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claymore broadsword and targe or shield (targaid)

Scottish Highlands: Weapons

The Highland Charge Alasdair MacColla MacDonald is credited with developing the Highland charge in Ulster in 1642 and introduced it to Scotland in 1644 during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, known as the English Civil War in British history.…

four Highland soldiers in 1631

Highland Dress 17th Century

Highland Dress of the Seventeenth Century On a trip to Italy many years ago, a half dozen Canadian scouts wore kilts. They were amazed at the reaction to their uniform. Italians aren’t shy about staring — they tripped over curbs,…

Earsaid clothing of Highland Women

Highland Women: Clothing

Martin Martin was a gentleman from the Isle of Skye who wrote a book called The Description of the Western Isles of Scotland about 1695. He was trying to persuade Lowland Scots that really the Highlands were not as uncivilised and barbaric…

Cover of Banshee of Ben Caledon by Sheila Currie

The Banshee of Ben Caledon

“You will hide among the herders of Clan Donald and, if you are indeed lucky, you may reach Edinburgh to warn of treachery,” said the Wise Woman. “I saw it through the stone.”  Shona Campbell, a banshee, refuses to use her fairy powers.…

The Banshee of Castle Muirn

The Banshee of Castle Muirn

“You will become a banshee,” said the Wise Woman. “Your people need your powers.” Shona Campbell, the daughter of a Scottish chief, is told she must marry a Lowlander with a need for her dowry and a taste for cruelty.…