.....brutal disciplinary decisions - am reading a book primarily based in Scotland, and the author recounts:
"Let us retrace our steps to Meggernie Castle. This place had a wild and colourful history. Built about 1585 by 'Mad' Colin Campbell, it was originally a square tower house. Some years prior to building Meggernie, Colin received a violent blow to his head, which reputedly made him unpredictable. 'Gorach' ('foolish') was the term the Highlanders used......"
"A short distance away were the ruins of Finlarig Castle. The remains of this decaying pile includes the grim beheading pit at the foot of the castle windows, where Grey (my note: 'Greg'?) Colin Campbell held out the hand of friendship to the chief of the MacGregor clan and his two sons. Little did the MacGregors realize that they themselves were to be the climax of festivities. They were dragged out, all three of them, and lost their heads to the beheading pit.
The son of Grey Colin, Black Duncan of the Cowl was to become even more infamous than his father for his atrocities....." (in other words, any distrust of the Bruins' representative of that family may NOT be misplaced!)
And still MORE:
"The church at Balquhidder has two cup-mark leys running through it. This is where the famous outlaw, Rob Roy MacGregor lived (my note: yes, THAT 'Rob Roy'). The beauty of this area is breathtaking, the cruelty of past generations, frightening. One of the cruelest stories in the Highlands is connected with this picturesque little church. One day the McDonalds (my note: possibly mine, and A-Mac's, ancestors - TBD) were poaching deer in Glenartney, where they were caught by the 'keeper', Drummond of Drummonderoch. He cut off (cropped) their ears. Some time later the McDonalds took fearful revenge when they ambushed Drummond and beheaded him, then they carried the head in a plaid (a kilt which could be used as a blanket) to the home of his sister at the side of Loch Earn....."
My notes: The Campbells picked up where Drummond had/was left off, slaughtering almost all of clan Ranald at Glencoe, and these scenes are hardly unfamilar to anyone who's watched either Rob Roy or Braveheart - point being, A-Mac should be extremely grateful Colin relinquished the Wheel Of Justice - for all we know, it might well have taken Andy's head off in the event of future disciplinary action!
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