My Faithful Fair One

Mo rùn geal dìleas Sèist Mo rùn geal dìleas, dìleas, dìleas Mo rùn geal dìleas nach till thu nall Cha till mi fhèin riut, a ghaoi chan fhaod mi ‘S ann tha mi ghaoil ‘na mo laighe tinn Is truagh nach robh mi an riochd na faoilinn A shnàmhadh aotrom air bhàrr nan tonn Is […]

Ad Incursu Anglicorum et Insultu Emulorum

Pater Columba decus morum suscipe vota famulorum te laudantem serva chorum ad incursu anglicorum et insultu emulorum. Father Columba, glory of our national tradition receive the prayers of your servants save this choir that is praising you from attack by the English and assualt by rivals. — Antiphon from the Office for the Feast of St. Columba […]

Máel Coluim mac Cináeda

Máel Coluim mac Cináeda, king of Scotland, the honour of all the west of Europe, died. — Annals of Tigernach, T1034.1 * * * Máel Coluim mac Cináeda (Modern Gaelic: Maol Chaluim mac Choinnich, known in modern anglicized regnal lists as Malcolm II; died 25 November 1034), was King of the Scots from 1005 until his death.  He was a son of Cináed mac Maíl Coluim; the Prophecy […]

Bruide son of Maelchú

Death of Bruide son of Maelchú, king of the Picts. — Annals of Ulster, U584.3 This is the King Brude/Bruide about whom St. Adomnán writes in the Vita Columbae.  He does not make it clear, however, whether or not the Pictish king was converted by St. Columba or was already a Christian.

No Better Deed

Edward Bruce, the destroyer of Ireland in general, both Foreigners and Gaidhil, was killed by the Foreigners of Ireland by dint of fighting at Dun-Delgan.  And there were killed in his company Mac Ruaidhri, king of Insi-Gall [Hebrides] and Mac Domnaill, king of Airthir-Gaidhil [Argyll], together with slaughter of the Men of Scotland around him.  And […]

Robert the Bruce and the Pan-Gaelic Alliance

Whereas we and you and our people and your people, free since ancient times, share the same national ancestry and are urged to come together more eagerly and joyfully in friendship by a common language and by common custom, we have sent you our beloved kinsman, the bearers of this letter, to negotiate with you […]

Argyll Mausoleum

Rebuilt in 1795-1796, the Argyll Mausoleum, standing in the church-yard of Kilmun Parish Church on its north-east side, is the burying-place of the Chiefs of the Clan Campbell.  Twenty generations of chiefs, living over the last five hundred years, are buried here, the most recent being the Tenth Duke of Argyll, Niall Diarmid.  The deteriorating […]

Tyrannic Man’s Dominion

This is one of my favourite Burns’ songs.  The best recording of it I have encountered is by Dick Gaughan, the Scottish folk singer/activist.  I think the third verse is masterful. * * * Now Westlin Winds Now westlin winds and slaughtering guns Bring autumn’s pleasant weather The moorcock springs on whirring wings Among the […]

To Robbery, Slaughter, Plunder, They Give the Lying Name of Empire

Quotiens causas belli et necessitatem nostram intueor, magnus mihi animus est hodiernum diem consensumque vestrum initium libertatis toti Britanniae fore: nam et universi co[i]stis et servitutis expertes, et nullae ultra terrae ac ne mare quidem securum inminente nobis classe Romana. Ita proelium atque arma, quae fortibus honesta, eadem etiam ignavis tutissima sunt. Priores pugnae, quibus […]

The Standard on the Braes o’ Mar

While the flag above is from the ’45, the song is about the raising of the Jacobite standard at Braemar in 1715. The standard on the Braes o’ Mar is up and streaming rarely The gathering pipe on Lochnagar is sounding loud and sairly The Hieland men, frae hill and glen Wi’ belted plaids and […]

John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore

Nephew of the second Earl of Dunmore, at fifteen years he was appointed page to Charles Edward Stuart (“Bonnie Prince Charlie”) and, with his father William Murray, was a participant in the Jacobite Uprising of 1745, after which the Murrays were placed under house arrest.  After his father’s conditional pardon in 1750, he joined the […]