The Highlander

A streak of red of blood of thread,
Awash with blue and green.
Pleated folds wrap the man sae bold;
His enemies he has seen.

A glint of steel, his threat so real;
As the Sgian-dubh beneath.
His sporran holds treasures untold;
Twa his Caberfeidh bequeath.

Hid under his sark are many a mark;
Tallies of Sasennach dead.
Noble and strong, broadsword sae long,
For his countrymen he has bled.

Flowing red locks stretch down twa the tops,
Of his shoulders sae muscular there.
Regal blue eyes with warrior cries;
Redcoats do flee from his stare.

With piobreach and fiddle he weaves a fair riddle;
Thars many a lass to woo.
Nieghan dance fer this highlander’s glance,
But twa one and only he’s true.

Power to spare as that of a bear,
None match the highlands in might.
Stubborn and wise, sae thick the clan ties.
Great hunter; the boar shall he smite.

Beyond endless ages, through numerous pages;
The highlanders’ taught us all.
With valiance to stand and honour in hand;
Thars none that rise sae tall.

The Highlander


Edmonton, Canada

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Aye, I love being a Scot. A dedication written to the thousands of brave highlanders and militia that died trying to fend off the English.
There is some Gaelic in here that may need explaining.

Sgian-dubh: Pronounced ( Skeen-Doove)The small dirk-like knife, kept in the top part of the stocking.

Sporran: The animal-skin pouch around the waist, in front. Held some of the Highlander’s most precious things.

Caberfeidh: Pronounced ( Cap-er feah) Is the Gaelic word for “Chief.”

Sark: The long white shirt worn under the clothes. Tails could be tied underneath when fighting, hunting etc, so as not to show their…“equipment” Hehehe.

Sasennach: Insultory Gaelic term for “Englishmen” Also means simply “Foreigner.”

Piobreach: Gaelic word for “Pipes” (bagpipes)

Nieghan: Pronounced (Nee-an) is Gaelic for “daughter” also can be “young girl.”

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