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mighty dead crown our hills amid the certain notorious freebooter, a native of desolation of years; while the proud Lochaber, of the name of Cameron, but and elaborate temples of Balbec, Pal- who was better known by his cognomyra and Persepolis have yielded to the men of Padrig Mac-an-Ts'agairt, Peter wreck of time. The chief, whose ashes the Priest's son. Numerous were the lay beneath the mound, sleeps through creachs, or robberies of cattle on the the night of time, his grave is far from great scale, driven by him from Straththe track of man; the grass grows and spey. But he did not confine his dewithers, as an emblem of human fate, predations to that country; for, some upon his lonely barrow top, while the time between the years 1690 and 1695, passing breeze chants his funeral dirge. he made a clean sweep of the cattle On a spot so hallowed by the wing of from the rich pastures of the Aird, the Time, the imagination may vividly de- territory of the Frasers. That he might pict the rude but solemn rites attendant put his pursuers on a wrong scent, he on the burial; the blazing pile flinging did not go directly towards Lochaber, its lurid beams around, gave notice to but, crossing the river Ness at Lochend, the distant tribes of the sad office then he struck over the mountains of Strathperforming, while the relentless and nairn and Strathdearn, and ultimately officiating priest, plunging his steel into encamped behind a hill above Duthel, the breasts of those unhappy favourites called, from a copious spring on its who were doomed to share their mas, summit, Cairn-an-Sh’uaran, or the Well ter's death, calmly viewed their convul- Hill. But, notwithstanding all his
presive agonies; while the mystic song of cautions, the celebrated Simon, Lord the bards, narrating the exploits of the Lovat, then chief of the Frasers, disdeceased, the frantic yells and mystic covered his track, and despatched a spedance of the skin-clad Celts, drowned cial messenger to his father-in-law, Sir in a vast clamour, the wild and piercing Ludovick Grant, of Grant, begging his shrieks of expiring victims—then were aid in apprehending Mac-an-Ts'agairt the trophies solemnly deposited—then and recovering the cattle. It so hapwas raised the mound, and then was pened that there lived at this time on the performed the mystic ceremony of going laird of Grant's ground a man also three times round the tomb, amid invo- called Cameron, surnamed Mugachcations on the name of the deceased — more, of great strength and undaunted the harp has ceased, the fire pile has' courage : he had six sons, and a stepson, blazed, the tribes have retired from the whom his wife, formerly a woman of grave, and left the rude mound to its light character, had before her marriage future solitude, save when a passing with Mugach; and as they were all traveller should throw the stone of re- brave, Sir Ludovick applied to them to spect upon the heap, which is to last undertake the recapture of the cattle. for future days !”
Sir Ludovick was not mistaken in his Scarborough. WM. ATKINSON.
The Mugach no sooner received
his orders than he armed himself and The Selector;
his little band, and went in quest of the freebooter, whom he found in the act of
cooking a dinner from part of the spoil. LITERARY NOTICES OF
The Mugach called on Padrig and his NEW WORKS.
men to surrender; and they, though numerous, dreading the well-known
prowess of their adversary, fled to the Related by Sir Thomas Dick Lauder, opposite hills, their chief threatening Bart. of Fountainhall."
bloody vengeance as he went. The Near the hamlet of Carr, on the right Mugach drove the cattle to a place of bank of the river Dulnan, a slate-rock
safety, and watched them there till their has been laid bare, which, if properly
owners came to recover them. Padrig wrought, might turn out to some ac
Mac-an-Ts'agairt did not utter his
threats without the fullest intention of count. About 150 yards to the westward of the houses, there is a small carrying them into effect. In the latter patch of land surrounded by a few stunt
end of the following spring he visited ed birches, called Croftna-croitch, or
Strathspey with a strong party, and waythe Gallows Croft, having the following
laid the Mugach, as he and his sons story attached to it:-Near the end of
were returning from working at a small the seventeenth century, there lived a
patch of land he had on the brow of a
ħill, about half a mile above his house. * In his “ Account of the Great Floods of Mac-an-Ts'agairt and his party conAugust, 1829, in the Province of Moray, adjoining Districts.”
cealed themselves in a thick covert of my sword
A HIGHLAND STORY.
underwood, through which they knew thy beloved son ?!! Ancient recollecthat the Mugach and his sons must pass;
tions and present affliction conspired to but seeing their intended victims well twist her to his purpose. The struggle armed, the cowardly assassins lay still and altercation between the Mugach and in their hiding-place and allowed them his sons still continued. A frenzy seized to pass, with the intention of taking a on the unhappy woman. She flew to more favourable opportunity for their the door--undid the bolt-and Padrig purpose. That very night they sur- and his assassins rushed in. The infuprised and murdered two of the sons, riated Mugach no sooner beheld his who, being married, lived in separate enemy enter, than he sprang at him houses, at some distance from their like a tiger, grasped him by the throat, father's; and having thus executed so and dashed him to the ground. Already much of their diabolical purpose, they was his vigorous sword-arm drawn back surrounded the Mugach's cottage. No and his broad claymore was about to find sooner was his dwelling attacked, than a passage to the traitor's heart, when the brave Mugach, immediately guess- his faithless wife coming behind him, ing who the assailants were, made the threw over it a large canvass winnowing best arrangements for defence that time sheet, and, before he could extricate and circumstances permitted. The door the blade from the numerous folds, Pawas the first point attempted; but it drig's weapon was reeking in the best was strong, and he and his four sons heart's blood of the bravest Highlander placed themselves behind it, determined that Strathspey could boast of. Ilis to do bloody execution the moment it four sons who had witnessed their inoshould be forced. Whilst thus engaged, ther's treachery, were paralyzed. The the Mugach was startled by a noise unfortunate woman herself, too, stood above the rafters, and, looking up, he stupified and appalled ; but she was perceived, in the obscurity, the figure quickly recalled to her senses by the acof a man half through a hole in the tive clash of the swords of Padrig and wattled roof. Eager to despatch his foe his men. “ Oh, my sons ! my sons !" as he entered, he sprang upon a table, she cried—“spare my boys!" But the plunged his sword into his body, and tempter needed her services no longer--down fell—his stepson! whom he had she had done his work. She was spurnever loved and cherished as one of his ed to the ground, and trampled under own children. The youth had been foot, by those who soon strewed the cutting his way through the roof, with bloody floor around her with the lifeless the intention of attacking Padrig from corpses of her brave sons. Exulting in above, and so creating a diversion in fa- the full success of this expedition of vour of those who were defending the vengeance, Mac-an-Ts’agairt beheaded door. The brave young man lived no the bodies, and piled the heads in a heap longer than to say, with a faint voice, on an oblong hill, that runs parallel to “ Dear father, I fear you have killed the road, on the east side of Carr me !" For a moment the Mugach stood Bridge, from which it is called Tompetrified with horror and grief - but nan-Cean, the Hill of the Heads. rage soon usurped the place of both. Scarcely was he beyond the reach of “ Let me open the door!” he cried, danger, when his butchery was known “ and revenge his death, by drenching at Castle Grant, and Sir Ludovick im
the blood of the villain !" nediately offered a great reward for his His sons clung around him to prevent apprehension; but Padrig, who had what they conceived to be madness, and anticipated some such thing, fled to Irea strong struggle ensued between des- land, where he remained for seven years. perate bravery and filial duty; whilst But the restlessness of the murderer is the Mugach's wife stood gazing on the well known, and Padrig felt it in all its corpse of her first-born son in an agony horrors. Leaving his Irish retreat, he of contending passions, being ignorant, returned to Lochaber. By a strange acfrom all she had witnessed, but that the cident, a certain Mungo Grant of Muckyoung man's death had been wilfully rach having had his cattle and horses wrought by her husband. “Hast thou carried away by some thieves from that forgotten our former days of dalliance ?" quarter, pursued them hot foot, recocried the wily Padrig, who saw the vered them, and was on his way returnwhole scene through a crevice in the ing with them, when, to his astonishdoor—“ how often hast thou undone thyment, he met Padrig Mac-an-Ts’agairt door to me when I came home on an quite alone, in a narrow pass, on the errand of love ; and wilt thou not open borders of his native country. Mungo it now to give me way to punish him instantly seized and made a prisoner of who has but this moment so loully slain him. But his progress with his beasts
was tedious; and as he was entering Mugach may be ours ; for what bravery Strathspey at Lag-na-caillich, about a can stand against treachery and assasmile to the westward of Aviemore, he sination ? This opened an entirely espied twelve desperate men, who, new view of the question to Padrig's taking advantage of his slow march, had rude guards; and the result of the concrossed the hills to gain the pass before ference was, that they resolved to take him, for the purpose of rescuing Padrig. him to Inverness, and to deliver him up But Mungo was not to be daunted. to the sheriff. As they were pursuing Seeing them occupying the road in his their way up the south side of the river front, he grasped his prisoner with one Dulnan, the hill of Tom-nan-cean aphand, and brandishing his dirk with the peared on that opposite to them. Āt other, he advanced in the midst of his sight of it, the whole circumstances of people and animals, swearing potently, Padrig's atrocious deed came fresh into that the first' motion at an attempt at their minds. It seemed to cry on them rescue by any one of them, should be the for justice, and, with one impulse, they signal for his dirk to drink the life's shouted out, “ Let him die on the spot blook of Padrig Mac-an-Ts'agairt. where he did the bloody act !” Without They were so intimidated by his bold- a moment's farther delay, they resolved
that they allowed him to pass to execute their new resolution. But without assault, and left their friend to on their way across the plain, they haphis fate. Padrig was forthwith carried pened to observe a large fir-tree, with to Castle Grant. But the remembrance a thick horizontal branch growing at of the Mugach's murder had been by right angles from the trunk, and of a this time much obliterated by many sufficient height from the ground to suit events little less strange; and the laird, their purpose ; and doubting if they unwilling to be troubled with the matter, might find so convenient a gallows where ordered Mungo and his prisoner away. they were going, they at once deterDisappointed and mortified, Mungo and mined that here Padrig should finish his his party were returning with their felon mortal career. The neighbouring birch captive, discussing, as they went, what thicket supplied them with materials they had best do with him. “ A fine for making a withe ; and, whilst they reward we have had for all our trouble !!! were twisting it, Padrig burst forth in
“ The laird may catch the a flood of Gaelic verse, which his mind next thief her's nanesel, for Donald !” had been accumulating by the way. said another. “Let's turn him loose !” His song, and the twig rope that was said a third. “ Ay, ay,” said a fourth, to terminate his existence, were spun “what for wud we be plaguing oursels out and finished at the same moment, more wi' him!” “ Yes, yes! brave and he was instantly elevated to a height generous men !” said Padrig Mac-an- equally beyond his ambition and his Ts'agairt, roused by a sudden hope of hopes. No one would touch his body, life from the moody dream of the gal- so it hung swinging in the wind for lows-tree, in which he had been plunged, some twelve months or more after his whilst he was courting his mournful execution ; and much as he had been muse to compose his own lament, that feared when alive, he was infinitely he might die with an effect striking as more a cause of terror now that he was all the events of his life had been; “yes,
a lifeless corpse.
None dared to apbrave men ! free me from these bonds ! proach that part of the heath after it it is unworthy of Strathspey-men,-it is was dark; but in daylight people were unworthy of Grants to triumph over a bolder. The school-boys of Duthel, fallen foe! Those whom I killed were who, like the frogs in the fable, graduno clansmen of thine, but recreant Ca- ally began to have less and less appremerons, who betrayed a Cameron! Let hension for him, actually bragged one me go free, and that reward of which another on so far one day, that they you have been disappointed shall be ventured to pelt him with stones. A quadrupled for sparing my life !" Such son of Delrachney, who happened to words as these, operating on minds so aim better than the rest, struck the much prepared to receive them favour- birchen withe, by this time become rotably, had well nigh worked their pur- ten, severed it, and down came the pose. But, “ No!” said Muckrach wasted body with a terrible crash. As sternly, “it shall never be said that a the cause of its descent was hardly permurderer escaped from my hands. Be- ceptible to any of them, the terrified sides it was just so that he fairly spake boys ran off, filled with the horrible bethe Mugach's false wife. But he did lief that the much-dreaded Padrig was not spare her sons on that account? If pursuing them. So impressed was poor ye let him go, my men, the fate of the young Delrachney with this idea, that,
through terror and haste, he burst a and so perished. The same winter the blood vessel, and died in two hours after- Barmouth people, as well as the inhawards. Padrig's bones were buried bitants of the opposite banks, were about 100 yards to the north of the struck by the appearance of a number bridge of Carr; but, as if they were of small lights, which were seen dancing doomed never to have rest, the grave in the air at a place called Borthwyn, was cut through about thirty-five years about half a mile from the town. A ago, when the present Highland road great number of people came out to see was made; and they were reinterred these lights ; and after awhile they all immediately behind the inn garden. ' but one disappeared, and this one proShould any idlers, who may wander ceeded slowly towards the water's edge, after dusk along the road leading by the to a little bay where some boats were base of the Tom-nan-cean, see strange moored. The men in a sloop which sights cross his path, let him recall the was anchored near the spot, saw the story I have narrated, and it may fur- light advancing—they saw it also hover nish him with some explanation of what for a few seconds over one particular he beholds.
boat, and then totally disappear. Two
or three days afterwards, the man to Notes of a Beader. whom that particular boat belonged was
drowned in the river, while he was sail
ing about Barmouth harbour in that " DEATH TOKENS” IN WALES.
very boat.-We have narrated these facts In a wild and retired district in North just as they occurred; we must leave Wales, that namely which extends from the solution of the mystery to the inDolgelly westward to Barmouth and genuity of our readers.-(From an inTowyn, where there is certainly as much different paper on “ the Philosophy of superstition as in any other district of Apparitions in Fraser's Magazine ; the same extent, and where there are the writer of which has much to learn many individuals who lay claim to the before he can throw any new light upon title and capabilities of seers, the follow- the ever-to-be-controverted subject of ing occurrence took place, to the great Apparitions.") astonishment of the mountaineers. We can vouch for the truth of the statement, as many members of our own teulu, or clan, were witnesses of the fact. On a
A PERSON who died at Barnes left an
annual sum to be laid out in roses dark evening, a few winters ago, some persons with whom we are well ac- planted on his grave: authority, Mr.
Crofton Croker. (We are enabled to add qainted, were returning to Barmouth on the south or opposite side of the river. that the spot here alluded to is distinAs they approached the ferry-house at guished by a stone tablet, on the outside Penthryn, which is directly opposite closed by pales, with some rose-trees
of the south wall of the church, enBarmouth, they observed a light near the house, which they conjectured to be planted on each side of it. This tablet produced by a bonfire, and greatly puz- Rose, citizen of London, who died in
is dedicated to the memory of Edward zled they were to discover the reason why it should have been lighted. As 1653, and left £20. to the poor of they came nearer, however, it vanished; land, on condition that the pales should
Barnes, for the purchase of an acre of and when they inquired at the house be kept up, and the rose - trees prerespecting it, they were surprised to learn that not only had the people there
served.)-ÊD. Mirror. displayed no light, but they had not Oh, plant them above me, the soft, the bright, even seen one ; nor could they perceive The touched with the sunset's crimson light, any signs of it on the sands. On reach- The sweet with the sweep of the west wind's ing Barmouth, the circumstance was wing: mentioned, and the fact corroborated by Let the
green bough and the red leaf wave
Plant the glad rose-tree upon my grave. some of the people there, who had also plainly and distinctly seen the light. It Why shonld the mournful willow weep
O'er the quiet rest of a dreamless sleep ?was settled, therefore, by some of the Weep for life, with its toil and care, old fishermen, that this was a “death- Its crime to sbun, and its sorrow to bear;
Let tears and the sign of tears be shed token ;” and, sure enough, the man
Over the living, not over the dead. who kept the ferry at that time was
Plant not the cypress nor yet the yew; drowned at high-water a few nights Too heavy their shadow, too glooiny their hue, afterwards, on the very spot where the For one who is sleeping in faith and in love,
With a hope that is treasured in heaven above; light was seen. He was landing from
In a holy trust are my ashes laidthe boat, when he fell into the water,
Cast ye no darkucss, throw ye no shade.
THE LEGACY OF THE ROSES.
Plant the green sod with the crimson rose, every thing bears the stamp of antiquity: Let my friends rejoice o'er my calm repose:
immovableness seems to be the characLet my memory be like the odours they shed, My hope like their promise of early red.
teristic of the nation ; every implement Let strangers, too, share in their breath and retains its primitive rude form ; every
tbeir bloom Plant ye the bright roses over my tomb.
invention has stopped at the first step. Literary Gazette. - Cabinet Cyclopædia, Vol. ix. Outlines
of History, TURNHAM GREEN. “ HUMBOLDT," said a certain captain in
WINE. the West Middlesex Militia, “Humboldt 0, WINB! glorious, excellent Wine ! is an over-rated man, there is very little how often hast thou inspired me with in him; and he knows nothing of geo- eloquence, relieved me from the tramgraphy!'_“How ! that celebrated tra- mels of fancied imprisonment, given new veller know nothing of geography ?" life, new hope, new existence to my
-“No more than my black terrier there, weather-beaten frame, and to my pallid sir. I met him once at a party at the imagination! To thee, O Bacchus ! I Russian Ambassador's, at Paris, and put am indebted for many a social hour, him to the proof. As long as he was many a lively thought, many an excellent talking about the Andes and the Cordille- companion, which, without thy influence ras, and places which nobody but himself on my uncultivated brain, would have had ever heard of, he carried it all his been a tedious time, a homely expresown way; but the moment I put a sion, or a milk-and-water associate !--to straight forward question to him, which thee again I must resort, and hence the any school-boy might have answered, he future gleams of happiness in this life. was floored.
Now, Baron,' said I- - New Monthly Magazine. taking him by surprise— Now, Baron, can you tell me where Turnham Green
ALBUMS. is ?' Upon--mythonour, he knew no Why is a book, commonly kept by one more about it than I know about Je
fool to be written in by other fools, richo!"— New Monthly Magazine, called an album ? “I have not the least
idea,” said an accomplished young gentleman, to whom I once put the ques
tion, just after he had been scribbling “Quisquis huc accedis,
some lines in the album of one of our moQuod tibi horrendum videtur,
dern Sapphos, which proved he had not Mihi amoenum est *
the least idea, not even such a little one Si delectat, maneas, Si tædet, abeas,
as would have been large enough for an Utrumque gratum."
album.-Ibid. Whoever thou mayest be who enterest here, remember that what may seem
PHILISTINES. strange to thee is agreeable to me. If Ta18 people, celebrated for their wars thou art pleased, thou canst remain; if with the Israelites, dwelt on a small displeased, depart- either will please strip of sea-coast south of the Tyrians. me. Ibid.
They were originally, it is thought, a colony from Egypt. They possessed
five cities, under the government of five In China all is at a stand still; succeeding princes, and confederated together for ages add not to the knowledge of those mutual defence. Trade and piracy were that have gone before; no one must pre- their chief means of subsistence. Their sume to be wiser than his fathers: around long and obstinate resistance against the the Son of Heaven, as they designate arms of the Israelites testifies their vatheir emperor, assemble the learned of lour and love of independence. A seathe land as his council; so in the pro- faring people, the chief object of their vinces the learned in their several* de- worship was a sea-god, Dagon.—Cabigrees around the governor; and laws net Cyclopædia, Vol. ix. and rules are passed from the highest down to the lowest, to be by them given to the people.
Every, even the most From the earliest dawn of history, the minute, circumstance of common life, is Arabs have led the nomadic life, to regulated by law. It matters not, for which the nature of their country has example, what may be the wealth of an destined them. The numerous tribes, individual; he must wear the dress and under the government of their sheikhs build his house after the mode pre- and emirs, roam the desert apart-now scribed by ancient regulations. In China in friendship, now in hostility. The
INSCRIPTION ON THE PORTAL OF A
VILLA NEAR SIENNA.