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Mr Campbell of Kilmartin ; Captain Macleod of Cadboll, Cameron Highlanders ; Captain Davidson, do.; Lieut. Forbes, do.; SurgeonGeneral Grant, Mr Charles Innes, solicitor ; Rev. A. C. Macdonald, Queen Street F.C. Manse ; Mr Wm. Mackay, solicitor; Dr Murray, and Mr J. Horne, of the Geological Survey. Alex. Macbain, M. A., and Bailie Mackenzie were croupiers, and among the company present were Mr A. Ross, architect ; Mr Allan Macdonald, Commissioner for The Mackintosh ; Mr Robert Grant, of Macdougall & Coy.'s; Treasurer Jonathan Ross, Mr James Barron, Ness Bank; Mr Duncan Campbell, Ballifeary ; Dr F. M. Mackenzie, Dr Moir, Aberdeen ; Rev. Mr Sinton, Invergarry ; Mr James Gossip, Inverness; Mr A. Machardy, Chief-Constable; Mr Donald Fraser of Millburn; Mr Thomas Fraser, do.; Mr Colin Chisholm, Namur Cottage; Mr Wm Macdonald, Sheriff-Clerk Depute ; Mr G. J. Campbell, solicitor; Mr John S. Fraser, solicitor; Mr Henry V. Maccallum, Queensgate Chambers; Mr T. G. Henderson, Mr Macdonald, Superintendent of Police ; Mr John Davidson, Inglis Street; Mr Gilbert A. Matheson, Mr Strickland, Kenneth Street; Mr Alex. Fraser, draper, Church Street ; Mr Fraser, Ballifeary ; Mr Mackenzie, Kenneth Street, Inverness ; Mr Walker, Torbreck ; Mr Wm. Macdonald, contractor; Mr Medlock, jeweller; Mr John Macdonald, Castle Street; Mr Paul Campbell, Bridge Street; Mr James Macbean, Mr Wm. Miller, Longman Road; Mr Ewen Macrae, Kinbeachie; Mr Murdo Macrae, do.; Mr Wm. Macbean, Imperial Hotel ; Mr John Whyte, Mr Wm. Gunn, Castle Street; Mr Duncan H. Chisholm, do.; Mr Cargill, accountant, Royal Bank, Inverness ; Mr Farquhar Urquhart, Union Street ; Mr D. M. Cameron, do.; Mr Fleming, Caledonian Bank, Inverness; Mr Hugh Mackintosh, Castle Street ; Mr D. Ramsay, Mr Mackintosh, Bank of Scotland, Secretary of the Society, &c. The large diningroom was beautifully decorated with clan tartans and stags' heads, and on the large mirror the arms of The Mackintosh, with the motto, “Touch not a cat bot a glove,” were displayed.
After dinner, in the service of which Mr Macfarlane excelled himself, the loyal and patriotic toasts were given from the chair. In proposing the Queen, Sir Henry said he asked them to drink to her, not only as sovereign of the British Empire, but as the oldest representative of royal families on the face of the earth(applause) - which was proved, as he was convinced, by her descent from the ancient Pictish Kings, whose headquarters were at Inverness-(applause). In proposing the health of the Prince and Princess of Wales and the other members of the Royal family, Sir Henry said they could not forget in this connection the widowed lady, who was now in this country, the Empress of Germany(applause). He was sure they appreciated her virtues perhaps with considerably greater force than the subjects of her late husband did ; and they would have learned with pleasure that the Empress had the other day come into a singular piece of good luck by having a legacy left her by an Italian lady, which was eren worthy of an Empress, the sum being stated at £600,000— (applause).
Sir Henry, in giving the patriotic toast, said they had been told recently that the Highland regiments were not to be considered as the peculiar property of Scotland, and that they must look forward to having in Scotland other regiments in the garrisons, because all were alike regiments of the British Empire. He was convinced that they would protest as vigorously and successfully against that innovation as they did against the proposed abolition of the Highland regiments-(applause). Many of the English battalions were no doubt quite as distinguished in their service as the Highland regiments, but they preferred to have the Highland bonnets in their midst, and to see their sons serve their Queen and country in their ranks-(applause). In his concluding sentences, Sir Henry alluded to the eminent military services of Field-Marshal Sir Patrick Grant, one of the oldest members of the Gaelic Society, remarking that he was sure it was a source of satisfaction to thein to find his son at the table to associate with the toast of the Army-(applause).
Major Grant, who was received with applause, said he supposed the old military spirit still lingered in the Highlands, but he sometimes wondered if nothing more could be done to popularise the army as a profession for Highlanders. Amongst those present were no doubt landlords, municipal authorities, factors, employers of labour, and tenants of large farms, men who in town and country districts exercised authority and influence, who must know of many fine young fellows who were idling away their time, and living from hand to mouth, and who, if they could be induced to join the army, would benefit both themselves and do a service to their country-(applause). He wished some influence towards a military career could be brought to bear upon this class. He did not refer to those young fellows who were doing their duty by striving to help forward the trade and agriculture of the country, whose assistance was required at home, but to those, and there were many, he was afraid, in the Highlands, who were idling along and were a burden to their families and a degradation to themselves and their race-(applause). In the army they would
become gallant soldiers, and they would earn, what they had little prospect of earning otherwise, a pension to comfort them in their old age-(applause). He desired to thank Sir Henry for the terms in which he had alluded to his father---(applause). It was a grand thing to have a father to be as proud of as he was of his. In his old age nothing delighted Sir Patrick Grant more than to know that his name was still looked upon with some affection in the Highlands he loved so well—(applause).
At this stage of the proceedings, the Secretary, Mr Duncan Mackintosh, read the annual report of the Executive, which was as follows :-“ The Council have pleasure in reporting that the prosperity and usefulness of the Society continue to increase. During the past year 45 new members were enrolled, and eleven volumes added to the library. The fourteenth volume of Transactions is now in the binder's hands, and will be delivered to the members in the course of a few days. It is one of the largest of the Society's annual volumes, and it is believed that its contents will be found of much interest and value. The syllabus for session 1888-89 shows that there is no abatement in the activity of the members in the special field wbich the Society endeavours to cultivate. The Treasurer reports as follows:- Balance from last year, £66 10s 4d ; income during year, £121 18s; total revenue, £188 8s 4d; expenditure during year, £165 2s 8d ; balance in hand, £23 5s 8d. The Council desire to point out that in consequence of the gradually increasing size of the Society's annual volume of Transactions, the yearly expenditure is also greatly increasing; and they would urgently impress on the members the necessity of doing what lies in their power to increase the list of the Society's life and honorary members. The study of the questions in which the Society is specially interested has greatly extended since the foundation of the Society, and able scholars are ready to contribute to the Transactions; but without a considerable increase in the Society's revenue, the Council feel that they cannot issue to the menibers volumes of such size and value as, with a larger income, they would be in a position to publish. In connection with this subject, the Council have to acknowledge with gratitude the liberality of Mr Macdonald of Skeabost, who has defrayed the cost of the fac similes appearing in Volume XIV. now about to be issued, of documents from Lord Macdonald's Charter Chest, and also of The Mackintosh, Chief of the Society, who has offered a prize of £10 10s for the best essay on the social condition of the Highlands since 1800. This prize has been advertised, and it is hoped the successful essay will appear in the next volume of Transactions."
Apologies for absence had been received from the following members :-Sir Kenneth S. Mackenzie of Gairloch ; Sir Kenneth Matheson of Lochalsh ; Mr R. B. Finlay, Q.C., M.P.; Mr C. FraserMackintosh of Drummond, M.P. ; Mr. D. H. Macfarlane, London ; Mr D. Cameron of Lochiel ; Mr Alex. Mackintosh of Holme ; Mr Duncan Forbes of Cullocen ; Mr Sutherland of Skibo ; Mr lan Macpherson Grant of Ballindalloch ; Mr L. Macdonald of Skeabost; Mr James E. B. Baillie of Dochfour; Mr L. Macpherson of Glentruim ; Mr P. L. Bankes, Achnasheen, Ross-shire ; Mr D. Cameron, Moniack Castle ; Dr Masson, Edinburgh ; Mr Donald Davidson of Drummond Park; Mr J. Macpherson, Caledonian Cnited Service Club, Edinburgh ; Mr John Henderson, Town Clerk, Fortrose ; Mr A. Burgess, banker, Gairloch; Mr A. Mackintosh Shaw, G.P.0., London ; Rev. C. H. Goldthwaite, The Manse, Glen-Urquhart; Dr Miller, Fort-William ; Mr A. Macpherson, solicitor, Kingussie ; Rev. John Mackintosh, F.C. Manse, Fort-William; Rev. Alexander Bisset, The Abbey, Fort-Augustus ; Mr A. A. Carmichael, Raeburn Place, Edinburgh ; Ir Duncari Inizi's, Ropart; Rev. Robert Munro, F.C. Manse, Old Kilpatrick, Glasgow ; Mr Ewen T. Miller, Fort-William ; Mr Ewen Cameron, do. ; Rev. J. P. Campbell, Manse of Urquhart; Mr H. Bannerman, Southport ; Mr D. Maclachlan, Edinburgh ; Mr G. M. Sutherland, Wick ; Mr James M. Gow, Union Bank, Hunter Square, Glasgow ; Mr Alex. Maclean, Greenock ; Mr John Mackay, C.E., Hereford ; Mr A. C. Mackenzie, Maryburgh; Field-Marshal Sir Patrick Grant, Chelsea. The Secretary further stated that he had received a telegram from The Mackintosh, wishing all success to the gathering, and read the following telegram from Mary Mackellar, the bard of the Society: -"Buaidh agus piseach, sith agus sonus, do fhear na cathrach agus do'n chomunn."
The Chairman, in proposing the toast of the evening, “Success to the Gaelic Society of Inverness," said-I must again repeat the apology which I made at the beginning of our proceedings, that my occupancy of this position arose from the unfortunate absence of The Mackintosh of Mackintosh, and that it is only a few hours ago that I understood I was to take his place. I hope, therefore, that you will not expect from me such an elaborate and thoughtful address as is usually delivered on occasions of this kind. The toast is one we can all drink with enthusiasm, and the subject of the toast is one to which we can refer, I think, with unmixed satisfaction (applause). The Gaelic Society of Inverness is, it appears to me, fairly and fully fulfilling the objects which its founders had in view. It has been doing its utmost to preserve the ancient Highland feeling, to encourage the native Highland literature, and preserve the records of Highland history. The Secretary has just told us that the annual volume of the Society's transactions would be placed in the hands of members in a few davs, and he has kindly placed in my hands an advanced copy, which, as you will see, is a very bulky and respectable book(applause). On looking over the index, one can see that the volume contains a great deal of matter which will be valuable always as Highland history--(applause). There are various societies which, in these days, undertake to put into our hands in readable form, records and documents relating to the history of our country, so far as hitherto has not been published. I happen to belong to two of those societies, and, while the subscription is a guinea per annum for one or two volumes, I venture to say that there is more readable matter in this vol ime than in the publications of the new Spalding Club, or the Royal Historical Society, since they commenced business—(applause). Now, this is one of the fields in which this Society can be peculiarly useful, and in which it may still more extend its efforts. We have in this volume a fac simile of a Clan Macdonald Charter, dated 1744, bearing the signature of Donald Cameron of Lochiel (the gentle Lochiel) and two other chiefs ; a most interesting document, but I am sorry to say its terms indicate the beginning of the decadence of the true Highland spirit which characterised the olden time. I have not read it through, but I see it is an agreement between the three chiefs to the effect that thefts and other depredations having become injuriously common, they bind themselvesin the most ignominious manner-(laughter)--to put these offences down ; not only so, but they agree to subscribe a certain sum to bring the offenders to justice at the County Courts. Such a thing could not be done unless the Highland chiefs had gone down greatly in the world—(laughter). At an earlier and more spirited period, if the chiefs could not protect their thieves and depredators, they would have hung them themselves--(laughter). Another feature of the volume is the unpublished correspondence of Lord Lovat, contributed by our friend Mr Wm. Mackay, solicitor, whose forthcoming work on the history of the Castle and Glen of Urquhart we are all looking forward to with much anticipation and interest --(applause). There are various other important subjects discussed in the volume, and the matter thus given, which will prove valuable, as has been recently remarked by those of high authority upon these topics, to all Celtic scholars interested in the social, political, and antiquarian history of the High