An Pàpanach Mòr and the Campbells of Ardslignish

Campbells of Ardslignish. (Supplied by Mrs. Lillias Davidson, neé Campbell, Lochnell.) ALEXANDER CAMPBELL of Ardslignish, son of (Airdslignis) the sixth Lochnell (Loch-nan-eala), brother to Sir Duncan Campbell of Lochnell, and commonly known as the “Pàpanach Mòr,” either on account of his great stature, or his zealous adherence to the Church of Rome, was an enthusiastic […]

The Campbells and Boar’s Hill Farm

How the Campbells came into possession of Torr-an-tuirc. TORR-AN-TUIRC is partly an arable but chiefly a grazing hill-farm, and is situated at the north-east corner of Lochnell (Loch-nan-eala). This farm gave its name to a property which comprised several farms—viz., Torr-an-tuirc, Cabrachan, Kilmore (A’ Chill-mhòr), Dailnacàbaig, Kille-choinnich (Cille-Choinnich), Srontoilleir, and Baile-ghobhainn—all lying around Lochnell. This […]

I Suspect Them Greatly

Yesterday, General Campbell came hither to meet me, and has brought with him four companys of Western Highlanders. He assures me that they will shew no favour or partiality to the other Highlanders; as he knows them best, he must answer for this; for my own part, I suspect them greatly, for those who were […]

“An Airce” from Adv.MS.72.2.13

An Airce. Adhra mhìalach nan cat, Air dhealbh nathrach ‘s a grunnd fuar, ‘Nuair thig Tomas le chuid each, Bidh là nan creach mu d’ bhruaich. Thig seann fhàisdinnean, gu teach, Bheir a chuidheall car mu’n cuairt, Am fear tha ìosal bidh gu h-àrd, Fear eile gu làr gu luath. Thig claidheamh, tein’ agus càs, […]

The Pipes Always Attended

HIGHLAND FUNERALS. THE gathering for the funeral of a chief in the old time, comprehended not only the whole clan and its branches, but all its “kin and allies;” and since the Highlanders, like the present Albanians and Rajah-Poots, always carried their weapons, it is scarce necessary to observe that the muster was ”in arms.” […]

Dean Monro on Jura

Duray. Nairest that iyle layes Duray, ane ather fyne forrest for deire, inhabit and manurit at the coist syde, part be Clandonald of Kyntyre, pairt be Mac Gullayne of Douard, pairt be M’ Gellayne of Kinlochbuy, pairt be M’ Duffithie of Colvansay, ane iyle of twenty-four myle of length, lyand from the southwest to the […]

O Gleyd Argyll

“THE BONNIE HOUSE O’ AIRLIE.” The father of the late Earl of Airlie, for several years acted as Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. Among his retainers were two pipers; and at a levee at Holyrood Palace, the Moderator of the Assembly requested that the pipers should play “The Bonnie House o’ Airlie.” His Lordship replied that he was not certain whether they would, as one of the pipers was an Ogilvie, and the other a Campbell, […]

Conflation: Gàidhealtachd & Jacobitism

The simple question “who were the Gaidheil (Gaels)”? Might seem like a surprising point of departure. When the Comunn Oiseanach (Ossianic Society) started meeting at the University of Glasgow some eighty years later, from 1831, one of their primary functions was as a debating society. They discussed, in Gaelic, a wide range of topics but […]

The Lad with the Curly Black Hair

LITTLE MARY OF LOCHOW. It is a tale of true love that I am going to tell this time. You know what that means. A man and a maid, with trystings in the gloaming, and a breaking heart at every good-bye. If that was the whole of it, the tale would have an easy telling. But in this adventure of hearts there were three and not two who tried to strike the holy bargain—and when a third […]

Life Was Apparently Roses All the Way

I had wealth, I had good looks. As a young woman I had been constantly photographed, written about, flattered, admired, included in the Ten Best-Dressed Women in the World list, and mentioned by Cole Porter in the words of his hit song You’re the Top. The top was what I was supposed to be. I […]

A Policy Characterised by Cunning and Perfidy

After this period the rise of the Argyll family to power and influence was rapid, and the encroachments which had commenced with the branches of their own clan soon involved most of the clans in their neighbourhood; and their history is most remarkable from their extraordinary progress from a station of comparative inferiority to one […]