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maiden was suddenly bereft of life, just because of its human interest, and having in it that "touch of nature which makes the whole world kin ;" we now leave the recital of the barbarous cruelties of Argyll, and the cruel wrongs of Airlie, and fix our thoughts on the sad and sudden death of the young Cambridge student, at the very moment the prize of his ambition seemed to be within his reach.
Mr Andrew Craik, M.A., and fourth wrangler at Cambridge, was born and brought up on the Braes of Airlie, where his father has a small pendicle. From his boyhood, he evinced great aptitude for learning, displaying more than ordinary talents in mastering the elements of classical and general literature. From the parish school of Airlie, he went to the University of Aberdeen, where he was a distinguished student. The bursaries and prizes which he gained at Aberdeen and in Glasgow, amounted to £500, which enabled him to pursue his studies without requiring any assistance from his friends. At Cambridge, he at once gained a scholarship, and was appointed by the University to lecture in some of the principal towns in England. Had he lived a few days longer, he would have got his Fellowship. A good classical scholar, and a distinguished mathematician, his whole career was one of splendid success. He died, after a few hours' illness, at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, on the 2d June 1874, at the early age of twenty-seven.
His early death has caused wide-spread regret. His winning, unassuming manners endeared him to the poor; his gentlemanly bearing and well-stored mind, made him a welcome guest at the tables of the higher classes. The Earl of Airlie, with his accustomed discernment and generosity of heart, took an early interest in his welfare, and encouraged him to proceed bravely on in his literary career; while a letter from the countess, congratulating him on his Cambridge successes, was one of the earliest received, as it was amongst the most highly prized by his mother.
Only a few days before his death, he wrote home that he
had secured a lectureship, and that he had a hope almost reaching to assurance, that he was soon to receive a Fellowship of considerable value. He expressed himself as longing for home; that, rich as were the English landscapes which daily met his eye, no fields were so green, nor woods so beautiful as those of Airlie.
THE BONNIE BRAES O' AIRLIE.*
Bonnie sing the birds in the bright English valleys,
Winding flows the Cam, but it's no my ain loved Isla,
Thirsting for a name, I left my native mountains,
Yonder gleams the prize for which I've aye been longing-
Set to music by Alfred Stella.
"Kirriemuir bears the gree."
PROCEEDING eastward, and passing by the dark woods and castellated Mansion of Lindertis, the next parish we reach is Kirriemuir, anciently Kil-marie, a burgh or barony, of which the old Earls of Angus were superiors. It skirts the north side of the valley of Strathmore, and its locality is discernable from a great distance, the hill of Kirriemuir rising abruptly to a great height immediately to the north of the town. The name is supposed to be compounded of two words, Corrie-mor, the large hollow or den. The situation of the town on the side of a ravine or den, fully bears out the derivation. Nothing authentic is known respecting the early history of Kirriemuir. Tradition is silent, and history only records some miniature battles between the Ogilvys and Lindsays in 1447.
The noble family of Airlie connected with this parish, can trace their genealogy as far back as the reign of William the Lion, who succeeded to the crown of Scotland in 1165, being descended from Gilbert, third son of Gillebride, second Earl of Angus. King William conferred on Gilbert the lands of Powrie, and those of Ogilvy in the parish of Glamis. From the last named, the surname of Ogilvy was assumed. Sir James Ogilvy was created a peer by King James IV., by the title of Lord Ogilvy of Airlie, and sat in his Parliament in 1491. The title of Earl was conferred on the eighth Lord Ogilvy in 1639, by King Charles I. After the rebellion in 1745, in which Lord Ogilvy was engaged, the title was for sometime
in abeyance, but was restored in 1826, to David, the late Earl, and father to the present nobleman who so worthily bears the titles and honours of this ancient house.
The Ogilvys of Inverquharity trace their descent from Walter Ogilvy of Auchterhouse, and had conferred on them the lands and barony of Inverquharity in 1420. The members of this family have generally distinguished themselves, and have held, in different reigns, the highest military and civil appointments. Captain Ogilvy, son of Sir David Ogilvy of Inverquharity, is said to have been the author of the once popular song "It was a' for our rightful King." The present representative of this ancient family is Sir John Ogilvy of Baldovan, who ably represented Dundee in Parliament, from 1857 to 1874. Sir John, by his dignified and courteous bearing, combined with continuous assiduity in the discharge of his parliamentary duties, was always regarded by his constituents with the highest respect and esteem, and general regret was felt at the unexpected result of the late election, by which the union which had so long subsisted between him and the community, was so suddenly dissolved.
The Kirriemuirians, if undistinguished by their martial prowess in the field of battle, were noted for the fervour with which they pursued their inglorious feuds with the Souters of Forfar. There is a tradition or legend, that Drummond of Hawthornden visited Forfar in the summer of 1645, while on a tour through the north of Scotland, and that he was inhospitably refused shelter for the night. The plague was then raging in many parts of Scotland, and this might have been the reason of their uncourteous and unfriendly treatment of the sensitive bard. Stung by such ungenerous treatment, the poet disdainfully shook the dust from off his feet, and betook himself to the neighbouring town of Kirriemuir, where he at once received a hearty welcome. Having become acquainted with the pending feud betwixt the inhabitants of the two places, respecting a piece of ground called the Muir Moss, which was claimed by both parishes, Drummond resolved
to be revenged for the affront put upon him by the burghers of Forfar. The Estates of Parliament were then sitting at St Andrews, and Drummond contrived to send a very formidable official-looking document to the Provost, with the intention that his honour might suppose it came from that august body. The bait took so amazingly well, that the chief magistrate immediately convened the council and clergyman of the burgh to hear and deliberate upon the contents of the document. All being assembled, with eager haste the mysterious missive was opened, when much to their chagrin and disappointment they found it only contained the following severe philippic against themselves :
"The Kirriemairians an' the Forfarians met at Muir Moss,
Fye upo' Forfar, Kirriemuir bears the gree!"
The rivers or streams in this parish are the South Esk, which takes its rise at the mountains of Clova, and falls into the sea at Montrose; the Prosen, which runs through Glenprosen, and after receiving the waters of several rivulets, falls into the South Esk, near Inverquharity; the Carity, which rises at Balintore, and also falls into the South Esk, near Inverquharity.
Some rare birds are found in this parish, such as the Golden Eagle, (Falco Chrysaetos); the Blue hawk, (F. cyaneus); the Merlin, (F. Æsalon); the Missel thrush, (Turdus viscivorus); the Ring or rock-ousel, (T. torquatus) the Snow-bunting, (Emberiza nivalis); the Mountain finch, (F. montifringilla); the Wood-lark, (Alanda arborea); the Golden-crested wren (M. regulus) the least of all European birds; the Wood-cock (Scolopax rusticolo); the Wild-swan (Anus cygnus ferus); the Spotted fly-catcher (Muscipula grisola) &c.
Catlaw, the foremost mountain of the Grampian ridge, supposed to be the Mons Grampius of Tacitus, rising to the height of 2,264 feet above the level of the sea, is partly situated in the parish of Kirriemuir, and partly in the parish of Kingoldrum. The only eminences of any consequence in the