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Outlandish Swap V: The Fiery Cross

Scottish clans were originally a Highland way of life. The Highland clan was, above all things, a family; a family in which everybody believed they were all, from chief to blacksmith, descended from one founder or progenitor. They regarded themselves as very close kinsmen. This Swap is dedicated to such clan families and will be organized into four clans.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Highland Games Round 3 Results

A total of 15 individuals were included in the hand-knit felted cloche drawing. We’re on a steady upward trend here. I’ve also modified the quizzes to they focus on one area of the book so it should save some time on everyone’s part.

Those included in the drawing:

Nemetona (tandemsandy), Elspeth (georgethegirl), Murron (lovestoknit), Brighde (Rumplestiltskin), and Moven of Clan Beauchamp; Jocasta Walkley (Anne) and Eilidh MacAlister (HelenKOsings) of Clan Fraser; Mrs. FitzGibbons (jules 1960), Rhona (Rahrini) and Mordag Elsbeth McLean (abitknottie) of Clan Mackenzie; and Joan (Vivian5), Senga (robyn), Ros (Margeco), Marsali (mommaowie) and Latharna (cabrita) of Clan Murray.

Winner: Mordag Elsbeth McLean (abitknottie) of Clan Mackenzie. She earns an additional 5 points for her clan.

Clan Standings: For Round 3

Beauchamp: 84
Fraser: 55
Mackenzie: 62
Murray: 82

Total Clan Standings After 3 Rounds:

Beauchamp: 228
Fraser: 157
Mackenzie: 177
Murray: 232

Additional awards: (for bragging rights)

Early Bird Award: Jocasta Walkley of Clan Fraser. She submitted her answers first. Her e-mail was dated 7:56 p.m Sept. 24.

Sneaker Award: Joan (Vivian5) of Clan Mackenzie. She submitted her answers last. Her e-mail was dated 11:05 p.m. Sept. 30. That’s 45 minutes before deadline.

Teacher award: Providing insight to what the 18th Century would have been like: Eileen of Clan Murray (justajenjen) offers this history lesson about what would be appropriate for women to wear in the 18th Century:

Women at that time wore long dresses. Showing ankles and elbows was forbidden and hair was supposed to be pinned up and usually covered. Proper women wore about six or seven layers of clothing. (My own set of clothing for my re-enactment activities includes a chemise, a set of stays, stockings, a petticoat of muslin, a skirt with another petticoat sewn in made of satin and then the actual skirt made of a heavier cotton, then a blouse with big billowing sleeves that fall to my wrists, a shawl, and then I pull up my hair and cover it with a linen kertch and a straw hat. I'm dressed as the wife of a modestly successful French merchant, played by my husband. The girls dressed as members of the French court are the ones that really impress me, if only for the ten pound wigs.) Of course, the style of dress changed according to culture and social status, but she Claire would have been seen to be running around in her underwear at best, which would have indicted to most people that she was a prostitute.”

Thanks for that lesson. I think we often forget the volume of clothing women were expected to wear. The impressive part, to me, is that it all was hand sewn. Thinking of that just makes me cringe every time Claire’s clothing gets ripped off.



24 of 36 participated in Highland Games Round 3, that’s 67 percent (Remember the clan chieftans are excluded from playing. We organize, you play. Except for the Chieftess Challenge, which will be posted shortly after Kellan receives the results.)

15 people got every question right or 63 percent of those who participated.

Clan Beauchamp had 89 percent or 8 of 9 members participate, earning 84x points

Clan Fraser had 67 percent or 6 of 9 members participate, earning 55 points

Clan Mackenzie had 44 percent or 4 of 9 members participate, earning 62 points

Clan Murray had 78 percent or 7 of 9 members participate, earning 82 points

The point totals reflect a correction for a mistake I made in Round 3 regarding Clan Mackenzie. Three additional points have been added on. One point for the answer marked incorrect, but should have been correct and two additional points for then having a perfect score. Unfortunately this individual was not included in the drawing for the 5 bonus points. This time around, I checked answers more carefully and will continue in the future.

The points also reflect a correction for a mistake our friends, the Internet and Yahoo, made. One clan member’s e-mails to Yahoo account weren’t getting along with g-mail. G-mail said they were sent, but never arrived – even in the spam folder. When it was brought to my attention and I received a copy of this individual’s e-mails, I gave credit to this person. I’m exploring possibilities of delivery confirmation. In the mean time, each week I’ll post who I get responses from. If there is a discrepancy, please e-mail me at the swap e-mail or send me a PM on ravelry.


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