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THE PROPHECIES OF THE BRAHAN SEER. 23
years it can easily be leaped at no distant date.
Prudence would suggest a short lease of these Salmon
Fishings.
He also predicted that a large stone, standing on
the hill opposite Scallisaig farm-house, in Glenelg,
" will fall and kill a man." This boulder is well known
to people in the district, and the prophecy is of such a
definite character, that there cannot possibly be any
mistake about its meaning or its fulfilment should such
a calamity ever unfortunately take place.
PROPHECIES AS TO THE FULFILMENT OF WHICH THERE
IS A DOUBT.
"When a magpie (pitheid) shall have made a nest
for three successive years in the gable of the Church of
Ferrintosh, the church will fall when full of people,"
is one of those regarding which we find it difficult to
decide whether it has been already fulfilled or not. Mr
Macintyre, who supplies this version, adds the fol-
lowing remarks :— The Church of Ferrintosh was known
at an earlier period as the Parish Church of Urquhart
and Loggie. Some maintain that this prediction refers
to the Church of Urray. Whether this be so or not,
there were circumstances connected with the Church of
Ferrintosh in the time of the famous Rev. Dr Mac-
donald, which seemed to indicate the beginning of the
fulfilment of the prophecy, and which led to very
alarming consequences. A magpie actually did make
her nest in the church gable, exactly as foretold. This,
together with a rent between the church wall and the
stone stairs which led up to the gallery, seemed to
favour the opinion that the prophecy was on the eve of

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