Friday, May 09, 2014

a bit a boot clan warfare

See this church? As we walked passed it we ran into an English couple who were birdwatching for corncrakes. We stopped to chat and learned a bunch about flowers and birds from them, and then they pointed back at the ruins we had passed.

"Do you know the story of that church?" 
"No, we liked the look of the ruins, though"
"It was burned down by the MacDonalds. They barred the doors while a bunch of MacCleods wee inside and burned them alive."
"Yes. And then the MacCleods came after the MacDonalds and killed every one of them."

Yup. Apparently it's called the Battle of the Spoiling Dyke

It really is amazing to think about... and sad.

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