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BY JOHN GALT, Esq.,
* LAWRIE TODD, “THE ANNALS OF THE PARISH,” &c.
When royal Mary, blithe of mood,
IN TWO VOLUMES.
ROORBACH, WHITE, GALLAHER, AND WHITE, A. T. GOODRICH, W. B. GILLEY, L.
Athens? pray why to Athens? you intend not
THE BROKEN HEART.
: When it was known in Scotland that Queen Mary had left Paris to embark for her ancient kingdom, the nobility and gentry, in great numbers, resorted to Edinburgh. Among others who hastened to welcome their beautiful sovereign was the young laird of Southennan, a gallant who for his knightly presence had then no parallel in all the west, and for the courtesy of his manners he was not less eminently distinguished among the most accomplished of the Scottish youth.
Then the Lord Fleming went to France with the deputation from the three estates of the kingdom, appointed to witness the nuptials of Mary with the French king, young Walter of Southennan, then entering his sixteenth year, attended him as his page, and after the celebration of the marriage returned to England, where he completed his education, under the auspices of his maternal relations; for his mother was an English lady of high rank, the daughter of the Lord Derwent, to whom his father surrendered himself a prisoner in the mutinous field of the Solway moss, and by whom he was entertained more as a guest than a prisoner. During the period of that captivity the fair Isabel was wooed and won.
Soon after the marriage she was conveyed to Scotland; but before she was yet a mother, her husband was killed while hunting among the moors of Renfrewsbire. His horse bounded in the chase, close to the edge of the precipice of Kempoch, and, startled by the danger, suddenly recoiled, and threw him