Gu Bràth, Am Byth

Bruti posteritas cum Scotis associata Anglica regna premet, Marte, labore, nece. Flumina manabunt hostili tincta cruore Perfida gens omni lite subacta ruet, Quem Britonum fundet Albanis juncta juventus: Sanguine Saxonico tincta rubebit humus: Regnabunt Britones Scotorum gentis amici Antiquum nomen insula tota feret; Ut profert aquila veteri de turre locuta, Cum Scotis Britones regna paterna […]

Even to the Twentieth Generation

That is the mark of the Scot that he stands in an attitude to the past unthinkable in Englishmen, and remembers and cherishes the memory of his forebears, good and bad, and there burns alive in him a sense of identity with the dead, even to the twentieth generation. — Robert Louis Stevenson.

Dunadd

Originally occupied in the Iron Age, the site later became a seat of the kings of Dál Riata. It is known for its stone carvings below the upper enclosure, including the imprint of a foot and a basin thought to have formed part of Dál Riata’s coronation ritual. On the same flat outcrop of rock is an incised boar in Pictish style, and an inscription […]

An t-Eilean Sgitheanach

“This Ile is callit Ellan Skiannach in Irish, that is to say in Inglish the wyngit Ile, be reason it has mony wyngis and pointis lyand furth fra it, throw the dividing of thir foirsaid Lochis.” — Description of the Western Isles of Scotland called Hybrides, by Mr. Donald Munro, High Dean of the Isles, who travelled through […]

Puir Bluidy Swaddies Are Wearie

The pipie is dozie, the pipie is fey He wullnae come roun for his vino the day The sky owre Messina is unco an gray An aa the bricht chaumers are eerie Fareweill ye banks o Sicily Fare ye weill ye valley an shaw There’s nae Jock will murn the kyles o ye Aa the […]

Chronicon Scotorum, Annal CS432

Kal. vi. A.D. 432 From the death of the hero, Cucullainn, to this year, there are 431 years; from the death of Conchobhar Mac Nessa, 412 years. Patrick, i.e. the Archbishop, comes to Hibernia, and begins to baptize the Scoti, in the ninth year of Theodosius the younger, the first year of the episcopate of Sixtus, 45th […]