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the letter, no one acquainted with the country will
The following would appear to have been made
on account of the unlikelihood of the oc-
currence : — " A Lochalsh woman shall weep over the
grave of a Frenchman in the burying-place of Lochalsh."
People imagined they could discern in this an allusion
to some battle on the West Coast, in which French
troops would be engaged ; but there was an occurrence
which gave it a very different interpretation. A native
of Lochalsh married a French footman, who died,
shortly after this event, and was interred in the burying-
ground of Lochalsh, thus leaving his widow to mourn
over his grave. This may appear a commonplace matter
enough, but it must be remembered that a Frenchman
in Lochalsh, and especially a Frenchman whom a
Highland woman would mourn over, in Coinneach's
day, was a very different phenomenon to what it is in
our days of railways, tourists, and steamboats.
The Seer also predicted the formation of a railway
through the Muir of Ord, handed down in the following
stanza : —
Nuair a bhioa da eaglais an Sgire na Toiseachd,
A's lamh da ordaig an T-Stian',
Da dhrochaid aig Sguideal nan geocaire,
As fear da imleag an Dunean,
Thig Miltearan a Carn a-chlarsair,
Air carbad gun each gun srian,
A dh-fhagas am Blar-dubh na f hasach,
'Dortadh fuil le iomadh sgian ;
A's olaidh am fitheach a thri saitheachd
De dh-fhnil nan Gaidheal, bho clach nam Fionn.

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