Memorials of Argyleshire: In Five Parts, with Appendices

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James M'Kelvie & Sons, 1889 - Argyllshire (Scotland) - 451 pages
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Page 196 - Know that we have given, granted, and by this our present charter confirmed, to...
Page 273 - The exhortations of the general diffused new vigour through the ranks, and the men, by mutual reproaches, inflamed each other to deeds of valour. They felt the disgrace of yielding to a troop of women, and a band of fanatic priests; they advanced their standards, and rushed on to the attack with impetuous fury. The Britons perished in the flames which they themselves had kindled. The island fell, and a garrison was established to retain it in subjection. The religious groves, dedicated to superstition...
Page 56 - Gregory sent us baptism, that was in the two and thirtieth year of his reign : and Columba, a masspriest, came to the Picts, and converted them to the faith of Christ : they are dwellers by the northern mountains. And their king gave him the island which is called li [lona] : therein are five hides of land, as men say.
Page 444 - being loaded with spoil, deserted privately, and soon after returned to their own country ; their officers and leaders also openly demanded liberty to go home for a short time. They pretended that, as the Covenanters had at that time no army within the kingdom, there was the less occasion for their presence ; and as their corn had been all destroyed and their houses burnt by the enemy, there was an absolute necessity for their going home, tho...
Page 19 - ... hair, and the situation of the country, so convenient to the coast of Spain. On the side opposite to Gaul the inhabitants resemble their neighbours on the continent; but whether that resemblance is the effect of one common origin, or of the climate in contiguous nations operating on the make and temperament of the human body, is a point not easy to be decided. All circumstances considered, it is rather probable that a colony from Gaul took possession of a country so inviting by its proximity.
Page 272 - Britons, close embodied and prepared for action. Women were seen rushing through the ranks in wild disorder, their apparel funereal, their hair loose to the wind, in their hands flaming torches, and their whole appearance resembling the frantic rage of the Furies.
Page 439 - ... race. Before the sun should withdraw his beams, she was to cover the spring with a stone, on which sacred and mysterious characters were impressed. One night this was forgot by the unhappy Bera. Overcome with the heat and chace of the day, she was seized with sleep before the usual hour of rest.
Page 171 - removed them all from the land of their birth, and scattered them throughout the other districts of Scotland, both beyond the hills and on this side thereof, so that not even a native of that land abode there, and he installed therein his own peaceful people.
Page 242 - As waves, white-bubbling over the deep, come swelling, roaring on; as rocks of ooze meet roaring waves; so foes attacked and fought. Man met with man, and steel with steel. Shields sound, and warriors fall. As a hundred hammers on the red son of the furnace, so rose, so rung their swords ! Gaul rushed on, like a whirlwind in Ardven.
Page 230 - Whether these suspicions are suggested by prejudice, or are only the effects of malice, I neither know nor care. Those who have doubted my veracity have paid a compliment to my genius; and were even the allegation true, my self-denial might have atoned for my fault. Without vanity I say it, I think I could write tolerable poetry ; and I assure my antagonists, that I should not translate what I could not imitate.

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