Alta Proceritas

King Alexander, then lying in Kiararey-sound, dreamed a dream, and thought three men came to him. He thought one of them was in royal robes, but very stern, ruddy in countenance, somewhat thick, and of middling size. Another seemed of a slender make, but active, and of all men the most engaging, and majestic. The third again, […]

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 […]

A Particularly Good Twitching Season

Before twitchers start booking CalMac ferry tickets to Tiree – it’s not there anymore. Its accidental visit had to be kept secret until it had gone. An unusual bird, normally seen only in the USA, the Cedar Waxing was photographed in a garden on Tiree. Just a bit bigger than a house sparrow, it is thought […]

Fertill, Fruitfull, and Full of Natural Grassing

Nar this forsaid iyle on the west syde of it layes Ila, ane ile of twentie myle lenthe from the north to the south, and sixteen myle in breadth from the eist to the west, fertill, fruitfull, and full of natural grassing, with maney grate Diere, maney woods, faire games of hunting beside everey toune, with […]

Where All the Women are Strong, All the Men are Good Looking…

The inhabitants of this Island are for the most part of a good stature, strong and nimble, of a good complexion, live verie long, much addicted to hunting, arching, shooting, swimming, wherein they are expert. Their language for the most part is Irish, which is very empathetick, and for its antiquity Scaliger reckons it one […]

The Maist Honorable and Ancient Place in Scotland

Colmkill. Narrest this be twa myles of sea, layes the ile the Erische callit I-colm-Kill, that is, Sanct Colm’s ile, ane faire mayne ile of twa myle lange and maire, and ane myle braid, fertill, and fruitfull of corne and store, and guid for fishing. Within this ile there is a monastery of mounckes, ane […]