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word nask terminates the notice of Gaelic law, that the gypsire, or ponch, was worn banging

terms; and the next paragraph—“ In Man, at the girdle on one side during the middle The Scottish Gaël; or, Celtic Manners, as pre- the swine of felons belonged to the king,” &c., ages, throughout Europe ; and there is, or served among the Highlanders: being an though it sounds as if it either had some rela- was, an effigy of a Scotch warrior, of the Historical and Descriptive Account of the tion to what has gone before, or was, as the fourteenth century, to be seen at Ilcolmkil, Inhabitants, Antiquities, and National Pecu- French say, apropos des bolles, is, in fact, the attired in a gambeson, and wearing a square liarities of Scotland, gc. By James Logan, commencement of an entirely different subject leathern pouch (the dorlach) on the right F. S. A. S. 2 vols. 8vo. London, 1830. (the legal punishments of the Celts), and re- side ;* but the hairy and tasselled sporan of Smith, Elder, and Co.

quires, at least, a word or two by way of intro- the modern Highlander is worn in front, and In our short notice of this work, a fortnight duction. There is also something obscure in differs totally in form, as well as situation, ago, we recommended it to the patronage of the paragraph immediately succeeding :-“Ac- from any other description of pouch with which the public, as a most meritorious and curious cording to Diodorus, the Celts impaled on we have met. Could not Mr. Logan have fur. performance. Our favourable opinion, thus stakes, and burned on lofty piles, those who were nished us with the date of the alteration ? expressed on a first hasty glance at the vo- guilty of any great crime, after a close impri. Respecting the trius again, which has been con. lumes, we are happy to say has not been sonment of five years; and in like manner he sidered by many of our best antiquaries to be shaken by an attentive perusal. Mr. Logan's says they used their captives-some cutting more ancient than the feile-beag, Mr. Logan reading is extensive, his research deep, and his the throats, burning, or otherwise destroying remarks, that the Gaelic triubahs, or triughas, enthusiasm extraordinary: his path was almost both men and beasts. Among the ancient Ca. the Irish trius and Welsh trưs, signify the untrodden-a circumstance which must have ledonians, malefactors who were sentenced to vestment which covers the loins, derived from added greatly to the difficulty of the task, death were burnt between two fires ; from the root trus, gather, truss, or tuck up, &c.;” but which is likely to reward him for his whence is derived the saying—Edir da teine and contends that the Irish trouse and mantle, labours by the value and novelty it attaches to Bheil--he is between the two fames of Bel.” so often alluded to by old writers, were formed them.' His volumes have, however, in com Now, we do not perceive the likeness in man- like the breacan or belted plaid of the Scots mon with many other archæological publica- ner between cutting the throat of a prisoner Highlanders, and left the legs - bare. Yet imtions, two serious faults, which are consider- of war and burning or impaling a notorious mediately afterwards (p. 257) he says, without able drawbacks, unfortunately, on their general criminal after five years' imprisonment; nor any comment, “ the triughas, pronounced trius, utility. The first is a lack of that chronologi- can we exactly understand what the other men are pantaloons and stockings joined; and are cal arrangement which can alone leave a clear and beasts have to do with the business. The either knit like the latter, or, according to the impression on the mind of the reader ; and the peculiar custom of burning a malefactor be- ancient manner, are formed of tartan cloth, second, the absence of contemporary authority tween two fires, as practised by the ancient nicely fitted to the shape, and fringed down for numberless statements, which require to Caledonians, is not traced to the Celts de- the legs; they were sometimes merely striped, be so established before the cautious inquirer scribed by Diodorus ; on the contrary, it is ex- and were fastened by a belt round the loins, chooses to accept them as the bases of ingenious pressly stated that their criminals were burned with a square piece of cloth hanging down speculations. Mr. Logan, besides, being him on lofty piles - and on what authority does before.” And “respecting this dress,” he tells self perfectly acquainted with, and enthusias- Mr. Logan record the former singular punish- us, " there is preserved a Gaelic saving," after tically attached to, his subject, canters on bis ment ? We presume he can furnish us with contending through the two previous pages hobby in the most excursive manner, from the one, but he has not done so; and before he that the trius was not originally a covering Grampians to the Alps, from the siege of Troy asserts that the Gaelic proverb is derived from for the legs, and that the term, which was to the battle of Culloden, from Tentabochus, that custom, the critical reader will require applicable to the tucked-up breacan, was king of the Tentoni, to Big Sam, the Prince that the custom itself should be proved to have given to the trousers adopted on the prohiof Wales's porter till his bewildered reader existed. In that very interesting portion of bition of the ancient dress. How are we to feels, on laying down the book, as if he had the work which relates to the national dress reconcile such contradictory statements ? Notawoke from one of those puzzling dreams in of Scotland, round assertions are made by withstanding these faults, however, we repeat which every thing in nature is served up to his scores, without any authorities being quoted with pleasure, that there is much curious and mental vision, jumbled together like the dish in their support, while the want of chrono- valuable matter in these volumes ; and that of salmagundi that has occasioned his indiges- logical arrangement is perplexing in the er. Mr. Logan has acted as a zealous pioneer for tion.'. It is not to instances where parallels are treme. Mr. Logan discovers the feile-beag, the student of Celtic antiquity. He has not drawn between the customs of the Highlanders or kilt, on the seal of Alexander I. of Scot- the erudition of Chalmers, nor the perspicuity and those of some remnant of the great Celtic land, considering it apparently (as we under- of Davies ; but he has gotten together a mass race in other parts of the globe, that we are stand him) neither more nor less than a tunic of very interesting materials, and deserves the here alluding—it is to the jumping backwards reaching to the knees. Now it needs no ghost thanks and patronage of the British public, and forwards the abrupt transitions—the sud- from the grave to tell us, that the tunic is particularly of that portion of it to which he den stride to remote objects when least ex- nearly as ancient as the Grampians them- immediately belongs, and whose claims to our pected, and which, at the first glance, indaces selves; but the garment so called was of the respect and admiration he has so ardently and us to imagine we have turned over two leaves shape of a shirt, with or without sleeves, and learnedly supported. The following miscel

For instance, at p. 213, vol. i., we covered the body from the neck to the knees. laneous extracts may be taken as a favourread—“A tenant in Caithness spun a certain The feile-beag is now put on like a petticoat, able specimen of the style in which the work quantity of woollen yarn, and so much of lint; and is a separate article of dress from the vest or is written ; though the need of cuts and en. paid a quantity of oats to feed the laird's horses; jacket that covers the chest to the waist. When gravings puts it out of our power to refer to trout, if near a river or lake; and if in the did this alteration take place ? Did the fashion several portions of the highest antiquarian vicinity of a wood, a certain number of nasks, of making it separate originate with the Scots, interest. i.e. binders of birch, to secure the laird's cows." or was it borrowed from some other nation? “ Every one knows that the Scots are fond “. In Man, the swine of felons belonged to the The kilt is certainly not a tunic at present. of snuff, and the figure of a Highlander is the king, the goats to the queen.'

Aud the sporan, or purse, "anciently,” Mr. almost invariable symbol of a snuff-shop. How Now, this is like the rough jotting down of Logan says, “ was small, and less decorated;" they became so noted for their partiality to notes in an antiquary's pocket-book; and either and he instances that of Lord Lovat, who suf. sneeshin' is not easy to determine ; it is a startles or confuses, according to the character fered in 1746. Anciently! Where is the au

* Mr. Logan is perhaps aware of the existence of this of the reader. With the explanation of the thority for its existence anciently? We know I effigy, but he has not alluded to it.

at once.

subject that has hitherto received little atten- in Ross-shire, where he was formerly resident, knots was an important part of the mystical tion. There is a tradition, that when the Black there was but one person addicted to drink ; studies of the druidical order, and appears Watch, now the 42nd regiment, first came to and a native of Laggan, Inverness-shire, knew to have been known by few. Talliesin, tvbo London, the men were so constantly calling to but one individual in that part who was accus- gloried in belonging to the profession, bunasts supply themselves with their favourite powder, tomed to intoxication : these characters in- of this part of his knowledge ; his acquaintance that the dealers whose snuff had met with dulged their depraved tastes in solitude, for with every sprig, and the meaning of the their patronage, adopted the figure of a High- they could find no associates. The Highland- trees, he calls understanding his institute.' lander to indicate their business. This may be ers seldom met for a carousal, and when they We thus see that the Celts had a method of very correct ; but how came the inhabitants of did assemble, they enjoyed themselves very conveying their knowledge to the initiated by the remote Highlands and Isles so speedily to heartily, the lawing,' or bill, being paid by a a sort of hieroglyphic, or symbolical characters, bring into universal use an article that had general contribution, for which a bonnet was produced by twigs, or branches of various trees; heen but recently introduced in England ? Sir passed around the company. If, however, the and the characters, which afterwards formed an Walter Raleigh first brought tobacco here, Highlanders seldom met to drink together, it alphabet, represented those branches and reabout 1586; and we know that, like all inno- must be confessed that when they did · forga- tained the names of different trees.” vations, it must have been some time before its ther,' they were inclined to prolong their stay,

[To be concluded in our next.] use became common, even in the south ; yet, and would occasionally spend days and nights in a poem by Mary Mac Leod, of the house of over the bottle. Donald Ross, an old man, The Exiles of Palestine: a Tale of the Honig Dunvegan, addressed to John Mac Leod, bro- full of amusing anecdotes of the gentlemen of Land. By the Author of “ Letters fron ther to Sir Norman, and written about 1600, Sutherland and the neighbouring counties, used the East.' 3 vols. 12mo. London, 1831. she thanks him for presenting her with a bra to dwell with particular pleasure on those social Saunders and Otley. thombac, or tobacco mill-stone. Now it is not treats. The laird of Assynt, on one occasion, The time in which a romance is laid is a point at all probable that the Highlanders could having come down to Dunrobin, was accosted that at once tries the taste and the research have received their knowledge of this plant by the smith of the village, when just ready to of the writer. Novelty and association are both from the English, or that, in so short a time, mount his garron and set off. The smith being required; the ground, though haunted by the they would have been, not only reconciled, but an old acquaintance, and the laird, like the late past, should be unbroken by the present; and, proverbially addicted to its use. The strong Mac Nab and others of true Highland blood, in these writing days, it is no easy task to find prejudice which the Gaël have to innovation of thinking it no derogation from his dignity to an historical subject worthy of choice, and yet all kinds, even emanating from a less ob- accept the gobh's invitation to take deoch an unchosen. The crusades are full of adventure; jectionable quarter than the Sassanach, forbids doras, a draught at the door, or stirrup-cup, and, with recollections that come home to every us to believe that their snuff was connected (for every glass had its significant appellation,) memory, their only drawback is, that the lion. with Raleigh's discovery. The root cormheille, and went into the house, where the smith called hearted Richard and the noble Saladin are fami. or braonan, was chewed like tobacco by the old for the largest jar or graybeard of whiskey, a liar to every reader. Highlanders, and may have been smoked or pitcher that holds perhaps two gallons, mean. The author before us has been peculiarly ground to snuff; but whatever the article was, | ing, without doubt, to shew the laird that when happy in a choice of period which, while it has it is certain that the Celts were accustomed to they parted, it should not be for want of liquor. all the advantage of historic interest, yet in. smoke, and their pipes have been frequently Well,' says Donald, they continued to sit volves no comparison, and whose ground is det dug up both in Britain and Ireland. They and drink, and converse on various matters; and untouched. Nor has he been less judicious were discovered, in considerable numbers, under and the more they talked, the more subjects in his choice of place: perhaps not a man in ground, at Brannockstown, in the county of for conversation arose, and it was the fourth England is so well calculated as the writer of Kildare, in 1784 ; and a skeleton, found under day before the smith thought of his shop, or the “ Letters from the East" to do justice to an ancient barrow, had a pipe actually sticking the laird of Assynt.' It is customary at meet the natural beauty and exciting memories of between its teeth. Its form is much similar to ings of Highland Societies to accompany certain the Holy Land. The scene is at a period whes those now in use, only of an oval or egg-shape. toasts with Celtic honours,' that are thus be- valour took its highest tone from misfortune, Herodotus says, the Scyths had certain herbs, stowed. The chief or chairman, standing up, and devotion was deepened by despair into which were thrown into the fire, and the smoke gives the toast, and with a slight wave of the fervid enthusiasm. But we will use his ows being inhaled by those sitting around, it affected hand, repeats three times, suas e, suas e, suas e, words : them as wine did the Greeks. Strabo tells us, 'up with it, up with it, up with it,' the whole “ Almost at the foot of Mount Carmel, there a certain religious sect among them smoked company also standing, and joining him in stands a solitary castle, on a rock that juts out for recreation; and Mela and Solinus plainly three short huzzas. This is repeated, when he into the sea : the walls and towers are in a describe the smoke as being inhaled through then pronounces the word nish, now, also three ruinous state, but still massive enough to afford tubes. The Highlanders appear to have adopted times, with peculiar emphasis, in which he is a strong hold to the Bedouin, as well as a home the tobacco introduced by Raleigh from a pre- joined by the company, who dwell a consider to the traveller. And this home, of a night, vious addiction to a native herb of similar pun- able time on the last cheer. As the company is a romantic and impressive one; the beautiful gency; and they are said to have formerly sit down, the piper strikes up an appropriate declivities of the mountain are behind; dark grown and prepared their own tobacco in a tune.

with trees, or covered with the flocks of the very judicious manner, drying it by the fire, “The word aos in Irish, which at first sig- shepherd. The waves bathe the walls of the and grinding both stem and leaf,' making a nified a tree, was applied to a learned person ; castle on every side, save one, a narrow path snuff not unlike what is now termed Irish and feadha, woods or trees, became the term that joins it to the main. Many of the apartblackguard. They are so partial to snuff, that applied to prophets or wise men, undoubtedly ments are still entire, and very spacious; fur a supply of it is often a sufficient inducement from their knowledge of the alphabet, or sylvan here formerly lodged the kings and princesa for one to accompany a traveller across exten- characters, which were used. The Re. the crusades. The sun was setting on the sive tracts of mountain or muir.”

searches of Mr. Davies have thrown much gloomy battlements as we rested on our jou. “ The love of intoxicating liquors is a vice light on Celtic Antiquities, and in his pages ney beside them; for their shelter is the only which people in a low scale of civilisation are will be found several passages from bardic one for a long way on the coast. After the prone to.

The Gauls, who drank sparingly of compositions, which elucidate the tree system expulsion of the Christians, by the capture of their own beverages, indulged to excess in the of learning. It is well known that various Ptolemais or Acre, this noble castle of Peleproduce of the Italian vintage. The High- trees and shrubs have been symbolical, or used grino was left desolate, till a singular instance landers can enjoy a social glass as much as any as tokens ; but the learning of the sprigs con- of daring occurred. Only a few years after persons ; but although whiskey is plentiful sisted in arranging, tying, and intertwining wards, a small and solitary band of knights with them, habitual tippling is extremely rare, them in various ways, thereby altering their took possession of it, and defended it with and there is a proverb which speaks their con- expression or import. There is a work which success, for some time, against all the power tempt of those who meet for the sake of drink- Mr. Davies quotes, in which the author says, of the enemy. ing only. The renowned Fingal, who, by the he loves the sprigs with their woven tops, “ The castle of Pelegrino is a monumeat by, delivered his axims in triads, said, that tied with a hundred knots, after the manner of what the enthusiasm of a few men could one of the worst things which could happen to of the Celts, with the artists employed about achieve. As we stood before its ruinous walk a man was to drink curmi in the morning. their mystery.' Small branches of different we could not help admiring the courage that. Measg, mixture, now pronounced meisg, signi- trees were fastened together, and being placed in this sea-girt hold, had set at defiance the fies drunkenness, apparently from the stupify- in the tablet of devices, they were read by whole power of the invaders. With great ing effects of drinking mixed liquors. A gen. sages who were versed in science.' The art labour they repaired the shattered defences; tleman assured me, that, in the parish of Lairg, I of tying the sprigs in numerous and intricate while the desolate chambers, with their calls

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