Song of the Highland Clans

Oran Nam Fineachan Gaidhealach. Alasdair mac Mhaighstir Alasdair A chomuinn rìoghail rùnaich Sàr-ùmhlachd thugaibh uaibh, Biodh ur roisg gun smùirnein, ‘S gach cridh’ gun treas gin lùib ann; Deoch-slàinte Sheumais Stiùbhairt Gu mùirneach cuir mu’n cuairt! Ach ma ta giamh air bith ‘nur stamaig, A’ chailis naomh na truaill. Lìon deoch-slàinte Theàrlaich, A mheirlich! stràic […]

Wall Tomb of Alasdair Crotach MacLeod

Reputed to be the finest medieval wall tomb in Scotland, the monument to Alasdair Crotach MacLeod, 8th Chief of Clan MacLeod of Harris, is located on the south side of the choir of St. Clement’s Church (Tùr Chliamhainn in Gàidhlig or “Clement’s Tower”), Rodel, Harris. Over a carved effigy of the chief, four angels circle […]

Beannachadh Luinge

God bless the good ship of Clan Ranald, The first day it leaps on the wave, The ship and the sailors who man it The first on the roll of the brave! May the Three and the One be their guidance, Who tempers the blasts when they bray, Or tossed mid the war of the […]

Eaglais na h-Aoidhe

The crofting village of Aignish on the Isle of Lewis is home to the historic Eye Church (Gàidhlig: Eaglais Chaluim Chille or Eaglais na h-Aoidhe/Uidh). Last used for worship in 1829 and once the island’s foremost parish church, it stands on an earlier religious site said to have been founded by St. Columba’s contemporary, St. Catan (Eaglais na h-Aoidhe […]

The Solace Which the Bagpipe Can Give

The solace which the bagpipe can give, they have long enjoyed; but among other changes, which the last Revolution introduced, the use of the bagpipe begins to be forgotten. Some of the chief families still entertain a piper, whose office was anciently hereditary. Macrimmon was piper to Macleod, and Rankin to Maclean of Col. The […]

Father of the Clan

The name of highest dignity is Laird, of which there are in the extensive Isle of Sky only three, Macdonald, Macleod, and Mackinnon. The Laird is the original owner of the land, whose natural power must be very great, where no man lives but by agriculture; and where the produce of the land is not […]