the crowd, with a merry twinkle in his eye, said, "
I have accompanied you to-night to your favourite resort,
and have given you to drink of your favourite beverage.
Now, you being my friends and fellow-parishioners, I know
your habits well: and this I know to your credit, if one
serves the other at any time, the other is always ready
to serve him in return. I have served you in a small way
to-night, and I wish you to return that service to-morrow,
by accompanying me to church, when I will again give you
a drink, but then from the ' Fountain of Life. '" It
is said the congregation was so large that Sunday morning
the church was unable to contain it. Davidson gets the credit
for this, but we have a very different opinion. Among the
divines that have flourished here was William Carlyle, father
of Dr Alexander Carlyle of Inveresk. This William, it is
said, " was a highly gifted preacher, and though an
orthodox and pious minister he had a great turn for fun
and buffoonery. " Carlyle, we think, was a more likely
man than the great strong-minded reformer Davidson "
to play the pipes to the Whale. "
LORD DRUMMORE AND DRUMMORE HOUSE.
The old Whale Tavern is still extant, but its tippling days
are gone for ever.
A CURIOUS TRICK BY A MUSSELBURGH BUILDER.
Scott, a Musselburgh mason, was a famous constructor of
flues for chimneys. He was engaged at Prestongrange Colliery,
and came accompanied every morning by a neighbour mason
who was working at Bankfoot. One morning, going to his work,
his neighbour told him that he had £2 10s. and some
coppers in his pocket. That same day an English tramp approached
Scott, saying he was a builder, and asking relief, being
" hard up. " The tramp finished up his story by
telling that he had applied to a builder at Bankfoot, who
told him he would have helped him, but he had no cash at
hand. " Now, " replied Scott, "you go straight
back to that builder; he is a determined fellow, but very
credulous; tell him that you are a seventh son, that you
have the second sight, and that you are very much surprised
to find him telling a lie to a hard up brother in trade,
for that owing to your second sight you can see right into
his pockets and that he has there £2 10s. and
some coppers. The tramp did as requested, and the builder,
beginning to tremble, threw down his trowel, took him into
the Whale Inn, gave him bread, cheese, ale, and 2s. in cash,
and set him on his way. The tramp returned and told Scott
all about it. At night, going back to Musselburgh, the neighbour
mason came up to him and with fear and trembling told him
all about the tramp's second sight. Scott laughed to hear
the story, but never durst tell him how it came about.
Lord Drummore was son of Sir Hew Dalrymple of North Berwick,
and a Judge of the Supreme Court. He occupied Bankton House
previous to its occupancy by Colonel Gardiner of Preston battle
fame. He purchased the estate of Westpans, and changed its
name to Drummore, though the old sea-side village on the estate
retains the name of Westpans to this day. He built a house
of somewhat small dimensions on taking possession, and lived
in it for a considerable number of years. The smart looking
and beautiful building now known as Drummore House was built
about 1753, by the Lord of that name. The site had been exquisitely
chosen, about midway between the highway to London towards
the south and the Firth of Forth on the northern side. Lord
Drummore occupied the new house till his decease in 1755.
He was sixty-three years of age when he died, and left a family
of son s and daughters. The original building has been twice
added to. Some eighteen years ago the main doorway, overhead,
was of a semi-circular form, with an inscription over it as
HOME IS THE RESORT OF LOVE
OF JOY OK PEACE OF PLENTY
WHERE SUPPORTING AND SUPPORTED
POLISH'D FRIENDS AND DEAR REELATIONS
MINGLE INTO BLISS.
The old stone containing the inscription was removed eighteen
years ago when the new entrance was made, and set over a doorway
in the flower garden, when a new slab containing a copy of
the same inscription was placed in the porch over the renewed
Capping the summit of the original building, surmounted with
a triplet of purposely designed vases, and encircled with
a beautiful stone-work scroll, is the motto: —
THE PLOW AND GREATLY