Balmoral, October 3, 1870
This was an eventful day! Our dear Louise was engaged
to Lord Lorne.
The event took place during a walk from the Glassalt
Shiel to the Dim Loch. She had gone there with Janie Ely, the Lord
Chancellor (Lord Hatherley), and Lorne. I had driven with Beatrice
and the Hon. Mrs. Ponsonby to Pannanich Wells, two miles from Ballatar, on
the south side of the Dee, where I had been many years ago.
Unfortunately almost all the trees which covered the hills have been
We got out and tasted the water, which is strongly
impregnated with iron, and looked at the bath and at the humble but
very clean accommodation in the curious little old inn, which used
to be very much frequented. Brown formerly stayed there for a year
as servant, and then quantities of horses and goats were there.
The same perfectly cloudless sky as on the two
preceding days. We got home by seven. Louise, who returned some time
after we did, told me that Lorne had spoken of his devotion to her,
and proposed to her, and that she had accepted him, knowing that I
would approve. Though I was not unprepared for this result, I felt
painfully the thought of losing her. But I naturally gave my
consent, and could only pray that she might he happy.