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inauguration of their deacon-convener. On one or two of these
occasions, notwithstanding disqualifications equal to those of
the Nightingale Club, he was induced to regale the company
(at an advanced period of the evening) with Tarry Woo.
This is an effort in the pastoral style of Crawford by a man
who occupied rather a broad space in the public eye in Scotland,
in the middle of the eighteenth century. Sir Gilbert Elliot of
Minto, the third baronet of the series, aj)pears to have been a
man of fine sagacity, very considerable accomplishments, and
good talents for public business. The Eev. Dr Somerville of
Jedburgh, who was intimately acquainted with him, speaks in
the highest terms of Sir Gilbert's talents and of his amiable
general character. As member for Roxburghshire, he rose to be
Treasurer of the Navy, and was at one time in some likelihood of
being appointed Speaker. He died in the vigoiu' of life in
January 1777.
Sir Gilbert displayed a gift of verse-making at the early age of
fourteen, when he composed some lines in compliment to Mr
Murray, on his defending the magistrates of Edinburgh in
parliament against the charge brought against them on account
of the Porteous Riot. 1 Like his sister, Miss Jeanie, he wrote one
Scotch son", which has been ever held in esteem :
sheep I ne - gleet - ed — I lost my sheep-
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all the
haunts of my
1 These verses are in the Gentleman's Magazine, 1737, p. 509-

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