Hector Macneil, a Scottish poet, born at Rosebank, on the Esk, Oct. 22, 1746, died in Edinburgh, March 15, 1818. He served a mercantile apprenticeship in Glasgow and Bristol, and passed many years in the West and East Indies, and at sea in the capacity of admiral's secretary. He spent his last years in Edinburgh in affluence. He published in 1788 a statement concerning the treatment of negroes, and in 1789 his poem of "The Harp," founded on a legend of the Hebrides. During a residence near the field of Bannockburn he wrote in verse "Scotland's Skaith, or the History o' Will and Jean." His later writings include "The Pastoral or Lyric Muse of Scotland" (1808); "Town Fashions" (1810); "Bygane Times and Late Come Changes" (1811); and "The Scottish Adventurers" (1812).
Hector Martin Lefuel, a French architect, born in Versailles, Nov. 14, 1810. He studied in Paris and Rome, and in 1848 exhibited his famous designs for a monument in a Florentine palace. He was appointed architect of the palace of Meudon, and subsequently of Fon-tainebleau. Upon the death of Visconti in December, 1853, he modified the plans of the latter for the new Louvre, which he completed in 1857. He has executed many public edifices, among which is the palace of fine arts for the exposition of 1855. He was admitted to the institute in 1855, and is professor in the school of fine arts, and chief architect of the national palaces. He is regarded rather as an eclectic in architecture than as an original genius.
Hecuba , (Gr. a daughter of Dymas of Phrygia, or of Cisseus, king of Thrace, second wife of Priam, king of Troy, and the mother of Hector, Paris, Cassandra, Creusa, and 15 other children. According to Euripides, she was enslaved by the Greeks after the capture of Troy, and carried to the Thracian Chersonesus, where she saw on the same day her daughter Polyxena sacrificed and the body of her youngest son Polydorus cast on the shore after he had been murdered by Poly-mestor, king of the Chersonesus. She determined on revenge, and, sending for Polymes-tor and his two sons, under pretence of wanting to inform them of hidden treasure, she slew the children on their arrival, and tore out the eyes of their father. According to other accounts, she became the slave of Ulysses, and in despair killed herself by leaping into the sea.
Heemskerk ,.See Hemskerk.
Heidenheim , a town of Wiirtemberg, 46 m. E. S. E. of Stuttgart; pop. in 1871, 5,167. It has manufactories of woollen and cotton goods, cloth, tobacco, yarn, and machines. An important trade is carried on in corn and cattle. The town is connected by railway with Aalen and the Stuttgart and Nordlingen railway. Ruins of the castle of the lords of Hellenstein, to whom Heidenheim and the neighboring country belonged till 1307, are still to be seen on the rock which overlooks the town.