On Episode 2 of the Imagine Alba Podcast, we discuss the origins of "Alba", the Gaelic name for Scotland, and why the country is called "Scotland" in English. We listen to music from The Kings' Road, Rab shares the Scots Word of the Day, and we shine the spotlight on the fascinating Clan Campbell.
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Lyrics to Glen Shee, traditional
Oh, see yon bonnie high hills
All covered in snow?
They hae parted manys a true love
And they'll soon part us twa.
Busk, busk, bonnie lassie
And come awa' with me,
An' I'll tak' ye tae Glenisla,
Near bonnie Glen Shee.
Oh, see yon bonnie shepherds,
As they walk up an' doon,
Wi' their sheep grazin' among them,
And their tears runnin' doon?
Oh, see yon bonnie soldiers
As they all march up an' doon,
Wi' their plaidies over their shoulders
And their swords hanging down?
You can find the track Glen Shee on The Kings' Road album, Pilgims, available on iTunes, CDBaby and Amazon.
Glorious Inveraray Castle
Inveraray Castle, image by VisitScotland
The living home of the Duke and Duchess of Argyll, Inveraray Castle is one of the most beautiful castles in the west of Scotland. It boasts fairytale turrets and a magical setting at the heart of the historic Argyll Estates and garden.
Truly as if out of an enchanted fable, Inveraray Castle has been the ancestral seat of the Dukes of Argyll since it was built in the 18th century. Overlooking scenic Loch Fyne, the castle has been turned into a museum, where visitors can explore an impressive collection of historic weaponry, magnificent tapestries and priceless artworks along with other family heirlooms. (We recommend stopping in for refreshment in the tea room- the scones are lovely!) The castle was made famous as a set piece in Downton Abbey, where it stood in for Duneagle Castle in a Christmas special.
A number of spectres are associated with Inveraray Castle. Haunting music has been said to float throughout the castle, the source of which, according to legend, is the spirit of a young Irish boy, once harpist to the Duke in the 17th century. It is said the boy plays whenever a member of the family is about to die in the castle.
Another legend surrounding portents of death is of a ghostly galleon that appears when a chieftain of Clan Campbell dies. A young woman known as the Grey Lady is one of the castle’s most famous apparitions. Another is believed to be the spirit of a gruff kitchen maid!
BOWFest Rocks the Castle
The Best Of The West Festival, or BOWFest, is one of Scotland's finest boutique festivals, celebrating the very best in Scottish music, food and drink. Each year the event features a fantastic line-up of musical acts including past headliners Skipinnish, Skerryvore and Eddi Reader.
Skippinish at BOWFest
Find out more about Inveraray Castle and plan your own visit at www.inveraray-castle.com
Scots Word of the Day
The Word of the Day is "heid". Read more about this unique Scots word here.
Spotlight Clan: Campbell
Clan Campbell Crest
With permission of Scotclans.com
Campbell of Breadalbane. A lithograph by R. R. McIan and published by Dickinson circa 1845-47
Black Watch or Campbell tartan
Archibald Campbell, 1st Marquess of Argyll, 8th Earl of Argyll, chief of Clan Campbell, (March 1607 – 27 May 1661) was a Scottish nobleman, politician, and peer. He was the de facto head of government of Scotland during most of the conflict known as the Wars of the Three Kingdoms.