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THE CAPTAIN OF THE GUARD AUTHOR OF “THE ROMANCE OF WAR,” “HARRY OGILVIE,” “OLIVER ELLIS,” ETC. ETC. LONDON: ROUTLEDGE, WARNE, & ROUTLEDGE, FARRINGDON STREET, NEW YORK: 56, WALKER STREET. 1862. PREFACE. Many of the scenes and episodes which are delineated in the following story are taken from the annals of Scotland. Those which belong to romance I leave the reader to discover. My wish has been to portray the state of the nation and its people during the reign of the second James, without afflicting the reader by obsolete words and obscure dialects, which few now care about, and still fewer would comprehend, but following history as closely as the network of my own narrative would permit. In some of the proceedings of the Douglas family, and minor details, it has suited my purpose to adhere to other sources of information, rather than the “Peerage,” or the folio of Master David Hume, of Godscroft, the quaint old historian of the House of Douglas. March, 1862. CHAPTER I. THE FOUR COFFINS. God save the king, and bless the land In plenty, joy, and peace; And grant henceforth that foul debate ‘Twixt noblemen may cease.—Chevy Chase. On the evening of the 22nd…