I’m always rushing to catch up these days with everything happening at once, so I will combine two posts in one!
“Where danced the moon on Monan’s Rill”
It is a breathtaking road along the Great Glen(An Gleann Mòr) from Loch Ness to Loch Linnhe through the misty mountains, meadows and moors. I took this shot at dusk while driving by Glencoe, just south of Fort William, and with a little light filter and starbrush magic turned the dark misted skies into the witching hour.
A Highland Lament sung by Margaret Bennett
Glencoe was the scene of an infamous betrayal and massacre. It is a feud between two clans which has never been forgotten and one of the many tragic stories of the Jacobite Rebellion.
The Regiment of Argyll, led by a Captain of the Campbell clan, was billeted on land belonging to the Clan MacDonald who were Jacobite sympathizers. In typical highland hospitality the MacDonalds invited them for supper and a game of cards. During the night while their hosts slept, the Campbells, who were in the employ of the British run government, rose up and murdered all the MacDonalds in their beds. Most of the women and children who fled into the hills died of exposure in the cold. There is a pub in the town with a sign that still reads “Campbells Are Not Welcome.”
I chose a winding staircase in Dublin’s Trinity College library along with a more linear image of a page of the beautiful Book of Kells which resides there.
Trinity College was established in 1592 under the auspices of Queen Elizabeth I who hoped to promote the Church of England in Papist Ireland.
The Book of Kells is a medieval collection of the gospels written shortly after the time of the Irish Saint from Donegal, Columba ( 521-597 AD). The surviving soft pages of vellum were painstakingly written by hand and illuminated with gold by monks working long into the night in candle-lit scriptoriums.
These monks probably lived in an abbey established by Columba on the Isle of Iona in the Hebrides. Columba was highly regarded by both the Gaels of Dal Riata, who extended from Ireland into western Scotland, and by the native Picts. During the era of the Viking raids the monks fled to Ireland with the precious manuscripts where they were kept for centuries in the Abbey of Kells, County Meath, before they were moved to Trinity College.
historical tidbits: St Columba is a patron saint of poetry. The Roman Emperor Hadrian built Hadrian’s wall to keep the wild Picts out of Roman Britain. They were described by Roman historian Tacitus as “madly fond of war” and rushing into battle naked and painted blue.