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20 THE PROPH'SCIES OF THE BRAHAN SEER.
realized in all its details, tliongh some may be disposed
to think that signs are not wanting of its nltiraate ful-
filment : — " The day will come when the jaw-bone of
the big sheep, or ' caoiricli mhora,' will put the plough
on the rafters (air an aradh) ; when sheep shall become
so numerous that the bleating of the one shall be heard
by the other from Conchra in Lochalsh to Bun-da-Loch
in Kintail they shall be at their height in price, and
henceforth will go back and deteriorate, until they dis-
appear altogether, and be so thoroughly forgotten that
a man finding the jaw-bone of a sheep in a cairn,
will not recognise it or be able to tell what animal it
belonged to. The ancient proprietors of the soil shall
give place to strange merchant proprietors, and the
whole Highlands will become one huge deer forest ; the
whole country will be so utterly desolated and depopu-
lated that the crow of a cock shall not be heard north
of Druim-Uachdair ; the people will emigrate to Islands
now unknown, but which shall yet be discovered in the
boundless oceans, after which the deer and other wild
animals in the huge wilderness shall be exterminated
and drowned by horrid hhick rains (siantan dubha).
The people will then return and take undisturbed posses-
sion of the lands of their ancestors."
We have yet to see the realization of the following:
— " A dun, hornless, cow (supposed to mean a steamer)
will appear in the Mincb (off Carr Point, in Gairloch),
and make a *geum,' or bellow, which will knock the six
chimneys off Gairloch House." (Thig bo mhaol odhar a
steach an t-Aite-raor agus leigeas i geum aiste 'chuireas
na se lieannagan dheth an Tigh Dhige.) Gairloch House,
or the Tigh Dige of Ooinneach's day, was the old

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