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Monday, 27 April 2009

Scottish Sango Sands


Scottish Sango Sands, Durness, Sutherland, Scotland.

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Sunday, 26 April 2009

Scottish Coat of Arms


Scottish Coat of Arms above a door at Glamis Castle, Scotland.

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Saturday, 25 April 2009

Scottish Sheep Number 8

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Scottish Sheep Number 8 in a field in Perthshire, Scotland.

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Friday, 24 April 2009

Scottish Lament


Scottish Lament. Flora Macdonald's Lament
Far over yon hills of the heather sae green
An' doun by the corrie that sings to the sea,
The bonnie young Flora sat sighin' her lane,
The dew on her plaid an' the tear in her e'e.
She look'd at a boat wi' the breezes that swung,
Away on the wave like a bird on the main,
An' aye as it lessen'd she sigh'd an' she sung,
"Fareweel to the lad I shall ne'er see again;
Fareweel to my hero, the gallant and young,
Fareweel to the lad I shall ne'er see again."

The moorcock that crows on the brows o' Ben Connal,
He kens o' his bed in a sweet mossy hame;
The eagle that soars o'er the cliffs o' Clan Ranald,
Unaw'd and unhunted his eyrie can claim;
The solan can sleep on the shelves of the shore,
The cormorant roost on his rock of the sea;
But ah! there is one whose fate I deplore,
Nor house, ha' nor hame in this country has he;
The conflict is past, and our name is no more,
There's nought left but sorrow for Scotland and me.

The target is torn from the arm of the just,
The helmet is cleft on the brow of the brave;
The claymore forever in darkness must rust,
But red is the sword of the stranger and slave;
The hoof of the horse, and the foot of the proud,
Have trod o'er the plumes on the bonnet of blue;
Why slept the red bolt in the breast of the cloud,
When tyranny revell'd in blood of the true?
Fareweel my young hero, the gallant and good,
The crown of thy father's is torn from thy brow.

Meaning of unusual words:
corrie=hollow on the side of a mountain or between mountains
kens=knows
solan=gannet

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Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Scottish Bonnie Hoose


Scottish Bonnie Hoose. Airlie Castle is not currently open to the public, however it is remembered in the song The Bonnie Hoose o' Airlie which is mentioned in Robert Louis Stevenson's novel Kidnapped. The song commemorates the burning of the castle, some of the stonework is still black, by the Earl of Argyll, claiming to act on behalf of the anti-royalists, while the Earl was away fighting for the Jacobite cause.

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Monday, 6 April 2009

Scottish Song Annie Laurie


Scottish Song Annie Laurie. Annie Laurie is an old Scottish song based on poem by William Douglas (1672 to 1748) of Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. The words were modified and the tune was added by Alicia Scott in 1834/5. The song is also known as Maxwelton Braes. William Douglas became a soldier in the Royal Scots and fought in Germany and Spain and rose to the rank of captain. He also fought at least two duels. He returned to his estate at Fingland in 1694. Traditionally it is said that Douglas had a romance with Anna, or Anne Laurie (16th December 1682 — 1761). Anna was the youngest daughter of Robert Laurie, who became first baronet of Maxwelton in 1685. The legend says that her father opposed a marriage. This may have been because Anna was very young; she was only in her mid-teens when her father died. It may also have been because of Douglas's aggressive temperament or more likely because of his Jacobite allegiances. It is known for certain that they knew of each because in a later letter by Anna she says in reply to news about Douglas "I trust that he has forsaken his treasonable opinions, and that he is content."

Douglas recovered from this romance and eloped with a Lanarkshire heiress, Elizabeth Clerk of Glenboig. They married in Edinburgh in 1706. Douglas's political beliefs forced him into exile. He became a mercenary soldier and sold his estate at Fingland in the 1720s, though eventually he received a pardon. Download Scottish Music.

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Sunday, 5 April 2009

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Scottish Ringing Stone


An old photograph of The Ringing Stone, Isle of Tiree, Scotland. The Ringing Stone has been decorated by dozens of cup markings. These have religious significance dating back 4000 years but the precise purpose and meaning is unknown. When hit with another stone, The Ringing Stone clangs like a large piece of iron. Legend has it that should the boulder ever be broken then Tiree will sink beneath the waves.

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