In 1743, so the story goes, a man named MacQueen – MacQueen of Pall a’ Chrocain, as he’s sometimes known – killed the last wolf in Scotland. The wolf was huge and black and had been killing local children. MacQueen was a crofter and a deerstalker, and he tracked down and dispatched the beast, cutting its throat with his knife, before presenting its head to his chief, the Laird of Clan Mackintosh.

“Our family’s been here for generations and the story’s been passed down,” said David MacQueen, as we sat in his farmhouse kitchen a stone’s throw from where it is said to have happened. “I’ve no reason ...


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