Glenurquhart & Glenmoriston

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(kindly submitted by Michael Wilkinson)
The Inverness Courier - Thursday 8 March 1883

We lately noticed the death of Miss Grant of Delshangie, the oldest of five sisters who were born there, the remainder of whom survived her, and who had all attained the great age of four score years, and upwards.  The sisters were scattered by marriage, but Miss Grant remained all her life in the old place, which was the home of the family, as it had been for a couple of hundred years.  Two widowed sisters, Mrs Wotherspoon and Mrs Simpson, lived with her for very many years in the quaint old house of Delshangie.  These have now passed away, following their sister by at an interval of only a few weeks, and the place is now desolate.  Death could not have dealt more kindly with the old ladies.  Owing to the infirmities of age, they had resolved to give up the farm and house of Delshangie, and to join their sisters and relatives in Inverness, but they were spared the pang of leaving their home.  Mrs Wotherspoon died a fortnight ago, and Mrs Simpson on Monday last.  They were all of the old school of Highland ladies, well-connected, well-bred, familiar with our best literature, and intimate with the history and traditions of the country.  They were known to, and known by, all the people of the Glen.  It is not likely that, in the changed circumstances of the Highlands, "we e'er shall look upon their like again." The old-fashioned garden of Delshangie, with moss-grown walls, and trees covered with lichen, has grass borders and grass walks.  These are overflowing at this season with snowdrops of splendid growth - such as the gardeners of well-tilled ground cannot produce.  Of these were composed the beautiful wreaths that adorned the coffins of the estimable old ladies who have just removed from among the living in Glen Urquhart.  Their memory will long be cherished by those to whom they were kindly and affectionate neighbours.

(kindly submitted by Ian M. Allan)
Copied from the cutting taken from the Northern Chronicle, 19 March, 1884.
Glen Urquhart - Death of the Oldest Tenant-Farmer on the Seafield Estates.
-The death is announced of Mr Donald Maclean, familiarly known throughout the district as Donall Thomais, one of the oldest tenant-farmers on the Seafield estates in Glen Urquhart. Mr Maclean belonged to a family who have held farms in different parts of the Glen for several centuries past, and was directly descended from the famous family of the Macleans of Urguhart, otherwise known as "The Macleans of the North', from whom the lands of Urquhart originally passed into the hands of the Grants. His grandfather, one of the veterans who distinguished themselves by their personal bravery at the battle of Culloden, having been severely wounded in that engagement, was yet able to ride home immediately on his charger, with one of the English bullets in his body, which he is said to have carried with him to his grave. The deceased was personally distinguished for his social and kindly disposition. In his prime he was noted for his native humour, his sound judgement, and love of song, and was himself no mean impromptu versifier. After the new arrangement of reletting of farms took place some twenty years ago, he retired from taking any active interest in local politics. Mr Maclean, who was verging on fourscore, is survived by all his family. His remains were on Wednesday conveyed to their last resting-place in the Kilmore burying-ground, near the shore of Loch Ness, the funeral being attended by a large concourse of people.