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Dhomhuuill Duibli ban ; MacShimidh ceann-dearg ;
Sisealach claon ruadli ; MacCoinnich mor bodhar ; agus
MacGille-challum caraa-chasach, iar-oglia Ian bhig a
Ruiga, 'se sin a MacGille-challum is miosa 'thainig
na thig, cha bin mi ann ri linn, 's cha'n fhearr learn
ail" a bhith." (When we shall have a fair-haired
Lochiel ; a red-haired Lovat ; a squint-eyed, fair-haired
Chisholm ; a big deaf Mackenzie ; and a bow crooked-
legged MacGille challum, who shall be the great-grand-
son of John Beg, or little John, of Ruiga ; that Mac-
Gille-challum will be the worst that ever came or ever
will come; I shall not be in existence in his day, and T
have no desire that I should.) Ruiga is the name of a
place in Skye. When the last Macleod of Raasay was
born, an old sage in the district called upon his neigh-
bour, and told him, with an expression of great sorrow,
that MacGille-challum of Raasay now had an heir, and
his birth was a certain forerunner of the extinction of
his house. Such an event as the birth of an heir had
been hitherto, in this as in all other Highland ftimilies,
universally considered an occasion for great re-
joicing among the retainers. The other old man was
amazed, and asked the sage what he meant by such
unusual and disloyal remarks. " Oh !" answered he,
" do you not know that this is the great-grandson of
John Beg of Ruiga whom Coinneach Odhar pre-
dicted would be the worst of his race." And so he un-
doubtedly proved himself to be, for he lost for ever the
ancient inheritance of his house, and acted generally
in such a manner as to fully justify the Seer's predic-
tion, and what is still more remarkable, the Highland
lairds, with the peculiar characteristics and malforma-

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