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MEMOIRS.

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MEMOIRS

OF

MR. WILLIAM VEITCH,

AND

GEORGE BRYSSON,

WRITTEN BY THEMSELVES:

WITH

OTHER NARRATIVES ILLUSTRATIVE OF THE HISTORY OF SCOTLAND,

FROM THE RESTORATION TO THE REVOLUTION.

TO WHICH ARE ADDED,

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES AND NOTES,

BY THOMAS M CRIE, D. D.

WILLIAM BLACKWOOD, EDINBURGH: AND

T. CADELL, STRAND, LONDON.

M.DCCC.XXV.

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PREFACE.

The pieces composing this volume relate to an important period of our national history, which, after all that has been written on it, still admits of farther illustration.

The Memoirs of Mr. William Veitch are printed from a MS. belonging tò David Constable, Esq. advocate, who very obligingly put it into my hands with a view to publication. It bears to have been “written and carefully collated with the original, Aug. 11, 1727.” In the Advocates Library is a copy of a Diary, chiefly religious, written by Mrs. Veitch, which confirms and throws light on several passages of her husband's Memoirs. The original of this is in the possession of W. Henderson Somerville of Fingask and Whitecroft, Esq. a descendant of Mr. Veitch, to whom I am indebted for the use of several docu

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