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Friday, 31 December 2010

Bliadhna Math Ur


Well there you have it New Year 2011...a new date another 12 months for the cause.....
It’s been a year now since we started writing in this blog and we hope that those who have read it from all over the world have taken away something from it. Scotland has a rich history and as a Nation, Scotland deserves its right to choose its own destiny. London Rule will always prevent this from being reality and those of high birth throughout the ages were very much aware of this and have used it against the people of Scotland. We look to Anglo-Normanism as the festering bile that has eaten at the very soul of a Nation and attacked it through holding its land and undermining its culture. Westminster in London stands at the very heart of it all and our only solution is ending its domination of Scotland. Rest assured the fight back continues and the struggle goes on........
The past year has been one of turmoil politically within Nationalist circles as the underhandedness and dirty tactics of the British through its hold on our media sought to undermine the democratically elected Scottish Government. Hopefully the Scottish voter has not been fooled.
There has been many apologies though and for what for one may ask?...Magrahi.....so what, we stood on the world stage as Nation capable of making our own minds up.... Sturgeon.....a Ministers right......Salmond on the Clan Gathering loan and then we have Stevenson responsible for all that bad weather. Ho Hum.... We live in a blame culture and something very British about it. There is also something very British about the whole political system in Scotland including our so called devolved Parliament and we must change this if we are to prosper.
One only has to listen to even the light entertainment of the British media to get the hints of oppression. Take the recent 3 men in a boat series for example. Landing on the Knoydart peninsula “The last great wilderness of Britain!!” exclaimed Ryhs Jones. Yet only 200 years ago Knoydart was home to nearly a thousand people spread over many townships. All obliterated to make way for an englishman’s sporting estate and sheep. No mention of that Mr Ryhs Jones in your rhetoric....Where was the wilderness then.....
For 2011 we face just the same fight as we did in any other year. No complacency and rest assured there are many still in Scotland who will rise once again to the challenge.
We leave you and 2010 with these words from one of Scotland’s great modern day Patriots and one of our unsung heroes. “Murchadh na Feilidh” or “Murdoch of the Kilt”.  Pay heed as this blog will be using his words a plenty in the year to come.
Written in the 1880’s
“Gaelic, of course, is the great medium by which the old doctrine of the Land for the People comes down to us from antiquity. The Lowland people, having lost the Gaelic language, lost the tradition of ever having cherished the idea that they had any right to the land by what they might acquire by purchase or contract with the landlord. This accounts for the deadness for southern and eastern Scotland in regard to the land. And when the landlords look about them and notice that the most vital activity against landlordism is found where the Gaelic language has full possession of the minds and hearts of the people, it is no great wonder to find them setting about pulling down the whole fabric of the language and all it contains. The landlords have taken forcible possession of the people’s land and, instead of confessing their sin and making restitution, they use all their influence and their cunning in destroying the people’s titles and in extinguishing the spirit which would uphold them in pressing their rights. So that there is a motive for, and a method in, the antagonism to Gaelic for which individuals among them have been so long distinguished. It is something like the case of a burglar who, to destroy all trace of the robbery, sets fire to the house.......”
To all of you the world oer “ Bliadhna Math Ur!!” , “A gid Ne’rdy tae awe!!”

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Lord George Murray; "The Jacobite General"

George Murray born at Huntingtower outside Perth on the 4th of October 1694, lamented in Jacobite circles as the hero of the “45”. But was there more to Murray than meets the eye...
Brought up with the staunchly Jacobite views of his aunt Lady Nairne, Murray was “convinced that the setting aside of the royal line was an act of the highest injustice” Failing to settle in Glasgow University at the age of 17, George Murray was commissioned into the forces of Queen Anne in an anxious and desperate attempt to escape from a stern and difficult Whig father. Travelling to Flanders as an ensign in the British Royal Regiment he was to spend a winter in a sick bay in Dunkirk and the next two years of peacetime soldiering in the British army on the continent. He was on leave in Scotland when Mar raised the standard at Braemar on the 3rd September 1715 and joyfully exchanged a cornetcy in the army of George I for a colonelcy in the army of James VIII. He commanded a battalion of Athollmen though missed the Battle of Sheriffmuir being in Fife raising cess. Three years of exile in France and Italy he was to return for the rising of 1719 this time as a Major General. Losing everything they owned in that failure and refused the support of his Whig parent he was banished once more to an exiled wandering of Europe.



After 8 and half years in exile he risked his life returning to Scotland to visit his dying father.  His beloved monarch James VIII had given him permission to seek a pardon. This he did in 1725 through the good auspices of his brother James who had remained loyal to the Hanoverian Government. On disadvantageous terms he was given the old Murray lands around Tullibardine Castle and thereafter set himself at making a living from this long neglected estate. Marrying Amelia the daughter of James Murray of Glencarse and his wife Lady Strowan, George Murray also inherited the lands of Strowan and Arnhall near Stirling.

For the next 20 years Murray became a loyal servant to Great Britain but doggedly refused to take the oath of allegiance to the hated “House of Hanover”. Murray was a great supporter of the union and prided himself as a citizen of the world. His letters to his wife and Whig brother reveal a wholly British outlook. He strongly disapproved of money being expended upon foreign wars, which benefited Hanover rather than Britain and he hated to hear of British reverses. As the years slipped by any spirit of Scottish Patriotism he had in his youth disappeared and he gradually developed an intense desire that the prestige of Great Britain should be upheld among the nations of the world. In 1743 on a visit to London he was confronted with the necessity of kissing George II’s hand. And so it was, the once staunch Jacobite gave up his allegiances for an image at the British court and a kiss at the podgy hand of a German princeling. Assisted by his Whig brother’s friend Duncan Forbes of Culloden his words of submission to the Hanoverian monarchy were worded in the least painful of manners.

Murray was a member of the British elite. A landowner of the new British state in a Union that was slowly consuming all the efforts of hostility to it. Murray’s eldest son was sent to the english public school of Eton and destined for a commission in the British army of the House of Hanover. To Murray though it was the character of the sovereign whom he had good reason to believe would have made one of the best monarchs to occupy the British throne. Murray had assured his King James long before “that his attachment and fidelity would never alter”. The scene was now set for the arrival of his son Charles in his attempt to regain the throne of Great Britain for his father and Murray’s loyalty was to be put into practice once again, but for Great Britain and not for Scotland?

Loyalty and fidelity to James VIII did not necessarily mean the same to his son Charles, the “Irish intriguers” would play on the dislike that manifested itself between the Prince and his General, Lord George Murray. From day one rumours of Murray’s allegiance to the cause manifested themselves at the table of the Prince and his advisers and hangers on. Yet Murray commanded the loyalty of the chiefs and ensured that he dressed in the tartans of his Highland division. The story of the “45” is well known and many have questioned the loyalty of its hero Lord George Murray.

What are the grounds for these questions of disloyalty?

His wide knowledge of contemporary affairs at home and abroad, Murray was looked upon by the Chiefs as their spokesman.

Murray therefore became the chief instrument in thwarting many of the most cherished schemes of his Prince who very early in the campaign began to regard him not only with suspicion but with intense personal dislike.

The mischief-maker and one of the Moidart seven. Sir John MacDonald accused Murray of “a very good dragoon he knew very little of the general”

On the march south Murray gave up on the siege of Carlisle claiming “he knew little of siege warfare” Shortly afterwards Murray wrote to his Prince asking to be relieved of his commission. Despising the interference of the quarter master general O’Sullivan. The Prince refused to accept it.

Shortly after a Ranald MacDonald an officer of Keppochs Regiment claimed that a widow he had lodged with informed him that “a personage in our army was corresponding closely with the Government his name was Lord George Murray.

And so to Derby. With a force of just 4,500 men the Prince’s army halted 100 miles for their goal. At the council meeting in Exeter House, Murray was for retreat back to Scotland. The Prince was distraught he wanted to continue with London open before them. The retreat was agreed and old Sir Thomas Sheridan was heard to remark “All is over. We shall never come this way again”.

Was Murray in secret talks with the Hanoverian Government?

The 240 mile lightning retreat back to the border was a success but was Murray kept informed of the movements of the Government forces?

Murray always advocated the release of any prisoners taken. This proved to be a mistake as many of those released after Prestonpans were to fight against the Jacobites at Falkirk and Culloden.

At Falkirk, Murray lost control of the Highland battalions mostly MacDonald clansmen in his right wing. This loss of control was almost fatal to the victory and had the government infantry not turned and ran from the field Falkirk may have been a disaster.

The retreat to the Highlands saw Murray lead a force to Atholl in an effort to drive out the many Campbell Militia men now stationed there. Murray was once again accused of being too lenient. He missed the opportunity of blowing up his brother’s castle at Blair. He returned a captured Hessian officer to his corps which was to lead to the Hessian Prince halting his force of 6,000 at Pitlochry declaring he was “not enough interested in the quarrel between the House of Stuart and Hanover”.

The accusations continued. The Frenchman D’Eguilles wrote to the French Minister D’Argenson that he believed that Lord George Murray meant to betray the Prince.

With a stand east of Inverness agreed Murray was strong in his disagreement that the ground chosen was unsuitable for their way of fighting and did not suit a Highland charge. With at least 1,500 men still to come in they advocated a further retrial. But Murray devised a surprise attack by night march to Nairn where Cumberland’s forces were camped. This was  a disaster. Not only did Murray give up within sight of Cumberland’s pickets he about turned his advance force and marched them all the way back by road to the field at Culloden House.

The accusations of treachery continued. The Irish about the Prince were warned to watch the motions of Murray in battle and to shoot him if they found he intended to betray him.

The battlefield of Culloden placed the Jacobite line between the park walls of Culloden House on the left and the enclosure walls of Cullwiniac Farm on the right. Murray commanded the right wing with his Atholl Brigade. The MacDonald’s were placed on the left. Many have incorrectly stated that Clan Donald did not charge that fateful day. This is incorrect and recent archaeological study proves that the Jacobite right did charge forward but were hampered by the poor terrain. Much has been made of the uproar from the Clan Donald leadership that they had not been awarded their heredity right wing stance.

With the Government lines being drawn up in front of them Murray requested permission to swap his wing with the MacDonald’s moving to the right. This was refused as to cause confusion in front of the enemy. What did Murray know was to come?

With both sides drawn up cannon fire began. Murray wheeled the right wing further forward. This caused huge gaps in the Jacobite centre forcing the second line to take up positions in the front line to plug them.

On the charge, Murray’s right wing was aided by the farm track that ran to Leanach. Murray once again lost control of the charge. He allowed his flank to be turned. Despite his Athollmen fighting valiantly and at one point had they the reserve could have changed the day. But the flank was turned. This was the main cause of the defeat at Culloden.

Questions remain.  Why were the British forces allowed to turn the right flank through the Cullwiniac parks so easily? Why was the right flank chosen and not the easy route around Culloden House on the left. If Murray was the general that some have made him out to be, why then did he lose control of the situation?

He lost his wig in the charge but many of the leaders lost their lives.

Murray survived and made his escape but one last twist to the tale remains. With a force of over 3,000 gathered at Ruthven some of them not even at Culloden and fresh for the fight. The order came from the Prince. “Let every man seek his safety in the best way he can.”  And so they did.......Could the general, Murray have continued the fight in the mountains and rallied the clans again? No. It was everyman for himself and the butchers broom began its sweep.

There were many recriminations and writings following the failure. Many accusations of blame from the day after Culloden to the present day. Murray was forced into exile again and would see out his life in the land of is ancestor William the Silent, Prince of Orange the founder of the protestant Dutch Republic. He died aged 66 on the 11th of October 1760 in Medemblik and is buried in the grounds of the church there.


Murray's funeral hatchment below indicating his pedigree. It includes the royal arms of the Netherlands indicating his descent from William the Silent, Prince of Orange and founder of the Dutch Republic. Also included are Arms of; Murray Duke of Atholl, Stewart Earl of Atholl, Campbell of Glenorchy, Lord Sinclair, Stanley Earl of Derby, De Vere Earl of Oxford, La Tremoille Duc de Thouars, Nassau Prince of Orange, The Red Douglas Earl of Angus, Lord Oliphant, The Cock o the North, Marquis of Huntly, Stewart d'Aubigny Duke of Lennox, Hamilton Duke of Hamilton, Cunningham Earl of Glencairn, Fielding Earlo of Denbigh, Villiers later Duke of Buckingham;
Through the Stanleys, Murray was descended from King Henry VII, and thus from the vigorous english houses of Tudor and Plantagenet.





He is remembered as the “Jacobite General” A Hero or Villain? A Scottish Patriot?? Or just another member of the Scottish elite that had grasped their part in the British Empire and looked to change what king ruled over it??

Our thanks to Katherine Tomasson who’s painstaking research of the Atholl Papers made some of these assumptions possible.

END LONDON RULE AND GIVE SCOTLAND BACK TO SCOTLAND

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Thank You London!!!


A campaign to utilise the coalition government’s Alternative Vote (AV) referendum in order to hold a ‘referendum’ on Scottish independence has been announced today.
The plan, which involves asking supporters of independence to write the word ‘independence’ on their electoral reform ballot slip on May 5th is a defiant gesture towards Unionist parties who have consistently refused to allow Scots any say in the nation's constitutional future.
The campaign is being co-ordinated by the team behind the respected Bella Caledonia political blog.  A spokesman for the campaign team said:
“The London government has decreed that the second ever British-wide national referendum will take place on 5th May 2011.
“This referendum will be on whether or not to move to AV voting in each constituency.  In reality it is a minor electoral change to the Westminster system which will do very little to move towards genuine proportional representation.
“If the London government propose tokenistic tinkering with their electoral system then fine, that’s up to them.”
The spokesman urged those who are in favour of Scottish independence to grasp this opportunity to make their views known and added:
“Let’s make sure the piles of “spoilt” ballot papers rejecting the British electoral system – and rule from London - are greater than those voting Yes or No.
“This way we can finally have our first national referendum on Scottish Independence.”
Scotland has a troubled history when it comes to referendums.  The infamous 1979 ‘Home Rule’ referendum witnessed a high turnout of 67% and a majority win for the ‘Yes’ vote.  However the Westminster Parliament had rigged the election using the infamous 40% rule and over-ruled the majority decision of the people of Scotland.
The timing of the AV vote, on the same day as the Holyrood elections, has also been attacked as an attempt at undermining the Scottish election campaign.  The SNP criticised the date clash calling it disrespectful and said: “It just shows that the Tory-led coalition government with the LibDems is treating the Scottish Parliament and the people of Scotland with contempt.”
Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond, has already stated that the Scottish election will be fought primarily on the case for Scottish Independence. 
The recent announcement of a Royal Wedding date just one week before the Scottish election also caused more concerns that the Holyrood campaign could be overshadowed.
The audacious bid to ‘hi-jack’ the AV referendum may well be a masterstroke.  As the campaign team themselves say “This way we can finally have our first national referendum on Scottish Independence.  The beauty of this initiative is that the London government will fork up their own cash to print and distribute a voting slip to every person in Scotland. Which is very generous of them.  Thank you London!”
For more details on the announcement visit: http://bellacaledonia.org.uk/


Friday, 26 November 2010

Your view

Received this from one of our readers.....


For as long as one hundred of us remain alive we will never submit to British rule...a modern change to the declaration of Arbroath, as ten or so patriots who will not submit to British rule gathered at the Labour party conference In Oban, a message was sent to the Unionist Labour members that we will never give in and to End London Rule!
As well as the End London Rule Banner, two signs gave a clear message at what the Labour party is all about, they read:
“LABOUR CAN’T CONTROL OUR ECONOMY NEVER MIND OUR COUNTRY” and
“HOW DO YOU MAKE A NATION CRASH?  VOTE LABOUR!”
It’s time for the Scottish people to realise that independence is the only way forward for our country, people argue that being part of the bigger union is better, you only have to look at the financially mess the bigger country is in, our revenues are propping up and being wasted by that bigger country, Scotland would hardly have been touched by the financial crisis and would have a similar GDP to the other rich countries in the world who were not affected rather than a minus GDP being part of the UK.
The oil revenue that has been sent to Westminster has now reached a staggering 500billion, this has been wasted and used to prop up a UK exchequer that would’ve went bankrupt in the 1980s if it wasn’t for the oil revenues!  There is still another 30 to 50 years of oil in the north sea and billions of barrels of more oil yet untapped off the north west of Scotland, there is potentially another £500billion and more there, let’s make sure that benefits an independent Scotland rather than a bankrupt Britain
END LONDON RULE
That weekend was also around the time of the anniversary of the death of a great Scot Lord George Murray.  Murray was a general in the Highland Army during the 45 Rising, it is said in the Chevalier Johnstones memoirs that if Bonnie Prince Charlie had slept through the rising and left Murray in charge then he would’ve awoke to being King of Scotland.  Murray led the Army to victory at Prestonpans and Falkirk, his advice of not fighting at Culloden because of the ground was ignored, after the rising he lived and died in Medemblik in the Netherlands, never to set foot on his home soil again.

More on this opinion of the Jacobite General; Lord George Murray to follow.........

Keep up the good work...Free Scotland.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Some examples of how the British Unionists control the Scottish media



An inserted time lag on the questions to the First Minister of Scotland to make him sound unsure and having to think on the questions. And most of all the rudeness of the presenter in refusing the First Minister the air time to make the fundamental case for solving the financial problems we face in Scotland today. End London Rule...End Westminster Domination and let Scotland Prosper as an Independent Nation.......



Another more recent example of Unionist bias known as Dimbelism....

Yet we in Scotland pay by force of law a TV license to the British State and they say we live in a Democracy....

END LONDON RULE.....PROSPERITY TO SCOTLAND AND NO UNION.....

If you can make it to the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood you will see a broadsword on display with the words "No Union" engraved on it's blade. How fitting a tribute to those that died fitting for that cause...



Some more reading on the Independence subject

http://cowdenbeathsnp.eu/main/sites/default/files/Independence%20-%20Your%20Choice%202010.pdf

Will the so called british broadcasting corporation have the balls to publish the results of this its poll on the subject??? This poll has been running for some considerable time and conveniently tucked away out of the mainstream reporting sections of its web page.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/scotland/history/debates/home_rule/







Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Conference!! I love my country too much to be a Nationalist....


This man claims he wants to lead Scotland.............

This man is the leader of the Scottish branch of the North British Labour Party....

This man is also one of the main characters of the Westminster puppet show and has many strings that make him work.. Some say he resembles the cartoon character Elmer Fudd that's an injustice to Elmer.....

This man stated at his recent meeting of North Britishness in Oban at the weekend...

Conference, I love my country too much to be a Nationalist, Scotland deserves better.
If we were to go back into the history of Scotland this man would be your stereotypical Anglophile. The typical traitor to his nation that so many were. This man would have drowned in his slevers at the prospect of english gold in 1707.......

This man wants to lead our Nation..... Don't be fooled.......This is how he was greeted in Oban......


And do you know what... Scotland can see right through you Mr Gray......oh that's right the line has been used before....Your the invisible man, Gray if only you had stopped and asked the opinion of the banner holders. We could even have sung together a few verses of Scotland's national anthem "Oh Flower of Scotland" or even "Scots Wha Hae". But No like your former leader Brown the back door is much better..In the back door;out the back door...

FREE SCOTLAND; SAOR ALBA


END LONDON RULE













Friday, 1 October 2010

Deliver us from Evil and John Roy Stewart

With our elections now very much on the horizon do they have what it takes to Free Scotland.......





Interesting reading in the web page of the Scottish Independence Newspaper “Flag in the Wind”
On the Scottish National Party's forthcoming policy
Firstly, we should be singing our successes in government at every opportunity.
Secondly, we should be quite ruthless in exposing the smears and lies of our opponent.
Finally, it is high time that we realised that the basic arguments have to be repeated – for three basic reasons.
 1     Every year a new generation of Scots comes of age, and has never heard the arguments for independence.  But all too often they have been subjected to arguments against independence from our hipless press.
 2     Unless they are constantly reminded, people forget.
 3     There is a constant stream of anti-independence propaganda from the British media. This must be countered.



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A few choice words there which need to be heeded;

SUCCESSES, RUTHLESS, SMEARS AND LIES, INDEPENDENCE, BRITISH CONTROLLED MEDIA.

Come on SNP let’s get the sleeves up get down into the roots of the people of Scotland and start fighting the battle. Let’s make this clear. This is a battlefield and you need to stop pussyfooting around the edges because if you don’t the Unionist Parties and in particular the North British Labour Party will win this war.......



Was it not curious how much the media bowed to the recent British Labour Party leadership election? Talk about saturation coverage. Even Elmar Fudd got in on the act with his “Miliband gets Scotland” rhetoric. Dear oh dear Gray what next.  
An interesting letter appeared in the Herald from the SNP member of the Westminster Circus, Angus Brendan MacNeil on the very subject.....
“I am intrigued as to how both Jim Murphy and Iain Gray can claim they are enthusiastic about Ed Miliband as party leader. According to the Labour Party’s website, Mr Murphy only voted for David Miliband. Why didn’t he use any of his other preferences for Ed Miliband if he now believes he has the qualities to be leader?







Even odder is why Iain Gray won’t say whom he voted for in the Labour leadership. Is he embarrassed to say he had confidence in one candidate only?”
Very odd indeed…….




Now for a bit of History.
John Roy Stewart (1700-1752) Iain Ruaidh Stiubhart
Jacobite Hero? Soldier and Poet
John Roy Stewart was born at Knock in Kincardine, Badenoch, the son of Donald Stewart and his second wife Barbara Shaw. Born of distinguished ancestry, he could trace his line to Walter Stewart the third son of Alexander, the so called “Wolf of Badenoch” and grandson of King Robert II. Walter Stewart was granted the barony of Kincardine by his grandfather in 1400 and was knighted in 1411 for his valour at The Battle of Harlaw. The barony of Kincardine remained in Stewart hands until 1683 when it was sold to the Duke of Gordon……
John Roy commenced his military career by serving in the Scots Greys as lieutenant and quartermaster on being refused a commission in the Black Watch he resigned. He was then employed as a Jacobite agent. In 1736 he was arrested as a Jacobite spy and thrown into Inverness gaol. With the connivance of Lord Lovat his friend then Sheriff of Inverness he managed to escape. Robert Chevis of Muirtown was to give evidence at the later trial of Lord Lovat and claimed that on escaping John Roy Stewart stayed with Lord Lovat at his Castle Downie for 6 weeks. During that stay John Roy Stewart and Lord Lovat “diverted themselves composing burlesque verse (in Gaelic) that when young Charles comes over there will be blood and blows” Pity none of this verse survives to this day.
According to this witness Stewart left Lovat with a message from the James VIII assuring him of his loyalty and asking him to speed up his appointment as Lieutenant General of the Highlands and the Dukedom for which Lovat received in 1740.
For the next 8 years John Roy Stewart appears to have been abroad not being heard of until the Battle of Fontenoy 30th of April 1745 where he fought on the French side. By the end of May he was in Scotland and he joined the Prince at Blair Atholl on the 31st of August. He played an important part in all the counsels and in the conduct of the campaign. He was made commander of the Edinburgh regiment which took part in the skirmish at Clifton and the siege of Stirling. He fought in the front line at Culloden and appears to have commanded the second line. Before the battle of Culloden began he offered to lead a detachment round by the water of Nairn to attack the enemy in the rear but his plan was not accepted.
After the battle in which John Roy Stewart acquitted himself with the greatest bravery, he retired with the part of the army which retreated to Ruthven.  On the day after the battle Lord George Murray resigned his commission and on the next day 18th of April John Roy Stewart disbanded the Jacobite army with the orders being received from the Prince being either not received or incomprehensible. 10 days later he was at Gortleg a residence of Lord Lovat. On the 8th of May at Muirlaggan on Loch Arkaig he took part in a meeting of the chieftains which attempted without success to organize another rising.
For the next four months John Roy Stewart was a hunted fugitive and in two of his poems “Urnuigh Iain Ruaidh” John Roys Prayer and in John Roys Psalm composed in english he described the dangerous actions as he kept one step ahead of his pursuers and having the misfortune of spraining an ankle during an escape. On the 13th of September he rejoined the Prince at Uiskchilra and on the 20th sailed for France from Loch nan Uamh with the Prince, Locheil and most of the Jacobite leaders. He died in France, 1752 with his place of burial unknown.
John Roy Stewart was an accomplished and cultured soldier the typical example of the “romantic Jacobite” Chambers referred to him as the “beau ideal of a clever Highland officer” his personality and gift won him the affection of all ranks of the Jacobite army. He was the only Jacobite leader who was a Gaelic poet, though like many of his race he did not appear to have the knowledge of writing in his mother tongue. So few of his compositions have survived and those that did show a polish and elegance not possessed by any of his contemporaries. Two of his poems on Culloden are of great historical interest and reveal the bitterness that was felt by sections of the Jacobite leadership towards the Prince’s, Lieutenant General, Lord George Murray. It was shortly after the rising that Lord George Murray was popularly considered to have betrayed the cause. (It’s thought his conduct on the night march to Nairn was behind this unpopularity, justly or unjust?)
We can take inspiration from John Roy Stewart, a hero of the Gael and like so many to sacrifice a life for a cause with honour and dignity. A cause much deeper than the winning of a British throne or a high seat in London. A cause that became the last throw of a Nation and Culture consumed by Anglicisation. An Anglicisation started by the offspring of Canmore and ended on Drumossie Moor by its Royal descendant…..
Take heed political parties and heed the will of the people of this Nation no more shall we look South to London Rule…… Cuir an rioghachd air seol a chaidh dhinn…


Saturday, 25 September 2010

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Scotland wants to END LONDON RULE..................!!!!

Monday, 20 September 2010

Words that come easy when the truth is spoken!

This month we look at a few phrases, words of wisdom from the past. What have we learned from them? Throughout this blog we have consistently made reference to the divisions that have plagued our Nation. To this day we still suffer from division especially among our Political Parties. In recent times Jimmy Reid showed how unity created strength and the result is now part of our proud history. We still have lessons to learn and if Scotland is to prosper once again, as an Independent Nation, then unity is our only hope.
Do we see a glimmer of hope again in the proposed Clyde side shipyard closures? Will this bring our Politicians to the table for Scotland and not the Party? Put the interests of the people of Scotland first. Time will tell.
Our first phrase is in an older tongue, one that is our own;


"Taigh an aghaidh a cheile
Chan fheudar dha seasamh"

Those that know this tongue will know its meaning.

An rud bhios na do bhròin, cha bhi e na do thiomhnadh 

And for anyone reading this blog let us emphasise the very word that resonates throughout the history of our proud Nation; FREEDOM...........

“ Yet if he should give up what he has begun, and agree to make us or our Kingdom subject to the King of England or the English, we should exert ourselves at once to drive him out as our enemy and a subverter of his own rights and ours, and make some other man who was well able to defend us our King; for, as long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule. It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we fight, but for Freedom alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself. ”
The Declaration of Arbroath 1320....(unfortunately ignored in 1603)

Walter Bower, Abbot of Inchcolm and author of the ‘Scotichronicon’, writing in Latin in the 15th century and quoting from, it is believed, a much older chronicle, (though he does not give its provenance) describes the Scots’ enduring love of liberty:

“…going barefoot, undernourished and dressed in rags…or hair shirts with which they were roughly covered. And in all these misfortunes and hardships they could never be prevailed upon to submit to or obey a foreign king, but on the contrary, they were always obedient and loyal under their own kings’ rule and chose to lead no other life than this that was no better than the life of wild beasts, so long as they had their freedom.

And an epilogue to Scotland the Nation................................

NON OMNIS MORIAR.       (“I shall not wholly die.”) Horace.

END LONDON RULE

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Apathy

We have not been on line much; you would think we had escaped to some far flung uninhabited island. The setting up of a Free Republic on some far flung island away from the ravages that is London Rule is very appealing though. But no such luck.
The passing of the working class hero that was Jimmy Reid is worthy of mention on here. Scotland suffers from a lack of self esteem. It comes from centuries of attempted over lordship that culminated in 300 years of Union. It takes leadership qualities such as those of Jimmy Reid's to raise one’s self belief above that which is inherent in many. We see it in every walk of life in Scotland. Go to any remote community in Scotland and it’s the settler from the South who runs the shop, represents the local council or delivers the mail. Jimmy Reid through his oratory skills raised you above that which attempts to hold you down. London Rule refused to modernise Scottish Industry so that it could compete with the rest of the world. Why? Scotland's working class were always radical and many. The socialism that came out of the Second World War preyed on this radicalism and the Welfare State was born. London Rule if it was to be Socialist needed Scotland's votes to help beat the english Tories and to this day nothing has changed. Jimmy Reid was a Scottish working class hero, he saw through the socialism that was British and based in London.








Jimmy Reid RIP


He ended his life dedicated to the Nationalism that Scotland requires as a Free Nation.




RIP Jimmy Reid from all at the End London Rule blog. A saltire will fly one day in a Free Scotland. Your contribution will never be forgotten "and there will be no bevvyin"

It brings us to the title of our blog.


Apathy.


Where has all the fight gone that was once inherent in Scotland. Is it a case of fighting among ourselves? Do we resort to party politics, or discussion forums for our disagreements when someone like Jimmy Reid showed many the ways to deal with London Rule. Unity. Unity breeds strength. A united Scotland is a strong Scotland, the whole party political system that is Westminster ensures that Party Politics breeds disunity. Elmar Fudd of the red tie who stands in so called harmony with his Socialist brothers and sings the Red Flag. In opposition in Scotland's Parliament, Elmar Fudd will ensure there is no Unity in Scotland. He is part of the London Socialist machine that kids itself on by calling itself Scottish Labour. Jimmy Reid saw through these clowns, division creates weakness. Jimmy Reid saw only one way to deal with them. Unity in Strength.


So where does it leave our Nationalist brothers and sisters. Has Apathy also set in? Are you now content with being part of the Westminster machine. A cog that is now devolved Scotland. In 2007 we were promised a referendum on Independence by 2010. It’s now 2010 and the only referendum on the horizon is for alternative voting for where, yes where, Westminster's London Rule.............





Come on SNP, give us back some self belief, unite Scotland end the apathy and End this London Rule............

Saturday, 31 July 2010

Remembered

We have had a busy time during these days of political shenanigans, as the British attempt to stand side by side with those in the USA over the Lockerbie bombing and the Gulf oil spill. One tends to lose sight of the suffering of those involved when the Pan Am flight was blown out of the sky over Lockerbie all those years ago, especially when the British media look to a scapegoat in the Scottish Government to appease their standing in the USA. Cameron standing shoulder to shoulder with Obama and accusing the Scottish Government of wrong doing in the compassionate release of the only person convicted criminally in the Scottish Courts was laughable. We take nothing away from the despicable event that was Lockerbie. The unfortunate aspect is, that those in the bigger game of politics and International affairs know full well the truth of that night, yet deals can be done in the deserts of Libya by the British which smack of the underhandedness of those despised in Scotland for centuries. We remember the suffering of those families that lost loved ones that night and that’s what matters the most. Not political games and certainly not political games played in London.


From this small piece of cyber land, and no matter what is said in London or Washington, our hearts are with those who suffered in what was a tragic event in the history of our proud Nation.


Our proud Nation has had its fair share of suffering over the years and we remember this in many ways through reminders of many historical events. June and July, the heights of summer are well known in Scotland for this remembrance. The Battle of Bannockburn; 23rd/24th June 1314. The Battle of Falkirk 22nd July 1298, The Battle of Killiecrankie 27th of July 1689. We even have our own 9/11 in The Battle of Stirling Bridge, 11th of September 1297.


And there are many more. And what is the common theme?


english overlordship and London Rule!




You cannot hide fact from history and we can quote an english monarch, Edward IV here in a letter written to the Pope on the 20th May 1481 in response to his unavailability in leading a crusade against the Turks.



“We cannot abstain from asserting our primeval right (of overlordship), left dormant for a while for the sake of foreign affairs.....For these reasons, we lead in person to Scotland, in the course of this summer, our army lately raised and so immensely burdensome to ourselves and to our subjects”
The ending of english overlordship is the ending of British Rule in Scotland.......



Scotland is Not British!!









And if you’re thinking well where does that leave Killecrankie? the english invited William Prince of Orange to London. The english based in London used this King William to assert its overlordship once again by making all British. We wonder if Longshanks looked on with envy. A pity that we were left with only the nobility that was Jacobitism to keep the embers of Nationhood alive. If only we had heeded more of the vision of Fletcher of Saltoun we may have avoided the dressing up that was english overlordship in London Rule.




We leave you with some words from the Battle of Killiecrankie........




Hur skipt about, her lept about,


And flang amang them a’ man;


The english blades got broken heads,


There cowns were cleaved cleav’d in twa, then,


The dirk and door made their last hour.


And prov’dtheir final fa’, man;


They thought the devil had been there.


They play’d them sic and paw, then..........

And from John Graham of Claverhouse to his men before battle;




“Behave yourselves, therefore like true Scotchmen; and let us, by this action, redeem the credit of this Nation that is laid low by the treacheries and cowardice of some of our countrymen;”

“Oh for one hour of Dundee” (Glenbucket, shortly after the Battle of Sheriffmuir, 1715) 

And from the dying words of Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun in 1716 " Lord have mercy on my poor Countrey that is so barbarously oppressed" 

OH TO END LONDON RULE..............2010






Friday, 9 July 2010

If your after all the honey then don't go killing all the bees.....


Following on from the commemorations held to celebrate the anniversary of the battle of Bannockburn we left you with some words from our bard. “Bha Uiar Beo” There Once Lived, A’ toirt torradh don Ghaidheal Glas’ Giving a Funeral to the Grey Gael.



Last year in Edinburgh was held a Clan Gathering with many coming from all over the world. Lined up with all the “cock a hoop” of a gentry was the clamour of the chiefs for photographs with the royal patron a direct descendent of the House of Hanover and the European royalty of times gone by. If you were to ask any one of these so called Clan chiefs what they thought of the current Union that Scotland currently shares with the United Kingdom, 99.9% of them would support it. Yet the loudest cheer from the audience of onlookers on that day was when the huge “END LONDON RULE” banner appeared from above them on Salisbury Crags. Were these descendents of those who took their surnames and attached themselves to a kindred? Where are you now?...Was yours the funeral of the Grey Gael?


What is Clanship and why did those who supported it end up occupying the new world far away from home or press ganged to help build a British empire in foreign wars. The Clan system as a social and cultural entity destroyed and turned into a Diaspora of tartanism, clan badges and shortbread tins. And those that they looked to for leadership became members of the Whig society turning their back on the Gael to become supporters of a Hanoverian Britain.








An eminent Historian was to write on Clanship;


“ Clanship was partly a product of and partly a positive response to political upheaval and social dislocation in the high middle ages. Crown sponsored migration of Anglo-Normans from the twelfth century, the absorption of the Norse-Gaels into the Scottish Kingdom in the thirteenth and, above all, the ongoing Wars of Independence from england throughout the fourteenth centuries afforded opportunities for diverse kindreds to exert and establish a territorial influence. These emergent Clans were Anglian, Anglo-Norman, and Flemish as well as Celtic and Norse-Gaelic in origin. Clanship was by no means confined to the Highlands of Scotland, but its vitality was intimately bound up with Gaelic culture”


“A’Chlann/the Clan, literally the children, as a political, social and cultural entity was the collective product of feudalism, kinship and local association.


Alan I MacInnes; Clanship and Commerce and the House of Stuart, 1603-1788.


In Scotland conditions of landholding were/are specified by the feu contract as conveyed heritably by charter. As a political and cultural entity Clanship operated within the framework of Scots Law and provided a viable cultural concept right up to the 18th century. This despite the attempts to root out unwarranted tribalism by successive Whig governments in an attempt to stamp out Jacobitism.


The main value of clanship was protection the Chief and the Clan elite or “fine” as head of the kindred brought value to the social and cultural ethos of the clan. As well as protection hospitality was another of the traditional values of the chief and the “fine” Exemplified by the use of the bard, the vernacular poet. The political, social and economic structure of the kindred was held together by the Tacksmen the “daoine-uasile” or the lesser clan gentry. Holding tacks of land form the chief or “Baile” townships. The Tacksmen were to become the clearance factors or farm managers when townships were cleared and became single farm entities in the 18th century. Making up the rest of the clan were the individual small holdings or crofts and set aside for tradesmen, coopers, smiths, millers, weavers shoemakers and cottars.


The militarism of the kindreds cannot be overlooked and the use of the “Buannachan” or mercenary corps in many European theatres of war is well documented. From the many Irish wars to wars in Europe you will find the “Buannachan” the sword for hire. Up to the 17th century the Buannachan became the “Highland Problem” eventualy to become redundant due to the social dislocation caused by the Royalist wars of the 1640’s and the Cromwellian occupation of Scotland that followed. This was to give rise to the Cateran bands or bandits, broken men with no landed title who became the thorn in the side of the Edinburgh based establishment to be eventualy made an example of by the "slaughter under trust" at Glencoe.


The 17th century was a time of changing social and commercialism throughout Europe and leading the way in Scotland were the “fine” of the Clan Campbell. With Scotland’s monarchy now england's monarchy the die was cast for assimilation. The problem with kindreds and clanship stood in the way of a Great Britain. Lowland clearances started not long after James the VI rode South to rule. Many of the border family names can still be found in the areas of Ulster plantation. A century would pass before the Gaidhealtachd felt the same hand but by this time the world that was once Scotland had changed for good with the Act of Union. Jacobite risings were to prey heavily on the Clans and in the aftermath that followed the use of the kindreds and the Clan system as a social and cultural entity was smashed. Clan chiefs abandoned the traditional concepts of Clanship and followed the Campbell lead anglifying themselves in order to become part of the Whig political elite. Becoming members of the imperialistic state, as planters, slave traders, colonial officials, military commanders and merchant adventurers.


The aftermath of the Jacobite risings of the 17th and 18th centuries was the systematic slaughter of a culture, barbaric, each Jacobite failure brought varying degrees of reprisal that would finally be genocidal in the aftermath of the final conflict the “45”. The total eradication of Clanship as a political, cultural and social entity. The chiefs were now assimilated into Scottish landed society controlled by London, ordinary clansmen were now serviceable members of the British Empire.


So what of the bees?... The Scottish Gael became a prisoner of his own culture, demoralised and disorientated by the assimilation of its Clan elite into the British establishment. Whilst Irish Gaels were able to direct attacks against the alien english forces of government, landowning classes and the established church. The bards were still criticising the Clan elite late into the 18th century. Clan lands became estates, run by factors for sport or farmed for sheep. Trees were removed for english iron and most estates now have foreign title.


Scotland was left to the radicals, Clanship was dead but the bees are still making the honey!!!....


END LONDON RULE...........