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cred or left the place without any other ceremony was, of cours, liable to sudden migrations of abode. han a few words in Gaelic to the principal outlaw, Accordingly, at the distance of about half a mile, he ind, when he fell asleep, to a tall Highlander who beheld a Highlander (Evan apparently) angling in eted as his lieutenant, and scemed to keep watch the lake, with another attending him, whom, from luring his repose. Those who entered, seemed to the weapon which he shouldered, he recognized for rave returned from some excursion, of which they his friend with the battle-axe. - ported the success, and went without farther cere- Much nearer to the mouth of the cave he heard the nony to the larder, where cutting with their dirks notes of a lively Gaelic song, guided by which, in a , heir rations from the carcasses which were there sunny recess, shaded by a glittering birch-tree, and uspended, they proceeded to broil and eat them at carpeted with a bank of firm white sand, he found heir own pleasure and leisure. The liquor was under the damsel of the cavern, whose lay had already trict regulation, being served out either by Donald reached him, busy, to the best of her power, in aruimself, his licutenant, or the strapping Highland girl ranging to advantage a morning repast ofinilk, eggs, foresaid, who was the only female that appeared. barley-bread, fresh butter, and honey-comb,
The 'he allowance of whisky, however, would have ap- poor girl had already made a circuit of four miles that eared prodigal to any but Highlanders, who, living morning in search of the eggs, of the meal which ntirely in the open air, and in a very moist climate, baked her cakes, and of the other materials of the an consume great quantities of ardent spirits with breakfust, being all delicacies which she had to beg ut the usual baneful effects either upon the brain or or borrow from distant cottagers. The followers of onstitution.
Donald Bean Lean used little food except the flesh At length the fluctuating groups began to swim be- of the animals which they drove away from the ore the eyes of our hero as they gradually closed; nor Lowlands; bread itself was a delicacy seldom thought id he re-open them till the morning sun was high of, because hard to be obtained, and all the domestic n the lake without, though there was but a faint and accommodations of milk, poultry, butter, &c., were limmering twilight in the recesses of Uaimh an Ri, out of the question in this Scythian camp. Yet it r the King's Cavern, as the abode of Donald Bean must not be omitted, that although Alice had occuLean was proudly denominated.
pied a part of the morning in providing those accommodations for her guest which the cavern did not
afford, she had secured time also to arrange her own CHAPTER XVIII.
person in her best trim. Her finery was very sim
ple. A short russet-coloured jacket, and a petticoat, WAVERLEY PROCEEDS ON HIS JOURNEY.
of scanty longitude, was her whole dress; but these WHEN Edward had collected his scattered recol- were clean, and neatly arranged. A piece of scarlet ection, he was surprised to observe the cayern to- embroidered cloth, called the snood, confined her ally deserted. Having arisen and put his dress in hair, which fell over it in a profusion of rich dark ome order, he looked more accurately round him; curls. The scarlet plaid, which formed part of her ut all was still solitary. If it had not been for the dress, was laid aside, that it might not impede her ecayed brands of the fire, now sunk into gray ashes, activity in attending the stranger. I should forget nd the remnants of the festival, consisting of bones Alice's proudest ornament, were I to omit mentionalf burnt and half gnawed, and an empty key or ing a pair of gold ear-rings, and a golden rosary wo, there remained no traces of Donald and his which her father (for she was the daughter of Donald and When Waverley sallied forth to the entrance Bean Lean) had brought from France, the plunder, f the cave, he perceived that the point of rock, on probably, of some battle or storm. which remained the marks of last night's beacon, Her form, though rather large for her years, was vas accessible by a small path, either natural, or very well proportioned, and her demeanour had a naoughly hewn in the rock, along the little inlet of tural and rustic grace, with nothing of the sheepish. vater which ran a few yards up into the cavern, ness of an ordinary peasant. The smiles, displaying' here, as in a wet-dock, the skift which brought him a row of teeth of exquisite whiteness, and the laughhere the night before, was still lying moored. When ing eyes, with which, in dumb show, she gave Wa. e reached the small projecting platform on which verley that morning greeting which she wanted Engne beacon had been established, he would have be- lish words to express, might have been interpreted by eved his farther progress by land impossible, only a coxcomb, or perhaps by a young soldier, who, withhat it was scarce probable but what the inhabitants out being such, was conscious of a handsome person, f the cavern had some mode of issuing from it other- as meant to convey more than the courtesy of an
ise than by the lake. Accordingly, he soon ob- hostess. Nor do I take it upon me to say, that the erved three or four shelving steps, or ledges of rock, little wild mountaineer would have welcomed any t the very extremity of the little platform; and, staid old gentleinan advanced in life, the Baron of aking use of them as a staircase, he clambered by Bradwardinc, for example, with the cheerful pains heir means round the projecting shoulder of the which she bestowed upon Edward's accommodation. rag on which the cavern opened, and, descending She seemed eager to place him by the meal which ith some difficulty on the other side, he gained the she had so sedulously arranged, and to which she ild and precipitous shores of a highland loch, about now added a few bunches of cran-berries, gathered in pur miles in length, and a mile and a half across, an adjacent morass. Having had the satisfaction of urrounded by heathy and savage mountains, on the seeing him seated at his breakfast, she placed herself rests of which she morning mist was still sleeping. demurely upon a stone at a few yards distance, and
Looking back to the place from which he came, appeared to watch with great complacency for some e could not help admiring the address which had opportunity of serving him. dopted a retreat of such seclusion and secrecy. The Evan and his attendant now returned slowly along »ck, round the shoulder of which he had turned by the beach, the latter bearing a large salmon trout, the few imperceptible notches, that barely afforded place produce of the morning's sport, together with the or the foot, seemed, in looking back upon it, a huge angling-rod, while Evan strolled forward, with an recipice, which barred all farther passage by the easy, self-satisfied, and important gait, lowards the hores of the lake in that direction. There could be spot where Waverley was so agreeably employed at o possibility, the breadth of the lake considered, of the breakfast-table. After morning greetings had escrying the entrance of the narrow and low-browed passed on both sides, and Evan, looking at Waverley, ave from the other side;, so that, unless the retreat had said something in Gaelic to Alice, which made ad been sought for with boats, or disclosed by trea- her laugh, yet colour up to her eyes, through a comhery, it might be a safe and secret residence to its plexion well embrowned by sun and wind, Evan intiarrison as long as they were supplied with provi- mated his commands that the fish should be prepared ions. Having satisfied his curiosity
in these parti- for breakfast. A spark from the lock of his pistol lars, Waverley looked around for Evan Dhu and produced a light, and a few withered fir branches is attendant, who, he rightly judged, would be at no were quickly in flame, and as speedily reduced to hot reat distance, whatever might have become of Do- embers, on which the trout was broiled in large slices. ald Bean Lean and his party, whose mode of life To crown the repast, Evan produced from the pocket
of his short jerkin, a large scallop shell, and from shall be, if he have the good fortune to be hanged) under the folds of his plaid, a ram's
horn full of whis- done with the Baron's cattle ?" ky. Or this he took a copious dram, observing, he had "Oich,' answered Evan, “they were all trudging already taken his morning with Donald Bean Lean, before your lad and Allan Kennedy before the sun before his departure; he offered the same cordial to blinked ower Ben-Lawers this morning, and they'll Alice and to Edward, which they both declined. With be in the pass of Bally-Brough by this time, in their the bounteous air of a lord, Evan then proffered the way back to the parks of Tully-Veolan, all but two, scallop to Dugald Mahony, his attendant, who, with that were unhappily slaughtered before I got last night out waiting to be asked a second time, drank it off to Uaimh an Ri." with great gusto. Evan then prepared to move to- And where are we going, Evan, if I may be so wards the boat, inviting Waverley to attend him. bold as to ask ?" said Waverley. Meanwhile, Alice had made up in a small basket "Where would you be ganging, but to the laird's what she thought worth removing, and finging her ain house of Glennaquoich? Ye would not think 10 plaid around her, she advanced up to Edward, and be in his country, without ganging to see bim? It with the utmost simplicity, taking hold of his hand, would be as much as a man's life's worth.." offered her cheek to his salute, dropping, at the same And are we far from Glennaquoie?: ?" time, her little courtesy. Evan, who was esteemed a But five bits of miles; and Vich Ian Vohr will wag among the mountain fair, advanced, as if to se- meet us." cure a similar favour; but Alice, snatching up her bas- In about half an hour they reached the upper en 1 ket, escaped up the rocky bank as fleetly as a roe, and, of the lake, where, after landing Waverley, the two turning round and laughing, called something out to Highlanders drew the boat into a little creek among him in Gaelic, which he answered in the same tone thick flags and reeds, where it lay perfectly concealed. and language; then, waving her hand to Edward, she The oars they put in another place of concealment, resumed her road, and was soon lost among the thick- both for the use of Donald Bean Lean probably, when ets, though they continued for some time to hear her his occasions should next bring him to that place. lively carol, as she proceeded gayly on her solitary The travellers followed for some time a delightful journey.
opening into the hills, down which a little brook They now again entered the gorge of the cavern, found its way to the lake. When they had pursued and stepping into the boat, the Highlander pushed off
, their walk a short distance, Waverley renewed his and, taking advantage of the morning breeze, hoisted questions about their host of the cavern. a clumsy sort of sail, while Evan assumed the helm, Does he always reside in that cave ?" directing their course, as it appeared to Waverley, ra- "Out, no! it's past the skill of man to tell where ther higher up the lake than towards the place of his he's to be found at a' times; there's not a demn Rook. embarkation on the preceding night. As they glided or cove, or corri, in the whole country, that he's not along the silver mirror, Evan opened the conversation acquainted with.” with a panegyric upon Alice, who, he said, was both And do others beside your master shelter him ?" canny and fendy; and was, to the boot of all that, the My master ?-My master is in Heaven,'' answerbest dancer of a strathspey in the whole strath. Ed- ed Evan, haughtily ; and then immediately assumward assented to her praises so far as he understood ing his usual civility of manner, " but you mean my them, yet could not help regretting that she was con- Chief;-no, he does not shelter Donald Bean Lean, demned to such a perilous and dismal life.
nor any that are like him;, he only allows him (with "Oich! for that," said Evan, "there is nothing in a smile) wood and water. Perthshire that she need want, if she ask her father "No great boon, I should think, Evan, when both to fetch it, unless it be too hot or too heavy. seem to be very plenty."
But to be the daughter of a cattle-stealer-a com- "Ah! but ye dinna see through it. When I say mon thief!"
wood and water, I mean the loch and the land; and “Common thief!-No such thing: Donald Bean I fancy Donald would be put tillt if the laird were to Lean never lifted less than a drove in his life.” look for him wi' threescore men in the wood of Kai
"Do you call him an uncommon thief, then ?" lychat yonder; and if our boats, with a score or twa
“No he that steals a cow from a poor widow, or mair, were to come down the loch to Uaimh an Ri, a stirk from a cottar, is a thief; he that lifts a drove headed by mysell, or ony other pretty man." from a Sassenach laird, is a gentleman-drover. And, " But suppose a strong party came against him besides, to take a tree from the forest, a salmon from from the Low Country, would not your Chief defend the river, a deer from the hill, or a cow from a Low- him ?" land strath, is what no Highlander need ever think "Na, he would not ware the spark of a flint for him shame upon."
- if they came with the law." "But what can this end in, were he taken in such And what must Donald do, then ?'' an appropriation ?"
He behoved to rid this country of himsell, and fall "To be sure he would die for the lar, as many a back, it may be, over the mount upon Letter Scriven." pretty man has done before him."
And if he were pursued to that place ?" Die for the law!"
“I'se warrant he would go to his cousin's at Ran"Ay; that is, with the law, or by the law; be strap- noch.' ped up on the kind gallows of Criefi;* where his fa- Well, but if they followed him to Rannoch ?" ther died, and his goodsire died, and where I hope "That," quoth Evan, “is beyond all belief; and he'll live to die himsell, if he's not shot, or slashed, in indeed, to tell you the truth, there durst not a Low. a creagh."
lander in all Scotland follow the fray a gun-shot be"You hope such a death for your friend, Evan?!' yond Bally-Brough, unless he had the help of the
"And that do I e'en; would you have me wish him Sidier Dhu." to die on a bundle of wet straw in yon den of his, like 'Whom do you call so ?". a mangy tyke?"
"The Sidier Dhu? the black soldier ; that is what "But what becomes of Alice, then ?"
they call the independent companies that were raised "Troth, if such an accident were to happen, as her to keep peace and law in the Highlands. Vich lan father would not need her help ony langer, I ken Vohr commanded one of them for five years, and ! nought to hinder me to marry her mysell."
was sergeant myself, I shall warrant ye. They call "Gallantly resolved,” said Edward ;-"" but, in the them Sidier Dhu, because they wear the tartans, 89 meanwhile, Evan, what has your father-in-law (that they call your men-King George's men, -Sidict
This celebrated gibbet was, in the memory of the last gene- Roy, or red soldiers." ration, still standing at the western en lof the town of Crieff, in Well, but when you were in King George's pay, to inform the reader with certainty; but it is alleged that the Evan, you were surely King George's soldiers 23" Highlanders used to touch their bonnets as they passed a place
"Troth, and you must ask Vich Ian Vohr about which had been fatal to many of their countrymen, with the hat; for we are for his king, and care not much ejaculation--"God bless her nain sell, and the Tiel tamn you!" to then it is. At ony rate, nobody can say It may therefore have been called kind, as being a sort of native or kindred place of doom to those who suffered there, as in fulfil
King George's men now, when we have not mont of a natural dostiny.
wis pay this twelvemonth."
This last argument admitted of no reply, nor did our readers. At length, after having marched over Edward attempt any; he rather chose to bring back bank and brae, moss and heather, Edward, though the discourse to Donald Bean Lean. “Does Donald not unacquainted with the Scottish liberality in comconfine himself to cattle, or does he lift, as you call puting distance, began to think that Evan's five miles i4 any thing else that comes in his way?"
were nearly doubled. His observation on the large ** Troth, he's nae nice body, and he'll just tak ony measure which the Scottish allowed of their land, in thing, but most readily cattle, horse, or live Chris- comparison to the computation of their money, was tians; for sheep are slow of travol, and inside plen- readily answered by Evan, with the old jest, "The ishing is cumbrous to carry, and not easy to put deil take them wha have the least pivt stoup."'+ away for siller in this country."
And now the report of a gun was heard, and a But does he carry off men and women ?" sportsman was seen, with his dogs and attendant, at "Out, ay. Did not ye hear him speak o' the Perth the upper end of the glen. Shough," said Dugald bailie? It cost that body five hundred merks ere he Mahony, "tat's ta Chief." got to ihe south of Bally-Brough. And ance Donald "It is not," said Evan, imperiously. . "Do you played a pretty sport. There was to be a blythe bri- think he would come to meet a Sassenach Duinhédal betwen the Lady Cramfeezer, in the howe o' the wassel in such a way as that?'' Mearns, (she was the auld laird's widow, and no sae But as they approached a little nearer, he said, young as she had been hersell,) and young Gillie- with an appearance of mortification, " And it is even whackit, who had spent his heirship and movables, he, sure enough; and he has not his tail on after all; like a gentleman, at cock-matches, bull-baitings, -there is no living creature with him but Callum horse-races, and the like. Now, Donald Bean Lean, Beg." being aware that the bridegroom was in request, and In fact, Fergus Mac-Ivor, of whom a Frenchman wanting to clelk the cunzie (that is, to hook the siller,) might have said, as truly as of any man in the High. he cannily carried off Gilliewhackit ae night when lands, "Qu'il connoit bien ses gens," had no idea he was riding, dorering, hame, (wi' the malt rather of raising himself in the eyes of an English young abune the meal, and with the help of his gillies he man of fortune, by appearing with a retinue of idle gat him into the hiils with the speed of light, and the Highlanders disproportioned to the occasion. He first place he wakened in was the cove of Uaimh an was well aware that such an unnecessary attendance Ri. So there was old to do about ransoming, the would seem to Edward rather ludicrous than respectbridegroom; for Donald would not lower a farthing able; and while few men were more attached to of a thousand punds"
ideas of chieftainship and feudal power, he was, for "The devil
that very reason, cautious of exhibiting external “Punds Scoutish, ye shall understand. And the marks of dignity, unless at the time and in the manlady had not the siller if she had pawned her gown; ner when they were most likely to produce an impoand they applied to the governor o' Stirling castle, sing effect. Therefore, although, had he been to reand to the major o the Black Watch; and the go-ceive a brother chieftain, he would probably have vernor said, it was ower far to the northward, and been attended by all that retinue which Evan deout of his district; and the major said, his men were scribed with so much unction, he judged it more regane hame to the shearing, and he would not call spectable to advance to meet Waverley with a single them out before the victual was got in for all the attendant, a very handsome Highland boy, who car. Cramfeezers in Christendom, let alane the Mearns, ried his master's shooting-pouch and his broadfor that it would prejudice the country. And in the sword, without which he seldom went abroad. meanwhile ye'll no hinder Gilliewhackit to take the When Fergus and Waverley met, the latter was small-pox. There was not the doctor in Perth or struck with the peculiar grace and dignity of the Stirling would look near the poor lad; and I cannot Chieftain's figure. Above the middle size, and finely blame them, for Donald had been misguggled by ane proportioned, the Highland dress, which he wore in of these doctors about Paris, and he swore he would its simplest mode, set off his person to great advanfling the first into the loch that he catched beyond tage. He wore the trews, or close trowsers, made the Pass. However, some cailliachs, (that is, old of tartan, chequed scarlet and white; in other partiWomen,) that were about Donald's hand, nursed Gil- culars, his dress strictly resembled Evan's, excepting bewhackit sae weel, that between the free open air that he had no weapon save a dirk, very richly in the cove and the fresh whey, deil an he did not -mounted with silver. His page, as we have said, recover may be as weel as if he had been closed in a carried his claymore; and the fowling-piece, which glazed chamber and a bed with curtains, and fed with he held in his hand, seemed only designed for sport. red wine and white meat. And Donald was sae He had shot in the course of his walk some young vexed about it, that when he was stout and weel, he wild-ducks, as, though close-time was then unknown, even sent bim free home, and said he would be the broods of grouse were yet too young for the sportspleased with ony thing they would like to gie him for man. His countenance was decidedly Scottish, with the plague and trouble which he had about Gillie- all the peculiarities of the northern physiognomy, but whackit to an unkenn'd degree. And I cannot tell yet had so little of its harshness and exaggeration, you precisely how they sorted; but they agreed sae that it would have been pronounced in any country right that Donald was invited to dance at the wed- extremely handsome. The martial air of the bonding in his Highland trews, and they said that there net, with a single eagle's feather as a distinction, was never sae meikle siller clinked in his purse either added much to the manly appearance of his head, before or since. And to the boot of all that, Gillie- which was besides ornamented with a far more nawhackit said, that, be the evidence what it liked, if tural and graceful cluster of close black curls than he had the luck to be on Donald's inquest, he would ever were exposed to sale in Bond-Street. bring him in guilty of nothing, whatever, unless it An air of openness and affability increased the fa. Were wilful arson, or murder under trust."
vourable impression derived from this handsome and With such bald and disjointed chat Evan went on dignified exterior. Yet a skilful physiognomist would illustrating the existing state of the Highlands, more have been less satisfied with the countenance on the perhaps to the amusement of Waverley than that of second than on the first view. The eye-brow and
• The story of the bridegroom carried off by Coterans, on his upper lip bespoke something of the habit of perempbridal-day, is taken from one which was told to the author by tory command and decisive superiority. Even his the late Lasrd of Mac Nab, many years since. To carry off per courtesy, though open, frank, and unconstrained, man practice with the wild Highlanders, as it is said to be at seemed to indicate a sense of personal importance; the prezent day with the banditti in the South of Italy. Upon and, upon any cheek or accidental excitation, a sudthe season alluded to, a party of Caterans carried off the bride den, though transient lower of the eye, showed a groom, and secreted him in some cave near the mountain of hasty, haughty, and vindictive temper, not less to be Schihallion. The young man caught the small-pox before luis Boom could be agreed on; and whether it was the fine cool air of the place, or the want of medical attendance, Mac-Nab the Scottish pint corresponds to two English quarts. As for
† The Scotch are liberal in computing their land and liquor ; did not pretend to be positivo ; but so it was, that the prisoner their coin, every one knows the couplet#recovered his ransom was paid, and he was restored to his friends and bride, hut always considered the Highland robbers as having
How can the rogues pretend to sense! mered his life, by their treatment of his maady.
Their pound is only twenty pence.
THE CHIEF AND HIS MANSION.
dreaded because it seemed much under its owner's that the reigning chief always bore the patronymic command. In short, the countenance of the Chief- title of Vich lan Vohr, i.e. the son of John the Great: tain resembled a smiling summer's day, in which, while the clan at large, to distinguish them from that notwithstanding, we are made sensible by certain, froin which they had seceded, were denominated though slight signs that it may thunder and lighten Sliochd nan loor, the race oi lvor. before the close of evening.
The father of Fergus, the tenth in direct descent It was not, however, upon their first meeting that from John of the Tower, engaged heart and hand in Edward had an opportunity of making these less fa- the insurrection of 1715, and was forced to fly to vourable remarks. The Chief received him as a France, after the attempt of that year in favour of friend of the Baron of Bradwardine, with the utmost the Stewarts had proved unsuccessful. More sortuexpression of kindness and obligation for the visit; nate than other fugitives, he obtained employment in upbraided hiin gently with choosing so rude an abode the French service, and married a lady of rank in as he had done the night before; and entered into a that kingdom, by whom he had two children, Fergus lively conversation with him about Donald Bean's and his sister Flura. The Scottish estate had been housekeeping, but without the least hint as to his forfeited and exposed to sale, but was repurchased for predatory habits, or the immediate occasion of Wa- a small price in the name of the young proprietor, verley's visit, a topic which, as the Chief did not in, who in consequence came to reside upon his native troduce it, our hero also avoided. While they walked doinains. It was soon perceived that he possessed merrily on towaris the house of Glennaqnoich, Evan, a character of uncominon acuteness, fire, and ambiwho now fell respectfully into the rear, followed with tion, which, as he became acquainted with the state Callum Bes and Duvald Mahony.
of the country, gradually assumed å mixed and pecuWe shall take the opportunity to introduce the liar tone, that could only have been acquired Sixty reader to some particulars of Fergus Mac-lvor's cha- Years since. racter and history, which were not completely known Had Fergus Mac-Ivor lived Sixty Years sooner to Waverley till after a connexion, which, though than he did, he would, in all probability, have wanted arising from a circumstance so casual, had for a the polished manner and knowledge of the world length of tiine the deepest influence upon his charac- which he now possessed; and had he lived Sixty ter, actions, and prospects. But this, being an im-Years later, his ambition and love of rule would have portant subject, must for the commencement of a lacked the fuel which his situation now afforded. new chapter.
He was, indeed, within his little circle, as perfect a politician as Castruccio Castrucani himself. He ap
plied himself with great earnestness to appease all the CHAPTER XIX.
feuds and dissensions which often arose among other clans in his neighbourhood, so that he became a fre
quent umpire in their quarrels. His own patriarchal The ingenious licentiate Francisco de Ubeda, when power he strengthened at every expense which his he commenced his liistory of La Picara Justina fortune would permit, and indeed stretched his means Diez,-which, by the way, is one of the most rare to the uttermost to maintain the rude and plentiful books of Spanish literature,-complained of his pen hospitality, which was the most valued attribute of having caught up a hair, and forth with begins, with a chieftain. For the same reason, he crowded his more eloquence than common sense, an affectionate estate with a tenantry, hardy indeed, and fit for the expostulation with that useful implement, upbraiding purposes of war, but greatly outnumbering what the it with being the quill of a goose, - a bird inconstant soil was calculated to maintain. These consisted by nature, as frequenting the three elements of water, chiefly of his own clan, not one of whom he suffered earth, and air, indifferently, and being, of course, to to quit his lands if he could possibly prevent it. But one thing constant never. Now I protest to thee, he maintained, besides, many adventurers from the gentle reader, that I cntirely dissent from Francisco mother sept, who deserted a less
warlike, though more de Ubeda in this matter, and hold it the most useful wealthy chief, to do homage to Fergus Mac-Ivor. quality of my pen, that it can speedily change from Other individuals, too, who had not even that apograve to gay, and from description and dialogue to logy, were nevertheless received into his allegiance, narrative and character. So that if my quill display which indeed. was refused to none who were, like no other properties of its mother-goose than her mu- Poins, proper men of their hands, and were willing tability, truly I shall be well pleased; and I conceive to assume the name of Mac-Ivor. that you, my worthy friend, will have no occasion He was enabled to discipline these forces, from for discontent. From the jargon, therefore, of the having obtained command of one of the independent Highland şillies, 1 pass to the character of their companies, raised by government to preserve the Chief. It is an important examination, and there- peace of the Highlands. While this capacity he fore, like Dogberry, we must spare no wisdom. acted with vigour and spirit, and preserved great or
The ancestor of Fergus Mac-Ivor, about three cen- der in the couniry under his charge. He caused his turies before, had set up a claim to be recognised as vassals to enter by rotation into his company, ana chief of the numerous and powerful clan to which he serve for a certain space of time, which gave them all belonged, the name of which it is unnecessary to in turn a general notion of military discipline. In his Joention. Bcing defeated by an opponent who had campaigns against the banditti, it was observed that inore justice, or at least more force, on his side, he he assumed and exercised to the utmost the discremoved southwards, with those who adhered to him, tionary, power, which, while the law had no free in quest of new settlements, like a second Æncas. course in the Highlands, was conceived to belong to The state of the Perthshire Highlands favoured his the military parties who were called in to support it purpose. A great baron in that country bad lately He acted, for example, with great and suspicious lebecome traitor to the crown; Ian, which was the nity to those freebooters who made restitution on his name of our adventurer, united himself with those summons, and offered personal submission to him. who were commissioned by the king to chastise him, self, while he rigorously pursued, apprehended, and and did such good service, that he obtained a grani sacrificed to justice, all such interlopers as dared to of the property, upon which he and his posterity despise his admonitions or commands. On the other afterwards resided. He followed the king also in war hand, if any othcers of justice, military parties, or to the fertile regions of England, where he employed others, 'presumed to pursue thieves or marauders his leisure hours so actively in raising subsidies among through his territories, and without applying for his the boors of Northumberland and Durham, that upon nis return he was enabled to erect a stone tower, or * This happened on many occasions. Indeed, it was not til fortalice, so much admired by his dependants and after the total destruction of the clan influence, after 1745, tha neighbours, that he, who had hitherto been called Ian lates forfeited in 1715, which were then brought to sale by the Mac-Ivor, or John the son of Ivor, was thereafter creditors of the York Buildings Company, who had purchase distinguished, both in song and genealogy, by the the whole or greater part from government at a very small price. high title of lan nan Chaistel, or John of the Tower. public in favour of the heirs of the forfeited families threw various The descendants of this worthy were so proud of him, impediments in the way of intending purchasers of such property consent and concurrence, nothing was more certain under the name of the Highland IIost. Upon occathan that they would meet with some notable foil or sion of this crusade against the Ayrshire Whigs and defeat; upon which occasions Fergus Mac-Ivor was Covenanters, the Vich Jan Vohr of the time had prothe first yo condole with them, and, after gently bla- bably been as successful as his predecessor was in ming their rashness, never failed deeply to lament the harrying Northumberland, and therefore left to his lawless state of the country. These lainentations did posterity a rival edifice, as a monument of his magnot exclude suspicion, and matters were so represent- nificence. ed to government, that our Chieftain was deprived of Around the house, which stood on an eminence in his military cominand.*
the midst of a narrow Highland valley, there appearWhatever Fergus Mac-Ivor felt on this occasion, ed none of that attention to convenience, far less to he had the art of entirely suppressing every appear-Jornament and decoration, which usually surrounds ance of discontent; but in a short time the neigh- a gentleman's habitation. An inclosure or two, dibouring country began to feel bad effects from his vided by dry-stone walls, were the only part of the dodisgrace. Donald Bean Lenn, and others of his class, main that was fenced, as to the rest, the narrow whose depredations had hitherto been confined to slips of level ground which lay by the side of the other districts, appeared from thenceforward to have brook exhibited a scanty crop of barley, liable to con made a settlement on this devoted border; and their stant depredations from the herds of wild ponies and ravages were carried on with little opposition, as the black cattle that grazed upon the adjacent hills. Lowland gentry were chiefly Jacobites, and disarm- These ever and anon made an incursion ypon the ed. This forced many of the inhabitants into con- arable ground, which was repelled by the loud, untracts of black mail with Fergus Mac-Ivor, which couth, and dissonant shouts of half a dozen Highnot only established him their protector, and gave land swains, all running as if they had been mad, him great weight in all their consultations, but, and every one hallooing a half-starved dog to the resmoreover, supplied funds for the waste of his feudal cue of the forage. At a little distance up the glen hospitality, which the discontinuance of his pay was a small and stunted wood of birch ; the hills might have otherwise essentially diminished. were high and heathy, but without any variety of
In following this course of conduct, Fergus had a surface; so that the whole view was wild and desofurther object than merely being the great man of his late, rather than grand and solitary. Yets such as neighbourhood, and ruling despotically over a small it was, no genuine descendant of lan nan Chaiste] clan. From his infancy upward, he had devoted would have changed the domain for Stow or Blenhimself to the cause of the exiled fainily, and had heim. persuaded himself, not only that their restoration to There was a sight, however, before the gate, which the crown of Britain would be speedy, but that those perhaps would have afforded the first owner of Blenwho assisted them would be raised to honour and hein more pleasure than the finest view in the dorank. It was with this view that he laboured to re- main assigned to him by the gratitude of his country. concile the Highlanders among themselves, and aug. This consisted of about a hundred Highlanders, in mented his own force to the utmost, to be prepared complete dress and arms; at sight of whom the for the first favourable opportunity of rising. With Chieftain apologized to Waverley in a sort of negli. th's purpose also he conciliated the favour of such gent manner. “He had forgot," he said, " that he Lowland gentlemen in the vicinity as were friends to had ordered a few of his clan out, for the purpose of the good cause; and for the saine reason, having in- seeing that they were in a fit condition to protect the cautiously quarrelled with Mr. Bradwardine, who, not-country, and prevent such accidents as he was sorry withstanding his peculiarities, was much respected to learn, had befallen the Baron of Bradwardine. in the country, he took advantage of the foray of Before they were dismissed, perhaps Captain WaverDonald Bean Lean to solder up the dispute in the ley might choose to see them go through a part of manner we have mentioned. Some, indeed, surmi- their exercise." sed that he caused the enterprise to be suggested to Edward assented, and the men executed with agiDonald, on purpose to pave the way to a reconcilia- lity and precision some of the ordinary military tion, which, supposing that to be the case, cost the movements. They then practised individually at a Laird of Bradwardine two good milch cows. This mark, and showed extraordinary dexterity in the zeal in their behalf the House of Stuart repaid with management of the pistol and firelock. They took a considerable share of their confidence, an occasion-ain, standing, sitting, leaning, or lying, prostrate, as al supply of louis d'or, abundance of fair words, and they were cominanded, and always with effect upon a parchment, with a huge waxen seal appended, pur- the target. Next, they paired off for the broad's word porting to be an earl's patent, granted by no less a exercise; and, having manifested their individual person than James the Third King of England, and skill and dexterity, united in two bodies, and exhibitEighth King of Scotland, to his right feal, trusty, and ul a sort of mock encounter, in which the charge, the well-beloved Fergus Mac-lvor of Glennaquoich, in rally, the Hight, the pursuit, and all the current of a the county of Perth, and kingdom of Scotland. heady fight, were exhibited to the sound of the great
With this future coronet glittering before his eyes, war bagpipet Fergus plunged deeply into the correspondence and On a sanal made by the Chief, the skirmish was plots of that unhappy period; and, like all such lended. Matches were then made for running, wrestactive agents, ensily reconciled his conscience to ling, leaping, pitching the bar, and other sports, in going certain lengths in the service of his party, from which this feudat militia displayed incredible swiftwhich honour and pride would have deterred him, ness, strength, and agility; and accomplished the had his sole object been the direct advancement of his purpose which their Chieftain had at heart, by imown personal interest. With this insight into a bold, ambitious, and ardent, yet artful and politic charac-Jor Glennajudich, the author begs to remark, that the Highland
+ In explanation of the military exercise observed at the Castle ter, we resume the broken thread of our narrative. The Chief and his guest had by this time reached firelock, and most of the manly sports and trials of strength com
ers were not only well practised in the use of the broadsword, the house of Glennaquoich, which consisted of lan mon throughout Scotland, but also used a peculiar sort of drill, nan Chaistel's mansion, a high rude-looking square for instance, different modes of disposing the plaid, one when on
suited to their own dress and mode of warfare. There were, tower, with the addition of a lofted house, that is, a a peaceful journey, another when danger wns apprehended ; one building of two stories, constructed by Fergus's way of onveloping themselves in it when expecting undisturbed grandfather when he returned from that memorable repose, and another which enabled them to start up with sword expedition, well remembered by the western shires, and pistol in hand on the slightest alarm.
Previous to 1720, or thereabouts, the belted plaid wus univer. * This sort of political gane ascribed to Mac Ivor was in re: sally worn, in which the portion which surrounded the middle ality played by several Highland chiefs, the celebrated Lord of the wearer, and that which was flung around his shoulders Lovat in particular, who used that kind of finesse to the utter were all of the same piece of tartan. In a desperate onset, all
was also captain of an independent was thrown away, and the clan charged bare beneath the doub. company, but valued the sweets of present pay too well to incur let, save for an artificial arrangement of the shirt, which, like the risk of losing them in the Jacobite cause. His martial con- that of the Irish, was always ample, and for the sporran tno. sort raised his clan, and headed it, in 1745. But the chief him lach, or goat's-skin purse. self would have nothing to do with king-making, declaring himseif for that monarch, and no other, who gave the Laird of the Highland manual exercise, which the author has seen gone
The manner of handling the pistol and dirk was also part of Mac-"half-a-guinea the day, and halla-guinea the morn." (through by men who had learned it in their populla
most. The Laird of Mac