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THE PROPHECIES OF THE BRAHAN ?EER. 35
dale) seems, in his own quaint way, to have entered into
the spirit of this prophecy, when he compared the train,
as it first passed through this district, to the funeral of
" Old Nick." Tradition gives another version, viz. : —
" That after four successive dry summers, a fiery cha-
riot shall pass through the ' Blar Dubh,' " which has
been very literally fulfilled. Coinneach Odhar was not
the only person that had a view beforehand of this rail-
way line, for it is commonly reported that a man resid-
ing in the neighbourhood of Beauly, gifted with second-
sight, had a vision of the train moving along in all its
headlong speed, when he was on his way home one dark
autumn night, several years before the question of
forming a railway in those parts was mooted.
Here are two other Gaelic stanzas having undoubted
reference to the Mackenzies of Rosehaugh :—
Bheir Tanaistear Chlann Choinnich
Rocus ban as a choille ;
'S bheir e ceile bho tigh-ciuil
Le a mhnintitir 'na aghaidh ;
'S gum bi' 11 Tanaistear mor
Ann an gniomh 's an ceann-Iabhairt,
'Nuair bhios am Pap' anns an Roimh
Air a thilgeadh dheth chathair,
Thall fa chomhar Creag-a-Ohodh
Comhnuichidh taillear caol odhar ;
'S Seumas gorach mar tighearn,
'S Sen mas glic mar f hear-tomhais —
A mharcaicheas gun srian
Air loth f hiadhaich a roghainn ;
Ach cuiridh mor-chuis gun chiall
'N aite siol nam fiadh siol nan gobhar ;
'S tuitidh an t-Eilean-dubh briagha
Fiiidh riaghladh iasgairean Atich.

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