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course, his appearance on the present occasion excited no suspicion among the soldiers. He was admitted, as usual, into the port near the castle ; and subsequently, while part of the garrison were visiting his ship, he was allowed to enter the casa tle itself with his party. He immediately made prize of the place, without experiencing the least resistance.
When in full possession, this brave fellow attempted by signals to apprise the main body of the insurgents at Warkworth, of the important service he had rendered them, and of the necessity under which he lay of having some assistance sent to him. Unfortunately, they did not perceive bis signals. It was also unfortunate for him that the garrison at Berwick had got intelligence of his exploit. The very next day, a party of thirty soldiers and fifty volunteers was despatched from that place, to win back the fort. They approached the island, by the sands, when the tide was at ebb; and, as Errington was at once destitute of arms for resisting them, and of provisions for holding out a siege, he was instantly overpowered. In attempting to make his escape, he was impeded by a shot in the thigh, and, being then seized, was carried prisoner to Berwick. It is pleasant, however, to record, that he subsequently contrived to escape.
Mr Forster's little army, in the meantime, experienced a dreadful disappointment in failing to procure possession of Newcastle, which they had looked forward to as one of the principal points on which the success of their enterprise would depend. Newcastle was then a walled town, and capable of being put into a state of complete de CHAPTER IV.
EXPEDITION OF BRIGADIER MACINTOSH.
Borlum and his men's coming.
It has been already mentioned, that the Earl of Mar thought a complication of stratagems necessary for the destruction of the insignificant force which opposed him at Stirling Bridge. He thought it necessary, that the Duke of Argyle should be enclosed in what he calls, in one of his letters, “ a hose-net,” ere any hope could be entertained of putting him down. Under this impression, he had already despatched a large party under Major-general Gordon, with orders first to garrison Inverary, for the purpose of keeping the Campbell's at home, and then to descend upon the Western counties, that he might circumvent the royal army. He also entertained a wish that the Jacobites of the South of Scotland, who, he heard, were now rising under Lords Kenmure, Carnwath, and Wintoun, should co-operate with Gordon in this maneuvre. As if even that were not enough, he now thought proper to send a party of two thousand five hundred men across the Frith of Forth, to act against the Duke from the East, as Gordon and Kenmure, were to do from the West and South. Ultimately, this last party joined the English insurgents ; but, at first, it was designed for the service mentioned.
And bere occurs by far the finest point in the whole history of the insurrection of 1715,
Mar fortunately selected, for the command of this party, the Brigadier MacIntosh, who has been already mentioned as the first clan-leader who raised his men in 1715. After securing his cap, ture of Inverness, Old Borlum, as he was called from his age and his estate, had come down to join the Earl of Mar at Perth, wbere he arrived on the 5th of October, with nearly five hundred men, He was an officer of great experience, had served much in foreign wars, and possessed the entire con. fidence of his clansmen. His men, too, were decidedly the best appointed and the best disciplined of all the Highland corps. Mar, of course, valued his accession very highly. He had just, at this juncture, formed tbe scheme of sending a detach ment across the Frith of Forth : it was obvious to him that, of all his officers, Borlum was the most eligible for the command of the party. He therefore, at once, conferred the command upon him.
A body of two thousand five hundred picked men, including the MacIntoshes, and comprising the greater part of the regiments of the Earls of Mar and Strathmore, of Lord Nairn, Lord Charles Murray, and Drummond of Logie-Drummond, was selected for this expedition. It was despatched from Perth on the 7th or 8th of October, protected, on its way through Fife, by a body of horse, under Sir John Areskine of Alva, and the Master of Sinclair. Only two thousand of these men were, in reality, designed to cross the Forth. The other five hundred were designed to act as a stalkinghorse to divert the attention of the enemy. The main body took the most secret ways, along the centre and eastern division of Fife; but the smaller corps went, with ostentatious publicity, directly to Burntisland, as if they had been designed to cross at that place. The consequence was, that three English men-of-war, which lay in the Frith, came up to Burntisland, and lay to, for the purpose of intercepting them as they should come over. The more effectually to fix the commanders of these vessels in their mistake, the Burntisland party made an apparent attempt to take boat at that place, and, erecting a battery on the shore, began to fire cannon, as if for the purpose of protecting their embarkment. While the attention of the enemy was thus completely engaged, Brigadier MacIntosh was quietly putting his two thousand men on board other boats at Crail, Pittenweem, and Ely, ports twenty miles eastward, and out of sight of the ships. Next morning, the first object which the English seamen discovered, was his fleet of boats, already half-way across the estuary. They im. mediately raised their anchors, and attempted to give chase; but, by a chance which Borlum had well calculated, both wind and tide were against them, and they could only send off their boats in pursuit.