Blogs by Cornelia Amiri
6/4/2005 5:05:13 AM
LONG SWORDS AND HOT HEROES
THE CELTS AND THIER CATTLE:
I attended the Celtic Heritage Festival on April 16-17, 2005 in Kilgore Texas, where I took the photos of Highland cattle used in this article. http://www.romanceeverafter.com/Celts__Their_Cattle_1.JPG
First and foremost the Celts were cattle farmers. The bond between Celts and cattle is an ancient one. Cattle have sustained the Celts and the Celtic culture in more ways than one. Read more in my article published at Romance Ever After. http://www.romanceeverafter.com/the_celts_&_their_cattle.htm
CLANS OF THE WEEK:
In honor of my two great grandmothers, Idora Ella Havard Butler and Calista Eugenia McClure Fife.
I am proud to say I am Havard through my great grandmother Idora Ella Havard, mother of my grandfather, Horace Butler.
Havard is a Welsh surname, first brought to Wales in the 11th century AD when Bernard de Neufmarche (half brother to William the Conquer) gave the manor of Pontwilyn to Sir Walter Havard, recorded by historians as Walter Havre de Grace.
In the 14th centaury, the Harvard family of Pontwilym, constructed a family chapel. The Harvard's were Roman Catholics, until the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry V111. The Havard chapel is now home to the Welsh regiments who keep their battle colors on display at the chapel. Notably, are the colors of the South Wales Borders, from their battles during the Zulu Wars, Isandhlwana & Rourkes Drift. There are numerous engravings commemorating Harvard's of note. Behind the pulpit is an engraving of the Havard coat of arms.
There are two coat of arms for the Havard Clan:
Havard England.Arms: A bull's head cabossed gules between nine mullets of the secondHavard Devyncock, BreconshireArms: Argent a bull's head cabossed between three mullets gules.
Crest: A bull's head, as in the arms
CLAN MAC LEOD
Through my great grandmother, Calista Eugenia McClure Fife, the daughter of Samuel McClure who died in the Civil War, I am part of Clan Mac Leod. As Mc Clure is a sept of the MacLeod Clan and part of the MacLeods of Harris whose motto is Hold Fast.
The MacLeod clan holds the history of the fairy flag. Long ago achief of Clan MacLeod fell in love with a fairy princess. The King of the fairies agreed to let them be handfasted for a year and a day. During that time the fairy princess gifted her MacLeod husband with a son. At the end of the year and a day she had to leave her husband and baby behind and return to fairyland.
One night when she heard her infant son crying, she came to the babe and wrapped her fairy shawl around him. This shawl is the famous fairy flag, which hangs in Dunvegan Castle on the isle of Sky. When her son grew up, he told his father what his mother said to him that night she left the shawl. She had told him that it held miraculous powers. Anytime the MacLeod Clan is in mortal danger they can wave the flag three times and an army of fairies will arise to defend or aid them. It can be used three times only and only in the most dire of circumstance.It has been used twice.
Once when Clan Donald outnumbered the MacLeod Clan in battle, three to one. The MacLeod Chieftain placed the fairy flag on a pole and waved it three times. Fairy magic caused the MacLeods to appear to be ten times their number. The Donald Clan turned and ran and never threatened them again.
The fairy flag was waved a second time when a plague killed nearly all of the MacLeod's cattle. The entire clan faced starvation that coming winter. With nowhere else to turn the chief went to the tallest tower in Dunwegan Castle and waved the fairy flag three times. A host of fairies rode out of the clouds and down to the dead and dying cattle. As the fairies touched each cow with thier tiny swords, the cows were brought back to life. Each one a hale, hardy, fat cow. So there was more than enough meat to feed the Clan long after winter.
Read more about the fairy flag and Clan MacLeod at http://www.clan-macleod.com/fairyflag.html
IRON AGE DISCOVERY OF THE WEEK:
Loch Lomond dig finds lost national treasures
BOOK & AUTHOR LINK OF THE WEEK
Celtic Romance Author List
Dark Ages to Early Medieval)
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