Balmoral, October 6, 1879
At ten minutes past four drove with the Empress
Eugenie [The Empress was staying at Abergeldie, to which I had urged
her to come for a little quiet and change of air after her terrible
misfortune. ] (who had driven up from Abergeldie) in the victoria to
the Glen Gelder Skid, or Ruidh na Brian Righ (the Queen’s Shiel).
The evening was perfectly beautiful, warm, and clear, and bright.
The Empress was pleased with the little Shiel, which contains only
two small rooms and a little kitchen. It stands in a very wild
solitary spot looking up to Jochnagar, which towers up immediately
above the house, though to reach Lochnagar itself would take a very
long time. We walked on along the footpath above the Gelder for a
mile and a half, the dogs, which had come up, following us, and the
Empress talked a great deal, and most pleasantly, about former
When we came back to the little Shiel, after walking
for an hour, we had tea. Brown had caught some excellent trout and
cooked them with oatmeal, which the dear Empress liked extremely,
and said would be her dinner. It was a glorious evening—the hills
pink, and the sky so clear.
We got back at twenty minutes past six, and the
Empress drove back to Abergeldie with her lady.