Letters From High Latitudes By Lord Dufferin















































































 -  Here I had the satisfaction of finding the
schooner already arrived, and of being joined by the
Doctor, just returned - Page 8
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Here I Had The Satisfaction Of Finding The Schooner Already Arrived, And Of Being Joined By The Doctor, Just Returned From His Fruitless Expedition To Holyhead.

LETTER IV.

THROUGH THE SOUNDS - STORNAWAY - THE SETTING UP OF THE FIGURE-HEAD - FITZ'S FORAY - OH WEEL MAY THE BOATIE ROW, THAT WINS THE BAIRNS'S BREAD - SIR PATRICK SPENS JOINS - UP ANCHOR.

Stornaway, Island of Lewis, Hebrides, June 9, 1856.

We reached these Islands of the West the day before yesterday, after a fine run from Oban.

I had intended taking Staffa and Iona on my way, but it came on so thick with heavy weather from the south-west, that to have landed on either island would have been out of the question. So we bore up under Mull at one in the morning, tore through the Sound at daylight, rounded Ardnamurchan under a double-reefed mainsail at two P.M., and shot into the Sound of Skye the same evening, leaving the hills of Moidart (one of whose "seven naen" was an ancestor of your own), and the jaws of the hospitable Loch Hourn, reddening in the stormy sunset.

At Kylakin we were obliged to bring up for the night; but getting under weigh again at daylight, we took a fair wind with us along the east coast of Skye, passed Raasa and Rona, and so across the Minch to Stornaway.

Stornaway is a little fishing-town with a beautiful harbour, from out of which was sailing, as we entered, a fleet of herring-boats, their brown sails gleaming like gold against the dark angry water as they fluttered out to sea, unmindful of the leaden clouds banked up along the west, and all the symptoms of an approaching gale. The next morning it was upon us; but brought up as we were under the lea of a high rock, the tempest tore harmlessly over our heads, and left us at liberty to make the final preparations for departure.

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