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Hoodoo You?

Hoodoo You?   The term “Hoodoo” is often associated with folk magic, and although there certainly may be some overlap in some places, it is often confused with Louisiana, or Haitian Voodoo. Modern practioners seem to use terms for it like “root work,” “conjure work”, or “root doctoring” as synonyms for which seems to suggest[…]

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King Arthur’s Origins

Arthur Originally Published February 2016 I’m in the middle of re-reading The Crystal Cave the first book of author Mary Stewart’s Arthurian saga, so I thought I’d do something quick about King Arthur’s origins since I’m running late this month. The earliest dated reference to Arthur seems to be a Welsh chronicle the Historia Brittonum[…]

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The Glencoe Massacre

view westwards along the glen

The Glencoe Massacre After William III took the throne of England, Scotland and Ireland the government offered an indemnity In August 1691 to all Highland chiefs who would take an oath of allegiance before January 1, 1692. Many Scottish clans remained loyal to King James II  had been replaced by William III. Therefore, anticipating of[…]

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The Lost Barony of Culbin

The Lost Barony of Culbin Originally published January 2016 Legend has it that in the seventeenth century Laird Alexander Kinnard was playing cards on a Saturday night in his house on the southern coast of the Firth of Moray. At midnight he threw down his cards in frustration at a losing streak and vowed that[…]

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Wren Day Traditions

Wren Day Originally Published December 2015 The wren, the wren, the king of all birds, On St. Stephen’s Day was caught in the furze,  Although he is little his family is great, I pray you, good landlady, give us a treat… The day after Christmas, or St. Stephen’s Day, is also “Wren Day”, or “Hunt[…]

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Celtic History In the News — November 2019

Celtic History and Archaeology In the News Apologies to any of you that have already read this one last month. We are just getting some content moved to the new location.  Pictish carved beasts ‘unlike anything found before A 1,200-year-old standing stone discovered in the Highlands has carvings never before seen on a Pictish stone,[…]

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Celtic History In the News — December 2019

Recent News in Celtic Archaeology and History Rare spindle whorl discovered in Pictish excavation in Perthshire Archaeologists delving into Perthshire’s hidden history are celebrating a successful five-year investigation at an ancient Pictish settlement. Celtic warrior from 2,000 years ago buried in chariot with weapons and ponies hailed as most important find of its kind in[…]

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Irish Astronomers

Originally published October 2015. Updated December 2019. Irish Astronomers Until the 1990’s it seems that a number of scholars thought that the Irish had lagged behind other European countries when it came to early observations about the heavens. However, Two Irish Scholars Daniel McCarthy an Aiden Breen have shown through a number of studies that[…]

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Ireland’s Female Weavers

Ireland’s Female Weavers During the Napoleonic War from 1803 to 1815 there were some 300,000 men in the British army and 140,000 in the Royal Navy. There were 13 Irish battalions who were almost exclusively recruited from Ireland. Some “English” battalions consisted of over 30% Irish recruits. It’s not known how many weavers left to[…]

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Celtic Tarot?

Originally published July 2015. Updated November 2019. “Celtic” Tarot? Some notes for something I was working on a while ago… For some reason Tarot games never became common in English-speaking countries, as a result, many people are only aware of their modern use as fortune telling tools. Tarot cards seem to first appear in Italy[…]