IN the circular issued,
announcing the CELTIC MAGAZINE, we stated that it was to be a Monthly
Periodical, written in English, devoted to the Literature, History,
Antiquities, Traditions, Folklore, and the Social and Material Interests
of the Celt at Home and Abroad: that it would be devoted to Celtic
subjects generally, and not merely to questions affecting the Scottish
Highlands: that it would aii'ord Reviews of Books on subjects
interesting to the Celtic Races—their Literature, questions affecting
the Land—such as Hypothec, Entail, Tenant-Right, Sport, Emigration,
Reclamation, and all questions affecting the Landlords, Tenants, and
Commerce of the Highlands. We will also, from time to time, supply
Biographical Sketches of eminent Celts at Home and Abroad, and all the
Old Legends connected with the Highlands, as far as we can procure them,
beginning with those of Inverness and Ross shires.
We believe that, under
the wiser and more enlightened management now developing itself, there
is room enough in the Highlands for more Men, more Land under
cultivation, more Sheep and more Shepherds, without any diminution of
Sport in Grouse or Deer: that there is room enough for all—for more
gallant defenders of our country in time of need, for more produce, more
comfort, and more intelligence. We shall afford a medium for giving
expression to these views. When submitting the first number of the
Magazine to the public, we think it proper to indicate our own opinion
on these questions at greater length than we could possibly do in a
circular; but, while doing this, we wish it to be understood that we
shall at all times be ready to receive contributions on both sides, the
only conditions being that they be well and temperately written, and
that no side of a question will obtain undue prominence—facts and
arguments alone allowed to work conviction. Thus, Ave hope to make the
Celtic Magazine a mirror of the intelligent opinion of the Highlands,
and of all those interested in its prosperity and progress.
In dealing with Celtic
Literature, Antiquities, Traditions, and Folklore, we must necessarily
be Conservative. It is impossible for a good Celt to be otherwise than
conservative of the noble History of his Ancestors—in love and in war,
in devotion and daring. If any should deem this feeling on our part a
failing, we promise to have something to say for ourselves in future,
and not only give a reason for our faith, but show that we have
something in the Highlands worth conserving.
In dealing with the
important question of Sport, we cannot help taking a common sense view
of it. We cannot resist the glaring facts which, staring us in the face,
conclusively prove that the enormous progress made in the Highlands
during the last half century, and now rapidly going on, is mainly due to
our Highland Sports. A great amount of nonsense has been said and
written on this question, and an attempt made to hold grouse and deer
responsible for the cruel evictions which have taken place in the North.
Arguments, to be of any force, must be founded on facts; and the facts
are, in this case, that it was not grouse or deer which caused the
Highland evictions, but sheep and south country sheep farmers. The
question must be argued as one not between men and deer, but between men
and sheep, and sheep against deer. We believe there is room enough for
all under proper restrictions, and, to make room for more men, these
restrictions should be applied to sheep or deer.
We believe that it would
be a wise and profitable policy for Landlords as well as for Tenants to
abolish Hypothee and Entail, and to grant compensation for improvements
made by the latter. We are quite satisfied from experience, that the
small crofter is quite incapable of profitably reclaiming much of our
Highland Wastes without capital, and at the same time bring, up a
family. If he is possessed of the necessary capital, he can employ it
much more advantageously elsewhere. The landlord is the only one who can
reclaim to advantage, and he can hardly be expected to do so on an
entailed estate, for the benefit of his successors, at an enormous rate
of interest, payable out of his life-rent. If we are to reclaim
successfully and to any extent, Entail must go; and the estates will
then be justly burdened with the money laid out in their permanent
improvement. The proprietor in possession will have an interest in
improving the estate for himself and for his successors, and the latter,
who will reap the greatest benefit, will have to pay the largest share
of the cost.
Regarding Emigration, we
have a matured opinion that while it is a calamity for the country
generally, and for employers of labour and farmers in particular that
able-bodied men and women should be leaving the country in their
thousands, we unhesitatingly assert that it is far wiser for these men
and women to emigrate to countries where their labour is of real value
to them, and where they can spend it improving land which will not only
be found profitable during their lives, but which will be their own and
their descendants freehold for ever, than to continue starving
themselves and their children on barren patches and crofts of four or
five acres of unproductive land in the Highlands. We have experienced
all the charms of a Highland croft, as one of a large family, and we
unhesitatingly say, that we cannot recommend it to any able-bodied
person who can leave it for a more promising outlet for himself and
family. While we are of this opinion regarding voluntary emigration, we
have no hesitation in designating forced evictions by landlords as a
crime deserving the reprobation of all honest men.
We shall also have
something to say regarding the Commercial Interests of the
Highlands--its trade and manufactures, and the abominable system of long
Credit which is, and has proved, so ruinous to the tradesman; and which,
at the same time, necessarily enhances the price of all goods and
provisions to the retail cash buyer and prompt payer. on all these
questions, and many others, we shall from time to time give our views at
further length, as well as the views of those who differ from us. We
shall, at least, spare no effort to deserve success.
The HIGHLAND CEILIDH will
be commenced in the next number, and continued from month to month.
Under this heading will be given Highland Legends, Old Unpublished
Gaelic Poetry, Riddles, Proverbs, Traditions, and Folk-Lore.
On Wells and Water, An Account of some interesting wells in the
Neighbourhood of Inverness and the North by Alex. Fraser (1878) (pdf)
As well as Gaelic poems and their
translations there are also articles on MacLeans of Gallanach, Coll,
Gaelic Mod in Glasgow, Simon Fraser, Tenth Lord Lovat, The Graves of the
Keppochs, The MacLeans of Coll, Clan Colquhoun Society annual gathering
at Luss, Neil MacLeod, last of the MacLeods of Assynt, Highland Home
George MacKay, President of the Clan MacKay Society, Neil MacLeod last
of the MacLeods of Assynt, Martial music of the clans, Clam MacKay
gathering at Tongue, The Ossianic Ballads, Simon Fraser, 10th Lord Lovat,
William C. MacLeod, Neil MacLeod last of the MacLeods of Assynt, The
Martial Music of the Clans, The MacLeans of Coll, Kintyre on Emigration
and Depopulation, Iain Lom and his Times, The Scot Abroad, A Mull Song,
The Fledged Sporan - a tale of Terror from the Gaelic, Gaelic Music in
Scotland, Death of John Cameron of Sutherland.
Charles M'Laren Liverpool, Albert Edward MacKinnon, The Song of Sleep,
The Piper of Golf and Green, A Christmas and New Year Greeting, The
Pledged Sporran, Clan Menzies Gathering, Martian Music of the Clans, The
Marquis of Dufferin on the Races of Ireland, Gaelic Music in Scotland,
Rognvald: Earl, Jorsala-Farer and Saint.
James Mead Sutherland, Am Bodach Glas (The Grey Spectre), Banais Anns A'
Ghaidhealtachd, Gaelic Music in Scotland, The Pledged Sporran, Rognvald:
Earl - Jorsala-Farer and Saint, The Haunted Castle, The Stewart Society,
The Bagpipes in the Indian Highlands, London Argyllshire Association,
The Martian Music of the Clans.
D. P. Menzies, FSA Scot of Menzieston, The isolation of Sutherlandshire,
My Highland Home, Alexander MacPherson, The White Glave of Light, The
Martial Music of the Clans, Banais Anns A' Ghaidhealtachd, Gaelic Music
in Scotland, The Pledged Sporran.
MacLeod Stewart Ottawa Canada, Gaelic Music in Scotland, Applecross: Its
church and monastery, John Sinclair, Shepherd Part III, Are the Benzies
a sept of Clan Menzies, The Beatons or Bethunes, The Martial Music of
the Clans, Comhradh Tirisdeach, How Allan-of-the-Straw founded a family
- A tale of the MacLeans of Torloisk, The story of Jane MacRae, Sonnets
on Schiehallion, The song of the Western Seas, Clan Forbes March.
Hugh MacLeod of Glasgow, Scottish Memories in the Midlands, Stories of
Kintyre, Celtic Facts and Fancies, The Early Celtic Church, The Highland
Hills, The Martial Music of the Clans, Gaelic Music in Scotland, Evening
in the Hill Country, Highland Scenery and Climate in Relation to
National Music and Poetry, Bonnie Prince Charlie, An Leannan A Bh' Aig
Domhnull Ruadh, Armorial Bearings of MacLeans of Dochharroch.
John G. Jarratt, Laoidh na Rioghachd (The National Anthem), Gaelic Music
in Scotland, Highland Scenery and Climate in Relation to National Music
and Poetry, The Martial Music of the Clans, Leaving the Glen, What is my
Tartan?, The Scot Abroad, The Story of Jane MacRae, To a Bunch of Scotch
Heather, The Early Celtic Church, London Argyllshire Association, Unitas
Celtica, The War Office and the Tartans.
Lieut.-Colonel John W. M'Farlan of Ballancleroch, Gaelic Music in
Scotland, The Scot Abroad, The Dying Gael's Farewell to Strath Strathie,
Armorial Bearings of MacLean of Dochgarroch, Tp John MacKay of Hereford,
The Martial Music of the Clans, Gillecriosd, Highland Scenery and
Climate in relation to National Music and Poetry, The Early Celtic
Church, Highland Society of London, The Rant of Struan Robertson.
Duncan MacDonald, Merthyr-Tydfil, Dreams, The Martial Music of the
Clans, In the Shadow of Ben Duirnish, The Cry Over the Waters, Clan
Donnachaidh Society, The Fairy Man, Highland Scenery and Climate in
Relation to National Music and Poetr, In a Rosh-Shire Garden, A Gaelic
Oath, The Early Celtic Church, A MacGregor Lament, Armorial Bearings of
MacLean of Dochgarroch, Concerning Aunt Betsy and Some Others, The Clan
The Nicolson Institute Stornaway, Evicted, The Fairy Man, The Return of
the Men to "Bonnie Strathnaver", The Martial Music of the Clans,
Strathnaver: The Return, Skene as an Historian, Lady Lude of the "Forty
Five", Armorial Bearings of MacLean of Dochgarroch, Highlanders - United
England Loyalists, The Early Celtic Church, Concerning Aunt Betsy and
Some Others, Highland Scenery and Climate in Relation to National Music
Sir Robert Menzies of Menzies - Baronet, King Edward's Coronation,
Captain Ivory's Cave, The Highlands, The Fairy Man, Lament for Roderick
"The Chisholm", Baron-Bailie Court of Lude, Highland Mod at Dundee, The
Martial Music of the Clans, Highland Scenery and Climate, Concerning
Aunt Betsy and Some Others, Duncan Ban MacIntyre, Emigrations from the
Highlands during the Eighteenth Century, Armorial Bearings of MacLean of
Dochgarroch, An Old Gaelic Saying.
Matheson of Shiness, Achany and The Lews, Sergeant Jim of the Gordons,
Mackays and Mackintoshes in America, Highland Scenery and Climate,
"Rarities in Caithness and Strathnaer, Histories of the Bagpipes,
MacLean Lord of Dowart, The Martial Music of the Clans, Mod prize poem,
The Eight Men of Moidart.
Captain Charles. H. MacLean, Scottish Clans Association of London, Lady
MacKintosh of the '45, Lament to the Late Lieut-Gen. Sir Herbert
MacPherson, The Martial Music of the Clans, MacKays and MacKintoshes in
America, About Tomintoul, In the Westering of the Sun, Coming Home.
Alexander Murray, The Clan Fraser, Some remarks on Clan Tartans, The
ending of a clan feud, The Martial Music of the Clans, The eight men of
Moidart, MacLeans of Dochgarroch, A balad of Yule, The Distinctions of
the Ossianic Poems, Brigadier MacKintosh of Borlum, Life in the
Highlands in the olden times, Folklore of Sutherland, The MacLeans of
Crossapol, Clan MacMillan Society, Our musical page.
Archibald Fergusson, A Highland Romance, Jennie Cameron of the '45,
Gaelic names in Braemar, An Ode on the 300th anniversary of the Battle
of Glenfruin, A favourite Sutherland Angling resort, The Pass of the
Shadow, The MacLeans of Crossapol, The Anglicising of the Highlands, The
Eight Men of Moidart, The Martial Music of the Clans.
The Camerons of Worcester, Rev. George H. Cameron of Russia, The
anglicising of the Highlands, There is a voice that haunts me still, A
Highland Romance, The Pass of the Shadow, Macara Clan, Glen Eagles, The
Seven Men of Glenmoriston, The Wanderer, Place Names in Braemar, The
Martial Music of the Clans, Some Traditions of the Beatons or MacBeths,
Our Musical page.
James M M;Kay Ohio USA, The Highland Exile, How the Feud between the
Camerons and MacKintoshes ended, The Anglicising of the Highlands, A
Highland Romance, The Pass of the Shadow, The Late General Sir Hector
MacDonald, In Saint Columba's Country, The Martial Music of the Clans,
Reminisceses of Strathnaver.
AEnas Ranald McDonell 21st Chief of Glengarry, Fighting Mac, The Eagle,
The House of Dreams, The Martial Music of the Clans, Some Notes on the
Harris, General Hector A. MacDonald, The General MacDonald Scandel, The
Anglicising of the Highlands, Sutherland Folk-Lore Tales, Pittsburg
U.S.A. Pipe Band, Days of Yore at Arrochar.
Donald McDonald Chief Cape Highland Society, Tak' Me Hame, Ewen MacPhee
the Outlaw, And the greatest of these is..., Legends of the Clan MacKay,
Landing Haddook, Hector MacDonald Memorial, The Name Anderson, The
Martial Music of the Clans, The Anglicising of the Highlands, Death of
General Fraser, Highlanders in the Russian Caucasus, Some Notes on the
Harris, Days of Yore at Arrochar, The Sangs my Mither Sung.
Rev. Robert Munro, The Martial Music of the Clans, GlenLyon, How Boy
Beyond found the Golden Beam, The Pass of the Shadow, Our Musical Page,
The Legend of Lorn, Clan Menzies Armorial Bearings, The Basileus of
Britain, The Legend of Lianachan or a story of the "Grey Hag", The
MacLeans of Crossapol, Donald Diabhul, Rhyming Place Names.
The Late Donald N Nicol, An Old Graveyard, Alice Cameron,
Inverness-Shire, Legends of the Clan MacKay, Tour of His Excellency
Field Marshall MacDonald, The Closing Doors, The Last Evening in the
Highlands, Clan Menzies Armorial Bearings, The Duart Coat of Arms,
Sithichean Shelia, The Martial Music of the Clans, The Pass of the
Shadow, The "Colquhouns Peabroch", The "Nether Lochaber" Memorial.
The Late Rev. John MacKay, Colla Ciotach Mac Ghilleasbuig, Log of the "Columba",
Death of MacDonald of Glenaladale, Pipers Two or A Reay Country
Merry-Making, Dunrobin Castle, The Martial Music of the Clans, A
Gathering of the Clans at Durban Natal, History of the Outer Hebrides,
Gaelic Society of London, The Fortunes of an Exile, The Clan Munro, Sea
Hunger, The MacLeans of Crossapol, An Elegy, Highland Hospitality,
Wanganui Caledonian Society, M'Quistan or M'Eystein, The Mothers.
Alexander Fraser FSA Scot Toronto, Sketches of Highland Life and
Character, The Marvel Child of Kircauldy - L. MacBean, The Clan MacLaren,
Celtic Notes and Queries, Records of a Famous Regiment - The 93d
Sutherland Highlanders, Muireach Fail, The Cave Picture and its Painter,
The Late Mr. A MacDonald of Ord, A Tribute to Burns, The Clan MacRae
Societyy, Our Musical Page, Lord Lovat of the '45.
The Late Lieut. C. A. MacAlister of Glenbarr and Cour, Sketches of
Highland Life and Character, Gaelic Coinage, Caiptean Ruadh Ghlinn
Liobhan, Gaelic Lament, Gordon Highlanders, The Late Dr. George Grant,
The Highlander of Modern Fiction, MacMillan, Just a Minute, Records of a
Famous Regiment - The 93rd Sutherland Highlanders, The Clan M'Farlane
Society, The Highlands, Notes on The Celtic Year, The Highlands as a
Holiday Resort, The Story of the Bagpipe, MacPhail of Inverairnie, Storm
among the Hills, Incidents in the Life of Dugald Buchanan, The Surname
Douglas, Celtic Notes and Queries.
Mr Peter Mackay Glenure Argyll, Sketches of Highland Life and Character,
Gaelic Proverbs, The Highlander in Modern Fiction, The Gaelic Leaving
Certificate, Mr Donald Nicolson of Bearsden, The 93rd Sutherland
Highlanders, Notes on the Celtic Year, Celtic Notes and Queries, Fionn
and the Fidga, Solan Geese catching at St. Kilda, The Late Mr. D. R.
MacGregor Melbourne, Highland Funerals, The Legend of Loch Maree,
MacDonald Tartans, The Surname Galbraith, Our Musical Page.
Mr A. W. M'Lean - Lumberton North Carolina USA, Sketches of Highland
Life and Character, Gaelic Proverbs, Mr L. MacBean of Kirkcaldy, Notes
on the Celtic Year, A New Zealand Pioneer, The Clan Piper, The MacEwans
of Ottir and Other Small Clans - The MacLays, The MacQueens, "Culloden,
April 16th 1746, Who have the Largest Heads and Feet?, Pipers Three,
Fionn and the Fidga, The Cummings, The Book of Deer, The Clan Stewart,
Celtic Notes and Queries, Our Musical Page, Reviews.
The Marquis and Marchioness of Stafford, Sketches of Highland Life and
Character, The Passing of the Titanic, Gaelic Proverbs, The Late Lieut.
Donald Campbell R.N., To all Highland Hearts, The Religion in the Gaelic
Language, The Tongue of the Gael, The Sons of Rob Roy, Celtic Notes and
Queries, Fionn's Wars with the MacGregors, Notes on the Celtic Year,
Death of a Notable Highlander, The Clan MacKay Annual Gathering, The
MacLarens and the Appin Stewarts, Our Musical Page.
The Chief of the Clan MacPhail, Sketches of Life and Character, Scottish
Clans Association, Stornoway and the Lews, The Religion in the Gaelic
Language, The Land for the People, The Sons of Rob Roy, The Cape Breton
and Nova Scotia Highlanders, Fionn's Wars with the MacGregors, Notes on
the Celtic Year, Celtic Notes and Queries, Gaelic Proverbs.
Lieutenant-Colonel George J. MacFarlane, The Medical Book of Dunolly,
Gaelic Proverbs, Memorial to Scotland's National Patriot, The War Song
of The Hays, The Sons of Rob Roy, The Late Alexander Carmichael LL.D,
Fionn's Wars with the MacGregors, Cameron's "Isle of Skye", Notes on the
Celtic Year, The MacFadyens, Famous Highland Bowman, Celtic Notes and
Queries, H. Cameron Gillies M.D., Our Musical Page.
The Late Mrs MacRae, The Late Major Catto, After Culloden, The Real
MacKay Tartan, The Clan Davidson, Gaelic Proverbs, Fionn's Wars with the
MacGregors, The Late Dr. George Henderson, The Irish Oireaachtas, A Song
of the North, Reviews, Celtic Notes and Queries, New Bagpipe Music, The
Gunns, Corrievreckan in Legend, Our Musical Page, Notes on the Celtic
The Rev. John MacLean DD., The Clan MacLean, Tiree the Sanatorium of the
West, The MacLean Gathering at Duart 1912, After Culloden, Magnus
MacLean, The Adventures of Fionn at Connaught, Notes on the Celtic Year,
Gaelic Proverbs, Celtic Notes and Queries, Our Musical Page.
Mr Donald MacKay of Edinburgh, After Culloden, To what Clan did Lord
Clyde belong?, The Fernaig MS, Notes on the Celtic year, Clan Alpin's
Vow, Beauly Priory and its associations, Gaelic Proverbs, Clan
MacFarlane, The Adventures of Fionn in Connaught, Rev. Murdo Lamont,
Celtic Notes and Queries, Our musical page, The days of the week in
Mr John MacLeod, After Culloden, Beauly Priory and its Associations, "Clann
An Sgeulaiche (A famous family of Pipers), Our Highland Dances, Clan
MacKay Society, New Celtic Lecturer for Glasgow, Royal Stewart Tartan,
The Fernaig MS, Celtic Notes and Queries, The Adventures of Fionn in Connaught,
Notes on the Celtic Year, The Clan MacLean gathering at Duart Castle,
Gaelic Proverbs, Oran, Gaelic Music, The Campbells, Our Musical Page.
The Late Provost of Cambeltown - Mr H. D. B. MacTaggart, Beauly Priory
and its Associations, Reminicenses of Bagpipes in many Lands, Celtic
Notes and Queries, The Birth of Simon Fraser Lord Lovat of the '45,
Death of Captain Douglas Wimberley of Inverness, Clan MacKay Society,
The Clan MacFarlane in Glasgow, The Clan MacMillan, An Old Pipe Tune,
Highland Snobs, The Alan Cameron Relics, The Adventures of Fionn in Connaught,
Notes on the Celtic Year, Gaelic Proverbs, The Kilt Threatened, Patrick
MacDonald's Collection 1784, Our Musical Page, Luathadh or Waulking.