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Monday, 26 April 2010

Son of Fortune...Nationhood!

For a few weeks we have touched on the reasons for Scottish Nationhood; A fight that’s been going on for over a thousand years. The evolutions of Nationalism. Give a nation a border you give it Nationalism. The fact that the term is coined allegedly in the 19th century as politic is enlightened by politics makes no odds to the fact that Scotland the Nation evolved over a thousand years from Alba the Nation. You can go back to the box theory by applying meanings to names. Nationhood; “The state or quality of having status as a separate Independent Nation” From around the 9th century to 1707 you could have applied the word Nationhood to a description of Scotland, Alba..

The birth of that Nationhood is now in the mists of time but its worth repeating a few lines from a not so well known hero of that 9th century beginnings. Kenneth MacAlpin you say?? No not Kenneth MacAlpin but the Son of Fortune, MacRath or to give him his full name Griogair mac Dhunghail or simply Giric. King of Alba from around the 870’s to the 890’s. Giric’s importance at the birth of Alba or Scotland the Nation is overshadowed a bit by Coinneach mac Ailpein or Kenneth MacAlpin in the history books. But Giric was a leader of some importance.

Anyone who has heard or read The Prophecy of Berchan may have heard of Giric. The Prophecy is a poem of major historical importance to the history of Alba, the Nation. Written initially by an Abbot, Berchan, probably in the 12th century it gives an insight into the creation of Alba the Nation and records the names and deeds of those leaders responsible. This piece from the Prophecy is very apt and to us sums up the fight that has taken place for over a thousand years…..

“the Son of Fortune shall come; he shall rule over Alba as one Lord

The Britons will be low in his time; high will be Alba of melodious boats.

Pleasant to my heart and my body is what my spirit tells me:

The rule of the Son of Fortune in his land in the east will cast misery from Scotland

Seventeen years (in fortress of valour) in the sovereignty of Scotland

He will have in bondage in his house Saxons, Foreigners, and Britons………
Ok so we are not advocating the slave trade or racsim but that last bit is of major importance historically. It distinguishes between the Britons and the new nation of Alba the unification of Scots and Picts. To this day we still distinguish between those who wish to be British and those that see Alba or Scotland as the Nation secure in its own Nationhood. Of course those that took England’s gold in 1707 gave no one else in Scotland the choice and to this day we are still denied that choice. The British have tried very hard to eradicate the spirit of Giric the Son of Fortune over many years.

Thankfully gone are the days of North Britishness.

Thankfully our schools are starting to put right the years of neglect in the teaching of our history and at last we can see the spirit of Giric rise once again.

At this point Its worth reminding ourselves for the avoidance of doubt a few statements relating to Nationalism as summarised.

All Mankind is divided into Nations: It is a natural division.

Each Nation has a peculiar character.

A Nation has a right to run its own affairs.


Nation states have the first claim on the loyalties of their members.

It was once said of Scotland;

“The vast majority of the people of Scotland recognise that Scotland is a Nation and that it should excersise privileges and responsibilities as other Nations do, through a Parliament entrusted with the sovereign rights of the people of Scotland”

Unfortunately the current devolved state comes a long way short of this mark and no matter what they say about Calman or anything else about diluted powers only one thing will bring the above to the people of Scotland and that’s Independence.

We recall on hearing the date of the announcement of this British, (London) election and thinking of its significance. “April the 6th”. A date that should be a National holiday in Scotland. A date when our Nationhood was reinforced by a statement to the known world of the time via the Declaration of Arbroath. Why did the British decide to announce their election on this date? You dilute any celebration of Scottish Nationhood by reminding them they are taking part in a British election…Without a history there can be no future........ We also recall hearing the furore from a certain clown of the North British circus that maths and physics school teacher Mr Iain Gray leader of the North British Labour Party, “Forget your 700 year old history this is the 21st century” Well Mr. Gray we hope you don’t blink as you pass your East Lothian border sign, birthplace of the Saltire, Scotland’s flag of Nationhood, Mr Gray….ITS TIME TO END LONDON RULE……Rise again the Sons of Fortune and let Scotland Prosper.


And we see at that bastion of so called devolution the message being displayed loud and clear for all to see....

The message has spread and photos are coming in from every part of Scotland.



Monday, 19 April 2010

Oor Hills are over run with sheep; And (has??) Freedom been put too sleep!!!

Scotland has been fighting for its Freedom for over a thousand years? Aye think about that one. Scotland we say but in the context of a united country a Nation, therefore some more than others. Some though happy with the decisions of its masters. Modern day politics and movements make it easy to characterise people and put them into boxes. You’re a Jacobite, (naw am no!!) You’re a Republican, (Aye so whit) You’re a Nationalist (aye that’s an easy yin) You’re a Tory, a Socialist, a Communist in 17th century Scotland you could have been a Whig, you could have been a Covenanter a papist an Episcopalian a Jesuit. A Highlander, A Lowlander. In the 18th, 19th 20th and present day 21st centuries you could be a Proteststant a Catholic or just don’t give a f**ck So where does that put, I am Scottish and want to be a Scot?? Only one box to be in there! The more boxes to put people into the easier it is to divide and conquer them that famous tactic of the British state housed in its own Westminster box…

Last week we touched on the Battle of Culloden. A travesty, a pitched battle that should never have been. Did they not learn anything from our ancestors about pitched fights? There have been many Myths about the last pitched battle to be fought in Scotland and if you get a chance read Murray Pittocks excellent “Myths of the Jacobite clans” it lists many. One is… Did those who followed the Jacobite risings from 1689 to 1746 and beyond do so because they fought for their Nation? Their King? Both, or just simply because they were told too or even because they wanted too? Were they Nationalists? Go back to placing them into a box….Define Nationalism in 16th/17th century Scotland. Define it in Medieval Scotland.

The Jacobite risings came at a time when Scotland the Nation was at the edge of the abyss. We were slowly heading for provincial title something that had been worked on by those in the South who wanted it and resisted by those in Scotland who didn’t for many, many centuries. Jacobitism is often wrongly associated with the complete Stewart royal dynasty. Robert II to James VIII and his son. How wrong that is. If you were to read the life stories of Robert the second and even his son John, renamed Robert III. (There was something unlucky to medieval Scotland about the name John, something to do with a Toom Tabard, that people would not accept his as John the second, King of Scots) You would be amazed at the way in which the very notion of Scotland the emerging Independent Nation was zealously guarded. Robert II was a King at home North of the Scot water, a protector of the old ways. Robert III (sorry John) once the Earl of Carrick fought long and hard to clear the english once and for all from Southern Scotland. Some people think of the Battle of Bannockburn, The signing of The Declaration, The Battle of Byland as being the pinnacles of the fight. What many forget is that the english still held territory, castles and titles in Southern Scotland long into the late 14th century. It takes us back to the definition of a Nationalist. In 21st century Scotland it’s easy to place Nationalism in the political box. But this Nation has been fighting for its Nationhood a lot longer than the 21st century and the Jacobite Risings over 50 odd years a brief period of our History just happened to come along at a time when the fight in the bellies was slowly being extinguished…

Royalty, Landowners, The wealthy, The Church but what about the man in the street, the man in the field. Did he care about Scotland the Nation? I think he did. There is something about us Scots that makes us what we are. Different. We are not like the rest on this Island. We talk funny. And the rest….

The Romans gave us two walls The Romans gave us our border and that’s how long we have been fighting to keep it.

The birth of British nation brought about by the Union of the Crowns and yes another of those dammed Stewart’s this time the VI was the start of the provincial decline. If you get a chance look up the life of The Regent Morton. Regency started just after the abdication of Mary, a Regency with a close relationship with the english. It could even be argued that James the VI was groomed for the english crown by the childless Elizabeth and her advisers whose vision was one country ruled from London. The 25th of July1603 was the start of the end for Scotland not April the 16th 1746. Britishness started in 1603 and the London machine that provides our over lordship today was born. The British machine that built a romance from a failure in Bonnie Prince Charlie. A British machine that evicted thousands of people from all over Scotland, North and South. A British machine that invented Clans, Tartans, Shortbread tins and made millions in revenue from whisky. A British machine that extinguished the fighting spirit of the young men of Scotland by enlisting them to fight in their empire building. A British machine that emptied the glens handing them over to British landowners wealthy and unscrupulous not the (rebellious type) filling them with sheep. A British machine that grasped the industrial revolution and turned our major towns into slums and sweathouses rife with slave labour. And just when you thought it was great to be British after fighting in two world wars, Socialism brings you the welfare state and Scotland becomes the bastion of the Unionist Labour voter….

So has Freedom gone to sleep?? After over a thousand years I don’t think so. The old saying of the declaration. “So long as 100 of us Scots remain alive”

Get of your arse then and get out there and tell those that like sticking you in a box. Do you know what mate “I am a Scot, Scotland is my Nation and I want to see her prosper. I am “Scottish Not British”. Put your cross in St Andrews box on May the 6th and vote for those willing to put the people of Scotland first…….Scotland the Nation is your box!!!

Messages of support for the End London Rule protest can be seen all over Scotland. This one was spotted on the London Road in Edinburgh of all places. Yes that's right the Westminster Circus is in town..

Is that End London Rule we see?

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Election Fever

We are now in the grip of a London election campaign where the Labour Party claim that Scotland and how we vote is an irrevelance!! We might end up with a party leadership made up of either of the two British political Parties but the struggle will continue. Its hoped that in this London election those in Scotland will vote with Scotland in mind, not Westminster and certainly not for the corruption that is British Party politics. The Labour Party published its election manifesto yesterday and an interesting take on its front cover was noted and certainly applies to Scotland....

You make the choice on May the 6th. We know what we want and our message is certainly being dispalyed all over our Nation...END LONDON RULE...

A big thanks to some of our Friends in the USA who displayed this message at the recent Tartan Day celebrations....

Our friends at the Am Bhuidhean Dubh have targeted this message for this London Election.

To all thinking of voting Liebour, Tory or Lib Dum... Think of Scotland and your part in our Nation, Target this message and End the 303 year sham that is London Rule...

To our media take heed of this message......your days of reporting bias are numbered....

Our youth have displayed the message and we can play a big part in their future in this election......A big thanks to the Youth section of Am Bhuidhean Dubh.....Fluffy slippers and all.. 

As the message spreads no town is spared...not even the Dewartown..What would Donald think of this message..I wonder.

Our Temples are Scotland's Temples....

Our road signs are Scotlands signs.....

You decide come May the 6th.. Scotland your Nation deserves your vote Not Westminster, Not London and NOT BRITISH!!!!!!!

Last week we spoke of the press surrounding the placement of a memorial to the Hanoverian dead at Drumossie Moor. An interesting letter appeared in The Herald worth repeating..

Never forgive the Redcoats

I was disappointed by last Sunday’s essay (Why we should honour the Redcoats, Opinion, March 28.) Trevor Royle broached a controversial subject and then steered clear. His arguments were based on First World War examples and a plea from Hamish Henderson against the “villainy of hatred”. Put simply, the camaraderie and forgiveness of soldiers across the trenches does not equate. Jacobite soldiers were mutilated as they lay injured. Hardly noble soldiering! Likewise, a wide berth is given to the pillaging of the Highlands (loyal and rebel alike) that followed the battle from these proposed, honoured “guardians of the nation state”. I mean no ill to soldiers but I do not ignore their role either. Noble soldiering is fine but I will wear no remembrance to Earl Haig, support no monument to the Luftwaffe in Coventry or Guernica and that is why I cannot support this proposal.

Mr Royle is right that there is no room for bitterness or hatred. There is no room either for phoney forgiveness, especially one that is politically motivated. To my recollection, the Black Watch did not carry Culloden on their battle honours. So, why does Trevor Royle truly want to rehabilitate the memory of the Redcoats?

Culloden is one of those things that cannot be explained away. It is so complex. Of course it was no Scotland versus England affair, but those who glibly point this out have to do better in their explanation. A civil war – Scottish or British? A mere dynastic struggle. Then why focus on Scotland? It is certainly true that one side fought under the new, ascendant Union flag and one fought under the Saltire of the Appin Stewarts. The political aspect is written out of history, namely the fight for “Scotland and No Union!” The Regiment of Scotland may recruit as the “real tartan army” but their antecedents are so different. It is merely part of an appropriation of Highland/Scottish identity that has gone on since Culloden and perpetrated by those who tried to smash that identity.
So, when Trevor Royle talks about “we Brits”, it is highly revealing. Because there is a nationalist identity in Scotland that is not British and that won’t forget. Some of the first blood spilled on the Butcher’s Apron was spilled at Culloden Moor. That is why I cannot forgive or forget even after 260 years. If you don’t believe me then go and stand on that eerie moor itself. You won’t forgive the Redcoats either! (Gerry Cairns, Glasgow)

Would you support the placing of a Nazi memorial at Auschwitz??

And to those who knock the Gaelic Language in recent letters to the newspapers another quote taken from a reply is worth repeating in Gaelic....

Gaelic is being promoted, rather than suppressed. Enjoy its riches:
“Togaibh i, togaibh i, cànan ar dùthaich, suas leis a ‘Ghàidhlig!”

(Translation: Raise it up, raise it up, the language of our land, up with Gaelic.)
With the rememberance of the travesty that was the Battle of Culloden less than a week away we will reflect next week on some of the Myths surrounding Jacobitism. How did the British establishment manage to glorify its failure? How is it that by the time the 4th Hanoverian King decided to visit Scotland he draped himself in a Tartan finery that was oulawed along with much of the language and culture so much part of the remoter areas of Scotland..? Who can say sitting in the 21st century that no Nationalist took part as a Jacobite and no Jacobite took part as a Nationalist...? Can we ask George Mitchell the workman from Loanhead in Old Machar, Transported to the colonies in 1746 why he joined the Forfarshire Regiment or Thomas Laing the leadminer from Aberdeen  also Transported why he joined The Edinburgh regiment...For King or For Country??? For Scotland and No Union!

Monday, 5 April 2010

On the 6th Day of April

Not a big fan of “on this days” but two dates coincide on April the 6th that most Scots should be or are well aware of. Firstly the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1320 and secondly the discovery of the dying body of Willie McRae ironically on the 6th of April 1985.

Willie McRae the Patriot and Nationalist his dying body discovered in his wrecked car on sloping ground just off the A-87 at Loch Loyne side between Invergarry and the Caenacroc junction of the A887. Two bullets in his head his gun 60 feet from his car and we have one of Scotland’s best known but little publicised un-solved murders.
 A convenient sweeping under the carpet by the British state?

So who killed Willie?

You can go on line and read the many internet stories on his life and death so we won’t go into too much detail here. But Scotland owes this man a great debt! His stance on the dumping of Nuclear Waste in Scotland focused the public eye on the discrimination of Scotland by the British state.
Why do we, a nation of 5 million people have electricity generated by nuclear power stations?
So the so called British Empire can have nuclear weapons and be a World player in the nuclear arms race game!!

So Scotland was to be the testing ground for nuclear experiments as far away from London as possible.

Dounreay Nuclear Power Station! How far away can you get!

Glen Etive a proposed nuclear waste site, Mulwhacher in the Galloway Hills another.

Willie McRae prior to his death claimed “he had them” Unfortunately whoever that was had him that fateful April night 25 years ago and Justice was never done. Its common knowledge that he was followed everywhere he went prior to his death. We can speculate that this was MI5? The so called British Security Service answerable to the British Government?

Did they pull the trigger?

There have been a few “Unsolved Murder” documentaries either broadcast on TV or written in newspapers like the Daily Record. All gloss around the edges and conclude that it remains a mystery. Of course it does. We know that. But if the truth be told the British state would be exposed for what it is?……..Evil, Corrupt and no friend to Scotland?……..RIP, Willie McRae your legacy will always be remembered and one day Justice will be done….that we are sure of. END LONDON RULE.

Taken from the Northern Constabulary web site; The murder site?

 In the clearing just above the spot where Willie’s dying body was found there stands a memorial cairn to his memory. Every year on the closest Sunday to the day he was found gather a small group of like minded Nationalists. Willie McRae’s sacrifice to Scotland’s cause is remembered and Scotland’s Saltire flies proudly as it always will. And one day it will fly in a Free Scotland.

The Declaration of Arbroath 1320

On the 6th Day of April 1320 a medieval document was produced that was to be ground breaking in its proclamation and one that is revered even today for its masterly writing. Unfortunately Scotland the nation needed to produce this document at that time. Some 30 years of fighting for its very Nationhood against a power determined to make it a province of theirs as so called “Overlords” The diplomacy of the day required that the Holy Church of the time be made aware of the facts by a member Nation. The Declaration was that document and more.

Written for the people by those who had the people of Scotland’s interests closer to their hearts, “The Church” The religious men of Scotland were the bastions of the independence movement. Long before the riches of religious practice corrupted the very ethics of religious worship those close to their God in Scotland were at the forefront of the fight for the very independence of Scotland the Nation.

The document set out some stirring words. Firstly, Scotland was an independent Nation long before there was an england. Secondly, In Scotland it’s the people who are sovereign and not any elected monarch. Thirdly, that should any elected monarch ever put the Nation of Scotland to the rule of the english he would be replaced by the people who elected him. This last one was a ground breaking statement in that it reinforced that in Scotland the King was not elected by God but by the people alone.

The Declaration was written with Scotland under the leadership of Robert The Bruce King of Scots and taken to the leader of the Holy Church, Pope John the XII then based in Avignon, France. Unfortunately nothing remains of the original Latin document in Avignon and we are lucky that a copy survived in Scotland. Also unfortunately nothing marks the receipt of this historic document in Avignon and I can vouch for this personally having looked. Maybe one day that will change……

In 1603 with the grooming of the infant James the VI for the english crown by the childless Elizabeth, england got their prize and Scotland was swallowed up. The words of the Declaration were forgotten. Another 100 years of anglicised Stewart kingship with the divine right of election by God and not the people The Declaration of Arbroath was well and truly forgotten.

Its legacy however was and is far greater and there are many who believe the American Declaration of Independence in 1776 was influenced by the 1320 Declaration of Arbroath. In a Free Scotland it’s hoped that April the 6th will be another of our Public Holidays along with St Andrews Day and that those who wrote this ground breaking document a statement of our Independence will always be remembered just as the 4th of July is in America.

These words are contained within the Declaration and worth repeating here in reference to the reigning King Robert The Bruce and reference to the ongoing fight for Independence…..

“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 subjecter of his own rights and ours and make some other man who is able to defend us 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 are fighting, but for freedom – for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself”

Next week we hope to discuss the pros and cons on whether a Butchers Apron should be flown at a redcoat memorial on Drumossie Moor as part of the Culloden Battlefield Site............Prosperity to Scotland and No Union!!