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soner. Upon this the Saracen lady gave it
incurring the owner's displeasure. People The Lee Penny.
come from all parts of Scotland, and even
from Yorkshire, to get the water in which BELONGING TO SIR Charles LOCKHART, especially when ill of the murrain and
the stone is dipped, to give their cattle, OF LEE AND CARNWORTH, LANARKSHIRE,
black-leg. This curious piece of antiquity is a stone Many years ago, a complaint was made of a dark red colour and triangular shape, to the ecclesiastical courts against the laird in size about half an inch each side, set in of Lee, then sir James Lockhart, for using a piece of silver coin; which, though much witchcraft: a copy of their act is hereto defaced, by some letters still remaining, is annexed. There is no date; but from the supposed to be a shilling of Edward I., the orthography, and James being the pame of cross being very plain, as it is on his shil. the laird of Lee, it must at least have been lings. It is affirmed, by tradition, to have in the seventeenth century. been in the Lee family since the year 1320 odd; that is, a little after the death of king
COPY OF AN ACT OF THE SYNOD AND
ASSEMBLY. Robert Bruce, who having ordered his heart to be carried to the Holy Land for burial,
“ Apud Glasgow, the 25 Octobr. one of the noble family of Douglass was
Synod. Sess. 2. ! sent with it, and is said to have got the “Quhilk dye, amongest the referries of crowned heart in his arms from that cir. the brethren of the ministrie of Lanerk, it cumstance. On the other hand, it is alleged was propondit to the Synode, that Gawen that the person who carried the heart was Hammiltonne of Raplocke had preferit Simon Locard, of Lee, who about that time an complaint before them against Sir borrowed a large sum of money from sir James Lockart of Lie, anent the superWilliam de Lendsay, prior of Air, for which stitious vsing of an stene set in selver for he granted a bond of annuity of ten pounds the curing of diseased cattell, qlk, the said of silver, during the life of the said sir Wil- Gawen affirmit, coud not be lawfully vsed, liam de Lendsay, out of his lands of Lee and that they had differit to give ony deciand Cartland. The original bond, dated sionne therein, till the advice of the Assem1323, and witnessed by the principal nobi- blie might be had concerning the same. lity of the country, is among the family The Assemblie having inquirit of the maner papers. The sum, which was a great one of vsing thereof, and particularlie vnderin those days, is thought to have been bor- stoode, by examinationne of the said Laird rowed for that expedition ; and, on the au- of Lie, and otherwise, that the custome is thority of the story, of his being the person onlie to cast the stene in sume water, and who carried the royal heart, it is affirmed, give the diseasit cattil thereof to drink, and that he changed his name to “ Lockheart;" qt the sam is dene wtout vsing onie words, or, as it is sometimes spelled, “ Lockhart," such as charmers and sorcerers vse in their and obtained a heart within a lock for part unlawfull practisess; and considering that of his arms, with the motto, “corda serata in nature they are mony thinges seen to pando.”
work strange effects, qrof no humane witt It is said that this Simon Lockhart having can give a reason, it having pleasit God to taken a Saracen prince, or chief, prisoner, his give vnto stones and herbes special virtues wife came to ransom him; and, on counting for the healing of mony infirmities in man out the money or jewels, the stone in question and beast,—advises the brethren to surcease fell out of her purse, and she hastily snatch- thir proces, as q'rin they perceive no ground ed it up, which Simon Lockhart observing, of offence; and admonishes the said Laird insisted on having it, or retaining his pri- of Lie, in the ysing of the said stone, to tak
heed that it be vsit heirafter wt the least hundred yards deep) - the bolting of a scandal that possiblie maye bie.
horse or any other delightful mishap “Extract out of the books of the Asseme which could hurl you to the bottom-all is blie helden at Glasgow, and subscribed be over! They-(the improvers of roads, but thair clerk, at thair comand.
destroyers of an awful yet pleasing picture,) “ M. Robert YOUNG,
-have cut a new road about fifty or sixty
feet below the former, and raised a bank, “ Clerk to the Assemblie at Glasgow.". four feet high, round the edge, so that an
When the plague was last at Newcastle, accident is almost impossible, and no such the inhabitants are said to have sent for the chance as a roll to the bottom will again Lee Penny, and given a bond for a large than the old-the effect completely spoiled
occur! The new road, is somewhat shorter sum in trust for the loan; and that they the stone to perpetuate the murder of the thought it did so much good, that they sailor unheeded the gibbet unseen—and offered to pay the money, and keep the Lee Penny, but the owner would not part pleasing memorials, but less labour to the
nothing left to balance the loss of these with it. A copy of this bond is alleged to horses, and a few
minutes of time saved in have been among the family papers,
the distance! Eighteen years since, the supposed to have been spoiled, with many usual stoppage, and “ Now, gentlemen, if more, by rain getting into the charter-room, you'll have the goodness to alight, and during a long minority, and no family re
walk up, you'll oblige,” took place. At siding at Lee. A remarkable cure is alleged to have been and have scarcely time to admire the much
the present time you are galloped round, performed about a century ago, on a lady Baird, of Sauchtonhall, near Edinburgh, spoken-of spot.
The last time I passed the place, on the $ who, having been bit by a mad dog, was come the length of a hydrophobia; upon ject, our coachee, Robert (or Bob, as he
Independent, when conversing on the subwhich, having sent to beg the Lee Penny delights to be called) Nicholas, related an might be sent to her house, she used it for anecdote of an occurrence to himself
, and some weeks, drinking and bathing in the which tells much of the fear in which passwater it was dipped in, and was quite re
ing the Devil's Punch-Bowl was once held. covered."*
You shall have it, as nearly as I can recolGood reasons are assigned for rejecting lect it :the story of Locard having been the bearer
An elderly lady, with two or three of the heart of Robert Bruce; and there are some ludicrous instances of wonderful coach to London, but with a special agree
younger ones, and servants, engaged the cures performed in the north of England on credulous people, by virtue of water wherein ment, that the party should walk round the the Lee Penny was reputed to have been said bowl,—" As we understand, it is next dipped, and yet neither the water nor the in safety.” On the journey, each change of
to a miracle to go along that horrid place Lee Penny had crossed the Tweed.
horses was accompanied by an inquiry, how far was the dreaded place ? a satisfac
tory answer was, of course, generally given. For the Table Book.
When, at length, the coach arrived at the
stone-memorial, one-third round the place, THE DEVIL'S PUNCH-BOWL.f the coachman alighted, and pretended to
be making some trifling alterations to the You, — Mr. Editor,– Have journeyed harness: his lady-passenger, looking comfrom London to Portsmouth, and must placently into the vast dell beneath her, recollect Hindhead-you will, therefore, inquired its name. “ Higgin-bottom, sympathize with me :--the luxury of riding ma'am.”_“ What a delightful but singular round the rim of the Devil's Punch-Bowl looking spot !” was the rejoinder. The is over! Some few years back the road, coach ihen drove on. On its arrival at the on one side, was totally undefended against next stage, Road-lane, the anxious inquiry, casualties of any description-overturning “ How far off, sir ?" 'was again repeated. the coach into the bowl (some three or four
“ We're passed, ma'am.”—“ Passed it !
in safety ! --bless me!-where was it?"Gentleman's Magazine, Dec. 1787, from whence these particulars, and the engraving of the Lee Penny, “ Where I stopped, and you asked the are derived. Further accounts of it from correspondents will be acceptable.
The old stone was destroyed at the alteration of † A deep valley in Surrey, so called from its circular the road; but a new one has very recently been form. It is about forty-one miles from London. erected on the Dew road.
name of that deep dell—that was the
TEN GUINEAS REWARD. Devil's Punch-Bowl-Higgin-bottom 's the WHEREAS some evil-disposed person or right name.” The delighted passenger re- persons did, in the night of Tuesday, the warded the coachiman for his innocent de 17th instant, maliciously BREAK, DEFACE; ception, and promised always, on that roads and INJURE the stone lately put up at to travel under his guardianship.
Hindhead, by the Trustees of the Lower - I have spoken of a stone erected District of the Sheetbridge Turnpike Road, on the Bowl, and if, in this “airy nothing," to perpetuate the memory of a murder I do not occupy too much space that, un committed there, in the place of one redoubtedly, could be better filled, a brief moved by John Hawkins, Esq. recollection of the fact may close this notice Whoever will give information of the of the Devil's Punch-Bowl:
offender or offenders shall on his, her, or An unfortunate sailor, with a trifle in his their conviction receive a Reward of Tex pocket, on the way to Portsmouth, fell in, GUINEAS, which will be paid by Mr. James at Esher, with three others, then strangers, Howard, the Surveyor of the said Road. and, with characteristic generosity, treated them on their mutual way. The party were
Witley, 26th July, 1827. seen at the Red Lion, Road-lane, together, which they left, and journeyed forward.
NOTE. On Hindhead they murdered their com " You, Mr. Editor," says my pleasant panion-stripped the body, and rolled it correspondent R. N. P., “ you, Mr. Editor, down the Devil's Punch-Bowl. Two men, have journeyed from London to Portswho had observed the party at the Red mouth, and 'must recollect Hindhead—the Lion, and who were returning home, not luxury of riding round the rim of the long after, on arriving at the spot, observed Devil's Punch-bowl-the stone to perpetue something which appeared like a dead
ate the memory of the sailor-the gibbet, sheep; one descended, and was shocked &c.” Ah me!' I travel little beyond books to find a murdered man, and recognised and imagination; my personal journeys the sailor: conjecturing who were his de
are only gyration-like portions of a circle, stroyers, they followed in haste. On ar
scarcely of larger circumference than that riving at Sheet, the villains were overtaken, allowed to a tethered dumb animal. If when in the act of disposing of their vic now and then, in either of the four seasons, tim's apparel. They were apprehended, I exceed this boundary, it is only for a few and shortly afterwards hung and gibbeted miles into one of the four counties--to a near the spot. When at the place of exe; woodland height, a green dell, or beside a cution one of them observed, he only wished still flowing water—to enjoy the features of to commit one murder more, and that
nature in loneliness and quiet—the sight of should be on Faulkner, the constable, who apprehended him -The following is for the twilight, and the coming and going of
every green thing” in a glorious noontide, was) the inscription on the stone; and the stars :-—on a sunless day, the vapours of many a kind “ Poor fellow!" has been the sky dissolving into thin air, the flitting breathed as the melancholy tale has ended. and sailing of the clouds, the ingatherings
of night, and the thick darkness. Was erected in detestation of a barbarous
No, Mr. R. N. P., no sir, 'I am very little MURDER,
of a traveller, I have not seen any of the Committed near this Spot
things you pleasure me by telling of in
your vividly written letter. I know no UNKNOWN SAILOR,
gibbet of the murderer of a sailor, except By Edward Lonogan, Michael Casey, and
one of the “ men in chains " below GreenJames Marshall,
wich—whom I saw last Whitsuntide twoSeptember 24, 1786.
years through the pensioners' telescopes
from the Observatory* -was a slayer of his u Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his messmate; nor though I have heard and
read of the Devil's Punch-Bowl, have I R. N. P.. been much nearer its krim " than the
gibbet of Jerry Abershaw at Wimbledon
Common. P.S.-Since writing as above, a mutila
Abershaw was the last of the great hightion of the Sailor's stone is noticed in a Portsmouth paper by the following adver: waymen who, when people carried money tisement :
* Told of in the Every-Day Book.
Gen. ix. 6.
blood be shed.”
about them, robbed every night, and some- thing which appears to me most extraordi, times in the open day, on Bagshot, Wim- nary, when I remember, in very likely a bledon, Finchley, and other commons, and week, there should be from ten to fifteen high roads, in the neighbourhood of Lone highway robberies. We have not had a don. Some of these highwaymen of the man committed for a highway robbery “ old school" lived in the wretched purlieus lately; I speak of persons on horseback. of Saffron-hill, and would mount and “take Formerly there were two, three, or four the road” in the afternoon from the end of highwaymen, some on Hounslow Heath, Field-lane, at Holborn-bridge, as openly as some on Wimbledon Common, some on travellers setting out from an inn. "On the Finchley Common; some on the Romford order in council, in 1797, which prohibited Road. I have actually come to Bow-street the Bank from paying in specie, gold in the morning, and while I have been went out, and bank-notes came in; and as leaning over the desk, had three or four these were easily concealed, and when people come in and say, ' I was robbed by stolen were difficult to pass, the business of iwo highwaymen in such a place ;' 'I was “the highway ” fell off
, and highwaymen robbed by a single highwayman in such a gradually became extinct. Jerry Abershaw place. People travel now safely, by means was the most noted, because he was the of the horse-patrol that sir Richard Ford most desperate, and most feared of these planned. Where are there highway robo marauders. He was a reckless desperado beries now? As I was observing to the who, pistol in hand, would literally have chancellor, as I was up at his house on the
your money, or your life;" and perhaps Corn Bill: he said, "Townsend, I knew both. He was as famous in his day as you very well so many years ago.' I said, Sixteen-string-Jack, or the Flying Highway Yes, my lord ; I remember your coming
He shot several persons; his trial first to the bar, first in your plain gown, excited as much interest as Thurtell's; and and then as king's counsel, and now chanthe concourse of people at his execution cellor. Now your lordship sits as chanwas innumerable. It was in the height of cellor, and directs the executions on the summer; and the following Sunday being recorder's report; but where are the highfine, London seemed a deserted city; for way robberies now?" and his lordship said, hundreds of thousands went to see Aber “Yes, I am astonished. There are no shaw hanging in chains. His fame will footpad robberies or road robberies now, outlast his gibbet, which I
but merely jostling you in the streets. They been down years ago. The papers tell us, used to be ready to pop at a man as soon that the duke of Clarence, as Lord High as he let down his glass. Admiral, ordered down the pirates' gibbets Q. You remember the case of Abershaw? from the river-side. These were the last A. Yes; I had him tucked up where he
men in chains " in the vicinage of the was; it was through me. I never left a metropolis.
court of justice without having discharged
my own feeling as much in favour of the July, 1827.
unhappy criminal as I did on the part of the prosecution; and I once applied to Mr. Justice Buller to save two men out of three who were convicted ; and on my ap
plication we argued a good deal about it. JERRY ABERSHAW
I said, 'My lord, I have no motive but my duty; the jury have pronounced them guilty. I have heard your lordship pro
nounce sentence of death, and I have now : THE MEN IN CHAINS. informed you of the different dispositions
of the three men. If you choose to execute Townsend, the Bow-street officer's inter them all I have nothing to say about it; esting examination before the police com- but was I you, in the room of being the mittee of the House of Commons in June, officer, and you were to tell me what 1816, contains some curious particulars Townsend has told you, I should think respecting Abershaw, the pirates, “ the dan it would be a justification of you to regers of the road," and "hanging matters,” spite those two unhappy men, and hang toward the close of the last century. that one who has been convicted three
Q. The activity of the officers of Bow- times before.' The other men never had street has infinitely increased of late years ? been convicted before, and the other had
A. No doubt about it; and there is one been three times convicted; and he very
properly did. And how are judges or jus- find, if the parties are convicted before me, tices to know how many times a man has if they are convicted for capital offences, I been convicted but by the information of have made up my mind, as I go through the officer in whose duty and department the circuit, to execute every one.' He did it is to keep a register of old offenders. so-he never saved man or woman and a The magistrate sits up there, he knows no- singular circumstance occurred, that stands thing of it till the party is brought before upon record fresh in my mind. There were him; he cannot.
seven people convicted for a robbery in Q. Do you think any advantages arise Kent-street; for calling in a pedlar, and from a man being put on a gibbet after his after robbing the man, he jumped out of execution?
window. There were four men and three A. Yes, I was always of that opinion; women concerned; they were all convicted, and I recommended sir William Scott to and all hanged in Kent-street, opposite the hang the two men that are hanging down door; and, I think, on Kennington Common the river. I will state my reason. We eight more, making fifteen :-all that were will take for granted, that those men were
convicted were hung. hanged as this morning, for the murder of Q. Do you think, from your long obserthose revenue officers, they are by law dis- vation, that the morals and manners of the sected; the sentence is, that afterwards, the lower people in the metropolis are better or body is to go to the surgeons for dissection; worse than formerly ? there is an end of it-it dies. But look at 4. I am decidedly of opinion, that, with this : there are a couple of men now hang- respect to the present time, and the early ing near the Thames, where all the sailors part of my time, such as 1781, 2, 3, 4, 5, must come up; and one says to the other, 6, and 7, where there is one person con
Pray what are those two poor fellows there victed now I may say, I am positively for? — Why,' says another, ' I will go and convinced-there were five then. We never ask. They ask. • Why, those two men
had an execution wherein we did not grace are hung and gibbeted for murdering his that unfortunate gibbet (at the Old Bailey) majesty's revenue officers.' And so the with ten, twelve, to thirteen, sixteen, and thing is kept alive. If it was not for this, twenty; and forty I once saw, at twice; I people would die, and nobody would know have them all down at home. I remember any thing of it. In Abershaw's case I said in 1783, when sergeant Adair was recorder, to the sheriff, . The only difficulty in hang- there were forty hung at two executions. ing this fellow, upon this place, is its being The unfortunate people themselves laugh at so near lord Spencer's house. But we went it now; they call it a bagatelle.' I was down, and pointed out a particular place; conversing with an old offender some years he was hung at the particular pitch of the ago, who has now quite changed his life; hill where he used to do the work. If there and he said, Why, sir, where there is one was a person ever went to see that man hung now, there were five when I was hanging, I am sure there was a hundred young;' and I said, Yes, you are right in thousand. I received information that they your calculation, and you are very lucky meant to cut him down. I said to sir that you were spared so long, and have Richard Ford, “I will counteract this; in lived to be a better man.' agree with order to have it done right, I will go and George Barrington—whom I brought from sit up all night, and have eight or ten Newcastle—and however great lord chief officers at a distance, for I shall nail these baron Eyre's speech was to him, after he fellows;' for I talked cant language to him. had answered him, it came to this climax: However, we had the officers there, but Now,' says he, " Townsend, you heard nobody ever came, or else, being so close what the chief baron said to me; a fine to Kent-street, they would have come down flowery speech, was it not ? « Yes :'But and sawed the gibbet, and taken it all he did not answer the question I put to him.' away, for Kent-street was a very desperate Now how could he? After all that the place, though it is not so now. Lord chief chief baron said to him after he was acjustice Eyre once went the Home Circuit; quitted-giving him advice this word was he began at Hertford, and finished at every thing : says he, My lord, I have Kingston. Crimes were so desperate, that paid great attention to what you have been in his charge to the grand jury at Hertford, stating to me, after my acquittal: I return he finished — Now, gentlemen of the jury, my sincere thanks to the jury for their you have heard my opinion as to the enor- goodness: but your lordship says, you mity of the offences committed ; be careful lament very much that a man of my abiliwhat bills you find, for whatever bills you ties should not turn my abilities to a better