|"The Terrorist or the Dreamer'...Banners of William Wallace & Bobby Sands at Celtic Park|
|Celtic Music Festival, Kansas, USA|
There is now a political faultline separating Scotland from England. Can Saor Alba now be far off?
I personally have a deep affinity with the Scots. My maternal grandparents are Agnews, an ancient Gaelic family originally known during the Medieval period as O'Gnimh, whose ancestral homeland was in what is now county Antrim but was once part of Dál Riata (Dalriada) a Gaelic territory that included parts of western Scotland and north eastern Ireland. My maternal great grandmother was Eccles, a name associated with the Scottish borderlands. When I first travelled to Scotland I felt as if I had been there before. I love the emotive sound of the Scottish bagpipes, the Scottish accent and Scottish traditional dance. My heroes include William Wallace, the medieval Scottish liberation hero, and James Connolly, the radical republican leader.
|Remembering An Gorta Mór (Great Famine), Emigration & Brother Walfrid. Celtic Park, Glasgow.|
|Territory of Dál Riata (green)|
|Pict warrior, http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk|
During the 5th and 6th centuries many languages where spoken in Caledonia- Gaelic, Pictish, Brittonic (Old Welsh, Cumbric) and later Old English in the southern areas. But with the expansion of the Gaelic kingdom of Dál Riata, Gaelic language and customs began to dominate. Gaelicisation was complete by the final absorption of the last Cumbric kingdom (Strathclyde) into Scotland in the 11th century. But by then many of the peoples of lower Scotland had already adopted Gaelic ways.
|Lia Fáil in Coronation Chair|
Scottish Kings were buried at an Irish Monastery(Iona)
In his ‘Life of Columba’ the 7th century Irish-born Saint Adomnán and abbot of Iona gave the first written account of the Loch Ness Monster. Whilst undertaking missionary work in the land of the Picts, Columba and his companions came across a group of local people burying a man who had been attacked by a water monster while swimming in Lock Ness. He ordered one of his followers to swim across the lake. The creature appeared and went after the swimmer. Columba raised his hand, made the sign of the cross and called out, "You will go no further, and won't touch the man; go back at once." At once the monster fled.
|Robert the Bruce and the spider. Illustration from Picture Lives of the Great Heroes (Thomas Nelson, c 1880).|
In 1688 Prince William of Orange and his wife Mary Stuart were declared co-regents of England, Scotland and Ireland by the Westminster Parliament after deposing James II who had converted to Catholicism. Many Scot and Irish Gaels on Catholicism took the side of the James and his Stuart family against their Anglican Protestant opponents. They were known as Jacobeans (after the Latin for James).
300 volunteers from the Lally, Dillon and Ruth regiments of the Irish Brigade arrived in Scotland along with 500 soldiers of the French 'Royal Scots' regiment. Hundreds more Irish troops were onboard ships bound for Scotland but, intercepted by the English fleet, they were unable to get to their destination. Later elements of an Irish cavalry unit the Fitzjames' Horse got through from France to join the rebels.
Irish Maid disguise saved Bonnie Prince Charlie
Report from the Scottish Census of 1871 on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish-Scots
The name comes from the ancient Roman name for Ireland meaning the land of the winters. The Irish heritage of Hibernian is still reflected, however, in its name, colours and badge (featuring an Irish harp).
Up until 1923 the club was known as Dundee Hibernian and wore the traditional Irish colours of green and white.
James Connolly, born in Cowgate the Irish district of Edinburgh to Irish immigrants from Monaghan, was one of the most influential socialist and republican leaders in Irish history. He founded the Irish Labour Party, co-founded the Irish Citizens' Army and was de-facto Commander in Chief of the 1916 Easter Rising against British rule. He was executed by a British firing squad within days of the end of the rebellion.
Author Patrick Witt, in his study “Connections across the North Channel: Ruaraidh Erskine and Irish Influence in Scottish Discontent, 1906-1920", outlines how Ruairidh Erskine (Ruairaidh Arascain) the founding father of militant Scottish republicanism was an admirer of Arthur Griffith and Padráig Pearse whom he had met and corresponded with on reviving Gaelic culture. He evenly appealed in 1920/1921 to the IRA to support a Scottish uprising. His request was turned down by IRA commander Michael Collins who felt such an military action would not succeed. But Ruairidh went on to help establish the Scots National League in 1921 which was the direct predecessor of the National Party of Scotland the first political party to campaign for Scottish self-determination that eventually metamorphosed into the Scottish National Party, which today forms the government and largest party at the parliament in Edinburgh.
Highly Influential 1995 film Braveheart was made in Ireland
Braveheart is a 1995 film directed by and
starring Mel Gibson.
Gibson portrays William Wallace a 13th-century Scottish warrior who led the Scots in the First War of Scottish Independence against the English king, Edward 1.
The film is recognised as having played a significant role in generating popular interest in Scottish history across the world and in support within Scotland and amongst the Scottish Diaspora for national independence.
Much of the film was shot in Ireland, many of the leading actors were Irish and the opposing armies were made up of 1,600 Irish Army reservists.