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wall in full career upon the ladies, swept them brought together, as in the following verses from from the stones, and whelmed them in the flood. Thomson's “Spring":Their shrieks were piercing ; but, alas! there
“Now, when the first foul torrent of the brooks, was no one there to help. Miss Ramsay hap- Swell’d with the vernal rains, is ebb’d away ; pened, fortunately, to be clad in a sort of stuff And, whitening, down their mossy-tinctur'd streami petticoat, which being of a stiff material, resisted Descends the billowy foam, now is the time, the water, and buoyed her up until she caught
While yet the dark-brown water aids the guile hold of some branch or bough, which was the
To tempt the trout. The well-dissembled fly
The rod, fine tapering with elastic spring, means of saving her. But, alas! the two sisters Snatch'd from the hoary stud the floating line, were utterly lost.
And all thy slender wat’ry stores prepare ; After passing through the beautiful grounds of
But let not on thy hook the tortur'd worm Newton Don, the river enters the lovely vale of
Convulsive twist in agonizing folds, Eden, rich in cultivation, and resembling some of
Which, by rapacious hunger swallow'd deep,
Gives, as you tear it from the bleeding breast our happiest English scenes. In the centre of it Of the weak, helpless, uncomplaining wretch, is the peaceful village of Ednam, the birth-place Harsh pain and horror to the tender hand! of our favourite poet Thomson, who was the son “When, with his lively ray, the potent sun of the clergyman of this parish. His mother's Has pierc'd the streams, and rous'u the finny race, name was Hume, and she inherited a portion of
Then, issuing cheerful to thy sport repair : a small estate as coheiress. His father, having
Chief should the western breezes curling play,
And light o'er æther bear the shadowy clouds. no less than nine children, had little difficulty in
High to their fount, this day, amid the hills agreeing to the proposal of a kind neighbour And woodlands warbling round, trace up the brooks; clergyman, Mr. Riccarton, who being without a The next pursue their rocky-channel'd maze family himself, being moreover much struck with Down to the river, in whose ample wave
Their little Naiads love to sport at large. the genius which early displayed itself in James
Just in the dubious point, where with the pool Thomson, undertook the charge of his education,
Is mix'd the trembling stream, or where it boils and to furnish him with books. Mr. Riccarton Around the stone, or from the hollow'd bauk was somewhat of a poet himself, and it has been Reverted plays in undulating flow, asserted that it was to him that Thomson was
There throw, nice judging, the delusive fly; indebted for the plan of his “ Seasons." It was
And, as you lead it round in artful curve,
With eye attentive mark the springing game. in this way that his carlier years were passed, Strait as above the surface of the flood until he went to the school at Jedburgh.
They wanton rise, or, urg'd by hunger, leap, We have already said a good deal on the sub
Then fix, with gentle twitch, the barbed hook ; ject of Thomson and his writings, but we must be
Some lightly tossing to the grassy bank,
And to the shelving shore slow dragging some allowed a little indulgence here in extension of
With various hand proportion'd to their force. what has already fallen from us. It is not long ago If yet too young, and easily deceir'd, since we were in a company of very intelligent A worthless prey scarce bends your pliant rod, people of both sexes, where the subject of Thom
Ilim, piteous of his youth, and the short space
He has enjoy'd the vital light of heaven, son happened to be introduced, and where, to
Soft disengage, and back into the streain our very great astonishment, it was agreed,
The speckl'd captive throw; but, should you inte nemine contradicente, not only that nobody read From his dark haunt, beneath the tangled roots Thomson now-a-days, but that nobody could read Of pendent trees, the monarch of the brook, Thomson now-a-days, and one gentleman went so
Behoves you then to ply your finest art.
Long time he, following cautious, scans the fly, far as to state that he believed that nothing but
And cft attempts to seize it, but as oft the circumstance of an individual being, by some The dimpled water speaks his jealous fear. accident, confined in a determinedly rainy day to At last, while haply o'er the shaded son the dull parlour of some country inn, with no
Passes a cloud, he desperate takes the death other book but the Seasons," could induce him
With sullen plunge: at once he darts along,
Deep struck, and runs out all the lengthen'd line, or her to open it ; and he even doubted whether,
Then seeks the farthest ooze, the sheltering weed, if the book was opened, it would not be imme- The carern'd bank, his old secure abode, diately afterwards closed. This excited a merry And flies aloft, and flounces round the pool, laugh all round ; but, if there be any truth in
Indignant of the guile. With yielding hand,
That feels him still, yet to his furious course this observation, may we not ask, whether this
Gives way, you, now retiring, following now, disregard of this faithful poet of Nature does not
Across the stream, exhaust his idle rage, prove a certain perversion in general taste, rather Till floating broad upon his breathless side, than
any fault in Thomson's poetry itself? What And to his fato abandon'd, to the shore made the above remarks more curious to us was,
You gayly drag your unresisting prize.” that the gentleman who hazarded them was a We know nothing in Izaack Walton that so perkeen and expert angler, and that all the other fectly teaches the pupil the whole of his art as these gentlemen present were devoted to that sport. lines do. It shows a most wonderful knowledge We strongly suspect, therefore, that this under of the subject in the poet, that he points out to us, valuing of 'Thomson had been entirely gratui- that it is not the first day after the rains that we tous, and that the gentleman had made no very ought to try the river. That day should be devoted recent attempt to peruse his works ; for, if he to the mountain brooks and burns, which mest had, we fearlessly ask where he could have had speedily purify themselves, and after this we may all the little circumstances necessary to produce proceed to the river with some hope of success. success, so fully, so beautifully, or so poetically But the whole passage is replete with the very
niceties of the art. Although this quotation and to the accidental escape of considerable quantities these remarks have found their place here, we are of another variety of trout from enclosed water still of opinion that the scenery that gave rise to at Mellerstain, the stream itself became the haunt, them in the poet's mind must have been that of and continued so for three or four successive years, the Jed, which river was full of trouts, until some of a cross breed, which vied in numbers with the such accident as the bursting of a lime kiln proper stock, and appeared, during the greater destroyed the whole of them, and they are only part of this period, as if it would ultimately supnow beginning to recover their numbers. plant them altogether. This breed, however,
Before we conclude the subject of Thomson, let and its after-crosses, have nearly disappeared, us be permitted to say, that we cannot estimate and the original trout are resumning, in point of how deeply we should pity the man who, whether numbers, their old positioni. cooped up in a wretched inn, or walking free Mr. Stoddart tells us further, that below Stichell amidst the wilds of the mountain forest, could not Lynn the true breed of Eden is intermixed with estimate the value of these sublime and magnifi- other varieties. May and June are the months cent lines, which we now offer to our readers, with when the trout are in highest perfection, and the very great regret that our space will not allow worm at this period is a deadly bait. The us to quote the whole of the hymn to which they largest trout Mr. Stoddart ever killed in Eden belong
weighed about two pounds, and he says that he
has frequently taken, among others, a dozen "These, as they change, Almighty Father! these Are but the varied God. The rolling year
weighing a pound a-piece. Of late years, the Is full of Thee. Forth in the pleasing spring
fish have greatly decreased in size ; but their Thy beauty walks, thy tenderness and love;
quality, when in season, is still good. Wide flush the fields; the softening air is balm ;
And now we must congratulate our kind and Echo the mountains round; the forest smiles ;
courteous reader, as well as ourselves, that the And every sense and every heart is joy. Then comes Thy glory in the summer months,
romantic days of border warfare have been long With light and heat refulgent. Then Thy sun
at an end ; for, if it had been otherwise, our Shoots full perfection thro' the swelling year ; noble companion, the Tweed, which has now And oft at dawn, deep noon, or filling eve,
brought us to a point where he washes England By brooks and groves, in hollow-whispering gales, Thy bounty shines in autumn unconfined,
with his right hand waves, whilst he laves ScotAnd spreads a common feast for all that lives.
land with his left, might have brought us into In winter awful Thou ! with clouds and storms some trouble. As he forms the boundary between Around Thee thrown! tempest o'er tempest roll, England and Scotland from hence to the sea, we Majestic darkness ! on the whirlwird's wing,
must, in order to preserve him as a strictly ScotRiding sublime, Thou bidst the world adore,
tish river, say little about his right bank, except And humblest Nature with thy northern blast."
what may be necessary for mere illustration. But We must acknowledge it is a very great satis- as we see before us the truly dilapidated ruins of faction to us, to recollect that we had the honour what was once the strong and important fortress of meeting two ladies of the name of Bell, some of Wark Castle, we must bestow a few words twenty years ago, when on a visit to the late Sir | upon it; and perhaps the best way of so doing is John Marjoribanks, at Lees, who were the lineal to borrow those of Sir Walter Scott :-“During descendants of a sister of Thomson's, and whose the reign of Stephen, Wark Castle sustained conversation showed that they were not devoid of three sieges against the Scotch, under their king, a portion of that talent for which the poet was so David, with most admirable fortitude; in the two celebrated.
first they entirely baffled the assailants, and comThe Eden is remarkable for the excellence of pelled them to raise both sieges; in the last the the trout, which are natives of the stream, but they garrison were reduced to great extremities—they require very considerable skill and great nicety of had killed their horses, and salted their flesh for art to extract them by means of the angle from food, and when that was nearly consumed, retheir native element. Mr. Stoddart tells us that solved, as soon as all provision was exha ed, to the true Eden trout is a deeply-shaped fish, make a general sally, and cut their passage small headed, and of dark complexion on the ex- through the lines of their assailants, or die, sword terior. The stars or beads are by no means in hand. During this interval, Walter D’Espec, numerous, but they are large and distinctly their lord, willing to preserve so brave a corps, formed ; those on either flank being of a deep sent the Abbot of Beville with his command, that crimson or purple hue, and encircled with a the garrison should surrender the place; on whose whitish ring or halo. Its flesh, when in season, on arrival a treaty was entered into, in consequence being cooked, is of a fine pink colour, the flakes of which the garrison capitulated, and were perinterlayered with rich curd. At the table it is mitted to march out of the castle under arms, highly esteemed for its firmness and general ex- with twenty horses provided them by the Scotch cellence. We hold that the superior excellence king. On this evacuation the castle was deof these fish is to be attributed to the superior molished, and the fortifications were razed. feeding which is supplied to them by the deep King Henry the Second, to strengthen his fronalluvial soil of the vale through which the stream tiers against the Scots, ordered the castle to be flows. Mr. Stoddart mentions a curious circum- rebuilt, and the fortifications restored. stance connected with the trout of the upper part "King David Bruce, returning with his victorious of this river, above Stichell Lynn ; where, owing army from an incursion he had made into England,
as far as Durham, passed Wark Castle. His rear, , the command of Andrew Ker of Fairnherst. laden with spoils, were seen by the garrison with The French carried the outer enclosure at the the greatest indignation. Sir William Montague first assault, but they were dislodged by the garwas then governor, and the Countess of Salisbury, rison setting fire to the corn and straw laid op whose lord the fortress then belonged to, resided | therein. The besiegers soon recovered it, and by there. The governor, with forty horsemen, made their canuon effected a breach in the inner wall a sally, committed great slaughter on the Scots, The French, with great intrepidity, mounted the and returned into the castle with 160 horses, breach, sustaining great loss from the shot of tbat laden with booty. The Scotch king, incensed at part of the garrison who possessed the keep; and this insult, made a general assault on the castle, ! being warmly received by the forces that defend:! but met with a repulse. He then inverted the the inner ballium, were obliged to retire after place. The imminent danger of the garrison / great slaughter. The attack was to have been rendered it necessary to send information of their renewed on the succeeding day, but a fall of rain situation to the English monarch, who was ap- in the night, which swelled the Tweed, and proaching the borders with a great army. The threatened to cut off the retreat of the assailants attempt was perilous, but it was effected by the to the main army, and the approach of the Earl governor himself on a fleet horse, in the darkness of Surrey, who before lay at Alnwick with a large and tumult of a stormy night. He passed through force, obliged the Duke to relinquish his design the enemy's lines, and carried intelligence to and return into Scotland. The governor of Wark King Edward, who advanced so rapidly to the re- Castle at this time was Sir John Lisle. lief of the besieged, that the Scotch had but “Wark was the barony and ancient possessica barely time to pass the Tweed before the van of of the family of Ross, one of whom, William de the English army appeared. The Countess of Ross, was a competitor for the crown of SeatSalisbury expressed the most grateful joy for this land in the reign of Edward I. of England. relief. She entertained the king at Wark Castle, It continued in that family to the end of the and her deportment and manners were so pleas- fourteenth century, when it appears to have being to him, that the origin of the institution of come the possession of the Greys, who took their the most noble order of the garter is said to be title from the place, being styled the Lords Grey owing to this visit.
of Wark, in the descendants of which family is “ Soon after the accession of Henry IV. to the has continued to the present time.” throne of England, the Scots made an incursion, The Scottish banks of the river, from the in which they took the castle of Wark, and utterly Eden water to Coldstream, are richly cultivated, demolished the works. It had been a fortress of and partially wooded by hedgerows and the plantoo much consequence to the safety of that part of tations of several properties. The country bein; the kingdom to be long neglected; it was, there- fiat, the extensive woods of Lord Hume's fine fore, soon after restored, and in a good state of place of the Ilirsel fill up the back-ground very defence. In 1419, in the absence of the king, happily. A very singular little stream, called the who was then in France, hostilities having coin Leet, passes through his grounds. It is extremely menced on the Borders, William Ilaliburton of small, and, having its course through a deep Fast Castle took the Castle of Wark, and put alluvial soil, it has more the appearance of a all the garrison to the sword ; but it was soon re- ditch than anything else ; but, insignificant-lookcovered by the English, who made their way by a ing as it is, it contains trout of very superior size sewer which led from the kitchen of the castle into and flavour. Mr. Stoddart gives us the following the Tweed, and surprising the Scots, put them all extraordinary account of this small stream:to death, in revenge for their former cruelty. “ Of'all streams that I am acquainted with, the This castle was again in the hands of the Scotch Leet, which discharges itself into the Tweed in the reign of Henry VI., and they once more above Coldstream, was wont, considering its levelled its fortifications with the ground. It was size, to contain the largest trout. During the afterwards repaired by the Earl of Surrey ; and summer season it is a mere ditch, in many in the year 1523, in the reign of Henry VIII., the places not above four or five span in width, and, Scotch army, lying at Coldstream, resolved again where broadest, still capable of being leapt across. to attempt the destruction of Wark. Buchanan, The run of water is, comparatively speaking, inthe historian, being present at the siege, gives the significant, not equalling in the average a cabie following description of the castle :- In the in- foot. This, however, as it proceeds, is every nermost area was a tower of great strength and now and then expanded over a considerable surheight ; this was encircled by two walls, the face, and forms a pool of some depth ; in fact, outer including the larger space, into which the the whole stream, from head to foot, pursuing, as inhabitants of the country used to fly with their it does, a winding course for upwards of twelre cattle, corn, and flocks, in time of war; the inner miles, is a continued chain of pools, fringed, of much smaller extent, but fortified more strongly during the summer, on both sides, with rushes by ditches and towers. It had a strong garrison, and water-flags, and choked up in many parts good store of artillery and ammunition, and other with pickerel weed and other aquatic plants necessary things for defence.' The Duke of The channel of Leet contains shell-marl, and its Albany, the commander of the Scotch, sent banks, being hollowed out beneath, afford, indeagainst it battering cannon and a chosen band of pendent of occasional stones and tree roots, Spots and French, to the number of 4000, under excellent shelter for trout. Not many years
ago, the whole course of it was infested with countries it divides, seems disposed to favour, pike, but the visit of some otters, irrespective of Scotland so far, as it is continually adding large the angler's art, has completely cleared them portions to Sir John Marjoribanks' estate. The out, and thus allowed the trout, which were view down the course of the stream, which runs formerly scarce, to become more numerous. between wooded banks of no great height, and is
“On the first occasion of my fishing Leet, crossed by the noble bridge of Coldstream, is exwhich happened to be early in April, 1811, be- tremely beautiful. fore the sedge and rushes had assumed the The village of Coldstream itself is very pretty ascendancy, I captured, with the fly, twenty-six with its nice modern cottages and gardens, trout, weighing in all upwards of twenty-nine but it is likewise interesting from some of its pounds. Of these, five, at least, were two- old buildings. Our friend Mr. Chambers tells pounders, and there were few, if any, small-sized us that the third house east from the marketfish. In 1842, on the second day of June, the place of Coldstream is said to have formerly weather being bright and hot, I killed, with been the inn. It is an old thatched edifice of the worm, out of the same stretch of water, be- two storeys, but might have at one time been the twixt Castlelaw and Boughtrig, forty-two trout, best houso in the town. In this house, many weighing upwards of twenty-three pounds ; also, personages of distinction, including kings and on a similar day in June, 1816, betwixt ten queens of Scotland, are enumerated by tradition and two o'clock in the forenoon, I managed to as having resided, and that occasionally, for encreel three dozen and five fish, the largest of several days at a time, while waiting till the which was a three-pounder, and there were at fall of the waters of Tweed permitted them to least twelve others that weighed a pound a-piece. cross at the ford, the only means of passage preThe gross weight on this occasion I neglected vious to the building of the bridge. Some of to take note of, but it certainly approached two the apartments in which royalty found accomstones.” The salmon angling casts on this long modation in former times are sufficiently curious bank of the Tweed, which we have last brought and confined. Coldstream was remarkable for under notice, are, according to Mr. Stoddart, as its convent of Cistercian nuns, of which Mr. follow :-" The Birgham fishings on Tweed com- Chambers gives us the following interesting mence about half a mile below Edenmouth, and account :-Previous to the Reformation, Coldcomprise, along with the Carham water, a stream could boast of a rich priory of Cistercian number of excellent pools and angling casts, the nuns ; but of the buildings not one fragment now principal of which are Birgham Dub, containing remains. The nunnery stood upon a spot a little Burnmouth, Corbie-nest, Galashan, Jean-my- eastward from the market-place, where there are lady, Cork-stane ; after which follow the Burn- still some peculiarly luxuriant gardens, besides a stream, Carham-wheel, including Cuddy’s-hole, small burying-ground, now little used. In a Dyke-end, Longship-end, Mid-channel-stream, slip of waste ground, between the garden and the Flummery, Kirke-end, Dritten-ass, Glitters, river, many bones and a stone coiiin were dug up Bloody-breeks, Under-cairn, the Cauldron-hole, some years ago ; the former supposed to be the Three-stanes, Pikey, Three-brethren, Nether- most distinguished of the warriors that fought at stream, the Hole-stream, the Hole, Craw-stanes, Flodden ; for there is a tradition that the abbess Lang-craig, Mark’s-skelling-head, Bell-stane, sent vehicles to that fatal field, and brought away Leggy-bush, White-eddy, Whinbush-skelly, many of the better orders of the slain, whom she Shaw's-mare, Know-head.
interred here. The field, or rather hill, of “ The casts in the Wark water, belonging to Flodden, is not more than six miles from ColdEarl Grey, are the Snipe, the Brae, the Dub, stream, and the tall stone that marks the place Anna-edge, Cuddy’s-hole, Skeller-rocks, Willow where the king fell, only about half that disbush, Island-neb, Black-mark, Fa’en-down-brae, tance, the battle having terminated about three Hedge-end, Red-heugh-stane, Hell’s-hole, Mid- miles from the spot where it commenced. hole, Temple, Cauld-end, Coble-neb, Coble-hole, This place is equally remarkable for its conBulwark. The fishings on the north side of summation of the marriages of English runthe river belong to the Earl of Hume; those on away couples, as Gretna Green has been ; and the south, below Carham Burn, to the Compton whilst we have no doubt that some pairs may family, Carham Hall. Succeeding these are the have had uninterrupted connubial happiness since Wark fishings, and, farther down, the Lees they were here linked together in matrimony, we water."
fear there may have been many who have secretly, The place of Lees, the property of Sir John if not openly, cursed the day when they crossed Marjoribanks, Baronet, is immediately above the Tweed for such a purpose. the village of Coldstream. The house stands General Monk made this his quarters till he upon a cheerful terrace, looking down upon a found a favourable opportunity for entering Eng. very extensive and beautiful haugh, around which land to effect the restoration, and it was here the river makes a large circuit. This is per- that he raised that regiment that has ever afterfectly level in surface, and only wants the grand wards had the name of the Coldstream Guards. historical recollections that attach themselves to It is known in these modern times for a very the famous Runnymede to possess an equal in different species of celebrity, for it may now be terest. The river here, although bound in honour, called the Melton Mowbray of the north. Before like a fair judge, to do equal justice to the two our friend, Dr. Marjoribauks Robertson, went to
reside at Ladykirk, he took from his nephew the
“ Tweed said to Till, house and place of Lees to live in. Here he
What gars ye rin sae still ?
Till said to Tweed, established his crack pack of fox-hounds, and
Though ye rin wi' speed, hunted the Northumbrian country for several
And I rin slaw, seasons with great success. He afterwards handed
Yet where ye drown ae man
I drown twa!" the hounds and the country over to Lord Elcho, who has now a very superior range of hunting According to Mr. Stoddart, Till has considercountry on both sides the Tweed, and particu- able fame as an angling river.
The fish it conlarly in Northumberland. The assemblage of tains are pike, perch, trout, and eels; but the sportsmen of the highest order in and about migratory sorts, especially whitlings, enter it Coldstream during the hunting season is very freely, and much earlier than they do any other great, and there are few places where fox-hunting branch from the main stream. Not many salmon, can be more fully and freely enjoyed ; whilst the however, are caught by the rod above Etal, their courtesy and urbanity of Lord Elcho himself give progress being much obstructed by a waterfall in a tone to the society that makes the mere resi- that locality. The sea-trout, on the occurrence of dence here during the hunting season peculiarly a flood, force their way up into the Glen, a stream fascinating.
entering Till two or three miles below Wooler, The River Till is an important tributary to the and formed by the junction of the Bowinont and Tweed from its right bank, but we are at some
Colledge waters, the one passing Yetholm from loss to say whether or not we should interfere Roxburghshire, and the other from the foot of with it, seeing that it is so decidedly an English Cheviot. The Glen is in high repute as an angling river, and we recall
, with fear and trembling, the stream, and contains abundance of small lives aid its bridge of Twisel afforded to the army of
trout. There are good inns at and adjoining Lord Surrey, enabling it to meet and overthrow Wooler, and a small one at Bender. Connecte the Scottish army at Flodden ; but we cannot with this district is the Glendale fishing club, a pass over the graphic description given by Scott numerous body of Northumbrians, comprising of the passage of the English army :
several able and intelligent anglers.
On the Tweed, at Till-mouth, there is an es. • Even so it was. From Flodden ridge
cellent cast for salmon ; but here, as at CollThe Scots beheld the English host
stream, the fish are very capricious, and shor Leave Barmore-wood, their evening post, little inclination to favour the angler.
And heedful watch'd them as they cross'd The Till by Twisel bridge.
Let us now return to the Scottish side of the High sight it is, and baughty, while
Tweed, and there let us notice the charming ree They dive into the deep defile ;
dence of Lennel, beautifully situated on the banis Beneath the cavern'd cliff they fall,
of the river, a little below Coldstream bridge, Beneath the castle's airy wall.
This belongs to the Earl of Haddington, and By rock, by oak, by bawthorn tree, Troop after troop are disappearing,
was here that Mr. Brydone, the well-known tour Troop after troop their banners rearing,
ist in Sicily and Malta, lived for some time preL'pon the eastern bank you see.
vious to his death. Near this are the remains Still pouring down the rocky den,
the church of Lennel, surrounded by a burying Where flows the sullen Till, And, rising from the dim-wood glen,
ground, which is still in use. Tradition speaks of Standards on standards, men on men,
Maxwell's Cross, which stood about a century ago In slow succession still,
between Lennel church and Tweed mill. A little And sweeping o'er the Gothic arch,
way below Tweed mill is Milnegraden, the sea: And pressing on, in ceaseless march,
of that gallant and heroic veteran, Admiral Sur To gain the opposing hill. That morn, to many a trumpet clang,
David Milne, now the residence of his son. It is Twisel! thy rocks deep echo rang ;
charmingly situated in a wooded park upon And many a chief of birth and rank,
immediate banks of the river. Saint Helen! at thy fountain drank.
As to the angling on the Tweed, Mr. Stoddart Thy hawthorn glade, which now we see
tells us that at Coldstream bridge there is a good In spring-tide bloom so lavishly, Had then from many an axe its doom,
cast, which seldom wants its fish ; and where, To give the marching columns room.”
in the grilse season, when the river is clear, en
has an excellent opportunity of studying the From what we have seen of this ravine, we habits and likings of the salmon in fresh waterare disposed to think that when the hounds take what fly is most attractive, &c. &c. The trouttheir course across it, they must be productive of ing about Coldstream is very superior ; but the many curious and amusing incidents among the rod fishing for salmon, with the exception of the field of sportsmen, worthy, perhaps, of being de cast above mentioned, is somewhat precarious scribed by such a lively pencil as that of Mr. Three miles below Coldstream stands Tweed Alken. It is extremely romantic and beautiful ; mill, nearly opposite which the Till enters. and the well alluded to by Sir Walter Scott in We must now proceed to make our last inroad his verses is to be found beneath a tall rock near into England-an inroad, however, very the bridge. The Till runs so extremely slow, indeed from those which used to be made by our that it forms a curious contrast with the Tweed, ancestors
, when they rode at the head of their whose course here is very rapid, giving rise to men-at-arms, for the purpose of harrying the the following quaint verses :
country, and driving a spoil. We go now upon å