Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Another Happy Birthday!
And here is our last birthday of the month. Today we are saying happy birthday to John Graham, Bonnie Dundee, who is our somewhat “special guest” this month, because we also celebrate his greatest victory, and the real beginning of his legend as one of Scotland’s greatest Jacobite heroes. Not everyone would share that opinion though, for whenever you have a war, especially a religious/political one, there is controversy, but I do not look at what men stand for, I look at the man, and, reading about Dundee, I see a man who loves his country, a man who fights with honor, and a man who is loyal to his king. This is what made John Graham of Claverhouse, later Viscount of Dundee, a great man and a national hero in later years. So, please read a bit about Dundee today in celebration of his birthday! If I might suggest to you a very good book, I would like to recommend Rosemary Sutcliff't Bonnie Dundee. This is a simply beautiful story about a young man who joins Dundee’s cavilers and finds the real man behind the legends, disproving many of the horrible stories circulating about him from people calling him “Bloody Clavers”. If you can find a copy of this book, I recommend it in the highest.
Here is also a song, written by Sir Walter Scott and sing the The Corries titled, what else, but Bonnie Dundee!
I’ll be back tomorrow with a post about the Battle of Falkirk in which William Wallace fought.