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Quentin McKinnon Cairn

It is on record that when Mr Wragge, the famous meterologist and astronomer went up to the observatory on the summit of Ben Lomond during a blinding snowstorm one wintry morning many years ago, he found, much to hisi surprise, a Highland lad and his lass sitting singing under the lea of the building, showing of how hardy a nature true Scot- 1 tish love is to resist all sorts and conditions of weather. Quentin McKinnon’s grand passion seemed to be all wrapped up in the wild lone lands lying to the west of the Lakes District, and the effort now being made to erect a cairn to his memory on the pass, bearing his name has led me to pen and dedicate the following lines to his memory ; ELEGY 1 . (Dedicated to the memory of Quentin McKinnon.) Oh, what is the world, with all its pomp. Its beauty, wealth and powers, When friends forsake, and health departs— Dark, dismal, sombre, fly the hours.

Blit out on the hilltops, grey, .and bright, With the .sheen of the rising- sdu. Our health restored, and the spirits gay Ever eagerly, resolutely, ■ pressing on. The lofty crags when scaled and won By the buoyant steps of the mountaineer. Oft bring- to view most wondrous sights, To our memory ever dear. When steep upon steep, and far, far away, Rise snowy ranges’, ever higher and higher ; Valleys' always opening up below With green verdure clad and rare. Oh, wondrous 1 lands, with freedom crowned. You’re all the world to me : By yonder lakes and dells and misty peaks I ever hope lo be.

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Quentin McKinnon Cairn, Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 8, 1 June 1907

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Quentin McKinnon Cairn Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 8, 1 June 1907

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