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officers trained by his example, co- slaughter of the disordered and brooperating with the unshaken fortitude ken ranks. But, amidst the exultation and indefatigable perseverance of his of success, the cypress was interwoven men, surmounted every difficulty, and, with the laurel, and the acclamations at last, on the 11th January, the troops of victory were mingled with the sighs reached Corunna. From circumstan- of the afflicted. Shortly after the ences, however, which human foresight gagement commenced, the gallant Sir could scarcely prevent, all the trans- David Baird was carried off the field ports had not yet arrived ; and in the severely wounded; and, not long after, mean time the French had arrived in Sir John Moore received a mortal such numbers, that an engagement wound with a cannon ball. He had alone could secure a safe embarkation. put himself at the head of the 42d re

From the 11th to the 16th the outposts giment, and had just finished a short ' of both armies were engaged in conti- address to his men, when the ball, af

nual skirmishes, which, however, led to ter touching the ground at about 18 no important consequences. On the yards distance, rebounded again, and

, 16th they had assembled in such num- nearly carried off his left arm, and sebers on the hills in the neighbourhood verely shattered his side. Although of Corunna, and were making such pre- motally wounded, he showed a dispoparations, that an engagement was in- sition to remount his horse ; evitable. Sir John Moore, according- immediately carried back to Corunna, ly, drew out his men about three miles where he survived about eight hours, from the town, and there waited the encouraging his disconsolate friends, attack of the enemy. His men, ex- and expired with the most heroic forhausted by the hardships and calami- titude, “ satisfied that he had defeated ties they had endured, and harassed the French." His body was buried in by the almost incessant fighting du- the citadel of Corunna, in a grave, ring the last fourteen days, still sup- dug by the officers of his staff, who ported the character of British solo performed the last melancholy duty diers, and, notwithstanding the vast to their commander, whom they hadi superiority of the enemy's numbers, long regarded as a father, and whom relying on the conduct of their Gene- they were accustomed never to look ral, they waited with impatience and upon, but with sentiments of esteema eagerness the approach of the enemy, and veneration. At last, about two o'clock, the en- Such was the fate of Sir John gagement commenced with a furious Mcore !-After conducting his troops attack on the part of the enemy, but through dangers, which, to most Gereceived a severe repulse by the Bri- nerals, would have appeared insurtish soldiers, who withstood the on- mountable, animating them by his set with the most unshaken intrepidi- presence, and encouraging them by ty. Thrice the enemy returned to the his example ; and having, at last, precharge, and as often retired with loss pared the way for an honourable and and discomfiture ; the boasted con- triumphant return, he fell, when victoquerors at Austerlitz, at Jena, and ry was about to crown all his efforts, Friedland, after reiterated, but fruit- and reward all his labours. Neither less efforts to make an impression on the dangers of the march, nor the althe British lines, shrunk back from most continual attacks of the enemy, the charge of the bayonet, and re- could daunt his ardour, or relax his treated in confusion. The British, in exertions ; be rose with the difficul, return, became the assailants, and char- ties with which he was encompassed, ging furiously with the bayonet, com- and acquired new courage and vigour pleted the overthrow with a dreadful , from every danger. In the constant


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endurance of cold, hunger, and priva- conducted him to eminence, acquired tion of the common necessaries of new lustre by a more extensive field life ; in magnanimity, heroic fortitude, for their exercise ; and he appears to and self-devotion, perhaps no army, have courted, with avidity, every opeither in ancient or modern times, has portunity where they could be brought more conspicuously signalized itself into action in the service of his counthan that under his command. He try. Amidst the wranglings of factriumphed over every obstacle and tion, party spirit has not ventured to danger, by a happy union of those rare attack his memory with her envequalities which constitute a consum- nomed shafts. His enthusiasm for his mate commander, and which alone profession never allowed him to encan conduct an army to victory and gage in the politics of the day, wisely glory. The troops beheld with ad- judging them incompatible with each miration their General suffering the other, and thus, while he served his same privations, and exposed to the sovereign with fidelity, he gained the same hardships with themselves; they approbation of all. looked with confidence to a leader, Nor was he less amiable in a priwhose attention they had so often ex- vate than illustrious in a public staperienced, and on whose conduct they tion. Seldom were greater courage could implicitly rely.

and firmness of character, united with From this short outline of his life, a more feeling heart, or more unasit will not be difficult to delineate his suming manners. The same concicharacter. The advancement of the liating disposition and suavity of maninterests of Britain, and the approba- ners which endeared him among the tion of his countrymen, seem to have troops, characterised him in domestic been the spring of all his actions ; life. While disengaged from the busand the whole tenor of his conduct tle and tumult of a camp, he became fully demonstrates how far this desire the instructive and amusing compawas fulfilled. His soul, an enemy to nion, the affectionate brother, and the the mean intrigues by which little dutiful son; when his comprehensive minds seek for promotion, glowed with mind, stored with information, and the generous feelings of disinterested improved by reflection, procured him patriotisni, and taught him to follow the esteem and admiration of all who only the voice of glory, and the man- knew him. While his brilliant atdate of his native country. Neither chievements, in almost every quarter the violence of faction, nor the ran- of the globe, remain the testimonials cour of party-spirit, could ever make of his talents and his heroism ; his him deviate from his course; but look- private virtues will long be cherished ing forward with the consciousness of in grateful remembrance by his friends, an upright and virtuous mind, he prose- who, by long intimacy, could best apcuted, with unremitting steadiness and preciate them. ardour, the advancement of his coun- Although cut off early in life, his try, and the glory of the troops under measure of glory was complete. To his command. * His whole life, it use the words of a brother officer, to has been well observed,) was spent whom similarity of pursuits, and conamong the troops.” It will be difficult, geniality of dispositions had long enindeed, to find any officer whose ser- deared him, and who, after the fall of vices have been more constant, whose his friend, conducted the troops to bravery more conspicuous, or whose victory : “ Like the immortal Wolfe, zealous exertions have been crowned he is snatched from his country at an with greater success. When risen to early period of life, spent in her ser-command, the same talents which had vice. Like Wolfe, his last moments

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were gilded with the prospect, and of one hundred, and, among others, the cheered with the acclamations of vic- Right Hon. Lord Viscount Cathcart, tory.-Like Wolfe, also, his me- Lord Viscount Duncan, Lord Robert mory will for ever remain sacred in Kerr, Lord Seaforth, Lord Macdonthat country which he sincerely loved, ald, Sir John Sinclair, and Sir Alexand which he so faithfully served.” ander Macdonald Lockhart, Baronets,

While his untimely fall is thus la- with many of the most considerable mented, let his country do justice to landed Proprietors in the country, his merits. “ I hope the people of Gentlemen of rank in the army, and England will be satisfied, --I hope of the law, and commercial interest. my country will do me justice," were among the last words of the expiring

The Right Hon. Lord Viscount Carlhero. Yes, illustrious spirit! thy

CART, Vice-President, in the Chair. country is satisfied, and thy country

Before proceeding to other business, men will do thee justice. Actuated by Mr Macdonald, the treasurer, read to the glorious motives which influenced the meeting a letter from his Grace all thy. conduct, let them renounce

the Duke of Athol, president of the the intrigues and violence of parties; Society, stating his regret at being and, like thee, seek the glory and the prevented from attending the Society interest of their country, by a life de

on this occasion, being detained on voted to her service.. May thy proud particular business in the country.-atchievements inspire them with vir- His Grace, at same time, expressed tuous emulation, to excel in what is the anxious interest he takes in the beneficial to the state ; may thy ca- prosperity of the Society, and his dereer of glory teach them to follow sire to promote its patriotic views, thy footsteps for its attainment; and, which gave satisfaction to the meets if doomed like thee to perish in the ing. liallowed field of glory, may they, like

The Society then proceeded to balthee, exclaim, “ have always wished , lot for new Members, when the folto die in this manner.” Thus the surest lowing Noblemen and Gentlemen were barrier of national defence will be duly admitted members of the Socieformed ; which, amidst the wreck of ty, their names ordered to be recordexpiring kingdoms and subversion of ed, and public notifications of their empires, wili bid defiance to the ty

election given, viz. rant of France, and may, at last, open Most Noble George Marquis of Tweethe way for the salvation of bleeding dale Europe.

Right Hon. Robert Lord Viscount DunEdinburgh, 2 15th Feb. 1809.

J. E. Lieut.-General the Hon. John Leslie

Major the Hon. Charles Cathcart
The Hon. William Mackenzie of Sea,

Pròceedings of the HIGHLAND SO- Vice Admiral of the Blue Sir William

Sir James Dunbar of Dutn, Bart.

George Fairfax, Banneret

Rear Admiral of the Red Sir Edmund ΤΗ! "HE anniversary general Meeting Nagle

of this Society, agreeable to the Robert Stewart, Esq. of Alderstone Charter, was held in their Hall, High Adam Gillies, Esq. Advocate, SheriffStreet, Edinburgh, on Tuesday, Ja- Henry Home Drummond, Esq. young

Depute of Kincardineshire Juary 10th, at which there was a very


er of Blairdrummond respectable and full attendance of the John Stewart Esq. of Binny Members, to the number of upwards William Spalding, Esq. of Glenkillry


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Charles Hamilton, Esq. of Fairholm of Committees, and other 'resident Rose Campbell, Esq. late of Spain Members of the Society in the counHugh Maclean, Esq. younger of Coll, try, who had paid proper attention to Captain 3d Guards

the black cattle and ploughing comJohn Campbell, Esq. 2 Merchants in John M'Kenzie, Esq.

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petitions, the last of which had been james Grieg, Esq. of Maukinlee, W. S. found to excite much emulation and Robert M.Milian, Esq. younger of Polc approbation in the districts in which bae, WS.

they had been given. The Meeting William Davidson, Esq. younger of were gratified to find, that in several

Harton, Captain 72d Regiment districts the country gentlemen and Samuel Stirling, Esq. of Glorat, Advo. farmer societies had begun competiWilliam Howieson Crawford, Esq. of tions of this sort ; and that the exerCrawfordland

tions of these societies, in promoting William MacKnight Crawford, Esq. improvement in agriculture, were found younger of Raiho

to be very beneficial in the districts Masterton Robertson, Esq. of Wester where they had been instituted. Inches, Advocate

The Society having, at last general John Burnet, Esq. of Kemnay William Ogilvie, Esq. younger of Ches. meeting, voted premiums for the erecters, Advocate

tion of machinery, and the introducThomas Livingstone, Esq. of Parkhall

tion, into Kintyre, Argyllshire, of a John Campbell, Esq. of Achawilling manufactory for carding and spinning Charles Stewart, Esq. of Dalguise of wool, and making the same into Alexander Mackenzie, Esq. younger of cloth; it appeared, by a letter from

Dundonald Brigade Major Howard, North British he had already, besides the operations

Mr D. Clark of Campbelltown, that Staff Alexander Keith, Esq. of Corstorphine of carding and spinning, manufactured Hill

nearly 2000 yards of cloth, and would John Pollock, Esq. Writer to the Signet soon be able to carry on this useful Henry Dundas Beatson, Esq.

branch upon a more extensive scale. Duncan M.Kellar, Esq. Merchant, Glas- The Meeting referred Mr Clark's

gow Join Foreman, Esq.Writertothe Signet. Parker of Yorkshire, relative to the

letter, with one from Mr Thomas The Society next took under con- introduction among the tenantry "in sideration the proceedings of their Di- the Highlands, of small machines, or rectors since the general meeting in frames, for the spinning of wool, and June last, and approved of their con- the proper mode of sorting, or staptinued attention to different objects of ling it, to the Directors; and the improvement, as appeared from the Meeting expressed their acknowledge. premiums voted by them, for the ments to Mr Parker for this commuyear 1808, for raising green crops, nication. meliorating the breed of cattle, to The Society also approved of the ploughmen for improvement in plough- resolution of the Directors, to vote a ing, and for the introduction of wool- premium of twenty guineas, to Mr len manufactories into the Highlands ; James Veitch, at Inchbouny, near also, for essays, containing informa- Jedhurgh, for an improved plough, tion on different useful subjects. The constructed by him, and other machiMeeting directed a list of these pre- nery. These had been examined and miums, with the names of the per- tried by Lord Viscount Cathcart, who .sons to whom they had been adjudg- took the trouble of acting as Conven-ed, to be published in the newspapers; er, assisted by other resident Memand the Society approved of the zeal bers of the Society; and, from a very and attention shown by the Conveners accurate report, given in by his LordMarch 1809.



onage from

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ship to the Directors, it appeared that occasion upheld the high military
Mr Veitch's plough is of light draught, fame acquired by their ancestors.-
executes its work in a superior man- Therefore, and as the plan of this in-
ner, and is particularly steady and stitution seems well calculated for at-
firm in the ground. The Meeting, at taining its purpose, the Society take
the same time that it adjudged the the liberty of recommending the es
above-mentioned premium to Mr tablishment as an object worthy of
Veitch, voted the thanks of the Socie- encouragement and pa
ty to Lord Cathcart, for the trouble the Members of this Society and the
his Lordship had so readily taken in Public.
the business.

The attention of the Society was A plan for the establishment of a now called to the highly meritorious Caledonian Asylum in London, for and spirited conduct of two individuthe maintenance and education of the als, who, among many others of our sons and daughters of Scottish sailors, gallant countrymen, had particularly soldiers, and marines, brought for distinguished themselves at the battle ward by the Highland Society of of Vimiera, so as to attract the notice London, and communicated by them of Major-General Ferguson, under to this Society, through Sir John whose command the 71st Highland Sinclair, Bart. was laid upon the ta- Regiinent, to which they belonged, ble, with the report from the Direc- had been placed. General Ferguson, tors thereupon. It is proposed that, in his letter, states, that Angus Macin this institution, besides reading, Kay (then a corporal in the 71st Rewriting, and arithmetic, the boys shall giment, but who had since been very receive such preparatory instructions deservedly promoted to a commission) as may be necessary to qualify them was the person who had, on the above for the royal navy, the army, mer. occasion, refused to accept of the chant service, or the fisheries. The French General Bernier's watch and girls also to receive an education suit- purse, when tendered to him by that ed to their situation in life ; and for Officer, at the time he was taken prithe purpose of bringing up the chil. soner-and that Geo. Clark, the piper dren in habits of industry, it is propo- of the grenadier company of the same sed to introduce into the establish. regiment, had, after being severely ment certain manufactures or mecha. and dangerously wounded, continued nic arts, adapted to their subsequent to play upon his pipe, to animate the pursuits in life. - Due attention is also men. General Ferguson expresses a to be paid to the morals and religious hope that this Society would confer tuition of the children. Contributors some public mark of its approbation to this benevolent Așylum are to have upon those men for their conduct. votes in the management of it, with The meeting, with much approbathe privilege of presenting children tion, and agreeably to the suggestion for admission. The Society unani- of the Directors, unanimously resolvmously expressed its highest approba- ed, that a Gold Medal, with suitable tion of the establishment of such an device and inscription, should be preAsylum, and their satisfaction, that sented by the Society to Mr Macso many Noblemen and Gentlemen Kay, as a mark of the sense the Socieof this society had already come for- ty entertains of his meritorious, manward in its support. While the objectly, and disinterested conduct, as above pf it is humane and laudable, it ap- stated; and, that a handsome stand pears peculiarly proper to provide for of Highland pipes, with a proper inthe families of Scots soldiers, sailors, scription engraved thereon, shall be and marinęs, who have on every given to Clark, the piper, for his

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