Scotland the Brave

What do you think of when you hear someone say, ‘Scotland’ ?  It makes me think of the Winnie the Pooh poem, about snow and cold toes, tiddly pom!   Mrs BBS says, “long service leave destination!” 😀  (but I’ll come too if I can manage it!!)

Legends? Here’s one I filched out of the cupboard;   🙂

The Scots King Alexander III routed the army of the Viking King Haakon IV at the Battle of Largs in 1263 A. D. Legend has it that the Vikings were intent on surprising the Scottish army under cover of darkness. Advancing barefoot, one of them trod on a Thistle. His cry of pain alerted the Scots, who fell upon the invaders, driving them back into their  longships.

From that day the Thistle was adopted as the Emblem of Scotland.

That’s what our new potholder says, anyway. 😀  And it came from Scotland!

This is currently one of our favourite songs… Scotland the Brave. We hear it once a year on bagpipes, too, on Anzac Day, which is a treat. 🙂

Here are the lyrics:

Let Italy boast of her gay, gilded waters,

Her vines and her bowers and her soft sunny skies,

Her sons drinking love from the eyes of her daughters,

Where freedom expires amid softness and sighs.

Scotland’s blue mountains wild, where hoary cliffs are piled,

Towering in grandeur are dearer tae me,

Land of the misty cloud, land of the tempest loud,

Land of the brave and proud, land of the free.

Enthroned on the peak of her own highland mountains,

The spirit of Scotia reigns fearless and free,

Her green tartan waving o’er blue rock and fountain,

And proudly she sings, looking over the sea.

Here among my mountains wild, I have serenely smiled,

When armies and empires against me were hurled,

Firm as my native rock, I have withstood the shock,

Of England, of Denmark, of Rome and the world.

But see how proudly her war steeds are prancing,

Deep groves of steel trodden down in their path,

The eyes of my sons like their bright swords are glancing,

Triumphantly riding through ruin and death.

Bold hearts and nodding plumes wave o’er their bloody tombs,

Deep-eyed in gore is the green tartan’s wave,

Shivering are the ranks of steel, dire is the horseman’s wheel,

Victorious in battlefield, Scotland the brave.

Some books I’ve read about Scotland;

For Bonnie Prince Charlie, by Escott Lynne, which has some very entertaining Highland (and English!) characters, and Bonnie Prince Charlie by G. A. Henty.  Bonnie Prince Charlie is a popular subject, it seems. 🙂

Also a good book, and one I just finished re-reading, is Two Penniless Princesses by Charlotte Yonge, which is supposed to come after The Caged Lion, also partly set in Scotland, but, ah, not as good…

See you later, and don’t step on any of THESE….


Astronomy, an Acrostic

And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night.

Stars are sealed up by Him, and the sun riseth not at His command.

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth His handiwork.

Revelation speaks of a star called Wormwood.

O, Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! Who hast set thy glory above the heavens.

Numbering the stars, He calleth them all by their names.

Orion, Arcturus, and Pleiades were designed by Him who created wonders without number.

Moon; appointed by Him for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down.

Ye praise Him, sun and moon: praise Him, all ye stars of light!


stars in the night sky


Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

Refuge can be found in the Friend Who sticketh closer than a brother.

Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

Elijah and Elisha were prophets and friends.

Naomi and Ruth were different sorts of friends.

David and Jonathan were extra-good friends.

Some friends are keeping friends, and some friends are just- there friends. 



Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades,

Or loose the bands of Orion?

Number the stars; only God knows how many.

Seek Him that maketh the seven stars and Orion and

Turneth the shadow of death into the morning.

Ever testifying to the greatness of God,

Lighting the night sky,

Let the heavens declare the glory of God.

Arcturus, Orion and Pleiades were contemplated by Job.

The stars and constellations, all are named.

In Bethlehem’s sky, leading shepherds

Onwards to the Saviour.

Navigation! Ever a true guide.

Stars! One of His many glorious gifts.


Constellations and heavenly bodies were made on the 4th day.

Rest was what God did on the 7th day.

Earth was made on the 3rd day.

Adam, Eve and the animals were made on the 6th day.

The 2nd day, God made clouds and air.

In the water and air, fish and birds appeared on the 5th day.

On the 1st day, God made light.

New was the earth, and it was very good.