Wolfe, Linnie Marsh


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>?.:, stormy tumultuous history of Scotland happened in and around Dunbar. There is perhaps no other country where a thousand years can seem so much like nothing, and the legends of Dunbar are lost in the dim traditions that go back more than a thousand years. what is left of Dunbar Castle stands on a high rooky point that juts out into the sea; a mass of ruined masonry, where John Muir climbed and played and dreamed when a little boy. The Castle dates back nearly a thousaad years, and is more closely connected with ^ueea Mary than even Holyrood. In the old days everything happened, teen murdered, and pillaged, and burned, aad fought, and loved, But nothing happens in Scotland any more, and the land is filled with ghosts and shadows that go walking up and down. The Earls of Dunbar were mighty nobles ia their day, but their power vanished centuries ago. Unhappy Mary went to lay her lovely head on the block at Potheringay. And the old Castle that had looked oa the whole long tragic history of Scotland lies a shapeless mass of stones. How there is nothing left but ghosts and memories. "'■ It was here that my mother and my uncle were born, Reald it be strange to think that all these things had an influence upon their youthful imagination? The very air they breathed was full of tragedy and romance. The p-round they walked on had been trodden by countless unhappy feet. iSven the stones had their histories. (■'':■■,


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