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was ever known to his predecessors. ed with great calamities. I shall This was a forced levy, so called recite two, which strongly paint the from its being commonly paid in manners of the times, and one of meal, which was raised far and wide them also the manners of that aban. on the estate of every nobleman and doned statesman the regent earl of gentleman, in order that their cat. Morton. I shall deliver the tales tle might be secured from the lese in the simple manner they are told fer thieves, over whom he secretly by the historian of the house. presided, and protected. He raised ". This man, Alexander Innes, an income of five hundred a year « 20th heir of the house (tho' very by these taxes, and behaved with '“ gallant) had something of parti. genuine honour, in restoring, on “cularyty in his temper, was proud proper confideration, the stolen " and positive in his deportment, cattle of his friends.. In this he “and had his lawsuits with several bore some resemblance to our Jona- " of his friends, amongst the rest than ; but differed, in oblerving a “ with Innes of Pethnock, which ftri&t fidelity towards his own gang; “ had brought them both to Edinyet he was indefatigable in bring- “burgh in the yeir 1576, as I take ing to justice any rogues that inter. «it, on the laird having met fered with his own. He was a man "his kinsman at the crois, fell of a polished behaviour, fine ad “in words with him for dareing dress, and fine person. He confi. rs to give him a citation ; in choller, dered himself in a very high light, " he either itabed the gentleman as a benefactor to the public, and “ with a degger or postoled him preserver of general tranquillity, “ (for it was variously reported). for on the silver plates, the orna. “ when he had done, his itomach ments of his Baldrick, he thus ad. “ would not let him fly but he dresses his broad-sword,

“ walked up and doun on the spott Hæ tibi erunt artes, pacis compo

" as if he had done nothing that nere mores;

« could be quareled, his friends lyfe Parcere subjects & debellare su

“ being a thing that he could disperbos.

“pose of without being bound to “ account for it to any oyne. and yn itayed till the earle of Mor.

"v tune who was regent se:it a guard, The following Calamities of the Fa.

" and carried him away to the mily of Innes (from the fame Au

"i castell, but qn he found truly the thor's Tour in Scotland) though

“ danger of his circumstance and not immediately connected with the

“ ye his proud rash action be. foregoing Account, presents a horri

“ hooved to coit him his lyfe, he ble Picture of the barbarous Man

" was then free to redeem that ners of the Country and Age in

" at any rate, and made ane agreewhich they took place

" ment for a remiffione with the UR author fays, that be- « regent at the pryce of the barro. U tween Fochabers and Elgin !' ny of Kiimalemnock which this on the right lies Innes, once the “day extends to 24 thousand marks feat of the very ancient family of “ marks yeirly the evening after the that name, whose annals are mark. "agreement was made and writte

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" being merry with his friends at the college, and his father could • a collatione and talking anent not leave the place until he saw * the deirneis of the ransome the q' became of him. He had tranfo

regent had made him pay for ported him out of the old toune, «« his lyfe, he waunted that hades and hade brought him to his own " his foot once loofs he would lodgeing in the new toun; he hade "s faine see qe the earl of Mor- alfo fent leveral of his servants home v tune durst come and possess his from tyme to tyme to let his lady -« lands : qch being told to the re. know the reasone of his stay, by “gent that night, he resolved to means of these servants it came

play fuir game with him, and to be known perfe&ly at Kinnardy se therefore though q* he spoke was in qe circumstance Alexander was " in drink, the very next day he at Aberdeen, q' he was lodged, and

put the sentence of death in ex. how he was attended, which invit« ccutione agt him by causing his ed Innermarky to take the occa" head to be struck of in the castle fione. Wherefore getting a confie “ and y" pofseft his estate."

derable number of alliftants with

him, he hade laird John ryde to the Murder of a Laird of Innes, Aberdeen : they enter the toun up

as relat:d in the old Account. on the night, and about middnight TOHN Lord Innes, having no came to Alexander's lodgeing.

children, settles his estate upon The outer gate of the closs they his next heir and cousin Alexander found oppen, but all the rest of the Innes of Cromy, and seems to suf-doors fhutt ; they were afraid to fer him to enjoy his title and pof- break open doors by violence, leaft fessions in his life time. Robert the noise might alarm the neighInnes of Innermarky, another ca bourheed, but choised rather to ryse det of the family, is disgufted to such a cry in the clofs as might fee Innes of Cromy endowed with obleidge those who were within to so much power and preferred to oppen the door and see q' it might him. He alarms Lord John, and be. The feuds at that time be. makes him repent fo far of what twixt the familys of Gordone and he had done, that he joins in con Forbes wer not extinguished, there. fpiracy with Innermarky to assaffic for they ryfed a cry, as if it had nate his cousin Alexander. The been upon some out fall among author fays, “ John being brought these people, crying help a Gordoni, over to his minde (viz. Innes's of a Gordon, which is the gathering Innermarky) there wanted nothing word of the friends of ye family. but a conveniency for putting y Alexander, being deeply intepurpose to execution, which did of. rested in the Gordon, at the noise fer itself in ye month of Apryle of the cry started from his bedd, 1580, at qah tyme Alex' being took his sword in his hand, and called upon

fome business to Aber- opened a back door that led to y® deen was obliged to stay longer court below, stepped down three or there than he intended, by reasonne four steps, and cryed to know q' was that his only fone Robert a youth of the matter. Innermarky who by 16 years of age hade fallen fick at his word knew him, and by his


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whyt shirt discerned him perfectly, vant whom he hade purchased to that cocks his gun and hoorts him purpose, ordering her to send him through the body in ane instant. such a particular boxqch contained As many as could get about him the bond of Taillie, and all ye had fell upon him and butchered him followed thereupon betwixt him barbarously. Innermarky perceave. and laird John, whom the servant ing in the mean tyme y laird John said he hade left w' his m' at Aberstood by, as either relenting or ter deen: and y for dispatch he had rified, held the bloody dagger to

fent his best hors with him, and his throatt that he had newly taken hade not taken leisure to writ, but out of the murthured body, swear fent the ring. Though it troubled ing dreadfully ye he would serve the woman much to receave such a him the same way if he did not as blind masage, yet her husband's he did, and for compelled him to ring, his own servant and his horss, draw his dagger and stab it up to prevailed so with her, together with the hilts, in the body of his nearest the man's importunity to be gone, reletione, and the bravest that boare that shee delivered to him qt he

After his example all fought, and let him go. who wer ther behooved to doe the There happened to be then 'about lyke, that all might be alyke guil- the houfs a youth related to the faty; yea in prosecutione of this, it mily, who was curious to go to has been told me that Mr. John the lenth of Aberdeen, and see the Innes, afterwards Coxtoune, being young laird who hade been fick, a youth then at schooll, was rysed and to whom he was much adicted. out of his bedd and compelled by This youth had gone to the stable Innermarky to stab a daggar unto to interceed with the servant that the dead body, that the more he might carrie him behind him, might be under the same condem and in his discourse hade found the natione ; a very crafty cruelty. man under great restraint and con

The next thing looked after was fusion of minde, sometyme sayethe destructione of the fick youth ing he' was to go no further than Robert, who had lyein ye night Kinnnardy (which indeed was the in a bedd by his father, but upon truth) and at oytymes that he be. the noyfe of q' was done, hade hooved to be immediately at Abera scrambled from it, and by the help deen. of one John of Culdreasons, or ra This brought him to be jealous, ther of some of the people of the though he knew not g', but further houss, hade got out at an ane unfre- knowledge he behooved to have, quented bak door into the garden, and therefore he itept out a little beand from y? into à neighbour's yond the entry, watcheing the serhouss q? he hade haltered; the vant’s comeing, and in the by go. Lord in his providence preserve- ing suddenly leapt on behind him, ing him for the executing vengence and would needs either go alonges upon these murthurers for the blood with him, or have a satisfieing rea. of his father.

fone why he refused him. Then Innermarky took the dead The conteft became such be. man's signet ring, and sent it to his twixt them, that the servant drei wife, as from her husband, by a fer- his dirk to ridd him of the youth's


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trouble, qch the other wrung out of John a new difpofitione of the efhis hands, and down right killed tate of Innes. him wth it, and brought back the By what is said Innermarky may box wth the writs and horfs to the appear to have been a man full of house of Innes (or Cromie, I know unrighteousness, craft and cruelty ; not ach.)

yet some say for alleviatione of his As the lady is in a confusione for fact, that he having his chief's faqt had fallen out, ther comes ane vour hade got the first disposition other of the servants from Aber- of his estate failieing airs of himdeen, who gave ane account of the self, but that Cromy had taken a slaughter, so that shee behooved to posterior right and hade supplanted conclude a speciall hand of provi- Innermarky, for och he in revenge dence to have been in the first pa. had killed him, &c. But falfeness fage. Her next courss was to se- of the allegance (mean as it is) is cure her husband's writts the best plaine past contradictione, from the the could, and flee to her friends above narraitted writ, .qch was 'for shalter, by whos means she was given to Innermarky but 40 days brought we all speed to the king, after the slaughter of Cromy. before. whom shee made her com For two full yeirs Innermarky plaint. And q' is heir ser doun is and John had poffeft the estate of holden by all men to be true mat. Innes, strengthening themselfs with ter of fact.

all the friend hip they could acThe early of Huntly immediatly quyre; but being in end declaired upon the report of the slaughter out lawes, in the 3d yeir Robert concerned himself because of his re laird of Innes, the son of Alex'. latione to the dead, and looked out came north with a commission a. for his son, whom he instantly car gainft them and all others conried to Edinburgh, and put him cerned in the flaughter of his fafor fhalter into the family of the ther. This Robert was a young Lord Elphinstoune, at that tyre man weill endued wih favour and lord high treasurer of the kingdome. understanding, which hade ingadg:

Innermarky and Laird john, af- ed the lord treasurer fo far to wedd ter the slaughter, came back to the his interest, that he first weded the Lord Saltoun's house, who lieved young man to his daughter, and then at Rothimay, and is thought then goto him all the altistance seto have been in the knowledge of quisite to poffess him of his estate, q: they hade been about, for cer- qch was no sooner done but he led taine it is they wer supported by waste the possessions of his enemies; the Abernethys, ay until the law burning and blood shed was acted went against them. From Rothy- by both partys with animosity may they went with a considerable enough, party of horss, and repofceft Laird

In the mean tyme Laird John John in all the parts of the estate of had run away to seek some lurking Ínnes. And Innermarky, to make place in the South, q he was difthe full use of qe he hade so boldly covered by the friends of the Lord begun, did upon the seventein Elphinstoune, and by them taken Maji 1580, which was 5 weeks af- and sent north to the Laird Robert, te: the slaughter, take from Laird who did not put him to death, but


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took him bound to vareous forts of ed the right wing of the Earl of performances, as appears by the Richmond's army, at the battle of contract betwixt them in anno Bosworth, where he was unfortu. 1585: one gross was, y he should nately wounded. He was one of deliver


the chartor chift, and all the persons sent by Henry VII. on the old evidents, och he and Inner- the expeditlon in behalf of Maximarky had feased, and which I

milian the emperor.

It appears doubt if ever he faithfully did, els from a curious indenture, now ex. this relation hade been with less tant, that John Pounde, citizen pains and mor fully instructed. and grocer of London, “was placed

As to Innermarky, he was forced an apprentice to Sir Gilbert Tal. for a while to take the hills, and “ bot, citizen and mercer of Lon-, when he wearied of that, he hade “ don, and merchant of the staple a retreat of a difficult access within " at Calais ;” of which place he the houss of Edinglaffy, q' he sleep was deputy, in the same reign. ed in little enough security ; for in He was by Henry, fent ambassador September 1584, his houss was to Rome, to congratulate Pius III. surprysed by Laird Robert, and

upon his election to the pontifithat reteiring place of his first en cate. Though a commoner and a tered by Alexander Innes, after citizen, he was honoured with the wards of Cotts, the same who fome order of the garter in the reign of yeirs befor had killed the servant Henry VII. He died on the 19th who came from Innermarky with of Sept. in the seventh


of the false tokin for ye writs, and who Henry VIIT. all his lyfe was called Craigg in peirill, for venturing a pon Innermarky then defperat, and whos cruelty he Sir John Hawkwood. helped to repay it in his own coine ; ther was no mercy for him, for slaine O hero had ever a greater

and his hoar head cut off hand in forming himself, and and taken by the widdow of him framing his own fortune, than Sir whom he hade lain, and carried to John Hawkwood. He was the son Edinburgh and casten at the king's of a tanner, at Heddingham Sibil, feett, a thing too masculine to be in Essex, where he was born, in commended in a woman.

the reign of Edward III. He was bound apprentice to a taylor in London : but being fortunately,

pressed into the army, . was sent Curious Anecdotes ; from the Supple, had been cramped and confined to

abroad, where his genius, which ment to Granger's Biogrophical Hiftory.

the shop, soon expanded itself, and

surmounted the narrow prejudices Sir Gilbert Talbot.

which adhered to his birth and oc

cupation. He fignalized himself as IR Gilbert Talbot, third son of a soldier, in France and Italy, and bury, was a man of various talents, He commanded with great ability and equally qualified for the buf- and success, in the army of Galea. ness of peace or war. He command. cia, Duke of Milan, and was in so

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