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Jepson Field Book volume 13 page 86 | University and Jepson Herbaria Archives, University of California, Berkeley

Jepson Field Book volume 13 page 86
Edinburgh, Scotland [Sept. 4, 1905]  Queen Mary's room where she gave birth to James I of England. The date, 1566, is on the wall and the initials M.R. and I.R. on the panels of the ceiling. One may also see the Argyle Tower, or old State Prison. Near the entrance of the castle yard is Allan Ramsay's house, old and quaint. The house to which Boswell brought Johnson is a short distance below. On the High Street is St. Giles Church where Jenny Geddes as the tablet inside says, struck the first blow for religious liberty. In other words she threw her stool at Dean Hannay when he began the service that Catholic James II tried to introduce in the churches of Britain. There are many memorials in the church but none interest the Californian more than a fine large tablet to Robert Louis Stevenson, representing a half-reclining figure with the passage from the Christmas Sermon beginning thus: Give us grace and strength to forbear and preserve, give us courage and gaiety and the quiet mind, spare to us our friends, soften to us our enemies, xxxxx and in all changes of fortune and down to the gates of death loyal and loving to one another." ::::::::: [Edinburgh] Sept. 4, 1905  In Greyfriar's Churchyard in the tomb of Allan Ramsay. The tablet reads: In this cemetery was interred the mortal part of an immortal poet, Allan Ramsay. Author of the gentle shepherd and other poems in the Scottish dialect. He was born in 1686 and died in 1758 No sculptured marble here, no pompons lay, no storied urn, no animated bust; this simple stone, directs pale Scotia's way to pour her sorrows, on her Poet's dirt. Tho' here you're buried, worth Allan, we'll ne'er forget you, canty Callan; For while your soul lives in the Sky, your Gentle Shepherd ne'er can die. In a corner of the church yard, is the Marty's Monument. -over'
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