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THOMAS GRAHAM, Esq.

OF

KINROSS $ BURLEIGH,
And late at the head

OP THE

BOARD OF REVENUE

UPON THE

BENGAL ESTABLISHMENT, THIS POEM

IS INSCRIBED BY

THE AUTHOR.

Glasgow, July, 1810.

PREFACE.

Glenochel, the title, is suggested, by the landscape described being bounded by the chief range and detached ridges of the Ochel Hills. The Poem is divided into two parts. The first describes such remarkable objects in the shires of Kinross and Clackmannan, as meet the eye, in a progressive survey, to the west, from the summit of the Lomonds; the second, those scenes connected with Lochleven, that are recorded in the tales of tradition, or on the pages of history.

Besides what may illustrate the text, the Notes offer conjectures on the etymology of the names of places and natural objects'. The Picts are believed to have been the second race of colonists that occupied these districts; and it is presumed they were of Celtic origin. The topography, in regions occupied by them, being significant in dialects of the Celtic, may support this opinion. Had theirs been Gothic or Teutonic, as they predominated in that part of Caledonia for ages before the ascendancy of the Scots, they must have changed the Celtic of the first race, and conferred local appellations, expressive in the Teutonic, which the Gaelic of their conquerors could not have so fully superseded as they now appear, before the influx of Gothic language and manners from the south, in a subsequent age.

The authorities used in the etymological inquiries are, for the Breton, Pelletier's Dict. de la Langue Bretonne; for the CambroBritish, the Dictionaries of Richards, Walters, and Owen; and for the Gaelic, Shaw's Dictionary, and Macdonald's Vocabulary of that Language.

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