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Tales of the Wars of Montrose Volume 2

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    James Hogg (Author)
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1835 edition. Excerpt: ... THE ADVENTURES OF COLONEL PETER ASTON. This heroic young gentleman was bred up in the family of John, the eighth Earl of Mar, and was generally supposed to have been a near connection of that nobleman':s, but whether legitimate or illegitimate, is no where affirmed. It was indeed whispered among the domestics, that he sprung from a youthful amour between Lord Aston, of Forfar, and a nearer connection of the Mar family than I choose to insinuate. Certain it is, however,vthat the boy was christened by the name of Peter, and retained the surname of Aston to his dying day. VOL. II. B Although young Aston was taught every accomplishment of the age, yet he had no settled situation, either of honour or emolument. He looked forward to the life of a soldier, but hitherto his patron had made no provision for him. He was a principal man at weaponshaws, excelling every competitor. An excellent bargeman, a most acute marksman, and, at the sword exercise, he was not surpassed by any young man in the kingdom. His chief and benefactor, the Earl of Mar, was a man of great power and authority, but about this time he got embroiled in the troubles of the period, and suffered some grievous losses and misfortunes, owing to the malignity of some of the parliamentary leaders, and so hardly was he pressed, that he was obliged to make his escape into Ireland, and his family was scattered among his relations.-But perceiving the dangers that were approaching him, he established young Aston in the north, as constable of the Castles of Brae-Mar and Kildrummie, and sole keeper of the Earl':s immense forests in those parts. This was a grand appointment for our young hero, requiring all the energies of his mind, for the forest was then of such extent that no living...
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  • James Hogg (Author)
  • TheClassics.us (12 Sept. 2013)
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