Letters from a Gentleman in the North of Scotland to His Friend in London;: Containing the Description of a Capital Town in that Northern Country, with an Account of Some Uncommon Customs of the Inhabitants; : Likewise an Account of the Highlands, with the Customs and Manners of the Highlanders. : To which is Added, a Letter Relating to the Military Ways Among the Mountains, Begun in the Year 1726. ; In Two Volumes, Volume 1

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Ogle, Duncan, and Company ... Oliver and Boyd, Edinburgh; M. Ogle, Glasgow; and M. Keene, Dublin., 1822 - Highlands (Scotland)

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Page 13 - Out of one of the beds on which we were to repose started up, at our entrance, a man black as a Cyclops from the forge.
Page 135 - You may guess from the introduction, at the contents of the volume. Few go away sober at any time ; and for the greatest part of his guests, in the conclusion, they cannot go at all.
Page 2 - The Highlands are but little known even to the inhabitants of the low country of Scotland, for they have ever dreaded the difficulties and dangers of travelling among the mountains ; and when some extraordinary occasion has obliged any one of them, to such a progress, he has, generally speaking, made his testament before he set out, as though he were entering upon a long and dangerous sea voyage, wherein it was very doubtful if he should ever return.
Page 17 - The view of the houses at a distance strikes the traveller with wonder; their own loftiness, improved by their almost aerial situation, gives them a look of magnificence not to be found in any other part of Great Britain.
Page 3 - ... wherein it was very doubtful if he should ever return. But to the people of England, excepting some few, and those chiefly the soldiery, the Highlands are hardly known at all : for there has been less, that I know of, written upon the subject, than of either of the Indies ; and even that little which has been said, conveys no idea...
Page 309 - Children about her, some quite, and others almost, naked, by a little Peat Fire, in the Middle of the Hut ; and over the Fire-Place was a small Hole in the Roof for a Chimney. The Floor was common Earth, very uneven, and no where Dry, but near the Fire and in the Corners, where no Foot had carried the muddy Dirt from without Doors. The Skeleton of the Hut was formed of small crooked Timber, but the Beam for the Roof was large out of all Proportion. This is to render the Weight of the whole more fit...
Page 49 - Clan-Interest or Clannish Terror. As for Example, if one of the Magistrates were a Cameron (for the Purpose), the Criminal (Cameron) must not suffer, if the Clan be desirous he should be saved. In short, they have several other Ties or Attachments one to another, which Occasion (like Money in the South) this Partiality. When any Ship in these Parts is bound for the West Indies, to be sure a neighbouring Chief, of whom none dares openly to complain, has several Thieves to send Prisoners to Town. It...
Page xxxvi - Do you want to hae onyappointit?" "No," replied Margaret, "I only want an interpreter to enable me to understand what your lordship says." HOMER IN GAELIC. Mr Ewen M'Lauchlan translated the first four books of Homer's Iliad into Gaelic verse. This translation he read in the neighbourhood of Fort-William, to groups of men and women of the very lowest class — shepherds and mechanics, who had never learnt the power of letters, and who were as ignorant of who Homer was as they were of the language...
Page 188 - I should have found in some part of my soul A drop of patience : but, alas ! to make me A fixed figure, for the hand of scorn To point his slow unmoving finger at...
Page 301 - I was harrassed on this slough, by winding about from place to place, to find such tufts as were within my stride or leap, in my heavy boots with high heels; which, by my spring, when the little hillocks, were too far asunder, broke the turf, and then I threw myself down toward the next protuberance: but to my guide it seemed nothing; he was light of body, shod with flat brogues, wide in the soles, and accustomed to a particular step, suited to the occasion.

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