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    In Memoriam of 13 February 1692: Glencoe Massacre…

    In Memoriam of all the villagers of Glencoe who died

    on 13 February 1692 and in the following days

    during and after the infamous Glencoe Massacre…

    The Massacre of Glencoe took place in Glen Coe in the Highlands of Scotland on 13 February 1692, following the Jacobite uprising of 1689-92. An estimated 30 members and associates of Clan MacDonald of Glencoe were killed by government forces billeted with them, on the grounds they had not been prompt in pledging allegiance to the new monarchs, William III of England and II of Scotland and Mary II. (Wikipedia)

     … many more people died in the mountains where they desperately tried to escape in the cold!

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    Wee candles in Glen Coe mountains on December 31st 2020 © 2019 Scotiana

    Wee candles in Glen Coe mountains on December 31st 2020 © 2019 Scotiana

    On the eve of Hogmanay, in the cold and wintry night of 31st December 2019, we walked down the solitary valley of Glencoe, flashlight and moonlight preventing us from falling on our way down the steep and slippery slope covered with wet heather, stones and mud, trying to find the best place to light the  four little candles we had brought with us… we were alone there though we noticed two little lights twinkling on the path which climbs up and down the mountains… maybe you can see them on our dark picture above… they seemed to go down the path, very slowly and we watched them for a moment trying to follow their progression… maybe late climbers walking down to try and go back home in time for the Hogmanay festivities… not easy walk anyway for the path is narrow and very dangerous in some places… but we’ll never know…

    Candlelight in Glen Coe mountains on the eve of Hogmanay © 2019 Scotiana

    Candlelight in Glen Coe mountains on the eve of Hogmanay © 2019 Scotiana

    “Burning bright in the forests of the night…”

    Oh cruel is the snow that sweeps Glencoe
    And covers the grave o’ Donald
    And cruel was the foe that raped Glencoe
    And murdered the house o’ MacDonald
    (Chorus)
    They came through the blizzard, we offered them heat
    A roof ower their heads, dry shoes for their feet
    We wined them and dined them, they ate o’ our meat
    And slept in the house O’ MacDonald
    They came from Fort William with murder mind
    The Campbell had orders, King William had signed
    Pit all tae the sword, these words underlined
    And leave none alive called MacDonald
    They came in the night when the men were asleep
    That band of Argyles, through snow soft and deep.
    Like murdering foxes, among helpless sheep
    They slaughtered the house o’ MacDonald
    They came from Fort William with murder mind
    The Campbell had…
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    I’ve begun to write a page which will be published soon on Scotiana about this horrible massacre. I’m trying to understand better the history of a place that has never ceased to haunt me after we’ve discovered it in 2000, so beautiful a place and so melancholy too… but  that’s a long story to tell and it had begun long before this fatal day and gone on long after… many books have been written about the subject and two of them found me in our last trip in Scotland but I will tell you more in my next post…
    So, à bientôt.
    Mairiuna
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