ANGUS ROY FLETCHER, lives in the highest farm of Glenorchay, and has done so
all his lifetime. He has always made his livelihood mostly by fishing and hunting. The dog is his sole though faithful attendant; the gun and the dirk are his constant companions. He sometimes indeed exchanges the gun for the fishing spear, but was never observed without the one or the other, At a distance from social life, he has his residence in the wildest and most remote parts of the lofty mountains, which separate the country Glenorchay from that of
Rannoch. In the midst of these wilds he builds of his hut, and there he spends the most part of spring, summer, and autumn, and even part of winter. He has a few goats, which he tends at times on these lofty cliffs. These, with the dog, the gun, the spear, and the dirk, a belted plaid hose, and brogues, constitute the whole property of this savage. They are all he seems to desire. While his goats feed among the rocks and wide extended heaths, he ranges the hill and the forest in pursuit of the game. He returns to his little flock in the evening. He leads them to his solitary hut. He milks them with his own hands; and after making a comfortable meal of what game he may have caught in the day, and of the milk of his goats, he lays himself down to rest in the midst of them. By day they are his chief care, by night his only companions, the dog excepted. He desires not to associate with any of his own species, either man or woman; and yet if the step of the wandering stranger happens to approach his little hut, Angus Roy is humane and hospitable to a high degree.
Whatever he is possessed of, even to the last morsel, he cheerfully bestows on his guest; at a time too when he knows not where to purchase the next meal for himself. Strange, that a man who apparently has no affection for society, should be so much disposed to exercise one of its noblest virtues! His contempt for society, however, is incontestible, for if he happens at any time to build his hut near the shealings oſ a farm, he abandons the hut. The moment the people come to the shealing[a1] he removes to a greater distance, and builds another habitation for
himself. He seems to have in solitude a certain enjoyment, of which no other highlandman has any conception or feeling.
Such is the manner in which this extraordinary man spends the spring, the summer, and the autumn, and even part of winter. But when the chill blast of December returns; when the excessive coldness of the climate forces him to depart from the mountain, to quit the solitary cell, he condescends to hold some intercourse with mankind. He descends to the village,
but he enters with reluctance into a society where no man thinks as he does himself; where no man lives or acts after his manner. In this situation, and in such society, he discovers evident symptoms of uneasiness and disgust. To alleviate "the pain as much as possible, to remove the languor of an intercourse in which he finds no enjoyment, he has devised the most proper expedient : he goes forth every morning, before the dawn, to the hill and the wood, in search of game. He returns not till late at night, and then goes to his rest, generally without seeing any
If ever he felt the passion for the sex, it must have been in a degree extremely low, for he hardly ever discovered the symptom of such a passion; and yet be dresses after the manner of the most finished coxcomb. The belted plaid and the dirk are fitted on him with a wild and affected elegance ; his bonnet, which is very small, after the same manner. His hair, which is naturally curled and very thick, is always tied with a silken or variegated cord at the root, and
being loose towards the crop, it curls and forms a great bunch, in size and figure resembling a large bunch of heath. This he esteems as one of the brightest ornaments. His look is lofty; his gait is stately and slow. Who can conceive that this coxcomb is his own butcher, baker, and cook? And when he kills a bird, a hare, or a deer, he prepares it himself for eating, makes his bed, washes his shirt, milks his goats. Under all these circumstances, so seemingly depressing, he is haughty and high-minded in the extreme. Were he starving for want, there is not a person living from whom he would ask a mouthful of meat. In conformity to the custom of men, he takes off his bonnet to what is called a gentleman, but he does it with reluctance, and in a manner which indicates contempt rather than respect for the person whom he addresses.
Upon the whole, he merits the appellation of a most singular character. In circumstances the most depressing to pride, he has hardly his equal among the proud and haughty. Among coxcoms he would make a distinguished figure, and yet, as before observed, he discovers nothing of the passion for the sex.
He may be said to live in the original state of fishing and hunting; but he discovers not the ideas,
nor the love of society, peculiar to that state. He is above sixty years of age, can neither read nor write, nor speak English.
Glen Orchy (Scottish Gaelic: Gleann Urchaidh) is a glen in Argyll and Bute in Scotland. It runs from Bridge of Orchy to Dalmally.
Glen Orchy is about 17 km or 11 miles long, and runs south-west from Bridge of Orchy (grid reference NN298392) to Dalmally (grid reference NN194277) following the River Orchy through the Caledonian Forest. There are no settlements in the glen: just a few isolated buildings. The Eas Urchaidh and Eas a’ Chathaidh are waterfalls within the glen. The continuation westward past Dalmally to Loch Awe is known as the Strath of Orchy. The B8074 road runs the length of Glen Orchy.
Rannoch (Raineach or Raithneach meaning bracken in Gaelic) is an area of the Scottish Highlands between the A9 road, to the east, and the A82, to the west. The area is crossed from south to north by the West Highland railway line.
Features of the area include Loch Rannoch and Rannoch Moor. The loch is in the northwest of the council area of Perth and Kinross. The moor extends further west, into the south of the Highland council area.
The moor is partly within the catchment basin of the loch. The loch itself drains to the east, via the River Tummel into the River Tay.
The railway links Rannoch station and Corrour station with Fort William in the north and Glasgow in the south. Via the north bank of Loch Rannoch the B846 road links Rannoch station with the A9 between Pitlochry and Blair Atholl. Corrour station is remote from any road.
The village of Kinloch Rannoch is on the B846 at the eastern (River Tummel) end of the loch.
|пастбище||pasture, grazing, grassland, pastureland, pasturage, shieling|
|навес для овец||shieling|
There they lived in settlements of temporary huts called in Ireland booleys (Irish ‘buaile’, ‘cattle-pound’) and in Scotland ‘ shielings ’,
where they made butter and cheese and other dairy products such as ‘bonnyclabber’ or soured milk.