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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…

A Rousing Song of the  1745 Rebellion

A Rousing Song of the 1745 Rebellion

The Outlander Insider ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’ had a public relations manager during the Rebellion of 1745. Alas he does not appear in the Outlander novels. To English-speaking people he was…

Galloglasses: Knights in Shining Armour?

Galloglasses: Knights in Shining Armour?

On the website Undiscovered Scotland there are two photos of West Highland tombstones. The captions say they are knights. Were there knights in shining armour in the Highlands? Immediately some…