On ascending a hill that leads from Loch Awe towards Inverary, I
fell into conversation with a woman of the humbler class who wore
one of those Highland Broaches. I talked with her about it; and
upon parting with her, when I said with a kindness I truly felt--
"May that Broach continue in your family through many generations
to come, as you have already possessed it"--she thanked me most
becomingly, and seemed not a little moved.
The exact resemblance which the old Broach (still in use, though
rarely met with, among the Highlanders) bears to the Roman Fibula
must strike every one, and concurs, with the plaid and kilt, to
recall to mind the communication which the ancient Romans had with
this remote country.