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  THE CELTIC MONTHLY.
  U5
  RODERICK MACRAE, BEAULY.
  President, Beault Shinty Clui!.
  ff^lHE subject of our sketch
  VK^ was boru at the farm
  "■^ of Baeklenan, Strath-
  conan, in 1825 His fore-
  fathers belonged to Kintail,
  and removed to Stratbconan
  several generations ago. His
  mother, Margaret, was a daughter of Mr. John
  Matheson of Milton, Strathglass, an old and
  respected family. Her brother Roderick was a
  Captain in the British army, and took part in
  the war with America — Mr. Macrae being
  called after hiui. He received his education in
  the local school, and in course of time could
  read English well — but did not understand a
  word of what he was reading ! The teacher
  could only speak English, the children only
  Gaelic, and the result may be easily imagined !
  When young Roderick was twelve years of age he
  entered into service in the low country, and when,
  after six months' absence, he returned home
  with his wages (£2) in his pocket he felt himself
  to be the richest boy in the strath ! It was at
  this time that the people were evicted from the
  south side of the river, the land being turned
  into a deer forest. The misery which this
  harsh treatment occasioned may be readily
  understood, and the Macrae family were
  ordered to remove from their holding to make
  room for one of the factor, Mr. Rose's, favourites.
  Mr. iSlacrae went to his uncles who held the
  farms of Clunvachie and Kellachie, and spent
  two winters with them, eventually entering the
  service of Mrs. Matheson of Hedgefield, mother
  of that distinguished Highlander, Sir Alexander
  Matheson, and one of the handsomest women
  of her day. INIr. Macrae owes much of his
  success in after years to the kindness of this
  lady. When he earned his lirst wages she put
  £1 of it in the bank, adding £2 of her own to
  it, and she continued doing this during her
  lifetime, the passbook being banded back by
  her to Roderick on her death bed. On
  presenting it at the bank he was told that out
  of some thousand depositors his was the largest
  amount in their possession. Thereafter Mr.
  Macrae spent five years at Ardross Castle, and
  two years with Mr. James Mackenzie, who
  leased the Lovat Arm Hotel and stables at
  Beauly, followed by a three years' exjoerience as
  a meal and corn merchant He was then asked
  to take over the Lovat Arms stables and horses,
  and some years ago he acquired the business of
  Mrs. John Grant at Inverness. In partnership
  with Mr. Deck the business has prospei'ed
  exceedingly, their present extensive premises
  being one of the most complete posting
  establishments in Scotland.
  Mr. Macrae's enthusiasm in Highland matters
  is well known in the north, and as President of
  the Beauly Shinty Club he is naturally proud
  that his club, by defeating the Brae-Lochaber,
  should have won the final for the Shinty
  Association Cup, and the Championship.
  "OLD WIVES' TALES,"
  FROM MACLEOD'S COUNTRY.
  The Fairy Sweethe.art.
  Taken down erom Eric Macdonald.
  .TRA.NSL.\TED >'ROM THE (lAELIC BY
  LOCKHART I'.OlJLE.
  (Continued from page 126.)
  j3S KNEW a woman, she was an old maid
  vjiy and had a fairy sweetheart, her name
  =^ was Marsallie Stunsail, dairymaid to
  Fear Roag sin Mac Suinu. People would see
  him going in at night and coming out in the
  morning. They say that he was bonnie in the
  face. An old man, Norman Morrison, used to
  see the fairy sweetheart going into the house,
  Greepland. He was the only one who saw it,
  and he put it about the country.
  Q. Would that not give her a bad name ?
  A. She became wild and queer, and did not
  see people. People did not give her a bad
  name. They did not mind those things so
  much then. They used to hear the fairies
  caUing on the hens. jMy father has heard them
  calling "Ditic bhui, diuc bhkin." It's in the
  night we would be hearing the fairies calling
  on the hens. Its likely our night would be
  their day
  The fairies would be taking away earthly
  human children and putting bodachs (old men)
  in place of them, with whiskers. The mothers
  would leave the bodachs all night where two
  roads cross, and in the morning the real child
  would be there.
  A Tale of a Little Fairy Man.
  In Uist a woman was one day j)assing a
  knoll, and she was tired and hot and very
  thirsty. She said, " O that my thirst was on a
  dairymaid (she could at once quench it, and it
  would be away from me), or that my thirst was
  allayed." She heard a voice, and was astonished
  to see a little fellow, red haired and bonnie,
  with a "kuman' of mUk in his hand, coming
  along the road. He was dressed in breeches and
  apron, and his arms were bare like a woman's,

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