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when Glenaladale and Glenpean ventured down to some sheelings, where they hoped to have found some of the people, but were disappointed. The whole party then went to a fastness in the brow of the hill at the head of Lochnaigh, where they were about a mile distant from the troops, and where they all lay down to take an hour's sleep, after which Glenpean and Glenaladale's brother went off to the hill above them, in order, if possible, to procure some provisions, Glenaladale and lieutenant Macdonald standing sêntry over Charles while he slept. No sooner did the sun begin to light up the landscape around them, than they perceived one of the enemy's camps at the bead of Lochnaigh, within a very little of their present resting place. They resolved, however, to wait the return of their two foragers, which was not till three o'clock in the afternoon, and all they had been able to procure was only two small cheeses, which, when divided, afforded only a mouthful to each of them: they also brought the disagreeable intelligence, that there were upwards of one hundred soldiers on the opposite side of the hill, searching for such miserable fugitives as, like themselves, had fled thither for protection. They, however, kept close in their hiding place till eight o'clock, when they set out again with all the speed they could make till it became quite dark, when, climbing the rugged steep of Drimachcosi, they observed from its top the fires of a camp directly in their front, which it was necessary they should pass, and in doing so they came so near it as to hear the soldiers talking to one another; but they had no sooner climbed up the next hill than they perceived before them the fires of another camp directly in their way, which they passed in the same manner, viz, creeping through between two of the sentinels, about two o'clock on the morning of the twenty-sixth.
After passing the enemy's camp they travelled, as they supposed, about two miles, till they came to Corriscorridill, on the Glenelg side of Lochairn, where, selecting a secure place, they refreshed themselves with each a slice of cheese, which they covered with oatmeal in place of bread, and a drink of spring water, after which they lay close till about eight o'clock at night, when they began to think of their journey, and as Cameron of Glenpean was not acquainted with the
country any further in the direction in which Charles was going, he, along with Glenaladale, proposed to move about a little in hopes of finding a person who was so, and who might be employed as conductor to the party, when, to their astonishment, they found that they had rested all day within cannon shot of two little camps, into one of which they saw a party of soldiers driving a number of sheep for slaughter. They then turned back to inform Charles of his situation, and, without thinking of a guide, the whole party set off on the instant, and by three o'clock on the morning of the twenty-seventh reached Glenseil, in the country of Seaforth. As their provisions were now entirely exhausted, Glenaladale, and John Macdonald of Boradale, were sent out to endeavour to procure some, and, if possible, a guide to conduct them to Pollew, where it was reported that two French vessels had recently been. While employed with some country people on this business, Glenaladale found a man who had been chased from Glengary's that morning by some soldiers who had killed his father the day before. Knowing this man to be worthy of his confidence, for he had been with the rebel army, Glenaladale retained him to serve as a guide, in case circumstances should compel them to alter their course. In the meantime he furnished himself with some provisions, and returned to Charles and his company, when they all partook of the refreshment he had procured, and retiring to the face of a neighbouring hill, laid themselves down, and slept till between four and five o'clock in the afternoon, when they dismissed their guide, Donald Cameron of Glenpean, after whose departure the Glengary man was mentioned to Charles, who approved of retaining him, and about seven o'clock, the man whom Glenaladale had employed to find a guide to conduct them to Pollew, came to meet him at the place appointed, with intelligence that a guide could not be had, and that there had been a French vessel at that place, but that she was now gone. This satisfied Glenaladale that it was useless to pursue their journey further in the way of Pollew, so he sent the man to his own home, and, returning to Charles, it was agreed to pursue their journey in a different direction. The Glengary man on this occasion was introduced to Charles, and cheerfully undertook to conduct him.
It was now getting late, and they set out upon their journey, but had not gone half a mile when Glenaladale missed his purse, within which was a purse of gold the pretender had given him to bear their expenses. Recollecting that he had left it at their last resting place, he hastened back, John Macdonald of Boradale accompanying him, to the spot, where they found the purse, but the little purse containing the gold was gone. Having left a boy at this place, who had brought them a present of some milk, they concluded that he must have been the abstracter of the little purse, and proceeding a mile further to the man's house who had sent them the milk, whose name was Gilchrist M.Rath, they, through his means, prevailed upon the boy to return them the purse, from which he had abstracted only a mere trifle. They now hastened to join Charles by another road, who was now in the greatest pain lest they had fallen into the hands of an officer and some privates, who passed the same road that they had gone upon, while he was concealed near by it waiting for their return, so that they found the loss of the purse, by scattering them in the manner it did, had been the mean of saving them from falling into the hands of the enemy.
They now continued their march during the remainder of the night, and on the morning of the twenty-eighth came to a hill above Stathchluanie, where, selecting a fast place, they slept till three o'clock in the afternoon, when they resumed their march, and had the mortification to hear the troops firing on the hill above them upon the poor people, who had in vain fled thither with part of their cattle, in hopes to be beyond the reach of the ruthless soldiery. Holding their way directly north, and ascending a high hill between Glenmoriston and Strathglass, they reached the top of it late at night, where they were obliged to lodge in an open cave, where they could neither lie nor sleep, being completely drenched by the rain that had fallen without intermission during all the preceding day, and having no fuel to make a fire, nor any other way of warming themselves but by smoking tobacco. These comfortless quarters no doubt made the thoughts of France to Charles still more delectable, and about three o'clock of the morning of the twentyninth, Glenaladale, bis brother, and the Glengary guide, were again despatched in quest of some person who might conduct him to Pollew, that he might be satisfied fully with respect to the French ships that had been reported to be there. The top of a neighbouring hill was appointed as the place where they should again meet. For this place Charles set out about five o'clock in the morning, and be reached it in about two hours. Here the guide brought them the welcome intelligence, that he had found out some proper persons, by whom he was desired to inform Glenaladale to repair to a cave in the braes of Glenmoriston, called Coiraghath, where they would meet him at an appointed hour with some victuals. They of course repaired to the appointed place, when Charles, whom they had supposed to be young Clanronald, was immediately recognised—for his new friends were his old soldiers—and conducted to a cave, where, after having had something to eat, he was soon lulled asleep by the murmer of a stream that ran through it close by his bedside.
Charles, if we may credit the reports of his friends, was at this time in a most deplorable condition, clothed in old Highland rags, a shirt of the colour of saffron, without one to change it, an old bonnet on his head, tartan hose on his legs, and a pair of tattered brogues tied on his feet with thongs; his looks were haggard with famine, and his frame worn down with fatigue, while an inveterate itch gave him the loathsome aspect of an incurable leper. After resting in this quiet retreat, however, for three days, he felt so refreshed that he imagined himself fit to encounter any hardships. During these three days, two of his attendants observing a party of soldiers passing between Fort Augustus and Strathglass, waylaid some of the officer's servants, who had fallen a little behind the party, fired upon them, and succeeded in carrying off a portmanteau or two, which afforded him the luxury of clean linen. On the second of August they removed to Coirin-head-bain, where, in a romantic cave, much the same as the former, they remained four days, when, learning that lord Seaforth's factor, a captain of militia, had pitched his camp in their neighbourhood, for the purpose of grazing a large herd of cattle, they moved north
* Home's History of the Rebellion, pp. 184, 185. Scots Magazine for 1746.
and the latter of these gentlemen, concealed themselves, while Glenaladale went forward to inquire into the cause, and found it to be a number of his own tenants driving their cattle out of the reach of the troops, who, to the number of six or seven hundred, were come to the head of Lochairkaig on purpose to enclose Charles, whom they were well assured was now in Clanronald's country, through which they were making the most minute search. This was intelligence of the most alarming description, but it probably saved them from falling into the hands of their enemies, who were just before them. Glenaladale instantly sent one of his tenants to Glenfinnin, from which they were only about a mile distant, to recall his brother, and bring along the two men whom he had stationed there for a guard; he sent also another of his tenants for Donald Cameron of Glenpean to a neighbouring hill, whither be had retired with his effects upon the approach of the soldiers, from whom he expected to learn the situation of the troops at Fort Augustus, and by whose prudence and knowledge of the country he hoped to be guided past the guards that were now stationed around them in all directions.
Waiting here for the return of these messengers, one of Glenaladale's tenants' wives, lamenting the fate of her master, milked some of her cows, and brought him the milk, being all the refreshment it was in her power to furnish, and even this kindness in his present circumstances he would gladly have declined. Charles, on her approach, covered his head with a handkerchief, and passed for one of Glenaladale's servants, who was ill with a headache—the woman was politely dismissed, and a small portion of the milk saved for his special refreshment. The messenger sent to Glenfinnin soon returned having found none of the persons he was sent for; but he brought the alarming intelligence, that upwards of one hundred of the Argyleshire militia were already at the foot of the hill upon which they now stood. The messenger sent for Donald Cameron had not yet returned, but there was no time to be lost, so they set out about sunset, travelling with the utmost expedition till about eleven at night, when, passing between two hills, they perceived a man coming down one of the hills towards them, upon which Charles and lieutenant Macdonald