Collectanea de Rebus Albanicis: Consisting of Original Papers and Documents Relating to the History of the Highland and Islands of Scotland

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T.G. Stevenson, 1847 - Highlands (Scotland) - 444 pages
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Page 40 - ... of divers colours, which they call Tartane ; as for breeches, many of them, nor their forefathers, never wore any, but a jerkin of the same...
Page 39 - Their habit is shoes with but one sole apiece ; stockings (which they call short hose...
Page 49 - Rivers to pass : this they do to preserve their Feet from galling. Few besides Gentlemen wear the Trowze, — that is, the Breeches and Stockings all of one piece, and drawn on together ; over this Habit they wear a Plaid, which is usually three Yards long and two Breadths wide, and the whole Garb is made of chequered Tartan, or Plaiding : this, with the Sword and Pistol, is called a. full Dress, and, to a well-proportioned Man, with any tolerable Air, it makes an agreeable Figure ; but this you...
Page 30 - Reddshankes. And agayne in wynter, whene the froest is mooste vehement (as I have saide) which we can not suffir bair footide, so weill as snow, whiche can...
Page 287 - He had, by Olay the Red's daughter, Sommerled, Reginald or Ranald, and Olay ; he had Gillies by a woman of the Bissets, and had one only daughter called Beatrix, who was a prioress of Icollumkill.
Page 50 - The plaid is the undress of the ladies; and to a genteel woman, who adjusts it with a good air, is a becoming veil. But as I am pretty sure you never saw one of them in England, I shall employ a few words to describe it to you. It is made of silk or fine worsted, chequered with various lively colours, two breadths wide, and three yards in length ; it is brought over the head, and may hide or discover the face according to the wearer's fancy or occasion : it reaches to the waist behind ; one corner...
Page 39 - Lycurgus had been there, and made laws of equality; for once in the year, which is the whole month of August, and sometimes part of September, many of the nobility and gentry of the kingdom (for their pleasure) do come into these Highland countries to hunt; where they do conform themselves to the habit of the Highlandmen, who, for the most part, speak nothing but Irish; and, in former time, were those people which were called the Red-shanks.
Page 28 - Monarch making a hunting excursion to the Highlands: — ITEM in the first for ij elnis ane quarter elne of variant cullorit velvet to be the Kingis Grace ane schort Heland coit price of the elne vjlib summa xiijlib xs.
Page 40 - I found many of them armed for the hunting. As for their attire, any man, of what degree soever, that comes amongst them, must not disdain to wear it ; for if they do, then they will disdain to hunt, or willingly to bring in their dogs ; but if men be kind unto them, and be in their habit, then are they conquered with kindness, and the sport will be plentiful.
Page 315 - Angus's daughter. He gave the lands of Morvairn to Maclean, and many of his lands in the north to others, judging, by these means, to make them more faithful to him than they were to his father. His son, Angus Og, being a bold, forward man, and high minded, observing that his father very much diminished his rents by his prodigality, thought to deprive him of all management and authority.

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