« ПредыдущаяПродолжить »
the posterity of John Mor of the Isles and Cantyre. For | army for the purpose of taking possession, and a ship John Cathanach, sou of John, son of Donald Ballach, I came from England with a supply of money to carry son of John Mor, son of John, son of Angus Og (the l on the war, which landed at Mull, and the money wal chief of the descendants of John Mor), and John Mor, I given to Mac-Lean of Duart to be distributed amon son of John Cathanach, and young John, son of Johin the commanders of the army, which they not receiving Cathanach, and young Donald Ballach, son of John l in proportion as it should have been distributed amon Cathanach, were treacherously taken by Mac-Cean in them, caused the army to disperse, which, when the the island of Finlagan, in Isla, and carried to Edinburgh, Earl of Lennox heard, he disbanded his own ment, as where he got them hanged at the Burrow-muir, and made it up with the king: Mac-Donald went to Ireland their bodies were buried in the church of St Anthony, to raise men, but he died on his way to Dublua, called the New Church. There were none left alive at Drogheda, of a fever, without issue of either som er that time of the children of John Cathanach, except daughters.) Alexander, the son of John Cathanach, and Agnes In this history may be traced, though the bard ar Flach, who concealed themselves in the glens of Ire-seannachie touches such a delicate discussion with a land. Mac-Cean, hearing of their hiding-places, went gentle hand, the point of difference between the three to cut down the woods of these glens, in order to de- I principal septs descended from the Lords of tlae Isles. stroy Alexander and extirpate the whole race. At length The first question, and one of no easy solution, where Mac-Cean and Alexander met, were reconciled, and also little evidence is produced, respects the nature of the marriage alliance took place ; Alexander married Mac-| connexion of John, called by the Archdean of the files Ceau's daughter, and she brought him good children. I the Good Joho of Jla,» and the last Lord of the Isles,a The Mac-Donalds of the north had also descendants :/ with Anne, daughter of Roderick Mac-Dougal, high cud for, after the death of John, Lord of the Isles, and Earl of Lorn. In the absence of positive evidence, presump of Ross, and the murder of Angus, Alexander, the son tive must be resorted to, and I own it appears to render of Archibald, the son of Alexander of the Isles, took it in the highest degree improbable that this connaio possession, and John was in possession of the earldom was otherwise than legitimate. In the wars beterd of Ross, and the north bordering country; he married | David II. and Edward Baliol, John of the Isles espoused a daughter of the Earl of Moray, of whom some of the the Baliol interest, to which he was probably determen of the north had descended. The Mac-Kenzies rose mined by his alliance with Roderick of Lorn, who was against Alexander, and fought the battle called Blar na | from every family predilection, friendly to Baliol and Paire. Alexander had only a few of the men of Ross hostile to Bruce. It seems absurd to suppose, that be at the battle. He went after that battle to take posses tween two chiefs of the same descent, and nearly equal sion of the Isles, and sailed in a ship to the south to see power and rank (though the Mac-Dougals had beca if he could find any of the posterity of John Mor alive, I much crushed by Robert Bruce), such a condeni to rise, along with him, but Mac-Cean of Ardnamur should have been that of concubinage ; and it appears chan watched him as he sailed past, followed him to more likely that the tempting offer of an alliance wake Oransay, and Colonsay, went to the house where he the Bruce family, when they had obtained the decided was, and he and Alexander, son of John Cathanach, superiority in Scotland, induced the good John of llar murdered him there.
to disinherit to a certain extent his eldest son Ronald «A good while after these things fell out, Donald / who came of a stock so unpopular as the Mac-Dougars Galda, son of Alexander, son of Archibald, became ma- and to call to his succession his younger family, jor; he, with the advice and direction of the Earl of Margaret Stuart, daughter of Robert, afterwards king Moray, came to the isles, and Mac-Leod of the Lewis. I of Scotland. The setting aside of this elder brabcho and many of the gentry of the isles, rose with him: his family was most probably a condition of his des they went by the promontorý of Ardnamurehan, where alliance, and his being received into favour they met Alexander, the son of John Cathanach, were | nasty he had always opposed. Nor were al reconciled to him, he joined his men with theirs against succession at this early period so clearly aut Mac-Cean of Ardnamurchan, came upon him at a place to bar such transactions. The numerous and strane called the Silver Craig, where he and his three sons. , claims set up to the crown of Scotland, when vacany and a great number of his people, were killed, and Do the death of Alexander 1U., make it manifest bow of nald Galda was immediately declared Mac-Donald: And. I little the indefeasible hereditary right of primogenit after the affair of Ardnamurcban, all the men of the was valued at that period. In fact, the title or on isles yielded to him, but he did not live above seven or Bruces themselves to the crown, though justly the door eight wecks after it; he died at Carnaborg, in Mull. I popular, when assumed with the determination of without issue. He had three sisters, daughters of Alex. serting the independence of Scotland, was, upon para ander, son of Archibald, who were portioned in the principle, greatly inferior to that of Balol. for north upon the continent, but the earldom of Ross was the competitor, claimed as sop of Isabella, second day kept for them. Alexander the son of Archibald, had a l ter of David, Earl of Huntingdon, and John Dalio, natural son, called John Cam, of whom is descended l grandson of Margaret, the elder daughter of that Aclinacoichan, in Ramoch, and Donald Gorm, son of ear). So that the plea of Bruce was founded up Ronald, son of Alexander Duson, of John Cam. Do- | very loose idea that, as the great-grandson of nald Du, son of Angus, son of John of the Isles, son of King of Scotland, and the nearest collateral real Alexander of the Isles, son of Donald of the Isles, son Alexander JII., he was entitled to succeed, na of John of the Isles, son of Angus Og, namely, the true of the great-great-grandson of the same David... heir of the Isles and Ross, came after his relcase from by an elder daughter. This maxim savoured. captivity to the Isles, and convened the men thereof, cient practice of Scotland, which often called and he and the Earl of Lennox agreed to raise a great to succeed to the crown as nearer in blood tam
andchild, or even a son of a deceased monarch. But, the third daughter of John, called the Red Comyn,' truth, the maxims of inheritance in Scotland were who was slain by Bruce in the Dominican church at petimes departed from at periods when they were Dumfries, and hence he was a mortal enemy of that sich more distinctly understood. Such a transposi- prince, and more than once reduced him to great straits en took place in the family of Hamilton, in 1513, during the early and distressed period of his reign, as sen the descendants of James, 3d Lord, by Lady Janet we shall have repeated occasion to notice. Bruce, me, were set aside, with an appanage of great value when he began to obtain an ascendancy in Scotland, deed, in order to call to the succession those which he took the first opportunity in his power to requite these d by a subsequent marriage with Janet Beaton. In injuries. He marched into Argyleshjre to lay waste the mori, many other examples might be quoted to show country. John of Lorn, son of the chieftain, was postat the question of legitimacy is not always determined ed with his followers in the formidable pass between
the fact of succession ; and there seems reason to Dalmally and Bunawe. It is a narrow path along the ehere that Ronald, descendant of « John of Jla,» by verge of the huge and precipitous mountain, called man of Lorn, was legitimate, and therefore Lord of the Cruachan Ben, and guarded on the other side by a predes de jure, though de facto his younger half brother, cipice overhanging Loch Awe. The pass seems to the donald, son of his father's second marriage with the eye of a soldier as strong, as it is wild and romantic to rincess of Scotland, superseded him in his right, and that of an ordinary traveller. But the skill of Bruce
pareatly by his own consent. From this Donald so had anticipated this difficulty. While his main body, referred is descended the family of Sleate, now Lords engaged in a skirmish with the men of Lorn, detained Le-Donald. On the other hand, from Ronald, the ex- their attention to the front of their position, James of Aaded beir, upon whom a very large appanage was | Douglas, with Sir Alexander Fraser, Sir William Wiseettled, descended the chiefs of Glengary and Clanro- man, and Sir Andrew Grey, ascended the mountain with makl, each of whom had large possessions, and a nu-a select body of archery, and obtained possession of the merous vassalage, and boasted a long descent of warlike heights which commanded the pass. A volley of arincestry. Their common ancestor, Ronald, was mur rows descending upon thein directly warned the ArHered by the Earl of Ross at the monastery of Elcho, eyleshire men of their perilous situation, and their re1.D. 1346. I believe it has been subject of fierce dis- sistance, which had hitherto been bold and manly, was pute, whether Donald, who carried on the line of Glen- changed into a precipitate flight. The deep and rapid an, or Allan of Moidart, the ancestor of the captains river of Awe was then (we learn the fact from Barbour
Cluronald, was the eldest son of Ronald, the son of with some surprise) crossed by a bridge. This bridge Dehn of Ila. A humble Lowlander may be permitted to the mountaineers attempted to demolish, but Bruce's maire the discussion, since a seannachie of no small followers were too close upon their rear: they were, mote, who wrote io the 16th century, expresses himself | therefore, without refuge and defence, and were dispea this delicate topic in the following words:- persed with great slaughter. John of Lorn, suspicious
I have now given you an account of every thing of the event, had early betaken himself to the galleys you can expect of the descendants of the clan Colla which he had upon the lake; but the feelings which Le. the Mac-Donalds), to the death of Donald Du at Barbour assigns to him, while witnessing the rout and Drogheda, namely, the true line of those who possessed slaughter of his followers, exculpate him from the bee Isles, Ross, and the mountainous countries of Scot-charge of cowardicc. ied. It was Donald, the son of Angus, that was killed
To John of Lorn it should displease, it Inverness, by his own harper (Mac-i Cairbre), son of
I trow, when he his men might see lan of the Isles son of Alexander, son of Donald, son
Be slain and chased in the hill, Jolan, son of Angus Og. And I know not which of
That he might set no help theretill. his kindred or relations is the true heir, except these
But it angers as greatumly
To good bearts that are worthy, le sons of John, the son of Angus Og, whom I bere
To see their foes fulfill their will et down for yon, namely, Ronald and Godfrey, the two
As to themselves to tholl the ill.les of the daughter of Mac-Donald of Lorn, and Do
After this decisive engagement, Bruce laid waste Arwh and John Mor, and Alexander Carrach, the three gyleshire, and besieged Dunstaffnage Castle, on the ki of Margaret Stewart, daughter of Robert Stewart,
western shore of Lorn, compelled it to surrender, and King of Scotland.»—Leabhar-dearg.
placed in that principal strong-hold of the Mac-Dougals
a garrison and governor of his own. The elder MacNote 8. Stanza xi.
Dougal, now wearied with the contest, submitted to the --- the house of Lorn.
victor: but his son, « rebellious,» says Barbour, « as he The house of Lorn, as we observed in a former note, wont to be,» fled to England by sea. When the wars hay, like the Lords of the Isles, descended from a son between the Bruce and Baliol factions again broke out
Somerled, slain at Renfrew in 1164. This son ob- in the reign of David II., the Lords of Lorn were again ined the succession of his main-land territories, comWhending the greater part of the three districts of 'The aunt, according to Lord Hailes. But the genealogy is disom, iu Argyleshire, and of course might rather be con
tinctly given by Wintoun :Bered as petty princes than feudal barons. They as
The third daugbter of Red Comyn, med the patronymic appellation of Mac-Dougal, by
Alysander of Argyle syne,
Took and wedded til his wife, bich they are distinguished in the history of the mid
And on her he gat until his life, ages. The Lord of Lorn, who flourished during
Jobo of Lorn, the whilk çat wars of Bruce, was Allaster (or Alexander) Mac
Ewen of Lorn after that, pagal, called Allaster of Argyle. He had married
WINTOUS's Chronice, Book VIII, c. VI, line 206.
found upon the losing side, owing to their hereditary the most beautiful and interesting which is witnessed enmity to the house of Bruce. Accordingly, upon the in the Hebrides : at times the ocean appears entirely issue of that contest, they were deprived by David II. illuminated around the vessel, and a long train of lamand his successor of by far the greater part of their ex- bent coruscations are perpetually bursting upon the tensive territories, which were conferred upon Stewart, sides of the vessel, or pursuing her wake through the called the Knight of Lorn. The house of Mac-Dougal, darkness. These phosphoric appearances, concerning continued, however, to survive the loss of power, and the origin of which naturalists are not agreed in opi affords a very rare, if not an unique, instance of a fa- nion, seem to be called into action by the rapid motion mily of such unlimited power, and so distinguished of the ship through the water, and are probably oving during the middle ages, surviving the decay of their to the water being saturated with fish-spava, or other grandeur, and flourishing in a private station. The animal substances. They remind one strongly of the castle of Dunolly, near Oban, with its dependencies, description of the sea-snakes in Mr Coleridge's wild, but was the principal part of what remained to them, with highly poetical ballad of the Ancient Mariner :their right of chieftainship over the families of their
Beyond the shadow of the ship name and blood. These they continued to enjoy until
I watched the water-snakes, the year 1715, when the representative incurred the
They moved in tracks of shining white, penalty of forfeiture, for his accession to the insur
And when they rear'd, the elvish light rection of that period; thus losing the remains of his
Fell off in hoary flakes. inheritance, to replace upon the throne the descendants of those princes, whose accession his ancestors had op
Note 10. Stanza xxiv. posed at the expense of their feudal grandeur. The
Hewn in the rock, a passage there
Sought the dark fortress by a stair estate was, however, restored about 1745, to the father
So strait, so high, so steep, of the present proprietor, whom family experience had
With peasant's staff one valiant band taught the hazard of interfering with the established
Might well the dizzy pass bave mann'd, government, and who remained quiet upon that occa
'Gainst hundreds arm'd with spear and broad,
And plonged them in the deep. sion. He therefore regained his property when many Highland chiefs lost theirs.
The fortress of a Hebridean chief was almost always Nothing can be more wildly beautiful than the situ
on the sea-shore, for the facility of communication ation of Dunolly. The ruins are situated upon a bold / which the ocean afforded. Nothing can be more vid and precipitous promontory, overhanging Loch Etive,
than the situations which they chose, and the device and distant about a mile from the village and port of l by which the architects endeavoured to defend thieta, Oban. The principal part which remains is the donjon
Narrow stairs and arched vaults were the usual mode or keep; but fragments of other builings, overgrown
of access, and the draw-bridge appears at Dunstaffunge with ivy, attest that it had been once a place of import
and elsewhere, to have fallen from the gate of the ance, as large apparently as Artornish or Dunstaffnage.
building to the top of such a staircase : so that way These fragments inclose a court-yard, of which the
one, advancing with hostile purpose, found himself u keep probably formed one side: the entrance being by a state of exposed and precarious elevation, with a steep ascent from the neck of the isthmus, formerly | gulph between him and the object of his attack. cut across by a moat, and defended doubtless by out! These fortresses were guarded with equal care. The works and a draw-bridge. Beneath the castle stands | duty of the watch devolved chiefly upon an oruc the present mansion of the family, having on the one called the Cockman, who had the charge of chalica hand Loch Etive, with its islands and mountains, on
all who approached the castle. The very ancient ta the other two romantic eminences tufted with copse
mily of Mac-Niel of Barra kept this attendant at the wood. There are other accompaniments suited to the
castle about an hundred years ago. Martin gives the scene, in particular a huge upright pillar, or detached
following account of the difficulty which attended by fragment of that sort of rock called plum-pudding
procuring entrance there:stone, upon the shore, about a quarter of a mile from
« The little island Kismul lies about a quarter of the castle. It is called clach-na-cau, or the Dog's
mile from the south of this isle (Barra); it is the ser Pillar, because Fingal is said to have used it as a stake
of Macneil of Barra; there is a stone wall round it to to which he bound his celebrated dog Bran. Others
storeys high, reaching the sea; and within the wa say, that when the Lord of the Isles came upon a visit
there is an old tower and an hall, with other house to the Lord of Lorn, the dogs brought for his sport
about it. There is a little magazine in the tower, were kept beside this pillar. Upon the whole a more
which no stranger has access. I saw the officer calle and romantic spot can scarce be conceived: the Cockman, and an old cock he is: when I bid his and it receives a moral interest from the considerations / ferry me
i interest from the considerations / ferry me over the water to the island, be told me attached to the residence of a family once powerful
he was but an inferior officer, his business being to al enough to confront and defeat Robert Bruce, and now tend in the tower; but if (says he) the constabit sunk into the shade of private life. It is at present then stood on the wall, will give you acc possessed by Patrick Mac-Dougal, Esq., the lineal and l you over. I desired him to procure me the consta
but having sail undisputed representative of the ancient Lords of Lorn. I permission, and I would reward him; but was. The heir of Dunolly fell lately in Spain, fighting under led some hours for the constable's answer, and not the Duke of Wellington,-a death well becoming his ceiving any, I was obliged to return without seeing ancestry.
famous fort. Macneil and his lady being absent, vi Note 9. Stanza xxi.
the cause of this difficulty, and of my not seeing Those lightnings of the ware.
place. I was told, some weeks after, that the consta The phenomenon called by sailors Sea-fire, is one of was very apprehensive of some design I might
cess, 17 for
viewing the fort, and thereby to expose it to the con- mented, about three-fourths of an inch in breadth. quest of a foreign power; of which I supposed there Beneath this ledge the shape of the cup is Tas Do great cause of fear.»
and terminates in a flat circle, like that of a tea-cup; four short feet support the whole. Above the projecting ledge the shape of the cup is nearly square, pro
jecting outward at the brim. The cup is made of CANTO II.
wood (oak to all appearance), but most curiously wrought and embossed with silver work, which pro
jects from the vessel. There are a number of regular Note 1. Stanza iïi.
projecting sockets, which appear to have been set with - - De Argentine.
stones; two or three of them still hold pieces of coral, Sir Egidius, or Giles de Argentine, was one of the the rest are empty. At the four corners of the project- most accomplished knights of the period. He had | ing ledge or cornice, are four sockets, much larger,
served in the wars of Henry of Luxemberg with such probably for pebbles or precious stones. The workbigla reputation, that he was, in popular estimation, | manship of the silver is extremely elegant, and appears the third worthy of the age. Those to whom fame to have been highly gilded. The ledge, brim, and legs
assigned precedence over him were, Henry of Luxem- of the cup, are of silver. The family tradition bears : berg himself, and Robert Bruce. Argentine had war- that it was the property of Neil Ghlune-dhu, or Blacki red in Palestine, encountered thrice with the Saracens, I knee. But who this Neil was, no one pretends to say, and bad slain two antagonists in each engagement. An Around the edge of the cup is a legend, perfectly easy matter, he said, for one christian knight to slay legible, in the Saxon black letter, which may be read tuo pagan dogs. His death corresponded with his high at length thus :character. With Aymer de Valence, Earl of Pembroke, Ufo Johanis Mich Magni Principis de Hr Manae
he was appointed to attend immediately upon the per-| Vich Liahia Magryneil et sperat Domino Mhesu dari | son of Edward II. When the day was utterly lost, I clementiam illorum opera. Fecit Anno Domini 993
they forced the king from the field. De Argentine saw Onili Oimi. Which may run in English: Ufo, the son : the king safe from immediate danger, and then took of John, the son of Magnus, Prince of Man, the grandhis leave of him: « God be with you, sir,» he said, ait son of Liahia Macgryneil, trusts in the Lord Jesus that is not my wont to fly. So saying, he turned his their works (i. e. his own and those of his ancestors) horse, cried his war-cry, plunged into the midst of the will obtain mercy. Oneil Oimi made this in the year
combatants, and was slain. Baston, a rhyming monk of God nine hundred and ninety-three. i who had been brought by Edward to celebrate his ex- ! But this version does not include the puzzling letters
pected triumph, and who was compelled by the victors un before the word Manae. Within the mouth of the i to compose a poem on his defeat, mentions with some cup the word Jesus is repeated four times. From this feeling the death of Sir Giles de Argentine :
and other circumstances it would seem to have been a
chalice. This circumstance may perhaps account for Nobilis Argentep, pugil inclyte, dulcis Egidi, Vis scieram mentem cum te succumbere vidi.
the use of two Arabic numerals, 93. These figures
were introduced by Pope Sylvester, A. D. 991, and . The first line mentions the three chief requisites of I might be used in a vessel formed for church service so a true knight-noble birth, valour, and courteousness. I early as 993. The workmanship of the whole cup is Fev Leonine couplets can be produced that have so extremely elegant, and resembles, I am told, antiques much sentiment. I wish that I could have collected of the same nature preserved in Ireland. more ample memorials concerning a character altoge- ! The cups thus elegantly formed, and highly valued, ther different from modern manners. Sir Giles d'Ar
were by no means utensils of mere show. Martin gives gentine was a hero of romance in real life.» So observes the following account of the festivals of his time, and the excellent Lord Hailes.
I have heard similar instances of brutality in the LowNote 2, Stanza iv.
| lands at no very distant period. • Fill me the mighty cup!, be said,
« The manner of drinking used by the chief men of . Erst owad by royal Somerled.
the Isles is called in their language Streah, i. e. a A Hebridean drinking-cup, of the most ancient and Round; for the company sat in a circle, the cup-bearer curious workmanship, has been long preserved in the filled the drink round to them, and all was drank out, castle of Dunvegan, in Skye, the romantic seat of Mac- whatever the liquor was, whether strong or weak; they Leod, of Mac-Leod, the chief of that ancient and pow
continued drinking sometimes twenty-four, sometimes erful clan. The horn of Rorie More, preserved in the
forty-eight hours. It was reckoned a piece of manhood same family, and recorded by Dr Johnson, is not to be
to drink until they became drunk, and there were two compared with this piece of antiquity, which is one of men with a barrow attending punctually on sucn o the greatest curiosities in Scotland. The following is a casions. They stood at the door until some became pretty accurate description of its shape and dimensions. drunk, and they carry'd them upon the barrow to bed, but cannot, I fear, be perfectly understood without a and returned again to their post as long as any contidrawing.
nued fresh, and so carried off the whole company, one This very curious piece of antiquity is nine inches by one, as they became drunk. Several of my acquaintand three-quarters in inside depth, and ten and a half ance have been witnesses to this custom of drinking in beight on the outside, the extreme measure over the but it is now abolished.» Tips being four inches and a half. The cup is divided This savage custom was not entirely done away into two parts by a wrought ledge, beautifully orna- within this last generation. I have heard of a gentleman who happened to be a water-drinker, and was per have afforded. But Johnson has already described a mitted to abstain from the strong potations of the similar scene in the same apcient patriarchal residence company. The bearers carried away one man after of the Lords of Mac-Leod. another, till no one was left but this Scottish Mirglip. « Whatever is imaged in the wildest tales, if giants, They then came to do him the same good office, which, dragons, and enchantment be excepted, would be felt however, he declined as unnecessary, and proposed to by him, who, wandering in the mountains without a walk to his bed-room. It was a permission he could guide, or upon the sea without a pilot, should be carnot obtain. Never such a thing had happened, they ried, amidst his terror and uncertainty, to the hospisaid, in the castle! that it was impossible but he must tality and elegance of Rassay or Dunvegan.» require their assistance, at any rate he must submit to
Note 3. Stanza vi. receive it; and carried him off in the barrow accord.
With solemn step, and silver wand, ingly. A classical penalty was sometimes imposed on
The seneschal the presence scann'd those who baulked the rules of good fellowship by
Of these strange guests. evading their share of the banquet · The same author
The Sewer, to whom, rather than the Seneschal, the continues :
office of arranging the guests of an island chief apper « Among persons of distinction it was reckoned an
tained, was an office of importance in the family of a affront put upon any company to broach a piece of
Hebridean chief. wine, ale, or aquavitæ, and not to see it all drank out
« Every family had commonly two stewards, which, at one meeting. If any man chance to go out from the :
| in their language, were called Marischall Tach: the first company, though but for a few minutes, he is obliged,
of these served always at home, and was obliged to be upon his return, and before he take his seat, to make
versed in the pedigree of all the tribes in the Isles, and an apology for his absence in rhyme: which if he can
in the Highlands of Scotland; for it was bis province not perform, he is liable to such a share of the reckon
to assign every man at table his seat according to his ing as the company thinks fit to impose : which cus
quality; and this was done without one word speaking, tom obtains in many places still, and is called Bianchiz
only by drawing a score with a white rod, which this Bard, which, in their language, signifies the poet's con
Marischall had in his hand, before the persoa who gratulating the company.
was bid by him to sit down: and this was necessary Few cups were better, at least more actively, em.
to prevent disorder and contention; and though ployed in the rude hospitality of the period, than those
the Marischall might sometimes be mistaken, the of Dunvegan; one of which we have just described.
master of the family incurred no censure by such There is in the Leabhar-dearg, a song, intimating the
an escape; but this custom has been laid aside of late. overflowing gratitude of a bard of Clan-Ronald, after
They had also cup-bearers, who always filled and carthe exuberance of a Hebridean festival at the patriarchal
ried the cup round the company, and he himself always fortress of Mac-Leod. The translation being obviously
drank off the first draught. They had likewise pursevery literal, has greatly flattened, as I am informed, the
masters, who kept their money. Both these ofboers enthusiastic gratitude of the ancient bard; and it must be owned that the works of Homer or Virgil, to say no
bad an hereditary right to their office in writing, and
each of them had a town and land for his service: thing of Mac-Vuirich, might have suffered by their transfusion through such a medium. It is pretty
some of those rights I have seen fairly written on good!
Y parchment.»—Martin's Western Isles. plain, that when the tribute of poetical praise was bestowed, the horn of Rorie More had not been in
Note 4. Stanza ix. active.
e the rebellious Scottish crew,
Who to Rath-Erin's sbelter drew,
With Carrick's outlaw'd chief.
It must be remembered by all who have read the « The six nights I remained in the Dunvegan, it was Scottish history, that after he had slain Comyn at Dumnnot a show of hospitality I met with there, but a plen- fries, and asserted his right to the Scottish Crowe tiful feast in thy fair hall among thy numerous host of Robert Bruce was reduced to the greatest extremity b! heroes.
the English and their adherents. He was crowded at « The family placed all around under the protection Scone by the general consent of the Scottish barons, of their great chief, raised by his prosperity and re- but his authority endured but a short time. Accord spect for his warlike feats, now enjoying the company ing to the phrase said to have been used by his wife, of his friends at the feast,--amidst the sound of harps, was for that year « a summer king, but not a un overflowing cups, and happy youth unaccustomed to one. On the 29th March, 1306, he was crowned ang
guile, or feud, partaking of the generous fare by al at Scone. Upon the 19th June, in the same year, (flaming fire.
was totally defeated at Methven, near Perth; and his « Mighty chief, liberal to all in your princely man- most important adherents, with a few exception sion, filled with your numerous warlike host, whosether executed, or compelled to embrace the Engli generous wine would overcome the lardiest heroes, yet terest, for safety of their lives and fortunes. After we continued to enjoy the feast, so happy our host, so disaster his life was that of an outlaw, rather generous our fare.»— Translated by D. Mae-Intosh, candidate for monarchy. He separated himself
It would be unpardonable in a modern bard, who l the females of his retinue, whom he sent for salg has experienced the hospitality of Dunvegan Castle in the castle of Kildrummie, in Aberdeenshire, the present day, to omit paying his own tribute of gra- they afterward became captives to England. titude for a reception more elegant indeed, but not less Aberdeenshire, Bruce retreated to the mour kindly sincerc, than Sir Roderick More himself could parts of Breadalbane, and approached the bor