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Conrets raign'd above the city,
Who led the van and drove the rear, Preachers prison'd without pity ;
Were right well mounted of their gear ; Some knut up for wearing gunes :
With brogues, trues, and pirnie plaides,
And good blew bonnets on their heads,
With durk, and snap.work, and snuff-mill,
A bagg which they with onions fill, Men fin'd for preventing murders ;
And as their strick observers say, Princes owning Bishops' orders ;
A tupe-horn fill'd with usquebay. Curats swearing by their gowns ;
A slasht-out coat beneath their plaides, Old French taylours ruling towns.
A targe of timber, nails and hides ; Self-Defenders termed Rebels,
With a long two-handed sword, Proclamations, grievous libels :
As good's the countrey can affoord Majors turning hang-men's mates ; Had they not need of bulk and bones, Sentries watching Bishops' gates.
Who fights with all these arms at once ? Gentlemen of good account
It's marvellous how in such weather Might not think it an affront
O'er hill and hop they caine together ; To sit with lousie rogues together,
How in such stormes they came so farr ; Yea stand and serve their foot-men's brother. The reason is, they're smear'd with tar, New-made Earls, and some that
Which doth defend them heel and neck, Are judged, nihil significat,
Just as it doth their sheep protect With a pack of Redshank Squires,
Nought like religion they retain, Eating up the Western Shireso
Of moral honestie they're clean. Clergie's acts and Canon Law,
In nothing they're accounted sharp, Put on cartes for horse to draw;
Except in bag-pipe and in harpe. Cables, towes, ligure chists,
For a misobliging word, Manackles for thumbs and fists
She'll durk her neighbour o'er the boord, Cords for wreaking people's throats, And then she'll flee like fire from flint, Germans for contriving plots ;
She'll scarcely ward the second dint: Durks to stop in musquets end,
If any ask her of her thrift,
Foresooth her Nainsell lives by thift."
He then details (and illustrates this famous 'Host' with very consi
manner of the prose article on the same derable force and humour; and lashes the savage Highlanders, and their subject, inserted in the first Number
of our Miscellany) the intolerable opmore detestable employers, with much well-merited and well-directed satire ;
pression and wantón mischief inflicted though it must be allowed that the upon the defenceless inhabitants by
these 'redshank squires.' style of this and his other poems” too frequently descends to the How they behaved when come there,
They're charg’d to march into the West; low scurrility and vulgar doggerel so How neither friend nor foe did spare, freely indulged in by the writers of What plunder they away did bear, that age. The following passages will Ye partly afterwards shall hear ; serve to convey some idea of his powers How each rank was by them abused, of observation and characteristic de What beastly shamles tricks they used. * * scription :
For truly they more cruel carrie
Than even Frenchmen under Marie, “ Some might have judg’d they were the Yea, they more savage far than those were creatures
Who with Kollkittock and Montrose were, Call’d Selfies, whose customes and features And sixtie times they're worse than they Paracelsus doeth discry
Whom Turner led in Galloway.
They durk our tenants, shames our wives
They sell our tongs for locks of snuff:
working, Are influenced by the skies ;
We dare not hinder them for durking : Without a clout to interrupt them,
My Lords, they so harasse and wrong us, They need not strip them when they whip There's scarce a pair of shoes among us ; them,
And for blew-bonnets they leave non or loose their doublet when they're hangd. That they can get their clauts upon ;
If any dare refuse to give them, those who were their chief commanders, They durk them, strips them, and so leave uch who bore the pirnie standarts ;
“ Fain would I know (if beasts have any What can the great Turk order worse
reason) Than múrder, rob, and conscience force ?- Iffalcons killing eagles do commit a treason." If yee have no relief to send us
We do not understand, however, Goe to, dispatch, eat up, and end us.They answer’d, “ If ye'll not conforme
that his political opinions were by any Yee must resolve to byde the storme ;
means those of a republican, or that he His Grace hath sworn that every man,
went beyond the principles maintainThat is betwixt Bersheba and Dan, ed by all the staunch and true Whigs, Must take the Bund, or he'll do better of his time; and indeed to us (who acHe'll heat the furnace seven times hetter. count ourselves quite moderate in po
litics) the sentiment contained in the The next poem of any length, and following lines appears perfectly sound, the one indeed which occupies by far though strongly, and perhaps rather the greater part of this volume, is en« roughly, expressed :titled, Effigies Clericorum; or, a
66 Since it a good work is reputed Mock Poem on the Clergy, when they
To liberat the persecuted, met to consult about taking the Test,
And to defend poor sackeless wights in the year 1681.” Of this, as of the
Who may be robbed of their rights, one we have just quoted, it would be As well by King's their malversation equally dificult and unprofitable to As by a Cromwel's usurpation; attempt any analysis : Many of the Your logick, Sir, 's not worth a spittle political allusions have now become Twixt Rogues that have and want a Title." doubtful or unintelligible; and though the writer's sentiments are often strong- one which reminds us successfully
Among the smaller poems there is ly and pointedly expressed, yet we (and that is saying a great deal) of must own that his two principal poems
some of the more broad and careless appear to be altogether extremely de
effusions of Swift. It is introduced sultory and confused, and exhibit little
by the following notice :appearance of having ever undergone much correction, or of having been
“ The Popish party, after the defeat of intended for any other than mere tem
Monmouth and Argyle, published an
insulting ballad, to the tune Hey porary purposes. The following curi
Boyes up go we; which coming to the ous passage seems to indicate the place
hands of Lieutenant-Col. Cleland, he of the author's nativity, and also re made the second part to the same tune fers to the opinion still commonly en and strain, holding forth the language tertained by the Scottish peasantry,
Anno 1685. respecting the disappearance of their
“ Now down with the confounded Whiggs, old visitors, the Fairies.
Let Loyaltie take place ; “ No Muse's help I will implore,
Let Hell possess their damn'd intrigues, For I was ne'er at Lesbos shore,
And all that cursed race ; Neither did haunt Arcadian glens,
Let oaths abound, and cups go round, Groves, mountains, watersides, and fens. And whoores and rogues go free,
And Heaven itself stoop to the Crown, “ I am very apt to think
For Hey Boyes up go we.,
Come, let us drink a health about
Unto our Holy Father,
His sacred maxims without doubt
We will embrace the rather,
Because they're fram’d with wit and sense,
And favours Monarchie, Both elrich Elfs and Brownies stayed,
And can with all our sins dispense ;
So Hey Boyes up go we.
And still enjoy the best,
And all our wild affections please
If such a thing there be ;
So Hry Boyes up go we. Cleland's, observes, -" His anti-monarchical principles seem to break out There's some who do for Vertue pleady in the following lines :
And Glory do miscarry,
of their wayes.
Assert we serve a Parricide
Through sad distastures which abounds, Or an Incendiarie ;
To such as long and pant But we will murder, sham, and trick,
Through calumnies, through frauds and Of such to make us free;
slights, We'll burn alive, and quarter quick That moveth mortals' mind, So Hey Boyes up go we.
Through slandering tongues of brutish The Parliament, those poor sham sots,
wights, We'll make them well content
To baser wayes inclined :
In Vertue's camp to warr,
That brave exploits do marr. But Britain better manners teach
If, when travers'd by all such fates, For Hey Boyes up go we.
Honour and Vertue be But if they chance to temporize,
Both proof against enchanting baits, And foster fond suspicions,
And frowning destiny, And tell King James of their franchise,
A soul may have a sure solace, Their charters and conditions,
When stormed on every side,
With scorn to be dismay'd.” &c.
Cleland, compared with the great
English poets of the preceding age, He'll visite them upon,
with Dryden,-or even with his more Their other crimes and henious faults, Which since are come and gone.
direct prototype, the author of HudiOf Westminster and Oxford too
bras,-sinks into a rude and unskilful The damned memorie;
versifier; yet his poetical talents were He hath an Irish job to do
unquestionably superior to any that So Hey Boyes up go we.
the Tory party could then oppose to
them; and if his genius be estimated And, that he may facilitat His work, he'll work a while
(as it ought to be) rather from what it By Toleration lull asleep
promised than performed,
and with The rogues, and them beguile;
due consideration of the lamentable Some subtile potions he'll compose state of poetry at that time in Scot-" Of grace and clemencie,
land, and of all the peculiar disadvanTo blunt all those who him oppose tages under which Cleland wrote,-theSo Hey Boyes up go we.
reader, we think, will be inclined to This is in our author's best man
assign him a very honourable niche in
our national Temple of Fame, not ner; but he is also capable of a more
only as a Scots Worthy, but like-1 lofty and dignified strain, though his
wise as a Scottish Poet. temperament perhaps, and probably still more the circumstances in which he was placed, habitually inclined him
THE EXACT NARRATIVE OF THE CONto “ crack the satiric thong." The
FLICT AT DUNKELD, BETWIXT THE following stanzas well become the in
EARL OF ANGUS's REGIMENT, AND trepid warrior who fought and died for the cause of Religion and of Liberty: Collected from several Officers of that Regi, they form part of a short poem, en-. ment, who were Actors in, or Eye-wita 5 titled, “Some few Lines composed by nesses to, all that's here Narrated, in re. him for divertisement from melan ference to these Actions. cholie thoughts, when travelling a THE said regiment being then betwixt, broad. To the tune of Fancy free.”
seven and eight hundred men, arrived at Dunkeld Saturndays night, the 17 of Au-,
gust, 1689, under the command of Lieuten-, ! “ Through razing rage of cursed kings,
ant-Collonel William Cleland, a brave and Whom vicious souls admire ;
singularly well accomplished gentleman, Through unjust sentences which springs
within 28 years of age. Immediately they From avarice or ire;
found themselves obliged to lie at their arnis, Or some such like infernall cause,
as being in the midst of their enemies. Whence guiltless people quake
Sunday at nine in the morning, they began efore his face, whose sword, whose laws,
some retrenchments within the Marquess of Should their oppressors shake;
Athol's yard-dykes ; the old breaches wherehrough firie fevers, wasting wounds, of they made up with loose stones, and Through melancholious want,
scaffolded the dykes about. In the after.
noon, about three hundred men appeard again beat. About that time the Lieutenantupon the hills on the north side of the town, Collonel came up, and ordered Captain who sent one with a white cloth upon the Mopro to send a serjeant with six men to a top of a halbert, with an open unsubscribed house on the side of a wood, where he espyed paper, in the fashion of a letter, directed to some of the enemies ; upon the serjeant's the commanding officer, wherein was writ. approach to the place, about twenty of the ten, We the gentlemen assembled, being in- rebels appeared against him, but he was
formed that ye intend to burn the town, de quickly seconded by the captain, who beat sire to know whether ye come for peace or them over the hill, and cleared the ground war, and do certise you, that if yc burn any of as many as appeared without the woods one house, we will destroy you.
and upon a command sent to him, brought The Lieutenant-Collonel returned answer off his men in order. Thereafter all the in writ, to this purpose, We are faithful horse, fout, and dragoons, retired to the subjects to King William and Queen Mary, town; and that night the horse and dra. and onemies to their enemies ; and if you goons marched to Perth, the Lord Cardross, send those threats, shall make any hostile who commanded them, having received two : appearance, we will burn all that belongs to peremptory orders for that effect. The seyou, and otherwise chastise you as you de cond was sent to him upon his answer to the
But in the mean time he caused so. first ; by which answer he told they were lemnly proclaim, in the mercat-place, his engaged with the enemy, and it was necesmajesty's indemnity, in the hearing of him sary he should stay. who brought the foresaid paper.
In that action three of Captain Monro's Munday morning two troops of horse, party were wounded, one of which died of and three of dragoons, arrived at Dunkeld, his wounds. William Sandilands, a cadecor under the command of the Lord Cardross, nephew to the Lord Torphichen, and a who viewed the fields all round, and took very young youth, being of that party, disa 7'. six prisoners, but saw no body of men, they charged his fusie upon the enemy eleyen * being retired to the woods.
times. The prisoners taken the next day, is Munday night they had intelligence of a told that the rebels lost about thirty men in great gathering by the Fiery Cross ; and that action. Tuesday morning many people appeared After the horse and dragoons were march. upon the tops of the hills, and they were ed, some of the officers and souldiers of the said to be in the woods and hills about Dun Earl of Angus's regiment proposed, that keld more than 1000 men. About eight of they might also march, seeing they were in the clock, the horse, foot, and dragoons, an open useless place, ill provided of all ! made ready to march out, but a detach'd things, and in the midst of enemies, grow. party was sent before of fourty fusiliers, and ing still to greater numbers (the vanguard fifteen halbertiers, under the command of of Canons army having appeared before Captain George Munro, and thirty horse they came off the field). The brave Lieutes with Sir James Agnew, and twenty dra. nant-Collonel, and the rest of the gentlemena goons with the Lord Cardross his own cornet; officers amongst them, used all arguments after them followed Ensign Lockhart with of honour to persuade them to keep their : thirty halbertiers ; the halberts were excel- post. And for their encouragement, and to lent weapons against the Highlanders swords assure them they would never leave them; 1, and targets, in case they should rush upon they ordered to draw out all their horses, to ir eyes > the shot with their accustomed fury. They be shot dead. The souldiers then told them, marched also at a competent distance before they needed not that pledge for their honthe body; one hundred fusiliers more un our, which they never doubted. And seeing der the command of Captain John Campbel they found their stay necessar, they would and Captain Robert Hume, two brave young run all hazards with them. gentlemen ; and upon the first fire with the Wednesday, with the mornings light, the enemy, Captain Borthwick, Captain Haries, rebels appeared, standing in order, covering with 200 musquetiers and pikes, were like all the hills about (for Canons army joyned wise commanded to advance towards them. the Athole men in the night before, and ; The Lieutenant-Collonel having proposed by they were repute in all above 5000 men). , that method to get advantage of the enemy Their baggage marched alongst the hills toin their way of loose and furious fighting. wards the west, and the way that leads The body followed, having left only an into Athole, consisting of a train of many hundred and fifty foot within the dykes. more than 1000 horses. Before seven in The first detached party, after they had the morning, their cannon advanced down marched about two miles, found before them, to the face of a little hill, closs upon the in a glen, betwixt two and three hundred town, and 100 men, all armed with baek, of the rebels, who fired at a great distance, breast, and head-piece, marched straight to and shot Cornet Livingston in the leg. enter the town, and a battalion of other foot The horse retired, and Captain Monro took closs with them. Two troops of horse up their ground, and advanced, fireing upon marched about the town, and posted on the the rebels to so good purpose, that they be- south-west part of it, betwixt the foord of the 2gan to reel and break, but rallied on the river and the church; and other two troops face of the next hill, from whence they were posted in the north-east side of the town,
which they made pretty good defences, es on a little hill where the enemy gall'd them before, which they supplied by the dili. same in little furrows in the ground, and
cutting the pieces into slugs to serve for
near the Cross, who in the time of the con The Lieutenant-Collonel being dead, ari Alict shewed much eagerness to encourage
the major disabled about an hour after the and push on the foot.
action began (which was before seven in the The Lieutenant-Collonel had before pos- morning), the command fell to Captai: sest some outposts with small parties, to Monro, who left his own post to Lieutenar whom he pointed out every step for their Stuart of Livingstoun. And finding the retreat. Captain William Hay and Ensign souldiers galled in several places by th: Lockhart were posted on a little hill, and enemies shot from the houses, he sent ou the ensign was ordered with 28 men to ad- small parties of pike-men with burning fag. vance to a stone-dyke at the foot of it; they gots upon the points of their pikes, who fr
. were attack'd by the rebels, who were in ed the houses ; and where they found ker armour, and the foresaid other battalion. in the doors, lock't them and burnt all with
. And after they had entertained them briskly in, which raised a hideous noise from the with their fire, for a pretty space, the rebels wretches in the fire. There were sixtee forc'd the dyke, and oblig'd them to retire, of them burnt in one house, and the wheł firing from one little dyke to another, and houses were burnt down except three, where at length to betake themselves to the house in some of the regiment were advantageon and yard-dykes. In which retreat Captain ly posted. But all the inhabitants of the Hay had his leg broken, and the whole town, who were not with the enemy or th. party came off without any more hurt. to the fields, were received by the souldies
A lieutenant was posted at the east end of into the church, and sheltered there. the town with 18 men, who had three ad. Notwithstanding all the gallant resistanci vanced sentinels ordered, upon the rebels which these furious rebels met with, the close approach, to fire and retire, which ac continued their assaults uncessantly, until cordingly they did; and the lieutenant, after past eleven of the clock, in all which tice burning of some houses, brought in his party. there was continual thundering of shot from
Lieutenant Stuart was plac'd in a bari- both sides, with flames and smoak, and cado at the Cross, with 20 men, who, see hideous cries, filling the air. And which ing the other lieutenant retire, brought his was very remarkable, though the houses men from that ground, and was killed in were burnt all round, yet the smoak the retreat, there being a multitude of the them, and all the shot from both sides, was rebels upon them.
carryed everywhere outward from the dyks Lieutenant Forrester and Ensign Camp- upon the assailants as if a wind had blowa bell were at the west end of the town with every way from the center within. in some little dykes, with 24 men, who fired At length, the rebels wearied with sharply upon the enemies horse, until great many fruitless and expensive assaults, and
bers of foot attack'd their dykes, and finding no abatement of the courage or diiforc'd them to the church, where were two gence of their adversaries, who treated them lieutenants and about one hundred men. with continual shot from all their posts
, All the out-posts being forc'd, the rebels they gave over, and fell back, and run w advanced most boldly upon the yard-dykes the hills in great confusion.
Whereapor all round, even upon those parts which stood they within beat their drums, and flourished within less than fourty paces from the river,
their colours, and hollowed after them, with where they crowded in multitudes, without all expressions of contempt and provocations
, regard to the shot liberally pour'd in their
Their commanders assay'd to faces, and struck with their swords at the bring them back to a fresh assault, as some souidiers upon the dyk, who with their pikes prisoners related, but could not prevail
; and halberts returned their blows with in- for they answered them, they could fight terest. Others in great numbers possest the against men, but it was not fit to fight ang town houses, out of which they fired within more against devils. the dyks, as they did from the hills about; The rebels being quite gone, they within and by two shots at once, one through the began to consider where their greatest head, and another through the liver, the ger appeared in time of the conflict; and brave Lieutenant-Collonel was killed while for rendering these places more secure, the he was visiting and exhorting the officers brought out the seats of the church, with and souldiers at their several posts. He ata souldiers might not be discouraged at the which were made up with loose stones, .. sight of his dead body, but fell by the way. poor defence against such desperate And immediately thereafter, Major Hender. sailiants. They also cut down some trening son received several wounds, which altofour days after. Captain Caldwal was shot spent, and their bullets had been spent lors in the breast, and is not like to recover. Captain Borthwick was shot through the gence of a good number of men, who were arm going with succours to the church. imployed all the time of the action in che And Captain Steil got a wound in the
shoul- ting lead off the house, and melting the der, which he caused pance, and returned again to his post.