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One of the monks told me, that it is vaulted below, as they can plainly perceive by the sound of their instruments used in houghing the ground.
In the west, armed bands went about every night houghing the cattle and murdering all who dared to oppose them.
Robert was proved to have boasted of having drawn the first blood of the Maclarens; and the brothers were all accused of having followed this murder by houghing and killing forty head of young cattle belonging to a kinsman of the deceased.
Some other defaulters were dealt with before the Mac-Nicolls, a few throughither women and lads from the back-lanes of the burghs, on the old tale, a shoreside man for houghing a quey, and a girl Mac Vicar, who had been for a season on a visit to some Catholic relatives in the
"Ay! There will be a houghing shortly after dawn!" he muttered.
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