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Archive | August, 2009

The Blas Festival: Celebrating The Highlands 4th – 12th September

24. August 2009

The Blas Festival: Celebrating The Highlands 4th – 12th September

The Blas Festival: An exciting festival of gaelic music and culture throughout the Highlands of Scotland. The Blas Festival has been devised by The Highland Council in partnership with Fèisean nan Gàidheal and the Promoters Arts Network. The Highland Council has contracted Fèisean nan Gàidheal to work with PAN and others to develop this festival [...]

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A Brief Story and Recommendation for Reading:

24. August 2009

A Brief Story and Recommendation for Reading:

The Foundation The founder of Clan Donald later to become The Clan MacDonald was Somerled who was killed in battle in 1164. Somerled had four sons RAGNAL, DUGALD, DONALD and RUAIRI, all of which gave their name to clans; DONALD being the eponym of Clan Donald .  From Donald to Lord of The Isles (John [...]

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SS Clan MacQuarrie: Ships Cat of Nine Lives!

22. August 2009

It has now come to light that the ship’s cat on Clan MacQuarrie, which went aground in a storm on The West Coast of Lewis, in 1953 did indeed live a  long  and peaceful  life in The Western Isles. Captain Bill MacDonald is today going to meet a certain Mr. Cliff Kerr who was 5th.Engineer [...]

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Minch Musician meets 2nd Mate from SS Clan MacQuarrie

21. August 2009

Minch Musician meets 2nd Mate from SS Clan MacQuarrie

The Minch Musician got a great surprise when he was on duty aboard his little boat on Wednesday-a request had come his way to make a public announcement that Kenneth & Ursula Solomon who were travelling to Stornoway were celebrating their 58th wedding anniversary. The request was duly carried out and the Musician made his [...]

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The Island MacDonalds: Ode of Captain Bill MacDonald

7. August 2009

The Island MacDonalds: Ode of Captain Bill MacDonald

In remembrance of : The Island MacDonalds who were forcefully removed from their Hebridean Crofting Homes from 1750 up to 1900.             From Island hills across the glens, From Barra to the Butt, The crofter fought the battle well, Yet landed in a hut.   The Highland landlord’s cunning tricks, [...]

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Culloden clues to Friendly Fire:

3. August 2009

Culloden clues to Friendly Fire:

Government artillery gunners may have hit their own troops while firing mortars into a Jacobite charge, a new book has suggested. A chapter in Culloden: The History and Archaeology of the Last Clan Battle said the risk of friendly fire was a “very real one”. Archaeologists found shrapnel from mortar shells close to where frontline [...]

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Edinburgh Military Tattoo: August 7th to 10th 2009

2. August 2009

Edinburgh Military Tattoo: August 7th to 10th 2009

The Edinburgh Military Tattoo, one of Scotland’s most iconic events set against the backdrop of a floodlit Edinburgh Castle. Since the event first took place in 1950, more than 12 million people have experienced this spectacular event and over 40 countries have been represented with an array of different bands and displays. 2009 sees Scotland’s [...]

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Clangathering2009:

2. August 2009

Clangathering2009:

The Clangathering2009 celebrations In Holyrood Park is sadly now over; it is reported to have united more 47,000 people from at least 40 countries around the world; with an addidional 20,000 lining the Royal Mile to watch 8,000 people marching with their clan and subsequently was a truly International Gathering.   Many MacDonalds have contacted [...]

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Minch Musician: Will Cook

2. August 2009

Minch Musician: Will Cook

With the Musicianess herself off to Belfast to a big Country & Western Music Festival the Minch Musician has been left to fend for himself. He decided to go back to the old basic cooking experience of the Hebrides. The big choice on tonight’s menu was Haddies & Potatoes-take it or leave it. Very disappointingly his twin daughters [...]

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Holidaying on The Western Isles:

2. August 2009

Holidaying on The Western Isles:

I have just been informed that the Sunday bookings on The Isle of Lewis Ferry from Ullapool to Stornoway are fully booked today. That is really good news as it indicates the large number of people who are starting to visit those lovely Islands off The West Coast of Scotland. I hope that this trend [...]

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