The Clan Donald, Volume 1

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Northern Counties Publishing Company, Limited, 1896 - Scotland
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This is wonderful to have available this monumental history of The Clan Donald on line. This has been the basis of most of the modern histories of Clan Donald and being able to see the original from my computer is delightful. The only time I saw an original hard copy of this three volume work was at Armadale Castle library in the Clan Donald Centre on the Isle of Skye.
Larry McDonald

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Page 88 - Good old plan, That he should take who has the power, And he should keep who can,'
Page 170 - Come away, come away, Hark to the summons! Come in your war array, Gentles and commons. Come from deep glen, and From mountain so rocky, The war-pipe and pennon Are at Inverlochy. Come every hill-plaid, and True heart that wears one, Come every steel blade, and Strong hand that bears one.
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