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��in many place's hang declining over passengers and higher than houses, so that 'tis frightful to pass by them." ./ I'olnulecr de- scribes the mountains " as high and frightful as the Alps in Spain ; so we had nothing pleasant to behold but the sky."

Our travellers halted for dinner at the General's Hut, a small public-house nearly eighteen miles from Inverness/ 1 Here, says Johnson, Wade had lodged " while he superintended the works upon the road." I have seen it stated in a guide-book that on its site is built the Foyer's Hotel, but this is a mistake. In the Map of the Kings Roads made by General Wade, dated 1 746, " the General Hutt" (sic] is marked just where the road takes a sudden


��bend to the south, a short distance after which it passes the church of Burlassig. Dr. Garnett, who travelled through the Highlands at the end of the century, says that " the present public-house, which is still called the General's Hut, is very near the place where Wade had a small house, which was afterwards used as an inn. It commands a delightful view up the lake." The change of site must have been made, it would seem, between his visit and Johnson's.

��' Ray's History of the Rebellion, p. 362.

  • M. Hughes's Plain Narrative, p. 53.

Alps, I suppose, he uses as Milton does for lofty mountains in general.

3 In a Survey of the Province of Moray, pub- lished at Aberdeen in 1798, on pp. 333-34, the following table is given of the distances along

��the road which Johnson was following : miles 6 furlongs. From General's Hut to Fort Augustus, 14 miles 2 furlongs. From Fort Augustus to Unach [? Anoch], 9 miles. From Unach to Rattachan, 25 miles 5 furlongs. From Rattachan to Bernera, 9 miles.

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