The heroic deeds of Highlanders, both in these islands and elsewhere, have been told in verse and prose, and
not more often, nor more loudly, than they deserve. But we must remember, now and then, that there have
been heroes likewise in the lowland and in the fen. Why, however, poets have so seldom sung of them; why
no historian, save Mr. Motley in his "Rise of the Dutch Republic," has condescended to tell the tale of their
doughty deeds, is a question not difficult to answer.
In the first place, they have been fewer in number. The lowlands of the world, being the richest...