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terleable qualifications of both sexes serious, all vivacity and levity ; she is are very equally poised.
invariably. careful never to join in the In most companics we observe a prevailing topic, at which the is ever lady who draws her chair close to one disposed to foeer, as too superficial, or of her own sex, with whom the dif- too profound. If a character of this cafles all those important topics which description be of an age verging on transfer the burden of entertainment thirty, and yet of the filterhood of virfrom the brain, which is fusceptible of gius (which not unfrequently happens) erery exertion, to the tongue, which is the becomes particularly troublesome proof against all fatigue. While she to the nien, whose company
she avowthus breaks the current of conversation, edly affe&ts, declaiming on the inanity the wonders at its want of Muency, of her own fex; a preference, for and by the fignificant glances which which the one feels little gratitude, and the darts around her at every pause, the other little concern.-Such a chaficatly reproves ao inautention in the racter is generally a very extensive and 'men which the seems studious to pro- excursive reader. Her favourite votok:. At length the retires from the lume is a thin folio, which takes up company full of complaints of its indi. much room and contains little matter. pidity, forgetting, that 10 one who One subject is not more difficult to her mixes not in the discourse, fenfe will than another, except as it employs a often feem dall, and wit pointless ; greater number of pages ; and if a senand that they who bring indifference tence be but fairly printed, she seldom into fociety, will depart with disgust. finds any obfcurity. --There is a very
Ano:her character equally fre- literary lady, esteemed a great ornaquent is one who, after the cuttomary ment to our family, who often lays forms of salutation, addreils herself to down Reid and Horsley, and runs obone, and if any man address her, in. ver the Loiterer without the least reelines to him with frigid composure of mission of the wisdom which, on these fea:ure and averted eye. Not content occafions, she summons into her counto withhold by hir filence the contri. tenance. Under the pressure of moft butions due from herself to the general of the mortifications of life, I preserve fund of amusement, by her prying a tolerable balance of temper; but I Jooks and intent posture she becomes a confess this circumstance fometimes restraint upon others. Not a compli- fways me entirely from my wopred ment passes on one side, of an acknow- equability. tedgınent on the other, but that at her But to return to my subject.-A teiurn home she details it to a maiden thousand other improprieties might be aunt or a younger fifter, with a viva. pointed out, which ought to be aroidcity and volubility, an bundredth part ed by all who wish to excel in converfaof which, seasonably exerted, would tion. One man cuts you short in the make her one of the mult agreeable middle of your speech by contradiction; companions in the world.
another, which is still more vexaticus, But above all in folly' is the whom by assent. One discountenances your the weak of both fexe; term a sensible brightest sallies with provoking gravity; Uman. To compl.ment her is an im- another has always a laugh ready to appeachment of her understanding; to prove your graveft remarks. Most of argue with her, an insult to her charms. These errors may be considered as the If a man contrad et her, she openly af- effect of affectatioq: and perhaps one fronts him; if he allents, she fecretly general maxim may be fufficient to defpifes him. is faftidious to direct us in conversation. We may fhow her judgment, and sarcastic to study to conceal our defects let us exercise her wit. If ihe company be leave our excelencies to display themgay, he is all gravity and referre; if felves.'
HE Chapel or College of Rolling the pedestals are still extant, curiously
in the shire of Mid-Lothian, about four gures in basso-relievo. miles fouth ward from Edinburgh, is fi There are five large arched win. tuated on a rising ground, called the dows below in the outer wall, with a College-Hill, charmingly beautified piilar or columa rising in the middle with wood, water, and rocks, the Elk of each, and waving to the top of the gliding along the west and south foot arch in various hapes, some circular, of the hill.
others semicircular, &c. fo that nat The church-yard is surrounded with one waving on the top of a pillar is a good wall of Itone and lime ; on the like another. All these windows arenorth side of wi.ich you enter by.a pretiily carved even on the outside, door, whose pilafters and architrave particularly on the arches, with fola are adorned with sculpture of Power- age, &c. having niches on the jambs, work: on the middle of the architrave in which probably there have been is placed a stone cut into an equilate. ftatues of old, the pedestals of which ral triangle, on which are carvings re are Itill remaining sembling net-work; no doubt there There are five lesser arched wio. have been other ornamental stones dows above, reaching almost to the placed on each side of this triangle, top of the inner wall, which appear to and perhaps on the top of it, which is have had no pillar in the middle of a litile, fat, as there are some such each. The roof berween the outer ftones, resembling pieces of lesser pil. and inner wall, formerly leaded, now lars or spires, lying at the foot of this . Nated, with a flop to make the rain entry into the church-yard.
run the better off; covers the greatest The Chapel, of old called The part of these higher windows, and Chapel amidst the Woods, is all of free. spoils, the fymmetry of the fabric. Itone, and one of the most curious On the east end, or altar, there are pieces of old Gothic workmanship in five lower fpires, with niches for staEurope, having on the north lide tues, all adequate to those of the same twelve turrets, or spires, seven lower model on the north fide, with four arising on the face of the outer wall, large windows, a pillar raised in the and five higher arising from the top of middle of each, as in the windows befaid wall, and placed exactly beliqd low in the north fide, but differing an equal number of the lower: the o- from these in the various wavings on ther two of which are placed oigh, and the tops of the arches, as well as from ar the east end of the wall, making each other. The pedestals on which up the north part of the outside of the the statues have been placed, are all altar. The lower and higher spires are curiously wrought, off in fculpture of united by two short segments of an antique and grotefque figures in balfoarch ; a longer segment palling from relievo, varying from one another, and cach higher ipire to the top of the in. from thole on the north side. ner wall : upon each of these spires, The south side is exactly the same both lower and higher, there are se. with the north, as to the number ani veral niches for statues; but there are proportion of fires and windows, in no ftatues in them now. However the many ornaments of which till the
* A Gaclic word, fignifying a kill in a glen.
Same wild agreeable variety is most no doubt, there has been an altar, tho* carefully observed.
there be no vestige of one now: There are spouts at proper distances When looking towards this window, for letting the rain down from the on your right hand, is e. on the south roofs, cut into various shapes, as the fide of the window, there is an ef. budy of a lion the head of an old cutcheon couped CAITHNESS and Rusman, &c.
LIN: the second part couped of three. On the west gable is a very plain or. In the first part three ftars or mullets : dinary bell-boufe, with places for two in the second three flowers de-luce : bells, and an iron crofs ftill entire at in the third a hairt..io a direct line the top of it. There have been iwo with the said escutcheon, on the north other iron crosses, one on each corner fide of the window, is a ragged cross of this gable, of which the erect parts very diftinct. It has had a lofty arch. are only now remaining: the trans- ed door, now shut up with tone and verse pieces being quite worn away by lime, on the south wall, by which one the injuries of the weather.
could enter into the veftry, without The high roof is arched, and well going into the large chapel above Covered with flag-stones. The entry ground. It has two square niches in into this grand and sacred structure is each fide wall, wherein, I suppofe, the by two doors, one on the fouth, the sacred veffels have been kept; but, the other on the north fide; and no particularly, in the north wall there is person can eriter into it, without being a large arched opening, like a press, Itruck with' reverential awe at its au, in which the iron hinges, or hooks of guit appearance.
a door, are till to be difcerned: in The height of the Chapel within, this I fappofe the clerical velements from the floor to the top of the high have been laid up. There has been arched roof, is 40 feet, 8 inches another like arched opening in the Breadth 34 feet, 8 inches...Length fouth wall, which is now filled up with 68. fcet.
stone and lime. In the south-east corAt the south-east corner you go Aer there is a font, with a liule square down four steps to a Aat, having on nich clofe by the east side of it ---The each hand a plain square nich in the arched roof of the sacristy is pretty wall; from which fat you descend plain, having only fix ragged lines cut twenty steps more, into a fubterrane- a-cross from Ide to fide in basso-relie. ous chapel, which has been likewise vo, and one on the top, from end to the facristy and veftry, whose height end, in the fame way, and crolling the cannot be so exaatly ascer:ained, as former ones at right angles. the floor is not laid with Hageftones, On the top of the entry, which is but is very uneven with rubbish and an arch, down to the facrifty, is the fones: bowever, with the utmost ex- high altar, 2 feer 7 inches, by two adness that can be observed, it is in steps up from the fourh end of the height 15 feet, 2 inches.--Breadth 14 large astar, with a beautiful font above feet.-Length 36 feet.
it in the south wall. Part rf the door This facristy is only subterraneous of the high alter is demolifhed. On at the entry, or weft end of the east the high al ar, upon the east 'wall, is gable, being all above ground, occa- built for ethirg like a seat, about two boned by the sudden declivity of the feet high, whi h, perhaps, 'may have rising ground. There is only one win- been a prothesis or fide-altar table. dow in it, which is in the east wall, The low or large altar is only one and is arched and large, but without step up, though perhaps more of old, any pillar in the middle of it. Here, from the door of the chapel, of fix H VOL. XIV. No. 79
inches and an half. It is in breadıb, nich on each side of its capital, in Il feet, 3 inches.-Length, 26 feet, which a statue has been placed --Aç 10 inches and an half.
the back of tlie altar, on the east wall, The rouf of the altar, composed of are three risings like seats, each of four double arches, not being so high them about two feet high, which peras that of the chapel by one half, the haps may have been so many protheheight of it, from the floor to the tops fes, or lide-altar tables; and why of he double arches within, is fifteen knows but that the large altar may feer.
have been divided into three equal There are s-ven pillars, or columns, parts, as so many different altars on the north fide from endio end, in- There are three little arched niches ig cluding the pillar on the welt wall
, the cast wall
, os back of the altar, apwhich is cut in basso-relievo; and as parenıly for facred yeffels to stand in ; mady on the south side. There are the bottom of each of them being allikewise iwo pilars exactly in the most in a line with the t ps of the 4middle of the chapel, proceeding from bove rilings, like seats. the step up to the altar westward. All the ornaments are in basso-re
The height of each pillar, including lievo, or cut out of the folid stone, üş base and capital, is the exact fourth of not one of the statues in oiches, either the whole height of the chapel, from within or without, is now to be seen. the floor to the top of the high arched
Each architrave is united to the oproof.
polite architrave by a broad arch, evc. Each range of pillars, from the op- ry one of which arches is carved in posite wall to the centre of the colon- like manner as the roof of the facristy; nade, or range, is distant-eight feet two and there arches, from archivare to inches; from the centre of each of the architrave, form the roof between the two pillars in the middle, proceeding ouler and the inner wall, both on the from the face of the altar weltward, north and south sides. to the centre of the pillars on each All the capitals of the pillars are hand, north and south, nine feet two preitily cut out into flower-work, foinches; diameter of the fuft or shaft liage, or chaplets. of cach pillar, at the middle point be The principal pillar, placed at the tween base and capital, is two feet adjoining corner of the low and high four inches; therefore the circumfe- altar, just as you go down to the fa. rence must be feven feet.
cristy, on your left hand, is common. The three pillars on the face of the ly called the Apprentice's Pillar, but altar have, opposite to them on the east by Slezer, in his Theatrum Scotia, wall, or back of the altar, three imalier fol. p. 63, London 1693, the pillars cut out in baffo relievo; and Prince's Pillar, I suppose from the cach range of pillars from east to weft princely founder, has, on the oppolite wall, an equal
At 'the north-west corner, is the number of smaller pillars, cut out in tomb of George Earl of Caithne's, the same way, each large piller being which (though somewhat defaced by united to its smaller opposite by an ar- the mob in 1688) bath this infciipchitrave; excepting the three columns tion, in capitals, ftill very legible: on the fore part of the altar, which HIC JACET NOBILIS AC' POTENS DOare united to their smaller opposites MENYS' GEORGIE QUONDAM COMES by an arch, as all the large ones are CATHANENSIS DOMENVS' SINCLAR JVSfrom east to west, except some few ŢICIARIVS
DIOCESIS which shall be remarked as we go a CATHAN ENSIS QUI OBIIT FDIN AURGI' 9. long. Every one of the three smaller DIE MENSIS“ SEPTEMBRIS' ANXO DOMINI pillars on the back of the altar has a 1582;
Above this infcription is his coat westward. These marks are about of arms, sur mounted with an Earl's g1 feet distant from each other, and coronet, with a spread eagle on the a small part of the norih wall, about top of the coronet; field, two lions 3 feet from the west gable, is actually rampant, and two thips ; supporters, built. two griffins ; moito, in capitals, com
On the outside of his gable you MIT: THY VERK TO GOD. On the top fee three large doors, all filled up with of the tomb there is a pine apple. stone and lime, whose lintels and some
In the weit gable there has been a of the jams are cut out into foliage very large arched window, now en and flower-work, and others of the tirely filled up with stone and lime.- jams are figured into pillars, with Opposite to this window, straight up Howered capitals; the south pilaster of from the second pillar down from the the south d jor, and tbe norih pilaster face of the altar, is another large of the north door, running up, each arched window, out of which one from its Howered capital, into small could look over the roof of the altar. genteel pillars, equally high in their This window is likewise filled up with capitals with the tops of the inner-lide ftone and lime, excepi a small part wall of the chapel. at top. On each pilaiter of this last There are several fonts curiously window there are two niches for las ornamented, on the outside of the tues, almost as big as the lite. welt wall; particularly ino, one on
Straight up from the capital of each the north, the other on the south of large pillar, in the middle area of the the three doors ; each of which is inchapel, half way up to the top of the closed within two very pretty little bigh roof, is a niche for a staiúe. fowered pillars or fpires, ending in top
Rauad the whole chapel within, is with pieces of sculpture resembling a belt or line of a väit variety of small flowered vases. wreathing work in basso relievo, pro. William St CLARE, Prince of Ork. ceeding in an horizontal and perpen- dey, Duke of Holdenbourg, Earl of dicular way, the better to humour ihe Caithuess, &c. Baron of Roflin, &c. foles of the windows, but it is arch- the seventh of the name from the days ed over the tops of two doors. of Malcolm Kenmore ; and defcended
The inside of the high arched roof of noble parents in France, founded is all cut out into squares of various this curious chapel or college, for a figures in flower-work, particularly provoft, fix prebendaries, and iwo fingroses, foliagt, &c.
ing hoys, in 1446, and dedicated it to The weit gable is extended farther St Mitthew the Apostle and Evangelist. than the side walls of the chapel 26 The facrilty or veftry was founded feet fouth, and as many north; and by his first Lady, Dame lizabeth on the east side of each extension Douglass, formerly Counters of Bun there are two pillars equi-distant from chan, and daughter of Archibald, the one another, and from each corner, second of that name. which have been intended to run up
Prince William endowed the cham into turrets or fpires; from all which, pel with the church lands of Pentland, it plainly appears that a much larger fur acres of meadow near that town, building has been celigned to the west, with the kips, and eight lowms grass of which the present chapel would in the town of Pentland.--A succeshave only been the choir. And indeed for of his, alfo William of Rollin, enthe marks of the weit gable are very dowed it by his charter of February plein, from whence the lide walls 5th 1523, with some portions of land were to have been advanced, whose bear the chapel, for dwelling-houses, foundations have been discovered in gardeos, &c. to the provost and preplowing up the ground, a good way bendaries. And yet, such is the lta.