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EDMOND, -------, COLONEL, a brave and highly esteemed soldier of fortune, was born in Stirling, about the end of the sixteenth century. His father was a baker in that town, and when very young he ran off from his parents, and enlisted in the army of Maurice, prince of Orange. By his valour and good conduct he so greatly distinguished himself, as to rise to the rank of colonel. Sir Robert Sibbald relates the following anecdote of him. While he was serving on the continent, and was one day on the parade with several brother officers, he was accosted by a stranger, who professed to have newly arrived from Scotland, and left the colonelís relations well, enumerating several of them as of high rank. Edmond, turning from him indignantly, informed those around him that, however this unknown personage might attempt to flatter his vanity, he must, in candour, inform them, if they did not already know, that he had the honour, of which he should ever be proud, of being the son of an honest baker and freeman in the ancient burgh of Stirling. He then ordered the abashed impostor out of his sight. Having acquired a competent fortune, and settled in his native town, he proved himself beneficent to his relations, who were all in the humble walks of life. He would not visit any person in Stirling unless his father and mother were also invited. The earl of Mar had asked him to his house to dine or sup. Edmond agreed to go, provided he was allowed to bring with him his father and mother. The earl politely assented, and thus escorted by the aged pair, did the gallant colonel wait upon the lord high treasurer of the kingdom. Colonel Edmond contributed largely towards the building of the manse of Stirling. The manse so erected was taken down in 1824. His daughter married Sir Thomas Livingston of Jerviswood, baronet, a cadet of the noble house of Kilsyth, and of the noble and more ancient family of Linlithgow and Callendar. Her eldest son, Sir Thomas Livingston, colonel of a regiment of dragoons, a privy councillor, and commander-in-chief in Scotland, was by William the Third, in 1698, created Viscount Teviot, by patent to male descendants. As he died without issue, the peerage became extinct in 1711. The date of his grandfather, Colonel Edmondís death, is unknown.

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