Tae Oor Dear Native Scenes

Title page of Rev. Alexander M. MacGregor’s Gaelic Topography of Balquhidder Parish.
Loch Voil, near Balquhidder.

Poem Inspired by a Gaelic Topography of Balquhidder Parish: Rev. Alex MacGregor, EUP 1886
The Cloud Collector: Poems & Story in Scots & English (Maud, Aberdeenshire: Lochlands 2015) by Sheena Blackhall

Field of the land producing thatch
Shieling of grinding wheat
Burn beside the dun coloured dell
Burn of the mournful bleat

Burn of the black waterfall
Burn of the windy space
Burn of the rock where MacRenish lived
A robber of that place

Burn of the hawthorn tree
Trough of the grey hound’s peak
Burn of the house of the ravine
Knoll of the men of peace

Pass of the dell of arrows
The dell of hides and skins
The hamlet of the hollow
Hill of the moaning winds

The coffer of the hand mill
The stone of the slender grass
Pass of the little bramble bush
Brae where the corpses pass

The glen suited for cattle
The hollow of the bog
The clachan of the stepping stones
Of Linn and fallen log

The fairy knoll of battles
The mountains of the mine
The black peak of the badgers
The ben of the creeping pine

Coal Harbor

Coal Harbor.

There is some misapprehension in regard to the name of the locality of one of the most important of the series of the battles lately fought and won in the neighborhood of this city. A misapprehension not only in regard to the origin of the name, but to the name itself. Some of our contemporaries speak of the battle of “Cold Harbor.” This name will be news to the readers of the “Enquirer;” but Coal Harbor has been familiar to them, as a voting place, ever since the establishment of precinct elections, and long before the birthday of the greater number of soldiers who distinguished themselves in the battle of Friday evening. Coal Harbor is the name, but we do not know the origin.

— From the Richmond Enquirer, 12 July 1862, p. 1, c. 2.