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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.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Murray Challenge Results

A total of 15 of our lasses sent in their guesses. Of that there were 4 who got a perfect score. They were: Eilis (vicjorob), Morven (BessE) and Muirne (bwarnergroup) of Clan Beauchamp; and Nannag (LCBraun)of Clan Fraser. The Murrays did not participate in the challenge because they were the authors.

The two tricky questions were #5 and #10 - either that, or you all had the Bonnie Prince on your minds! Shame on you - but he was a pretty little boy, perhaps that is why he was the 'Bonnie' prince, ye ken?

My son drew Nannag out of the Easter basket -- the hand-knit felted cloche went AWOL this week.

Round 2 Clan Standings:

Beauchamp: 63

Fraser: 33

Mackenzie: 49

Murray: 5

Additional awards: (for bragging rights)

Early bird: Eilis of Clan Beauchamp her answer arrived at 4:48 pm on 4/9, one hour and 29 minutes before the next response.

Sneaker: (it seems odd not seeing a Murray's name here): Fiona of Clan Fraser (11:30 ET on 4/17)

Most moving: Catrionia Duncan of Clan MacKenzie (recieved too late, but the most moving so I thought this photo should be posted)

Most Creative: Caroline of Beauchamp provided a map of the battlefield.

Gigglesnort: Caroline of Beauchamp: She couldn't find a picture of Johnny Cope, so she sent the song (along with the music!)

Johnny Cope (Hey Johnny Cope!)

· Hi, Johnny Cope, are ye waukin' yet
Or are your drums a-beating yet
Gie you were waukin' I would wait
Tae gang tae the coals in the morning

Cope sent a letter frae Dunbar'
Chairlie meet me an' ye dare
I'll learn ye the airts o' war
If ye'll meet me in the morning

When Chairlie looked the letter upon
He drew his sword his scabbard from
Follow me, my merry men
Meet Johnnie Cope in the morning

When Johnnie Cope he heard o' this
He thought it wouldnae be amiss
Tae hae a horse in readiness
Tae flee awa' in the morning

Fie noo Johnny, get up and rin
The Highland bagpipes mak' a din
Better tae sleep wi' a hale skin
It will be a bloody morning

When Johnny Cope tae Dunbar cam'
They speirded him, Whaur's a' your men
The de'il confound me gin I ken
I left them a' in the morning

Fie noo Johnny, ye werenae blate
Tae come wi' the news o' your ain defeat
And leave your men in sic a strait
Early in the morning

Faith, quo' Johnny, I got sic flegs
Frae their claymores and philabegs
Gin I face them again de'il brak' my legs
I'll bid ye's a' good morning

Anatomically incorrect, but still right:Ceili of MacKenzie

(I thought they dropped their kilts before they charged!)


15 of 46 clan members participated in the first round of the Highland Games, that's 32 percent. This round, Clan Murray sat out, since they sponsored the round.

The Mackenzie and Beauchamp clans scored an additional point for having the highest participation in this round of the games, with 6 clan members participating.

Clan Beauchamp had 40 percent or 6 of 15 members participate, earning 63 points.

Clan Fraser had 18 percent or 3 of 16 members participate, earning 33 points.

Clan Mackenzie had 40 percent or 6 of 15 members participate, earning 49 points.

Clan Murray earned five points for stumping the Mackenzie clan.

Up-to-date Standings
Beauchamp: 435
Fraser: 280
Mackenzie: 395
Murray: 407


Murray Challenge Answers

Lasses, you have all done a great job this time around and we hope that you learned a bit about Scottish history and had fun while doing so. We had 15 people submit answers by the deadline of midnight, 4/17 Eastern Time.

The written answers are as follows:
1. Find a photo of the location of the last battle of the 1745 Rising. Culloden field or Drummossie Moor

2. Find an image of the English commanding general announcing defeat at the Battle of Gladsmuir. Gen. Johnny Cope

3. Find a portrait of the man who shows Claire the broadsheet calling her “The Stuart Witch” Arthur Elphinstone, 6th Lord Balmerino

4. Find a photo of where Dougal MacKenzie died. Culloden House

5. If the 1745 Rising succeeded, find a portrait of the man who would have been King Charles' father would have been king: James Stuart

6. Find a portrait of the author of the book from which Claire recalls information about the Battle of Prestonpans. Charles Dickens

7. Find a photo of the place where Jamie expects to find Claire after she is turned over to the English. Callendar House

8. Find a photo of the bell tower in the town that Prince Charles Edward Stuart was blooded in his first battle. Geata , Italy

9. Find an illustration of Jamie’s grandfather at the time of his death Simon Fraser of Lovat

10. Find a portrait of the Bourbon King who lived at the Palace where Colum MacKenzie dies. Charles X, Brother of Louis (not our bonnie prince)


Kellan here, I'll have all the newest numbers tallied tomorrow evening, and the kidlets can draw the last name out of the felted cloche for the winner. We'll know where everyone stands heading into the final days of the last challenge.