Formalities Observed

Every Heir or young Chieftain of a Tribe was oblig’d in Honour to give a publick Specimen of his Valour before he was own’d and declar’d Governor or Leader of his People, who obey’d and follow’d him upon all Occasions. This Chieftain was usually attended with a Retinue of young Men of Quality, who had […]

Tae Win Oor Liberty

By the cross oor Andrew bore By the sword oor William wore By the crown our Robert swore Tae win oor Liberty Ca’ the falcon frae the glen, Ca’ the eagle frae the ben Ca’ the lion frae his den Tae win oor Liberty By the man wha’s faith was old By the man they […]

With All the Display Which the Parties Could Make

The Highlanders had no feasts nor rejoicings at a birth, but a funeral was conducted with all the display which the parties could make. All the clan, and numerous neighbors, were invited and entertained with a profusion of every thing. The male part of the procession was regularly arranged according to rank, and, instead of […]

Unfurling the Standard

The Marquis of Tullibardine accompanied Charles in his progress until the Prince landed at Glenfinnin [sic], which is situated about twenty miles from Fort William, and forms the outlet from Moidart to Lochaber; here the standard of Charles Edward was unfurled. The scene in which this ill-omened ceremonial took place is a deep and narrow […]

Glenfinnan

We Return No More

It is all over now — put me to bed — call in the piper; let him play “Ha Til Mi Tulidh” (We Return No More) as long as I breathe. — Final words of Raibeart Ruadh MacGriogair (Robert Roy MacGregor).

John Campbell of the Bank

John Campbell’s diary recounts how the Jacobite army took control of Edinburgh on 17 September 1745. On 1 October, Bonnie Prince Charlie’s secretary informed John Campbell that he had £857 of Royal Bank banknotes and wanted payment for them in gold. Upon failure to comply, the Jacobites would seize property from the Bank and its […]

Castle Sween

Castle Sween takes its name from Suibhne, who is thought to have built the castle. Suibhne is believed to have been a grandson of Hugh “the Splendid” O’Neill who died in 1047. In the XIII century the Clan MacSween, or descendants of Suibhne, governed lands extending as far north as Loch Awe and as far south as Skipness Castle on Loch Fyne. In the later half […]

R. R. McIan’s Lord of the Isles

Robert Ronald McIan (1803 – 13 Dec 1856), also Robert Ranald McIan, was an actor and painter of Scottish descent. He is best known for romanticised depictions of Scottish clansmen, their battles, and domestic life.

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 […]

On Wi’ the Braid Claymore

Cam’ ye by Atholl, lad wi’ the philabeg, Down by the Tummel, or banks of the Garry? Saw ye the lads, wi’ their bonnets an’ white cockades, Leaving their mountains to follow Prince Charlie. Chorus Follow thee, follow thee, wha wadna follow thee? Long has thou lov’d an’ trusted us fairly! Charlie, Charlie, wha wadna […]