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17th August 2007

It's your Electric Scotland newsletter meaning the weekend is nearly here :-)

You can view what's new this week on Electric Scotland at and you can unsubscribe to this newsletter by clicking on the link at the foot of this newsletter.

See our Calendar of Scottish Events around the world at 

Electric Scotland News
The Flag in the Wind
The Scottish Nation
New Statistical Account of Scotland (1845)
Scottish Canadian Newspaper
Clan Newsletters and Information
Poetry and Stories
Beth's Newfangled Family Tree
Proceedings of the Scotch-Irish Fourth Congress at Atlanta, GA., April 28 to May 1, 1892
History of Scotland
Good Words - Edited by the Rev Norman MacLeod
Transactions of the Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland in 1876
The Island Clans During Six Centuries

Sorry if you've been having problems with accessing the site this week. Apparently our DNS domain was marked for deactivation by Network Solutions due to non payment. Steve advised that he did make the payment but it wasn't processed and when they tried to contact him by phone that was the week he was away on holiday. Guess these things happen but it is a real pain in the neck. Anyway by the time you get this newsletter we should be back up to speed.

We are still running on the older server while we're working on getting the new server working again. As I was finishing this newsletter Steve called to say that it's a motherboard problem and the company have agreed to replace it... so guess it will be a few days before we are back on our fast server. As an aside to this when I publish to the site my FrontPage program suddenly decides to do a web update and when that happens I can forget about publishing things for three quarters of an hour whereas on our fast server it's only around 10 minutes so it shows the speed difference.

I'm intending to head down to Kentucky in September to hopefully get some new features working on the site. I've also bit the bullet and purchased a new Dell notebook which should also arrive in September. My current Dell notebook has done sterling service in the UK, USA and Canada for 5 years but it's now getting rather slow so was really past time to get a new model. I was also conscious that this last year it's been out of support warranty as I only purchased 4 years support contract. This new model has a web cam built in... should be fun!

Dr. Grame Morton, Chair of the Scottish Studies Dept. at the University of Guelph copied me into an interesting email...

Choosing Scotland's Future

Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond MSP launched a White Paper today inviting the people of Scotland to join in a national conversation on the nation’s constitutional future.The First Minister values the engagement of Scotland's diaspora in this conversation. The paper has been published as part of the Government's fulfilment of its manifesto commitments and 100 days undertakings, and to ensure competent government.

The paper sets out three principal choices.

· Small extension of devolved powers
· Radical redesign of devolution and greatly enhanced powers
· Independence

A new website - - has been launched to attract comments from all shades of opinion. Anyone interested in contributing to the discussion, can do so by e-mailing


The Scottish Studies Foundation invites you and your family and friends to join us on our 16th annual tall ship cruise on Sunday, September 2 aboard Canada's largest sailing ship, the Empire Sandy.

Singers, dancers and the sound of the pipes will accompany and entertain you with songs and music from Scotland and Canada. As you might expect, there will be lots of tartan in evidence!

We will cruise out on Lake Ontario where the views of the Toronto skyline are spectacular and the hustle and bustle of ships of all shapes and sizes is a delight to the eye. If ever there was a photo opportunity, this is it -- so be sure to bring your camera as it will be a day to remember! The CNE's spectacular Air Show is also on that day - an added bonus!

The Empire Sandy will be docked on the south side of Queens Quay West, directly opposite Lower Spadina Avenue, beside the Music Garden. Parking is readily available in the vicinity of Harbourfront but be sure to leave yourself time to find a spot. Public transportation is via the LRT (Light Rapid Transit streetcar) that originates from Union Station.

This is a unique opportunity for you to share the experience of a voyage on a tall ship under full sail and recapture the spirit of Canada's pioneers! You can book your place for the 11am or 2pm sailings at

The University of Guelph's Scottish Studies Fall Colloquium has been scheduled for Saturday, September 29. It will feature the Jill McKenzie memorial lecture to be given by Professor Christopher Whatley (University of Dundee) and will be based on his new book examining the Union of 1707 on its 300th anniversary. You can email Dr. Graeme Morton at to book your place. Last year it was sold out so moving to larger premises I understand :-)

Some of the stories in here are just parts of a larger story so do check out the site for the full versions. You can always find the link in our "What's New" section at the link at the top of this newsletter and pick up poems and stories sent into us during the week from Donna, Margo, Stan, John and others.

Mind that The Flag is now in two sections (1) Political and (2) Cultural.

This weeks Flag is compiled by Richard Thomson. He has an interesting article about the "National Conversation" mentioned above which makes an interesting read.

I was also interested to read Alex Salmonds article on Scottish Broadcasting. He's asking for better Scottish News coverage but this is when time spent on the Internet now exceeds time spent watching Television. In my personal view I feel that Scotland has not addressed the Internet as a promotional medium nearly as well as it should have.

Anyway.. some interesting articles to read in this issue. I think this is the best issue that Richard has done to date :-)

In Peter's cultural section he tells us of the Dundee Festival...

Many people, as the popular Bothy Ballad goes, will be travelling the road and the miles to Dundee at the end of August and beginning of September as the City of Discovery, once again, holds Scotland’s premier Flower and Food Festival in the Camperdown County Park, The beautiful park is the former estate of one of Dundee’s greatest heroes – Admiral Adam Duncan, 1st Viscount of Camperdown who defeated the Dutch fleet under Admiral de Winter at Camperdown, off the coast of Holland, in 1797. For those with an interest in gardening and food, Camperdown Park is the only place to be from Friday 31 August to Sunday 2 September 2007. On the gardening front you can enjoy a recording of the popular BBC Radio Scotland programme the ‘Beechgrove Potting Shed’ on Friday or the colour and aroma of the cut flowers in the Floral Marquee, this includes the World Gladioli Championships. For vegetable fans the Scottish Branch of the National Vegetable Society Championships should not be missed. The Food Festival is backed by over 40 trade stalls selling the very best of food and drink and the Children’s Marquee is guaranteed to keep bairns of all ages amused for hours. Visit for full details of the many events and take advantage of a £2 discount in Advance Ticket Bookings which are available until Friday 24 August.

Dundee was famous in the past as the city of jam, particularly marmalade, jute and journalism. Journalism is still to the fore and The Courier is supporting the festival. In memory of the glory days of marmalade in Dundee this week’s recipe, a microwave one (650W), is for Sweet Marmalade.

Sweet Marmalade – Microwave Recipe (650W)
Ingredients: 1 grapefruit; 2 lemons; 1 orange; 1 pt (600 ml) water; 1 ½ lb (680 g) sugar

Method: Wash fruit, cut in half and squeeze out juice. Remove pips and pith. Cut rind into thin strips. Put rind, juice and water in a large ovenproof bowl (not metallic). Tie pips and pith into muslin and add to bowl. Cover bowl with cling film and cook on full power for 17 minutes, until rind is soft. Remove muslin. Measure fruit and juice, allow 1 lb (0.5 kg) sugar to each 1 pt (600 ml) juice mixture. Add sugar, stir well and cook on full power for approx 25 minutes – until setting point is reached. Test for setting after 20 minutes. Leave to cool, then fill clean, warm jars and cover.

You can read more of Admiral Duncan at

You can read the Flag, listen to the Scots Language, enjoy the Scots Wit and lots more at

The Scottish Nation
My thanks to Lora for transcribing these volumes for us.

Now onto the H's with Howe, Howie, Howieson and Hozier added this week.

Here is the account of James Howe...

HOWE, JAMES, a most skilful animal painter, the son of the minister o the parish of Skirling, in Peebles-shire, was born there, August 30, 1780. He was educated at the parish school, and having early displayed a taste for drawing, he was, at the age of thirteen, sent to Edinburgh to learn the trade of a house-painter; and was employed in his spare hours to paint for Marshall’s panoramic exhibitions. On the expiry of his apprenticeship he commenced as a painter of animals at Edinburgh, and attracted the notice of various persons of distinction. By the advice of the earl of Buchan he was induced to visit London, where he painted the portraits of some of the horses in the royal stud; but owing to George III. Being at this time afflicted with blindness, he was disappointed in his hopes of securing the patronage of royalty, in consequence of which he returned to Scotland. Being considered the first animal painter in his native country, if not in Britain, his cattle portraits and pieces were purchased by many of the nobility and gentry. From Sir John Sinclair he received, some time subsequent to 1810, a commission to travel through various parts of Scotland for the purpose of painting the different breeds of cattle, his portraits of which were of much use to Sir John in the composition of his agricultural works. Various of Howe’s pieces were engraved, and among the most popular of these was his Hawking Party, by Turner.

In 1815 Howe visited the field of Waterloo, and afterwards painted a large panoramic view of the battle, which was highly successful. During his representation at Glasgow, he resided there for about two years, but falling into irregular habits, he returned to Edinburgh in bad health and indigent circumstances. Being invited by the Hon. Mr. Maule, afterwards first Lord Panmure, to Brechin castle, to paint some cattle-pieces, he partially recovered his strength, and, after a stay of four months, returned to Edinburgh a richer man than when he left it. About the close of 1821, for the benefit of his health, he removed to Newhaven, a fishing village in the neighbourhood of that city, where, applying himself to his professional avocations, he produced a number of large compositions, many hundred sketches, and countless portraits of single animals. His wonderful skill in depicting animals remained unimpaired by time, but he every day became more negligent as to the proper finishing of his pieces. While he resided at Newhaven, he entered upon the illustration of a work on British Domestic Animals, of which Lizars was the engraver. Several numbers were published, containing pictures of cattle of various kinds and breeds, but the work not succeeding, was soon abandoned. The latter years of his life were spent at Edinburgh, where he died, July 11, 1836.

You can read the other entries at 

New Statistical Account of Scotland (1845)
Have made a start at this huge publication which will likely be with us for a few years. The first volume I am dealing with is the one on Aberdeen. There are some 85 parishes in this volume and a write up on each.

This week have added...

Parish of New Deer at
Parish of St Fergus at
Parish of Lonmay at

In the Civil history of the Parish of Lonmay it states...

Land-owners.—The land-owners at present are, Thomas Gordon, Esq. of Buthlaw, proprietor of Lonmay and Cairness, principal heritor and patron; [He is now a general officer in the Royal Greek army, and author of a book which deserves to be generally read, The History of the Greek Revolution.] 2. Charles Bannerman, Esq. of Cri-monmogate; 3. James Russell, Esq. of Kinninmonth; 4. William Shand, Esq. of Craigellie; 5. John Lumsden Sheriffs, Esq. of Blairmormond; 6.-George Fraser, Esq. of Park; [Deceased since the above was written. ] and 7. Colonel Charles Fraser of Inveralochy.

Parochial Registers.—The parochial register begins anno 1709. The first sentence following the title is worthy of attention: "1709, Sept. 24, This congregation having for near two years been without an Established minister since the death of Mr Houston, late Episcopal incumbent here, the people and heritors several times endeavouring to have a gospel minister among them, but still differing and dividing in their choice of the person: at length a young man, Mr Thomas Gordon, Preacher of the Gospel, by appointment both of synod and presbytery, preached, &c. whereupon the presbytery did legally and orderly call the said Mr Gordon to be minister."

The entries made in the session record are very full during Mr Gordon's incumbency, which ended at his death in 1743. Besides the ordinary account of poor's money and matters of discipline, there are some notices of a miscellaneous character, which serve to illustrate times past. Collections are reported for repair of roads, bridges, the harbour of Banff; in 1718, for the distressed Protestants in Lithuania; in 1726, fasting and humiliation on account of scorching drought; in 1723, thanksgiving for deliverance from pestilence raging in foreign countries, and especially in France. [In 1737, Provincial Synod of Aberdeen appoint a day for humiliation on account of abounding sin, and particularly bloodshed, under which this province groans. In 1741, King and Church appoint a fast on account of threatened famine.] Inquests on the bodies of murdered persons seem sometimes to have been left to the kirk-session. 1727, April 9, the minister reported that "he understood there was a design among the heritors of this and the two neighbouring parishes of Rathen and Crimond to erect ane Episcopal meeting-house near to this church, as yt place most centrical to them all; and it was found by the unanimous sentiment of the session that this designed meeting-house was promoted from very malice and splen to the established government of church and state, and to instil into the people of this corner, principles of rebellion against the Government, and favour for a Popish Pretender; and as they were persuaded of this from weighty reasons, which are not proper to be insert here so particularly from this consideration, yt all the common people of these three parishes, and especially in this, had always been most punctual and precise attenders upon, and partakers, of all gospel ordinances dispensed by yr respective ministers, had frequently signified their satisfaction with yr ministers, and resolution to adhere to yr ministry, unless they should be compelled (as they feared) to attend a worship fringed with ceremonies (by yr respective masters)," &c. And it was found that the principal promoters of this division, and intenders to have the meeting-house near this church, were " Mr Fraser, present heritor of the barony of Lonmay, who was engaged in the late rebellion, and still continued in yt same strain against the Government and Gospel ministry; and also William Cruden, one of the Fraserburgh posts, a nottour Bourignian in his principles," &c. &c.

1732, Dec. 10, The minister reported "that qun the fore wall of the church was taken down, yr was a little cut stone above the big door, containing an account qun and by qum yr church was built, with ye ministers' names and entry there in office: and yt ye cutting of the sd stone was very bad, and so defaced yt it was scarce legible, and yrefore he had caused buy, cut, colour, and set up another stone, containing what was written on the former." This stone is built into the present church-yard wall, and contains what follows; "This house was built for the worship of God by the parish of Lonmay, 1607—Mr Thomas Rires being minister then, and three years before at the old church. After him, Messrs William Rires, James Irvine, and John Houston were ministers successively—next, Mr Thomas Gordon was ordained minister of the Gospel by the Presbytery of Deer, with consent of all concerned in the parish, September 24,1709," &c.

You can read the rest of this entry at

On the index page of this volume you can see a list of the 85 parishes and also a map at

Scottish Canadian Newspaper
Added another issue of this newspaper...

October 15, 1891 at

This issue carries an article about Blair and its castle, on the first page.

You can see all the issues to date at

Clan Newsletters and Information
Got in the newsletter of Clan MacIntyre for Summer 2007 at

Got in a newsletter from the Daughters of Scotia Desert Thistle Lodge at

Poems and Stories
Added a poem from Stan Bruce, Independence Referendum at

Added a wee account of the Fergus Highland Games, Canada, 2002 & 2007 with thanks to Marie Fraser at

Donna sent in an update on Chilocco for August 16, 2007 at

Beth's Newfangled Family Tree
An article from Beth's Newfangled Family tree which can be read at

Tourist? Traveler? Touron?

I’ve enjoyed many trips as a tourist, meaning I let a tour company or cruise line make and execute the plans for my travel. While it’s possible to do much of the research on line, there’s nothing like a brochure with maps, itineraries, dates and of course, prices. Since travel agents are paid a commission by their suppliers the cost to you is the same whether you buy from an agent or direct.

There are many things to consider when making comparisons for your trip. Time and timing are usually the first constraint with a limit on days off or working around school schedules or the desire to see a certain event. Check out for a list of festivals, competitions and highland games; you may find an tour will not work for you.

In Scotland the organized tours generally start in April and end by mid-October though there are exceptions. If you’re not going to the Edinburgh Tattoo, Festival or Fringe Festival, avoid traveling there in August as tours that include those events are at a premium price. The upside is that they will frequently include tickets and transportation to and from the venue for the Tattoo.

CIE Tours is Irish owned, but one of the largest tour operators in Scotland, Ireland and the UK; other major companies such as Brendan, Globus, Insight, Trafalgar and Tauck operate numerous departure dates with trips of varying lengths. Church groups, clans and even Tours with Beth & Marti may offer one trip a year with emphasis on a specific subject. There are also tours for those seeking active vacations such as hiking, biking, fishing or golfing.

When reading a tour brochure be sure and check out the dates that are listed as guaranteed. If an operator does not sell enough seats on any given trip they may cancel the departure and if you have already cashed in your miles or bought a airline ticket it’s going to be an expensive fix, especially if you can’t change your vacation dates. Always look for guaranteed dates or have your agent see if the trip has enough participants to operate.

Should you buy your air from the tour operator? Have your agent check out the price for air provided with the tour, then determine the best price you can find and add it to the “land only” price. You may do better on your own, especially if you are in a mileage program.

Watch the inclusions. Most day by day itineraries will show which meals are included. B L & D indicate breakfast, lunch and dinner, sometimes there are special dinners or buffet breakfast so check out the codes.

If a brochure says you will see, view, or travel through an area or suggests you may “enjoy a stroll” to visit a specific spot you can be sure it’s not going to be a real sightseeing event. If something is listed as included, listed in bold type or says your guide takes you to visit a specific sight it’s probably included in your tour price.

If the itinerary says your afternoon is free for independent activities they may offer an optional tour or you can explore on your own. As a rule you will pay more for a tour that includes more meals and sightseeing but with the dollar being in poor shape against the pound right now it may be the best course of action. Also, you will have more of your tour guides time as they are not trying to constantly sell “optional” tours.

Several major cruise lines now offer summer departures that will cover the British Isles with ports that allow for sightseeing in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Orkney and Inverness. Lindblad Expeditions ( offers a unique 10 night Heart of the Highlands cruise on the 48 passenger Lord of the Glens. In 2007 they offered a 12 night itinerary on the 110 passenger National Geographic Endeavor following the footsteps of the Celts and Vikings, so there is something out there for everyone.

The Royal Scotsman offers the ultimate in luxury train travel with journeys from 1 to 7 nights and would make a wonderful pre or post cruise adventure.

Check out the weather at, click on trip planner and see when you may expect the least amount of liquid sunshine. No matter what is says, take your rain coat and umbrella and enjoy Scotland, a vacation you’ll never forget.

Proceedings of the Scotch-Irish Fourth Congress at Atlanta, GA., April 28 to May 1, 1892
Added more sections to this volume...

The Inventors of the Scotch-Irish Race. By Dr. John H. Bryson, of Huntsville, Ala.
An Early Ulsterman. By Mr. George H. Frey, of Springfield, O.
Scotch-Irish Homespun, and Acts of the Scotch-Irish Fathers. By Rev. H. Calhoun, of Mansfield, O.
The Scotch-Irish Settlers and Statesmen of Georgia. Contributed by Col. I. W. Avery, of Atlanta


Short Impromptu Addresses

The Evolution of The Scotch-Irish
By Prof. George Macloskie, Princeton College
By Rev. Henry Quigg, D.D., Conyers, Ga.

Here is the Address by Rev. Henry Quigg, D.D.

Ladies and Gentlemen: I have a very pleasant recollection of meeting our distinguished President at the time to which he refers, and I think the episode deserves a passing notice. The Sunday to which he refers was a very rainy day. Old Pluvius gave us a specimen of his art that morning, and seemed determined that no one should go to church in Lexington that day. While it was pouring the ' rumor got out that the great Bonner, of New York, had arrived in their midst, and was now down in the Presbyterian Church. The people moved. He was a drawing card. Everybody was there but the preacher. So your speaker had to take the weather and put in an appearance too. And this reminds me of an incident that I read somewhere. There was a man in England exhibiting the skeleton of a whale, and the Pasha of Egypt happened to be visiting the country and incautiously walked into the skeleton of the whale. The avenues of ingress and egress were at once closed up by the showman, who sent out boys with bills over the city announcing that the Pasha of Egypt was there on exhibition, and if they would hurry up they would see him where Jonah was found. [Laughter.] So the presence of our distinguished and exemplary friend and brother was the means of furnishing the congregation on that occasion.

Now, then, let me say that it affords me great pleasure to be here to-day. My heart responsive beats to your call. The accents of your orators are sweeter to me than the music of Moore's melodies. I rejoice to look over this bright array of fair women and brave men, representing, to some extent, the morality, intelligence, and piety of the Scotch-Irish. Myself a native of Ulster, I find that I am surrounded by brethren also to the manor born. There to my left President Bonner, facile princeps, of whom we are all proud. In my boyhood I was separated from him only by the waters of the Foyle. There to my right, Col. Henry Wallace, who addressed us yesterday in such glowing periods, and with so much rhetorical beauty, whose name at my father's hearth was a household word. And there is Col. Wright before me, the founder of this Society, to whom we owe immortal honors, and who was born only a few miles from the spot where I first saw the light. My name is not M'Gregor, but I had almost said I stood to-day on my native heath. I am doubly at home; near by is my dwelling, and here I am, surrounded by friends and countrymen. Though welcomed by our scholarly Governor and accomplished Mayor, neither of these popular gentlemen was able to give you the real genuine Irish, "Come to my bosom." I suppose they agreed to leave the pleasant task for me, as they knew it would only come with a good grace, as O'Connell used to say, through the medium of "the rich Irish brogue." Now receive it in the spirit in which it is uttered. Caed mille failtie—-that is, you are welcome a thousand times. You are welcome and welcome, because you are worthy, and because you are brethren. And now that we are here, let us rejoice together.

The main element in these meetings is the social. Indeed I had almost said, if it is not, it ought to be a mutual admiration society; and that because there is so much to admire in the Scotch-Irish character. To this race the world has never fully appreciated the debt she owes. They are a picked race from the choice races of the world. To the Scotch-Irish we are indebted for the grand principles: "No taxation without representation; no union of Church and state." To the Scotch-Irish we are indebted for the electric telegraph, which converts our world into a speaking gallery. To them we are indebted for the application of steam to navigation, with all the wonders it has wrought; and for the reaper, with all its countless blessings to the world. To the Scotch-Irish the colonies are indebted for the first step to independence. Bancroft tells that the first cry for liberty rang out from the Scotch-Irish settlements. They dreaded the tyranny of England, even as a burnt child dreads the fire. Now was their day for vengeance. Now was the time for the descendants of those who had with Wallace bled, and those whom Bruce had often led to achieve another Bannockburn, and lay the proud crest of another Edward low. By the very oppression which old England inflicted was this people trained to accomplish the great work which Providence placed before them. They were charmed with the strife in which the Goth delighted. They were always found in the thickest of the battle. Through fire and blood and smoke they held on their high career. Asking no armistice and tolerating no compromise, they went on from victory to victory, the last triumph eclipsing the first in the grandeur and glory of the achievement.

Where is the great work that has been accomplished in peace or war, in arts or arms, to which the Scotch-Irish have not furnished a liberal contribution? But for the unconquerable stuff of which this race was formed, the stars and stripes would have gone down in everlasting night. Like the Gulf Stream that warms and fertilizes every land that it touches, so the stream of the Scotch-Irish has been poured out as a benediction on the world. [Applause.]

They have made the solitary places glad and the desert to rejoice and blossom as the rose. As the famous sculptor who, taking an exquisite feature from each assembled beauty in the land, carved out an image which was the pride of Greece and the glory of the world, so the chisel of Providence has been engaged for a thousand years in fashioning that grand and glorious race of fair women and brave men that we call the Scotch-Irish. Shall we forget such a people? No; we will often meet, Mr. President, and, taking each other by the hand, we will call upon this restless, breathless age to pause and admire the glory and grandeur of our fathers. We will often meet, and, embracing each other in the arms of our affections, will sing "For auld lang syne, my boys, for auld lang syne," till the welkin rings with the music of the melody. We will often meet, and, with the ancient Romans, bring out from their niches the statues of our fathers and gaze upon their features with admiring eyes and loving hearts, until, inspired with their principles and imbued with their virtues, we will imitate their worth and follow where they have led. [Applause.]

You can get to the index page of this volume at

History of Scotland
In 9 volumes By Patrick Fraser Tytler (1828)

I admit most of these .pdf files are rather large but hopefully you've been able to download them ok as they make good reading.

Continued the 9th and final volume with...

Chapter III (Pages 118 to 175) James the Sixth, 1593 to 1594
Chapter IV (Pages 177 to 273) James the Sixth, 1594 to 1597
Chapter V (Pages 274 to 306) James the Sixth, 1597-98 to 1600

Here is a bit from Chapter V...

HAVING thus continuously traced the establishment in Scotland of this limited Episcopacy, we must look back for a moment on the civil history of the country. This was not marked by any great or striking events. There was no external war, and no internal rebellion or commotion; and the success which had attended all the late measures of the King produced a trailquillity in the country, which had the best effects on its general prosperity. Jaines had triumphed over the extreme license and democratic movements of the Kirk; had restrained the personal attacks of its pulpit; defined, with something of precision, the limits between the civil and ecclesiastical ristrictions; evinced all anxiety to raise the character and usefulness of the clergy, by granting them a fixed provision; and added consideration and dignity to the Presbyterian polity, by giving it a representation in the great Council of the country.

He had, on the other hand, shown equal wisdom and determination in his conduct to the Roman Catholic earls. None could say that he had acted a lukewarm part to religion. These nobles remained in the country, and had been restored to their estates and honours solely because they were reconciled to the Church. According to the better principles of our own times, he had acted both extraordinary severity and intolerance; but even the highest and hottest Puritan of these unhappy days could not justly accuse him of indifference. He had, moreover, strengthened his aristocracy by healing its wounds, removing or binding up the feuds which tore it, and restoring to it three of its greatest members, Huntly, Angus, and Errol.

He had punished, with exemplary severity, the tumult which had been excited in his capital, and read a lesson of obedience to the magistrates and middle orders, which they were not likely to forget. Lastly, he had, in a personal expedition, reduced his Borders to tranquillity; and in his intercourse with England, had shown that, whilst he was determined to preserve peace, he was equally resolved to maintain his independence, and to check that spirit of restless intrigue and interference in which the English Ambassadors at the Scottish Court had, for so many years, indulged with blameable impunity.

You can read the rest of this chapter at

As all the chapters are .pdf files I'll just point you at the index page of this publication where you can read the rest of the chapters at

Good Words - 1860 Edition
Edited by Rev. Norman MacLeod

You should note that as this is a weekly publication you'll find larger articles are continued week by week.

This week have added articles on...

Simple Thoughts on Bible Subjects (Page 46)
The Last Conflict (Page 46)
Good Words for Every Day of the Year (Pages 47-48)
A Journey by Sinai to Syria (Pages 49-53)
A Vision of Life (Pages 53-54)
Woman's Noblest Attitude (Pages 54-56)
Meditations on Heaven (Pages 56-58)

Here is how the article "A Journey by Sinai to Syria" starts...

No. I - The Red Sea

After travelling for five days from Cairo, we found ourselves encamped by the shores of the Red Sea; and it is at this encampment by the Red Sea that I propose to begin the account of my journey to Syria through the great wilderness of Mount Sinai For, however interesting these five days may have been to the actual traveller, introducing him, as they did, to the Desert, with its strange new life, and strange new scenery; yet I am afraid the reader would only become weary over "first impressions" and descriptions of "Wadys" and "Gebels" that have no particular historical interest. Suffice it to say, therefore, that, on an evening in March, our party, collected on the summit of the gray wall of hills which shuts in the valley of the Nile on the east, took their last look of that old land of the Pharaohs. And what a contrast did either side of that summit present! The one moment, we were gazing down on green fields, and woods, and cities—here on a steamer breasting the strength of the broad river, there on the puffing of a railway engine—while far beyond river, and wood, and city, the great Pyramids fronted us in their lonely majesty.

The next moment, every trace of man was gone, and we were in the Desert, amidst silence and eternal solitudes; and for four days we journeyed through that silent, solitary desert. On the evening of the fourth, we caught our first glimpse of the Red Sea—a mere thread of blue, yet so purely blue, that it seemed, betwixt the gray desert plains and the distant silvery desert hills, as a very slip of the azure sky, seen through a break in the white clouds. Next day, we travelled nearer and nearer, till at evening our camels were crushing, with their hoofs, the bright shells and scarlet corals, thrown up on the moist sands by the transparent waves; and that night we saw the sunset followed by the throbbing splendours of evening, which dyed with its rich purples the hills of Arabia, rising beyond the opposite shore. That night, too, for the first time, we felt assured that we beheld scenes of sacred interest.

Somewhere there had passed the hosts of Israel, when these same waters "stood together as an heap;" and somewhere, on that far-off coastline, had Miriam led forth the daughters of Israel, as, with high timbrels and shouts of triumph, they beheld "chariots and horsemen cast into the sea." Leaving the noise of the encampment, the growling of the camels, and perpetual jangling of the Arabs, I went off alone along the shore—with its beat and dash of waters, how musical after the dry, silent wilderness ! How strange it seemed to stand there on Africa, and look across on Asia, to realise it stretching from that on to Persia, and India, and far-off China; and to know, too, that these very hills were bordering on the ranges of Sinai and Horeb! The scene itself, independently of its associations, was very beautiful. Behind rose the high mass of Atakah, furrowed and splintered; away to the north, were the long, waste levels around Suez; to the south, steep bluffs, sweeping round from Atakah, hemmed us in in a broad plain; and over the sea, in front, and stretching far down the coast, until lost in the haze of distance, were the white, glimmering hills of Arabia. Not a tree, not a house, not a wreath of smoke, not one green spot, was to be seen, and yet the whole was very beautiful.

This beauty arose chiefly from the wondrous atmospheric colouring. No words can adequately express the exquisite delicacy and transparency of the hues; the golden brightness of the outlines against the deep, soft sky; the purity of the gently-tinted shadows; and the brilliant blue of the sea, which threw the whole into relief. One felt how completely it was that colouring which formed the chief charm, by marking the contrast when that colouring was gone. The fading away of the lights of evening had much the same effect on the heart as witnessing a dissolving view. Now, it was all glowing splendour, but gradually a line of purple, like a fine mist, breathed itself along the coast, growing, bit by bit, a denser and a broader belt—creeping up and up, until there was left but a rim of gold along the ragged edges of the hills; that, too, was lost, as the purple rose up the sky—soon itself, however, fading and languishing into many hues; until, at last, all died away into a cold, gray monotony; and then, as if the "spectacle" were over, all gathered into the tent for the rest of the night.

There are many points of great difficulty connected with the determining of the probable scene of the passage of the Israelites through the Red Sea. A certain decision must remain for ever hopeless, as it is not at all unlikely but that the Gulf of Suez may have covered, some hundreds of years ago, whole tracts of land that are now bare desert. The possibility must, therefore, always exist for the scene of the crossing to have been higher up, and under conditions as to which we have now no indication. The duty, however, of every traveller is, that, with his Bible in his hand, and the localities before him, he should seek the spot which impresses him as the one most in accordance with the sacred narrative.

Now, the first matter which will, to a certain extent, determine the locality of the miracle, will be the answer given to the question regarding the point from which the Israelites may have set out. As to this, there are two chief theories. One would make Memphis the place where the Pharaoh then held his court. According to the holders of this view, the Israelites, on the night of the exodus, assembled on the wide plain near Troja, and journeyed thence to the Red Sea by the Derb-el-Bassatin, along which we ourselves travelled—(see map.) Pihahiroth they place at the Wady Ramliyah — Pihahiroth signifying a narrow gorge, such as that wady is; and the plain of Tawarak, on which they thence entered, is by them made the scene of the encampment by the sea. From Memphis, Pharaoh would thus have given them chace along this same Derb-el-Bassatin; close up the Ramliyah behind them; and finding the Israelites with the Gebel Deraj on their right, the Atakah on their left, and the sea in front, he might say, "They are entangled in the land." But this theory is open to many objections. (1.) The Derb-el-Bassatin is by much too long. "We were four days, unencumbered as we were, making the journey; the Israelites could not have done it under five or six. Should it, however, be said, that the sacred narrative does not necessarily imply that Succoth and Etham were only one day's march each, and that they may have been only chief halting-places; yet the case will not be bettered, if we consider the number of days that must have been occupied, in connexion with (2.) The want of water. There are only a few brackish springs at Gandeli, about half-way to Tawarak. And supposing that water had even been miraculously supplied—a supposition for which we have no warrant—how could Pharaoh, with his chariots and horses, have passed over such a desert? (3.) It does not suit the sacred narrative. We are told when they came to Etham, the Lord commanded the host "to turn." And where between Troja and Tawarak could this bo verified? (4.) Again, the Israelites would not necessarily be "entangled by the land" on the above theory—that Pharaoh was in their rear, and they encamped on Tawarak. Unless, indeed, a portion of his army be supposed to have been sent round by the north of Atakah, shutting up the passage between that mountain and the sea, they could easily have escaped round the top of the Gulf of Suez. For these, and several other objections, the route by Bassatin seems to me an untenable theory.

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Transactions of the Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland in 1876
Am adding a variety of articles from this publication and this week have included...

On the Ayrshire Breed of Cattle
On the West Highland Breed of Cattle
On the effects produced on Trees and Shrubs by Smoke from Public Works

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On the West Highland Breed of Cattle starts...

By Thomas Farrall, Aspatria, Carlisle.
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Early History.—Beyond the records of history, the Highlands of Scotland have been occupied by vast herds of cattle, which have at length acquired a character suited to a country of high mountains and rough-grown heaths. In the northern parts of the country, the cattle had the name of North Highlanders bestowed upon them, while for ages those inhabiting the western sea-board and the adjoining islands were known as West Highlanders. Owing to the mountainous character, and close proximity of this part of Scotland to the sea, the rainfall is considerable, being from 30 to 40 inches on an average annually; yet the climate, though subjected to violent storms, is not so cold as might naturally be supposed from its northern position, the waters of the Gulf Stream having a wonderful effect in preventing extremes of heat and cold. This comparative mildness and extreme humidity of climate, together with the peculiar nature of the soil, tend to produce a luxuriant growth of coarse grass and herbaceous plants, interspersed with patches of heath, thus affording sustenance to a hardy race of animals such as the West Highlanders have proved themselves to be. The extension of sheep-farming of late years has doubtless been the means of displacing a large number of this breed, but it is questionable whether any class of animals can be found better adapted to the peculiarities of soil, climate, and geographical position than the shaggy Kyloe is. Notwithstanding that the numbers have been lessened, it may be remarked that the breed has been preserved in a remarkable degree of purity; unlike the North Highlanders, which have been so much changed in appearance by the continued ingrafting of shorthorn blood, that it is now difficult to find an animal of the original type, so that a pure-bred North Highlander, if such can be found, may justly be regarded as "a lonely straggler of a vanishing race."

Characteristics of the Breed.—Perhaps no cattle are possessed of more distinctive and strongly-marked features than the West Highlanders. The following marks or characteristics stamp the genuine breed:—Their limbs are short, but muscular; their chests wide and deep; their ribs well developed and finely arched, and their backs as straight as in the pure-bred shorthorn; their neck and dewlap are somewhat coarse in the bull, but this is indicative of its mountain state; their horns of good length, without approaching to the coarseness of the longhorns of the lower country, spreading and tipped with black; and all the other points are what breeders call good. There is, indeed, much in the West Highlanders to arouse the attention and win the admiration of those who love to see animals in an undomesticated state. The beautiful and imposing colour of brindle, dun, cream, red, or black ; the finely-arched ribs and level back; the deep and well-formed chest; the splendid horn; the lively, quick, and fearless eye; the broad muzzle; and the shaggy coat, impart to the Kyloes charms which are not to be found in any other British breed. Their action, too, is of the most graceful kind. Whether seen ascending their native rugged slopes, moving about upon the market stance at Falkirk, or besporting themselves in the nobleman's park, there is a peculiar freedom of motion which is quite foreign to all pampered breeds. Lovers of the picturesque rarely meet with a more gratifying sight than a mixed herd of Highlanders on a Scottish landscape—it is a scene well worthy of the imitative pencil of the artist. The farmers of the West Highlands wish to cultivate the black colour as much as possible, as they think it indicative of hardiness—hence the vast numbers of that colour. Altogether, it may safely be said that there are few breeds of cattle which are so graceful in form and colour, and so majestic in gait and movement as a thoroughly well-bred Highland bull or ox, cow, or heifer.

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The Island Clans During Six Centuries
By The Rev. Canon R. C. MacLeod of MacLeod (1920's).

Have continued posting up this book with another three chapters...

Chapter II - The Clan System at
Chapter III - The Clansmen at
Chapter IV - Home Life at

Here is how Chapter II starts...

A West Highland clan was not governed by the laws of the realm, but by the Chief, and by the Chieftains who acted under his authority. At first, no doubt, he assumed that the administration of justice was part of his duty as Chief. Later, when he got charters from the Crown, very extensive powers were expressly granted to him. I quote the words of one charter: "Cum furca" (gallows), "fossa" (the pit in which a female felon was drowned), "Sac et Soc " (rights of jurisdiction), "infang thef" (jurisdiction over a thief taken in his own bounds), "outfang thef" (jurisdiction over a thief taken outside his bounds). These were the heritable jurisdictions which the Chiefs possessed and exercised till they were taken away by the Act of 1747. They conferred on him absolute authority over all his clansmen, including the power of life and death.

In war, as in peace, the Chief was supreme. He superintended the training of his men in the art of war; he commanded them in every campaign; he led them personally into the thick of the battle, and shared all the perils of warfare with the humblest of his followers.

No class of men have ever had more varied duties to perform or carried on their shoulders a heavier load of responsibility than the mediaeval Chiefs. On their capacity as statesmen, diplomatists, and soldiers, the very existence of their clans often depended, and their kindness of heart, good sense, and sound judgment could alone secure the happiness and well-being of their people.

No doubt there were some bad Chiefs who grossly misused their power, and treated their clansmen with great harshness and cruelty, but the evidence is very strong that most of them were the kind and beneficent friends of their people.

One very remarkable instance of their solicitude for the welfare of their clansmen has come down to us. The Chiefs took steps to secure for their people when wounded or in bad health the benefit of medical attendance. It is recorded that a great many of them gave a farm rent free to a medical man on condition that he attended to their clansmen.

Most of the doctors who were thus employed belonged to the distinguished family of the Beatons, lairds of Balfour. The members of this family possessed the gift of healing in a very remarkable degree, and numbers of them were settled in the Highlands from remote times. Several medical works in Gaelic by some of this family are in the National Library of Scotland.

As early as 1379, Farquhar Beaton received the lands of Melness and Hope in Sutherland from Prince Alexander Stewart. Another Beaton settled on the Argyll estate in the fifteenth century. One Fergus Beaton was physician to the Lord of the Isles in 1448, and also became Chancellor of the Isles. In the same century a member of this family settled on the MacLeod estate in Skye, and was given the farm of Summerdale, in Bracadale. Another Beaton, in the following century, was given the lands of Pennycross, in Mull, by MacLean of Duart.

This custom endured as long as the clan system lasted. In the Dunvegan Estate accounts of the 18th century are many entries of payments being made to doctors and nurses, and several letters show that at the same time the Chief was caring for the welfare of his people in another direction. Whenever the crops failed at home he used to charter vessels to bring food into the country, spending large sums of money, and often finding the greatest difficulty in carrying out his beneficent intentions.

It is quite certain that, though the Chiefs exercised absolute power over their people, they were generally kind and benevolent despots.

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