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cessity of assuming a disguise to render his passage denly interrupted by Allan M'Aulay, wlio said, hasisecure through the Lowlands, in which he had been ily,—"Room for an unexpected and unwelcome kindly assisted by his kinsman of Menteith. By guest!" what means Allan M'Aulay had come to know him, At the same moment, the door of the hall opened, he could not pretend to explain. Those who knew and a gray-haired man, of a very stately appearance, Allan's prophetic pretensions, smiled mysteriously; presented himself to the assembly. There was much but he himself only replied, that the Earl of Mon- dignity, and even authority, in his manner. His trose need not be surprised if he was known to stature was above the common size, and his looks thousands, of whom he himself could retain no such as were used to command. He cast a severe, memory.""
and almost stern glance upon the assembly of Chiefs. By the honour of a cavalier," said Captain Dal. Those of the higher rank among them returned it getty, finding at length an opportunity to thrust in his with scornful indifference; but some of the western word, “I am proud and happy in having an opportu- gentlemen of inferior power, looked as if they wished nity of drawing a sword under your lordship's com- ihemselves elsewhere. mand; and I do forgive all grudge, malecontent, and "To which of this assembly," said the stranger, malice of my heart, to Mr. Allan M'Aulay, for having "am I to address myself as leader? or have you not thrust me down to the lowest seat of the board yes- fixed upon the person who is to hold an office at treen. Certes, he hath this day spoken so like a man least as perilous as it is honourable ?” having full command of his senses, that I had resolv. "Address yourself to me, Sir Duncan Campbell," ed in my secret purpose that he was no way entitled said Montrose, stepping
forward. to claim the privilege of insanity. But since I was "To you !" said Sir Duncan Campbell, with some only postponed to a noble earl, my future command scorn. er-in-chief, I do, before you all, recognise the justice "Yes,—to me,” repeated Montrose, -" to the Em of the preference, and heartily salute Allan as one of Montrose, if you have forgot him." who is to be his bon-camaradó."
"I should now, at least,” said Sir Duncan CampHaving made this speech, which was little under- bell, "have had 'some difficulty in recognising him stood or attended to, without putting off his military in the disguise of a groom.-And yet I mighi have glove, he seized on Allan's hand, and began to shake guessed that no evil influence inferior to your lord, it with violence, which Allan, with a gripe like a ship's, distinguished as one who troubles Israel, could smith's vice, returned with such force, as to drive have collected together this rash assembly of misthe iron splints of the gauntlet into the hand of the guided persons." wearer.
"I will answer unto you,” said Montrose 'in the Captain Dalgetty might have construed this into a manner of your own Puritans. I have nut troubled new affront, had not his attention, as he stood blow- Israel, but thou and thy father's house. But let ing and shaking the injured member, been suddenly us leave an altercation, which is of little consequence called by Montrose himself.
but to ourselves, and hear the tidings you have "Hear this news," he said, “Captain Dalgetty-I brought from your Chief of Argyle; for I must conshould say Major Dalgetty,--the Irish, who are to clude that it is in his name that you have come to profit by your military experience, are now within a this meeting. few leagues of us."
“It is in the name of the Marquis of Argyle," said "Our deer-stalkers,” said Angus M'Aulay, “who Sir Duncan Campbell, in the name of the Scottish were abroad to bring in venison for this honourable Convention of Estates, that I demand to know the party, have heard of a band of strangers, speaking meaning of this singular convocation. If it is deneither Saxon nor pure Gaelic, and with difficulty signed to disturb the peace of the country, making themselves understood by the people of the bụt acting like neighbours, and men of honour, to country, who are marching this way in arms, under give us some intimation to stand upon our guard." the leading, it is said, of Alaster M'Donald, who is "It is a singular, and new state of affairs in Scotcommonly called Young Colkitto."
land," said Montrose, turning from Sir Duncan “These must be our men,” said Montrose; we Campbell to the assembly, "when Scottish men of must hasten to send messengers forward, both to act rank and family cannot meet in the house of a com. as guides and to relieve their wants.
mon friend without an inquisitorial visit and demand, "The last,” said Angus M'Aulay, " will be no easy on the part of our rulers, to know the subject of our matter; for I am informed, that, excepting muskets conference. Methinks our ancestors were accusand a very little ammunition, they want every thing tomed to hold Highland huntings, or other purposes that soldiers should have; and they are particularly of meeting, without asking the leave either of the deficient in money, in shoes, and in raiment." great M'Callum More himself, or any of his emissa
“There is at least no use in saying so," said Mon, ries or dependants.". trose," in so loud a tone. The puritan weavers of "The times have been such in Scotland," answer. Glasgow shall provide them plenty of broad-cloth, ed one of the Western Chiefs, "and such they will when we make a descent from the Highlands; and again be, when the intruders on our ancient possesif the ministers could formerly preach the old women sions are again reduced to be Lairds of Lochow of the Scottish boroughs out of their webs of napery, instead of overspreading us like a band of devouring to make tents to the fellows on Dunse Law,* I will locusts." try whether I have not a little interest both to make "Am I to understand, then," said Sir Duncan, these godly dames rencw their patriotic gift, and that it is against my name alone that these preparathe prick-eared knaves, their husbands, open their tions are directed ? or are the race of Diarmid only to purses."
be sufferers in common with the whole of the peace * And respecting arms,” said Captain Dalgetty, ful and orderly inhabitants of Scotland ?". "if your lordship will permit an old cavalier to speak "I would ask," said a wild-looking Chief, starting his mind, so that the one-third have muskets, my hastily up, one question of the Knight of Ardenvohr, darling weapon would be the pike for the remainder, ere he proceeds further in his daring
catechism.--Has whether for resisting a charge of horse, or for breaking he brought more than one life to this castle, that he the infantry: A common smith will make a hundred ventures to intrude among us for the purposes of in. pike-heads in a day; here is plenty of wood for shafts; sult?" and I will uphold, that, according to the best usages "Gentlemen," said Montrose, “let me implore your of war, a strong battalion of pikes, drawn up in the patience; a messenger who comes among us for the fashion of the Lion of the North, the immortal Gus- purpose of embassy, is entitled to freeram of speech tavus, would beat the Macedonian phalanx, of which and a safe-conduct.' And since Sır Duncan Campbe!! I used !o read in the Mareschal-College, when ! is so pressing, I care not if I inform him, for his gui. studied in the ancient town of Bon-accord; and dance, that he is in an assembly of the King's loya further I will venture to predicate":
subjects, convoked by me, in his Majesty's name ang The Captain's lecture upon tactics was here sud- authority, and as empowered by his Majesty s roval • The Covenantors encamped on Dunse Law, during the trou
bles or 1639.
can Campbell, "a civil war in all its forms? I have 'Amen,” said Montrose;" 10 that tribunal we all been too long a soldier to view its approach with submit us.' anxiety; but it would liave been for my Lord of Mon- Sir Duncan Campbell left the hall, accompanied trose's honour, if, in this matter, he had consulted his by Allan M'Aulay and Lord Menteith, own ambition less, and the peace of the country a true-bred Campbell,” said Montrose, as the envoy more.
departed, "for they are ever fair and false." " Those consulted their own ambition and self- " Pardon me, my lord,” said Evan Dhu; "herediinterest, Sir Duncan," answered Montrose," who tary enemy as I am to their name, I have ever found brought the country to the pass in which it now the Knight of Ardenvohr brave in war, honest in stands, and rendered necessary the sharp remedies peace, and true in council.”. which we are now reluctantly about to use.'
“Of his own disposition,” said Montrose, "such he “And what rank among these self-seekers," said is undoubtedly; but he now acts as the organ or Sir Duncan Campbell, “shall we assign to a noble mou:h-piece of his Chief, the Marquis, the falsest man Earl, so violently attached to the Covenant, that he that ever drew breath. And, M'Aulay,” he continued was the first, in 1639, to cross the Tyne, wading mid- in a whisper to his host, lest he should make some dle deep at the head of his regiment, to charge the impression upon the inexperience of Menteith, or the royal forces ? It was the same, I think, who imposed singular disposition of your brother, you had better the Covenant upon the burgesses and colleges of Ab- send music into their chamber, to prevent his inveigerdeen, at the point of sword and pike."
ling them into any private conference." "I understand your sneer, Sir Duncan," said Mont- The devil a musician have I," answered M'Aulay, rose, temperately; "and I can only add, that if sincere 'excepting the piper, who has nearly broke his wind repentance can make amends for youthful error, and by an ambitious contention for superiority with three for yielding to the artsul representation of ambitious of his own craft; but I can send Annot Lyle and her hypocrites, I shall be pardoned for the crimes with harp:” And he left the apartment to give orders acwhich you taunt me. I will at least endeavour to de- cordingly. serve forgiveness, for I am here, with my sword in Meanwhile a warm discussion took place, who my hand, willing to spend the best blood of my body should undertake the perilous task of returning with to make amends for my error; and niortal man can Sir Duncan to Inverary. To the higher dignitaries, do no more.
accustomed to consider themselves upon an equality "Well
, my lord,” said Sir Duncan, "I shall be sorry even with M'Callum More, this was an office not w to carry back this language to the Marquis of Argyle. be proposed; unto others who could not plead the I had it in further charge from the Marquis, that, to same excuse, it was altogether unacceptable. One prevent the bloody feuds which must necessarily fol- would have thought Inverary had been the Valley low a Highland war, his lordship will be contented if of the Shadow of Death, the inferior chiefs showed terms of truce could be arranged to the north of the such reluctance to approach it. After a considerable Highland line, as there is ground enough in Scotland hesitation, the plain reason was at length spoken ouu to fight upon, without neighbours destroying each namely, that whatever Highlander should undertake other's families and inheritances."
an office so distasteful to M'Callum More, he would "It is a peaceful proposal,” said Montrose, smiling, be sure to treasure the offence in his remembrance, "such as it should be coming from one whose per- and one day or other to make him bitterly repent of il. sonal actions have always been more peaceful than In this dilemma, Montrose, who considered the prohis measures. Yet, if the terms of such a truce could posed armistice as a mere stratagem on the part of be equally fixed, and if we can obtain security,-for Argyle, although he had not ventured bluntly to rethat, Sir Duncan, is indispensable, -that your Mar- ject it in presence of those whom it concerned so quis will observe those terins with strict fidelity, I, for nearly, resolved to impose the danger and dignity for my part, should be content to leave peace behind upon Captain Dalgetty, who had neither clan nor us, since we must needs carry war before us. But, Sir estate in the Highlands upon which the wrath of ArDuncan, you are too old and experienced a soldier for gyle could wreak itself. us to permit you to remain in our leaguer, and witness But I have a neck, though,” said Dalgetty, bluntly; our proceedings; we shall therefore, when you have and what if he chooses to avenge himself upon thai? refreshed yourself, recommend your speedy return to I have known a case where an honourable ambassaInverary, and we shall send with you a gentleman on dor has been hanged as a spy before now. Neither our part to adjust the terms of the Highland armi- did the Romans use ambassadors much more merci stice, in case the Marquis shall be found serious in fully at the siege of Capua, although I read that they proposing such a measure.” Sir Duncan Campbell only cut off their hands and noses, put out their eyes, assented by a bow.
and suffered them to depart in peace... 'My Lord of Menteith," continued Montrose, “will "By my honour, Captain Dalgetty," said Montrose, you have the goodness to attend Sir Duncan Camp- “should the Marquis, contrary to the rules of war, beli of Ardenvohr, while we determine who shall re- dare to practise any atrocity against you, you may de turn with him to his Chief? M'Aulay will permit us pend upon my taking such signal vengeance that all to request that he be entertained with suitable hospi- Scotland shall ring of it." tality.”
That will do but little for Dalgetty," returned the "I will give orders for that,” said Allan M'Aulay, Captain : "but corragio! as the Spaniard says. With rising and coming forward. "I love Sir Duncan the Land of Promise full in view, the Moor of DrumCampbud; we have been joint sufferers in former days, thwacket, mea paupera regna, as we said at Mares and I do not forget it now.
chal-College, I will not refuse your excellency's com"My Lord of Menteith," said Sir Duncan Camp- mission, being conscious it becomes a cavalier of hobell, I am grieved to see you, at your early age, en- nour to obey his commander's orders, in defiance both gaged in such desperate and rebellious
courses. of gibbet and sword." "I am young," answered Menteith, "yet old enough Gallantly resolved," said Montrose; "and if you i distinguish between right and wrong, between loy will come apart with me, I will furnish you with the alty and rebellion; and the sooner a good course is conditions to be laid before M'Callum More, upon begun, the longer and the better have I a chance of which we are willing to grant him a truce for his running it."
Highland dominions. And
you too, my friend, Allan M'Aulay,” said Sir With these we need not trouble our readers. They Duncan, taking his hand!" must we also call each were of an evasive nature, calculated to meet a proother enemies, that have been so often allied against posal which Montrose considered to have been made a common foe?" Then turning round to the meeting, only for the purpose of gaining time. When he had he said, Farewell, gentlemen; there are so many of put Captain Dalgetty in complete possession of his inyou to whom I wish well, that your rejection of all structions, and when that worthy, making his militerms of mediation gives me deep affliction. May tary obeisance, was near the door of his apartment, Heaven," he said, looking upwards, "judge between Montrose made him a sign to return. our motives, and those of the inovers of this civil com- "I presume," said he, "I need not remind an offimotion "
cer who has served under the great Gustavus, that a
uttle more is required of a person sent with a flag of of Bohemia; and (no disparagement to the beals and truce than mere discharge of his instructions, and that corries, Mr. Angus is pleased to mention, and
of his general will expect from him, on his return, some which Sir Miles, who never saw them, confirms the account of the state of the enemy's affairs, as far as horrors,) these mountains may compete with the they come under his observation. In short, Captain vilest roads in Europe. In fact, my horse hath a Dalgetty, you must be un peu clair-toyant." most excellent and social quality; for although he
"Åh ha! your Excellency," said the Captain, twist- cannot pledge in my cup, yet we share our loaf being his hard features into an inimitable expression of tween us, and it will be hard if he suffers famine cunning and intelligence, if they do not put my head where cakes or þannocks are to be found. And, to in a poke, which I have known practised upon ho- cut this matter short, I beseech you, my good friends, nourable soldados who have been suspected to come to observe the state of Şir Duncan Carpbell's pal. upon such errands as the present your Excellency frey, which stands in that stall before us, fat and may rely on a preceese narration of whatever Dugald fair; and, in return for your anxiety on my account, 1 Dalgetty shall hear or see, were it even how many give you my honest asseveration, that while we travel turns of tune there are in M'Callum More's pibroch, or the same road, both that palfrey and his rider shall how many checks in the sett of his plaid and trews.” lack for food before either Gustavus or I."
Enough," answered Montrose; " farewell, Cap Having said this, he filled a large measure with ain Dalgetty : and as they say that a lady's mind is corn, and walked up with it to his charger, who, by always expressed in her postscript, so I would have his low whinnying neigh, his pricked ears, and his you think that the most important part of your com- pawing, showed how close the alliance was betwixt mission lies in what I have last said to you.'
him and his rider. Nor did he taste his corn until he Dalgetty once more grinned intelligence, and with had returned his master's caresses, by licking his drew to victual his charger and himself, for the fa- hands and face. After this interchange of greeting, tigues of his approaching mission.
the steed began to his provender with an eager disAt the door of the stable, -for Gustavus always patch, which showed old military habits; and the claimed his first care,- he met Angus M'Aulay and master, after looking on the animal with great com Sir Miles Musgrave, who had been looking at his placency for about five minutes, said, “Much good horse; and, after praising his points and carriage, may it do your honest heart, Gustavus ;-now must I both united in strongly dissuading the Captain from go and lay in provant myself for the campaign. taking an animal of such value with him upon his He then departed, having first saluted the Englishpresent very fatiguing journey.
man and Angus M'Aulay, who remained looking at Angus painted in the most alarming colours the each other for some time in silence, and then burst roads, or rather wild tracks, by which it would be out into a fit of laughter. necessary for him to travel into Argyleshire, and the "That fellow," said Sir Miles Musgrave, “is form. wretched huts or þothies where he would be condemned to go through the world." ed to pass the night, and where no forage could be "I shall think so too," said M'Aulay, "if he can slip procured for his horse, unless he could eat the stumps through M Callum More's fingers as easily as he has of old heather. In short, he pronounced it absolutely done through ours. impossible, that, after undertaking such a pilgrimage, "Do you think," said the Englishman, " that the the animal could be in any case for military service. Marquis will not respect, in Captain Dalgetty's perThe Englishman strongly confirmed all that Angus son, ile laws of civilized war ?"* had said, and gave himself, body and soul, to the devil
, "No more than I would respect a Lowland proif he thought it was not an act little
short of absolute clamation,” said Angus M'Aulay.—"But come along, murder to carry a horse worth a farthing into such a it is time I were returning to my guests. waste and inhospitable desert. Captain Dalgetty for an instant looked steadily, first at one of the gentlemen and next at the other, and then asked thein, as
CHAPTER IX. if in a state of indecision, what they would advise him to do with Gustavus under such circumstances.
In a rebellion, "By the hand of my father, my dear friend,” an
When what's not meet, but what must be, was law,
Then were they chosen in a better hour, swered M'Aulay, "if you leave the beast in my keep Let what is meet be said it must be meet, ing, you may rely on his being fed and sorted accord And throw their power i' the dust. ing to his worth and quality, and that, upon your
Coriolanus. happy return, you will find him as sleek as an onion In a small apartment, remote from the rest of the boiled in butter."
guests assembled at the castle, Sir Duncan Campbell "Or,” said Sir Miles Musgrave, “if this worthy was presented with every species of refreshment, and cavalier chooses to part with his charger for a rea- respectfully attended by Lord Menteith, and by Allan Bonable sum, I have some part of the silver candle- M'Aulay. His discourse with the latter turned upon sticks still dancing the heys in my purse, which I a sort of hunting campaign, in which they had been shall be very willing to transfer to his.''
engaged together against the Children of the Mist, "In brief, mine honourable friends," said Captain with whom the Knight of Ardenvohr, as well as the Dalgetty, again eyeing them both with an air of comic M'Aulays, had a deadly and irreconcilable feud. Sir penetration, " I find it would not be altogether unac- Duncan, however, speedily endeavoured to lead back ceptable to either of you, to have some token to re- the conversation to the subject of his present errand member the old soldier' by, in case it shall please to the castle of Darnlinvarach. M'Callum More to hang him up at the gate of his "It grieved him to the very heart," he said, " to see own castle. And doubtless it would be no small satis, that friends and neighbours, who should stand shoulfaction to me, in such an event, that a noble and der to shoulder, were likely to be engaged hand to loyal cavalier like Sir Miles Musgrave, or a worthy hand in a cause which so little concerned them. What and hospitable
chieftain like our excellent landlord, signifies it,” he said, " to the Highland Chiefs, whethez should act as my executor."
King or Parliament got uppermost ? Were it not betBoth hastened to protest that they had no such ob- ter to let them settle their own differences without in ject, and insisted again upon the impassable character terference, while the Chiefs, in the meantime, took of the Highland paths. Angus M'Aulay mumbled the opportunity of establishing their own authority in over a number of hard Gaelic names, descriptive of a manner not to be called in question hereafter bv the difficult passes, precipices, corries, and beals, either King of Parliament ?" He reminded Allan through which he said the road lay to Inverary, when M'Aulay that
the measures taken in the last reign to ald Donald, w.lo had now
entered, sanctioned his settle the peace, as was alleged, of the Highlands master's account of these difficulties, by holding up were
in fact levelled at the patriarchal power of the his hands, and elevating his eyes, and shaking his Chieftains; and he mentioned the celebrated settlehead, at every guttural which M'Aulay pronounced. ment of the Fife Undertakers, as they were called, in But all this did not move the inflexible captain. the Lewis, as part of a deliberate plan, formed to in
"My worthy friends," said he, “Gustavus is not troduce strangers among the Celtic tribes, to destroy new to the dangers of travelling, and the mountains by degrees their ancient customs and mode of govern
ment, and to despoil them of the inheritance of their , with Lord Menteith, and other young men who frefathers.* "And yet," he continued, addressing Allan, quented Darnlinvarach, she possessed none of that "it is for the purpose of giving despotic authority to timidity which a female, educated chiefly among her the monarch by whom these designs have been nur- own sex, would either have felt, or thought necessary sed, that so many Highland Chiefs are upon the point to assume, on an occasion like the present. of quarrelling with, and drawing the sword against, Her dress partook of the antique, for new fashions their neighbours, allies, and ancient confederates.". seldom peneirated into the Highlands, nor would they
'It is to my brother," said Allan, “it is to the eld- easily have found their way to a castle inhabited est son of my father's house, that the Knight of Ar- chiefly by men, whose sole occupation was war and denvohr must address these remonstrances. 1 am, the chase. Yet Annot's garments were not only beindeed, the brother of Angus; but in being so, I am coming, but even rich. Her open jacket, with a high only the first of his clansmen, and bound to show an collar, was composed of blue cloth, richly embroiderexample to the others by, my cheerful and ready obe- ed, and had silver clasps to fasten, when it pleased dience to his commands."
the wearer. Its sleeves, which were wide, came no “The cause also," said Lord Menteith, interposing, lower than the elbow, and terminated in a golden 'is far more general than Sir Duncan Campbell fringe; under this upper coat, if it can be so termed, she seems to suppose it. It is neither limited to Saxon wore an, under dress of blue satin, also richly 'em nor to Gael, to mountain nor to strath, to Highlands broidered, but which was several shades lighter in nor to Lowlands. The question is, if we will con- colour than the upper garment. The petticoat was tinue to be governed by the unlimited authority as- formed of tartan silk, in the set, or pattern, of which sumed by a set of persons in no respect superior to the colour of blue greatly predominated, so as to re ourselves, instead of returning to the natural govern move the tawdry etfect too frequently produced in tarment of the Prince against whom they have rebelled. tan, by the mixiure and strong opposition of colours. And respecting the interest of the Highlands in par- An antique silver chain hung round her neck, and ticular," he added, "I crave Sir Duncan Campbell's supported the forest, or key, with which she tuned her pardon for my plainness; but it seems very clear to instrument. A small ruff rose above her collar, and me that the only effect produced by the present usur-was secured by a brooch of some value, an old keeppation, will be the aggrandisemeni of one overgrown sake from Lord Menteith. Her profusion of light clan at the expense of every independent Chief in the hair almost hid her laughing eyes, while, with a smile Highlands.
and a blush, she mentioned that she had M'Aulay's I will not reply to you, my lord,” said Sir Duncan directions to ask them if they chose music. Sir DunCampbell, because I know your prejudices, and can Campbell gazed with considerable surprise and from whom they are borrowed, yet you will pardon interest at the lovely apparition, which thus interruptmy saying, that being at the head of a rival branch of ed his debate with Allan M Aulay. the House of Graham, I have both read of and known Can this,” he said 10 liim in a whisper, " a creaan Earl of Menteith, who would have disdained to ture so beautiful and so elegant, be a domestic musihave been tutored in politics, or to have been com- cian of your brother's establishment ?" manded in war, by an Earl of Montrose."
“By no means," answered Allan, hastily, yet with “You will find it in vain, Sir Duncan,” said Lord some hesitation; "she is a- -near relation of Menteith, haughtily, to set my vanity in arms our family--and treated,” he added, more firmly, “as against my principles. The King gave my ancestors an adopted daughter of our father's house." their title and rank; and these shall never prevent As he spoke thus, he arose from his seat, and with my acting, in the royal cause, under any one who is that air of courtesy which every Highlander can asbetter qualified than myself to be a commander-in- sume when it suits him to practise it, he resigned it to chief. Least of all, shall any miserable jealousy pre- Annor, and offered to her, at the same time, whatever vent me from placing my hand and sword under the refreshments the table afforded, with an assiduity guidance of the bravest, the most loyal, the most he which was probably designed to give Sir Duncan an roic spirit among our Scottish nobility":
impression of her rank and consequence. If such was “Pity," said Sir Duncan Campbell, that you can. Allan's purpose, however, it was unnecessary. Sir not add to his panegyric the further epithets of the Duncan kept his eyes fixed upon Annot with an ermost steady, and the most consistent. But I have no pression of much deeper interest than could have purpose of debating these points with you, my lord,” arisen from any impression that she was a person or waving his hand, as if to avoid further discussion; consequence. Annot even felt embarrassed under the "the die is cast with you; allow me only to express old knight's steady gaze; and it was not without conmy sorrow for the disastrous fate to which Angus siderable hesitation, that, tuning her instrument, and M'Aulay's natural rashness, and your lordship's infu- receiving an assenting look from Lord Menteith and ence, are dragging my gallant friend Allan here, with Allan, she executed the following ballad, which our his father's clan, and many a brave man besides.". friend, Mr. Secundus M.Pherson, whose goodness we
“ The die is cast for us all, Sir Duncan,” replied had before to acknowledge, has thus translated into Allan, looking gloomy, and arguing on his own hypo- the English tongue: chondriac feelings; "the iron hand of destiny branded our fate upon our forehead long ere we could form a
THE ORPHAN MAID. wish, or raise a finger in our own behalf. Were this otherwise, by what means does the Seer ascertain
November's hail cloud drifts away, the future from those shadowy presages which haunt
Looks coldly on the castle gray, his waking and his sleeping eye? Nought can be fore
When forth comes Lady Anne. seen but that which is certain to happen."
The orphan by the oak was set, Sir Duncan Campbell was about to reply, and the
Her arms, her feet, were bare, darkest and most contested point of metaphysics
The hail-drops had not melted yet, might have been brought into discussion betwixt two
Amid her raven hair. Highland disputants, when the door opened, and An
"And, Dame," she said, "by all the tica ne: Lyle, with her clairshach in her hand, entered th:
That child and mother know,
Aid one who never knew these joye, apartment. The freedom of a Highland maiden was
Relieve an orphan's wo." in her step and in her eye; for, bred up in the closest
The lady said, "An orplian's stato intimacy with the Laird of M'Aulay and his brother,
Is hard and sad to bear;
Yet worse the widow'd mother's fate, • In the reign of James V7., an attempt of rather an extra
Who mourns both lord and heir. ordinary kind was made to civilize the extreme northern part of the Hebridean Archipelago.
"Twelve times the rolling year has spec, Tbal monarch granted the property of the Island of Lewis, as if it had been an unknown
Since, when from vengeance wild
or fierce Strathallan's Chiof I fled, and savaga country, to a number of Lowland gentlemen, called undertakers, chiefly natives of the shire of Fife, that they
Forth's eddies whelm'd my child." Quight colonize and settle there. The enterprise was at first
"Twelve times the year its course has borne," Fuccessful, but the natives of the island, MacLeods and Mac
The wandering maid replied, Kazies, rose on the Lowland adventurers, and put most of
"Since tisliers on St. Bridget's mora them to the sword,
Drew nets on Campsio side.
November's sunbeam wan
"St. Bridget sent no scaly spoil : --
him was waiting in readiness, and that al. vas preAn infant wellnigh dead, They saved, and rear'd in vant and toil,
pared for his return to Inverary, Sir Duncaa ÇampTo beg from you her brea 1."
bell rose up very indignantly; the affront which this That orphan inaid the lady kisk'd
message implied immediately driving out of his recoi. My husband's looks you bear;
lection the sensibility which had been awakened by St. Lridget and her morn be blessed!
the music. You are his widow's heir."
"I little expected this,” he said, looking indignantly They've robed that maid, so poor and pale,
at Angus M'Aulay, "I little thought that there was In silk and sandals rare;
a Chief in the West Highlands, who, at the pleasure And pearls, for drops of frozen hail, Are glistening in her hair.*
of a Saxon, would have bid the Knight of Ardenvohr
leave his castle, when the sun was declining from the While the song proceeded, Lord Menteith observed, meridian, and ere the second cup had been filled. But with some surprise, that it appeared to produce a farewell, sir, the food of churl does not satisfy the much deeper effect upon the mind of Sir Duncan appetite; when I next re-visit Darnlinvarach, it shall Campbell, than he could possibly have anticipated be with a naked sword in one hand, and a fire-brand from his age and character. He well knew that the in the other." Highlanders of that period possessed a much greater And if you so come,” said Angus, "I pledge myself sensibility both for tale and song than was found to meet you fairly, though you brought five hundred among their Lowland neighbours; but even this, he Campbells at your back, and to afford you and them thought, hardly accounted for the embarrassment such entertainment that you shall not again complain with which the old man withdrew his eyes from the of the hospitality of Darnlinvarach.” songstress, as if unwilling to suffer them to rest on "Threaiened men,” said Sir Duncan,"live long. an object so interesting. Sul less was it to be ex. Your turn for gasconading, Laird of M'Aulay, is 100 pected, that features which expressed pride, stern well known, that men of honour should regard your
my horde hundisto Alkan, whorehave should have been so much agitated by so trivial a cir- supplied the place cumstance. As the Chief's
Crow became clouded, he thanks.-And to you, pretty mistress," he said, addrooped his large shaggy gray eye-brows until they dressing Annot Lyle, this little token, for having almost concealed his eyes, on the lids of which some opened a fountain which hath been dry for many a thing like a tear might be seen to glisten. He remain- year.” So saying, he left the apartment, and comed silent and fixed in the same posture for a minute manded his attendants to be summoned. Angus vr two, after the last note had ceased to vibrate. He M'Aulay, equally embarrassed and incensed at the then raised his head, and having looked at Annot charge of inhospitality, which was the greatest possiLyle, as if purposing to speak to her, he as suddenly ble affront to a Highlander, did not follow Sir Duncan changed that purpose, and was about to address Al- to the court-yard, where, mounting his palfrey, which lan, when the door opened, and the lord of the Castle was in readiness, followed by six mounted attendants, made his appearance.
and aceompanied by the noble Captain Dalgetty, who had also awaited him, holding Gustavus ready for ac.
tion, though he did not draw his girths and mount till CHAPTER X.
Sir Duncan appeared, the whole cavalcade lest the
castle. Dark on their journey lour'd the gloomy day,
The journey was long and toilsome, but without Wild were the hills, and doubtful grew the way;
any of the extreme privations which the Laird or More dark, more gloomy, and more doubtful, show'd The transion, which received them from the road.
M'Aulay had prophesied. In truth, Sir Duncan was
The Travellers, a Romance. very cautious to avoid those nearer and more secret Angrs M'AULAY was charged with a message accessible from the westward; for his relation and
paths, by means of which the county of Argyle was eating ; for it was not till after he had framea his chief
, the Marquis, was used to boast, that he would
not for a hundred thousand crowns any mortal should speech several different ways, and blundered them all know the passes by which an armed force could pene
hat he succeeded in letting Sir Duncan Campbell trate into his country, know, that the cavalier who was to accompany
Sir Duncan Campbell, therefore, rather shunned • The admirers of pure Celtic antiquity, notwithstanding the the Highlands, and falling into the Low-country, slegance of the above translation, may be desirous to see a lite made for the nearest seaport in the vicinity, where he al version from the original Gaelic, which we therefore sub had several half-decked galleys, or birlings, as they pin; and have only to add, that the original is deposited with Wr. Jedediah Cleishbotham.
were called, at his cominand. In one of these they
embarked, with Gustavus in company, who was so LITERAL TRANSLATION.
seasoned to adventure, that land and sea seemed as The hai-binst had drifted away upon the wings of the gale indifferent to him as to his master. of autumn. 'The sun looked from between the clouds, pale as The wind being favourable, they pursued their way the wounded hero who rears his head feebly on the heath when rapidly with sails and oars; and early the next mornFinele, the Lady
of the Castle, came forth to see her maidens ing it was announced to Captain Dalgetty, then in a pass to the herds with their legling.
small cabin beneath the half deck, that the galley was There sat an orphan maiden beneath the old oak tree of ap- under the walls of Sir Duncan Campbell's castle. pointment. The withered leaves fell around her, and her heart
Ardenvohr, accordingly, rose high above him, when was more withered than they,
The parent of the ice (poetically taken for the frost] still con. he came upon the deck of the galley. It was a gloomy realed the hail-drops in her hair: they were like the specks of square tower, of considerable size and great height, shite ashes on the twisted boughs of the blackoned and half situated upon a headland projecting into the salt-water And the maiden said, Give me comfort, Lady, I aman on the preceding evening. A wall
, with flanking towers
lake, or arm of the sea, which they had entered on which I have not? I am the widow of a slain lord,--the mother at each angle, surrounded the castle to landward; buh of a perished child. When I fled in my fear from the vengeance towards the lake, it was built so near the brink of the of my husband's fpe, our bark wes overwhelmed in the tide, and precipice as only to leave room for a battery of seven stroor Lyns of Campsie. May ill luck light upon the day." guns, designed to proteet the fortress from any insult And the maiden answered, " It was on St. Bridget's morn, and from that side, although situated too high to be o tweise harvests before this time, that the fishermen of Campsie any effectual use according to the modern system of drew in their nets neither grilse nor salmon, but an infant half dead, who hath since lived in misery, and must die, unless she
warfare. And the Lady answered, "Blessed be Saint The eastern sun, rising behind the old tower fung Bridget and her morn, for these are the dark eyes and the fall its shadow far on the lake, darkening the deck of the con look of my slain lord, and thinc shall be thio inheritance of galley,
on which Captain Dalgetty, now walhcd, wai! the bade them clothe that maiden in silk, and in sanite and ing with some impatience the signal to land. Sir on pearls which they wore among her' black tresses, were Duncan Campbell, as he was informed by his attend vluiter than the frozen hajl-drops.
anis, was already within the walls of the castle; but * Milk pails.
no one encouraged the Captain's proposal of following