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The harp, the minstrel, dare not tell
Save that such lived in Britain's isle, The riddle must be read by Love."
When Lorn's bright Edith scorn’d to smile. V.
VII. Retired her maiden train among,
But Morag, to whose fostering care Edith of Lorn received the song, *
Proud Lorn had given his daughter fair, But tamed the minstrel's pride had been
Morag, who saw a mother's aidi That had her cold demeanour seen;
By all a daughter's love repaid, For not upon her cheek awoke
(Strict was that bond-most kind of allThe glow of pride when flattery spoke,
Inviolate in Highland hall--) Nor could their tenderest numbers bring
Gray Morag sate a space apart, One sigh responsive to the string.
In Edith's eyes to read her heart. As vainly had her maidens vied
In vain the attendant's fond appeal In skill to deck the princely bride.
To Morag's skill, to Morag's zeal; Her locks in dark-brown length array'd,
She mark'd her child receive their care, Cathleen of Ulne, 'twas thine to braid;
Cold as the image sculptured fair, Young Eva with meet reverence drew
(Form of some sainted patroness) On the light foot the silken shoe,
Which cloister'd maids combine to dress ; While on the ankle's slender round
She mark'd-and knew her nursling's heart Those strings of pearl fair Bertha wound,
In the vain pomp took little part. That, bleach'd Lochryan's depths within,
Wistful a while she gazed-then press'd Seem'd dusky still on Edith's skin.
The maiden to her anxious breast But Einion, of experience old,
In finish'd loveliness-and led Ilad weightiest task--the mantle's fold
To where a turret's airy head, In many an artful plait she tied,
Slender and steep, and battle round, To show the form it seem'd to hide,
O'erlook’d, dark Mull! thy mighty sound, $ Till on the foor descending rollidt
Where thwarting tides, with mingled roar,
Part thy swarth hills from Morven's shore.
VIII. 0! lives there now so cold a maid,
"Daughter,” she said, "these seas behold, Who thus in beauty's pomp array'd,
Round iwice a hundred islands roll'd, In beauty's proudest pitch of power,
From Hirt, that hears their northern roar, And conquest won-the bridal hour
To the green Ilay's fertile shore;// With every charm that wins the heart,
Or mainland turn, where many a tower By Nature given, enhanced by Art,
Owns thy bold brother's feudal power, T Could yet the fair reflection view,
Each on its own dark cape reclined, In the bright mirror pictured true,
And listening to its own wild wind, And not one dimple on her cheek
From where Mingarry, sternly placed, A tell-tale consciousness bespeak ?
O'erawes the woodland and the waste,* Lives still such maid ?--Fair damsels, say,
To where Dunstafinage hears the raging For further vouches not my lay,
Of Connal with his rocks engaging.
* MS.-" Retired amid her menial train,
chapel, &c. are now ruinous. His guards de corps, called LuchtEdith Lorn received the strain."
tach, kept guard on the lake sido nearest to the isle: the walls of + (M8.-" The train upon the pavement
their houses are still to be seen there. The high court of judicaThen to the floor descending
ture, consisting of fourtren, sat always here ; and there was an : (MS.--" But Morag, who ihe maid had prees'd,
appeal to them from all the courts in the isles : the eleventh shore An infant, to her fostering breast,
of the gum in debate was due to the principal judge. There was And seen a mother's early aid," &c.)
a big stone of seven foot square, in which there was a deep im$ The Sound of Mull, which divides that island from the
pression made to receive the feet of Mac Donald : for he was continent of Scotland, is one of the most striking scenes which crowned King of the Isles standing in this stone, and swore that the Hebridex afford to the traveller. Sailing from Oban to Aros, he would continue his vassals in the possession of their lands, or Tolermory, through i narrow channel, ytt deep enough to bear and do exact justice to all his subjecta : and then his father's vessels of the largest burden, he has on his left the bold and moun. swond was put into his hand. The Bishop of Argyle and seven tainous bores of Mull; on the right those of that district of Ar priesta anointed him king, in presence of all the heads of the tribex gleshire, called Morven, or Morvern, successively indented by in the isles and continent, and were his vassals; at which line the deep silt-water lochs, running up many milex inlanıl. To the orator rehearsed a catalogue of his ancestors," &c. - MARTIN'S sonth-eastward arise a prodigious range of mountains, among Account of the Western Isle®, 8vo. London, 1716, p. 910, 1. which Cruiachan Ben is pre eminent. And to the north-east, is TMS. -" father's feudal power.'') the no less huge and picturesque range of the Ardnamurchan hills. ** The Castle of Mingarry is situated on the sen coast of the Many ruinous castles, situated generally upon clitl's overhanging district of Arunamurehan. The ruins, which are tolerably entire, the veran, add interest to the scene. Those of Donolly and Dun
are surrounded by a very high wall, forming a kind of polygon, for staffnage are first passed, then that of Duart, formerly belonging the purpose of adapting itself to the projecting andles of a precito the chief of he warlıke and powerful sept. of Macleans, and the pice overhanging the sea, on which the castle stands. It was ansorte of Mies Baillie's beautiful tragedy entitled the Family Le ciently the residence of the Mac lans, a clan of Mac-Donalds, pond. Still passing on to the northward, Artornish and Arog be descended from lan, or John, a grandson of Angus Og, Lord of come visible upon the opposite shores; and. Jastly, Mingarry, the Isles. The last time that Mingarry was of military impor and other ruins of less distinguished note. In fine weather, a tance, occurs in the crilebrated Leabhar dearg, or Red-book of grander and more impressive scene, both from its natural beauties, Clantonale, a MS. renowned in the Ossianic controversy. Allisand associations with ancient history and tradition, can hardly be ter MacDonald, commonly called Colquitto, who commanded imagined. When the weather is rough, the passage is both diffi the Insh auxiliaries, sent over by th“ Earl of Antrim during the calt and dangerous, from the narrowners of the channel, and in great civil war to the assistance of Montrose, began his enter: part from the number of inland laker, out of which cally forth a prize in 1611, ly taking the castles of Kinloch Alline, and Min number of conflicting and thwarting tidce, making the navigation garry, the last of which made considerable resistance, as might, benloos to open boats. The sudden flaws and gusts of wind from the strength of the situation, be expected. In the meanwhile, which issue without a moment's warning from the mountain Allaster Mac Donald's shing, which had brought him over, were alers, are equally formidable. So that in unsettled weather, a attacked in Loch Elord, in Skye, by an armament sent round by stranger, if not much accustomed to the sea, may sometimes add the covenanting parliament, and his own vessel was taken. This to the other sublime sensations excited by the scene, that feeling circunstance is said cluefly to bave induced him to continue in of dimity which arises from a sense of danger.
Scotland, where there seemed little prospect of raising an army • The number of the westem isles of Scotland exceeds two in behalf of the king. He had no sooner moved oastward to join hundred, of which st. Kilda is the most northerly, anciently called Montrose, a junction which he cffected in the braon of Athole, Hirth, or Hirt, probably from earth,' being in fact tho whole than ihe Marquis of Argyle besieged the castle of Mingarry, but glotr to its inhabitants. Ilay, which now belongs almost entirely without success. Among other warriors and chiots whom Argyle. to Walter Campbell, Esq. of Shawfield, is by far the most fertile summoned to his camp to assist upon this occasion, was John of of the Hebrides, and has been greatly improved under the spirited Moidart, the Captain of Clanronald. Clanronald appearedi; but, and sacacious management of the present proprietor. This was far froin yielding ettectual assistance to Argyle, be took the opin ancient timethe principal abode of the Lord of the Isles. portunity of being in arms to lay waste the district of Sunart, being if not the largest, the inost important island of their archi- then brlonging to the wiberents of Argyle, and sent part of the pelago. In Martin time, some relicts of their graudeur were yet spoil to relieve the Castle of Mingarry. Thus the castle was ertant. Loch Finlagan, about three miles in circumference, maintained until relieved by Allaster Mac-Donald (Colquitto,) affords salmon, trouts, and wels: this lake lies in the centre of who had been detached for the purpose by Montrose. These the isle. The Tele Finlagan, from which this lake hath its name, particulars are hardly worth mentioning, were they not connected ja in it. It's famous for being once the court in which the great with the memorable successes of Montrose, related by an eyewitMacDonald, King of the Lles, had his residence ; his houses, ness, and hitherto unknown to Scottish historians.
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Think'st thon, amid this ample round,
Ronald, from many a hero sprung, A single brow but thine has frown'd,
The fair, the valiant, and the young, To sadden this auspicious morn,
LORD OF THE Isles whose lofty namet That bids the daughter of high Lorn
A thousand bards have given io fame, Impledge her spousal faith to wed
The mate of monarchs, and allied The heir of mighty Sonerled ?*
On equal terms with England's pride.Somerled was thane of Argyle and Lord of the Isles, about of Ross, and by ber came the carldom of Ross to the M'Donalds. the middle of the twelath century. He seems to have exercised After his succession to that earldom, he was called M Donald, his authority in both capacities, independent of the crown of Scot. Lord of the Isles and Earl of Ross. There are many things wrtland, against which be often slood in hostility. He made various ten of him in other places. incursions upon the western lowlands during the reign of Malcolm “ He fought the battle of Garioch (i. e. Harlaw) against Duke JV., and seems to have made peace with him upon the terms of Murdoch, the governor, the Earl of Mar commanded the army, in an independent prince, about the year 1157. In 1161, he resuined support of his claim to the earldorn of Ross: which was ceded to the war aguinst Malcolm, and invaded Scotland with a large, but him by King James the First, aiter bis release from the King of probably a tumultuary army, collected in the isles, in the main England, and Duke Murdoch, his two sons and retainers, were land of Argyle-fuire, and in the neighbouring provinces of Ireland beheaded : le gouve lands in Muil and Isla to the tuinister of Hi, He was defeated and slain in an engagement with a very inferior and every privileg · which the minister of lona had formerly, be force, near Renfrew. His son Gillicolane fell in the same bat. sides vessels of gold and silver to Culumkill for the monastery, tle. This mighty chieftain married a daughter of Olaus, king of and became himself one of the fraternity. He lotissue, a lawful Man From hin our genealogista deduer two dynasties, distin beir to luns all and Ross, namely, Alexander, the son of Do guished in the stormy history of the middle ages: the Lords of nall: he died in l-la, and his body was interred in the south side the Isles desconded from his elder son Ronald.--and the Lords of of the temple of Oran. Alexander, called John of the Isles, son Lorn, who took their surname of M'Dougal, as descended of his of Alexander of the Istes, son of Donald of the Isles. Angus, the second son Dougal. That Soinerled's territories upon the main. third son of John, son of Angus Og, married the daughter of John, Jand, and upon the islands, should have been thus divided between the son of Allan, which connexion caused some disagreement his two sons, instead of passing to the elder exclusively, may betwist the two families abont their marches and division of illustrate the uncertainty of descent among the great Highland lands, the one party adhering to Angus, and the other to Jolm : families, which we shull presently notice.
the differences increased wo much, that John obtained from Allan The representative of this independent principality, for such all the lands betwixt Abhan Fahda (1. e. the long river) and c'd it seems to have been, though acknowledging occasionally the na sionnach (i. e. the for-burn brook,) in the upper part of Car pre-eminence of the Scottish crown., was, at the period of the po
tyre. Allan went to the king to complain of his son-in-law ; in a em, Angus, called Angus Og ; but the name has been), euphonia short time thereafter, there happened to be a great meeting about gratia, exchanged for that of Ronuld, which frequently occurs in this young Angus's lands to the north of loveness, where he was the genealogy. Angus was a protector of Robert Bruce, whom murdered by his own harper Mac-Cairbre, by cutting his throat he received in his Castle of Dunnaverty, during the time of his with a long knife. He lived a year thereafter, and many of greatest distress. As I shall be equally liable to censure for at those concerned were delivered up to the king. Angus's wife tempting to decide a controversy which has long existed between was pregnant at the time of his murder, and she bore hun a son three distinguished chieftains of this family, who have long dis who was named Donald, and called Donald Du. He was kept puted the representation of the Lord of the Isles, or for leaving a in continement until he was thirty years of age, when he was requestion of such importance altogether untouched, I choose, in leased by the men of Glenco, by the strong band. Afer this to the first place, to give such information as I have been able to largement, he came to the Isles, and convened the gentry thereof derive from Highland genealogists, and which, for those who There happened great feuds betwixt these families while Donald bave patience to investigate such subjects, really contains some Du was in confinement, insomuch that Mac-Cean of Ardname curious information concerning the history of the Isles. In the chan destroyed the greatest part of the posterity of John Mor of second place. I shall oflir a few remarks upon the rules of suc the Isles and Cantyre. For John Cathanach, son of Jobn, son cession at that period, without pretending to decide their bearing of Donald Balloch, son of John Mur, son of John, son of Angus upon the question at issue, which must depend upon evidence Og, (the chief of the descendants of John Mor) and John Mar, which I have had no opportunity to examine.
son of John Cathanach, and young John, son of Jolin Catla"Angus Og," says an ancient mannyeript translated from the nach, and young Donald Balloch, son of John Cathanach, were Gaelic, "son of Angus Mor, son of Donald, son of Ronald, son treacherously taken by Mac-Cean in the island of Finlagan. of Somerled, high chief and superior Lord of Innisgall, (or the in Isla, and carried to Edinburgh, where he got them hanged at Isles of the Gael, the general name given to the Hebrides.) he the Burrow-muir, and their bodies were buried in the church of marriedl a daughter of Cunbui, namely, Cathan ; she was mother St Anthony, called the New Church. There were gone left alive to Jolin, son of Angus, and with her came an unusual portion at that time of the children of John Cathanach, except Akran from Ireland, viz. twenty four clans, of whom twenty four fami: der, the son of John Cathabach, and Agnes Flach, who concealed lies in Scotland are descended. Angus had another son, namely themselves in the glens of Ireland. Mac-Cean, hearing of their young John Fruoch, whose descendants are called Clan-Ean of hiding places went to cut down the woods of these glens, in order Glencoe, and the M'Donalds of Fraoch. This Angus Og died in to destroy Alexander, and extirpate the whole race.
Al length Isla, where his body was interred. His son John succeeded to Mac-Cean and Alexander met, were reconciled, and a mamage the inheritance of Innisgall. He had good descendants, namely, alliance took place ; Alexander inarrio Mac-Cean's daughter, and three sons procreate of Ann, daughter of Rodric, high chief of she brought him good children. The Mac-Donalds of the north Lor, and one daughter, Mary, married to John Maclean, Laird had also descendants ; for, after the death of John, Lord of the of Duart, and Lauchlan. his brother. Laird of Coll; she was in Isles, and Earl of Ross, and the murder of Angus, Alexander, the terred in the church of the Black Nuns. The eldest sons of John son of Archibald, the son of Alexander of the Isles, took posecs. were Ronald, Godfrey, and Angus.
He gave Ronald sion, and John was in possession of the earldom of Ross, and the a great inheritance. These were the lands which he gave him, north bordering country; he married a daughter of the Earl or viz. from Kilcuinin in Abertart to the river Seil, and from thence Moray, of whom some of the men of the north had descended. to Beilli, north of Eis and Rum, and the two Cists, and from The Mac Kenzies rose against Alexander, and fought the battle thence to the foot of the river Glaichan, and threescore long called Blar na Paire. Alexander had only a few of the men of Bhips. John married afterwards Margaret Stewart, daughter to Ross at the battle. He went after tbat battle to take possession Robert Stewart, King of Scotland, called John Fernyear; she of the Isles, and sailed in a ship to the south to see if he could bore him three good song, Donald of the Isles, the heir, John the find any of the posterity of John Mor alive, to rise along with Tainister, (i, e. Thine) the second son, and Alexander Carrach. him ; brit Mac Cean of Artnamurchan watched him as be sailez! John had another son called Marcus, of whom the clan Macdo past, followed him to Orunsay and Colonsay, went to the han nald of Cnoc, in Tirowen, are descended. This John lived long. where he was, and he and Alexander, son of Joho Catbalach, and made donations to Icoluinkill; he covered the chapel of Eor murdered him there. sny Elan, the chapel of Finlagam, and the chapel of the Isle of A gooi while after these things fell out, Donald Galda, son Tsuibhne, and gave the proper furniture for the service of God, of Alexander, son of Archibald, became major ; he, with the ad, upholding the clergy and monks: be built of repaired the church vice and direction of the Earl of Muruy, came to the Isles
, and of the Holy Cross immediately before his death. He died at his MacLeod of the Lewis, and many of the gentry of the Isles, rose own castle of Antorinish, inany prirsts and monks took the sa. with him : then went by the promontory of Ardnamurebay, where crainent at his funeral, and they enubulmed the body of this dear they met Alexander, the son of John Cathanach, were reconciled man, and brought it to Icoluinkill; the abbot, monks, and vicar, to him, he joined his ten with theirs again-t Mac Cean of Ardcame as they ought to meet the King of Fiongal.* and out of nainurcban, caine upon him at a place called the Silver Crack great respect to his memory moumd eight days and nights over where he and his three sons, and a great number of his people. it, and laid it in the sumo grave with his fatber, in the church of were killed, and Donald Galda was inmediately decland Mac Oran, 12-0.
Donald : And, after the atlaur of Ardnamurchan, all the men of "Ronal, son of John, was chief rulor of the Isles in his fa. the Isles yielded to him, but he did not live above seven ur eight ther's lifetime, and was old in the government at his father's weeks after it; he died at Caraborg, in Mull, without issue. He death.
had three sisters' daughters of Alexander, son of Archibah, who " He assembled the gentry of the leles, brought the sceptre were portioned in the north upon the continent, but the carllor of from Kildonan in Eig, and delivered it to his brother Donald, who Ross was kept for them. Alexander, the son of Archilsald. had was thereupon called M'Donald, and Donald Lord of the Isles, a natural son called John Cam, of whom is descended Achana; contrary to the opinion of the men of the Isles.
coichan, in Ramoch, and Ding is Gorm, son of Ronald, of " Ronald, son of John, son of Angus Og, was a great supporter Alexander Duson, of John Can Donald Du, son of Angus, son of He gave the Innds or Firula, in Uist, to the micister of it for the lalek, sono son or the lates, son of Angus os, namely, the
John of the Islex, son of Alexander of the Isles, son of Doeld of ever, for the honour of God and Colun kill he was proprietor of true dicir of the talesund Ross, came after his release fructe all the lands of the nortb along the coast and the isles: he died vity to the Isles, and convened the men thereof, and he and the
year of Christ own of Castle Tirim leaving live children, Donald of the Isles, son of Joho, son or taking possession, and ship came from England with a superhero Angus Og, the brother of Ronalul, took posesjon of louis all boy of money to chanty on the war, which manch at Mull, and the the consent of his brother and the gentry thereof; they were all obcdient to him: he married Mary Lesley, daughter to the Earl
money was riven to Mac-Lean of Dust to be distributed amous
the commanders of the army, which they not receiving in propor. • Western Isles and adjacent coast
: The murderu, 1 presume, not the mai wbo wa Lourderet.
Froin chieftain's tower to bondsman's cot,
X. Who hears the tale, * and triumphs not?
“Debate it not-too long I strove The damsel dons her best attire,
To call his cold observance love, The shepherd lights his beltane fire,
All blinded by the league that styled Joy, joy! each warder's horn hath eung,
Edith of Lorn,--.while yet a child, Joy, joy! each matin bell hath rung;
She tripp'd the beath by Morag's side, The holy priest says grateful mass,
The brave Lord Ronald's destined bride. Loud shouts each hardy galla-glass,
Ere yet I saw him, while afar No mountain den holds outcast boor,
His broadsword blazed in Scotland's war, Of heart so dull, of soul so poor,
Train'd to believe our faies the same, But he hath flung his task aside,
My bosom throbb'd when Ronald's name And claim'd this morn for holy-tide;
Came gracing Fame's heroic tale, Yet, empress of this joyful day,
Like perfume on the summer gale. Edith is sad while all are gay.'
What pilgrim sought our halls, nor told
Of Ronald's deeds in battle bold;
Who touch'd the harp to heroes' praise,
But his achievements swell'd the lays ? Resentment check'd the struggling sigh,
Even Morag-not a tale of fame
Was hers but closed with Ronald's name.
He came! and all that had been told
of his high worth seem'd poor and cold, To swell yon hireling harpers' lays;
Tame, lifeless, void of energy, Make to yon maids thy boast of power,
Unjust to Ronald and to me! That they may waste a wondering hour,
XI. Telling of banners proudly borne,
'Since then, what thought had Edith's heart Of pealing bell and bugle-horn,
And gave not plighted love its part: Or, theme more dear, of robes of price,
And what requital?t cold delay-. Crownlets and gauds of rare device.
Excuse that shunn'd the spousal day.But thou, experienced as thou art,
It dawns, and Ronald is not here!Think'st thou with these to cheat the heart, Hunts he Bentalla's nimble deer, That, bound in strong affection's chain,
Or loiters he in secret dell Looks for return and looks in vain ?
To bid some lighter love farewell, No! sum thine Edith's wretched lot
And swear, that though he may not scorn In these brief words-He loves her not!
A daughter of the House of Lorn,s tion as it should have beco distributed among them, caused the scendant of "John of lla,” by Ann of Lorn, was legitimate, and army to dispense, which, when the Earl of Leonor heard, he dis
therefore Lord of the Isles de jure, though de facto his younger bamed his own men, and made it up with the king., Mac-Do- balf-brother Donald, son of his father's second marriage with the nali went to Ireland to raise men, but he died on his way to Princess of Scotland, superseeled him in his right, and apparently Dublin, at Drogheda, of a fever, without issue of either sons or by his own consent From this Donald so) preferred is descended daughters."
the family of Sitat, now Lords Mac Donald. On the other hand, in the history may be traced, though the Bard, or Seannachie, from Ronald, the excluded heir, upon whom a very large appatouches auch a delicate discussion with a gentle hand, the point nage was settled, descended the chiefs of Glengary and Claoro. of difference between the tree principal septa descended from nald, each of whom had larke possessions, a numerous vas. the Lords of the Isles. The first question, and one of no easy so saluge, and boasted a long descent of warlıke ancestry. Their comlation, where so little evidence is produced, respects the nature mnon ancestor Ronald was murdered by the Eurl ot Ross, at the of the connexion of John, called by the Archaean of the Isles monastery of Elcbo. AD 1346. I believe it has been subject of * the Good John of lla," and "the last Lord of the Isles," with fierce dispute, whether Donal,who carried on the line of Glengary, Anne, daughter of Roderick Mac-Dougal, high chief of Lorn. In
or Allan of Moidnrt the ancestor of the captains of Clanronald, was the absence of positive evidence, presumptive inust be resorted the eldest son of Ronald, the son of John of idla Anbumible Lowto, and I own it appears to render it in the bigliest degree impro lander may be pemitted to waive the discussion, since a Senbable that this connexion was otherwise than legitimate. In the machie of no small note, wbo wrote in the sixteenth century, exwar between David II and Edward Briliol, Jorm of the Isles es.
presses himself upon this delicate topic in the following words :pousser the Baliol interpåt, to which he was probably determined * I have now given you an account of every thing you can ex: by his alliance with Roderick of Lorn, who was, from every pect of the descendants of the clan Colla, (i. e, the Mac Donalds.) family predilection, friendly to Baliol and hostile to Bruce. It to the death of Donald Du at Drogheda, Daniely, the true line of grens absurd to suppose, that between two chiels of the same de those who possessed the Isles, Ross, and the mountainous counseent, and nearly equal power and rank (though the Mac-Dougals tries of Scotland. It was Donald, the son of Angus, that was had been much crushed by Robert Bruce.) such a connexion killed nt Invemens, by his own larper Mac i Cairbre,) son of shoe't have been that of concubinage; and it appears more like John of the Isles, son of Alexander, son of Donnid, son of John, ly that the templing offer of an alliance with the Bruce family, son of Angus Og. And I know not which of his kindred or rewhen they had obtained the decided superiority in Scotland, in lations is the true heir, except these five sons of John, the son of dued "the goo John of lla" to disinherit, to a certain extent, Angus Og, wborn 1 here set down for you, namely, Ronald and be eldest son Ronald, who came of a stock so unpopular as the Godfrey, the two sons of the daughter of Mac Donald of Lor, Mac Dougals, and to call to his succession his younger family, and Donald and John Mor, and Alexander Carrach, the three tom of Margaret Stuart, vanghter of Robert, afterwards King of sons of Margaret Stewart, daughter of Robert Stewart, King of Seotland. The setting aside of this elder branch of his family, Scotland.”_Leabhar Dearg. was most probably a condition of his new alliance, and his being * MS.--" The news."'). tereised into favour with the dynasty he had always opposed. 1 (MS.-" When, from ihat hour, had Edith's heart Nor wore the laws of succession at this early period so cleariy
A thought, and Ronalul lack'd his part ! understand as to bar such transactions. The numerous and
And what her guerilon?"] strange claims set up to the crown of Scotland, when vacant by + MB.--"And on its dawn the bridegroom lags :the death of Alexander II make it manifest how very little the
Hunts he Bentalla's nimble xtase."'] indefrasible hereditary right of primogeniture was valued at that $ The House of Lom, as we observed in a former note, was, like period. In fact, the title of the Bruces themselves to the crown, the Lord of the Isles, descended from icon of Somerled, slain at through justly the most popular, when assumed with the deter: Renfrew, in 1161. This son obtained the succession of his mainmination of ageerting the independence of Scotland, was, upon land territories, comprehending the crater part of the three dispit principle, greatly inferior to that of Baliol For Bruce, the tricts of Lorn, in Argyleshire, and of courre might rather be competitor, claimed as son of Isabella, second danghter of David. considered as petty princes than feudal barons. They assumed Earl of Huntingdon ; and John Baliol, as grandson of Margaret, the patronymic appellation of Mac-Dungal, by which they are tbe elder laughter of that same earl. So that the plea of Bruce distinguished in the history of the middle ages. The Lord of was founded opon the very loose idea, that as the great grandson Lorn, who flourished during the wars of Price, was Allaster (or of David L. King of Scotland, and the nearest collateral relation Alexander) Mac-Dougal, called Allister of Argyle. He had mar. of Alexander III, he was entitled to succeed in exclusion of the ried the third daughter of John, called the Red Comyn, who was arrat great grandson of the same David, though by an elder slain by Bruce in the Dominican Church at Dumfries, and hence daughter. This maxim xavoured of the ancient practice of Scot he was a mortal enemy of that prince, and more than once reland, which often called a brother to succeul to the crown as duced him to great straits during the early and distressed period Dear in blood than a grand-child, or even a son of a deceased
of his reign, as we shall have repeated occasion to notice. Bruce, monarch. But, in truth, the maxims of inheritance in Scotland when he began to obtain an ascendency in Scotland, took the first WETE Sounatimes departed from at periods when they were much more distinctly understood. Such a transpogition took place in
• The aunt, according to Lord Hailes. But the genealogy is distinctly given the fa roily of Hamilton, in 1513, when the descendants of James, by Wyntoun :
* The thryd douchtyr of Red Cwmyn, Unru Lord, by Lady Janet Home, were set aside, with an appa
Alysaw lyr of Argayle wyne bage of great valuo indeed, in order to call to the succession those
Trik, and werelyt til lys wyf, which he had by a subsequent marriage with Janet Bentolin Il
And on lyr he gat io-il lys lyle abort, many other examples might be quoted to show that the
Jhon of Lorne, the quhilk gat question of legitimacy is not always determined by the fact of
Ew yn of Lorne eftyr that." succession ; and there seems reason to believe that Ronald, de
Wyntoun's Chronicle, Bouk viii., Chap. vi., line 206.
Yet when these formal rites are o'er,
XIV. Again they meet, to part no more ?”
Sooth spoke the Maid.- Amid the tide
The skiff she mark'd lay tossing sore,
And shifted oft her stooping side, "Hush, daughter, hush! thy doubts remove,
In weary tack from shore to shore. More nobly think of Ronald's love.
Yet on her destined course no more Look, where beneath the castle gray
She gain'd of forward way, His fleet unmoor from Aros bay!
Than what a minstrel may compare See'st not each galley's topmast bend,
To the poor meed which peasants share, As on the yards the sails ascend ?
Who toil the livelong day; Hiding the dark-blue land they rise,
And such the risk her pilot braves, Like the white clouds on April skies;
That oft, before she wore, The shouting vassalg man the oars,
Her bowsprit kiss'd the broken waves, Bebind them sink Mull's mountain shores,
Where in white foam the ocean raves Onward their merry course they keep,
Upon the shelving shore. Through whistling breeze and foaming deep.
Yet to their destined purpose true, And mark, the headmost, seaward cast,
Undaunted toil'd her hardy crew, Stoop to the freshening gale her mast,
Nor look'd where shelter lay, As if she veil'd its banner'd pride,
Nor for Artornish Castle drew,
Nor steer'd for Aros bay.
Thus while they strove with wind and seas, Blush'd, sadly smiled, and thus replied:
Borne onward liy the willing breeze,
Lord Ronald's fleet swept by,.
Streamer'd with silk, and trick'd with gold,
Of Island chivalry. That oft hath shifted helm and sail,
Around their prows the ocean roars, To win its way against the gale.
And chafes beneath their thousand oars, Since peep of morn, my vacant eyes
Yet bears them on their way : Have view'd by tits the course she tries ;*
So chafest the war-horse in his might, Now, though the darkening scud comes on,
That fieldward bears some valiant knigh1,5 And dawn's fair promises be gone,
Champs, till both bit and boss are white, And though the weary crew may sce
But, foaming, must obey. Our sheltering haven on their lee,
On each gay deck they might behold Sull closer to the rising wind
Lances of steel and crests of gold, They strive her shivering sail to bind,
And hauberks with their burnish'd' fold, Still nearer to the shelves' dread verget
That shimmer'd fair and free;. At every tack her course they urge,
And each proud galley as she pass'd, As if they fear'd Artornishi more
To the wild cadence of the blast Than adverse winds and breakers' roar."
Gave wilder minstrelsy. opportunity in his power to requite these injuries. He marched into a unique, instance of a family of such unlimited power, and Argyleshire to lay waste the country. John of Lorn, son of the distinguished during the middle ages, surviving the decay of their chieftain, was posted with his followers in the formidable pass grandeur, and flourishing in a private station. The Castle of between Dalmally and Bunawe. It is a narrow path along the Dunolly, near Oban, with its dependencies, was the principal verge of the huge and precipitous mountain, called 'Cruachan Ben, part of what remained to them, with their right of chieflaloship and guarded on the other side by a precipice overhanging Loch over the families of their name and blood. These they continued Awe. The pars seems to the eye of a soldier as strong, as it is to enjoy until the year 1715, when the representative incurred the wild and romantic to that of an ordinary traveller. But the skill penalty of fortuiture, for his accession to the insurrection of that of Bruce had anticipated this difficulty. While his main body, period; thus losing the remains of his inheritance, to replace engaged in a skirmish with the men of Lorn, detained their atten. upon the throne the descendants of those princes, whose acces, tion to the front of their position, Jaines of Douglas, with Sir sion his ancestors had opposed at the expense of their feudal Alexander Fraser, Sir William Wiseman, and Sir Andrew Grey, grandeur. The estate was, however, restored about 1745, to the ascended the mountain with a select body of archery, and ob father of the present proprietor, whom family experience had tained possession of the heights which commanded the pass. А taught the hazard of interfering with the established government, volley of arrows descending upon them, directly warned the and who remamed quiet upon that occasion, He therefore re Argsleshire men of their perilous situation, and their resistance, gained bis property when many Highland chiefs lost theirs. which had hitherto been bold and manly, was changed into a pre. Nothing can be more wildly beautiful than the situation of cipitate fight. The deep and rapid river of Awe was then (we Dunolly. The ruins are situated upon a bold and precipitous prolearn the fact from Barbour with some surprise) crossed by a montory, overhanging Lock Etive, and distant about a mile from bridge. This bridge the mountaineers attempted to denolish, but the village and port of Oban. The principal part which remains Bruce's followers were loo close upon their rear; they were, is the donjon or keep ; but fruginents of other buildings, over therefore, without refuge and defence, and were dispersed with grown with ivy, attest that it had been once a place of import great slaughter. John of Lorn, suspicious of the event, had early ance, as large apparently as Artornish or Dunstatinage. These betaken himself to the galleys which he had upon the lake; but fragments enclose n courtyard, of which the keep probably formed the feelings which Barbour assigns to him, while witnessing the one ride; the entrance being by a sleep ascent from the neck of ront and slaughter of his followers, exculpate hiin from the charge the isthmus, formerly cut across by a moat, and defended doubt of cowardice.
less by out works and a drawbridge. Beneath the castle stands "To Jhone off Lorne it suld displeso
the present mansion of the family, having on the one hand Loch I trow, quhen, le his men mycht se,
Etive, with its islands and mountains, on the other two romantic Oute off his schippis fra ihe se,
eminences tufted with copsewood. There are other accompa Be slayne and chassyt in the hill.
niments suited to the scene, in particular, a huge upright pillar, That be mycht set na help thar till.
or detached fragment of that sort of rock called plum-pudding Bot it angrys als gretumly.
stone, upon the shore about a quarter of a mile from the castle. 'To gud hartis that ar worthi,
It is called Clachna-cau, or the Dor's Pillar, because Fingal is To se thair fayis fulfill their will
said to have used it as a stake to which he bound his celebrated As to thaim selil'to thole the ill."-B. vii., v. 394. dog Bran. Others say, that when the Lord of the Isles came upon After this decisive engagement, Bruce laid waste Argyleshire,
a visit to the Lord of Lom, the
ogs brought for his sport wero and besieged Dunstatinage Castle, on the western shore of Lorn,
kept beside this pillar. Upon the whole, a more delightful and compelled it to surrender, and placed in that principal stronghold
romantic spot can scarce be conceived, and it receives a moral of the Mac-Dougals a garrison and governor of his own. The
interest from the considerations attached to the residence of a elder Mac Dougal, now wearied with the contest, submitted to family once powerful enough to confront and defeat Robert the victor: but his son, rebellious," says Barbour, as he “ wont
Brice, and now sunk into the shade of private life. It is al ple lo be," fled to England by sea. When the wors between the sent possessed by Patrick Mac Dougal, Esq., the lineal and undis Bruce and Baliol factions again broke out in the reign of David
puted representative of the ancient Lords of Lorn. The heir of II. the Lords of Lom were again found upon the lusing side, ow
Dunolly fell lately in Spain, fighting under the Duke of Welling ing to their hereditary enmity to the house of Bruce. Accord
ton,-a death well becoming his ancestry. ingly, upon the issue of that content, they were deprived by * (MS.-"Since dawn of morn, with vacant eyes David i and his successor of by far the greater part of their
Young Eva view'd the course she trics."') extensive territories, which were conferred upon Stewart, called
"the breakers' verge."] the knight of Lorn. The house of Muc-Dougal, continued, how 1 (MS.-"So fumes," &c) ever, to survive the loss of power, and affords a very rare, if not SIMS.--" That bears to fight some valiant knight."]
Full many a shrill triumphant note
Or how avoid the rock's rude side, Saline and Scallastle bade float
Until the day has broke? Their misty shores around;
Didst thou not mark the vessel reel, And Morven's echoes answer'd well,
With quivering planks, and groaning keel, And Duart heard the distant swell
At the last billow's shock?
Yct how of better counsel tell,
Though here thou see'st poor Isabel
Half dead with want and fear; So bore they on with mirth and pride,
For look on sea, or look on land, And if that labouring bark they spied, 'Twas with such idle eye
Or yon dark sky, on every hand
Despair and death are near. As nobles cast on lowly boor,
For her alone I grieve-on me When, toiling in his task obscure,
Danger sits light by land and sea, They pass him careless by.*
I follow where thou wilt;
Either to bide the tempest's lower,
Or wend to yon unfriendly tower,
Or rush amid their naval power, il The famish'd wolf, that prowls the wold,
With war-cry wake their wassail-hour,
And die with hand on hilt."
That elder Leader's calm reply With mirth, and pride, and minstrel tone!
In steady voice was given, But had'st thou known who sail'd so nigh,
"In man's most dark extremity Far other glance were in thine eye!
Oft succour dawns from Heaven. Far other flush were on thy brow,
Edward, trim thou the shatter'd sail, That, shaded by the bonnet, now
The helm be mine, and down the gale Assumes but ill the blithesome cheer
Let our free course be driven ; Of bridegroom when the bride is near!
So shall we 'scape the western bay,
The hostile fleet, the unequal fray,
So safely hold our vessel's way
Beneath the Castle wall; For them that triumph, those who grieve.
For if a hope of safety rest, With that armada gay
'Tis on the sacred name of guest, Be laughter loud and jocund shout,
Who seeks for shelter, storm-distress'd, And bards to cheer the wassail rout,
Within a chieftain's hall. With tale, romance, and lay;"
If not-it best beseems our worth, And of wild mirth each clamorous art,
Our name, our right, our lofty birth, Which, if it cannot cheer the heart,
By noble hands to fall."
The helm, to his strong arm consign'd,
Gave the reefd sail to meet the wind, Where there was dread of surge and cliff,
And on her alter'd way, Labour that strain'd each sinew stiff,
Fierce bounding, forward sprung the ship, And one sad Maiden's wail.
Like greyhound starting from the slip
To seize his flying prey.
Awaked before the rushing prow,
The mimic fires of Ocean glow, With eve the ebbing currents boil'd
Those lightnings of the wave; IT More fierce from strait and lake;
Wild sparkles crest the broken tides. And midway through the channel met
And, flashing round, the vessel's sides Conflicting tides that foam and fret,
With elvish lustre lave, ** And high their mingled billows jet,
While, far behind, their livid light As spears, that, in the battle set,
To the dark billows of the night Spring upward as they break.
A gloomy splendour gave, Then, too, the lights of eve were past,
It seems as if old Ocean shakes And louder sung the western blast
From his dark brow the lucidtt flakes On rocks of Inninmore;
In en vious pageantry, Rent was the sail, and strain'd the mast,
To match the meteor light that streaks And many a leak was gaping fast,
Grim Hecla's midnight sky.
Nor lack'd they steadier light to keep
Their course upon the darken'd deep ;'Twas then that One, whose lofty look
Artornish, on her frowning steep Nor labour dull'd nor terror shook,
'Twixt cloud and Ocean hung, Thus to the Leader spoke:
Glanced with a thousand lights of glee, "Brother, how hopest thou to abide
And landward far, and far to sea, The fury of this wilder'd tide,
Her festal radiance flung. 11
* (MB._" As the gay nobles give the boor,
Beyond the shadow of the ship
I watch'd the water snakes,
They moved in tracks of shining white,
And when they rear'd, the elvish light M& "With mirth, song, tale, and lay.")
Fell off in hoary flakes." $MS.-" Then, too, the clouds were sinking fast.")
** (M8.-" And, bursting round the vessel's sides, [Ms. the hostile power."']
A livid lustre gave."'] The phenomenon called by sailors Sea fire, is one of the
++ (MS.-" Livid."] most beautiful and interesting which is witnessed in the Hebrider. At times the ocean appears entirely illuminated around the ves
11 [" The description of the vessel's approach to the Castle fel, and a long train of lambent coruscations are perpetually through the tempestuous and sparkling waters, and the contrast barsting upon the sides of the vessel, or pursuing her wake
of the gloomy aspect of the billows with the glittering splendour through the darkness. These phosphoric appearances, concern
of Artornish, me the origin of which naturalists are not agreed in opinion,
" "Twixt cloud and ocean hung,' szers to be called into action by the rapid motion of the ship sending her radiance abroad through the terrors of the night, and thrigh the water, and are probably owing to the water boing mingling at intervals the shouts of her revelry with the wilder maturated with fish-spawn, or other animal substances. They re cadence of the blast, is one of the happiest instances of Mr. mind one strongly of the description of the sea snakes in Mr. Cole Scott's felicity in awful and magnificent scenery."-Critical ridge's wild, but highly poetical ballad of the Ancient Mariner : Review.)