is a cowntrey of Lochabyr, it hath Lochlieven upon one syd, the long
doth ly a myle from the mouth of Nevess build as is supposed be King
Eugenius, certanlie it is most old and wes sumtyme the habitation of the
kings, standing in a most commodious seat both for sea and land.
hard by it is the hill cald Bin-Neves one of the hiest (if not the very
hiest) of all the hills of
lyeth along the river nevess, plentifull according to the cowntrey and
litle inferior, it is ten merk land (for al Lochabyr is onlie 160 merk
land aItho the cowntrey be both good and large) and is devyded in twa
parochins. the southsyd of the river is of the paroch of Iland
Mown, and the northsyd is of the paroch of Kil-ma-nevag which is at the
At the end of Loch yiell is a litle river called Keand lochyiell, cuming from the northward, among rough grownd, ther is plentie of great firrwood, but difficult to transport and on the north syd therof great store of fair oaken wood, and spceally one fair wood, ther ar in Loch-yioll manie small glennis fitt for pasture. Not two Myles from the Churche of Kilmaille whiche is at the syd of the loch, ovir aganis the Iland cald Loch-yioll, is the castell of Torriechastell, upon the west bank of the river Lochy. Sum supposs thir to have bene the place of Berigonium so much spoken of in our old monuments, how truelie or upon what grownds I cannot judge. The clan-chameron the cheeff inhabitants alledge themselvis to be cum of the Danis, and thair first habitation to have been Glendarvan in Argyll, and at that tyme that they were called Sleick-Allen-wick- Oggri-wick-Millananay-wick-Ardan &c.
Glenluy or Glengluy is after, a draught of land upon the river Luy or Gluy which cuming down betuix the river of Roy and Lochlochy falleth in the said loch.
the uthir syd of
Thir two glennis ar devyded be a ledge of hills, at the sowdermost end of Loch-arkgaig is a church in ane Iland called Iland Columb-kill, it is ten myll betuix this Iland and the kirk of Kilmaille in Loch-yiell.
Spean or Speachan river cuming out of Lochlagan at the marchis of Badenoch, falleth in the river Lochy, at the southeast end of Loch-lochy, hard by is the churche of Kilmanevag, the uthir best river is Roy cuming directly from the head of Spey river, and not a myl betuix the springs of both, it falleth in Spean about the Keppach, the draught of thir two rivers have much good grownd, and manie dwellings upon them.
The Cumins were of old Lords of thir cowntrey of Lochabyr. After it fell out that one of them wes mislykead be the people who therwpon be a devyce of a hous built upon the water and a trap in the floor therof destroyed manie of the people, wherof they relate a long storie, but it succeeded so avill, that he left the cowntrey and never dwelt anie more therein. the two part therof doth now pertyne to the house of Huntley, and the rest to Mackintoise, sum the Earls of Argyl pretend to hold about Lochyiell whiche the Cheeff of the Clanchameron hold in possession.
It is two myles from Innerloquhy to the kirk of Kilmaille, of old ther wes a church build in thir town upon a hill, above the Church which now is, and standeth in the town, the people report of a battell focht in old tyme hard by thir churche, and how long after, hirds feeding ther cattell in that place, in a cold season, made a fyre of dead mens bones ther scattered, who being all removed except one mayd who took up her cloathes and uncovered herself sum part hir, a sudden whirle wind threw sum of the ashis in her privie member, wherwpon she conceaved and bore a sone called Gillie-dow-mak-Chravolick that is to say the black chyld sone to the bones, who after becam learned and relligious and built thir Churche whiche now standeth in Kilmaille.