By John Macdonald
First released in 1927. John Macdonald (1741-96) was once born, and died, a Scottish Highlander. First released on the time of the French Revolution, those memoirs of his days in carrier offer a wealthy landscape of lifestyles within the corporation of blind fiddlers, maid-servants, the Scottish aristocracy, squaddies, historians, Oriental Princes, servants of the East India corporation and males of significant wealth, together with James Coutts the banker. In 1768 - because the results of an errand - it fell to Macdonald to witness the loss of life of Laurence Sterne. 'Simply choked with curiosity' Sunday instances '..a version of real writing' night average 'Deserves a excessive position between autobiographies.' state
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There are often fifty or sixty in company besides servants. We went for one week to Leith Races, and returned to the Wells, and remained till October. We went a short time to Bargeny, and to Edinburgh all the winter. About this time Lady Anne’s two sisters were married: Lady Nelly married Colonel Dalrymple, Lady Polly a French nobleman. In the spring of the year the family went from Edinburgh home. Lady Anne at this time had for companions Miss Duff, Mr Hamilton’s niece, afterwards Countess of Dumfries; Sir John Cathcart’s daughter, Miss Cathcart; Miss Ramsay from Ayr; and Miss Crawford of Ardmillan.
We left Inverary, and went to Edinburgh to be at Leith races. In the harvest we went home to Bourtreehill; and soon after this my Lady was brought to bed of a son, the Lord Viscount of Garnock. In the winter my Lord went to London; and my Lady f requently went out on horseback; but, when her sister went with her, she went in the carriage. She never once went out the whole time I lived there, either on horseback or in the carriage, but I was with her. If any person spoke against me to my Lord or herself, she told me who the person was, because I saved her daughter, Lady Memoirs of an eighteenth century footman 20 Jane, from the flames.
They conclude with tea and syllabubs; and then go home. It is the custom for strangers too to give entertainments of this kind, as well as gentlemen who reside in the neighbourhood. There are often fifty or sixty in company besides servants. We went for one week to Leith Races, and returned to the Wells, and remained till October. We went a short time to Bargeny, and to Edinburgh all the winter. About this time Lady Anne’s two sisters were married: Lady Nelly married Colonel Dalrymple, Lady Polly a French nobleman.