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• 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.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

The Winners!

A total of 23 of our lasses sent in their guesses. Of that there were 16 who got a perfect score. They were: Morven (BessE), Muirne (bwarnergroup) and (knittingalone), Nemetona (tandemsandy) of Clan Beauchamp; and Nannag (LCBraun) and Lileas (knitswithisis) of Clan Fraser; Ide (Annaed), Lachlan (krobin), Seonag (cursedgreenswter), Kinley (Rhenbo), Ceili (theknittingmama), Catronia Duncan (neila), and Isabelle (Emersch) of Clan Mackenzie and Morrigan (mainefan1), Marsali (mommaowie), Joan (Vivian5) and Mab (Aplourde) of Clan Murray. The chieftesses did not participate in the challenge because they were the authors.

My son drew Seonag (cursedgreenswtr) out of Clan Mackenzie out of the hand-knit felted cloche -- I found it in my freezer.

Round 7 Clan Standings:

Beauchamp: 58

Fraser: 24

Mackenzie: 97

Murray: 53

Additional awards: (for bragging rights)

Early bird: Ide of Clan MacKenzie. Her answers were received at 12:11 pm on 4/18.

Sneaker: Edme of Clan Murray. Her answers were received at 11:59 on 4/28. As usual, the Murrays are watching every ones backs to make sure nobody is left behind! Nice job, Edme!

And we are dusting off a Golden Apple Award for Seonag of Clan MacKenzie. She posted her answers with the page the person was found on, for the few doubting Thomas' who said they figured out who I was talking about, but they weren't mentioned in the section. Here are her notes and comments for some of the elusive characters (and characters they were)!

DI REC TOR ~ MC EW AN (14) page 721, but not in tandem – only as the Director or Dr. McEwan
SI MON ~ FRA SER (11) referred to on page 710, but only as Lord Lovat, the Old Fox, the old chieftain of Clan Fraser, and "you old Scotch cur"

TCHAR LACH ~ MAC ~ SEA MUS (18) referred to in English on pages 712, 713, 714, and 731, but not in the Gaidhlig (in this section), which incidentally should be spelled Tearlach (Outlandish Companion, page 241)

Not-so-soft-in-the-head award: Nemetona Beauchamp. Even though she suffered a nasty concussion, she managed to score a 100 percent on the final challenge. Hope you're feeling much better!

Perfect Participation awards: The lassies who participated in EVERY round, except for the ones where they were obligated to sit out. Eilis, Siusan, Murine, Caroline, Morven and Nemetona from Clan Beauchamp; Fiona, Nannag and Lileas of Clan Fraser; Kellan, Ceili, and Kinley of Clan Mackenzie; and Mordag Elsbeth McLean, Joan, Edme, Marsali and Morrigan of Clan Murray.

Perfect Scores Awards: The lassies who earned a perfect score during the games -- except the rounds they had to sit out. Eilis and Muirne of Clan Beauchamp and Marsali of Clan Murray.


23 of 52 clan members participated in the seventh round of the Highland Games, that's xx percent. This round the four chieftesses sat out since they sponsored the round.

The Mackenzie clan scored an additional point for having the highest participation in this round of the games, with 9 clan members participating. They won the round in a come-from-behind win.

Clan Beauchamp had 42 percent or 6 of 14 members participate, earning 58 points.

Clan Fraser had 13 percent or 2 of 15 members participate, earning 24 points.

Clan Mackenzie had 65 percent or 9 of 14 members participate, earning 97 points.

Clan Murray had 40 percent or 6 of 15 members participate, earning 53 points.

Final Standings
Beauchamp: 493
Fraser: 304
Mackenzie: 492
Murray: 460


Final Challenge Answers

Lasses, as we waited for our sporrans to come in and we were admiring the lovely gifts recieved by our sisters, the chieftesses issued one final challenge. We were hoping to have all of our wee sporrans received by the final date of the challenge, but there are still a few not yet recieved. If you haven't received yours yet, please contact your chieftess, and if you haven't sent it yet, please contact both your chieftess and your spoilee.

Gillian Edgars
Director McEwan
Simon Fraser
Archibald Cameron
Tcharlach Mac Seamus


Note: Winners will be posted soon someone at my house ran off with my jump drive, but it has been found and I will have the winner's tabulated and posted yet tonight.