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• The Fiery Cross Sign-up runs through March 1, 2011 [CLOSED]
• The Fiery Cross Clan Assignments & partners posted March 15, 2011
• Sporrans mailed by May 15, 2011

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, September 26, 2008

Round 2 Results Post

My hand knit cloche getting more of a workout now than ever before! There were 12 individuals included in the hand-knit felted cloche drawing.

Joan (Vivian 5), Marsali (mommaowie), Eileen (justajenjen) and Latharna (cabrita) of Clan Murray; Mrs. FitzGibbons (jules 1960), Rhona (Rahrini), Mordag Elsbeth McLean (abitknottie) and Kinley (Rehnbo) of Clan Mackenzie; Sassenach (Sassenach), Frannsaidh Muir (CarmaFrancie) and Morgana (cluxewe) of Clan Fraser and Murron (lovestoknit) of Clan Beauchamp. Each one earned two additional points for their clan. These participants had perfect scores and earned 2 points for their individual Clan.

Edie enjoyed loading the cloche.

She also enjoyed picking the name.

Here's the winner.

Winner: Marsali of Clan Murray. She earns an additional 5 points for her clan.

Clan Standings: For Round 2

Beauchamp: 65
Fraser: 62
Mackenzie: 60
Murray: 78

Total Clan Standings:

Beauchamp: 137
Fraser: 102
Mackenzie: 112
Murray: 150

Additional awards: (for bragging rights)

Early Bird Award: Senga of Clan Murray. She submitted her answers first. Her e-mail was dated 2:11 p.m. Sept. 17.

Sneaker Award: Kinley of Clan Mackenzie. She submitted her answers last. Her e-mail was dated 8:45 p.m. Sept. 23.

Reminds me of . . . award: Eileen of Clan Murray’s comment on Question No. 4.

“Herring in many shapes and forms, and Claire launches into a description of the menu, which rather reminds me of the part in Forrest Gump where Bubba lists all the uses for shrimp.”


27 of 36 participated in Highland Games Round 1, that’s 75 percent (Remember the clan chieftans are excluded from playing. We organize, you play. Except for the Chieftan Challenge, which will be posted Sunday.)

12 people got every question right or 45 percent of those who participated.

Clan Beauchamp had 89 percent or 8 of 9 members participate, earning 65 points

Clan Fraser had 67 percent or 6 of 9 members participate, earning 62 points

Clan Mackenzie had 67 percent or 6 of 9 members participate, earning 60 points

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


Thursday, September 25, 2008

Highland Games Answers: Round 2

Answers have been tallied. I finished checking them well after the kids went to bed. They'll draw the winning name tonight. I'll post winner on Friday

1. Throws a rosary made of Jet beads around her neck. Jett is supposed to burn a witch’s skin and obviously it didn’t burn her skin. This is one scene where Claire realizes Jamie’s showmanship.
2. Not to fight/do anything and not talk about it the next day. “You want me. Let the woman go, and ye can have me. Do what you wish to me. I’ll not struggle, though I’ll allow you to bind me, if you think it needful. And I’ll not speak of it come tomorrow. But first you’ll see the woman safe from the prison.”
3. Collecting plants or botany. And I also accepted “herbology” from an obvious Harry Potter fan.
4. Herring, in many forms
5. 23
6. Loaghaire
7. The basics: She’d been attacked by English soldiers, including Randall, she then told them that she was a widow from Oxfordshire traveling to distant relatives in France when she was attacked. She lost everything. Here are additional details: Dougal kidnapped her. She went on to tell Colum that she had been attacked by English soldiers, specifically a man name Randall. She explained the confrontation w/ Dougal and Randall’s men. She shared the facts of the conversation with Randall. She embellished the part about being a widowed lady from Oxfordshire traveling with a manservant en route to distant relatives in France. They were set upon by highwaymen; her servant killed or ran off. She went into the woods and was captured where she had to abandon all property and her horse. She ran into Randall while wandering in the woods.
8. Died in a car accident when she was 5
9. Ellen refused the man her brother had picked for her and ran away with Brian Fraser. The jilted suitor, Malcom Grant, left the Gathering quickly and quietly. The same way Ellen and Brian left. They hid in a crofter’s cottage until she was violently pregnant and came back for her brother to approve of the marriage. The family Bible lists their marriage and Brian wrote “Marrit for love” next to it. I also accepted details of how the marriage contract was written that property, Lallybroch, would pass on to her children or in the case of no children, back to Lord Lovat after the death of Brian Fraser, regardless if he married again or if he had more children.
10. Uncle Lamb was a scholar of antiquities. I also accepted answers that provided similar job descriptions of archeologist. How did it help her? She lived rough, dug latrines and other unseemly activities for a girl/woman of gentle birth.

Woo hoo!

Hey all,

I just wanted to pass on a comment that I got about our swap. I left a comment on Diana Gabaldon's blog last night telling her about what we are up to, and got a response today! You can check it out for yourself or you can just read it here. We have her approval!

Meaghan said...
Hi, I don't know if this will interest you at all, but a group of people have started a knitting based yarn swap based on Outlander! We have started a blog at outlandishswap.blogspot.com We are doing trivia based on the book and have all picked names inspired by Scotland. Stop by and check it out if you are interested to see how you have inspired us!
September 24, 2008 8:18 PM
Diana Gabaldon said...
Dear meaghan--Haha! That's great! [g]
September 25, 2008 1:19 AM

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Highland Games Round 3

Remember to Put Highland Games Round 3 in the subject of your e-mail to outlandishswap@yahoo.com and include your swap name, clan and answers in the body of the e-mail.

1. At what feast did Claire go through the stones the first time?
2. While in Inverness Frank Randall catches up with the Rev. Wakefield who has a penchant for Jacobite history. Wakefield shows Frank a document that reveals what?
3. When does Claire realize Geilie is a traveler like she is?
4. What name did Jamie Fraser use while at Castle Leoch, before he and Claire married?
5. Name at least two possible reasons why Dougal wanted to see Jamie married?
6. Why did Claire panic when she went up to the church to marry Jamie Fraser?
7. Why do many members of Clan Mackenzie consider Jaime’s father, Brian, a silkie?
8. Name the primary reason why Jamie was afraid to go back to Lallybroch after he came back from the abby in France? [Note: This was before he met Claire]
9. How does Geilie Duncan kill her husband?
10. How would Claire describe her wardrobe when she walked through the stones the first time? How did the Mackenzies’ who rescued her from the English dragoons describe her clothes? (I’m looking for two answers)

Good Luck Clans! Contest ends at midnight Eastern time, Tuesday, Sept. 30. Results will be posted Friday, Oct. 3.

Highland Game Quiz Round 2 Over

Thanks for playing the second round of the Outlandish Swap Highland Games. Answers and results will be posted sometime on Friday, Sept. 26. Be sure to check back. It looks like at least half of the clan members participated in this round. I'll get everything checked soon. Answers and results will be posted Friday, Sept. 26. So, stop back.