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Tragedy, Triumph and the Fairy Flag- and the Photographer!!

Bench in the shade of Trumpan Church, Waternish Peninsula, Skye, Scotland
In 1578 the MacDonalds of Uist arrived by boats, under cover of the fog and locked the congregation of MacLeods in the church, setting fire to the roof. All but one perished. The alarm was raised and the MacLeods killed all the invaders in the Battle of the Spoling Dyke. It is said they were able to exact revenge on the MacDonalds when they unfurled and waved the MacLeod Fairy Flag.

There are several legends regarding the origin of the flag, one of which was that it was a gift to an infant child of a MacLeod Chieftan, and yet another was that it was given to a MacLeod chieftain by his fairy lover when she had to return home. Another suggests it was a gift from Titania, the wife of Oberon the fairy king. It was said that once the flag had been unfurled three times the magic, the flag and the holder of the flag would disappear forever.

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Here is a song called 'Faerie Queen' by Blackmore's Night

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43 comments

Edna Edenkoben said:

I was going to say that it had probably happened on a stormy day...but I should have read your description first. And I think it's a good idea to photograph the photographer once in a while ;-)

HBM, Carol, and have a pleasant new week!
8 weeks ago

Ecobird replied to Edna Edenkoben:

Thank you very much Edna. Well if they will stand in the way...!! ;-)) That is just asking for me to get trigger happy!!

HBM and have a lovely new week
8 weeks ago

Roger (Grisly) said:

A lovely capture despite the interloper, is he the one that escaped.?
I like the composition and the shady bench,
HBM and a very nice week.
8 weeks ago

Ecobird replied to Roger (Grisly):

But of course ;-). He should be going to raise the alarm but what does he do?..Takes pictures instead!!

Many thanks Roger. HBM and have a lovely new week
8 weeks ago

Edna Edenkoben replied to Ecobird:

LOL, trigger happy. Luckily, they just gave you a camera, Carol ;-))) And yes, what can you do but to shoot the photographers, when they are in the way ;-))
Just don't shoot the piano player ;-)
8 weeks ago

Boarischa Krautmo said:

these Macdonalds are no good... ;-)
beautiful picture and HBM!
8 weeks ago

Ecobird said:

But their cousins, the McDonalds, make good fast food..;-))
Many thanks Markus.
HBM and have a good new week
8 weeks ago

Trudy Tuinstra said:

Have a nice week
8 weeks ago ( translate )

Xata said:

Interesting info and fine photo, HBM Carol
8 weeks ago

Armando Taborda said:

...both very interesting, story and photo...
8 weeks ago

Sarah P. said:

And we keep on fighting and making up stories about it ... sadly, we haven't evolved much above our tribal past.
7 weeks ago

William Sutherland said:

Excellent shot and info! Stay well!

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7 weeks ago

Annemarie said:

Wonderful
7 weeks ago ( translate )

Pam J said:

LOVE THE STORY !
7 weeks ago

Jaap van 't Veen said:

Well spotted and captured.
Thank you for the interesting note.
Belated Happy BM and a peaceful week ahead.
7 weeks ago