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Broadside entitled: 'A Letter from a Gentleman in Forfar, to his Friend at Edinburgh', May 1728


A Letter from a Gentleman in Forfar,
to his Friend at Edinburgh.

S I R,                            Forfar, May 16th, 1728.

AC C O R D I N G to your Desire, I have
sent you an Account of the lamen-
table Catastrophe, which happen'd
on Thursday the 9th of May instant,   which
has filled all the Kingdom with an universal
Regret ; and this Part of it with the utmost
Grief and Confusion imaginable, which is
to be seen in the Faces young and old,
all over the Country ; the Fact is as follow,

" On Thursday being the 9th Instant, several of the neigh-
" bouring Gentlemen were invited to this Place to   a Burial,
" and among the rest the Earl of Strathmore,   Carnegie of
" Finhaven, and Mr. Lyon of Brigton ; after the Burial was o-
" ver, a great many of the Gentlemen ;   among whom were
" these three before mentioned, went to a Tavern,   where
" after they had been there some Time, Finhaven and Erig-
" ton fell a quarrelling, as some say, concerning the   Lady
" Kinfawns, whose Brother Finhaven is;   and others say   it
" was about the Marriage of a Daughter of Finhaven's to a
" young Gentleman in this Country ; but however that be,
" Finhaven went to take his Horse, and had one foot in the
" Stirup, as his Servants say, when Brigton attack'd him,and
" threw him in a Mire, where he had Certainly perish'd, had
" not his Servants come to his Rescue,    together with the
" deceast Earl ;    Finhaven was no sooner recover'd and his
" Servants endeavouring to make clean his Cloaths,    but he
" drew his Sword ; and the Earl stepping in to prevent any
" Mischief that might happen, received from Finhaven a mor-
" tal Wound, abou an lnch below his Navel, which woun-
" ded his Puddings in three Parts, and went quite throrow
'' his Body.    His Lordship,    after he received the Wound,
" spoke little till Saturday's Night he called for his Lady, en-
" deavouring to comfort her,    and grasping her Hand,    he
" died about 12 a Clock that Night.    This is the unfortu-
" nate End of this universally beloved Nobleman,    whose
" rare Qualities render'd him an Ornament to his Country,
" a Pattern   of Youth,    and the Admiration of all that
" knew him.

        I am Yours, &c.

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Probable date published: 1728   shelfmark: RB.l.106(019)
Broadside entitled: 'A Letter from a Gentleman in Forfar, to his Friend at Edinburgh', May 1728
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