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Marrogh O'Brian, in the year 1647. where he and his men got orders to [There is a poem by Cathil Macvu- join the council's army, under the rich, (not translated) interleaved in command of General Preston, and betwixt the former part, and what where Alexander, the Earl of Anfollows of the civil wars.)
trim's son, was, and those who reJohn Muidartach son of Donald mained with the Scots army, toge. son of Allan, went home with those ther with those of the Macdonalds who remained of his men, after he was who went over with Sir Alexander forsaken by all the rest, and after Macdonald ; that regiment consisted Montrose and the Marquis of Hunt- of fifteen hundred chosen men, Doly were put to death. He alone nald the son of John Muidartach. stood out, and those who were alive being lieutenant-colonel, and Angus of his men continued with him. the son of Alexander Macdonald of There came a message to him from Largs and Cantyre, being the first the rulers of the kingdom, with offer captain. This army was famous for of terms of peace, which he accept- some time, and much esteemed by ed.
their valour in taking of great towns, He sent Donald to Ireland with until they were at last defeated in some of the Scots gentry, but he the county of Rebui (King's coun. himself remained at home to keep ty) where there were a great num. the country, and to defend it from ber of the Cavanchs of Ireland along the enemy, Donald set off from with them, who as soon as they came Uist in a good low-country ship, and to the places they were acquainted a long Highland one, with three with in their own country, nigh a hundred good soldiers, in 1648. wood, fled and left them in the lurch, From Uist they sailed to the sound the enemy rushing in upon them at .. of Mull, to Colonsay, and the sound the same time, soon dispersed them. of Isla, where they fell in with a Donald, young Laird of Clanronald, . large ship full of barley, which they and Angus, Laird of Glengary, were captured; they took another ship, taken prisoners, and sent io Kilbut found nothing in her; they left kenny, where they remained until her there, and sailed for Ireland; the Marquis of Antrim found means were overtaken on their way by a to release them. Glengary came storm which separated them; some out sooner than Clanronald; he went of them reached the sea of Kealbeg. over seas to the king, and left DoDonald and those who were along nald in prison, until more money was with him, landed at the bay of Ard- given for his ransom by the Duchess migalagan, and sent back the ship to of Buckingham, the Marquis of AnScotland, He went from thence to trim's ladyHe came out of prison Acha, to his friends, when there was to Lochgarman, where a ship be. a garrison favourable to them; from longing to the Marquis of Antrim thence they went to the county of carried him to the Kyle of Staly in Cavan, where they met Philip Or. Uist; the son of Alexander, Laird well, the lord of that country; they of Largs, came along with hiin, and went from thence to the Mull of were joyfully received by their Meath, where Donald left his men friends. His attendants came soon quartered, and went to Kilkenny, thereafter in a ship which they prowhere the council of Ireland sat, and cured from Ireland. These were
Murcho Macneil of Bara, a tall hand- and three daughters, Mor Lady Coll, some man; Alexander son of John Catharine Lady Bara, and Ann son of Allan of Bualog ; Donald Lady Benmaol. Donald lived sixson of Allan; Donald Mog son of teen years after his father's death, Donald son of Lauchlan son of and these he spent in peace; someMurdoch ; John son of Brian son times at court, much esteemed, and of Murdoch; John son of Fagalach sometimes at home. M.Beath; Angus son of Alexander, He died at Cannay in 1686, the son of Macgodfrey; John the son same year that King Charles the Seof Brian Macvuirich, and others came cond died, and his body was interred another route. After Donald came in Tomor, in the same grave with his home, he and his father, John Muir father. He left two sons and three dartach, defended their country una daughters, namely, Allan the Laird, til they obtained peace. Their in- and Ronald Mor, Janet, Mary, and vincible loyalty was the cause of Mora, Mora daughter to Sir Rod. their having been greatly in debt, rick Mor,Macleod being their grandwhich became a great burden both mother by the father's side. upon themselves and their posterity. Great was the loss sustained to
John Muidartach died at Eris. the Hebrides by the death of this. ca, in Uist, 1670, and was interred Donald, as every one alive doth tes. in Tomor, leaving one son, Donald, tify.
Earl of Perth Lord High Chancellor of Scotland,
The Laird of Blair Drummond, 26th July, 1691.
« Sir, I received yours about an ville freedom of returning, he being hour ago, that is, about eight o'clock a melancholy sickly man, and deat night. J. Hay had sent me the sirous of being at home, he was wil. conditions agreed to in relation to ling to give somewhat to any body Mary's marriage, but not quite so who would procure a remission to full as your letter had them. I hope them, &c. and proposed the matter Lord Hugh will do well enough. As to me as to be received privately, for my carriage let none of my friends and never to be heard of. I told seem to doubt it; for that does but my Lord Tarbat that never having make enemies watchful; and when received money from any body but malice cannot find a real ground of from the king, I would not begin complaint, and one loses labour in with my Lord Melville ; he (at least making observations, it makes where his children had that relation to my it wants. I'll assure you there shall family that I would get him his rebe no cause of disquiet to my friends, mission for nothing. My Lord Taror of fear from what the worst of my bat said, that I must not do him that enemies can find to object. I can. injury, for he was to have a share of not beat people away from me; but what was to be given, and therefore I desire none to come to me, and my entreated me to take my share and train north consists but of six on named the 30001. one half to be paid horseback, and my wife her woman at the passing of the remission, the and myself in the coach; if a quar- other at the ratifying it in parliarel be made of that splendar, it is a ment. I told my Lord that if it was poor ground of one. As to my Lord given, I would have it as from the Melville's affair the matter of fact is king, which occasioned the letter this to the best of my memory, One mentioned. And for the 2001. the day in the Treasury-Chamber my master knew very well it was not for Lord Tarbat told me that albeit my behoof. Speak with my Lord the master of Melville was secured Tarbat, and see if he remembers the in his father's estate, yet to shun matter to have passed in this fadebate, and to give my Lord Mel shion, that if he remembers it better
he may tell it to you. Now all ha. else: And I fancy it will be my ving been transacted in the terms of friends' fault if they do not obtain kindness, it having been received as that favour; when my wife did so a most special favour from the king much against all men's expectation. and altogether by my means, my But if they will not grant any, if I be Lord Tarbat having pressed the mo- alive I'll keep my day.-Adieu.” ney upon me as an acknowledgement of my kindness, it having been mentioned as a composition merely by my own choice, because I would not receive money but from my master, I wonder that any man of honour Copy Letter Earl of Perth to Blaire can turn such a matter to a process; Drummond, 27th July, 1691. however all I would know is whether it is best to depone or refuse, and “ Sir, I forgot one article of the leave the matter to be received as interrogatories when I wrote to you true upon refusal to swear : for if last night, viz. that of my giving they have a mind to have it, they commission to you or John Drumwill have it right or wrong. You mond to repay the money. I never will have occasion against Thursday, thought of repaying of it but condiso write me about it then. Employ tionally, that is for such an act of Sir James Grant in all my law-mat- kindness as might deliver me out of ters, for I am convinced of his kind- the hands of such as persecute me ness, and of his great diligence. I so severely. * * * * Read have no more to add now. I am my letter to Sir James Grant which still very much indisposed, though I wrote to you yesternight, and this incomparably better than I was at so far as it relates to the interrogaStirling. I wish my friends may ap- tory, and let him send me word what ply timeously to get my time pro- advice he thinks fit upon the occa longed,* for it will never do me good sion. Adieu.”
* The Earl was at this time under bail to return to Stirling Castle by 1st Sept.
A JOURNAL KEPT DURING A COASTING VOYAGE
LERWICK, ZETLAND, 6th August, five hundred feet in height, presented 1814. Hire a six-oared boat, wha- their gigantic forms, sinking perpenler-built, with a taper point at each dicularly into the main, which is very end, so that the rudder can be hook- deep even within a few fathoms of ed on either at pleasure. These vese their base. One of these capes is. sels look very frail, but are admira- called the Bard's Head ; a huge probly adapted to the stormy seas, where jecting arch is named the Giant's they live, when a ship's boat, stiffly Leg. and compactly built, must necessari. ly perish. They owe this to their « Here the lone sea-bird wakes his wildest elasticity and lightness. Some of
cry" the rowers wear a sort of coats of dressed sheep leather, sewed together Not lone, however, in one sense, for. with thongs. We sailed out at the their numbers, and the variety of southern inlet of the harbour, round. their tribes, are immense, but, I think, ing successively the capes called do not quite equal those of Duna Hammer, Kirkubus, and others, con- bug, on the coast of Buchan. Stand. sisting of bold cliffs, hollowed into ing across a little bay, we reached caverns, or divided into pillars and the Isle of Noss, having hitherto arches of fantastic appearance, by coasted the shore of Brassay. Here the constant action of the waves. As we see a detached and precipitous we passed the most northerly of these rock, or island, being a portion rent capes, called, I think, the Ord, and by a narrow sound from the rest of turned into the open sea, the scenes the cliff, and called the Holm. This became yet more tremendously sub- detached rock is wholly inaccessible, blime. Rocks, upwards of four or unless by a pass of peril, entitled the