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LIFE OF DRUMMOND.

WILLIAM DRUMMOND, the son of Sir John Drummond, Gentleman Usher to James VI., and of Susannah, daughter of Sir William Fowler, Secretary to Queen Anne, of Denmark,-was born at Hawthorndon, in the parish of Lasswade, in MidLothian, Scotland, on the 13th of December, 1585. He received his elementary education at the High School of Edinburgh; took his master's degree at the university of the same place; and, continuing to be a diligent student, after he left college, his father, who designed bim for the bar, sent him to hear lectures upon the civil law at Bruges, in France. He returned to Scotland, in 1610; but, instead of turning his legal knowledge to any practical account, he retired to the solitary seat of Hawthorndon; and commencing apprentice to the Muses, dropped an elegy of Tears on the death of Henry, Prince of Wales, in 1612; and, welcomed King James to Scotland, in 1617, by a fulsome poem, entitled The Wandering Muses, or the River of Forth Feasting.

He became enamoured of a Miss Cunningham, of Barnes; and the day was fixed for the celebration of their nuptials; when a sudden fever snatched

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