The Battle of Altimarlach

THE BATTLE OF ALTIMARLACH: A BALLAD. ‘Twas morn; from rustic cot and grange The cock’s shrill clarion rung: And fresh on every sweet wild flower The pearly dew-drop hung. Given up to thoughtless revelry, In Wick lay Sinclair’s band, When suddenly the cry arose, “Glenorchy’s close at hand!” For now the Campbell’s haughty chief The […]

A Plaintive Harvest

THE CLEARANCE SONG. From Lochourn to Glenfinnan the gray mountains ranging, Naught falls on the eye but the changed and the changing; From the hut by the lochside, the farm by the river, Macdonalds and Cameron pass—and for ever. The flocks of one stranger the long glens are roaming, Where a hundred bien homesteads smoked bonny at […]

Cadets of the House of Argyll

CADETS OF THE HOUSE OF ARGYLL. Bv Rev. P. J. Campbell, D.D. It is interesting to observe the assiduity and sagacity with which the House of Lochawe prosecuted for centuries the policy which placed its wise and patriotic Chiefs eventually in the position of local sovereigns of Argyllshire. While with great foresight laying the foundations […]

Feadan Dubh

THE BLACK CHANTER OF CLAN CHATTAN. AMONG the many interesting historical relics carefully treasured at Cluny Castle in Badenoch—the Seat of the Chief of Clan Chattan—is the Black Chanter or Feadan Dubh, of the Clan, on the possession of which the prosperity of the House of Cluny is supposed to depend. Of the many singular […]

A Strange Reflux

This contemptuous loathing lasted till the year 1745, and was then for a moment succeeded by intense fear and rage. England, thoroughly alarmed, put forth her whole strength. The Highlands were subjugated rapidly, completely, and for ever. During a short time the English nation, still heated by the recent conflict, breathed nothing but vengeance. The […]

The Only Way of Accompting

The Earl of Breadalbane, a man of great power in the Highlands, and head of a numerous clan of the Campbells, was intrusted with a sum of money, which some authors call 20, and some 12,000 pounds, to be distributed among the chieftains, on the condition of their submission to the existing government, and keeping […]

The Black-Meal

The Imposition mentioned in that Memorial commonly called the Black Meal is levyed by the Highlanders on almost all the Low Country bordering thereon. But as it is equally Criminal by the Laws of Scotland to pay this Exaction or to Extort it, the Inhabitants to avoid the Penalty of the Laws, agree with the Robbers, or some of their Correspondents in the Lowlands to protect their Horses and Cattle, who are in effect but their Stewards or Factors, and as long as this payment continues, the Depredations cease upon their Lands, […]

Highland Virtues

Their Notions of Virtue and Vice are very different from the more civilized part of Mankind. They think it a most Sublime Virtue to pay a Servile and Abject Obedience to the Commands of their Chieftans, altho’ in opposition to their Sovereign and the Laws of the Kingdom, and to encourage this, their Fidelity, they […]

Song of the Highland Clans

Oran Nam Fineachan Gaidhealach. Alasdair mac Mhaighstir Alasdair A chomuinn rìoghail rùnaich Sàr-ùmhlachd thugaibh uaibh, Biodh ur roisg gun smùirnein, ‘S gach cridh’ gun treas gin lùib ann; Deoch-slàinte Sheumais Stiùbhairt Gu mùirneach cuir mu’n cuairt! Ach ma ta giamh air bith ‘nur stamaig, A’ chailis naomh na truaill. Lìon deoch-slàinte Theàrlaich, A mheirlich! stràic […]

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.” […]

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 […]

The Head of the Table

The Chief of the Macdonalds happening to be in Ireland, was invited to an entertainment given by the Lord-Lieutenant. He chanced to be among the last that came in, and set himself at the foot of the table near the door. The Lord-Lieutenant asked him to come and sit beside him, and Macdonald, who had […]