This story was told to me at Inverary, April 25, 1859, by Neill Gillies, a fisherman, about fifty-five years old, who says that he had known the story, and has repeated it for many years: he learned it from his parents. Written down by Hector Urquhart.
It was told with the air of a man telling a serious story, and anxious to tell it correctly. The narrative was interlarded with explanations of the words used, and the incidents described. Those who sat about the fire argued points in the story, These were John MacKenzie, fisherman; John MacDonald, travelling tinker; John Clerk, our host, formerly miller to the Duke of Argyll; and some others, whose names I have forgotten. The story is very correctly written. I took notes at the time, and they agree with the Gaelic as written by Hector Urquhart, from the dictation of Gillies.