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XX. Introduction.
reflect, and with gi-eat ability, the conditions of
a comparatively simple and unsophisticated soeiety.
/s^ The modern poets represent all classes. A number
belong to the old ruhng families, which, indeed, had
always produced men and women who could tum a
vigorous and pointed poem. Archibald MacDonald,
an Ciaran Mabach (fl. 1650), was brother of Sir James
MacDonald of Sleat. Another Archibald MacDonald,
his contemporary, was head of the MacDonalds of
Keppoch. His daughter Sihs (CeHa, Cicely, JuHa), a
highly gifted poetess, was wife of a landed gentleman,
Alexander Gordon of Beldomie, on the upper Deveron,
in Aberdeenshire. John MacDonald, lain Lom, was;
[^ the great-grandson of lain Aluinn, a chief of Keppoch.
Duncan'Ma-crae, who wrote the Fernaig Manuscript,.
an ingenious man and a capable poet, was head of the
Inverinate branch of the Macraes, on Loch Duich side.
His brother, also a poet, was minister of KintaiL
Alexander Mackenzie and his son Murdoch, Murchadh
Mòr mac Mhic Mhurchaidh, were lairds of Achilty in
Eoss-shire. Others, apart from the circumstance of
birth, were educated men. Alexander MacDonald,
Mac Mhaighistir Alasdair, was a clergyman's son, and
a student of Ghisgow University. nC Wilham Eoss was
educated a.t the Grammar School of Forres. Ewen
MacLachlan (17731-1822), of Lochaber and Aberdeen,
was one of the most scholarly men of his time. Many
clergymen also were poets, such as John Maclean
1 Mr. P. J. Aiiderson says : "All previous accounts of Mac-
Lachlan, including the two monumental inscriptions, have given
1775 as the year of his birth. But the date of his baptism, 15tb
March, 1773, is conclusive." — Aherdeen Univ. Bulletin, May,,

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