Silent Sunday….. A very quiet Church

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Trumpan Church, Isle of Skye.

High on the cliff top, at the tip of the Waternish peninsula, overlooking the sweep of  the beautiful Ardmore Bay.  All located towards the north end of the Isle of Skye.  Take the narrow roads across open crofting country and you will stumble upon these ruins of Trumpan Church.  Even though the ruins are a skeleton of a building, it must have been substantial for its time, which all came to a terrible end in 1578.

Its history is much more tied to Scottish Clan rivalry and battle, than any religious foundation.  It is a part of Scottish History…… so here you have a precis of some very bloody events that occurred in this remote and tranquil setting.

Scottish history is littered with accounts of violent feuds between the Clans, in this case it is the MacLeod’s of Dunvegan, Skye and the MacDonald Clan. In 1577 the MacLeod’s raided the Island of Eigg where a community of MacDonald’s were in residence, outnumbered the MacDonald’s took refuge in a cave and this was their undoing. The MacLeod’s set a great fire to burn at the entrance to the cave and all 395 MacDonald’s in the cave suffocated.

Revenge was much in the minds of Clan MacDonald of Uist who waited till May the following year 1578.  They picked the time well, waiting for a large gathering of MacLeod’s in a service in Trumpan Church.  They approached by boats and moored in Ardmore Bay, in the shelter of the cliffs on which the Church is located.  Whilst the MacLeod’s worshiped the MacDonald barricaded the door and set fire to the Thatched roof…. all but one within died.  The one to escape was a young girl,  she managed to squeeze through a narrow window, but not without losing one of her breasts.  She ran 10 miles to Dunvegan, the MacLeod’s Clan Chiefs home, to raise the alarm.

On hearing the news, the MacLeod’s gathered a large force with revenge once more on their minds.  They caught the MacDonald’s on the beach where their ships were moored, their escape foiled due to a receding tide leaving their ships high and dry.  All the MacDonald’s were killed.  The bodies of the dead MacDonald’s were lined up beside a dry stone wall (known as a dyke) and were buried by pushing the dyke onto the bodies….This battle was recorded in Scottish History as  ‘The Battle of the Spoiling of the Dyke’.

The township was abandoned .  The Church ruins and the record of yet another Clan Massacre are all that remain.

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Despite its bloody past it is a place of beauty.  Surrounded by crofting hay meadows that are full of wild flowers and herbage in the summer months, it can look idyllic. Even on a wild and windy day it has a magical atmosphere .

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When you stand in the ruins,  you may well experience a feeling a calm, spiritual tranquillity…..  also very hard to comprehend the brutality of  those past events.  Then again, maybe not so hard to believe, not when you consider all the violent atrocities that have and still do continue across our world

And now more than ever

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

7th June

(C) David Oakes 2020

Rain at Time….well mostly. But some sunny intervals !

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Sheltering from one of the very sudden torrential rain showers.  Then with a high wind driving the clouds along, the sun comes out again…..

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That sun is also rather warm.  Warm enough to create some rising mist on the damp golf course..

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The sun and the moisture are working wonders on the meadows and hedges, growth in abundance with signs of lots mote to come…

The woodland shadows get deeper as each day passes…..  soon the leaves will become thicker, loose their transparent green, then this woodland floor will be lost to the light till autumn comes round.

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Autumn is a long way off…we still have summer to enjoy, whatever the weather.

As our Political Leaders seem to be unable to give consistent CV19 advice …

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

6th June

(C) David Oakes 2020

SIX WORD SATURDAY….. “Rain and Sun on the Bench”

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Six Words for Debbie’s Saturday Challenge at this link:  https://travelwithintent.com/2020/06/06/things-always-come-along-in-threes-icm-st-albans/

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

6th June

(C) David Oakes 2020

 

Saturday…..how about another Grand Day Out

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Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire

They say, that when Hardwick was completed back in 1597, it was described as “More Glass Windows than Walls”.  You can certainly see why.

At the time glass was very much a luxury building material ,so such extensive use was bound to attract comment.  It did of course make a comment about the owner…… Bess of Hardwick.  The house was a fitting statement for the richest woman in England below Queen Elizabeth 1st.

The reputation of Bess of Hardwick is well documented as an important part of English History, should you have an interest a search engine is your solution.  Her reputation was one of  power, skill and four ‘well made’ marriages and her life was very full and interwoven with out history .

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But back to Hardwick Hall.   It should perhaps be called the new Hall as it stands in the shadows of what is known as Old Hardwick Hall.  (building an ‘extension’ in one’s garden is nothing new).  It is the work of Renaissance Architect Robert Smythson.   Apart from those magnificent glass windows it is also the work of skilled stone masons.

A visit to Hardwick is much more than just a visit to the Hall.  Located in a large farming estate and surrounded by extensive gardens it is a joy to explore and you do need the whole day to really enjoy this historic part of Derbyshire..

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Bess of Hardwick didn’t live long enough to enjoy the live in her new home for long.  Her death occurred in 1608, only 11 years after its completion.   But like the rest of her life her funeral was by all accounts a national event.  Her body was conveyed by carriage, pausing in transit in various Derbyshire Towns, to its final destination, the church of Saint Marys, Derby….now  known as Derby Cathedral.

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Hardwick Hall still a grand architectural masterpiece after all these years.

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Maybe it is somewhere else that might fit in with your plans, for when our lives get back to a semblance of normality…… Till then

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

6th June

(C) David Oakes 2020