The sobriquet of Fitz-Aldin, given him from the great
slaughter which he made of the Southron, and his reluctance to admit
them to quarter. The sobriquet was adopted by him as a surname, and
transmitted to his posterity. A novel by Sir W. Scott. (See chap. viii.)
A novel told in a series of letters by Sir Walter Scott. Sir
Edward Hugh Redgauntlet, a Jacobite conspirator in favour of the Young
Pretender, Charles Edward, is the hero. When George III. was crowned he
persuaded his niece, Lilias Redgauntlet, to pick up the glove thrown
down by the king's champion. The plot ripened, but when the prince
positively refused to dismiss his mistress, Miss Walkinshaw- a sine
quâ non with the conspirators- the whole enterprise was given up.
General Campbell arrived with the military, the prince left Scotland,
Redgauntlet, who embarked with him, became a prior abroad, and Lilias,
his niece, married her brother's friend, Allan Fairford, a young
Redgauntlet (Sir Aberick).
An ancestor of the family so called. Sir Edward. Son of Sir
Aberick, killed by his father's horse. Sir Robert. An old Tory
in Wandering Willie's Tale. He has a favourite monkey called
“Major Weir.” Sir John, son and successor of Sir Robert. Sir
Redwald, son of Sir John.
Sir Henry Darsic.
Son of Sir Redwald. Lady Henry Darsie, wife of Sir Henry
Darsie. Sir Arthur Darsie alias Darsie Latimer, son of
Sir Henry and the above lady. Miss Lilias alias Greenmantle, sister of Sir Arthur; she marries Allan Fairford.
Sir Edward Hugh.
A political enthusiast and Jacobite conspirator, uncle of Sir
Arthur Darsie. He appears as “Laird of the Lochs,” “Mr. Herries, of
Birrenswork,” and “Mr. Ingoldsby.” “When he frowned, the puckers of his
brow formed a horseshoe, the special mark of his race.” (Sir Walter Scott: Redgauntlet.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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