The late Dr. Miles Cowper, of Edinburgh, was buried in the cemetery of the old church of Restalrig, about a mile east from Edinburgh, where those of the Episcopal persuasion are commonly interred. His death was very sudden. Not finding a gentleman at home with whom he went to dine, he repaired to a tavern, ordered dinner, and fell down dead while it was getting ready.
The following epitaph was found in his repositories:
Here lies a Priest, of English blood,
Who, living, lik'd whate'er was good;
Good company, good wine, good name,
Yet never hunted after fame:
But as the first he still preferr'd,
So here he chose to be interr'd;
And unobserv'd, from crowds withdrew,
To rest among a chosen few.
In humble hope that divine love,
Will raise him to the blest above.
It may perhaps deserve mention, that Dr. C's library sold for £5 and the liquors in his cellar for £150.