A Plaintive Harvest

THE CLEARANCE SONG. From Lochourn to Glenfinnan the gray mountains ranging, Naught falls on the eye but the changed and the changing; From the hut by the lochside, the farm by the river, Macdonalds and Cameron pass—and for ever. The flocks of one stranger the long glens are roaming, Where a hundred bien homesteads smoked bonny at […]

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 […]

Catonic Pleasure in the Defeated Cause

On the other hand, Catholicism as a factor in history was very real and very abominable to me. Protestantism has, I suppose, been instilled into English people of education not so much by those infant catechisms in which an earlier generation delighted, nor even by the solidly one-sided picture which is still given of the […]

An Pàpanach Mòr and the Campbells of Ardslignish

Campbells of Ardslignish. (Supplied by Mrs. Lillias Davidson, neé Campbell, Lochnell.) ALEXANDER CAMPBELL of Ardslignish, son of (Airdslignis) the sixth Lochnell (Loch-nan-eala), brother to Sir Duncan Campbell of Lochnell, and commonly known as the “Pàpanach Mòr,” either on account of his great stature, or his zealous adherence to the Church of Rome, was an enthusiastic […]

Victorious, Gay, Triumphing Unicorn

An Emblematical Print Of Culloden. [April 16, 1746] This engraving is in three divisions, inclosed by a highly decorated scroll frame. The central division is enriched at one side by a lion and rose, at the other by a unicorn and thistle, and contains the following lines:— “The Sacred Lion conquers every Foe, And tears […]

Culloden’s Dread Echoes Shall Ring

LOCHËIL’S WARNING Wizard. — Lochiël. Wizard. — Lochiël! Lochiël, beware of the day When the Lowlands shall meet thee in battle array! For a field of the dead rushes red on my sight, And the clans of Culloden are scatter’d in fight. They rally, they bleed, for their kingdom and crown; Woe, woe to the […]

Colquhoun’s Leap

Some time before the Massacre of Glencoe, the laird of Appin (Tighearna na H-Apunn) had a servant of the name of Colquhoun, in whom he placed great confidence. On a certain occasion he sent him to Inverness (Inbhirnis) for money. The road from Appin to Inverness passed through Glencoe, but Colquhoun was afraid to take […]

I Will Aye Remember

Bide a wee ye bonnie hours o’ sweet yestreen Haud awa’ the thocht that e’er I will forget Lang the wimplin wey unrowes afore my een? And the mindin’ will be sweeter yet Chorus: Aye, the road was haudin’ frae the lass that I will aye remember Braw burn the bridges far behind me in […]

Breaking Sticks to Roast the Duke

I hae been at Crookieden, My bonie laddie, Highland laddie, Viewing Willie and his men, My bonie laddie, Highland laddie. There our foes that burnt and slew, My bonie laddie, Highland laddie, There, at last, they gat their due, My bonie laddie, Highland laddie. Satan sits in his black neuk, My bonie laddie, Highland laddie, […]

A Culloden Lament

Fhir a shiùbhlas na frìthe Tha thu sìor thighinn fainear dhomh Tha mi ‘g innse le fìrinn An nì rinn mo sgaradh Chan e ghearradh a luaidh A rinn am bualadh fo’m neimheil Ach an dh’fhuirich dhe’m chàirdean Anns a’bhlàr a bha ‘s t-earrach Tha mo chiabhag air glasadh Tha mo leth-cheann air muthadh Tha […]

Instrument of War

In 1746, in the aftermath of the Battle of Culloden, which, along with crippling legislation, effectively ended the Highland Clan system in Scotland, the Government put a number of prisoners of war on trial at York. Among them was a piper by the name of James Reid. Mr. Reid’s lawyers argued that, being a simple […]

Clo Mhic Ille Mhicheil

Lyrics: English Translation: Oganaich uir a’ chuil teudaich Oh noble youth with long black hair ‘S oil liom eudach a bhith dhith ort I hate it that you are wanting clothing Hug air clo Mhic’ille Mhicheil Hug air clo Mhic’ille Mhicheil Chuir Roinn Eorpa clo am beart dhuit Europe has put cloth in the loom […]