Saturday, September 9, 2017

A Flame For The Fire

A Flame For The Fire, by Nigel Tranter:

"...but it was noteworthy to the Lowlanders that these Highland dignitaries had their own precedences and formalities, for it was only the three-feather men who advanced towards the king [James IV of Scotland], all chiefs of the name, no two-feathered chieftains venturing forward."  "But those who did made a resounding file: MacDonald of Dunivaig...and Cameron of Lochiel."

Archibald Douglas, 5th Earl of Angus, is portrayed early in this story as a rival for the King's favorite, Janet Kennedy (she with the flaming red hair).



Though King James the Fourth had children by Janet Kennedy and others, a political alliance was made when he married Margaret, daughter of the English King, Henry VII.  The book mentioned the arrival of the young princess.  An historical account stated:

"Lammermuir was the first stage that Queen Margaret made in her new country At Lamberton Kirk the Archbishop of Glasgow with a grand company of Scottish nobles were waiting to receive their Queen." 



The last major event featured was the battle of Flodden.


Saturday, September 2, 2017

Sad News For The Confederates

Also See Dear Diary: Visiting The Acklins

View Of Cumberland Gap


Sad news this morning-- a battle at "Cumberland Gap" in which the Federals were victorious-- although we retreated-- yet they were greater losers.  We regret so much that Gen. Solicoffer fell-- [Source]

Cumberland Gap website at the National Park Service here.


Saturday, August 26, 2017

History Of The German Struggle For Liberty

See Johan Phillip Palm, A Martyr For Liberty, at my Detour Through History blog.


"The body of John Palm died in the summer of 1806, but, like John Brown of Ossawatomie, 'his soul goes marching on."' [Source]