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Fionn mac Cumhaill & the Fianna

Fionn mac Cumhaill & the Fianna

Who was Fionn mac Cumhall? Fionn mac Cumhaill was the legendary leader of the Fianna or warband. In the manuscript tradition Fionn’s father was called Cumhall. However, in the oral tradition of…

Witchcraft in the Scottish Highlands: Good or Bad?

A birlinn or galley, like Iain Garbh’s which was sunk by witchcraft–supposedly Witchcraft: Black & White Two types of witchcraft were known in medieval Scotland: white witchcraft which dealt with…

Oidhche Challainn: New Year’s Eve

Oidhche Challainn: New Year’s Eve

A mid-winter festival is celebrated over much of the northern hemisphere. We need a lift and lots of light. New Year’s Eve is the most exciting party time in Scotland,…

A Gaelic Christmas Carol: Leanabh an Àigh

A Gaelic Christmas Carol: Leanabh an Àigh

Morning has Broken is a lovely hymn popularised by the British singer Cat Stevens (Steven Demetre Georgiou)–a huge hit in the early 1970s. Eleanor Farjeon, an Englishwoman, wrote the lyrics published…

Warriors of the Word –Scottish Highlands

Warriors of the Word –Scottish Highlands

Interesting title. Warriors of the Word is a book about Scottish Highlanders. Weren’t they more interested in swords than words or books? Who were these wordy warriors anyway? The most…