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he wished to enjoy a smoke with him before parting. Snapping his gun, Malcolm, by means of the flash in the pan, lighted some tow which he held at the mouth of the pipe whilst Charles blew it. As the pipe was extremely short, Charles's cheek was scorched with the blaze of the tow. At parting, Charles presented him with a silver stockbuckle, and then embracing Malcolm in his arms, saluted him twice, and begging God to bless him, put ten guineas into his hand. Malcolm at first positively refused to accept the money, as he perceived that the prince's purse was much exhausted; but Charles insisted upon his taking it, and assuring him that he would get enough for all his wants upon the mainland, Malcolm yielded. Having procured a better pipe, Charles presented the one with which he had been smoking to Malcolm, who preserved it with great care.* · Between eight and nine o'clock in the evening of Friday, the fourth of July, the prince departed for the mainland, accompanied by the chief
and John Mackinnon. The observation of Charles, that he would ob· tain a fair wiad after putting to sea, had made a deep impression upon
the superstitious mind of the generous Malcolm, who accordingly sat down upon the side of a hill to watch the expected change, which, according to him, took place very soon, for the crew had not rowed the boat half a mile from the shore in the direction of the ships, before the wind chopped about, and whilst it favoured the prince, drove the men-ofwar out of sight.t
After a rough voyage, the party reached a place called Little Mallag or Malleck, on the south side of Loch Nevis in Moidart, distant about thirty miles from the place where they had embarked. At sea they met a boat, containing some armed militia. No attempt was made to board, and a few words were exchanged in passing Charles's visit to Skye soon became public, and the fact of bis having been harboured and protected by certain persons in that island, could not be disguised. Malcolın Macleod's connexion with the prince being reported, he was apprehended a few days after Charles's departure for the mainland, put on board a ship, and conveyed to London, where he remained a prisoner till the first of July, seventeen hundred and forty
+ This 'cutty,' as a small tobacco-pipe, almost worn to the stump, is called in Scot. land, was presented by Malcolm, when at London, to Dr Burton of York, a fellowprisoner, who got a fine shagreen case made for it.-Jacobite Memoirs, p. 487. Mr Boswell gives the following sketch of this worthy Highlander in his Tour to the Hebrides : “He was now (1774) sixty-two years of age, hale and well proportioned, with a manly countenance, lanned by the weather, yet having a ruddiness in his cheeks, over a great part of which his rough beard extended. His eye was quick and lively, yet his look was not fierce; but he appeared at once firm and good-humoured. He wore a pair of brogues, tartan hose which came up nearly to his knees, a purple camblet kllt, a black waistcoat, a short green cloth coat bound with gold cord, a yellow bushy wig, a large blue bonnet with a gold thread button. I never saw a figure which gave a more perfect representation of a Highland gentleman. I wished much to have a picture of him just as he was. I found him frank and polite in the true sense of the word.”
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seven, when he was discharged without being asked a single question. Kingsburgh also was taken up and conveyed to Fort Augustus, where, after being pluudered of his shoe-buckles, garters, watch, and money, he was thrown into a dungeon, and loaded with irons. He was discharged by mistake for another person of the same name, but was brought back, and afterwards conveyed to Edinburgh, and committed to the castle, in which he remained till the fourth of July, in the same year.
Flora Macdonald was also apprehended about the same time by a party of militia, while on her way to the house of Donald Macdonald, of Castleton in Skye, who had sent her notice that Macleod of Talisker, an officer of an independent company, had requested him to send for her. She was put on board the Furnace Bomb, and afterwards removed to Commodore Smith's sloop, and treated with great kindness and attention by him and General Campbell. She was confined a short time in Dunstaffnage castle. After being conveyed from place to place, she was put on board the Royal Sovereign, lying at the Nore, on the twenty-eighth of November, and carried up to London on the sixth of December following, where she remained in confinement till July in the following year, when she was discharged, at the especial request_according to the tradition of her family—of Frederick, prince of Wales, father of George III. without a single question having been put to her. After her liberation, Miss Macdonald was invited to the house of Lady Primrose, a zealous Jacobite lady, where she was
• When sent to Dunstafsnage, General Campbell sent the following letters to the • Captain :
“ HORSE SHOR BAY, August 1, 1746 « Dear Sir,
“I must desire the favour of you to forward my letters by an express to Inverary; and if any are left with you, let them bo sent by the bearer. I shall stay here with Commodore Smith till Sunday morning. If you can't come, 1 beg to know if you have any men now in garrison at your house, and how many ? Make my compliments to your lady, and tell her that I am obliged to desire the favour of her for some days to receive a very pretty young rebel. Her zeal, and the persuasion of those who ought to have given her better advice, has drawn her into a most unhappy scrape, by assisting the young Pretender to make his escape. I need say nothing further will we meet; only as sure you, that I am, dear Sir,
“ Your sincere friend and humble servant,
“JOHN CAMPBELL. " I suppose you have heard of Miss Flora Macdonald. “ To Neil CAMPBEI.L, Esq. Captain of Dunstaffnage." ..
« WEDNESDAY EVENING.
“ You will deliver to the bearer, John Macleod, Mias Macdonald, to be conducted in his wherry. Having no officer to send, it would be very proper you send ona of your garrison alongst with her. I am, Sir,
« Your most obedient, humble servant,
“JOHN CAMPBELL “ To the Captain of Dungtaffnage."
visited by a number of distinguished persons, who loaded her with presents. She and Malcolm Macleod returned to Scotland together jo a post-chaise provided by Lady Primrose, and, on their way, paid a visit to Dr Burton at York, who had been previously liberated from jail This gentleman having asked Malcolm his opinion of the prince, the trusty Highlander replied, that “ he was the most cautious man he ever saw, not to be a coward, and the bravest, not to be rash." Few persons, now-a-days, will be disposed to concur in this eulogium, for though personally brave, Charles was extremely rash and inconsiderate.*
• The subsequent history of the estimable Flora Macdonald may be stated in a few words. After her return to Skye, she married young Macdonald of Kingsburgh, whom she accompanied to America some years thereafter. Having lost her husband, and suffered many privations during the war of American independence, she returned with her family to her native island before the termination of that contest. She lived to an advanced period, and retained her Jacobite predilections to the last hour of her existence. Though mild in her disposition, she was roused to anger when any attempt was made in her hearing to depreciate the exiled family; and nothing offended her so much as the absurd appellation of Pretender applied to Prince Charles and his father.
Pursuit of Charles on Loch Nevis-Proceeds to Morar-Interview with Macdonald of
Morar-Arrives at Borodale Meets Glenaladale-Sets off for Glen Morar-Escapes many dangers, and crosses the chain of posts placed to intercept him-Arrives at Glenshiel-Entertained by a party of robbers in a cave-Death of Roderick Mackenzie, who is mistaken for the Prince--Charles arrives in Strathglass Proceeds to the Braes of Glengary-Moets with Cameron of Clunes—Joins Lochiel and Cluny in their retreat on Benalder- A description of the cage fitted up for Charles The Prince embarks at Borodale-Safo arrival in France.
As parties of the military were known to be stationed at a short distance from the place where Charles and his party landed, they were afraid to leave it, and slept three nights in the open air on the banks of Loch Nevis. On the fourth day the old laird and one of the boatmen ventured a little way into the country in quest of a place of concealment; and the prince, along with John Mackinnon and the other three boatmen, proceeded up the loch close to the shore. In turning a point they unexpectedly came upon a boat tied to a rock, and so near as to touch her with their oars. This boat belonged to a militia party who were seen standing on the shore, and were at once recognised by their badge, which was a red cross on their bonnets. This party immediately hailed the boat, and demanded to know whence they came. The boatmen answered that they were from Sleat. The militiamen then ordered the boat to come ashore; but the boatmen continuing to row, the military jumped into their boat and gave chase. Charles, who lay in the bottom of the boat with John Mackinnon's plaid spread over him, wished to get up and attempt to escape by jumping ashore, but Mackinnon would not allow him, as he considered the experiment very dangerous. During the pursuit, Charles, who was anxious to know the relative progress of the two boats, kept up a conversation with the trusty Highlander, who assured bim from time to time that the pursuers did not gain upon them. Both parties were equal in point of numbers; and as Mackinnon contemplated the possibility of the militiamen overtaking them, he directed the boatmen to keep their muskets close by them, but not to fire till he should give the word of command by firing first. “Be sure, (said John,) to take an aim. Mark well, and there is no fear. We will be able to manage these rogues, if we come to engage them." Charles, begging that no lives might be sacrificed without an absolute necessity, Mackinnon said he would not fire if it could be avoided; but if compelled to do so in self-defence, their own preservation required that none of the assailants should escape to tell the news of their disaster. Observing a wood at some distance which reached down to the water, Mackinnon directed the boatmen to pull in that direction; and on reaching the shore, the prince, followed by Mackinnon and one of the boatmen, sprang out of the boat, and plunging into the wood, nimbly ascended the hill. The alarm into which they had been thrown gave place to feelings of a very different description, when, on reaching the summit of the hill, they perceived their pursuers returning from their fruitless chase.*
Finding himself much fatigued, Charles slept three hours on this emipence, and, returning down the hill, crossed the loch to a small island near the seat of Macdonald of Scothouse. Understanding that old Clapranald was there on a visit, Charles sent Mackinnon to solicit his protection, but the old chief positively refused to receive him. Upon Mackinnon's return the party repassed the loch, and returned to Mal. lag, where they rejoined the old laird. After refreshing themselves, they set out for the seat of Macdonald of Morar, about eight miles distant. In crossing the promontory between Loch Nevis and Loch Morar they passed a shieling, or cottage, where they observed some people coming down towards the road. Afraid that he would be known, the prince made John Mackinnon fold his plaid for him, and threw it over his shoulder with his knapsack upon it. To disguise himself still farther, he tied a handkerchief about his head. In this attire Charles passed for Mackinnon's servant. A grandson of Macdonald of Scothouse, who was at the shieling, gave the party a draught of milk. At another shieling they procured another draught ; and, as the night was dark and the road bad, they took a guide along with them to conduct them across the ford to Morar's house. When they came to this ford, an amusing occurrence took place. Mackiunon, desirous to keep Charles dry in crossing, desired the guide to be so good as carry “this poor sick fellow," (pointing to the prince,) upon his back across the ford, as it was then pretty deep; but the guide indignantly answered, “The deil be on the back he comes, or any fellow of a servant like him; but I'll take you on my back, Sir, if you please, and carry you safely through the ford." “ No, by no means," said Mackinnon, “ if the lad must wade, I'll wade along with him, and help him, lest any harm should happen to him;" on saying which, he laid hold of Charles's arm, and they crossed the ford together. Both Charles and Mackinnon were pleased to find that the guide had no suspicion that the pretended sick person was the prince.
A little before day-break the party arrived at the end of their journey;