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1874 Excerpt: ...giving all possible eclat to the act. The coffin
was then carried in solemn procession to the Palace, to rest till a
proper funeral-ceremony should be ordered. While the 'excommunicat
traitor of 1650 was thus treated, the triumphant and all-powerful
noble of that time, the Marquis of Argyle, was a prisoner in the
Castle, waiting a doom which was precisely to resemble that of
Montrose, excepting in some particulars of inhumanity, which
vengeful loyalty could not descend to. i Sec under May 21, 1650.
The Presbyterian historians, however, have taken care to chronicle
that the Laird of Gorthie, who took the head off the spike, died
within a few hours, and the Laird of Pitcur, one of Montrose's
great adherents, went to bed in health, and was found dead next
morning. This was a mysterious circumstance, which would probably
be cleared up if we had a return of the quantity of brandy which
Gorthie and Pitcur had drunk on the occasion. 'Such was the
testimony of honour Heaven was pleased, ' says worthy Mr Kirkton,
'to allow Montrose's pompous funerals.' The four members of
Montrose were also recovered from the four towns, Glasgow,
Stirling, Perth, aud Aberdeen, to which they had been severally
sent for ignominious exhibition; and these being now placed in the
coffin, the body was complete as far as circumstances permitted,
excepting that the heart remained in the silver case where Lady
Napier had enshrined it, and in which it continued to be preserved,
under the care of the Napier family, till the period of the French
Revolution. Four months afterwards (May 11), the ceremonial funeral
of Montrose was performed with an amount of joyful display that
rendered it a most singular affair. Twenty-three companies of a
burgess-guard lined the streets, that the procession might...
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