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when they called over the brother of Robert Bruce from Scotland.-William de Bourgo, brother to the Earl of Ulster, and Richard de Birmingham, were sent against the main body of the native insurgents, who were headed rather than commanded by Felim O'Connor.— The important battle, which decided the subjection of Ireland, took place on the 10th of August, 1815. It was the bloodiest that ever was fought between the two nations, and continued throughout the whole day, from the rising to the setting sun. The Irish fought with inferior discipline, but with great enthusiasm. They lost ten thousand men, among whom were twenty-nine chiefs of Connaught.—Tradition states that after this terrible day, the O'Connor family, like the Fabian, were so nearly exterminated, that throughout all Connaught not one of the name remained, except Felim's brother, who mas capable of bearing arms.
Lochiel, the chief of the warlike clan of the Camerons, and descended from ancestors distinguished in their narrow sphere for great personal prowess, was a man worthy of a better cause and fate than that in which he embarked, the enterprise of the Stuarts in 1745. His memory is still fondly cherished among the Highlanders, by the appellation of the gentle Lochiel, for he was famed for his social virtues as much as his martial and magnanimous (though mistaken) loyalty. His influence was so important among the Highland chiefs, that it depended on his joining with his clan whether the standard of Charles should be raised or not in 1745. Lochiel was himself too wise a man to be blind to the consequences of so hopeless an enterprise, but his sen
sibility to the point of honour overruled his wisdom. Charles appealed to his loyalty, and he could not brook the reproaches of his prince. When Charles landed at Borrodale, Lochiel went to meet bim, but, on his way, called at his brother's house (Cameron of Fassafern,) and told him on what errand he was going; adding, however, that he meant to dissuade the prince from his enterprise. Fassasern advised him in that case to communicate his mind by letter to Charles. “No," said Lochiel, “I think it due to my prince to give him my reasons in person for refusing to join his standard." “ Brother," "replied Fassafern, “I know you better than you know yourself; if the prince once sets his eyes on you, he will make you do what he pleases. The interview accordingly took place, and Locbiel, with many arguments, but in vain, pressed the Pretender to return to France, and reserve himself and his friends for a more favourable occasion, as he had come, by his own acknowledgment, without arms, or money, or adherents ; or, at all events, to remain concealed till his friends should meet and deliberate what was best to be done. Charles, whose mind was wound up to the utmost im. patience, paid no regard to this proposal, but answered,
that he was determined to put all to the hazard. In a few days,” said he, I will erect the royal standard, and proclaim to the people of Great Britain, that Charles Stuart is come over to claim the crown of his ancestors, and to win it or perish in the attempt. Lochiel, who by my father has often told me he was our firmest friend, may stay at home, and learn from the newspapers the fate of his prince.' No," said Lochiel, “I will share the fate of my prince, and so shall every man over whom nature or fortune hath given me any power.'
The other chieftains who followed Charles embraced his cause with no better hopes. It engages our sympathy most strongly in their behalf, that no motive, but their fear to be reproached with cowardice or disloyalty, impelled them to the hopeless adventure. or this we have an example in the interview of prince Charles with Clanronald, another leading chieftain in the rebel army.
Charles,” says Home, “ almost reduced to despair, in his discourse with Boisdale, addressed the two High
landers with great emotion, and, summing up his argu
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An account of the second sight, in Irish called Taish,
th culty of seeing an otherwise invisible object, without any previous means used by the person who sees it, for that end. The vision makes such a lively impression
be upon the seers, that they neither see nor think of any thing else except the vision as long as it continues; and
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then they appear pensive or jovial according to the object which was represented to them.
“ At the sight of the vision the eyelids of the person ise,
are erected, and the eyes continue staring until the obmns ject vanish. This is obvious to others who are standtain ing by when the persons happen to see a vision; and
occurred more than once to my own observation, and to others that were with me.
“ There is one in Skie, of whom his acquaintance ual observed, that when he sees a vision the inner parts of He his eyelids turn so far upwards, that after the object had disappears, he must draw them down with his fingers,
and sometimes employs others to draw them down,
which he finds to be the easier way. hen
" This faculty of the second sight does not lineally descend in a family, as some have imagined; for I know several parents who are endowed with it, and their chil
dren are not: and vice versa. Neither is it acquired ikils by any previous compact. And after strict inquiry, I
could never learn from any among them, that this facul
ty was communicable to any whatsoever. The seer -0"
knows neither the object, time, nor place of a vision before it appears; and the same object is often seen by different persons living at a considerable distance from one another. The true way of judging as to the time and circumstances is by observation ; for several persons of judgment who are without this faculty are more capable to judge of the design of a vision than a novice that is a seer. If an object appear in the day or night, it will come to pass sooner or later accordingly.
“If an object is seen early in the morning, which is not frequent, it will be accomplished in a few hours afterwards; if at noon, it will probably be accomplished that very day; if in the evening, perhaps that night;
if after candles be lighted, it will be accomplished that be
night: the latter always an accomplishment by weeks, months, and sometimes years, according to the time of the night the vision is seen.
“ When . hroud is seen about one, it is a sure prognostic of death. The time is judged according to the height of it about the person; for if it is not seen above the middle, death is not to be expected for the space of a year, and perhaps some months longer: and as it is
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frequently seen to ascend higher towards the head, death is concluded to be at hand within a few days, if not hours, as daily experience confirms. Examples of this kind were shown me, when the person of whom the observations were then made was in perfect health.
“ It is ordinary with them to see houses, gardens, and trees, in places void of all these, and this in process of time is wont to be accomplished; as at Mogslot, in the isle of Skie, where there were but a few sorry low houses thatched with straw; yet in a few years the vision, which appeared often, was accomplished by the building of several good houses in the very spot represented to the seers, and by the planting of orchards there.
“ To see a spark of fire is a forerunner of a dead child, to be seen in the arms of those persons; of which there are several instances. To see a seat empty at the time of sitting in it, is a presage of that person's death quickly after it.
“ When a novice, or one that has lately obtained the second sight, sees a vision in the night time without doors, and comes near a fire, he presently falls into a
“ Some find themselves as it were in a crowd of people, having a corpse, which they carry along with them; and after such visions the seers come in sweating, and describe the vision that appeared. If there be any of their acquaintance among them, they give an account of their names, as also of the bearers; but they know nothing concerning the corpse."
Horses and cows (according to the same credulous author) have certainly sometimes the same faculty : and he endeavours to prove it by the signs of fear which the animals exhibit, when second-sighted persons see visions in the same place.
“ The seers (he continues) are generally illiterate and well meaning people, and altogether void of design: nor could I ever learn that any of them ever made the least gain by it; neither is it reputable among them to have that faculty. Besides, the people of the isles are not so cred.lous as to believe implicitly before the thing predicted is accomplished; but when it is actually accomplished afterwards, it is not in their power to deny