Special Correspondence

1888 BMJ (Clinical Research Edition)  
July 21, 188&J THE BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL. 151 St. Bride's, Douglas, about a tlozen miles from Lanark. From the circumnstance the famil) name was changed to Lockheart or Lockhart, and there was addled to tlhe family arms a heart within a lock, with the motto C'orda serata pando. The traditionary account of the possession of the jewel is that a Saracen prince, having been taken captive in the fight, his wife, in ransoming him, dropped tllis jewel, and Lockard, noticing lher eagerness to hide
more » ... agerness to hide it, insisted oil its being paid as part ot the ransom. It was reluctantly giv-en him, and he was also informed that it possessed great mediicinal virtue in the curing of diseases, both in men and cattle. This was thoroughly believed for a long period, and, as was to be expected, wonderfiul cures are narrated as having been effected 1)y the iise of water inlto which it had been dipped. In order to experience the full effect of the charm, the tradition has it that it mnst he used in the following way: three successive dips and then a wlhirl round in the water, or as it is more tersely put, " three dips and a swiel." Among the places of interest to be visited are the old churcllyard, where the remains of the old Abbey, the grave of Smellie, and of Harvey, the martyr wvho " suffered at the cross of Lanark for his adhering-to the word of C od and Scotland's covenanted work of reformation," as his gravestone signifies. Cartland Crags, in whlich is situated Wallace's Cave, is close at hand, and well repays a visit, as does also the old bridge-a sinigle
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