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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1908. Not illustrated. Excerpt:... VII THE OLD CAPITAL AND ITS ENVIRONS I would like to see bonnie Ellangowan again or I die. Meg Merrilees, in Guy Mannering. Middle Galloway on the side of the sea owes much to the genius of Sir Walter Scott. M'Kerlie has stupidly elaborated a prolix web of evidence and argument to prove that Scott never visited Galloway in person.1 That Scott received his information regarding the gipsies and smugglers mostly from Joseph Train, who, although not a Gallovidian by birth, resided both at Newton-Stewart and at Castle-Douglas, and was facile princeps in his time among the antiquaries making a special study of the old province, is not incompatible with the assumption of Scott's personal presence as a visitor in Galloway. Lockhart states that "in March 1795" Scott -- then an impressionable and vivacious youth of twenty-four --" proceeded into Galloway, where he had not been before, in order to make himself acquainted with the persons and localities mixed up with the case of a certain Rev. Mr. M'Naught, minister of Girthon." Scott defended--his earliest case as an advocate of the Scottish Bar--the peccant M'Naught, who was deposed for drunkenness and various irregularities of Bohemian devilry, by the General Assembly in May of that year."It is to be observed," writes Lockhart," that the research he--Scott--had made with a view to pleading this man's cause, carried him for the first, and I believe for the last time, into the scenery of his G-uy Mannering and I may add that several of the names of the minor characters of the novel--that of M'Guffog, for example-- appear in the list of witnesses for and against his client." Lockhart's testimony is conclusive. Moreover, Scott was the companion of Thomas Douglas of St. Mary's Isle, who became the fifth Earl of Se...

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