was day, they took me into a house, their minds, and ordered him to come and kept me there all day, and when to Lochnirn, * and wait for me on it was night, set me on a horse by the 10th of the month, on the break force. And always when we came by of day, for fear of their being seen, houses, I attempted to speak, then for they were always in terrour. they offered to stop my mouth. We They dragged me by force, and I rode all night, and again morning, cried bitterly out ; they were all with great difficulty, they found a Highlanders, and nobody underbarn to put me in; there they kept stood me; and took me into a sloop, me all day, and it being far in the of which Alexander Macdonald was Highlands, by four in the afternoon, master, who is a tenant in an island they set me on a horse again, and called Hesker, belonging to Sir Alex, rode all night. Again Saturday they ander Macdonald, who told me he had brought me to a

Mr For- been at Scoto's house, and seen my ster, though he came not near me, al- Lord Lovat's cousin, formerly menways rode behind or before, and tioned; he was ordered to take me lodged always in the same place I home to his own isle, and keep me lodged. Upon Saturday I saw him there till further orders. I told him take horse, and his man with him. I was stolen out of Edinburgh, and I look't out at a hole, and saw him. brought there by force, and that it Again night they set me on a horse was contrary to the laws what they again, and carried me amongst the were doing. He answered that he Highland hills, and rode till it was would not keep me or any other against near morning, and laid me down on their will, except Sir Alexander Macthe grass, being very weary; and donald were in the affair. How far they rode all the Sabbath; the side of Sir Alexander is concerned in this I a hill, and the way was so bad, that am not certain ; but the man being it was not rideable, for they carried poor and greedy of money, made him me in their arms ; we were at an open go beyond his own light. We lay shils all that night, and the next day long on the loch for want of wind, and the waters were so high, that we could young Scoto's son and his father's not cross till it was near night, then brother came into the sloop the time they got me on horse and carried me that the sloop lay in the loch. They to a place called Milltown, when pre- came with design to see me, but not parations were made for me, that be- to relieve me. We came not out of ing the 28th day of the month. I was the loch till the 19th day of the month, never in bed all the time since we and then Macdonald, another came from Pomeise. With their rude son of Scoto's, came into the sloop, hands they had hurt one of my breasts. and had a long conversation with Alexa I was kept there sixteen days, and ander Macdonald. We were stormall the company left me, but James stay'd by the way, and we were in Watson's herd. This was on my hazard of being lost before we came Lord Lovat's ground. They called to Hesker, which was a poor miserthe man of the house Andrew Fraser. able island. Upon the 30th day of Grant came on the of September, the month we came there. That day and set me on horse by force, at night, we came out of the loch there came in and put me in a boat, which was in a a son of Dornicks, called John Macloch about a mile from Milltown. leod, and William Toling, who lives They crossed the loch with me, and on Macleod's ground, who before was James Fraser left me there some nights merchant at Inverness, and Rory without, and some nights in byres. Macdonald, brother to Castletown, After we crossed the loch, and again and they all understanding the lanthe 9th of the month, at the evening, guage, I told them all my misfortunes; we came to a loch-side on Glengarie's and William Toling said he was at ground. I should have been taken Edinburgh the time I was stolen, and to Scoto's house, brother to the Laird promised me he woul tell Renkiller of Glengary, whose wife is aunt to where I was to be taken. I was in John Macleod the advocate, for the the island Hesker ten months before I man who was to get me was one Alex- got bread, and suffered much cold and ander Macdonald, for I was to come hunger, and many hardships and bare to Scoto's house, * but they altered barous usage. I was in that strait al" Macdonald of Scothouse.

Probably Lochbourn.



most I wanted stockings, shoes, and me, therefore he should let me go many other necessarys. And Mac- with the first that came for me. It donald said he had no orders to was but a small island, none in it but give me any meat but what they eat- cottars, and his servants. Upon the ed themselves; but had no orders for 14th day of June there came a sloop cloaths. After I was near a year in to the Hesker, with John Macleod, his custody, he said he would go and tenant to the Laird of Macleod, in a tell them from whom he got me, that place which they call North Town, in he thought it was a sin to keep me, the parish of Harrioch, and brought a and that he would let me away, and letter to Alexander. He showed me that he had writ twice or thrice about the letter to give up the cargo that what necessarys I wanted, but got no was in his hands. The day before he answer. When he came back he said got the letter he had been at the he had seen Sir Alexander Macdonald, Captain of Clanranald's house, and and said to him it was a sin and shame had met with my Lord Lovat’s cousin to keep me, for that he would keep there, the Captain being married to me no longer. Sir Alexander said he his sister. John Macleod and his man was sorry that he had meddled in

were very rude to me, and hurt me such an affair, and did not know how very sore in the taking me away. to get out of it, but discharged him Alexander Macdonald told me he to let me go till farther orders. Alex- knew not where I was going to, and ander said he was bidden treat me John Macleod said he was taking me harshly, and do nothing but what was to the Orkney islands. The galley his pleasure, and to cross me in every belonged to himself, but his brother thing. Though he got me bread, yet

Norman Macleod was manager of it. I was much more hardly dealt with He was in such terror that it should than he had done the first year, and be known that I was in his custody, I thought it hard enough when he that he

now all was in Sky, at Sir Alexander's, he told his men. When I came to the island, me he saw Alexander Mackenzie of I found it as I heard of it, a very deDelvin's two brothers. I well remem- solate island, but nobody in it but bered they are called Kenneth and natives of the place. John and his John Mackenzies, and he pretended brother stayed a few days in the place, he told them he had me in his custo- and by no means would confess from dy, for he madle it not a secret. I whom he got me, but I found out; what often begged him to allow me to write hand the Laird of Macleod had in it to my friends the time I was with I am not sure. He left me in a very him, and that then I would be reliev- miserable condition, but had no provied, for he said he was discharged to sion for me but what the island afforded, let me write, or tell me the place of and nobody to wait of me that underthe world I was in. I was many stood me, but one ill-natured man months there before I knew whose who understood a little English, and ground I was on. I often begged him explained to others what I wanted; to tell the minister, who was one Mr and he was not only ill-natured, but John Maclean, and the name of his half-witted, and one day drew out his parish is the Weist, which is in the durk to kill me. After being some middle of the Long Island, and border- time in this island, God in his good ed with Clanranald's ground. I de- providence, who in all my distress has sired him to come and see me, and taken care of me, for which I have pray for the distress of my family. great reason to bless and praise him, Mr Macdonald told me he answered where I found God much present it was his duty to pray for every body with me for as desolate it is, comin distress; but if he could not come forting me, and supporting me in my and see me, he had but an eight mile long and heavy trial, a minister and ferry to cross. But whether Alexan- his wife came to the island, to whom der told him 1 was there, cannot be I am exceeding much obliged ; and positive or sure. In May 1734, Sir if it had not been for the care that he Alexander Macdonald came to the and she took, I had died for want of Weist to set his land, and sent word meat, for there were no provisions to Alexander I was to be taken a- sent me but two pecks of four, and way from him very soon, and that what the place can afford, such as he would allow no more board for milk and a little barley knocked, and

that forced from them by threatenings, Grant had his felows. for the people is very poor and much “ Scoto's wife aunt to Roderick oppressed. I have nobody to serve Macleod, his father's sister. me but a little Highland girl ; * and “ There sprang a leck in the sloop; the minister and his wife must ex we were in great danger. plain to her. He is a serious and de “ One of Lord Lovat's lyes which vout man, and very painfull, and he said to John Macleod the

young what time he can spare from his bu man of Dynwick, that I was going to siness he is so good as to come to see kill my husband-you know that a me. I am not sure whose hands this lye. may come to, but if I be dead, I beg “ Sir Alexander Macdonald, at any my friends may be kind to reward this time he wrote about me. the name he minister and his wife, for he hath gave me was the Carop. helped to preserve my life, and made “ I hear that Alexander Macdonald it comfortable the time I lived. John in the Hesker is dead. His wife is Macleod abovenamed is tenant of this since married Logan Macdonald her island. + I got the minister persuade tenant to Clanronald. She knows it ed to write the account of the way I was Lord Lovat and Roderick Macwas stolen, and by whom, that he leod that stole me. might acquaint my friends. He “ The minister's daur saw me taken would not give me a pen to write any out of Mrs Margaret Maclean's house of them, but said he would do all for by Roderick Macleod—and he told me that was in his power. When he Lady Macleod he said" — went from this island, he resolved to This Roderick Macleod was Macgo to Edinburgh, but he would not leod of Muiravonside, who, it was venture to carry this paper with him. well known, acted the principal part in But I gave him a bill on you and two the barbarous scene described by the others of my friends, that they might sufferer. know where I was; but his lite being From the above curious document, threatened he left this island, and he it appears that Lady Grange was at was after hindered either to go to St Kilda nine years after she was taken Edinburgh, or to write to any body from Edinburgh. When the author about me. Since he came back to of the notice which precedes nar, this island, he sent me word by his rative was at St Kilda, in the year wife that he had burnt the bills I had 1800, he was informed by an old man, given him: he is in such fear of his who remembered having seen Lady life and his uncle's. Some other of Grange, that she had been seven or the ministers were angry at him for eight years on that island. On makthe care and the concern he had taken ing inquiry respecting what happened of me. He bade his wife get this pa- afterwards to this ill-fated woman, he per from me that he might destroy it, was informed by a gentleman in Skye, that it might never come to light as that, in consequence of a dread of written by him. Since I could not discovery, she had been removed to get paper to write so full an account Assint, (the western district of Suas this, I thought it no sin to de therland,) and from thence to Skye, ceive lier, and I burnt two papers be where she died. fore her, and bade her tell the minister now to be easy. I am not sure who of my kin and friends is dead, or who is alive; but I beg whosoever hands this comes first to, to cause

LOCHLEVEN-HEAD), write it over in a fair hand, and to LACHELISH, ARGYIESIRE. shew it to all my friends.”

MK EDITOR, The following notices are written The romantic scenery of some parts at the end of the narrative.

of the Highlands of Scotland is uni* This person is yet alive in North Vist,

versally and deservedly admired. But and is upwards of 90 years of age. She

at a time when so many are travelling was seen by Mr Campbell, author of Al.

merely for anusement, it is rather byn's Anthology, who lately travelled into

surprising, that the knowledge even the remote parts of Scotland in search of an of the existence of some of the greatcient music.

est natural curiosities in the island, of Her own hand begins at “ I got." should still be confined to the few



neighbouring inhabitants. Of this ornamented with considerable quanbeing the case, I had lately a striking tities of natural wood. On both sides instance, when at Ballachelish in the were high mountains, some of which western part of Inverness-shire, in seemed to rise almost perpendicularly the neighbourhood of which I saw from the loch, and were green to the some of the most striking scenery any tops. The whole of the scenery of where to be met with. As I have this loch was grand, and the reflecnever seen any description of the beau- tion that in its neighbourhood was ties of that place, I shall trouble you the residence of Ossian, added not a with a short account of the adventures little to its interest. Our boatmen of a day I spent there, in hopes of its occasionally sung us some Gaelic songs, being useful to future travellers. to which they beat time with their

I had stopped all night at Ballache, oars, and which, although any thing lish, and intended early in the morn- but fine music, added considerably to ing to proceed southward through the our entertainment. About two or celebrated valley of Glencoe. On three miles from Ballachelish, we paslooking out, however, I found that it sed a small island called St Mungo's rained a good deal, and that the hills Isle. It had been formerly resorted were quite covered with mist, which to for a burial ground to protect the would have rendered travelling alone dead bodies from wolves, which were in a country almost uninhabited very once very common in this country, disagreeable. While hesitating whe- and it is still used as such. One of ther to set out or not, I walked a short our boatmen, whose name was Came way along the banks of Lochleven, (an ron, informed us, that at burials the arm of the sea,) to see some of the pomp of feudal times is still in some slate quarries for which Ballachelish degree preserved. He told us, that is celebrated. At one of these I found upwards of 4000 Camerons, of whom a man who spoke tolerable English, he was one, attended the funeral of a and who informed me that there were son of Mr Cameron of Fassfern, who some waterfalls at the head of Loch was killed at Waterloo, and whose leven more interesting than those of body was brought home for interFoyers. Being in doubt whether I ment. could depend on his account or not, I Not far from the island above men. went and asked the landlord if he tioned, the loch suddenly contracted knew any thing of such falls. He into a narrow channel, confined on confirmed the account I had received, each siile by rocks of a slaty strucand mentioned, that there were also ture. Through this the tide was several remarkable caves in that neigh- towing with great rapidity, and carbourhood, but could give me no dis- ried the boat with almost the swifttinct description either of these or of ness of an arrow. Beyond this the the waterfalls. A gentleman who had loch again expanded to a considerable been all night in the inn, on being breadth, and was surrounded on all informed of these curiosities, was as sides, except the narrow channel anxious as I was to see them. The through which we passed, by lofty landlord informed us that we could and steep mountains, green to the get a boat to the head of the loch, tops, except where a craggy precipice which was nine miles distant, and elevates its rugged front in awful then we would not have far to grandeur. On the south side of the walk. We soon procured a boat, and loch we saw part of Glencoe, through two men to row it, but we were on which the Cona of Ossian pours its bliged to wait for some time that we 6 thousand streams." might go up with the tide, as in some When within about two miles of places the current was such as would the head of the loch, the boatmen put have rendered it impossible to go a us ashore on the north side, telling gainst it. At last, however, about us, that there was a “ curious place eleven o'clock, we set out on our voy- there which they would shew us. age of discovery, as we found good We accompanied them along the reason to call it.

banks of a considerable stream, which As we advanced, the loch, which at runs into the loch, and soon arrived Ballachelish was not above a quarter at a place where the water, confined of a mile in breadth, expanded into a on each side by high rocks, forms one large sheet, the banks of which were fall of considerable height, besides

feet or

several small ones. But what rendere passed, by rocks so steep and so high, ed this particularly worthy of our at that we could only see a small part of tention was, the water having in five the sky immediately over our heads. places quite near each other cut a pas- In the crevices of these rocks, some sage for itself, leaving the rock arched weeping birches had taken root, which above it, and thus forming five na- must have been supported entirely by tural bridges.

the spray arising from the fall, as With some difficulty we got at one there appeared to be scarcely any soil of these, which was almost close to about them. But the fall was the the principal fall. On going upon it grand object to which our attention we had a fine view of the water fall was directed. The water, for about ing from a considerable height into an 100 feet or upwards, seemed just to awful gulf immediately under our touch the rock, down which iť rushfeet; but so narrow was the rock, and ed with a velocity almost inconceiv, 80 near the water, that was impos- able; but below this it was entirely sible to stand long on it without be detached from the rock. On leaving coming quite giddy.

the rock, the water, which was beHaving returned to the boat, we fore confined and narrow, expanded proceeded to the head of the loch, into a broad and foamy sheet, and where we again left the boat and rolled in awful majesty into an abyss walked along the banks of another quite concealed by the clouds of spray stream, on which we were told there which rose from it. Indeed, the water was a fall. We had not proceeded seemed to be quite broken, by the refar till we came in sight of part of sistance of the air, into small particles, this fall, where we saw a large stream long before it reached the bottom, of water precipitating itself a hundred presenting the appearance of clouds of

more over a perpendicular mist blown before the wind. In a rock, into a deep chasm, the sides of few minutes we were completely wet which concealed the lower part of the with the spray, but we were too highfall from us. On getting to the ly delighted to regard such a trifling mouth of this chasm, a grand view all inconvenience. In short, the freshat once burst on our sight. The wa ness and verdure of the trees, scatter. ter having gained an immense veloci- ed here and there among the cliffs, ty in the part we had before seen, but the wildness and height of the rocks, which was now in its turn concealed the foamy whiteness of the water, and, by a projecting cliff, fell quite de- above all, its terrific thundering roar, tached from the rock in an extended all conspired to render this scene the and foaming sheet, into the gulf be- most awfully sublime I ever beheld. low. The height of this lower part We had no means of measuring the I supposed to be at least 500 feet. exact height of this fall; the boatWishing to see the whole fall at once, men informed us that they had once we endeavoured to get still nearer it. accompanied the factor of a neighThis was by no means an easy task, as bouring gentleman, who had measured the stream entirely filled the bottom of it by taking a station as nearly as posthe chasm, and the sides were so steep sible on a level with the top of the that it was impossible to walk on them. fall, and letting down a plumb line We were therefore obliged to walk in to the surface of the water below. the stream itself, which, though ra- They even pointed out the very tree pid, was not so deep at the sides as to from which they had let fall the line, stop us. After proceeding for some ---at a height, as they averred, of 1083 time in this way, sometimes scram feet from the bottom. This, howbling over pieces of rock, and some ever, I think, must have been an extimes obliged to hold by twigs or aggeration. I have no doubt that its bushes growing on the sides, to pre- height is above 500 feet, but it is imyent ourselves from being carried down possible to judge with any tolerable by the current, we at length arrived at accuracy in a place where every thing a point where the fall could be seen is on so grand a scale, and where there to the greatest advantage, and we found is no known height to judge from. At it well worth all the trouble we had any rate, this fall is by far the grandundergone to get at it. We were now est' I ever saw, and vastly surpasses the surrounded on all sides, except the celebrated Foyers, both in the height narrow chasm through which we had of the fall, and the quantity of water.

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