River Spean

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Spean, a river of Laggan and Kilmonivaig parishes, Inverness-shire, issuing from Loch Laggan (819 feet), and winding 20½ miles westward till, after a descent of 728 feet, it falls into the Lochy at Bridge of Mucomir, 3 furlongs below the Lochy's efflux from Loch Lochy. At a point 1¼ mile below Loch Laggan, the Spean receives from the S the large stream emitted by Loch Ossian; and near Bridge of Roy it receives from the N the Roy. Its other affluents, though numerous, are individually inconsiderable. Its salmon, sea trout, and river trout afford capital sport. On 9 Sept. 1873 the Queen, en route for Inverlochy, ` drove along through Glenspean, which is very fine and grand in some parts, the road looking down upon the rapid, rushing, gushing river, as it whirls along imbedded in rocks, and overhung with wood, while high ranges of hills, fine and pointed in shape, are seen in the distance, rising peak upon peak. Along this road I had driven when staying at Ardverikie, but I had forgotten it.'-Ord. Sur., shs. 63, 62, 1873-75.

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