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January 6th 1728

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Marjory Scot's epitaph

The Abbey at Dunkeld
The Abbey at Dunkeld
The epitaph inscribed on the tomb of Marjory Scot who died at Dunkeld on January 6th 1728.

Stop passenger until my life you read,
The living may get knowledge from the dead,
Five times five years I lived a virgin life;
Five times five years I lived a happy wife;
Five times five years I lived a widow chaste.
Now weary of this mortal life I rest.
Betwixt my cradle and my grave were seen
Eight mighty kings of Scotland and a queen.
Four times five years a Commonwealth I saw
Ten times the subjects rise against the law;
Thrice did I see old Prelacy brought down
And thrice the Cloak was humbled by the Gown.
An end of Stuart‘s race saw, nay more
I saw my country sold for English ore.
Such desolations in my time have been
I have an end of all perfection seen.

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