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and the bolt of a lock, of no ordinary size, were found on the mound
A about 100 yards distance, there is a circle of large piles of oak, driven in
the earth, apparently the commencement of a second mound; but for what.......................................... -- Shown
purpose they were intended, it is impossible to conjecture. They could not be
places of defence, as the one finished was so near the edge of the lake, and com
pletely comanded by the opposite rising bank. While draining the lake
by cutting a deep canal, oaks of gigantic size were found more than 20
feet below the surface. At the same time a canoe of most beautiful work............................................... -- The spot where found marked on Exam: Trace
manship was found, which some modern Goth has since cut down for mean
and servile purposes. The writer of this account having employed some men
to cut down a mortar bank, discovered, about 6 feet from the surfce, several
pieces of wood, from 2 to 4 inches square, the lamina being quite distinct;
but, where exposed to the atmosphere, they soon crumbled into dust. So compact
was the mortar, that an able bodied man could not, with his mattock, penetrate
more than 2 or 3 inches aqt a time; and the bank had not the least change since
its original formation. To the west of the church there is a large stone, called
Clach na seanaish that is, "the listening stone", commemorative of those........................................... -- Shown
barbarous deeds which too frequently disgrace the memory of our ancestors.
The Cummings, conceiving they had received some offence from the Mackintoshes,
were determined to be revenged, and, concealing their bloody purpose, invited
the Mackintoshes to the Castle of Rait, where all animosities should be buried................................. -- Not in the Parish
in oblivion at the festive board. One of the Cummings, from compunction of conscience
or regard for one of the intended victims, sent private notice to one of the Mackintoshes
to meet him at the grey stone, to which, addressing himself in the audience...................................... -- Clach na Seanais
of his friend, he disclosed the bloody and treacherous intentions of his clan.
The Mackintoshes being thus made aware of the design of the rendezvous,
nothing daunted, repaired to the castle at the appropriate hour, and, before the
Cummings could give the signal for attack, each Mackintosh plunged a
dagger in the bosom of a Cumming, and only saved the life of the man who com-
municated the treachery to the grey stone.......................................................................................... -- See name [?????] The Place where found cannot [?????] out.
There have been several coins found along the banks of the Nairn probably dropped
by the Royal Troops on their march to Culloden, and of the Reign of James I.
and Charles.

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