are distinguished, with a consider- Descending from Ballygeich, dyr able part of the sweep of the German attention was differently aimed. We Ocean, and to the south the Pentland proceeded southward, over the muirs, hills. From the Meikle Binn, to the to Lochgoin farm, to see some Relics boundary of the landscape on all sides, of the conscientious Covenanters of the country is one continued level former days, preserved there. This tract, but singularly interesting from family of many centuries standing, have the universal fertility of its appearance, resided here, in regular descent, still and as it embraces rivers, towns, and remzining strict adherents to the Covillages, with whose names and history venanter's cause, so zealously mainthere have been associated may an tained by our pious forefathers. The early idea. The field of Bannockburn present generation of the Lochgoin is in view-Carron Work, like some family, consisting of three persons, are Tartarean Regions, emitting from its a true portrait of the early staunch fery bowels darkening masses of smoke, Religionists who fought, bled, and is seen considerably in the distance, died for their cause, indeed so much generally half obscured. Falkirk, with so, that we might almost challenge several places of less eminence and any one to produce a better likeness magnitude, stands conspicuous, The --the accumulation of ages has sober gliding Carron, and the more not diminished one whit of the feamajestic Forth beautifully intersect the ture. Living in a wilderness place, view, giving life, grace, and effect to in almost monkish austerity, the puthe
panorama--so that in one coup ritanical rigidity of the sect settled d'eil are concentrated all that is orna- down upon them into constitutional mental in nature, which is useful in habit, yet we cannot but admire the arts, and beneficial to man; the and love the piety, honest simplicity, memorable spots where battles have and genuine worth which, in wery been lost and won where the illus- great degree is visible among them, trious achievements of Bruce and while we lament that in our own da, Wallace add worth and dignity to there is universally found so little of every inch of the ground. Both of the sterling ore of non conformity to the prospects which
we have been con- the world, and independence of soul, templating equally deserve attention, The father of the present family, wasa shough it must be confessed, the latter man quite of patriarchal manner, bis charms uş more by its interest. As erudition was considerable, specimen to the personal gratification and im- of which he has left behind him ring provement of the traveller, none will sketches of the lives and transactions contest the virtue of such scenes, they of the Covenanters, one of the most are edifyng and instructive in the popular books of the religious class of highest degree. Among our ancient our peasantry, and in other selections, profane writers mountains seem to have all of which do his memory much hp been held in a sort of religious vene- nour. It is not without feelings of
respect and reverence that we
we look to there were formerly on it 28 notches the garden bower where this good man said to denote the 28 years of persemeditated, and we cannot help cherish-cution, but these are now worn out by ing an inward dignity, when inmates rust-Captain Paton used this sword of the domicile which has harboured on all occasions. from the persecutions of tyranny, the “: Linen Flag," on the left side sacred heads 'of those who may well ' near the top, is a representation of an be denominated the “ Scots worthies, open Bible, with the words “ Verbum but of whom indeed the world was not Dei" on it. To the right side, on a worthyd: The Relics (of which we are line with the Bible, is the Crown suphereafter to speak) of any of these ported by a Thistle. Beneath is read men, may indeed appear to some of in antique capitals little value, but to their Biographer Puigigk For God CENTRY they would not so. They were the property of men whose lives he had AND COVENANTED WORK
Coats spent much time investigating—whose
OF REFORMATION deeds and memories were precious in
« Drum.”—The cylinder is made his eyesstand the every incident and minute characteristic and traditionary
of oak, the rims of ash, the place for storyi:connected with them, handed beating on, appears to be some kind from father to son ; all could not fail the battle of Bothwell and Drumclog,
of prepared skin, known to be used at ; to give to these so many identities, a zest, which to other than he could
and always taken out with Captain
Paton. savour, and which would make them,
« Pair of Drumsticks" made of a to be regarded by him little short of the
sort of black mahogany. sell persons themselves. These, like the
“ Books of Manuscripts" apparentbones of the Patriarch Joseph carried through the wilderness by his people, ingly containing Sermons, Oaths, Do
ly written by different hands, seemhave doubtless, with injunctions no less sacred, been produced as a memorial of the books we found the names of
On the board of one
cuments, &c. of the times of firy trial.
Cargil, Bruce, and Wm. Guthrie, &c. 04-074
Part of the sermons have been pubbowny RELICS. ri'?
lished. « Captain John Paton's Bible,"
osize, Printed at London, 1652. The life of Captain John Paton is On the back of the Frontispiece the fully detailed in the ««? Historical acfollowing is printed in capitals with a count of the Scots Worthies," where pen ** Captain John, Paton's Bible those who feel an interest, may read which he gave his wife down of the He was born at Meadow.head, in the scaffold where he was exeeuted for the Parish of Fenwick, and Shire of Ayr, cause of Jesus Christ, May 9. 1684." and it is supposed he received his Cap(Here follows undoubted iestimonials taincy from Gustavus Adolphus, King of its authenticitya cargos 1977 st 1 of Sweden, for his heroic achievements
“ Captain John Paton's Sword," in the wars of Germany. Notwithwith sheep-head handle, 26 inches-staiding an Asthmatic disorder which long, blade about 15 ineli broad, he early caught, the whole after period, .. with which Captain Paton is said to of his life, with the exception of a have killed 28 persons in one day, few breathing times, appears to have
been one scene of conflict, so that his
ANNETTE DELARBRE. il spirit became so wearied out, and broken down, that he seems to have re
(Continued.) 19 13 laxed in the wonted diligence which
Upwards of a year, he informed me, he formerly exercised to preserve his had now elapsed without 'effacing from life. In his history are recorded many still her friends hoped that it might
her mind this singular taint of insanity: marvellous “ hair-breadth scapes”. remarkable instances of his intrepidity,
wear gradually away. They had at perseverance, and single handed valour. one time removed her to a distarit part" Like those Christian Heroes of old, of the country, in hopes that absence whom he attempted to imitate, “ he from the scenes connected with her! stopped the mouths of Lions-out of story might have a salutary effect; but weakness was made strong-waxed when her periodical melancholy new! valiant in fight--turned to fight the turned she became more restless and is armies of the aliens." He was at last
wretched than usual, and, secretly es. * apprehended in one of his hiding places, caping from her friends, set out on
.-5 in the parish of Mearns, by five sol- foot, without knowing the road, on diers--speedily brought to trial—con- one of her pilgrimages to the chapet. ** victed of what was then called Rebel.
This little story entirely drew my... lion-and condemned to be hanged in attention from the gay scene of the auta the Grass-market of Edinburgh, which fete, and fixed it upon the beautifurort sentence was accordingly executed.— Annette. While she was yet standing As his Biographer adds, “ though his on the terrace the vesper-bell was tunga. extraction was but mean, it might be
from the neighbouring chapelu: She' said of him That he lived a Hero and listened for a moment, and then, drawade' died a Martyr."
ing a small rosary from her bösöm,219 When we departed from the friendly
walked in that direction. Several fac
the and hospitable roof, the son had sunk peasantry followed her in silence and
ref into rest, bequeathing his dying ray to and I felt too much interested not to
do the same,
11990 69062 the twilight on the east-the curtain of night had began to settle a sombre
The chapel, as I suid before, is in a to shade, which was invisibly expanding the midst of a grove, on the high pro--the cattle lowed for the bughts and montary; The inside is hung round the milk-maid—and the toil-worn rus
with little models of ships, and rude tic, with the unharnessed companion perils of wrecks and perils at sea, and of his long day labour, wound slowly providential deliverances the Vo30 to their home, Thus terminated a
tive offerings of captains and crews day, the future recollection of which,
that have been saved. hon hieros ollot will never damp the spirits or cloud Annette paused for a moment before 194 the mind. May all the pleasures of a picture of the virgin, which I 6b
JoA592 our existence be as sweetly mingled, served, had recently been decorated
with a wreath of artificial Aówers.
10 sauso and as innocently drunk,
When she reached the middle of the sh? I am, SIR,
, she knelt down, and those who us to Yours, &c.
followed her involuntasily did the same ting CAMMINATORE
at a little distance: i The evening sun
shone softly through the chequered on Glasgow, 6th July, 1822.
grove into one window of the chapel.