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Gairloch In North-West Ross-Shire by John H. Dixon

[Illustration: FLOWERDALE HOUSE, GAIRLOCH,

WEST COAST RESIDENCE OF THE BARONETS OF GAIRLOCH.]

GAIRLOCH

IN NORTH-WEST ROSS-SHIRE

ITS RECORDS, TRADITIONS, INHABITANTS, AND NATURAL HISTORY

WITH A

GUIDE TO GAIRLOCH AND LOCH MAREE

AND A MAP AND ILLUSTRATIONS

By JOHN H. DIXON, F.S.A. Scot.

INCLUDING CHAPTERS BY

_WILLIAM JOLLY, F.G.S., F.R.S.E.; THE REV. JOHN McMURTRIE, M.A.; AND PROFESSOR W. IVISON MACADAM, F.C.S., F.I.C., M.M.S., &c., EDINBURGH_

EDINBURGH CO-OPERATIVE PRINTING COMPANY LIMITED 1886

[_Entered at Stationers' Hall._]

EDINBURGH CO-OPERATIVE PRINTING COMPANY LIMITED, BRISTO PLACE.

TO

_SIR KENNETH S. MACKENZIE_,

SIXTH BARONET AND THIRTEENTH LAIRD OF GAIRLOCH,

AND

HER MAJESTY'S LIEUTENANT OF ROSS-SHIRE,

Is Dedicated

THIS ACCOUNT OF THE ROMANTIC HIGHLAND PARISH

WITH WHICH, DURING FOUR CENTURIES,

HE AND HIS ANCESTORS HAVE BEEN SO INTIMATELY ASSOCIATED.

PREFACE.

The preparation of the following account of Gairloch has been prompted by regard--almost affection--for this beautiful and interesting Highland parish. It is published in the hope that it may not only assist the tourist, but also be found to constitute a volume worthy of a nook in the great library of local history. Here and there some few general remarks on the subjects dealt with have necessarily been introduced by way of explanation or illustration, but in the main this book relates solely to Gairloch. I have tried to make short chapters, and to dispense with footnotes.

Without much assistance the work could not have been satisfactorily completed. The necessary help has been given with the greatest freedom and kindness. Sir Kenneth S. Mackenzie, Bart. of Gairloch, has himself furnished much valuable and accurate information, and Lady Mackenzie of Gairloch has kindly assisted. From Mr Osgood H. Mackenzie of Inverewe, youngest son of the late Sir Francis Mackenzie, Bart. of Gairloch, I have received a large amount of personal aid. Much of the information about the Mackenzies has been culled from the works of Mr Alexander Mackenzie (a native of Gairloch) with his


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