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Lochiel, the chief of the warlike clan of the Came

rons, and descended from ancestors distinguished in

their narrow sphere for great personal prowess, was

a man worthy of a better cause and fate than that in

which he embarked, the enterprise of the Stuarts

in 1745. His memory is still fondly cherished among

the Highlanders, by the appellation of the "gentle

Lochiel,för he waş famed for his social virtues aş much as his martial and magnanimous (though mis.

taken) loyalty. His influence was so important among

the Highland chiefs, that it depended on his joining

with his clan whether the standard of Charles should

be raised or not in 1745. Lochiel was himself too wise

a man to be blind to the consequences of so hopeless

an enterprise, but his sensibility to the point of

honour overruled his wisdom. Charles appealed to

his loyalty, and he could not brook the reproaches

of his Prince. When Charles landed at Borrodale,

Lochiel went to meet him, but, on his way, called

at his brother's house (Cameron of Fassafern), and

told him on what errand he was going; adding, how

ever, that he meant to dissuade the Prince from his

enterprise. Fassafern advised him in that case to

communicate his mind by letter to Charles. “No,"

said Lochiel, “ I think it due to my Prince to give

him my reasons in person for refusing to join his


Brother,” replied Fassafern, “ I know

you better than you know yourself; if the Prince

once sets his eyes on you, he will make you do what

he pleases.” The interview accordingly took place,

and Lochiel, with many arguments, but in vain,

pressed the Pretender to return to France, and re

serve himself and his friends for a more favourable

occasion, as he had come, by his own acknowledg

ment, without arms, or money, or adherents; or, at

all events, to remain concealed till his friends should

meet and deliberate what was best to be done.

Charles, whose mind was wound up to the utmost

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