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camp," said Montrose, "ana we find them service | shift their quarters, in respect of Argyle's repeated able.
attempts to repossess himself of the person of an Serviceable, my lord !” said Dalgetty; "I trust officer who was honoured with your Excellency's your lordship will permit me to be surprised-bows confidence; so that I had occasion to admire the and arrows !- I trust you will forgive my recommend singular dexterity and knowledge of the face of the ing the substitution of muskets, the first convenient country with which they alternately achieved their opportunity. But besides defending me, this honest retreat and their advance; and when, at length, I Highlander also was at the pains of curing me, in was able to repair to your Excellency's standard, this respect that I had got a touch of the wars in my re; I honest simple creature, Ranald MacEagh, guided me creat, which merits my best requital in this special by paths which my steed Gustavus (which your lordintroduction of him to your lordship’s notice and pro- ship may remember) trode with perfect safety, so that lection."
I said to myself, that where guides, spies, or intelli"What is your name, my friend ?" said Montrose, gencers, were required in a Highland campaign in turning to the Highlander.
that western country, more expert persons than he " It may not be spoken,” answered the mountaineer. and his attendants could not possibly be desired."
"That is to say," interpreted Major Dalgetty,," he And can you answer for this man's fidelity ?" said desires to have his name concealed, in respect he hath Montrose; "what is his name and condition ?” in former days taken a castle, slain certain children, "He is an outlaw and robber by profession, someand done other things, whilk, as your good lordship thing also of a homicide or murderer," answered Dal. knows, are often practised in war time, but excite no getty; and by name, called Ranald MacEagb benevolence towards the perpetrator in the friends of whilk signifies, Ranald, the Son of the Mist.” those who sustain injury. I have known, in my mili "I should remember something of that name," said tary experience, many brave cavaliers put to death by Montrose, pausing; "Did not these Children of the the boors, simply for having used military license upon Mist perpetrate some act of cruelty upon the M'Authe country."
lays ?? "I understand," said Montrose : “This person is Major Dalgetty mentioned the circumstance of the at feud with some of our followers. Let him retire to murder of the forester, and Montrose's active memno the court of guard, and we will think of the best mode ry at once recalled all the circumstances of the feud. of protecting him.""
"It is most unlucky,” said Montrose, "this inexYou hear, Ranald,” said Major Dalgetty, with an piable quarrel between these men and the M'Aulays. air of superiority, his Excellency wishes to hold Allan has borne himself bravely in these wars, and privy council with me, you must go to the court of possesses, by the wild mystery of his behaviour and guard.-He does not know where that is, poor fellow! language, so much influence over the minds of his --he is a young soldier for so old a man; I will put countrymen, that the consequences of disobliging him him under the charge of a sentinel, and return to your might be serious. At the same time, these men being lordship incontinent." He did so, and returned ac so capable of rendering useful service, and being, as cordingly.
you say, Major Dalgetty, perfectly trust-worthy" Montrose's first inquiry respected the embassy to "I will pledge my pay and arrears, my horse and Inverary; and he listened with attention to Dalgeity's arms, my head and neck, upon their fidelity," said reply, notwithstanding the prolixity of the Major's the Major; "and your Excellency knows, that a solnarrative. It required an effort from the Marquis to dado could say no more for his own father." maintain his attention; but no one better knew, that "True," said Montrose; "but as this is a matter where information is to be derived from the report of of particular moment, I would willingly know the such agents as Dalgetty, it can only be obtained by grounds of so positive an assurance." suffering them to tell their story in their own way. Concisely then, my lord," said the Major, 'not Accordingly the Marquis's patience was at length only did they disdain to profit by a handsome reward rewarded. Among other spoils, which ihe Captain which Argyle did me the honour to place upon this thought himself at liberty_to take, was a packet of poor head of mine, and not only did they abstain from Argyle's private papers. These he consigned to the pillaging, my personal property, whilk was to an hands of his General; a humour of accounting, how amount that would have tempted regular soldiers in ever, which went no further, for I do not understand any service of Europe ; and not only did they restore that he made any mention of the purse of gold which me my horse, whilk your excellency knows to be of he had appropriated at the same time that he made value, but I could not prevail on them to accept one seizure of the papers aforesaid. Snatching a torch stiver, doit, or maravedi, for the trouble and expenses from the wall, Montrose was in an instant deeply of my sick bed. They actually, refused my coined engaged in the perusal of these documents, in which money when freely offered,-a tale seldom to be told it is probable he found something to animate his per- in a Christian land." sonal resentment against his rival Argyle.
"I admit," said Montrose, after a moment's reflec "Does he not fear me?" said he ; " then he shall tion, " that their conduct towards you is good evifeel me. Will he fire my castle of Murdoch ?-Inve- dence of their fidelity; but how to secure against the rary shall raise the first smoke.- for a guide through breaking out of this feud ?" He paused, and then the skirts of Strath-Fillan !"
s'iddenly added, "I had forgot I had supped, while Whatever might be Dalgetty's personal conceit, he you, Major, bave been travelling oy moonlight. understood his business sufficiently to guess at Mon He called to his attendants to fetch a stoup of wine trose's meaning. He instantly interrupted his own and some refreshments. Major Dalgetty, who had prolix narration of the skirmish which had taken the appetite of a convalescent returned from Highland place, and the wound he had received in his retreat, quarters, needed not any pressing to partake of what and began to speak to the point which he saw inte was set before him, but proceeded to despatch his rested his General.
food with such alacrity, that the Marquis, filling a If,” said he, your Excellency wishes to make an cup of wine, and drinking to his healih, could not infall into Argyleshire, this poor man, Ranald, of help remarking, that coarse as the provisions of his whom I told you, together with his children and com- camp were, he was afraid Major Dalgetty had fared panions, know every pass into that land, both leading much worse during his excursion into Argyleshire. om the east and from the north.'
"Your Excellency may take your corporal oath " Indeed !" said Montrose; "what reason have upon that," said the worthy Major, speaking with his you to believe their knowledge so extensive ?" mouth full; "for Argyle's bread and water are yet stale
“So please your Excellency,' answered Dalgetty, and mouldy in my recollection, and though they did during the weeks that I remained with them for their best, yet the viands that the children of the Mist cure of my wound, they were repeatedly obliged to procured for me, poor helpless creatures as they were,
were so unrefreshful to my body, that when enclosed * In fact, for the admirers of archery it may be stated, not only in my armour, whilk I was fain to leave behind me !hat many of the Highlanders
in Montrose's army used these for expedition's sake, I rattled therein like the shriuntique missiles, but even in England the bow and quiver, once velled kernel in a nut that hath been kept on to a cho glory of the bold yeomen of that land, were occasionally woord during the great civil wars.
And winter barricades the realms of frost.
*"You must take the due means to repair these please to assume. I presume his profession has ren losses, Major Dalgetty
dered him sufficiently expert in all sort of disguises; "In troth," answered the soldier, “I shall hardly or we may admit John of Moidart into our schemes, be able to compass that, unless my arrears are to be who has sense, practicability, and intelligence, and exchanged for present pay; for I protest to your Ex- will probably allow this man for a time to be disguised cellency, that the three stone weight which I have as one of his followers. For you, Major, my groom lost were simply raised upon the regular accountings of the chambers will be your quarter-master for this of the States of Holland."
evening." "In that case," said the Marquis, "you are only Major Dalgetty took his leave with a joyful heart, reduced to good marching order. As for the pay, let us greatly elated with the reception he had met with, once have victory-victory, Major, and your wishes, and much pleased with the personal manners of his and all our wishes, shall be amply fulfulled, Mean- new General, which, as he explained at great length time, help yourself to another cup of wine."
to Ranald MacEagh, reminded him in many re "To your Excellency's health," said the Major, fill- spects of the demeanour of the immortal Gustavus ing & cup to the brim, to show the zeal with which he Adolphus, the Lion of the North, and Bulwark of the drank the toast, "and victory over all our enemies, Protestant Faith. and particularly over Argyle! I hope to twitch another handful from his beard myself - I have had one pluck at it already." "Very true," answered Montrose; “but to return to
CHAPTER XVII. these men of the Mist. You understand, Dalgetty,
The march begins in military state,
And nations on his eyes suspended wait; that their presence here, and the purpose for which
Stern famine guards the solitary coast, we employ them, is a secret between you and me?"
Delighted, as Montrose had anticipated, with this He comes, nor want, nor cold, his course delay. mark of his General's confidence, the Major laid his
Vanity of Hunan TVishes. hand upon his nose, and nodded intelligence.
By break of day Montrose received in his cabin old " How many may there be of Ranald's followers ?" MacEagh, and questioned him long and particularly continued the Marquis.
as to the means of approaching the country of Argyle. They are reduced, as far as I know, to some eight He made a note of his answers, which he compared or ten men, answered Major Dalgetty," and a few with those of two of his followers, whom he introwomen and children."
duced as the most prudent and experienced. He "Where are they now ?" demanded Montrose. found them to correspond in all respects ; but, still
"In a valley at three miles' distance," answered unsatisfied where precaution was so necessary, the the soldier, “ awaiting your Excellency's command; Marquis compared the information he had received I judged it not fit to bring them to your leaguer with with that he was able to collect from the Chiefs out your Excellency's orders."
who lay most near to the destined scene of invasion, " You judged very well,” said Montrose; "it would and being in all respects satisfied of its accuracy, he be proper that they remain where they are, or soek resolved to proceed in full reliance upon it. some more distant place of refuge. I will send them In one point Montrose changed his mind. Having money though it is a scarce article with me at judged it unfit to take the boy Kenneth into his own present."
service, lest, in case of his birth being discovered, it It is quite unnecessary," said Major Dalgetty ; should be resented as an offence by the numerous * your Excellency has only to hint that the M'Aulays clans who entertained a feudal enmity to this devoted are going in that direction, and my friends of the family, he requested the Major to take him in attendMist will instantly make volle-face, and go to the ance upon himself; and as he accompanied this right about."
request with a handsome douceur, under pretence of That were scarce courteous," said the Marquis. clothing and equipping the lad,' this change was Better send them a few dollars to purchase them agreeable to all parties. some cattle for the support of the women and child It was about breakfast-time, when Major Dalgetty,
being dismissed by Montrose, went in quest of his * They know how to come by their cattle at a far old acquaintances, Lord Menteith and the M'Aulays, cheaper rate," said the Major ;'" but let it be as your to whom he longed to communicate his own adven Excellency wills."
tures, as well as to learn from them the particulars Let Ranald MacEagh,” said Montrose," seleçt of the campaign. It may be imagined he was reone or two of his followers, men whom he can trust, ceived with great glee by men to whom the late uniand who are capable of keeping their own secret and formity of their military life had rendered any change ours; these, with their chief for scout-master-general, of society an interesting novelty. Allan M'Aulay shall serve for our guides. Let them be at my tent alone seemed to recoil from his former acquaintance, to-morrow at daybreak, and see, if possible, that they although, when challenged by his brother, he could neither guess my purpose, nor hold any
communica- render no other reason than a reluctance to be famition with each other in private. This old man, has he liar with one who had been so lately in the company
of Argyle, and other enemies. Major Dalgetty was They have been killed or hanged," answered the a little alarmed by this sort of instinctive consciousMajor, to the number of a round dozen, as I be- ness which Allan seemed to entertain respecting the lieve-but he hath left one grand-child, a smart and society he had been lately keeping; he was soon sahopeful youth, whom I have noted to be never with tisfied, however, that the perceptions of the seer in out a pebble in his plaid-nook, to fling at whatsoever this particular were not infallible. might come in his way; being a symbol, that, like As Ranald MacEagh was to be placed under MaDavid, who was accustomed to sling smooth stones | jor Dalgetty's protection and superintendence, it was taken from the brook, he may afterwards prove an i necessary he should present him to those persons adventurous warrior."
with whom he was most likely to associate. The That boy, Major Dalgetty," said the Marquis, dress of the old man had, in the mean time, been "I will have to attend upon my own person. I pre changed from the tartan of his clan to a sort of closume he will have sense enough to keep his name thing peculiar to the men of the distant Isles, reBecret ?"
sembling a waistcoat with sleeves, and a petticoat, Your Excellency need not fear that," answered all made in one piece. This dress was laced from Dalgetty; "these Highland imps, from the moment top to bottom in front, and bore some resemblance they chip the shell"
to that called Polonaise, still worn by children in Well," interrupted Montrose," that boy shall be Scotland of the lower rank. The tarian hose ana pledge for the fidelity of his parent, and if he prove bonnet completed the dress, which old men of the faithful, the child's preferment shall be his reward. - last century remembered well to have seen worny And now, Major Dalgetty, I will license your depar- the distant Islesmen who came to the Earl of Mar'i ture for the night; io-morrow you will introduce standard in the year 1715. this MacEagh, under any name or character he may Major Dalgetiy, keeping his Ave on Allan as he
any children ?!
poke, introduced Ranald MacEagh under the ficti- habitation of my fathens-our crops have been des uous name of Ranald MacGillihuron in Benbecula, stroyed, and our cattle aave been driven-and you, who had escaped with him out of Argyle's prison. gentlemen, have to bless God, that, coming from a He recommended him as a person skilful in the arts milder and more civilized country, you expose only of the harper and the senachie, and by no means con- your own lives in this remorseless war, without aptemptible in the quality of a second-sighted person prehension that your enemies will visit with their or seer. While making this exposition, Major Dal- vengeance the defenceless pledges you may have left getty stammered and hesitated in a way so unlike behind you." the usual glib forwardness of his manner, that he The Englishmen cordially agreed that they had the could not have failed to have given suspicion .o Al. superiority in this respect; and the company, now lan M'Aulay, had not that person's whole attention dispersing, went each io hís several charge or occu. been engaged in steadily perusing the features of the pation. person thus introduced to him. This steady gaze so Allan lingered a moment behind, still questioning much embarrassed Ranald MacEagh, that his hand the reluctant Ranald MacEagh upon a point in his was beginning to sink down towards his dagger, in supposed visions, by which he was greatly perplexed. expectation of a hostile assault, when Allan, suddenly Repeatedly," he said, "have I had the sight of a crossing the floor of the hut, extended his hand to Gael, who seemed to plunge his weapon into the body him in the way of friendly greeting. They sat down of Menteith,-of that young nobleman in the scarlet side by side, and conversed in a low mysterious tone laced cloak, who has just now left the bothy. But by of voice, Menteith and Angus M'Aulay were not no effort, though I have gazed till my eyes were al. surprised at this, for there prevailed among the High- most fixed in the sockets, can I discover the face of landers who pretended to the second-sight, a sort of this Highlander, or even conjecture who he may be, freemasonry, which generally induced theme upon although his person and air seem familiar to me. meeting, to hold communication with each other on “ Have you reversed your own plaid,” said Ranald, the nature and extent of their visionary experiences: "according to the rule of the experienced Seers in
"Does the sight come gloomy upon your spirits ?'' such case?". said Allan to his new acquaintance.
"I have," answered Allan, speaking low, and As dark as the shadow upon the moon,” replied shuddering as if with internal agony. Ranald, "when she is darkened in her midcourse in "And in what guise did the phantom then appear heaven, and prophets foretel of evil times."
to you ?” said Ranald. "Corne hither,” said Allan, "come more this way, I would converse with you apart ; for men say that mans call a Double-Ganger, was believed in by the Celtic tribes,
. in your distant islands the sight is poured forth with and is still considered as an emblem of misfortune or death. more clearness and power than upon us, who dwell Mr. Kirko. (See Note to Rob Roy; page 90.)
the minister of near the Sassenach."
While they were plunged into their mystic confer-ler should he ever come back from Fairy-land, gives us the folence, the two English cavaliers entered the cabin in
"Some men of that exalted sight, either by art or nature, the highest possible spirits, and announced to Angus have told me they have seen at these meetings a double man, or M'Aulay that orders had been issued that all should the shape of some man in two places,
that is, a superterranean hold themselves in readiness for an immediate march in all points, whom he, notwithstanding, could easily distin to the westward. Having delivered themselves of guish one from another by some secret tokens and operations, their news with much glee, they paid their compli- and so go speak to the man his neighbour and familiar,
passing inents to their old acquaintance Major Dalgetty, by the apparition of resemblance of him. They avouch thai whom they instantly recognised, and inquired after bling those of another element, as there be fishes at sea reserthe health of his charger, Gustavus.
bling Monks of late order in all their hoods and dresses, so 29 * I humbly thank you, gentlemen,” answered the the Roman invention of good and bad Dæmons anı guardiar
angels particularly assigned, is called by them ape ignorant mis. soldier, "Gustavus is well, though, like his master,
take, springing only from this originall. They call this reflex somewhat barer on the ribs than when you offered man'a Co. Walker, every way like the man, as a twin brother to relieve me of him at Darnlinvarach; and let me and companion haunting him as his shadow as is that seen and assure you, that before you have made one or two of ter the originall is dead, and was also often seen of old to enter those marches which you seem to contemplate with a hous, by which the people knew that the person of that liknes so much satisfaction in prospect, you will leave, my was to visit them within a few days. This copy, echo, or living good knights, some of your English beef, and proba- picture, goes at last to his own herd. It accompanied that per: bly an English horse or two, behind you.'
son so long and frequently for ends best known to its selve, Both exclaimed that they cared very little what own folks, or only as an sportfull ape to counterfeit all his ac
whether to guard him from the secret assaults of some of its they found or what they left, provided the scene tions."-KIRKE's Secret Commonwealth, p. 3. changed from dogging up and down Angus and lan Mawlay in the text, occur in Theophilus Insulanus, (Rer: Aberdeenshire, in pursuit of an enemy who would | Mr. Fraser's Treatise on the Second Sight, Relations x. and neither fight nor run away.
xvii.) “If such be the case, said Angus M'Aulay, "I " Barbara Macpherson, relict of the deceased Mr. Alexander must give orders to my followers, and make provi- that island had a particular kind of second sight, which is al
MacLeod, late minister of St. Kilda, informed me the natives of sion too for the safe conveyance of Annot Lyle; for ways a forerunner of their approaching end. Some months bean advance into M'Callum More's country will be a fore they sıcken, they are haunted with an apparition, resem. 'urther and fouler road than these pinks of Cumbrian bling themselves in all respects as to their person, features, or Knighthood are aware of." So saying, he left the in the field in broad daylight; and if they are employed in del. cabin.
ving, harrowing, seed sowing, or any other occupation, they are Annot Lyle !" repeated Dalgetty, “is she follow- at the same time mimicked by this ghostly visitan. My in ing the campaign ?".
former added farther, that having visited a sick person of the Surely," replied Sir Giles Musgrave, his eye time he had seen any resemblance of himself as above described;
inhabitants, she had the curiosity to inquire of him, if at any glancing slightly from Lord Menteith io Allan M'Au- he answered in the affirmative, and told her, that to make far: lay; we could neither march nor fight, advance ther trial, as he was going out of his house of a morning, le put nor retreat, without the influence of the Princess of having gone to the fields, his other self appeared in such garters Harps."
The conclusion was, the sick man died of that ailment, and she "The Princess of Broadswords and Targets, I no longer questioned the truth of those remarkable presages." say," answered his companion ; "for the Lady of informed me, that when she was a young woman in the family Montros herself could not be more courteously of Grishornish, n dairy maid, who daily used to herd the calves waited upon; she has four Highland maidens, and in a park close to the house, observed, at different times, a we as many bare legged gillies, to wait upon her orders." man resembling herself in shape and attire, walking solitariiy at
"And what would you have, gentlemen?" said Al- po great distance from her, and being surprised at the apparition, ları, turning suddenly from the Highlander with foremost, and anon the phantom was dressed in the same nian: whom he was in conversation; "would you your- ner, which made her uneasy, believinz it portended some fatal selves have left an innocent female, the companion consequence to herself. In a short time thereafter she was siz of your infancy, to die by violence, or perish by fa-led with a fever, which brought her to her eod, and before her mine? There is not, by this time, a roof upon the several.”
sickness and on her deathbed, declared the sprond sight to
with which he threatened Montrose from Inverness- present Caledonian canal, has now.completely opened shire. Enclosed in a wasted and unfriendly country, ihe great glen, or chasm, extending almost across the and menaced on each side by advancing enemies of whole island, once doubtless filled by the sea, and superior force, it might have been supposed that Mon- still affording basins for that long line of lakes, by trase's destruction was certain. But these were pre- means of which modern art has united the German cisely the circumstances under which the active and and Atlantic Oceans. The paths or tracks by which enterprising genius of the Great Marquis was calcu- the natives traversed this extensive valley, were, in ated to excite the wonder and admiration of his 1645-6, in the same situation as when they awaked friends, the astonishment and terror of his enemies. the strain of an Irish engineer officer, who had been As if by magic, he collected his scattered forces from employed in converting them into practicable military the wasteful occupation in which they had been en- roads, and whose eulogium begins, and, for aught I gaged; and scarce were they again united, ere Argyle know, ends, as follows: and his associate generals were informed, that the
"Had you seen but these roads before they were made, royalists, having suddenly disappeared from Argyle- You would have held up your hands and bless'd Genera! shire, had retreated northwards
among the dusky and Wade." impenetrable mountains of Lochaber,
But, bad as the ordinary paths were, Montrose avoided The sagacity of the generals opposed to Montrose, them, and led his army, like a herd of wild deer, from immediately conjectured, that it was the purpose of mountain to mountain, and from forest to forest, their active antagonist to fight with, and, if possible, where his enemies could learn nothing of his motions, to destroy Seaforth, ere they could come to his as- while he acquired the most perfect knowledge respect sistance. This occasioned a corresponding change ing theirs from the friendly clans of Cameron and in their operations. Leaving this chieftain
to make M'Donnell
, whose mountainous districts he now trathe best defence he could, Urrie and Baillie again se- versed. Sirict orders had been given that Argyle's parated their forces from those of Argyle; and, having advance should be watched, and that all intelligence chiefly horse and Lowland troops under their com- respecting his motions should be communicated inmand, they kept the southern side of the Grampian stantly to the General himself. ridge, moving along eastward into the county of An- It was a moonlight night, and Montrose, worn out gus, resolving from thence to proceed into Aberdeen by the fatigues of the day, was laid down to sleep in shire, in order to intercept Montrose, if he should a miserable shieling. He had only slumbered two attempt to escape in that direction.
hours, when some one touched his shoulder. He Argyle, with
his own levies and other troops, under- looked up, and, by the stately form and deep voice, took to follow Montrose's march; so that, in case he easily recognised the Chief of the Camerons. should come to action either with Seaforth, or with "I have news for you," said that leader, "which is Baillie and Urrie, he might be placed between two worth while to arise and listen to." fires by this third army, which, at a secure distance. M'ļlduyt can bring no other," said Montrose, was to hang upon his rear.
addressing the Chief by his patronymic title "ari For this purpose, Argyle once more moved towards they good or bad
?" Inverary, having an opportunity, at every step, to de- As you may take them," said the Chieftain. plore the severities which the hostile clans had exer- "Are they certain ?" demanded Montrose. cised on his dependants and country. Whatever noble “Yes," answered M'Ilduy, " or another messenger qualities the Highlanders possessed, and they had should have brought them. Know that, tired with many, clemency in treating a hostile country was not the task imposed upon me of accompanying that of the number; but even the ravages of hostile troops unhappy Dalgetty and his handful of horse, who de combined to swell the number of Argyle's followers. tained me for hours on the march at the pace of a It is still a Highland proverb, He whose house is crippled badger, I made a stretch of four miles with burnt must become a soldier; and hundreds of the six of my people in the direction of Inverlochy, and inhabitants of these unfortunate valleys had now no !here met with lan of Glenroy, who had been out for means of maintenance, save by exercising upon others intelligence. Argyle is moving upon Inverlochy with the severities they had themselves sustained, and no three thousand chosen men, commanded by the flower futạre prospect of happiness, excepting in the gratifi- of the sons of Diarmid. --These are my news--they cation of revenge. His bands were, therefore, aug- are certain-it is for you to construe their purport." mented by the very circumstances which had deso- "Their purport must be good," answered Montrose, lated his country, and Argyle soon found himself at readily and cheerfully; "the voice of M'Ilduy is ever the head of three thousand determined men, distin- pleasant in the ears of Montrose, and most pleasant guished for activity and courage, and commanded by when it speaks of some brave enterprise at handgentlemen of his own name, who yielded to none in What are our musters ?" those qualities. Under himself, he conferred the prin. He then called for light, and easily ascertained that cipal command upon Sir Duncan Camphell of Arden- a great part of his followers having, as usual, dis vohr, and another Sir Duncan Campbell of Auchen persed to secure their booty, he had not with him breck,* an experienced and veteran soldier, whom he above twelve or fourteen hundred men. had recalled from the wars of Ireland for this pur- Not much above a third," said Montrose, pansing, pose. The cold spirit of Argyle himself, however, of Argyle's force, and Highlanders opposed to High clogged the military councils of his more intrepid as landers.--With the olessing of God upon the royal sistants; and it was resolved, notwithstanding their cause, I would not hesitate were the odds but one lo increased force, to observe the same plan of opera-wo." tons, and to follow Montrose cautiously, in whatever Then do not hesitate,” said Cameron ;, 'for whesi direction he should march, avoiding an engagement your trumpets shall sound to attack M'Callum More until an opportunity should occur of falling upon his not a man of These glens will remain deaf to the sum year, while he should be engaged with another enemy mons. Glengarry-Keppoch-I myself-would de in front,
stroy, with fire and sword, the wretch who should remain behind under any pretence whatsoever. To
morrow, or the next day, shall be a day of battle to CHAPTER XVIII.
all who bear the name of M'Donnell or Cameron,
whatever be the event."
“It is gallantly said, my noble friend," said Mon. Probrachet agus S'breittach
trose, grasping his hand, and I were worse than a Feacht an Innerloclıy.
coward did I not do justice to such followers, by en. The war tune of Donald the Black,
tertaining the most indubitable hopes of success. We The war-lune of Black Donald,
will turn back on this M'Callum More, who follow The pipes and the banner
us like a raven to devour the relics of our army, should Are up in the rendezvous of Iverlochy.
we meet braver men who may be able to break its The military road connecting the chain of forts, as strength! Let the Chiefs and leaders be called tois called, and running in the general line of the gether as quickly as possible; and you, who have • This last character is historical,
"Mhich-Capnel Dhu, the descendant of Black [bnald