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CHAPTER VII.

Ullin raised the song of gladness. The hills of Inistore rejoiced. The flame of the oak arose, and the tales of heroes are told.

Ossian. As St. Clyde's time was limited, Dunmorven was resolved to pay all the attention to his guest, which a chief of his descent could show to the friend of an only and lamented son ; and accordingly, the day subsequent to St. Clyde's arrival, an invitation was sent to the chieftain Maciorloisk, to honour with his company the castle of Dunmorven, which was now honoured with the company of Capt. St. Clyde. Mactorlaisk, in the true spirit of a chieftain who acknowledged Dunmorven's right of primogeniture, with much pride sent his bladier to announce his ac. ceptance of Dunmorven's invitation.

Mactorloisk’s bladier came along with Dunmorven's bladier; and, having obtained an audience of the chief whom all Mull loved, and with cheerful heart obeyed, thus delivered himself:

“The clouds of the north can gather no more, the shield it may hang in the hall, since the thistle the sweet rose has yielded, and both may be hung to the mane of the lion; Oil Roi Dunmorven and Torloisk see on one stalk the emblems of peace; and Thegn Mactorloisk greets well the chief Oil Roi Dunmorven, and will be proud to make one of his friends at the Highland welcome which Dunmorven is to give the hero MacCleutha."

Dunmorven heard the bladier of Mactorlóisk with the deepest attention, and barely replied, “Well, the lion has let them tie the rose to his mane; and where's he that'll pluck it away'?" There was no answer expected; and the vassals grinned the pleasure they felt from the allegorical language of the chief and the bladier.

The preparations at the castle were great, that the approaching welcome might be as truly national as in other parts of the Hebrides, and as became the race of Dunmorven.

The red deer and the mountain goat, the heifer and the innocent sheep, the kappercailzie, the grous, and the domestic poultry, were killed; and fish from the banks between Tirree and lona, were fished for the dinner of that day: many of the vassals were put in requisition, and many more looked to be employed whose services were not wanted.

When the day arrived, the chieftain Mactorloisk, attended by a vast retinue in the full dress of the plaid and quelt, the bonnet and the hose, the sword and the dirk, arrived at Dunmorven castle; and the ceremony of introduc

ing St. Clyde to the baron, was attended with all the parade of congees, and shaking of hands, and gibberish amongst the lower orders of the clan, for which primitive manners and antiquated patriarchal fashions were so famous.

Dunmorven and Mactorloisk were each attended by his hanchman, and the principal officers of the respective households whom we have named; and as Mactorloisk was a very elegant young bachelor, the Miss Dunmorvens shared between him and Captain St. Clyde all the agreeable qualities, the affliction they had not yet shaken off, and the dignity of their sex and rank, bade them exhibit to welcome guests; and the clan got an opportunity to show St. Clyde their incorruptible ifi: delity, and the chiefs exhibited their particular brotherhood.

The clan of Dunmorven was divided

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into its tribes, and Mactorloisk was at the head of the most powerful branch of that clan, for under him were four branches of eighty males each*; and these, though they deduced their original from Dunmorven, considered themselves the immediate protectors and defenders of Mactorloisk, who, on his part, viewed Dunmorven as the chief whom, next to his sovereign, his right arm might defend.

On an occasion that called forth their most sublime degree of virtue and love to the chief, this multifarous crowd of vassals were willing to show, that though kings can, for the most part, only exalt or' degrade, every duty, every moral and political principle, every affection of the heart, all the adherence and reverence which the

“The Highlands of Scotland are probably more redundant in population than any other part of Great Britain." MALTHUS ON POPULATION,

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