"Here, as of old, the dreaming hours
fulfil Their ancient pledge, and flower in sunlit days
Above thy pastoral slopes and wave-washed bays Where melody
and colour merge and thrill. Thy chosen Priestess, Beauty,
beckons still From whin-clad straths and heather-haunted
ways, Or lies in wait along the scented braes, Or chains
a leafy thought from hill to hill.
Bruce found a shelter,
lovely Isle, in thee When o'er his head the cloud of menace
rolled, He saw thy rock-strewn mountains tipped with gold
When morning mounted sovran from the sea, And on thy
bosom, fold on misty fold, Beheld her dew-stained garments
floating free." Ferdinand E. Kappey.
PART I: THE
CHARM OF ARRAN
Charm of Arran Chapter II.
The Land between Sky and Water,
The Holy Island Chapter III.
Arran's Romances, King Robert
Bruce, Cromwell and Arran
Arran's Ancient Chapels - Kilbride, Kilmory, Shisken Chapel,
Sannox Chapel, Glen Ashdale Chapel Chapter V.
Arran's Castles -
Brodick Castle, Lochranza Castle, The Geology of Arran Chapter
The Caves of Arran - Fingal's Cave, The Preaching Cave at
Kilpatrick, The Wondrous Baul of Saint Muluy
PART III: ARRAN IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
Arran in the Eighteenth Century - The Old Runrig
System, John Burrell, His Scheme of Improvement, The Great
Revolution, Smuggling in Arran, Famous Arran Prechers, The Arran
Evictions, What Pennant Saw, Arran and the Forty Five
PART IV: THE BRANDANI
Old Families in Arran, The Arran and Bute Barons Chapter IX.
The Brandanes or, Men of Arran and Bute Chapter X.
The Language of Arran, The Author of the First
Gaelic Dictionary, William Shaw, Daniel MacMillan
PART V: OUR EARLY ANCESTORS IN ARRAN
Arran's Wealth of Prehistoric Remains, The
Ethnology of Arran Chapter XII.
Ancient Forts and Camps,
Drumaddon, Tor Caisteal, Glen Ashdale, King's Cross, Dun Fion,
Craig Na Cuiroch, Tornanschian
VI: ARRANTHE BATTLE-GROUND OF THE VIKING AGE
Arran in the Viking Age - The Christians of Iona,
The Vale of Shisken and Machrie Moor Chapter XIV.
The Arran Men
at the Battle of Brunanburh - The Fleet in Lamlash Bay, Magnus
Barefoot Chapter XV.
Somerled, the Hammer of the Norsemen Chapter XVI.
How King Hakon fought at Largs Chapter XVII.
King Hakon at Lamlash
PART VII: THE DAYS OF
The Great War of Independence - The Battle of
Stirling Bridge, The Brandanes at the Battle of Falkirk, How
Brandanes covered the Retreat, The Brandanes at Perth, Edward's
PART VIII: HOW THE ARRAN MEN SHELTERED KING ROBERT BRUCE
The Ambush at Brodick Castle - Bruce and the
Spider, The Red Light on Turnberry Beacon, The Brandanes at
PART IX: WHAT THE BRANDANES DID FOR THE STEWARTS
What the Brandanes did for the Stewarts - The
Battle of the Stones, The Steward's escape from Rothesay Castle,
The King's bodyguard. The Battles of William the Lyon and the
disaster at Pinkie
PART X: THE LATER LORDS OF ARRAN
The Later Lords of Arran - The Boyds, The
Hamiltons, "Lady Mary"
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