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rise i dagghter named Marion, who died
Here deposited Feb 29, 1775, aged 7 years,
are the remains of
the Rev. Alex, Adams, Death is a debt of nature due,
ordained minister of Traquair tich we have paid, and so must you.
on the 24th of April 1760, La bow short ! Eternity how long !
He died on the 10th of January 1789. The baste, O baste ! make no delay,
To his affectionate Parish, Make peace with God, for the great day!
grace, mercy, and peace, Stebo Church-yard.
be multiplied. The following is inscribed upon a De placed in the east end of the och
Proceedings of the CALEDONIAN On James Russell, Esq. de Dreva.
Horticultural Society. Hic jacet Jacobus Russell in Dreva, qui obiit Aug 30. ON Tuesday the 3d Dec. the quarAnno 1692, Etatis 67, relin
terly meeting of this Society was quens ex charissima conjuge held in the hall of the Royal College Helena Scot tres filios ac
of Physicians, George Street; Dr quatuor gnatos. Hoc monumentum posu.
Duncan, sen. one of the Vice-Presierunt filii superstites
dents, in the Chair. in spem resurrectionis
The Society's gold medal was agloriosiæ.
warded to Mr John Hay of EdinTweedsmuir Church-yard.
burgh, for the best design of an exOn Mr John Hunter, a Scottish Martyr- perimental garden ; and their silver sbo was shot at Corehead by Colonel medal was awarded to Mr Archibald Douglas. Anno Dom. 1675.
Gorrie, at Rait, for the second best; When Zion's King was robbed of his right, in terms of an advertisement which His witnesses in Scotland put to fright, had been circulated
proWa Papists, Prelates, and Indulgency, fessional members of the Society. Combin'd 'gainst Christ, to ruin Presbytery,
On announcing to the Society the Al who would not unto the Prelates bow, They sought them out, and whom they decision of the judges who had been found they slew.
appointed for receiving and examinFrowning of Christ's cause I here do lie, ing plans, Dr Duncan read a disMy blood for vengeance, on his enemies
course, in which he pointed out the
important objects which the Society Traquair Church-yard, six miles bad in view from an experimental tist from Peebles.
garden, viz. the improvement of kitOn Mr Thomas Ballantine.
chen vegetables; furnishing to the Here lies Thomas Ballantine, who died country at large, scions of the best the 5th of June anno 1704, his age 30.
kinds of fruit trees, and introducing into Britain such useful forest trees
as are not yet familiar. This man when living was discreet and The Council reported, that they kind,
had lately met, along with the ComLügious, and virtuously inclined, bu now he's dead, alas! there are;
mittee for Prizes, and inspected the All who survive let him deplore.
most beautiful collection of apples Soath slope.
ever submitted to them, and almost
every one of 70 sorts excellent, severvai quoi volui, volui quod fata manebam, al of them being new varieties; among Nae mihi vita brevis, nec mihi longa fuit.
which a new apple called the Wood. On the Rey, Alexander Adams.
stock Pippin, and a Russian apple, Da a stone in the east side of the called the Emperor Alexander, were above churcb-yard. greatly admired; and that they had
on every side, crowds upon the view, side, and in the fore-wall, immediatewill be fully displayed to the eye of ly over the two doors in the south the spectator, and cannot fail to raise side, is relieved by tastefully execuin his mind the most delightful eno-, ted niches, whose canopies and pedestions.
tals, particularly those that are proBishop Sandford's Chapel will be minent in the fore-wall in the north an elegant Gothic building, from a side, are richly carved and embellishdesign of William Burn, Esq. Ar. ed with leaves, &c. in relievo. The chitect. Its general form is that of nicles in the outer-wall in the south a parallelogram, running east and side, are exactly similar to those in west, with a projection in front. The the inner wall in the north side, and length will, i believe, be about 109 equally richly decorated. The corfeet; the breadth 66 feet; the height responding ornaments in the second of the body of the church more than wall, south side, appear to be two 50 feet; the height of the altar wiv- small niches, resembling those contidow will be nearly 30 feet; the spire guous to the larger ones; but not so is, I understand, to be 1.50 feet high. finely executed. The tops of all the It stands upon a basement of rubble buttresses of the inner wall, and of work, which is raised considerably those at the corners of the fore-wall, above the ground, particularly on the are decorated with crockated pinnasouth side; and around which a ter- cles, that end in fioials, which have race is to be built, which will add a fine effect. The intermediate butgreatly to its appearance. Like build- tresses of the lower wall are crowned ings of the same description, it is ex. with ornaments, which have a strikternally divided on both sides, from ing resemblance to cocked-hats. At east to west, into compartments by the west end of the chapel there is a buttresses of equal dimension, betwixt considerable square projection, each which, except the two last, are placed corner of which is adorned ly a beauGothic windows, which are divided tiful buttress, which at present is carby stone mullions, and spread in the ried to an equal height with the inner top into beautiful variations. Imme- wall. The lower part of this projecdiately above these windows, the wall tion is graced with a magnificent terminates with a cornice, and sort of Gothic door, wbich forms the princibattlement, from which springs the pal entrance into the Chapel. This lowest roof, till it meets the second or gate, like that of the Roman Catholic inner wall, which rises from thence Chapel, is beautifully arched, and for a number of feet; and, in like tastefully ornamented with crockets, manner, with the fore or lower wall, which run up the back of the mouldis divided by small square projections, ings, that meet in an acute angle, at or buttresses, between which, except a considerable distance above the top the two last, as before, are placed of the door, and which terminate in a small Gothic windows intersected rich knot of flowers, resembling the with one stone mullion below, and blossoms of the Euphorbium. Over two in the top. The wall then ter- the door is placed another Gothic minates with a cornice, and numerous window, similar in its mullions to the small sharp angular ornaments, or rest. The space betwixt the projecturrets, corresponding to the battle- tion and the corner abutments, on both ments of the lower wall, from which side, is divided by buttresses of equal springs the highest roof. The space dimensions with the lateral ones, but betwixt the two last buttresses on a wbich are continued to the height of level with the windows, both in the tbę inner wall, though diminishing lower and inner walls on the north their compasy, after being adorned at
o equal beight with the side buttres- exterior. I am happy to hear that s with ball pinnacles ornamented there are to be no galleriers; as these a crockets and finals. Betwixt are always hurtful to the appearance ire and the corner abutments is of any Gothic building or cathedral, s.xcre, on each side, a Gothic win- and destroy the general effect of the dor, sualler than the rest, but simi- interior, by obstructing our view of uris disposed in its parts. Over this the fine Gothic windows at the side, projection rises the tower, with a fine and, by dividing the aisles, and theredurable imperial crown spire, which is by preventing us from seeing the whole s le bighly enriched with Gothic or- space at one view. udents. From the small plan of this This Chapel, therefore, though not thapel, which is prefixed to the Edin- large, is distinguished for its proporarge Almanack, the spire appears to tions, lightness, and delicacy of exDe Feryabroptly directly above the up- ecution, and decided Gothic characmerimperial crown. It would certainly ter. The canopies, and pedestals of ned to the appearance of tbe whole, the niches, are richly embellished ed produce a more striking effect, with sculpture, and finely executed. were the spire to rise to a considera. The tracery and ornaments are per
height above the upper crown, baps too minute and trifling, to be radzially tapering to a point.
consistent with the nature and characThe eastern end of the Chapel, ter of a Gothic building, and the abich looks down Princes Street, is mullions in the heads of the windows particularly fine, being embellished may be thought rather heavy. But, with a large Oriel window, nearly 30 taking it upon the whole, Bishop fat bigh, and corresponding in Sandford's Chapel must be allowed by steadth nearly to the space betwixt the all, to be the most chaste and elegant siner walls. It has really a fine building of which Edinburgh can Eect from Princes Street, being form- boast; and to reflect great credit on ed into several lights by mullions, the taste of the architect, as well as and decorated, in the upper part, those by whom the work is executed. with a Catherine wheel, or Marigold
Edinburgh, Fjadow, the cusps of which appear
20th Dec. 1816.
M. T. E. #at advantage at a distance. The circle Oeil de Boeuf perhaps may,
be two large to correspond with the other urifications in the top of the windar. This window is surrounded, on Report of the EDINBURGH Institution each side, by an elegant buttress,
for the Encouragement of Sacred ornamented in two different parts
Music. aühsmall canopied niches and crock1 sted pinnacles on top. Betwixt these, We obtained a copy of this interest
and the corners, are small windows of ing report, at a time when we equa! dimensions, with those directly were almost closing our monthly lapposite them in the front. The wall bours; we could not, however, forbear a both ends of the Chapel terminates from presenting our readers with the is a stone railing. The whole of this following summary of its contents. dately edifice is built of beautiful The report begins with some very mbite polished ashler, resembling judicious remarks on the little attenmarble, particularly during sun.
during sun. tion which has been paid to scientific bine.
music in this country, while on the The appearance of the interior, continent it bas attained the highest mil, I hope, correspond to that of the pitch of grandcur and beauty.
There, even the uneducated peasant- Those splendid performances, in which ry perform in parts; wbile, in our variety, richness, and elegance, were churches, nothing is heard but the so remarkably combined, filled thic simple unison of the air itself; in audience with emotions, which more which simple style, too, a striking de- than probably had never before been ficiency is observable by a correct ear. excited in Scotland by the power
of Yet sacred music was, at an early music. period, the object of great attention In our Number for January 1816 in Scotland. In the reign of James we gave a pretty full view of the es1. the organ was employed, and that tablishment of the “ Edinburgh Inaccomplished prince encouraged and stitution for the Encouragement of excelled in music, more, says Buchan. Sacred Music.” The Report now anan, " than was expedient or seemly nounces the progress and final success for a king." The Reformation gave of the measures employed for
promotthe first check to the cultivation of ing that interesting object. sacred melody. Yet it does not The effect of the notice which had seem to have been the wish of its been issued to singers was extre niely leaders that it should produce this ef- gratifying: On the night appointed fect. In 1579, an act of parliament for receiving applications, the place was passed" for instruction of the youth of meeting was surrounded by a in the art of music and singing,” in crowd of young people, so great, that which it is exhorted, that a school it was with difficulty they got admisshould be set up in every parish.- sion. The mere recording of their This, however, did not produce the names and addresses occupied several desired effect; nor could it prevent successive nights, till 780 names bad the art from sinking into its present been taken down, and intimations state of decays
made, that no further applications On the 19th November 1755, a could be received. Amidst the eagerrepresentation was made the Town ness to be enrolled which then apCouncil of Edinburgh "touching the peared, it was interesting to remark improvement of church music;" and the mortification of some ambitious a grant was made of £.25 Sterling. little spirits expressing itself even by Mr Eornforth Gibson was elected tears, on their being informed that they precentor of the High Church, and were considered as unfit to be taught. appointed to teach one hour gratis Under the assiduous tuition of their every Mond.:y, Tuesday, and Thurs. able master, the pupils of the insti. day, in the New Kirk aisle, the use tution soon obtained a proficiency of which for such a purpose is there- highly gratifying to the Directors, fore by no means an innovation. The It was such, that a rehearsal, with a 4 High Church was thus provided with view to a public performance, took an excellent precentor, but no other place in the General Assembly Aisle, lasting effect seems to have followed. on 5th April 1816; the use of the
It was the musical festival of 1815 Aisle having been previously granted which gave a new turn, in this quar- to the institution by the proper auter, to the general feeling on the sub- thorities. ject of sacred music; and by shew It may be right here to mention, ing the public what effects (of gran- that though the great object of the deur, beauty, and impressive solem institution was to establish a school of nity) may be produced by choral music, and not to give concerts, it harmony, skilfully conducted, has, we was yet resolved, from the beginning, presume, laid the foundation of an that there should be public exhibitions improved taste in this country.- of the progress of the pupils, partly
for the satisfaction of the subscribers, ment, and not the least likely to give ad partly for the sake of extending it permanence. the abscription.
That the objects of the institution The first of these took place on might be known as extensively as the 24th of May, in the Assembly possible, the Directors, who had given Roons, George's Street, by the kind the first performance during the sit. xermission of the Directors, to whose ting of the General Assembly, for the erality the gentlemen connected sake of the Clergy, resolved, that with the institution feel themselves their second and third should take teply indebted.
place during the race week; which, It included the 100dth and 148th on this occasion, assembled in the mepalm tunes, along with St Matthew's tropolis an unusual number of the sad St Mary's; and no less than landholders of Scotland, and other three chorussés: “ The Hallelujah,” strangers. Application was accord- Fix'd in bis everlasting seat, ingly made for leave to perform these und - How excellent is his name.” concerts in the Episcopal Chapel, Cow
On this occasion, a crowded and gate. This was granted in the most respectable audience, including many bandsome manner; and the thanks of the Clergy from various parts of of the institution were unanimously Scotland then in Edinburgh, testified voted to the gentlemen of the vestry. their surprise and delight, in witness The effect of these two performances ing the degree of proficiency to which (the first of which was ably led by Mr a band of 250 vocal performers bad Simpson) was powerfully strengthened been taught in the course of little at the third concert by the admirable more than four months, and which talents of Mr Yaniewicz, who obliare the strongest pledge of their fu- gingly consented to lead the band. tore progress. It had indeed a grand of the instrumental music on this ocdect, and afforded an unusual grati- casion, a full piece, composed for the fication to hear our venerable psalm institution by Mr Graham, was pecudanes sung in parts by so powerful a liarly admired for the beauty and spichoir, accompanied by not fewer than rit of the composition, and the Direcsisty instrumental performers. The tors have to mention an anthem, proinstrumental band included almost all duced also on this occasion from the the professional talent of Edinburgh, pen of Mr Schetky, the father of muand was rendered interesting by the sic in this place, as another of the appearance in it of the principal ama- novelties which the institution produ
It was led in a most spirited ced. 1 manner by Mr Penson.
But of all the public performances, Subsequently to this period, the the most pleasing was the fourth, Directors resolved, for the improve. which took place in the Assembly, Beat of the amateur, that there Rooms, George's-Street, on the 29th should be regular meetings for in- of November. The public interest in strumental practice. These accord- the prosperity of the institution had ingly have since taken place at stated now been so much excited, that the intervals, under the conduct of Mr room was crowded to excess at an Snşson, and are likely to prove eqnal- early hour, with a brilliant company. by beneficial to the institution, and On this occasion, the delightful choagreeable to the parties. Indeed, the rus in the Creation, " The marvellous Directors cannot help regarding the work,” sung with the greatest preciassistance given at their concerts by the sion and beauty, on the preparation of private amateurs, as among the most less than a fortnight, was a subject pleasing features of their establish- equally of admiration and surprise,