MacCorkill's Scottish - BLOODY HEI-LAND OATH

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THE BLOODY OATH

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by Nancy A. MacCorkill, F.S.A.Scot

[CLAN GUNN TARTAN ANCIENT]


PROHIBITION OF THE TARTAN


All Highlanders forced to take this oath or die !


"ACT OF PARLIMENT (ENGLISH), passed in 1746 prohibiting the wearing of the Highland Dress. EVERY HIGHLANDER HAD TO TAKE THIS OATH OR DIE:




HIGHLANDERS' OATH AGAINST TARTAN (Oath every Highlander was forced to repeat, and swear on threat of DEATH), 1746. ('Those who refused to take it were treated as rebels', killed or imprisoned....later those who were left.....were 'cleared'. )



I, _______________, do swear, as I shall answer to God at the great day of Judgement, I have not, nor shall have in my possession any gun, sword, pistol or arm whatsoever, and never to use tartan plaid, or any part of the Highland Garb; and if I do so -- may I be cursed in my undertakings, family and property, may I be killed in battle as a coward, and lie without burial in a strange land, far from the graves of my forefathers and kindred; may all this come across me if I break my oath."



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This was an especially cruel oath by Highlanders', because most to lie without burial etc'., was a devestating punishment, as the burial was such an important part of their heritage.



Many died because of the 'wearing of the tartan', and 'not giving up their weapons', just as many died in Ireland for the 'wearing of the green'.

Presented for you by,
Nancy MacCorkill, F.S.A. Scot
Author, Poet
Clans Gunn, MacLeod, and Keith (Marshall)




For that is the mark of the Scots of all classes:
that he stands in an attitude towards the past unthinkable to Englishmen, and remembers and cherishes the memory of his forebears, good or bad; and there burns alive in him a sense of identity with the dead even to the twentieth generation.

ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
Weir of Hermiston, 1894

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