Friday, October 8, 2021

The Glen; then and now

 February 13, 1692 was the date of the Glen Coe massacre.  It’s  one of the bloodiest and  most treacherous events in Scottish history.  Members of the MacDonald clan of Glencoe were put to death by  soldiers under the orders of  Archibald Campbell, 10th earl of Argyll.

The soldiers had been guests of the clan MacDonald  for more than a week, when their visitors turned on them. The chief,  33 other men, 2 women, and 2 children were killed.

The glen is peaceful now with only the honk of motorhome horns and the screaming of children wanting more ice cream shattering the silence. There are more and more car parks being cut into the side of the road, longer traffic jams on the sharp corners.

What did it look like back in the day? The mountains themselves stay unimpressed by it all.


                                                      How the glen would have looked.


                                                  A building site, much as it would have been then

Health and safety, for a building site of a turf house

                                                           The volcanic past of the Glen

 Seriously, an architect for a turf house

Materials laid out ready, creel and turf

The house itself. Not allowed in because we didn't have hard hats on.

Step by step

Obvs very dangerous

The strange creatures who occupy the glen today

Caro Ramsay


  1. Thanks so much, Caro, for bringing us along on this trip. It is beautiful territory, and I’ve never seen a cross between a lion and a dog before! Interesting to me is the fact that later that same year, after the battle, begins my work in progress, in far away Siracusa, Sicily

  2. To the uninitiated, the Glencoe creature might be mistaken for a Tibetan Mastiff, but considering its habitat, it strikes me as more likely a Keebler Cookie Elf Hunter.

  3. Why did the massacre happen?
    I saw Denise Mina at the Poisoned Pen in Arizona, explaining her new book, Rizzio. And it tells of all kinds of brutality between factions of Scottish royalty.

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