Cailleach nan Cruachan

The Witch of Ben Cruachan. On the top of Ben Cruachan is the spring from which Loch Awe was filled, and this is how they say the event happened:–Aged Bera lived in the cave of the Great Rock. She was a daughter of Grenan the Wise. For many ages her ancestors inhabited that country–a princely family, […]

Boadicea: An Ode

WHEN the British warrior queen, Bleeding from the Roman rods, Sought, with an indignant mien, Counsel of her country’s gods, Sage beneath a spreading oak Sat the Druid, hoary chief; Every burning word he spoke Full of rage, and full of grief. ‘Princess! if our aged eyes Weep upon thy matchless wrongs, ’Tis because resentment […]

Gu Bràth, Am Byth

Bruti posteritas cum Scotis associata Anglica regna premet, Marte, labore, nece. Flumina manabunt hostili tincta cruore Perfida gens omni lite subacta ruet, Quem Britonum fundet Albanis juncta juventus: Sanguine Saxonico tincta rubebit humus: Regnabunt Britones Scotorum gentis amici Antiquum nomen insula tota feret; Ut profert aquila veteri de turre locuta, Cum Scotis Britones regna paterna […]

God Speed It!

All hail! the Confederated States. All honour to gallant South Carolina, who gave the first impulse to the Revolution which brought the new nation into being. All gratitude to the benign Providence that darkened the understandings of men in power and converted seeming obstacles into tremendous agencies for hastening and perfecting the great and good […]

Our New Southern Star

For Bonnie Blue Campbell. STAR OF THE SOUTH. Star of the South! Break forth on the nation! Break forth o’er the land, beam out on the sea! We’ve watched for thy coming with blind adoration– They never are slaves who will to be free! Our fathers bequeathed to our guardian keeping Their own institutions. and […]

Assassins Juridiques

The refusal to allow Charlie’s parents to remove their baby boy from the hospital is an act of bioethical aggression that will extend futile-care controversies, creating a duty to die at the time and place of doctors’ choosing. And that raises a crucial liberty question: Whose baby is Charlie Gard? His parents’? Or are sick […]

MacCrimmon Pipers

Give McIntyre ye pyper fforty pounds scots as his prentises(hi)p with McCrooman till May nixt as also provyde him in what Cloths he needs and dispatch him immediately to the Isles. Instruction from John Campbell, Earl of Breadalbane, to his chamberlain, Alexander Campbell of Barcaldine, c. 1697. Item paid to quantiliane McCraingie McLeans pyper for one complete year as […]

Feadan Dubh

THE BLACK CHANTER OF CLAN CHATTAN. AMONG the many interesting historical relics carefully treasured at Cluny Castle in Badenoch—the Seat of the Chief of Clan Chattan—is the Black Chanter or Feadan Dubh, of the Clan, on the possession of which the prosperity of the House of Cluny is supposed to depend. Of the many singular […]