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Old 09 April 2016, 02:57   #1
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A Guppy's pilgrimage

O, cruel was the snow that sweeps Glencoe
And covers the grave o' Donald
O, cruel was the foe that raped Glencoe
And murdered the house of MacDonald




They came in a blizzard, we offered them heat
A roof for their heads, dry shoes for their feet
We wined them and dined them, they ate of our meat
And they slept in the house of MacDonald.




They came from Fort William with murder in mind
The Campbell had orders King William had signed
"Put all to the sword" these words underlined
"And leave none alive called MacDonald"




They came in the night when the men were asleep
This band of Argyles, through snow soft and deep
Like murdering foxes amongst helpless sheep
They slaughtered the house of MacDonald




Some died in their beds at the hand of the foe
Some fled in the night and were lost in the snow
Some lived to accuse him who struck the first blow
But gone was the house of MacDonald





The massacre of Glencoe 13th February 1692 .. is always in my mind at this time of year.. its when I go on my yearly pilgrimage to visit MacIain ..the Chief of the MacDonald Clan. I can only reach him by boat ..which is why I have to wait a weather window for my visit... usually around April.

I normally went in my Seago Slat Floor.. which died a few weeks ago.. now it was the Guppy’s turn to transport me across the waters of Loch Leven to Eilean Munde ..a small island where the massacred MacDonalds were laid to rest.

Mournful mist hung on the hills as I passed through Glencoe where their crofts once stood. Snow still covered the mountain tops where many died of the cold..trying to flee the murdering Campbells. But the wind was light ..as I travelled through the night .. to arrive at my launch point on the northern side of the sea loch.... with Guppy packed neatly in the car.



It doesn’t take long to turn a piece of boot luggage into a very versatile boat. I couple of unfolds and a pump of air..and a small RIB is in the making.



A few moments later.. she was launched down the slippery slide made from the Seago’s PVC bottom. .. which helps protect her from stone scratches.



Which meant that we were both ready for another adventure ..which will be continued ...
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Old 09 April 2016, 03:20   #2
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If you type "never trust a c" into Google the predictive choices are:
  1. Campbell
  2. Cheater
  3. Cop
My Scottish antecedents left those shores generations ago and when I was young they still warned the wains about the Crooked Mouths...
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And the Macdonald/Campbell rivalry is still alive to this day.
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However grim the tale , it's nice to know that the English were not getting the blame for once.......unless anyone knows different ?
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However grim the tale , it's nice to know that the English were not getting the blame for once.......unless anyone knows different ?

Sorry Bern look again you had a hand in it I'm afraid the Campbells we're carrying out the orders of King William.


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Hi again guys.. although the English were behind it..the Scots clans often hated each other. At Culloden..many Scottish clans helped the English defeat Charlie's lot. I hope the English still help some Clans with a rather prominent woman ..who thinks she is still fighting for Scotlands freedom..but that is only my opinion..and doesn't make me a bad person



I was carrying a lot of ballast so didn’t expect the Guppy to plane on 3.3Hp ..but she still managed a healthy displacement speed.



As well as visit ancestors ..I was also keen to see how the Guppy faired as a fishing vessel. I had fitted a fishfinder since her maiden voyage. I don’t always get everything right ..first time ..so will need to address the position of the transducer..I had a lot of noise on screen. The transducer is only temporary fitted..so not a real issue. I may try a through the hull solution at a later date.



The tide had not long turned and was on the ebb ..but spring tides meant I was still landing high on the grass of Eilean Munde.



Making sure the Guppy was well secured ..I took a walk over to the ancient ruins of Munde Chapel



The island is named after Saint Mundus ..who built the chapel in the 7th century ..when he came to Loch Leven from Iona.



Only walls remain..and a few graves that are where the floors once stood. I wanted to see if another old friend who stays here was at home.. but a look inside his crypt indicated he was still out. I am a bit concerned for him..as it was after dawn. I hope he too has not fallen foul to murdering Campbells



MacIain and the MacDonald’s of Glencoe crypt was still as I last saw it..which was a year ago..did I say I go here every year ?



After a few minutes of silence and respect .. I returned to the Guppy.... where ... In homage to the memory of the victims of the massacre.. I set my table .. and toasted the good health of the dead ..and wished them all the best in their afterlife .. I hoped they are still getting revenge on their slayers.



Then I made my own plans to try my hand at some murdering .. I set up the fishing rod..I planned targeting thornback rays ..which live in the deep dark waters of this sea loch.



To find out what almost dragged me out to sea..you will have to come back later ..to be continued.....
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He was Dutch wasn't he ?
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Yep he was but he sat on your throne😇.


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Hi Alan always lurking in the background. C u soon👍🍻🍴


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