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John White, miller at Inchinan, was indicted for firing, with murderous intent, a pistol loaded with ball at James Alexander, his wife's brother, farmer in Milsheil.

James Alexander stated, that pannel and his wife separated sometime ago on account of family misunderstandings; and that the former had granted to the latter as aliment a bill for £.100, which having become due, pannel was prosecuted for payment. Pannel, accompanied by Alexander M⭑Murrich, came to Milshiel on the 12th January. After some altercation, in the stack yard, the pannel took a pistol from his pocket, and discharged it in witness's face, when he was not distant more than two yards; had another pistol in his pocket. Witness seized him round the waist, and held him for a few minutes, until pannel was rescued by M.Murrich; pannel then rode off. Witness and M Murrich found the ball with which the pistol had been loaded, lying within three yards of a wall which it had previously struck, and marked ball produced and identified.

Archibald M Murrich, a neighbouring farmer, corroborated in every way former witness.

The prisoner in his declaration admitted that he had fired, but could not say whether the pistol was loaded with ball. He could give no reason for the shot.

John Whyte, messenger in Paisley, James Smith, and James M'Kean, were called in exculpation, and spoke of the pannel as a peaceable neighbour, and never heard him speak violently against any body.

The Jury were then addressed for the Crown by Mr Horne, and for the pannel, in an animated speech by Mr Jardine.Their verdict was returned in a few minutes, finding, by a plurality of voices, the prisoner Guilty. He was sentenced to be transported for 14 years.

Thursday, April 22.-James Symes was brought to the bar, accused of culpable honieide. In consequence of the absence of a material witness, the Crown counsel deserted the dict pro loco et tempore. Mr Jardine, counsel for the pannel, stated, that in consequence of the confinement the pannel had already suffered, and other circumstan ces, he should be admitted to bail. The Court, in consideration of the peculiarity of the case, certified the question of bail to the High Court of Justiciary, and granted warrant for recommitting him in the mean time to prison.

Henry Edie was put on his trial, accused of stealing gold coins from Mr John Muir, Lanark carrier, but, after the examination of a few witnesses, the Advocate-Depute, Anding that he could not make out his case,

gave it up, upon which the pannel was dis. missed from the bar, after receiving a very suitable advice from both Judges.

William Muir, accused of the murder of his wife, was outlawed for not appearing.

Philip M'Kenzie, accused of house-break. ing and theft, was next brought to the bar. Owing, however, to an error in the name of a witness, in the copy served upon the pannel, without whose evidence the public prosecutor could not make out his case, the Advocate-Depute gave up the trial, and the pannel was dismissed.

[The Court was opened at Inverary, by the Hon. Lord Gillies, but there was no business brought before it.]

SYNOD OF LOTHIAN AND TWEEDDALE.

The Synod met on the 4th of May, when, after a sermon by the Rev. Dr W. F. Ireland, Moderator of last Synod, the Rev. Mr John Smith at Bathgate was chosen Moderator. Public business was adjourned till seven o'clock in the evening, at which hour the Synod having met, they took under their consideration certain rea sons of dissent and appeal against a sentence of the Presbytery of Edinburgh, in the case Mr James Clephane, who had been dismis sed from his office of elder of the Canongate by the Kirk Session of that parish.This cause originated in the Presbytery, at an ordinary meeting in July last, when the Rev. Mr Garnock, one of the ministers of Canongate, gave in a petition and complaint against certain proceedings of the Kirk Ses sion of Canongate, on the 19th June last, by which they deprived Mr James Clephane of his office of elder and member of that Kirk Session. A good deal of procedure took place before the Presbytery on this business at their different ordinary meetings; the result was, that the Presbytery ordered the cause to be finally heard before them, ou the 9th December last; and after hearing Counsel, a discussion of some length tak place, after which a motion was made by Dr Inglis, finding the sentence, by which Mr Clephane was deprived of his office of elder, irregular and 'unjust, and also acquit ting him of the articles of charge exhibited against his character by the Kirk Session; whose sentence was thus reversed, and Mr Garnock's complaint sustained. The mo tion also contained a censure on the Kirk Session, for their minute of the 224 March 1811, which was ordered to be cxpunged from their records. At the same time another motion was made by Sir H. Moncrieff, to reverse the sentence of the Kirk Session, as highly irregular and unjust, bring pronounced in Mr Clephane's absence, and no

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proof being taken in support of it, and also to assoilzie Mr Clephane from the charges brought against him. The motion of Dr Inglis was carried. There were, however, several dissentient members, who now brought the business by appeal before the Synod of Lothian and Tweeddale.

There appeared at the bar, the Rev. Dr Buchanan, and Henry Cockburn, Esq. advocate, for the Kirk Session of Canongate; Francis Jeffrey, Esq. as Counsel for Mr James Clephane: Dr Campbell, and Mr Andrew Thomson, for themselves and the other complainers, against the sentence of the Presbytery; and Drs Inglis and Grant, and Mr David Ritchie, in defence of the Presbytery's sentence. Various papers connected with the cause were read by the Clerk, which occupied considerably more than an hour; after which Mr Cockburn stated the case of the Kirk Session, in a speech which lasted nearly two hours. He rested the defence of his clients principally on the reasons of appeal laid before the Synod, which was founded on a condescendence ordered to be given in by the Kirk Session to the Presbytery, on certain parts of Mr Clephane's conduct while Session Clerk. Mr Cockburn entered with great minuteness into the particulars of this paper, offering proof, if allowed to do so, of all the statements contained in it. He admitted irregularity in the proceedings, and, in conclusion, said, that his clients had no objection to receive Mr Clephane again as one of their body, provided the censure conveyed in the sentence of the Presbytery was departed from.

Mr Jeffrey appeared for Mr Clephane, and contended, that to his client it was immaterial which of the motions made in the Presbytery were adopted, as he was fully cleared by either of them. He then proeceded to examine the particulars contained in the condescendence, and with insistg that nothing was properly brought home to his client. In conclusion, he had no doubt but the Synod would unanimously acquit Mr Clephane, whether they adopted the sentence of the Presbytery, or the motion of Sir H. Moncrieff:

Mr Andrew Thomson was then heard in support of the complainers. He spoke at considerable length, principally grounding his arguments on the reasons of appeal gi ven in to the Synod against the sentence of the Presbytery. Dr Campbell said a few words on the same side.

The sentence of the Presbytery was defended by Dr Inglis, who insisted that it was impossible to pass over the conduct of the Kirk Session without some censure, as A had not only been grossly irregular, but

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highly injurious to the character of Mr Cle phane.

Mr Cockburn made a short reply, when the parties were removed from the bar.

A debate of considerable length ensued among the members. The sentence of the Presbytery was defended by Dr Meiklejohn, Mr Henry Liston, and Dr Wilson, and opposed by Mr Pyper, Mr Muckersey, Mr Murray, and Dr Stewart. A motion was made by Mr Pyper, to approve of that part of the sentence of the Presbytery which found the proceedings of the Kirk Session irregular and unjust, and to sustain the complaint of Mr Garnock, but disapprov ing of that part of it which related to civil Magistrates. He also moved, that the different charges made by the Kirk Session against Mr Clephane should be remitted to the Presbytery for proof.

Another motion was made by Dr Meiklejohn, to dismiss the complaint, and approve of the sentence of the Presbytery.

The roll being called, Dr Meiklejohn's motion was carried, by a majority of seven, there being 22 for the motion and 15 against it.

The Aisle was crowded during the dis cussion, which did not close till half past three o'clock on Wednesday morning.

The parties acquiesced in this decision; but several members protested against it, and appealed to the General Assembly.

Wednesday, May 5.

At this meeting, on the motion of De Campbell, it was agreed to petition both Houses of Parliament, that in case the East India Company's charter shall be renewed, a proper provision shall be obtained for the regular dispensation of religious ordinances among the Presbyterians in India, by clergymen duly qualified and authorised by the Church of Scotland, who may also be allowed to teach the children of people in communion with the Church. It was also unanimously agreed to present an overture. on this subject to the General Assembly.

An overture was given in and read by the Reverend Dr William Ritchie, praying the Synod, that in case any extension of power should be granted to the Roman Catholics, such measures should be adopted as would fully secure the present Constitution in Church and State, to its fullest extent. This overture was unanimously approved of.

GENERAL COURT-MARTIAL.

The opinions and sentences of the General Court Martial held in Edinburgh Castle, from 3d day of March to the 7th day of April, on certain soldiers of the militia, for

mutiny,

mutiny, mutinous expressions, and writings, have been published in general orders.The following are the names of the persons tried :

David Taylor, private in the Royal Perthshire.

James Fairlie, private, Fifeshire.

James Gillanders, private, Royal Perthshire.

Robert Watson, private, Renfrewshire. David Stewart, John Boyle, Andrew Morris, and Robert Alexander, privates in the Renfrewshire.

Peter McCartney and William Miller, also privates in the Renfrewshire.

All the prisoners were found guilty, and the Court sentenced Taylor, Fairlie, Gillanders, and Watson, to receive each 1000 lashes; and the other six to suffer six months solitary confinement each.

Fairlie, Gillanders, and Watson, having petitioned to serve in regiments on foreign service, their sentences have been remitted.

FIRES.

Thursday night, the 22d of April, about Ten o'clock, the cellars occupied by Mr W. Young, cork-cutter, and the workshop of Mr Paterson, silk-dyer, in Rattray's Close, Cowgate, opposite to the New Stairs, were discovered to be on fire. Upon the first alarm, the different fire-engines belonging to the city were on the spot, and the most prompt assistance was afforded, but unfortunately the fire was not got under till the tenement in which it broke out was consumed, and part of the adjoining ones injured. The Magistrates, Constables, &c. were early on the spot, and one fire-engine was even brought from Leith to assist.The property, we understand, was not insured. About seven o'clock, a fire broke out in a thatched barn near the Grange Toll, but it was speedily extinguished without doing much damage.

Newbyth house, (with the exception of the two wings, one of them containing the library,) was completely destroyed by the fire which broke out in it on Saturday morning, the 1st of May. The Dunbar fire-engines, and a large party of artillery from Haddington were speedily on the spot, but could render little assistance. The Earl of Haddington, Lord Binning, the Lord President, who was residing at Tynningham, and various other gentlemen, attended, with a great concourse of people.Mr Baird was at Newyyth when the accident happened; but Mrs Baird and the family were in Edinburgh. The cause of the fre cannot be ascertained.

APPOINTMENTS. [From the London Gazette.] Whitehall, March 30. The Prince Regent has been pleased to ordain that Catharine Frances Fielding, Mary Anne Fielding, and Emily Fielding, daughters of William Robert Fielding, (commonly called Viscount Fielding) deceased, and sisters of Williara Basil Percy, now Earl of Denbigh, &c. shall from henceforth enjoy the same titles, place, pre-eminence, and precedence,, as if their said late father had succeeded to the said dignities of Earl of Denbigh, &c. Carlton-House, April 2.

The Prince Regent was this day plea sed, to confer the honour of Knighthood on Captain Robert Kerr Porter, (a Knight of Sweden.)

Whitehall, April 3. The Prince Regent appointed James Hope, Esq. to the place of conjunct clerk to the bills in the office of his Majesty's Registers and Rolls in Scotland, in the room of Thomas Smith, Esq. deceased.

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April 6. The Prince Regent granted unto Major-General Sir James Leith, K. B. his Majesty's royal licence and authority, that, to the armorial ensigns of his family, (being a cross crosslet fitches between three crescents in chief, and as many fusils, in base,) he may bear the fol lowing honourable augmentation, viz. on a chief, a bastion of a fortification, intended to represent that of San Vincente, the British ensign hoisted on the angle, and the two faces near the salient angle surmounted each by two scaling ladders; and the following crest of honourable augmentation viz: out of mural crown, inscribed with the word "SALAMANCA," a demi lion, reguardant, gutte de sang, in the mouth and sinister paw an eagle or standard, reversed, the staff broken, intended to represent the French standard taken by the said 5th division of his Majesty's army in the said ever-memorable battle of Salamanca; to be borne and used, with the motto "BADAJOZ," by the said Sir James Leith, and by his descendants, as a memorial to them, and to his Majesty's beloved subjects in general, of the sense which his Royal Highness entertains of his loyalty, ability, and valour.

10. The Prince Regent has been pleased to grant unto Sir Thomas Plomer, Knight, his Majesty's Attorney-General, the office of Vice-Chancellor of England.

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shire of Haddington, in the room of Alexander Maconochie, Esq. appointed SolicitorGeneral in Scotland.

BIRTHS.

March 8. At Grulin House, the Lady of Lieut.-Colonel C. Macquarie, a daughter. 30. The wife of a young man in the city of York, was safely delivered of three boys, who, with their mother, are likely to do well. The same young woman was delivered of twins about nineteen months ago.

31. At Thornton House, Mrs Cunningham, a daughter.

April 1. At Greenock, Mrs George Forsyth, a son.

3. In Heriot Row, Mrs Walker, the Lady of Colonel Walker, of Bowland, a son.

4. At Holmbush Lodge, Sussex, the Lady of the Honourable D. M. Erskine, a daughter.

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Mrs Nicholson of Tanera, a son.

The Lady of Gilbert L. Meason, Esq. of Lindertis, a son.

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Aug. 17. 1812. At Bellary, Major Robert M'Dowall, commanding the 1st battalion, 24th regiment, Madras Native Infantry, to Miss Sheffield.

March 25. 1813. At Selkirk, the Reverend William B. Shaw, minister of Langholm, to Eliza, youngest daughter of Mr Henry Scott, Deloraine.

April 2. At Haddington, Hugh Fraser, Esq. agent of the Bank of Scotland, to Isabella, only daughter of Peter Diddep, Esq. writer, Haddington.

5. At Edinburgh, George Napier, Esq. younger of Dales, to Miss Maxton, eldest daughter of Mr Josiah Maxton, saddler, Edinburgh.

7. Murdoch Maclaine, Esq. of Lochbuy,* to Christian, eldest daughter of Donald Maclean, Esq. writer to the signet.

8. At Dundas Castle, Robert Cunyng. hame, Esq. second son of Sir William Augustus Cunynghame, Bart. to Miss Maria Dundas, second daughter of the late George Dundas. Esq. of Dundas.

At Edinburgh, by the Reverend Mr Robert Auld, minister at Ayr, John Halliday Martin, Esq. late of the 16th dragoons, to Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Colonel William Kelso, of Dankeith.

10. The Right Honourable Sir William Scott, to the Marchioness of Sligo.

At Edinburgh, Roderick Macleod, Esq. younger of Cadboll, to Miss Isabella Cunninghame, daughter of the late William Cunninghame, Esq. of Langshaw.

12. William Geddes, Esq. of Verreville Glassworks, to Catharine, youngest daughter of William Kidston, Esq. merchant in Glasgow.

13. At Inverness, Lieutenant Macintyre, royal marines, to Jessie, youngest daughter of the late Major William Falconar, of Fort George.

19. At Sandyford, the Reverend Alexander Gray, minister of Kincardine, to Ann, youngest daughter of the late David Gray, Esq. of Millbrae.

At Edinburgh, by the Reverend John Johnston, James Bryson, Esq. surgeon, Hamilton, to Margaret, daughter of the late John Boyes, Esq. of Wellhall.

At Edinburgh, William Forbes, Esq Peterhead,

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At Glasgow, John Gordon, Esq. of Aikenhead, to Janet, eldest daughter of the late Gilbert Hamilton, Esq.

20. At Thornhill, Mr William Murray, accountant, Edinburgh, to Helen, youngest daughter of the late Mr Ramage, shipowner, Leith.

36. At Grahamstone, Mr James Walker, Grangemouth, to Miss Gray, daughter of the late Mr Gray, Grahamstone.

At Colinton, Mr John Boyd, merchant, Leith, to Miss Anne, youngest daughter of Mr Thomas Jamieson, farmer at Colinton.

27. At Stirling, Mr Wright, of Broom, to Helen, second daughter of Mr Tovey, of that place.

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At Dumfries, John Hamilton, Esq. aged 79.

19. At Stirling, John Sutherland, Esq. first magistrate of that town, whose useful. ness as a magistrate, and respectability as a private citizen, will be long remembered. At Killerby, near Darlington, Edward Huntingdon, Esq, at the advanced agd of 100 years.

At Edinburgh, Mr N. Handysyde, formerly of Wooler in the county of Nor thumberland, aged 83.

At Cupar, Mrs Boswell, of Devon

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