The most rational supposition seems to be, that the crime had come to M'Pherson, the ghost-seer's knowledge, by ordinary means, of which there is some evidence, but desiring to have a reason for communicating it, which could not be objected to by the people of the country, he had invented this machinery of the ghost, whose commands, according to Highland belief, were not to be disobeyed. If such were his motives, his legend, though it seemed to set his own tongue at liberty upon the subject, yet it impressed on his evidence the fate of Cassandra's prophecies, that, however true, it should not have the fortune to be believed.
ABBOTSFORD, 18th March, 1830.
DUNCAN TERIG ALIAS CLERK, AND ALEXANDER BAIN MACDONALD,
FOR THE MURDER OF
ARTHUR DAVIES, SERJEANT
IN GENERAL GUISE'S REGIMENT OF FOOT.
JUNE, A.D. MDCC.LIV.
DUNCAN TERIG ALIAS CLERK,
AND ALEXANDER BAIN MACDONALD.
CURIA JUSTICIARIA S. D. N. Regis