��appears," said an early traveller, " much like Bruges in Flanders at a distance ; its colleges and fine steeples making a goodly appearance." ' They arrived late, after a dreary drive, but " found a good supper at Glass's Inn, and Dr. Johnson revived agreeably." Who was Glass and which was his inn I could not ascertain. The old Scotch custom of calling a house not after its sign but its landlord, renders identification difficult. Wherever it was they found it full ; but " by the interposition of some invisible friend," to use Johnson's words, "lodgings were provided at the house of one of the professors." The invisible friend was a relation of that " most universal Dr. Arbuth-
not, whom Johnson
once ranked first
among the writers in
Queen Anne's reign.
Their host was Dr.
Robert Watson, the
author of the History
of Philip II. and
Philip III. of Spain,
" an interesting, clear,
well - arranged, and
work," as Carlyle de-
scribed it. 2 His house
had formerly been
part of St. Leonard's
College, but had been purchased by him at the time when that
ancient institution, by being merged in St. Salvator's, lost its separate
existence. A traveller who had visited St. Andrews about the
year 1723 saw the old cells of the monks, two storeys high, on
the southern side of the college. " On the west was a goodly pile
of buildings, but all out of repair." Wesley, who came to the town
three years after Johnson, does not seem to have known how large
a part of the old buildings had been converted into a private house,
for he wrote that " what was left of St. Leonard's College was
���ST. LEONARD'S COLLEGE.
��through Scotland, p. 83. " Early Letters of Thomas Carlyle, ed. 1886, !. 187. t^y through Scot/anil, p. 87.