ACCOUNT OF THE SUFFERINGS
ENDURED IN THE BASS.
See Memoirs of Fraser of Brea.
The following is Frasers interesting description of his rocky prison :
"The Bass is a very high rock in the sea, two miles distant from the nearest point of the land which is south of it ; covered it is with grass on the uppermost parts thereof, where is a garden where herbs grow, with some cherry trees, of the fruit of which I several times tasted. Below which garden there is a chapel for Divine service; but in regard no minister was allowed for it, the ammunition of the garrison was kept therein.
Landing here is very difficult and dangerous; for if any storm blow ye cannot enter, because of the violence of the swelling waves, which beat with a wonderful noise upon the rock, and sometimes in such a violent manner that the broken waves, reverberating on the rock with a mighty force, have come up the walls of the garrison on the court before the prisoners chambers, which is above twenty cubits height: and with a full sea must you land; or if it be ebb, you must be either craned up, or climb with hands and feet up some steps artificially cut in the rock, and must have help besides of those who are on the top of the rock, who pull you up by the hand.
Nor is there any place of landing but one about the whole rock, which is of circumference some three-quarters of a mile. Here may you land on a fair day and full sea without great hazard ; the rest of it on every other aide is high and steep. On the south side, where the rock falls a little level, you come first to the governors house, and from that, some steps higher, you ascend to a level court, where a house for prisoners and soldiers is.
Home | Links | Hall | Writings | Biography