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she clock'd ; and the severest blow one, "Am I to play to-day, Sir, or not?'— merely destroyed her equilibrium, Certainly, Clapperton,'—was the reply turning up her bottom to the light. - you shall play if I play.' Upon which, The Hen, however, is still on the making a salam with bis band, as if he bad ice.
received the commands of his admiral, he “ We cannot resist inserting the fol.
strided back to where his stone-(the lowing anecdotes connected with the
Hen, which had belonged to his grandfaHen, or omit gracing our pages with a
ther, of antiquarian memory)—and besom name so honourable to a place which was lay, and seizing upon the former with an his father's birth-spot, and so long his air of triumph, he whirled her repeatedly own home; the more especially as they round his head, with as much ease appaare characteristic of the man, Captain rently as if she had been nearer seven than H. Clapperton, the late lamented Afrie to seventy pounds. He then placed ber can traveller, resided at Lochmaben the upon his shoulder, and marched off to the
upon his shoulder, and marched greater part of those three years--the
Loch, where taking up a position, he peacefullest, certainly—perhaps the hap
walked sentry upwards of an hour before piest, of his life--which elapsed between being joined by the rest. The rink in his being paid off in 1817, and his going which he played was most successful, out upon that expedition. There, dwell. beating the opposing President's 21 to 7. ing amid scenes wbich had once formed
It may appear singular how so trivial a the ample possessions of his maternal an circumstance should so biglıly have excestors, * and amid the high recollections cited him: a Curler, however, can easily
cited him : & Curler, however, which have there a local habitation and
comprehend it. He played with his coa name,' he gave himself up to those Jossal granite some capital shots, and, no sports and pastimes which form the oc
doubt, was not a little complacent that the cupations of rural life. Amongst others, Skip, who, as the tongue of the trump, he joined in our Curling campaigns, but,
had wished to eject him, was, with what as might be expected from his inexpe- comparatively was considered to be a rience, was a very indifferent player in crack rink, thoroughly drubbed. deed. The President, however, never
“ Upon another occasion, whilst playparticular as to the individual skill of his ing in a bonspiel with Tinwald, being players, upon the receipt of the first chal challenged by his Skip just whilst in the lenge from Closeburn, chose him into his act of throwing the Hen, he actually held rink. This amongst a body of men, her in the air at arm's length, in the same who perhaps of all others act up most position, until the orders countermanded tenaciously to the no-respecting-of-pers were again repeated. His family were son principle of detur digniori-and that. all athletic players, in particular his uncle too, upon the eve of a contest requiring
Sandy, who for many years played an ima concentration of the experience and mense cairn, upon the principle that no science of the society, gave rise to no
other Curler upon the Lochmaben ice little dissatisfaction. Accordingly, upon could throw it up but himself. These two the morning of the bonspiel, the Presis incidents, however trivial, discovered the dent, upon joining his party in the burgb, germs of that intrepidity which he afterwas surprised to see Clapperton stand- wards developed so prominently "me ing aloof, having a raised look. his hands field of adventure; and whicll, tartom stuck in his sailor's jacket pockets, and the land of his home and beart,' purwhistling loud. He had not time, how chased for him an early tomb—and a ever, to get at him to enquire the cause,
at him to enquire the cause deathless name. till one of the skips coming up, ex
“ Speaking of feats of strength, I am plained the mystery, by saying, that under tempted to make a slight digression. We
tempted to make a sligi standing that Clapperton, and another na
are informed that there have been instanval gentleman equally inexpert, had been ces of throwing a Curling stone one Engchosen into his rink, the Curlers were de lish mile upon ice. It was no uncomtermined not to play the bonspiel unless mon thing in days of yore, and there are they were both put out. The President, many still alive who have done it, to throw upon the ground that a soft answer turns across the Kirk Loch from the Orchard away wrath, said something conciliatory to the Skelbyland--a feat not much short —and turned upon his heel. Upon this of the above. Upon the occasion, we Clapperton, in an attitude of proud con believe, of a match with Tinwald, Laurie tempt, and pulled up to his height, advan Young, the strongest player amongst ced, with the air and gait of the quarter.
them, challenged the Locbmaben party deck, lo u respectful distance, when, throw.
10 a trial of arm. Their pre-ident stepped ing up his hand a la mode navale, die de out, and taking bis stone, threw it with manded, in a key different from his usual such strength across the breadth of the
• The Hendersons of Lochmaben Castle,
Mill Loch, that it stotted off the brink opponents to reckon even a solitary upon the other side, and tumbled over shot. We “soutered them” thus beupon the grass. “Now,' said he to Lau- came a favourite phrase. So proud rie, go and throw it back again, and we'll waxed these indomitable souters, then confess that you are too many for that they not only “ bragged all Scot
land, but even set the world at de« The · Tutor,' another remarkable fiance upon ice.” No curlers coming stone, is perhaps one of the oldest upon from the continent to contend with our ice. It is so called after its owner them. at last “our president, then
- Dickson ; but how he got his etymon a youth, chose six curlers of the padoes not appear. Many wonderful anec
rish-and beat them! To give us dotes relating to it are still afloat, which we reluctantly pass by. We merely enu.
some faint notion of the collective merate Skelbyland, the Craig, Wallace,
prowess of these doughty carles, we Steel-cap, the Scoon, Bonaparte, Hughie,
are informed that it was Deacon JarRed-cap, the Skipper, as all noted and
nå dine's forte to birse a needle, i.e. he associated with the names and feats of would nick a bore so scientifically, other days. Many a good whinstane lies that he would undertake, having first in the bottom of the surrounding Lochs. attached, with a piece of shoemaker's
“Old Bonaparte, who flourished cir. wax, two needles to the side of two 1750 and downwards, was the first who curling-stones just the width of the had a regular formed polished curling- one he played with apart—and upon stone upon our ice. Probably a San. two stones in front similarly apart, quhar one; and a gift from Mr M'Murdo, and on the line of direction, baving the Duke's Chamberlain. He used to affixed two birses, he played his stone be frequently at Drumlanrig Castle play- 80 accurately, that in passing through ing matches; and it is still recollected, the port, it should impel the birses upon one special occasion, that a chaise, forward through the eyes of the a rara avis in those days, was sent down needles. This feat, though unique for him, to go and play a banter for a in its kind, has been often rivalled, large amount, against the champion upon we are told. by living members of ice of the adjoining district. His wily
our society.'” opponent, however, upon seeing him Some Mousewaldite skips having throw his stone for an end or two, gave
once on a time foregathered with a in. Previous to this period, to say truth,
Lochmaben Curler in Dumfries, gave the stones upon the Lochmaben ice were of a wretched description enough. Most
a challenge-but they were nothing of them being sea-stones, of all shapes,
in the hands of the Invincibles. Insizes, and weights. Some were three
deed they would have been soutered cornered, like those equilateral cocked
outright, but for one of the Lochmahats which our divines wore in a cen
ben party, who was bribed by the tury that is past-others like ducks
promise of a goose for dinner, and a others flat as a frying-pan. Their han.
black lamb for his daughter, to let dles, wbich superseded holes for the fin. them get a shot or two. One of the gers and thumb, were equally clumsy victorious party encountered, at the and inelegant; being mal-constructed re commencement of the spiel, a huge semblances of that look-necked biped, red crag, which he struck with such the goose.”
force, that he sent it twenty yards' Ice-ana is a curious chapter-"a distance from the tee, and made it kind of lumber-room for such odds tumble over the dam-dyke. A sinand ends about Curling as we could gular shot once occurred on the Ayrnot conveniently weave into our ge- shire ice. Two parties were playing neral narrative-and which we yet a short distance from each otherthought it a pity to omit.” For ex- with a quantity of snow between ample, what means that well-known them scraped off the ice. The player phrase on the Lochmaben ice, “ We having to take the winner, and being soutered them?” There were towards requested to play with all his strength, the close of the last century, a rink missed his aim, but his stone went of seven players, all shoemakers. So over the barrier, and struck off the expert in the Curling art were those adverse winner upon the neighbourknights of the lapstone, that for a ing tee. That was as funny as it was number of years, they not only fought fatal and fortuitous. ind conquered all who opposed them, True that Curling is confessedly ut frequently without allowing their somewhat of a boisterous game—"a roarin' play," as Burns has it-"but forehan'-Straight ice and slow-Just there the manners rule the revelry," wittyr high-A tee shot-A patlid. and all Curlers on the transparent 2. O! for a guard-Owre the colly, board are gentlemen. Indeed, the na- and ye're a great shot-Fill the Port tion of gentlemen owe much to the Block the ice-Guard the winner. influence of this generous pastime. 3. Sweep, sweep-Gi'e him heels There is an excellent letter in the Bring him down-Polish clean_Kittle Appendix, from a clergyman, (Mr weel. Somerville ?) in which he declares, 4. Side for side-Cheek by jowlthat he never heard an oath, or an in- Within the brough—A gude sidelin shot decent expression made use of upon -A stane on ilka side of the cockee. the ice. “All ranks, he says, are
5. A rest on this stane—Just break there mixed together—the lower a
lower an egg-Lie in the bosom of the winner seem anxious to prove themselves ;
-Tee length-Keep the crown o' the
rink. not unworthy of the society of their
6. An angled guard. superiors; and the latter are aware
7. A little of the natural twist-Mind that they would have just cause to be
the bias_Borrow a yard. ashamed, were they to yield to the
8. Haud the win' aff him, he's gleg. former in those points which are es
9. Tak' him through. sential in constituting a true gentle 10. Don't let him see that again. man. Not only upon the grand oc
11. Break the guards_Redd the ice. casion of parish spiels, but even on 12. A smart ride-A thundering ride less important rencontres, there ap- _Tak' your will o' that ane-Pit smedpears always to be infused into the dum in't-Come snooving down white minds of the participators a kind of ice-just follow that. honourable and gentlemanlike feel. 13. Don't flee the guards. ing, which, in many of them, may 14. Watch that ane. not be remarkable upon other occa 15. A glorious stug. sions—and he says he has frequently 16. Come chuckling up the port. had occasion to observe, that that 17. A canny shot through a narrow feeling gradually insinuated itself port. into the manners, so as to become a
18. An ell gane on the winner_Raise distinguishing feature in the charac- this stane a yard. ter even of men in the lowest sta
19. A gude inwick -An inwick aff the tions of life. “Had this not been
snaw. the case, and had I found that I could
20. Come under your grannie's wing. not have indulged myself in this ex
21. O man, ye hae played it wisehilarating sport, without compromi
omi Tak’yoursel' by the han'-I'll gie a snuff sing the clerical character, great
for that. though the sacrifice would have It would be the height of rashness been, I certainly would, without he in any man to say that he ever saw sitation, have suppressed my ardour
a dinner, who has never dined as as a Curler; but, so far from expe
Curler among Curlers. True that riencing any pernicious results from ilka chiel has had a caulker for his such indulgences, I find it attended “morning,” and brose or bannocks, with the very best consequences; not without beef or ham, “material nor can any thing be better calcula. breakfast;" so that he leaves home ted, when the days are shortest and with a stomach aiblins slightly discoldest, to refresh and invigorate tended, but “ that not much ;”-his both the body and mind.”
face ruddy but not fushed ;-and in Nothing can be more amusing to
his pleasant pupils the joyful light a philosophic bystander, who may be of hope, or say with Shakspeareno great deacon in the art, but ad “Joy candles in his eyes." mires the practice of it, than to
Miles off over moors and mountains watch the faces and figures of the
may lie, yet unswept by any besom competitors. What infinite varieties
but of Boreas, the “ transparent of grotesque and picturesque gesti. culation and attitude ! And what an
board.” No cheese and bread, (in imaginative and poetical language! both cheese and butter precedence
Scotland we always invariably give As, for example
over bread-laying them on thick 1. Fit fair and rink straight-Draw a in strong strata, each deeper than the shot-Come creeping.down-A canny bread-base)-no cheese and bread, we say, in the pouch of your true trenchers-and some auld men are Curler--no, nor yet pocket-pistol. in the spence—and a few callants are His inside has a lining that will last making themselves useful in the kittill the sun sinks—and his stomach, chen, while a score or so perhaps have in sympathy with his heart, would gone straight homeward from the ice scorn even a mouthful chance-of- for private reasons—such, possibly, fered at the tee. He hungers and as scolding wives, (most of them barthirsts but for glory; for the charac- ren,) into which no writer of an arter of his parish is at stake, and each ticle in a magazine, as it appears to roaring rink is alive with man's most us, is at liberty to institute a public eager passions. But all the while enquiry. his appetite is progressing, though. But look at that dinner! unconscious the Curler of its growth; The table is all alive with hot aniand at the close of spiel or bonspiel, mal food. A steam of rich distilled as soon as the many mingling emo. perfumes reaches the roof, at the tions born of victory and of defeat lowest measurement seven feet high. have subsided into an almost stern A savoury vapour! The feast takes but surely no sullen calm, the curl. all its name and most of its nature ing crew, jolly boys all, discover that from-beef and greens. The one they are ravenous. You probably corned, the other crisp—the two have lunched-and live to lament combined, the glory of Martinmas. it when your dull dead eye falls The beef consists almost entirely of beamless on undesired dinner. But lean fat-rather than of fat lean-and lo! and hark! stag-strong across the same may be said of that bacon. the wide moors, crunching beneath See! how the beef cuts long-ways their feet in the glitterance of the with the bone-if it be not indeed a frost-woven snows, in many a brother sort of sappy gristle. Along the edges band, bound the cheery Curlers to of each plate, as it falls over from the the celebrated change-house at the knife edge among the gravy-greens, Auld Brig-end, in summer seen not your mouth waters at the fringe of till you are on the green before the fat, and you look for “the mustard." door, the umbrage such of that Of such beef and greens, there are elm-tree grove, from time immemo- four trenchers, each like a tea-tray ; rial a race of giants-but now visi- and yet you hope that there is a corpsble its low straw roof, with all its du-reserve in the kitchen. Saw you icicles, to the close-congregating ever any where else, except before a Curlers, with loud shouts hailing it barn-door, where flail or fanners from the last mountain top. Yon's were at work, such a muster of howthe gawcy gudewife at the door, look- towdies ? And how rich the rarer ing out, for the last time, for her roasted among the frequent boiled! guests, tbrough the gloaming--and As we are Christians—that is au innext instant at the kitchen fire, assist- credible goose-yet still that turkey ing “ to tak aff the pat," and to dish is not put out of countenance and on the dresser the beef and greens. “as what seems his head the likeness For she leaves the care o' the how- of a kingly crown has on,” he must towdies to the limmers, and the be no less than the bubbly. Black tongues, on this occasion, she in- and brown grouse are not eatabletrusts to the gudeman-some twenty till they have packed ; and these have years older than his wife, uniformly been shot on the snow out of a cottage the case in a' sma' inns, illustrious for window, by a man in his shirt taking vittals
vizzy with the “ lang gun" by starry “ For sage experience bids us thus de
moonlight. Yea-pies. Some fruit
and some flesh--that veal_and this clare.'
aipples. Cod's-head and shoulders, 'Tis little short of miraculous to see twenty miles from the sea, is at all how close a company of Curlers will times a luxury—and often has that pack. The room cannot be more monster lain like a ship at anchor, than some twenty feet by twelve off the Dogger-bank-supposed by yet it unaccountably contains almost some to have been a small whale. all the rink. Some young chiels, in Potatoes always look well in the deed, are in the trance teasing the crumbling candour of that heapedhizzies on their way through with the up mealiness, like a raised pyramid.
As for mashed turnips, for our 7. May we never come short, or prove life, when each is excellent of its a hog, when required to guard a friend. kind, we might not decide whether 8. May Curlers ever be true-soled; the palm should be awarded to lovers of jusl-ice; and unbiassed in printhe white or the yellow; but per
ciple. haps on your plate, with the but
9. May we never be biassed by un just. ter-mixed bloodiness of steak, cut
ice; nor repel an enemy, by inwicking a let, or mere slice of rump, to a nice
friend. ty underdone, both are best-a most
10. Curlers' wives and sweethearts. sympathetic mixture, in which the
11. A bumper to the “ Land o’ Cakes, peculiar taste of each is intensely
and her ain game o' Cuiling.". elicited, while a new flavour, or
12. “ Channel-stones, crampets, and absolute tertium quid, is impressed
besoms so green.” upon the palate, which, for the
13. Right a board play.
14. “ May Curlers ever meet merry nonce, is not only invigorated, but
i' the morn, and at night part friends." refined.
15. May Curlers on life's slippery rink The devouring we submit to the
Frae cruel rubs be free. imagination. The edible has disap
16. Frosty weather, fair play, and fes. peared like snow after a night's thaw.
tivity. Not cleaner of all obstruction is the
17. Canny skips and eident players. besom-swept transparent board itself,
18. Happy meetings after Curling. now lying bare in the moonlight, along 19. Gleg ice and keen Curlers. the lucid rink from tee to tee, beau. 20. May we ne'er lie a hog when we tifully reflecting the frosty stars, should be at the tee. than the board-erewbile so genial 21. A steady ee and a sure han'. round which are laughing, yea guf. 22. A han - han player no wise behin' fawing, that glorious congregation of the ban'. incomparable Curlers. The senti 23. The ice tee before the Chinese. ment of the first resolution of the 24. The tee without water. Old Duddingston Curling Society 25. The pillars of the bonspiel,-rivalbreathes over all _“ Resolved that ry and good fellowship. to be virtuous is to reverence our 26. May the blossoms of friendship God, Religion, Laws, and the King;
never be nipt by the frost of contention. and that we hereby do declare our re
27. May every sport prove as innocent verence for, and attachment to the
as that which we enjoy on the ice. same.” Bumper-toast follows bum
28. To every ice-player well equipped. per-toast in animated succession, and
29. When treacherous biases lead us here is the list :
astray, may we ever meet some friendly
in-ring to guide us to the tee.
Are they not a set of noble fel3. The Courts of Just-ice.
lows? They are; and one of the 4. All societies in Scotland formed for
best of them all (in spite of his little the encouragement of the noble game of peccadilloes against our friend, who Curling.
will only laugh at them) is the in5. The societies in England, Canada, genious and honourable author of and elsewhere.
Curliana, to whose volume we have 6. Our old friend, John Frost. been mainly indebted for this article.