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Malcolm' Mount Stone Cist found here (continued) [continued from page 237]
coffin there seemed to have been placed a fresh sod or turf, on which the head was supposed to have rested, and still retained such an impression, though no part of the skull, nor even any of the teeth, were to be found. A considerable quantity of hair, was scattered among the other substances, at least in part human, and four or five inches long, of an auburn colour, so that the whole looked and felt very much like a bird's nest. Over the breast, were also seen the remains of a small box, of an oval shape, about four or five inches long, apparently of wood elegantly carved, which may be supposed to have contained the heart or other viscera. - Soon after the discovery, Mr Duff, proprietor of the grounds, sent me an account of it, along with specimens of the different substances found in the grave, but they were all so much broken, and reduced to powder, that scarcely any of them could be distinguished from another, excepting the hair, and what appeared to be acorns. From the account that I received and the place where the grave was found, I immediately remembered a conversation I had held several years before with Mr Pinkerton, the well known author, about the death of Malcolm the first, King of Scotland, as given by Thomas Innes in his Critical Essay on the ancient inhabitants of this country, and in which I with some difficulty, convinced him, by the inspection of Old Maps and otherwise, that the name Fodresach, mentioned by Innes was certainly Fetteresso, although this place be not noticed as the scene of Malcolm's death by any of our other historians. Father Innes' authority, however, appears very unexceptionable, especially when we consider the absurdities and contradictions into which almost all our writers have been betrayed concerning the early periods of our history. The authority refferred to by Mr Innes is one of five or six old Pictish chronicles discovered by him among the Colbertine Manuscripts in the French King's library and published as an Appendix to his Critical Essay, London, 1727 2d. Vol [Second Volume] Page 787. The words are these, "Et occiderunt viri na Moerne Malcolaim in Fodresach I. in Claideom (Sic.)" No place has yet been discovered
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Parish of Fetteresso

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