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Scottish Moors
Scenes of Sport in the Lews by Captain J. T. Newall (1889)

Note: Each chapter of this book is a pdf file.

Chapter I. - Preliminary and Explanatory Description of the Lews and our Shooting there
My Accident—Still Devoted to Field-Sports—Means of Locomotion—At Scaliscro in the Lews—'Stomachs turned Inside out'— Among the Stags—Our little Lodge—A pretty Look-out—'The Long Island'—The Forest of Morsgail—Hill of Caldershall—Village of Einacleit—Compensating Results for the Absence of Trees.

Chapter II. - Deer-Shooting.
Stalking in the Caldershall Hills—Three Johns—Our Keeper John —Ian—John Mackenzie—All unmistakably Celtic—Craggy Knolls and Small Corries—A fine View—A good Stag—No Time to be Lost —'The Deer are There, Captain!'—'A Ten-Pointer!'—I took Him as he Stood—'She's got the Bullet!— A snap Shot—The March back —'A gude Stag!'

Chapter III. - Grouse-Shooting
Our Little Moor—Good for Woodcock—Eagles—An Eagle's nest Harried—Eagles' Eggs—Eagles hunting Blue-hare—Peregrine Falcons— Wild Cats—Our Milestone Man—Tamences of Grouse in the West—A Woodcock in October—Snipe—Pointers—Habits of Woodcock—Strange Death of Woodcock—Shot used—Scientific Shooting.

Chapter IV. - Some of our Failures
Rifles and Shot-guns—Our first Stalk—A cautious Chase—The Stag takes the Hint—Escape of Wounded Stag—Hinds Right and Left—Lying Shots difficult—Disappears on the other Side—Some of our Failures.

Chapter V. - Better Luck
A .400 Express rifle by Lang—Sufficiently Powerful, and the Ljghtness an Advantage—Good Luck near Mokhlut—An open Stalk —A running Shot and Kill—The Caldershalls again—View—A long Stalk end a fine Shot.

Chapter VI. - Loch Roag
On Loch Roag—Lobster Creels—Our Boat—Good Oysters obtainable— Excursion!—The Narrows—A baby Whale—Stories of Whale—Flounder-fishers—Sea-birds—Beautiful Gulls—Neil Mac Ruari — Story of the Mackenzies—Exsposure of Women on a Rock—Seals— Witches.

Chapter VII. - Other Excursions
The Sandy Bay of Reef—Colluding Cattle for a Swim up Winter Quarters—Pabbay—Obstreperous Behaviour of a Curlew—Fino View of Gallon Head—Rabbit-shooting in Little Bernem—Description of the Scenery—Island Cemetery—Uig—Adder—Marine Curiosities— Congers—Cuddies—Finlay's Otter Story.

Chapter VIII. - Fishing in the Lews
Loch of the 'Bald-headed'—Never saw a Salmon—Sea-Trout—A good Catch—Capture of a Poacher—The Blackwater Rim—Salmon-Fishing—Only returned Once Empty-handed—Grimersta—Croistan —Sea-trout Parr—A Gale in the Lews.

Chapter IX. - A River of Devon
The Exe as a Salmon-river—Wonderful Capture of a Monster Pike —Two Hours with a Salmon—My Salmon-rod—A short Cast—Major Treherne's Cast—Trout-fishing—A nice Basket—A lucky Recapture —Poetry of Fishing—Otters—Herons—Moorhens—Water-Ousels— King-fishers.

Chapter X. - Last Visit to the Moor
John Mackenzie a Botanist—A cautions Stalk, but no Shot—A long Trudge—That 'Peat in the Atlantic'—The Lewsmen—Only Vestiges of a fine Race—Characteristics of the People generally— The Crofter Question.

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