Two Oransay Grave-slabs

PLATE LX. AT ORANSAY. The slabs on this Plate are selected from the many examples within the ruined church here. The one represents an abbot1 in his rich ecclesiastical vestments, with one hand lifted up in the act of benediction, and the other holding his staff. The other pourtrays a man in armour. Two figures, […]

Plates from The Heraldry of the Campbells, Volume II

Ane Papisticall Manner

Sess., 5th December ultimo, 1567. Anent the complaint given in against my Lady Argyle, declaring how sche once being at the table of the Lord Jesus and professing his Evangell, had revolted therefrae, in giving her assistance and presence to the baptizing of the king in ane papisticall manner. The said lady being present, grantit […]

Haisted with Expeditioune

[to the Captain of Dunstaffnage] Loving Cusin, Sieing the bark is come heir with the meal I desire now that you send onelie about threttie seckis alongis in Auchnabrekis boat and lat all the rest remaine till my farder ordours. In the meantime haist heir all the amunitione, powder, lead and matches that come fra […]

Bruce’s Siege of Dunstaffnage

De conflictu regis Roberti contra Ergadienses Eodem anno [1308] infra octavas Ascencionis beatae Virginis Mariae idem rex Ergadiensis devicit in medio Ergadiae et totam terram sibi subegit, ducem eorum nomine Alexandrum de Argadia fugientem ad castrum de Dunstafinch per aliquod tempus inibi obsedit, qui eidem regi Castrum reddidit et sibi homagium facere recusans, dato salvo […]

Flame of God

ST. BRIGET OF THE SHORES I have heard many names of St. Briget, most beloved of Gaelic saints, with whom the month of February is identified . . . the month of “Bride min, gentle St. Bride” . . . Brighid boidheach Muime Chriosd, Bride the Beautiful, Christ’s Foster Mother . . . but there are […]

Seals of the Burghs of Argyll

CAMPBELTOWN is built on what was originally the seat of the Dalriadan monarchy. About the middle of the third century Cormac, King of Ireland, quelled a dispute which had arisen between two tribes, and during this civil war Cormac’s cousin, Cairbre-Riada, conquered a district in the north-east of Ireland, which he called Dalriada, or the […]

A Pack of Hypocrites

WHERE are the days that we have seen, When Phœbus shone fu’ bright, man, Days when fu’ merry we have been, When every one had right man; Now gloomy clouds do overshade, And spread wide over a’, man, Ill boding comets blaze o’er head, O whirry whigs awa’, man. Now ill appears with face fu’ […]

Objects of Charitie: Beggars’ Badges

BEGGARS’ BADGES. One of the earliest references to the regulation of begging in Scotland is an Act of the Scottish Parliament, 1424, c. 25, which prohibited from begging disorderly persons fit to work, and granted permission to the poor to continue begging under certain regulations, such poor being identified by the permission of a badge […]