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 […]

Except Ye Taste of Death

It appears that King Laoghaire had two daughters, named Ethne the fair, and Fedelm the ruddy. He had sent them, for what reason is not explained, to his relatives in Connaught, and placed them under the care of two Druids or magi, named Mael and Caplit. Patrick was at Crochan, or Cruachan, the royal cemetery […]

Ora nam Buadh

I bathe thy palms In showers of wine, In the lustral fire, In the seven elements, In the juice of the rasps, In the milk of honey, And I place the nine pure choice graces In thy fair fond face, The grace of form, The grace of voice, The grace of fortune, The grace of […]

Beannaich, a Thriath

Bless, O Chief of generous chiefs Myself and everything anear me, Bless me in all my actions, Make Thou me safe for ever, Make Thou me safe for ever. From every brownie and ban-shee, From every evil wish and sorrow, From every nymph and water-wraith, From every fairy-mouse and grass-mouse, From every fairy-mouse and grass-mouse. […]