This month we look at a few phrases, words of wisdom from the past. What have we learned from them? Throughout this blog we have consistently made reference to the divisions that have plagued our Nation. To this day we still suffer from division especially among our Political Parties. In recent times Jimmy Reid showed how unity created strength and the result is now part of our proud history. We still have lessons to learn and if Scotland is to prosper once again, as an Independent Nation, then unity is our only hope.
Do we see a glimmer of hope again in the proposed Clyde side shipyard closures? Will this bring our Politicians to the table for Scotland and not the Party? Put the interests of the people of Scotland first. Time will tell.
Our first phrase is in an older tongue, one that is our own;
"Taigh an aghaidh a cheile
Chan fheudar dha seasamh"
Those that know this tongue will know its meaning.
An rud bhios na do bhròin, cha bhi e na do thiomhnadh
And for anyone reading this blog let us emphasise the very word that resonates throughout the history of our proud Nation; FREEDOM...........
“ 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 subverter of his own rights and ours, and make some other man who was well able to defend us our 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 fight, but for Freedom alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself. ”
The Declaration of Arbroath 1320....(unfortunately ignored in 1603)
Walter Bower, Abbot of Inchcolm and author of the ‘Scotichronicon’, writing in Latin in the 15th century and quoting from, it is believed, a much older chronicle, (though he does not give its provenance) describes the Scots’ enduring love of liberty:
“…going barefoot, undernourished and dressed in rags…or hair shirts with which they were roughly covered. And in all these misfortunes and hardships they could never be prevailed upon to submit to or obey a foreign king, but on the contrary, they were always obedient and loyal under their own kings’ rule and chose to lead no other life than this that was no better than the life of wild beasts, so long as they had their freedom.”
And an epilogue to Scotland the Nation................................
NON OMNIS MORIAR. (“I shall not wholly die.”) Horace.
END LONDON RULE