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pay for them. Montrose had paid a
the shore around; great part, but not the whole, of the 'Twas all so close with copsewood bound, price agreed upon. Some years having Nor track nor pathway might declare elapsed, Rob Roy found his finances That human foot frequented there, improved, and, wishing to get back Here, for retreat in dangerous hour,
Some chief had framed a rustic bower." his estate, offered to restore the Duke the sum he had advanced; but upon In this island was Orchil confined some equivocal pretence he would not for some weeks; and, when set at receive it, and, from Rob's disso- liberty, was admonished by Rob Roy lute character, an adjudication of the no more to collect the rents of that lands was easily obtained, which de- country, which he meant in future to prived him of any future claim. Con- do himself, maintaining, that as the sidering this transaction as unjust on lands originally belonged to the Macthe part of Montrose and his factor, gregors, who lost them by attainder, Graham of Orchil, Rob watched his such alienation was an unnatural and opportunity to make reprisal, the only illegal deprivation of the right of sucremaining means in his power; and a ceeding generations; and, from this future occasion gave him the success conviction, he was the constant enemy he desired. This factor, when col- of the Grahams, the Murrays, and the lecting his rents, was attended, as a Drummonds, who then claimed, and matter of compliment, by several gen- still inherit, those extensive domains. tlemen of the vicinity, who dined with Among other coercive measures, him. Among those who were present which from time to time were adoptat this time was Rob Roy ; but be- ed to suppress the practices of the fore he came he placed twenty of Macgregors, was that of planting a his men in a wood close by, to wait a garrison in their country at Inverfixed signal, and went himself to the snaid, upon the spot from whence Rob house with his piper playing before Roy took his title. The immoderate him. This was at the inn of Chapel- bounds to which the rigorous decrees Arroch in Aberfoil. The factor had of government had been carried, not no suspicion of Rob's purpose, as only by its immediate instrument the he laid down his claymore to indicate military, but also by the other clans peace, and partook of the entertain- who surrounded the Macgregors, drove ment, during which his piper played them to such desperation, that they some wild pibrochs, the boisterous ac- held the laws in contempt, as they companiment which used to give a were wholly precluded from their bezest to every Highland feast.
nefit,-so that nothing appeared too Rob, in the meantime, observed the hazardous nor too flagrant for them to factor's motions, and saw that he de- perform. This fortress had been set posited the money in a portmanteau down some time before any sally from which lay in the room. Dinner was it had given annoyance to Macgregor ; no sooner over than he ordered his and though the number of soldiers piper to strike up a new tune ; and in which it generally contained were no a few minutes Rob's men surrounded great obstruction in his estimation, the house ;-six of them entered with yet they were a sort of check upon drawn swords—when Rob, laying hold those small parties which he some seaof his own, desired the factor to de- sons sent forth. He therefore deliver him the money which he had termined to intimidate the garrison, collected, and which he said was his or to make the military abandon it. He due. Resistance was useless; the mo- had previously mentioned his plan, ney was given up, and Rob granted and secured the connivance of a woa receipt for it. But as he conceived man of his own clan who served in that the factor was accessory to the the fort. Having supplied her with a infringement of the contract that de- quantity of Highland whisky, of which prived him of his estate, he resolved the English soldiery were very fond, to punish him. Accordingly he had she contrived, on an appointed night, him conveyed and placed in an island to intoxicate the sentinel ; and while near the west end of Loch Ketturrin, he lay overcome by the potent dose, now rendered conspicuous as the sup- she opened the gate, when Rob Roy posed residence of the fair Ellen, the and his men, who were on the watch, Lady of the Lake.
rushed in with loads of combustibles, and set the garrison on fire in differ- the chieftains now treated the capent places, and it was with difficulty tain, he had put the bond into the that the inmates escaped with their possession of the governor of the garlives. Though Rob was suspected to be rison, who was resolved to forward it the incendiary, there was no immediate to the Privy Council; and Rob, learnproof, and the damage was quietly re- ing by accident the day on which it paired.
was to be sent, took his leave, and The steady adherence of the High- went home. The despatch which conlanders to the expatriated house of tained the bond was made up by GoStuart, was so well known, and so vernor Hill, and sent from Fort-Wil. much dreaded by every prince who liam, escorted by an ensign's command, succeeded them on the British throne, which in those countries always acthat a watchful eye was constantly companied the messages of governkept over their motions, and they were ment.
On the third day's march, constrained to hold all their commun- Rob, and fifty of his men, met this ings, which related to the affairs of party in Glendochart, and ordering the exiles, in the most secret and them to halt, demanded their des clandestine manner.
patches. The officer refused; but Rob Some time subsequent to the un- told him, that he would either have successful attempt of the Highland their lives and the despatches togethclans under Dundee, at Killicrankie, er, or the despatches alone. The feroa great meeting of chieftains took cious looks and appearance of Rob and place in Breadalbane, under pretence his men bespoke their resolution. The of hunting the deer, but in reality packet was given up; and Rob having for the purpose of ascertaining the taken out the bond he wanted, he sentiments of each other respecting begged the officer would excuse the the Stuart cause. Opinions were un- delay he had occasioned, and wishing animous; and a bond of faith and him a good journey, left the military mutual support, previously written, to proceed unmolested. By this manwas signed. By the negligence of a cuvre many chieftains kept on their chieftain to whom this bond was in- heads, and the forfeiture of many estrusted, it fell into the hands of Cap- tates was prevented. tain Campbell of Glenlyon, then at The most inveterate enemy that Fort-William, who, from his con- Rob Roy had to guard against, was the nexion with many whose names were Earl of Athol, who had long harassed appended, did not immediately dis- his clan, and whose machinations were close the contents; but from the de- even more alarming than the denunci. served odium which was attached to ation of the law. Rob had no doubt that person, from having commanded given cause for this enmity, for he the party who perpetrated the infa- had frequently ravaged the district of mous massacre of Glencoe, he was Athol, carried away cattle, and put justly despised and execrated even by every man to the sword who attempthis nearest friends ; and when it was ed resistance ; and all this, he said,
; known that a man of such inhuman was to retaliate the cruelties formerly feelings held this bond, those who committed upon his ancestors. But signed it were seriously alarmed, and he had once nearly paid for his temevarious plans were suggested for re- rity. The Earl having sent a party of covering it. Rob Roy Macgregor, horse, they unexpectedly came upon who was at this clan meeting, had al- him, and seized him in his own house so affixed his name ; but on his own of Monachaltuarach, situated in Balaccount he was indifferent, as he re- quhiddar. He was placed on horsegarded neither king nor government. back, to be conveyed to Stirling Castle; He was, however, urged by several but in going down a steep defile, he chiefs, particularly his patron, to exert leaped off, ran up a wooded hill, where himself, and if possible to recover the the horsemen could not follow, and bond. With this view he went to escaped. Athol, on another occasion, Fort-William in disguise, not with sent twenty men from Glenalmond, to his usual number of attendants, and lay hold of Macgregor. He saw them getting access to Captain Campbell, approaching, and did not shun them, who was a near relation of his own, though he was alone. His uncommon he discovered that, out of revenge for size and strength, the fierceness of his the contemptuous manner in which countenance, and the posture of de
fence in which he placed himself, in- accordingly equipped himself and his timidated them so much, that they men, with swords, sticks, and every durst not go near him. He told them, thing fitted for the expedition ; and that he knew what they wanted, but having arrived at the only public if they did not quietly depart, none of house then in Balquhiddar, he inquirthem should return. He desired them ed the way to Rob's house. This to tell their master, that if he sent any party were at once known to be strangmore of his pigmy race to disturb him, ers, and the landlord coming to learn he would hang them up to feed the their business, he sent notice of it to eagles.
his good friend Rob, and advised them Feuds, and violent conflicts of clans, not to go farther, lest they might still continued prevalent, with all the come to repent of their folly ; but the animosity which marked the rude cha- advice was disregarded,
and they went racter of the times; and a contest have forward. The party waited at some ing arisen betwixt the Earls of Athol distance from the house, and the mesand Perth, Rob Roy was requested to senger himself went to reconnoitre. take part with the latter : and though Having announced himself as Perth was no favourite with him, he stranger who had lost his way, he was readily agreed to give his assistance, as politely shewn by Rob into a large he would undertake any thing to disc room, where tress Athol. Having assembled sixty "All around, the walls to grace, of his men, he marched to Drummond Hung trophies of the fight or chace ; Castle with seven pipers playing. The A target there, a bugle here, Atholmen were already on the banks A battle-axe, a hunting-spear, of the Earn, and the Drummonds and
And broad-swords, bows and arrows store, Macgregors marched to attack them;
With the tusked trophies of the boar ;” but they no sooner recognised the Mac- which astonished him so much, that gregors, whom they considered as de- he felt as if he had got into á cavmons, than they fled from the field, ern of the infernal regions; but when and were pursued to the precincts of the room door was shut, and he saw their own country.
hanging behind it a stuffed figure of a Although Rob Roy Macgregor, from man, intentionally placed there, his his great personal prowess, and the terror increased to such a degree, that dauntless
energy of his mind, which, he screamed out, and asked if it was a in the most trying and difficult emer- dead man? To which Rob coolly angencies, never forsook him, was the swered, that it was a rascal of a mesdread of every country where his name senger who had come to the house the was known, the urbanity and kindness night before, that he had killed him, of his manners to his inferiors, gained and had not got time to have him buhim the good will and services of his ried. Fear now wholly overcame the whole clan, who were always ready to messenger, and he could scarcely artisubmit to any privation, or to under- culate a benediction for his soul, when go any hardship, to protect him from he fainted and fell upon the floor. the multitude of enemies who sought Four of Rob's men carried him out of his destruction; and one or two, a- the house, and, in order to complete mong many instances of their attach- the joke and at the same time to rement, may here be mentioned :-A store the man to life, they took him to debt, to a pretty large amount, which the river just by, and tossed him in, he had long owed to a person in the allowing him to get out the best way Lowlands, could never be recovered, he could himself. His companions, in because no one would undertake to the mean time, seeing all that hapexecute diligence against him. At pened, and supposing he had been length a messenger at Edinburgh ap- killed, took to their heels; but the peared, who pledged himself, that with whole glen having now been alarmed, six men, he would go through the met the fugitives in every direction, whole Highlands, and would appre- and gave every one of them such a hend Rob Roy, or any man of his complete ducking, that they had rea
The fellow was stout and re- son all their lives to remember the lake solute. He was offered a handsome and river of Balquhiddar. sum, if he would bring Rob Roy Mac- These people were no sooner out of gregor to the jail of Stirling, and was the hands of the Macgregors, than allowed men of his own choice. He they made a speedy retreat to Stirling,
not taking time on the road to dry their auxiliary, and though their property clothes, lest a repetition of their treat- was often subjected to spoliation, would ment should take place; and upon seldom consent to that compulsatory their arrival there, they represented the regulation, as being too degrading to usage they had received, with exag- that consequence which they were gerated accounts of the assassinations anxious to maintain. Rob did cerand cruelties of the Macgregors, mag- tainly, as occasion required, exact what nifying their own wonderful escape, he conceived to be his due in this way, and prowess in having killed several of with some severity ; but he often rethe clan, so that the story was reported ceived the tax as a voluntary oblation. to the commander of the castle, who Of this last description was an annual ordered a company of soldiers to march payment made to him by Campbell of into the Highlands to lay hold of Rob Abruchil ; but this proprietor having Roy Macgregor. A party of Macgre- omitted to pay Rob for some years, he gors, who were returning with some at last went to his castle with an armed booty which they had acquired along party, to demand the arrears due to the banks of the Forth, descried the him. Having knocked at the gate, military on their way to Callander, leaving his men at some distance, he and, suspecting their intention, has- desired a conversation with the laird; tened to acquaint Rob Roy of what but he was told that several great men they saw. In a few hours the whole were at dinner with him, and that no country was warned of the approach- stranger could be admitted. ing danger, and guards were placed at tell him," said he, “ that Rob Roy different stations to give notice of the Macgregor is at his door, and must movements of the soldiers. All the see him, if the king should be dining men within several miles were pre- with him.” The porter returned, and pared to repel this invasion, in case it told Rob that his master knew nothing was to lay waste the country, which of such a person, and desired him to had often been done before ; but the depart. Rob immediately applied to military had no other orders than to his mouth a large horn that hung by seize Rob Roy, who considered it more his side, from which there issued a prudent to take refuge in the hills, sound that appalled the castle-guard, than openly to give the military battle, shook the building to its base, and when they meant no other hostility. astonished Abruchil and his guests,
After å fruitless search for many who quickly left the dining-table. In days, the soldiers, unaccustomed to an instant Rob's men were by his side, the fatigue of climbing mountains, and and he ordered them to drive away all scrambling over rocks, and through the cattle they found on the land ; but woods, took shelter at night in an the laird came hastily to the gate, apoempty house, which they furnished logised for the rudeness of the porter with heath for beds; and the Mac- to his good friend Rob Roy Macgregregors, unwilling that they should gor, took him into the castle, paid him leave their country without some last- his demand, and they parted good ing remembrance of them, set fire to friends. the house, which speedily dislodged
(To be continued. the soldiers. In the confusion, many of them were hurt, a number lost their arms, and one man was killed by the accidental discharge of a musket. The nilitary party, thus thrown into con- MR EDITOR, cision, broke down by fatigue, and Unless early associations mislead me imost famished for want of provisions, in my judgment of the merits of the svhich they could not procure, with- following little Poem, I think that you drew from the country of the Mac- will be glad to give it a place in your gregors, happy that they had escaped Magazine. It was written, a good
many years ago, at Winchester College, The tribute of black-mail, already by a Youth, who afterwards distinnoticed, extended, under Rob Roy's guished himself greatly at Oxford, and system, to all classes of people, to in- to me it seems to possess much of that ferior proprietors, and to every de- easy and unambitious vivacity and scription of tenantry; but the more sprightliness which distinguish the powerful chieftains, though they at lighter effusions of the great wits of times considered Rob as an useful Queen Anne's time.
THE PROGRESS OF LEARNING.
But here, alas ! the ruthless train THE PROGRESS OF LEARNING.
Of studies new perplex his brain ;
He now of nothing talks but Statics, THE fatal Morn arrives, and, oh!
Geometry, and Mathematics, To School the blubb'ring Youth must go,
Crosses the Asinorum Pons,
Solves the Parallelipepidons,
Explains the rays of light by prisms, No more as erst, at break of day
by syllogisms, To brush the early dews away,
And night and day his mem'ry crams But in ideal range to fly
Brimful of parallellograms ; Thro' fancied fields of Poetry :
By A's and B's exact defines
The wond'rous miracles of lines ;
Ask you their names ? I might as soon Their soft endearments scarcely o'er,
Reckon the people in the Moon.
Had I an hundred brazen tongues, The chaise drives rattling from the door.
An hundred sturdy carters' lungs, In gay description could I shine,
An hundred mouths to tell them o'er, Or were thy numbers, Homer, mine, Then should my Muse harmonious show
"Twould take a century or more :
Talk of a flow'r of various dyes,
He'll prove you must not trust your eyes ;
For what to us seems black or white,
Is only diff'rent rays of light ;
And tho' some untaught writers tell, But, to be brief, we'll rest content,
That men had once the pow'r to smell, With only saying-off he went.
Our modern scholar plainly shews,
'Tis but a tickling in the nose : So when, from out the Grecian fire Of old, Æneas bore his sire,
By solid proofs he can assure ye,
Non dari vacuum naturæ
As well by demonstration shew,
Quod nihil fit ex nihilo-
That when Earth's convex face you tread, Still bless those happier days, ere Greece
Your feet moves slower than your head ; O’erturn'd the gentle reign of peace,
Solve any knotty point with ease, When Heav'n propitious smild on Priam,
And prove the Moon is not green cheese. -Sed diverticulo in viam
But fast the rolling years glide on,
And life's far better half is gone ;
He soon to other thoughts aspires,
And soon immur'd in pars'nage neat
Enjoys his peaceable retreat.
As necessary to our story,
You'll ask was he a Whig or Tory? Of earlier Greece's happier days,
But in this weighty point indeed When Kings liv'd peaceful in a cottage, Historians are not all agreed ; When children fed on sooty pottage, However, to avoid all pother, Tho' now a-days they'll play their parts
We'll grant he was or one or tother; As well on syllabubs and tarts,
Although perhaps he wisely chose, When ev'ry hero was as tall
That side whence most preferment rose. As Gog and Magog in Guildhall ;
He now directs his eager search And by their prowess he can guess,
Thro' ev'ry æra of the church ; The Romans surely were no less.
With cambric band, and double chin, He's not (if authors rightly tell us),
Exhorts his flock to flee from sin ; One of those harum-scarum fellows,
Bids them all evil ways eschew, Who seek, and know no other pleasure,
And always pay their tythes when due; Than that of eating and of leisure ;
Declares all sublunary joys
Are visions and delusive toys ;
Bids worth neglected rear its head,
And fills the sinner's soul with dread; No recreation but a race ;
Whilst gaping rustics hear with wonder, By him far nobler joys are found In Tully's arguments profound ;
His length of words and voice of thunder! No dainties please him like the sweets Long time his flock beheld him shine, Of Homer's compound epithets.
A zealous and a wise Divine, At length on Isis' banks he views,
Until, as ebbing life retires, . The walls belov'd by ev'ry Muse,
A dean'ry crowns his last desires : Those walls where gen'rous souls pursue
Behold him now devoid of care, The arduous prize to Virtue due,
Snug seated in his elbow chair ! And school-men from the world withdrawn, He cracks his jokes, he eats his fill, Dispute o'er sausages and brawn;
On Sunday preaches, if he will. VOL. II.