As Thicke As Pleates May Lye

With skulles upon their poules, Insteade of civil cappes, With speares in hand and sword by sides, To bear off afterclappes; With jackettes long and large, Which shroud simplicitie: Though spiteful dartes which they do beare Importe iniquitie. Their shirtes be verie straunge, Not reaching paste the thigh, With pleates on pleates they pleated are, […]

The Image of Irelande: Kern Led by Piper

Kern are mentioned in Shakespeare’s Macbeth (Acts I and V): The merciless Macdonwald– Worthy to be a rebel, for to that The multiplying villanies of nature Do swarm upon him–from the western isles Of kerns and gallowglasses is supplied; […] Mark, king of Scotland, mark: No sooner justice had with valour arm’d Compell’d these skipping […]

Our Ladye of Tryme

Updated 10 October 2012, 18:53. This post concerns a devotion to Our Lady that I suspect very, very few people are even aware. Hopefully this information will prove of interest to devotees and scholars of the Blessed Virgin. Interesting also is the record of vandalism against holy images by the Protestant Reformers as recorded in […]

Close to My Heart

My medal of St. Columba depicts the Saint standing on a currach or coracle, a symbol of his exile over the sea from Ireland to Hy or Iona. The currach is a hide-covered wooden-framed boat. He wears the typical léine (shirt/tunic) covered with a blanket-like plaid (or brat) with hands extended in a cruciform pose. […]