THE Rev. James Lapslie, minister of Campsie, was a man
of great muscular power, and of a disposition not easily intimidated. He
was also, during Radical times, a most zealous supporter of the powers
that were, and a determined enemy of the black-nebs, as the friends of political reform were nick-named.
Returning home one evening from a party, he was insulted by a band of
colliers, one of whom swore that, if it were not for his black coat, he
would thrash him. Lapslie, who was in no mood to he trifled with, was not
at all disposed to stand on ceremony, or to shield himself under cover of
his clerical garb, so he immediately doffed his sable upper garment,
saying, as be threw it on the ground— "Lie you there, Divinity!—here
stands Jamie Lapslie!"
The belligerents instantly set to work, and the result
was that the church militant became the church triumphant, and the collier
was most severely punished.