11 thoughts on “A wee gift for Mr Mackie”

  1. Dang. It didn’t seem to work. Maybe Boa will fix it at some time. In the meantime, it’s cut and paste.

  2. jamie, good evening.

    Thank you for this. I’m touched.

    But then we probably all realised that I was touched anyway – for the avoidance of doubt, this is a Brit English remark which may make absolutely no sense in Septic English. Please apply to the recently-arrived Amicus who is, in my opinion, particularly good at explaining this sort of thing.

    Anyhow and whatever, I do appreciate your gesture, but, being a Jock and, it follows, a miserable, torn-faced pedant, not a lot of reddish in my ancestral tartans, if truth be told. Just didn’t work with our colouring.


    I’m actually s blueish/greenish sort of kilted guy in my Jockish genes.

    Which matters not a whit, of course, Thanks again. A lovely gesture.

    Just over 36 hours to go to the deadline for this month’s Creative Writing competition, by the way.

    Hi Amicus.

  3. Oh it was meant to be the tartan used by the characters in the story. These are the Stewart tartans. I can change it to your tartan though, if you prefer. The landscapes you may recognize as Ancrum Moor (according to the site) and Eildon Hill.

  4. That site doesn’t give me a specific Mackie (Mackay) tartan, but rather several different Mackays from different areas.

    We use touched as touched in the head.

  5. jaime, hi.

    We have the same usage of touched, so that’s all right then.

    But, we also use it when we are genuinely moved by the kindness and consideration of another and that was my intended meaning. Thank you once more.

    Son’t worry about the tartan too much. Not wrong to go down the Mackay route as we are often alleged to be a sept thereof. In truth, a Lowlander tribe and unlikely to have worn tartan in the last 600 years, if ever.


    The same is true of the Border clans.

    Not important, of course. The tartan myth as created by Sir Walter is a valuable foreign currency earner and I’m not about to knock it.

  6. We also use touched as moved.

    Nice coat of arms with the skewered ravens, and good accompanying story. Must have been quite a warrior tribe to have ravens on its shield.

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