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THE FLITTING OF LORN  (R4x32)  Jean Attwood  Alexander Book 8  1- 4 1s & 4s set & cast in one place as 2s & 3s step up/down  5- 8 1M & 4L, dancing to their Left, dance ½ fig. of 8 through end couple to face down/up in sidelines whilst 1L & 4M dance across set & cast Right to centre line top/bottom of set, facing each other  9-16 2L+1M+3L, 2M+4M+3M dance LSh reels of 3 on sides whilst 1L+4M set & change places RH, set & change RH to face Right at ends for … 17-24 2M+1L+2L, 3M+4M+3L dance RSh reels of 3 across whilst 1M+4L set & cross RH, set & turn ¾RH to … 25-28 1L followed by 4L, 4M followed by 1M dance through end couple & cast Right to own sidelines 2 4 1 3 29-32 All turn RH
1445 - While returning to his seat at Dunstaffnage Castle from the great cattle tryst at Crieff, Sir John Stewart 2 nd   Lord of Lorn in Argyll, met the daughter of Clan Chief Laurin of Ardviech, and began an affair which one year later produced a son, christened Dugald. In 1463 Dugald McLaurin of Ardveich, aged 18, was legitimized and summoned to Dunstaffnage Castle where Sir John Stewart 2 nd  of Lorn married Dugald’s mother, after Alan MacCoul attempted to murder Sir John who died a few days later on 20 December 1463. Five years later, Dugald McLaurin Stewart of Ardveich and his McLaurin clan supporters settled in Appin amongst more numerous older inhabitants such as Livingstones, Carmichaels and McColls. The people of Lorn, abandoned by Walter Campbell of Lorn, made the exodus known in Lorn as the "Inveich mor" or "great flitting" from the southern portion of Lorne, to Upper Lorne, or Appin, following the fortunes of Dugald McLaurin Stewart of Ardveich as chief of the clan in Appin. The Appin tradition continues — that when Dugald, young and unprepared, and in a strange country, was thus suddenly confronted with a deliberately planned insurrection of the MacDougals, he would and could have crushed them with that smaller section of his father's adherents, who knew him to be their lawful Chief and followed his banner, had not the MacDougals been joined by the Macfarlanes at the instance of the Campbells. Then followed the great fight at the bridge of Orchy, where 130 Ardveich Maclaurins fell, and 50 of the Appin women gave birth to posthumous children. The joint death roll of both sides could not have been far short of 600 or 700. Dugald then retreated into Upper Lorn to Castle Stalcaire (Stalker); and a year later his treacherous uncle, Walter Stewart, lodged his claim as heir male under the document of June 20, 1452, in Edinburgh, where Argyle was Justiciar, and all powerful' at Court. Walter Stewart dared not show his nose in Argyle, where not a single clansman recognised his right. Meantime matters had been discussed in Lower Lorn, and doubt became certainty that the marriage had actually been completed. Then occurred that remarkable phenomenon, the "Imeach Mor" or " Great Flitting " of Lorn ; when the people of Lorn, other than those of the name of Macdougal, came over in great numbers to join their rightful Chief in Appin, and thereby spoke with no uncertain voice, both then, and to us now, as to who was their legitimate head. Thus reinforced, and when the Macdougals and Macfarlanes, accompanied prebably by a stiffening of Campbells among their number, came over and attacked Dugald again in 1468 in Appin, he won a great victory in "Lagan na Phail,"or "treacherous hollow," behind the present Episcopal Church at Port-na-Croish, and close to Castle Stalcaire. But the slaughter again must have been more terrible even than before ... Both sides were now helpless ... Under these circumstances, an enforced compromise was effected by him with his Uncle Walter as the least of evils ; Dugald remaining in his possession of Upper Lorn or Appin, and Walter Stewart obtaining the rest of his patrimony. It is a noteworthy fact that immediately Walter received Lorn he handed it over to Argyle - comment is needless! In 1469 Dugald McLaurin of Ardveich & 1 st  Stewart of Appin, rightful Lord of Lorn, became the first Chief of Clan Stewart of Appin, and the following year he received the Braes of Lorne, the region between Loch Creran and Loch Leven.