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let the greatest part of his new acquired estate to the Camerons. But the Camerons had scarcely sooner got poffeffion, than they refused to pay the ftipulated rent; and Macintosh, endeavouring to compel them, many severe conflicts happened betwixt the two Clans, of which the moft remarkable was at Innernahavon, in Ba. denoch. About the -year 1296, Macintosh having received advice that the Camerons were assembling their numerous Clan and dependents, to drive off his cattle, foon collected a fuperior force, confifting of several smaller Clans; and under the general name of Clan Chattan. But, when the adverse hosts were in view of one another, an unseasonable difference arose betwixt the Macphersons and the Davidsons. Though both agreed that Macintosh should command the whole, Macpherson of Cluny, and Davidson of Innernahavon, contested for the next poft of honour, each affirming that he was the eldest branch of the Clan Chattan. This dispute being referred to Macintosh, he gave his decision in favour of Davidson, which Cluny resented fo much, that he drew off his men, who stood by, idle spectators, while the Camerons overpowered the Macintoshes and Davidsons, a part of them being only saved by the coming on of night. Macintosh taking advantage of the darkness, sent his own bard towards the camp of the Macpherfons, but by a circuitous route, as if he had come from the camp of the Camerons. There the bard, Speaking as if in the person of a Cameron, often repeated the following farcaltic lines :
Tha luchd na failleadh air an tom.
The meaning of this is, the false party are on the hillock, and the man with the big brown eyes (by this expression was marked out Macintosh) in distress : it was not out of friendship to us, but merely your own cowardice. The reproach nettled Macpherson so much, that he called up his men, and, attacking the Camerons that same night, when he was leaft expected, made a great flaughter, pussued them far, and killed their Chief Charles Macalonair, at a hollow place in the hills ; which, in the memory of that, has been ever since known by the name of Coire Thearlaich, i. e. Charles Caldron.
Though the above conflict terminated the dispute with the Camerons, there arose another betwixt the Macphersons and Davidsons, that filled that part of the highlands with numberless disorders for an hundred years; so that King Robert III. found it necessary to send the Earls of Crawfurd and Dunbar, two of the principal noblemen in Scotland, with an armed force to reconcile or subdue them. These two leaders, finding that to subdue them would be difficult, and to reconcile them, impossible, brought them at last to submit to the only terms suited to their own distempered difpofitions. These terms were, that their future superiority should be determined by the event of a combat of thirty on each side. They were to fight in presence of the King, with only their broad Twords, on the north inch of Perth.
When the appointed day arrived, the Macphersons wanted onc of their number. It was proposed to balance the difference by withdrawing one of the Davidsons: but these were so earneft for a share of the honour of the day, that none of them would consent to be the man left out. In this perplexity one Henry Wynd, a sword-cutler, commonly called An Gobhcrom, i. e. the Stooping Smith, offered to supply the place of the absent man for a French crown of gold, about seven shillings and Sx-pence fterling. This point being settled, the combat began with all the fury of enraged enemies; and Henry Wynd contributed much in making victory declare for the Macphersons ; of which fide, however, besides himself, there survived only ten, and these all grievously wounded. of the Davidfons, twenty-nine were killed, and only one of them being unhurt, jumped into the Tay, fwam across the river, and to escaped. Henry Wyad went home with the Macphersons, and was received as one of their Clan. His descendants are called Sliochd a Ghobhcruim; i. e. the Race of the Stooping Smith. Smith of Balhary's motto, Caraid anst am Fcum, a friend in Time of Need, seems to allude to this piece of history.
It seems proper here to take notice of two mistakes usual to those who relate the above incident. First, Henry Wynd is usually said to have been a faddler ; but the appellation of the Stooping Smith, ftill continued to bis pofte. rity, sufficiently proves what was his occupation.
Secondly, What is here faid to have been done by the Davidsons, is commonly attributed to the Mackays. This last mistake proceeds from want of knowledge in the Gaelic Language, the pronunciation of Mac Dhai, Davidson, very much resembling that of Mac Cai: But the Clan Cai lived at a dittance from the Clan Chattan, and had no connection in what is above related.
Anecdote of Francis Semple, of Beltrees,
Author of “ The banishment of Poverty i;”. fome Epitaphs in Pennecooke's collection of poetical pieces, and the songs of “She role and loot me ing,” and “ Maggy Lauder. Il
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•One of Francis Semple's predecessors, who lived in the reign of King James V. was the author of three pieces which appeared in the first volume ef Ramsay's Evergreen, signed SEMPLE. The same person is also fupposed to be the author of the famous puns, King James V. his three Mistresses." His Grandfather was the author of the Poem of « The Pedlar and the Prics,” and his father was the author of the Elcey “ of Habbie Simpson.'
A new adition of the banishment of Poverty was printed by Ruddiman, Edinburgh, in 1706
Burns the Scottish Poct blames Ramsay for hurting this song by fome alterations he made upon it. The original copy of it may be seen in a small piece entitled,
The new School of Lore."
| Mr. James Craig, at the sign of "a bird in the hand is worth iwo in the bush, Paisley, affirms, that he has heard Semple of Beltrees, who died in 1989, repeatedly fay, that Francis Semple, his grandfather, was the author of “Magsy Lauder.
When Cromwell's forces were garrisoned in Glasgow, the city was put under a severe Marcial Law, which among other enactments, ordained, “ That every person, or persons, coming into the city, must send a particular account of themselves, and whatever they may bring with them, unto the Commander of the forces in that place, under the penalty of imprisonment and confiscation, both of the offenders goods, and whatever chattels are in the house, or houses, wherein the offender, or offenders, may be lodged, &c.”
Francis Semple, and his lady, set out on a journey to Glaigow, accompanied by a manservant, sometime in 1651, or a little after that, to visit his aunt, an old maiden lady, his father's sister, who had a jointure of hin, which he paid by half-yearly instalments.
When he came to his aunt's house, which was on the high.street, at the bell of the brae, now known by the name of the Duke of Montrose' Lodging, or Barrel's Ha'; his ayut told him, that she must send to the captain of Cromwell's forces an account of his arrival, otherwise, the soldiers would come and poind her moveables, Francis replies, “ Never you mind that, let them come and I'll speak to them," Na, na,' quoth his aunt, I maun sen' an account o' your comin' here,' “ Gi'e me a bit o' paper,” fays Francis, “an' I'll write it mysel'.” Then taking the
he wrote as follows.