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Kay's Originals Vol. 2


150 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. and, even in his latter years, when retiring from a hard-fought field in Dunn’s Hotel, or any other convivial place of resort, he would allow no escort. His remains were interred in the Greyfriars’ Churchyard, where a stone records the following tribute to his memory :- Mr. Grant died at his house, in Erown’s Square, in 1784. SACRED, To the Memory of ISAAGCR ANT,E sq., of Hilton, Writer to His Majesty’s Signet, who died the 27th December 1794, aged seventy years ; universally esteemed and much regretted by all who knew him. In him the poor lost a friend, the rich a cheerful, facetious companion, and the world an honest man. This Stone was erected at the reqliest of his eldest aon, ISAAGCR ANT, Feb. 2, Anno Domini 1798. The third, or rather the first figure in the background, represents another old bachelor, ARCHIBALD MACARTHUR STEWART, Esq., of Ascog-a gentleman somewhat eccentric in several particulars. He generally wore white clothes, of the description exhibited in the Print, and had a peculiar manner of throwing his legs over each other in walking, which was owing probably to his great corpulency. Mr. Stewart was the only son of Mr. Macarthur of Milton, and succeeded to the estate of Ascog, under a deed of entail executed by John Murray of Blackbarony, of the lands of Ascog, and others, dated 28th May 1763. His relationship to the entailer is not mentioned in the deed; and he is called to the succession upon the failure of heirs of the entailer, and of his sister Mary and her heirs. Mr. Murray left a large personal estate, which was invested by his successor, Mr. Macarthur, in the purchase of land in Argyleshire. Not less wealthy than Mr. Grant, and, like him, a bachelor not of the most continent habits, he is said to have been exceedingly parsimonious in his domestic arrangements. Kay relates that, when he lived at the Castle Hill, he kept no housekeeper or servant, but generally employed some neighbour’s wife or daughter to perform the ordinary drudgery of the house. He had a great attachment to swine, and kept a litter of pigs in his bedroom. On removing to other premises, some time after the death of his mother, with whom he resided, it is told, as illustrative of his singular notions, that he would not allow the furniture to be disturbed, but locked up the house, under the impression that the old lady might occasionally come back and take up her abode there ! Mr. Stewart was proprietor of part of the lands of Coates, near Edinburgh, and lived for some years in the old turreted house at the west end of Melville Street, He latterly resided in Lord Wemyss’ house, Lauriston, where he died
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