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April 1.--Mr J. Sheet of Staffordshire, who ness of the Spring, neither hastens nor redied very lately, was said to be the only re- tards the harvest : maining soldier of those employed under Seed-time commenced on Harvest commenced for General Wolfe at the siege of Quebec. But
the north banks of the each of these years on
Clyde at Carnwath, at the same farm as fol there is at present living in the burgh of
the following dates, for lows: Linlithgow, one of those heroes who was an 21 years : eye witness sto that General's receiving his 1796, March 1st, September 12th. mortal wound. The health, strength, and 1797, February 27th, September 16th. activity of this veteran is such, that he still 1798, March 29th, August 16th. joins in public and social amusements. At 1799, March 13th, September 26th. a recent meeting of a Masonic body he was 1800, March 21st, September 1st. present, accompanied by a son and grandson 1801, March 9th,
August 24th, of his own, upon which occasion he sung 1802, March 17th, September 16th. the “ Death of Wolfe” with much feeling 1803, March 220, August 31st. and energy. His name is William Wilson. 1804, March 12th, September 11th. Although employed in the field of Quebec, 1805, March 19th, September 5th. he properly belonged to some of the ships 1806, March 24th, September 6th. of war, and, owing to that circumstance, it 1807, March 26th, September 7th. seems he never had any pension from Go. 1808, March 7th, August 22d. vernment.
1809, March 9th, September 13th. On Tuesday, the 17th March, William 1810, March 27th, September 12th. Napier Milliken, Esq. of Milliken, was 1811, March 18th, September 10th. served heir male general of Archibald, third 1812, April 3d. September 25th. Lord Napier of Merchieston, Bart. of Nova 1813, March 18th, September 4th. Scotia, great grandson of the inventor of 1814, March 28th, September 6th. logarithms.
1815, March 21st, September 12th. On Tuesday, in consequence of presenta- 1816, March 26th, September 14th. tions by the Crown, the Senate of the Un. 1817, March 18th, September 22d. iversity of Glasgow admitted Dr Thomas 3-On Friday se'nnight, about 12 o'clock Thomson, Professor of Chemistry, and Dr at night, John Brodie, a young man from Robert Graham, Professor of Botany. Dunkeld, accompanied by a woman of the
Daring Robbery. Friday night, about name of Margaret Robertson, from the panine o'clock, Peter Muir, Whitburn carrier, rish of Auchtergavin, came to the house of was attacked by three fellows about a mile Allan Jamieson, St John's Street, Perth, for beyond Toll-cross, near Glasgow, and rob- the purpose of being married, and remained bed of about £200. Two of them seized there for the night, Jamieson having told him and threw him on the ground, where them that he would get a clergyman to they held him, while the third mounted his marry them next day for 30s.
A clergycart, and took from a basket a great coat, man was accordingly procured, in the per. in which the money was deposited. The son of John M.Diarmid, a corporal on the villains did not take his watch.
Staff of the Perthshire Militia, who, being As Mr Walter Armstrong, jun. a respect- dressed in black clothes, went through the able merchant in New Castletown, Rox. ceremony in due form, from the Common burghshire, was returning from Bellingham Prayer Book, and received 5s. for his ser. fair, on the evening of the 18th ult. he un- vices from the bride. After the ceremony, fortunately lost his life near Falstone, in at the party regaled themselves plentifully at tempting to ford the river Tyne, which was the bride's expense; and having spent all much swollen by the melting of snow near its the money she had brought with her, a
Strict search has been made for the mounting to 30s. they stripped her of her body, but hitherto without success. Mr pelisse, to pay for 16s. worth of more spirits, Armstrong has left a widow and two child, and then kicked and turned her out of doors. ren to lament his untimely end. The me. By the vigilance of the sitting Magistrates, lancholy event has also occasioned universal Jamieson and M.Diarmid were committed regret among an extensive circle of friends. to jail on Monday, and Brodie on Tuesday,
April 2.- The Climate. As the seed-time to answer for this disgraceful outrage. this year has been much later than ordinary, 6.-Clydesdale Road. At a respectable it may be satisfactory to know, from the fol. meeting which took place at Hamilton on the lowing statement, that the earlinesss or late. 4th instant, for the purpose of promoting
this important undertaking, the subscrip- Maclauchlan, who seems to be the leader of tion was raised to upwards of £10,000 ; and this set of young thieves, is perfectly callous such measures have been adopted as must and regardless. Their practice was to go ere long ensure the command of funds ade- about the environs of the city to see where quate to the completion of a road, which clothes were left in areas and greens, and bids fair to be one of the most useful and then come back in the evenings and carry beautiful in the united empire, while it them off. The things stolen were generally promises ulterior communications and im- carried to the house of one Johnston, in the provements of great national importance. Calton, where they were left, but neither Operations will, we are informed, forthwith sold nor pawned, a trifling sum being given commence, and contracts be advertised for for each article, and sometimes a little bread making and repairing the most needful parts and cheese. Johnston and his wife are in of the projected line.
custody for this offence. 7.-On Tuesday, Mary Hutcheson, aged The first anniversary of the Edinburgh 24 years, a native of Tyron, charged with Society of Highlanders, was celebrated on fraud, was committed to Glasgow Jail. The Thursday last, in the British Hotel, Prince's folly on the one hand, and the duplicity on Street. The meeting was numerous and rethe other, which are developed in this case, spectable. The members and visitants apare sufficiently singular. The prisoner ac- peared in the full Highland dress of their knowledges that about four years ago she respective clans. The evening passed away began to tell fortunes by reading cups. She in the utmost harmony. The laudable purwas in the habit of giving information to poses that drew the members together as a people who had lost property by theft or society, glowed in every bosom, and broke otherways. Her art only enabled her to forth in every sentiment ;-these purposes give a description of the persons of the thieves, are to keep alive the language, dress, and not being able to tell their names.
customs of their ancestors, their funds being vant girl, it seems, began about a year ago principally devoted to benevolent objects. to call on this woman for the purpose of Many loyal and patriotic toasts were given, getting her destinies unfolded. In read and songs sung, in the Gaelic language, aping the cups she told the simpleton that she propriate to the occasion ; and the company was to receive some money, concealed in a broke up at a late hour, singularly gratified corner of her master's room ; and in order with such an opportunity of recalling feelings to show her where to look for it, she went connected with “ Tir na'm beaun, na'w to the house along with the girl, and laid gleaun, agus, na'n gaisga ch.” down some money in the place where the On Tuesday forenoon, a meeting of the promised sum was to be got. So complete members of the Trades House, Glasgow, was the ascendency which she had over this in consequence of a requisition to the Con. young woman, that in the course of three vener, took the question of Burgh Reform weeks she got from her sums to the amount into consideration. After considerable dis. of £27, assuring her that when the money cussion, it was agreed to postpone the farpromised was found it would be increased ther consideration of the question till the twenty fold. For the purpose of so increas- Lord Advocate should bring forward his ing, it was pretended to be deposited, the bill relating to this subject in Parliament. ceremony of doing which was not a little At this meeting the Convener exhibited an imposing. It was laid down in presence of abstract which he had taken from the Chamthe girl ; and Mary, after telling her to re- berlain's books of the city's funds, which tire, read several passages of scripture, and appeared to be in a very flourishing and prayed. She has also defrauded a man,
prosperous condition. who employed her fortune-telling powers,
Commission of the General Assembly of of several pounds. To a blind person she the Church of Scotland.- Thursday the promised to give sight, received a consider. Commission of the General Assembly, conable sum as the reward of her promise ; and voked by a circular letter from several memto a person affected with deafness she was bers, met here in the Assembly Aisle. Af. to restore hearing. These are understood ter the meeting had been opened in the usual to be only a few of her tricks. She main- form, by the Rev. Dr Gibb, moderator, and tains that the servant's money will be re- the authority by which it was called had turned when the time of its rising comes. been read, Dr David Ritchie shortly stated
8.-On Tuesday, the Sheriff-substitute sit- the urgent necessity of having the proposed ting in the Police-office, sentenced James legislative measure of the increase of churchMaclauchlan, Adam Macdonald, Alexander es extended to Scotland. Macmillan, John Mackenzie, and Grace Dr Nicol then read a printed report of Macmillan, to be confined in Bridewell the speech of the Chancellor of the Exchesixty days each, for various acts of theft. quer on the subject, and from this inferred, This is another gang of the juvenile depre- that it was only necessary to draw up a dators with which this town and neighbour strong case of the very destitute state of hood has been so much infested. The old. many parts of Scotland of religious instrucest does not exceed thirteen, and the girl is tion, to obtain the concurrence of Governnot ten years of age, but all of them have ment for the requisite extension of the bill been repeatedly in Bridewell for theft. to this part of the island.
Dr Irvine of Little Dunkeld, in a short should be appointed to draw up a memoribut most interesting speech, stated, that it al, to be submitted to the consideration of was consistent with his personal knowledge, the commission, of which committee Dr that there were parishes in the Highlands Inglis was to be a member, and his sketch of 60 miles long by 40 broad, with only one to be adopted as the basis of the memorial place of worship, and that he had met with to government. persons of 60 and 70 years of age, who had 9.-On Saturday last, as a merchant in only once, in the course of their lives, Sanquhar was coming to Dumfries on busiheard a sermon. That the ignorance of the ness, he was attacked by three stout looking people in many places was consequently ex- Irishmen, who knocked him down, and treme. They were, therefore, the ready dragged him a considerable way into a wood dupes of the Missionaries of any supersti. near Closeburn, where, after striking and tious or fanatical creed with which they hap- kicking him in a barbarous manner, they pened to come in contact. That there had searched his pockets in the expectation of very recently arisen in the Highlands of finding a sum of money which he was going Perthshire a new sect, denominated Free. to pay away in Dumfries; but were disapmen, who professed open hostilities to all pointed, as he had it concealed in a private existing denominations of Christians. In pocket next to his shirt. It is thought the other parts the Catholics were gaining ground villains were alarmed by the noise of some in a most alarming degree; and though the people who were working in the wood, for Missionaries sent out by the Church of Scot- they ran off abruptly, after giving the mer. land were very useful, yet their influence chant a few more kicks, which rendered him was necessarily of a far inferior description insensible for a considerable length of time, to that of established clergymen; and the and it was with much difficulty that he could want of accommodation was such, that he find his way out of the wood. himself, when employed in that service, A man, charged with murder, has been had usually preached under a tree, or a rock, committed to Dumbarton jail. The followin a cave, or a barn.
ing are said to be the particulars of the case : James Grant, Esq. writer to the signet, That on Friday, the deceased, called Bormentioned some striking instances of the rowman, having approached the spot in the success of the Catholic Missionaries for the muir of Dumbarton where some men were want of established churches.-Among o- engaged in smuggling, they at first gave thers, he instanced one particular district, of him whisky, which he drank in large quan. very considerable extent and population, tities. They then stripped him naked, and, where, at the close of the 17th century, having rubbed his body with whisky, they there was not a single Catholic; but being set him on fire, and tortured him in the destitute of the ministry of a regular pro- manner of the American Indians. He surtestant clergyman, a catholic priest from vived only 24 hours. Two men, who are Ireland had landed in it, and in the course not yet apprehended, are said to be impliof half a century, the whole population, cated. The deceased has left a wife and six with scarcely an exception, were re-con- children. It is reported that he became obverted back to the Catholic superstition. noxious to the smugglers, as they suspected
Dr Nicoll then moved, that the house him of being a spy. should appoint a committee to draw up a 11.-In the neighbourhood of Perth, and strong case to be transmitted to Govern- in Strathearn, the oat-seed is just comment, and to take into consideration what mencing. In the higher districts, the ground would be the best means for supplying the has been covered with snow for the greater deficiency of churches.
part of the month, and spring ploughing is Dr Anderson stated, upon the authority far in arrears. It may be stated as someof a correspondent in the Highlands, that thing new in the annals of meteorology, the most imminent evil was the spread of the that ground could not be ploughed, for Catholic religion ; and, therefore he was of snow, so late as the 28th of March, within opinion, that the mere erection of churches a mile of the Carse of Gowrie. An unbroken is not sufficient, but that new parishes should sheet of snow covered the Grampian Hills be formed, and proper provision made for throughout the greater part of the month, the officiating clergy.
destructive to the hopes of the Highland Dr Inglis read a memorial, pointing out, shepherd, whose flocks must be perishing in a very forcible manner, the extreme im- for want of food at the approach of the portance of increasing the number of church- lambing season. es in Scotland, particularly in the Highlands 13.-Scotch Burghs. In the House of and manufacturing districts. He mentioned, Commons, on Friday, the Lord Advocate as extraordinary instances of the dispropor- rose for the purpose of moving for leave to tion between the population and the esta- bring in a Bill to regulate the funds of the blished religious accommodation, the pa- Royal Scotch Burghs. Hitherto the magirish of St Cuthbert's at Edinburgh, and strates of those burghs had given in their that of the Barony at Glasgow, each of them accounts to the Court of Exchequer in Scotcontaining fully forty thousand inhabitants, land, without any check on their proceedwith only one established church.
ings; he should therefore propose, that these It was at last agreed, that a committee accounts should be produced to the bur