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St. Clyde was a soldier, and he therefore did not encumber himself with a waggon-load of baggage in going to see the father of his late friend. Being, therefore, provided with a schelty for himself, and another for his portmanteau, he went on his
his guide leading the animal that was used as a panier horse. · The road was none of the best, and none but a Mull man could have made it out; but without sustaining any material injury to himself or his effects, St. Clyde, in two days, got to the borders of Dunmorven's territories, and there he was met by a subject of this chief, who, having very officiously inquired of the guide the quality of the stranger, and the purport of his journey, left St. Clyde with much ceremony, and fled away in the direction of his chief's residence, to announce, as the guide whispered, the arrival of St. Clyde.
Proceeding .onward, and still conducted in his journey by the faithful guide, in about two hours after the vassal of Dunmorven had parted from them, a crowd of persons was seen descending a hill, which at this season boasted neither the luxuriance of Italian scenery, nor the autumnal foliage of Richmond Hill; but which resembled the hardy nature of the men who traversed its rugged sides, and of whom an elegant poet would have said,
“ Dear is that shed to which his soul conforms,
And dear that bill which lifts him to the storms.
Though a very few years before St. Clyde visited Mull, by an act of the
British legislature, hereditary jurisdiction was abolished, and the inauguration of a chief, with all its solemnities, was now no more;-the voice of the bard was not entirely silent in the hall of Dunmorven, and the deeds of other times were still, though rarely, systematically recounted as incentives for the sons to emulate their forefathers. The manners of civilized Europe had not so rapidly prevailed in Mull, as to prevent Dunmoryen from coming forth in all the state of other times, attended by his foster-brother, who acted in the capacity of secretary, since, having been educated with Dunmorven, he had now become his hanchman.
But this man had his gille. Next was the bard, and his gille carried the harp. The bladier, or spokesman, walked two paces in the rear of Dunmorven, and the gille-more or sword
bearer, measured the same pace with the bladier.
The gille-casflue, that he might, since Dunmorven was on foot, carry his chief over the fords, followed gillemore. But as Dunmorven had come in great state to meet St. Clyde, there was also the gille-comstraine leading the chief's; war-horse on this rough and dangerous hill : side; and that Dunmorven might not appear to have only the furniture for his body in which he marehed, there was a gilletrushanarnish, with a large goat-skin knapsack, full of baggage, slung over his shoulders. Though last, not least, comes before St. Clyde, Archibald Mackamie the piper, who being a gentleman, had his gille. In fact, he was no less a man than the pupil of Macrimmon, and he was brother-inlaw to Rankin, the piper of Maclean of Col. The Hebredean traveller, who
atė the haggis that the good woman boiled in the mutch, relates, when speaking of the colleges of pipers in the western isles, that in “ Sky is the college of the pipe,” which had existed “ beyond all time of memory.” And Dunmorven's piper had been bred in Sky, under the direction of Macrimmon; it was but fit and equitable that a person of Archibald Mackamie's ránk should have his gille-piob to carry the bag-pipe, when there was no piobaireachd ; but now Archibald Mackamie played Prælium Killicrankianum, as Dunmorven was allied to some of the chiefs in that memorable -battle, and that St. Clyde might fully appreciate the merits and ancestry of the man who condescended to come forth from his castle and meet him. : Such was the tune which, in preference to one from the traditionary odes of the island, the piper of Dunmorven