that any institution, where any thing pounds per annum; they therefore of the same kind is done for the same concluded to advance them at the presum, or even a little more, is well sent only to four pounds. The grounds managed; for as every person who has upon which friends of Ulster appear ever taken an interest in the manage to have acted, are approved of by the ment of public charities, knows well, committee ; but, in order to make the men of ‘no other class surpass the income sufficient, it is desirable that Quakers in applying the funds entrust- suitable endeavours be used to increase ed to their care in the most advanta- the amount of the annual subscripgeous manner.

It would be interest- tions, by enlarging the subscription ing to know the annual expence of lists, even with names of friends who the boys in Watson's and Heriot's could afford to give but a small sum Hospitals, of the girls in the Mer- annually. chant and Trades' Maiden Hospitals, The friends that are now likely to and of the children in the Orphan have the charge of the family are all Hospital, and in the Charity Work young; it is therefore desirable that Houses of this place. I do not expect a man friend of more experience should that in some of these institutions the be procured, to have the charge of children can be boarded, clothed, managing the farm, providing for the or educated for L. 20 a-year, but in family, &c. others, judging by what is done for

Signed by order, and on behalf of the the children, the expence should be

Committee, 27th of 4th month, less.


1814. Sept. 1817.


A Report of the State of Ulster ProReport of the State of Ulster Provin

vincial School, for one year ending cial School, for one year ending 31st the 31st of 12th month, 1813. of 12th month, 1813. THE annexed statement of the ac

Subscription from Grange

monthly meeting counts of the Ulster Provincial School Ditto Lurgan do. was received at the yearly meeting, Ditto 1814, and referred to the considera

-142 12

Interest on Leinster subscrip tion of a committee, who brought in the following report, viz.

78 00 We have examined the Report of

and mortgage the state of Ulster Provincial School,

Rent one year of holding in for the year ending 31st of 12th month, 1813; and find, from the in

Lands of Breagh formation laid before us, that the expenditure has exceeded the income in the sum of L. 103, 13s. 104d.; and Farm and garden, profit that there was due to the treasurer on Overtime of children that day L. 264, 9s. 1 d.; but that, since the account was made up, there

Expenditure e.cceeds income was a subscription entered into by friends of that province, which has

1.802 16 10 produced a considerable portion of

EXPENDITURE. said deficiency.

521 7 11 The average expence is L. 18, 6s. 4d


for each child, being nearly the same
as last year.

Repairs and alterations

13 17 It appears that friends of Ulster, on considering the recommendation of house this year, nearly 14. last yearly meeting, to advance the Expence of eachchild, about L.18,6s. 4d. bills of admission and continuance

L.802 16 10 from three pounds to five pounds per An Inventory of the Estate and Effects annum, thought that, as a consider

belonging to, and Debts owing by the able number of the children were

Institution. paid for by parents in straitened cir

BELONGING TO THE INSTITUTION. cumstances, it might have an effect Provision and fuel

L 197 13 3 upon such children being sent to the Farming utensils,

cattle, &c. 156 17 6 school, if the bills were advanced two

Carry over L.284 112

L.16 13 9

54 54 Lisbum do.

65 196 David Malcolmson 5 13 9

tion Ditto Ditto

90 0
Munster do.
L.1500 lent on bond

90 0 0

-258 06


32 19 2 Ditto

36 11 4

89 10 Bills of admission and continuance

131 96

94 16 7
2 14 0

-229 0 1

699 2 113 103 13 10

Furniture for wear and tear
House expences

L. 11 11 10

Salaries and servants' wages

115 17 82

8 19 7 104 16 0 26 605

Average number of children in the

54 15 9 14 16 8 23 8 0



264 9 13
279 1 2

commencement to 31st of












Brought forward L.981 11 2 that she compelled him to marry her, Furniture

220 5 57 Clothing

by threatening his life, and reminding Stationary

him that she was Cheisly's daughter. Due by Richhill monthly meeting Ditto Grange do.

10 16 2

Mr Erskine's character is representDitto Lurgan do.

12 17

ed as having been by no means ami

L.611 10 34 able. He was dissipated, restless, and
Signed on behalf of the School Committee, intriguing; and was supposed to be
held the 5th of 3d month, 1814.

concerned in some of the measures OWING BY THE INSTITUTION.

preparatory and subsequent to the reTo children in the house for unexpired

bellion in 1715, of which his wife was

L.68 00 in the secret. His frequent journeys To treasurer Balance in favour of the institution

to London, and some of his amours Balance in favour of the institution last year L.382 16 03

there, gave her so much uneasiness, Decrease this year 103 13 107

that she threatened to inform governNett balance 31st of 12th

ment of all she knew, unless he conmonth, 1813 • L.279 1 2

sented to give up plotting, and live

L.611 10 37 quietly at home. He did not choose Read and approved by our quarterly meeting of to comply with these terms; and he Ulster province, held at Lisburn, 7th of 3d month, formed a plan, by which she was vio1814, and signed by order thereof by THOMAS GREER, Clerk.

lently seized in her own house and

Boys. Girls. Total dragged away. It is a remarkable Children admitted since the

circumstance, that, notwithstanding 12th month, 1813

255 the noise which this barbarous and In the house 1st of 1st month,

tyrannical act occasioned, no means 1813

24 were taken to bring the perpetrators Admitted since to Ist of Ist

to justice, though some of them were month, 1814

well known. Grange had the adReturned home, and to places

dress to persuade the public and his as apprentices and servants

connections, that his wife was a mad In the house Ist of 1st month,

woman, who had frequently attempt19 24 43 ed his life, and that confinement was

absolutely necessary. He used to

shew a razor, which, he said, he had AN ACCOUNT OF THE MISFORTUNES

taken from under her pillow. She OF MRS ERSKINE OF GRANGE, COM had two sons grown to manhood at MONLY KNOWN AS LADY GRANGE.

the time she was carried off, and it MR EDITOR,

was suspected that either one or both The extraordinary case of Mrs consented to it. Her daughter, by Mr Erskine, known by the title of Lady Erskine of Grange, was married to the Grange, excited great curiosity about

Earl of Kintore. None of her rela. 80 years ago, and is yet very interest tives ever made the smallest stir about ing on account of the mystery which

the matter. The fate of Lady Grange, attends it, and its apparent connec

after her seizure, has hitherto remaintion with the plots of those who were ed uncertain, except that it was known concerned in the rebellions which she had been carried to St Kilda. I broke out in the years 1715 and 1745. have, however, obtained a manuscript,

Her maiden name was Rachel Cheis which throws much light on this ly. She was a daughter of Cheisly of transaction. The Ms. is a copy of Dalry, who shot the Lord President another, partly written for Lady Sir George Lockhart, in revenge for

Grange, by the minister of St Kilda, deciding against him a law-suit, which and partly by herself. * This manuhad been referred to his lordship and script I now send to you, with this another of the judges as arbiters. remark, that it was found among the She was a beautiful woman, but of a papers of a gentleman who flourished very violent temper. It was reported,

at the time of the transaction to which that Erskine of Grange (a brother of it refers, and who never would have the Earl of Marr) had seduced her, and put into his repository any thing of

the kind which was not authentic. InPor this curious paper we are indebt

deed, the internal evidence it bears, ed to the same gentleman who transmitted proves the authenticity of the narraLord Lovat's Memorial, and other valu. able communications, for the Edinburgh * I have understood that there are other Monthly Magazine.ERIT.

copies in existence.


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tive almost beyond question. During James Erskine of Grange. That afmy inquiries in regard to this extraor ter I had lived near 25 years in great dinary transaction, I learned the exist- love and peace, he all of a sudden took ence of several documents which con a dislike to my person, and such a firmed the story as narrated in the hatred that he could not live with me, MS.; and also that some original let- nor so much as to stay in his house; ters of Lady Grange, which had found and desired me to subscribe a separatheir way trom St Kilda, had been re- tion during his pleasure, which I cently in the hands of a bookseller in thought was contrary to my vows beEdinburgh, from whom they had been fore God; and that I dearly loved my purchased for the purpose of destroy- husband. Both his friends and mine ing them. It is not surprising that own were at a great deal of pains to the descendants of the parties con- persuade me, but I absolutely refused cerned should feel a desire to bury to subscribe it. At last, after much the story in oblivion, on account of threatening, he got me out of the the conduct which the narrative dis- house ; and I designed at that time to plays. But in matters of history, es go straight to London; but some of pecially when the dispositions and my friends thought his temper might inanners of a people are interesting, alter, and gave me your house to stay private feelings must be disregarded. in, it being a little without the town, Nothing has yet appeared which ex I desiring to live retired. After hayhibits in a stronger light than the fol- ing lived some months there, I came lowing narrative, the ferocity not only into Edinburgh, and I took a chamof the Highland clans, but of a por- ber in a private house near to my tion of their southern neighbours; and lord's lodging, that I might have the it is valuable, in so far as it proves the pleasure to see the house that he was long duration of barbarism, and as- in, and to see him and my children sists us to appreciate the astonishing when going out and in. I made both rapidity with which civilization has his relations and mine own speak to proceeded in Scotland, and more par- him, and some ministers, and was alticularly in the Highlands. Being ways in hopes that God would shew myself a member of a numerous High- him his sin of putting away his wife land clan, I am not ashamed to avow, contrary to the laws of God and man, while I lament, the savage state in and this was no secret; for the presiawhich the Highlands were suffered to dent of the session, and several of the remain, till a Chatham arose to de- lords, the solicitor, and some of the monstrate the value of that lofty spi- advocates and ministers of Edinburgh, rit of freedom, and of attachment to knows all this to be truth. When I cach other, which, while under no re lost all hopes, then I resolved to go to gulation but the caprice of a few chief- London and live with some of my tains, naturally resolved into hatred of friends, and make myself as easy as I their southern neighbours. Many of could without him. Having paid a my name were concerned in the re part of my coach hire, and taken a bellions which agitated Scotland du- leave of my friends and of the miniring the first half of the 18th cen sters, two days before I should have tury; and many may have been guilty gone away, upon the 224 of actions equally atrocious with that 1732, after eleven o'clock at night, it of which I now give you the details; being the Saturday evening, the house yet I have no other feeling in connec- belonging to one Margaret Maclean, a tion with the past, than thankfulness Highland woman, she put the few she for having lived to see the effects of had in her house to bed, which were the enlightened policy of Chatham, two Highland women, and a little and that policy followed up by the li- servant maid, an hour and a half beberality of the government towards fore ordinary. I had no servant with the most remote districts of the em me in that house but a chamber-maid, pire, in opening up a country hitherto and whether she was upon that plot, inaccessible, by roads and bridges, or whether the mistress put her out executed under the direction of the of the way, I know not. There came most able engineers. I am, Sir, your two men to the door, saying they had most obedient servant, GAEL. a letter for my lady, and the mistress January 21, 1741.

of the house brought them to my “ I, the unfortunate wife of Mr room door, and then rushed in some


Highland men, whom I had seen fre- other James Fraser, and his groom, quently attending my Lord Lovat, whose name I know not. These were and, if I well remember, had his the names they gave them ; but whelivery upon them, who threw me ther they were their proper names, I down upon the floor in a barbar- know not. Another that rode along ous manner, and I cried out mur was Andrew Leishman, a tenant in ther. Then they stopt my mouth, West Pomeise, which belongs to Mr and dang out several of my teeth, Stewart, and had been tenant there and I bled; and abused my face this 26 years. I heard another of the most pitituily with their hard rude horse was a young gentleman, my hands, till there was no skin left on Lord Lovat's cousin. I heard so, my face all below my eyes ; for I was but did not see him, for he kept out always putting out the cloaths as of

my sight. Before they set me on fast as they put in, being on the floor horse, I showed how all the linens at the time, and I detended myself about my face was covered with blood, with my hands, and beat with my and that they had torn all the clothes heels upon the loft, in hopes the upon my head, and torn out some of people below would hear me. And my hair, and blindfolded me; but then a near cousin of my Lord Lo- the joggling of the horse shuftied up vat's lookt in at the door, and gave the cloaths off my eyes, so that I saw directions to cover my head, and tye what way they rode with me, streight down my hands with a cloath: they by the long way. I saw that I was had wrestled so long with me, that it at the back of the castle. They took was all that I could breathe, and then the streightest way to Liththey carried me down stairs as if they gow; and it was a very frosty, cold, had a corps. I heard many voices bitter night. I took stitches in my about me ; being blindfolded, I could side, sitting in a constrained posture, not discover whom they were. They and I begged Mr Foster to allow me had a chair at the stair foot, which to light a little till I was eased of my they put me in; and there was a man pains. Mr Foster cried to Sandy in the chair who took me on his knee, Fraser to stop my mouth again, for and I made all the struggle I could; it was he that stopt my mouth when but he held me fast in his arms, and I was in my own room, and called me hindered me to put my hands to my a damned bitch, that he would break mouth, which I attempted to do, be- my neck if I did not hold my peace, ing tied down. The chair carried me was he venturing his life for me. He of very fast, and took me without the took me a little beyond Lithgow. ports; and when they opened the When he saw that day was approachchair, and taken the cloth off my head ing, he took me into a house which to let me get air, I perceived, it being belongs to John Macleod, who is an clear moon light, that I was a little advocate, whose servant had known way from the Multer's Hill, * and of my coming, and met me with canthat the man on whose knee I sat was dles in their hands at the far end of one Alexander Foster of Carssbonny, the entry, and brought me into a very who had there six or seven horses and good room and fire on, so that they men with him, who said all these knew of my coming. I saw no serwere his servants, though I knew vants in the house but two men and a some of them to be my Lord Lovat's. woman, and told them whose wife I The names they gave them was Peter was, and that I was stolen ; and he Fraser, whom I believed to be my presently took me up stairs to a very lord's page. He came along with me good bed-room, which had a fire, and and the chair, but did not ride with good linnings in the bed, which I me. I believe it was he that set me looked to, and found Mr Macleod's on the horse behind Mr Forster, if I name on them. They kept me there well remember, and they tied me fast all day, and would not allow a woman with a cloth to Mr Forster; and there to come up into the room, but set was three of my Lord Lovat's ser Sandy Fraser with me all the day ; vants who rode along, one of them for which reason I would not throw was called Alexander Fraser, and the off my cloaths for as wearied and cold

as I was, Fraser was so barbarous and

cruel. When it was night, about se• Where St Janics's Square is now. ven, he told me I had some more

miles to ride ; and he took me down rooms, and to go to the court to get stairs by force, and tied me on the the air much against Mr Foster's horse as I was the night before. He will. The gardener was kept there rode streight to Falkirk, and we met for a scoury to dress the garden and none on the way, it being the Sab- the trees. Sandy Fraser was left with bath night, which I thought very me the first three or four days, and misfortunat, or else I would have cried then James Fraser was sent out to out for help. He rode away by the wait of me, for he would not trust me south side of Falkirk, and through to the gardener ; and he kept the key the Tore Wood, which way I knew in his own custody day and night. all, having travelled it before. Some My Lord Lovat came frequently little after we left the Tore Wood, he through Stirling to Mr Foster, his rode a way which I knew not; and I house being within a mile of it; and was very weary, it being a bitter night. Mr Foster went out and met him, to He said he was taking me to his own concert matters about me, and James house, but did not tell me its name, Fraser, who waited of me, went with and thought all along I did not know him. I was keept prisoner there till whom he was, a cloth being tied to the 12th August, and then Peter Frahis face, that I might not perceive it; ser, my lord's page, came and staid and he brought me streight to Westé till the 15th. Mr Fraser came up er Pomeise, where he was factor for then, and three Highlandmen with Mr Stewart, who is married to Brise him, and took me out of the room by bane of Bishopstoun's sister. He took force ; James and Peter Frasers carme in through a laigh vault, and then ried me out, and set me on a horse beinto a room of the vault, the windows hind the captain. It was about ten of the room being nailed with thick o'clock at night, and carried me away boards, and no light in the room ; but by Stirling; and when I offered to in a little closet, a little slitt where a cry, they came with a big roll made man could scarcely put in his hand, for the use, to stop my mouth, and a less than the thieves' hole in Edin- cloth to tie about it to keep it in; burgh, and a very old ugly bed with- and they carried me along by Stirling out a roof, a timber chair, with the bridge, and after that I knew no more half of the bottom in it; and there I of the way. It was moonlight, and was keept a closs prisoner for thirteen they rode till it was near day, and or fourteen weeks, not having liberty then took me into

house. as much as go without doors; and The captain, Mr Foster, went to the two doors lockt on me, cross bars room with me, and sat a little with on the outside. The servant that me, and never came near me after waited on me there was an old gar- that. He gave the charge of me to dener and his wife that he had pro one who called himself Alexander vided, who had a meall garden in Grant, but I believe he feigned his Stirling. His name is George Ross, name; he rode with me out of Por and his wife's name Agnes Watt. meise that night's journey; Andrew He lived in Stirling many years, and Leishman and Peter and James Frahad two sons and a daughter, who sors were the rest of the company that was frequently with their father, and rode, and a man who was our guide,

Andrew Leishman, men- called himself Macdonald, and told tioned before, brought what meat and me he was born at Glengary's. Aldrink I needed, and all other provi- ways when they took me out of any sions, such as coal and candle. He place, they did by force, and I bad went always to Mr Foster, got direc- them consider what they were doing tions about it. His wife served me in taking me away against my will. in what things she could do about me. Whenever it was night, they set me They have three daughters which his on a horse behind Grant, who was nowife has born, and his eldest son, thing but a silly fellow, and he could William Leishman. They keept me ride before me; and then they set my so long closs prisoner, that it endan- Lord Lovat's footman, James Fraser, gered my health, and I grew sick, and before me, and tied me to him, that I Andrew told Mr Foster that he would might not leap off; and rode all night allow me go out, and that he would with me, and brought me into Genenot have a hand in my death; and ral Wade's new way, I knew not how then I was allowed to go to the high far in the Highlands. Whenever it

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