Because I Had To

Alright, we have taken a break from romance to bring you a book that hits you hard in the feels. Because I Had To is by David Bulitt and is a mystery/ psychological thriller that takes you down the roads you never wanted to go down but knew you had to.

 

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Heat- Not that type of book

Genre- Mystery/ Thriller/ Suspense

Overall Rating Rating- 5/6 Glass Slippers

Jess Porter has not had an easy life. The only person she felt that she could connect with is her father. But now he’s dead and she’s been adopted. However, things aren’t much better for her. After all, how can you possibly get through the day when your perfect twin sister has it all and you’re left with her scraps. She not only struggles academically but socially as well. Naturally, she has been seeing therapists for quite some time. But they don’t seem to be helping as she’s still cutting, still feeling broken, and still feeling unwanted. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. She begins this journey, moving to South Florida, trying to find her birth mother, and hoping that all of the jagged pieces of her life somehow fit together as she learns about some of the secrets of her past. But the question then becomes, will her secrets help her grow, or send her spiraling back down to the place of misery she’s been trying to claw her way out of.

This book especially spoke to me because I am a twin. My brother and I have been compared our entire lives but we are two very different people. I struggle with street smarts and he had issues academically. Our parents tried hard to treat us as two different people, but everyone else would always assume twins are exactly the same. Why couldn’t he get an A in English and why couldn’t I go around the corner from my house without getting lost. I felt that Bulitt accurately portrayed the struggle that you feel when you want to live up to someone else’s life but you just can’t.

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What made this story amazing, was how it didn’t just gloss over the nitty gritty and it wasn’t just teenage angst. Yes, there was plenty of that, but a lot of the issues that Jess was dealing with, are a lot bigger than we usually have to deal with at this age. You see her go through therapy fighting herself to get better.

Fun fact about Bulitt, he is in family law. This book drips of real life scenarios, real outcomes, and real law. I cannot stand it when there are inaccuracies in books and not one thing seemed fabricated or lacking research.

The problem with this book, though it is a quick read, is that it is a heavy read. I guess that’s the downside to handling issues like this. You definitely need to know what you’re starting before you get into it because it is not a fun and light romance. Though, sometimes you do need a break from those.

Give Bulitt a try and be ready to not only be wowed, but to be taken on a journey that may require a tissue or two. But don’t worry, Bulitt throws some funny moments in there from time to time to balance the harder times.

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An Outlandish Clan History Part4

Are you all caught up on the other three clan posts? Just in case, read Part 1 here, Part 2 here, and Part 3 here! While these might not be the biggest clans, they’re your clans, each one sent to me through this blog, or your Facebook comments. Let’s dive right in and learn a little about Scottish clan history.

Clan MacLea/Livingstone

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  • Clan Motto: Cnoc Aingeil- Hill of Fire
  • Alternative Clan Motto: Ni mi e ma’s urrain dhomh- I shall do it if I can
  • Livingstone is the anglicized version of MacLea and came from an area of Scotland.
  • The chief of the MacLea clan has been traditionally called the heir of Siant Moluag. Saint Moluag was a Scottish missionary who is credited with evangelizing to the Picts and may have been the first patron saint of Scotland. He is still the parton saint of Argyll.
  • They weren’t so awesome when it came to battles. They lost almost every one they participated in, usually with heavy losses that decimated their population. Their inability to hold land and numbers for a prolonged period of time may be why they were not officially recognized as a clan until 2003.

Clan MacLaren

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  • Clan Motto: Creag an tuirc- The boar’s rock
  • They are said to be descended from the Fergud MacErc, the founder of the Dál Riate kingdom. Even if they weren’t, they still hold strong ties to the royal families of Scotland.
  • When the MacGregors and Campbells were driven from their lands in the 1500s, they settled in MacLaren lands. When the MacGregors began plundering MacLaren villages, the MacLarens asked the Campbells for help, as they continued to have a large number, but the Campbells refused unless the MacLarens pledged fealty to them.
  • They were very active in the Jacobite uprising of 1745, losing a large number as a result. They also fought at the infamous Battle of Culloden.

Kirkpatrick

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  • Clan Motto: I make sure
    • They do not have a registered, nor an adopted tartan.
  • They are an armigerous Lowland clan, although the term is meant to be used loosely as they have never been recognized, and their name has been interchanged with Kilpatrick throughout history. They have also been septs of the Douglas and Colquhoun and they got their name from Saint Patrick.
  • Roger Kirkpatrick, the cousin of William Wallace and the cousin and attendant of Robert the Bruce. He saved Bruce several times and is credited for leading his men to overtake several castles from the English. After Bruce was crowned, he gifted the crest and motto to Kirkpatrick, which has since been adopted by the clan.

Clan MacInnes

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  • Clan Motto: Ghift dhe agus an righ- By the grace of God and King
  • MacMaster is a variant, as are dozens of other names, and were one of the first clans to settle in Scotland from Ireland. It is possible that these small sects fell under the Macinnes protection and were then adopted.
  • They were accomplished seamen, but moved off of the western coast towards Argyll when the viking raiders became too much for them to handle. Still, they could not escape the vikings and formed an alliance with other small clans known as “Siol Gillebride”,  or the “Seed of the Servant of St. Bride”, under the leadership of a Celtic-Norse warrior named Somerled.
  • The last chief dies in the 14th century and in the 16th, the remaining members of the clan moved the Sleat in the Isle of Skye. They were adopted loosely into some larger clans, such as the Campbells and Mackinnons, and fought on both sides during the Jacobite uprising.

Clan Maxwell

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  • Clan Motto: Reviresco- I grow strong again

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  • Maxwell is another Lowland armigerous clan without a chief.
  • The name comes from “Maccus well”, a poor part of the River Tweed and an old Norse king Maccus.
  • The Lord John Maxwell was very Catholic and participated in the attempts to restore Mary Queen of Scots to the throne. It didn’t go well, but even after Mary was executed, John petitioned Spain for help in restoring Catholicism in Scotland…that didn’t go well either.
  • One of the last Maxwell Lords, William, was a proud Jacobite supporter. After he was captured in battle and imprisoned in the Tower of London, he escaped in such a move way. His wife dressed him up as a servant woman and they just walked right out of there and into Rome like a boss.
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Actual historical footage of William’s escape

The Malcolm/MacCallum Clan

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Clan Motto: In Ardua Tendit- He aims at difficult things

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  • The MacCallums were a separate clan until the 18th century when the MacCallum chief inherited the Malcolm estate, uniting the clans. MacCallum comes from the Gaelic “Mac Ghille Chaluim”, which means, “son of the disciple of Columba”.
  • The clan largely stayed out of large wars and battles, only participating in small skirmishes between clans.
  • Book readers will recognize a variant of this name 😉 BTW here’s a gif of our fav man with Malcolm in his name…
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The Hay Clan

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  • Clan Motto: Serva Jugum- Keep the Yoke
  • War Cry: A Hay! A Hay!
  • The Hay clan came from Normandy, with the original name of Haye. They settles throughout Scotland.
  • They were staunch Catholics and fought Protestant rule throughout history, constantly trying to overthrow Queen Elizabeth with Spain’s help and even trying to convert King Edward I. There were even Hays involved in the Hundred Year’s War under Joan of Arc.
  • They supported the Jacobites in both rebellions, but became loyal British citizens when they failed.

Clan Rose

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  • Clan Motto: Constant and True
  • Unrelated to Clan Ross, they came from the de Bisset and the de Bosco families of Ros Normandy.
  • They were very politically savvy. They expanded their lands through good marriages and royal favor. They were very close to Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots. It’s said that her own son, King James VI, thought of Hugh Rose, the chief, as a father. But the clan was split during the Jacobite rebellions. Since many of them supported the British, they didn’t have many issues after the rebellion ended.
  • Kilravock castle housed the chiefs of Clan Rose from the 13th century until 2012, when it was gifted to a Christian group.

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Clan MacQuarrie

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  • Clan Motto: An T-arm Breac Dearg- The Red Tartaned Army (Also used as a war cry)
  • Clan Motto #2: Turris fortis mihi Deus- God is to me a tower of strength

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  • They are one of the oldest of the Highland clans and are descended from both the kings of the Picts and the Dál Riata. In fact, they can be traced back to Kenneth MacAlpine, who was the first King of Scotland.
  • They owned many islands in the Scottish Hebrides and had powerful allies in Clan MacLean.
  • Since they don’t have an active chief, and haven’t since the 1700s, they’re technically an armigerous clan. The last chief had crazy debts and sold off a bunch of clan lands, then joined the British army. So if you’re a part of this clan and want to do some digging, see if you’re in the line and can prove a direct link back to a former chief. This Clan is too interesting to let go on without a chief.
  • BTW here’s a pic of Taran MacQuarrie, the leader of the Watch, who was hanged at Wentworth Prison. He wasn’t in the books, but was created for the TV series.

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The Erskine Clan

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  • Clan Motto: Decori decus addit avito- He adds honour to that of his ancestors

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  • They got their name from an area called Erskine, which may mean “green rising ground” in ancient British.
  • They were very politically influential. Great supporters of the Bruce clan, they intermarried, gained great favor, and many Erskkine leaders were given political power within the cabinet when Robert the Bruce was named king. They also had a great hand in putting Robert II, Robert the Bruce’s grandson, on the Scottish throne. That means they basically created the Stewart line of succession.
  • John Erskine, the leader of the clan during the Jacobite rebellion was known for changing his alliances like the wind, to keep his clan in favor of the winning side. At one point, he went to London, where he felt slighted by the English king. So John was all all “F*ck them!” and went home and immediately raised an army for the Jacobites.
  • It’s said that John Erskine now haunts Culross Palace, an old holding of his BFF the Bruce Clan. The palace, and the surrounding area, was used for shooting locations for Outlander. This includes Geillis’s parlor, the village of Crainsmure, and the herb garden the two time traveling women meet.

The Hunter Clan

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  • Clan Motto: Cursum Pericio- I have completed the course

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  • The Hunters are of viking stock. They came with Rollo to Paris in 896 and stayed on in the area, following the powerful nobles of Normandy, but went to Scotland with King David I in the 1100s, where they finally settled.
  • The Hunters were largely gifted their land and didn’t participate in cattle raiding and the usual clan skirmishes. They were appointed the keepers of the royal forest, and this duty kept them fairly busy. They also didn’t participate in larger battles and many of their leaders ended up well educated.
  • Hunterston Castle has been the clan’s seat for over 800 years. Finally, a clan that holds on to their castles!

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Clan MacEwen/Ewen

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  • Clan Motto: Reviresco- I grow strong again

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  • There are five MacEwen septs and two of them are under Campbell and MacDougall leadership. Their tartan is even very similar to that of Clan Campbell.
  • Because they were so divided, the clan was chiefless for a number of years, making it an armigerous clan. But a chief was selected in 2016, the first since 1493, so that may change in the near future.

Names asked for, but lacking strong Scottish clan presences outside of being a sept: Wotherspoon, Miller, McHugh (Irish clan), Brennen (Irish Clan), McMahon (Irish Clan), McCole (mainly Irish), Harvey (members of Clan Keith), McCracken (sept of the Macnaghten), Mackie, Gates, Nichols (sometimes associated with Clan MacLeod), Aitken, and Oliver…all awesome names! If your name was one of those listed, and you’d like to privately discuss your name and get some history, let me know and I’ll be sure to tell you what I have!

That’s all for today, and my list! If there’s enough interest, I’ll do another post, so don’t be afraid to post your clan name in the comments for me to review. And read all of our Outlander posts here!

And see who’s hot for teacher in Sarah’s contemporary romance series here and learn about Kelsey’s contemporary and Scottish historical romance series here!

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Name That Episode!

We’ve tested your book one knowledge, but how well do you remember the Starz series? With season three right around the corner, we know you’re probably rewatching the first two as you read this post. So, let’s see how well you paid attention! Match the picture with the correct title and double check it at the end of the post to see if you’re an Outlander TV master.

#1

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  • Through a Glass, Darkly
  • La Dame Blanch
  • Prestonpans
  • Useful Occupations and Deceptions

#2

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  • By the Pricking of My Thumb
  • The Fox’s Lair
  • Untimely Resurrection
  • The Reckoning

#3

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  • Faith
  • The Hail Mary
  • Vengeance is Mine
  • Best Laid Schemes

#4

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  • Untimely Ressurection
  • The Hail Mary
  • Je Suis Prest
  • Vengeance is Mine

#5

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  • Je Suis Prest
  • The Way Out
  • Castle Leoch
  • Both Sides Now

#6

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  • The Reckoning
  • La Dame Blanch
  • The Hail Mary
  • The Way Out

#7

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  • Dragonfly In Amber
  • Not in Scotland Anymore
  • Sassenach
  • Through a Glass, Darkly

#8

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  • Prestonpans
  • Vengeance is Mine
  • Je Suis Prest
  • The Garrison Commander

#9

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  • To Ransom a Man’s Soul
  • Untimely Resurrection
  • Best Laid Schemes
  • The Garrison Commander

#10

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  • The Way Out
  • Faith
  • Not in Scotland Anymore
  • Both Sides Now

#11

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  • Sassenach
  • The Reckoning
  • The Way Out
  • The Devil’s Mark

#12

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  • Castle Leoch
  • Rent
  • The Wedding
  • The Fox’s Lair

#13

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  • To Ransom a Man’s Soul
  • The Devil’s Mark
  • Dragonfly in Amber
  • The Watch

#14

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  • Untimely Ressurection
  • La Dame Blanch
  • To Ransom a Man’s Soul
  • Prestonpans

#15

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  • The Garrison Commender
  • To Ransom a Man’s Soul
  • Vengeance is Mine
  • Rent

#16

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  • Castle Leoch
  • Vengeance is Mine
  • The Hail Mary
  • Dragonfly in Amber

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  • Rent
  • Castle Leoch
  • Lallybroch
  • The Watch

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  • Lallybroch
  • The Watch
  • By the Pricking of My Thumbs
  • The Reckoning

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  • Castle Leoch
  • The Search
  • The Devil’s Mark
  • Both Sides Now

#20

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  • Not in Scotland Anymore
  • La Dame Blanch
  • Best Laid Schemes
  • Useful Occupations and Deceptions

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  • Rent
  • The Hail Mary
  • Prestonpans
  • Je Suis Prest

#22

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  • Both Sides Now
  • The Garrison Commander
  • The Hail Mary
  • The Watch

#23

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  • Not in Scotland Anymore
  • Through the Looking Glass Darkly
  • La Dame Blanch
  • Best Laid Schemes

#24

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  • The Fox’s Lair
  • Wentworth Prison
  • To Ransom a Man’s Soul
  • Vengeance is Mine

#25

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  • To Ransom a Man’s Soul
  • Through the Looking Glass Darkly
  • Castle Leoch
  • Je Suis Prest

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  • Lallybroch
  • Faith
  • Best Laid Schemes
  • The Search

#27

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  • The Gathering
  • The Reckoning
  • The Devil’s Mark
  • The Way Out

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  • The Wedding
  • Lallybroch
  • Rent
  • The Fox’s Lair

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  • Rent
  • The Gathering
  • The Hail Mary
  • The Wedding

All Done! Now, get your answers together and compare them with our answers below. Each right answer gets you one point. Are you ready to see what you got?

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Are you sure?

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#1. La Dame Blanch, #2. By the Pricking of My Thumb, #3. Best Laid Schemes, #4. The Hail Mary, #5. The Way Out, #6. The Reckoning, #7. Through a Glass Darkly, #8. Prestonpans, #9. The Garrison Commander, #10. Faith, #11. Sassenach, #12. The Fox’s Lair, #13. The Devil’s Mark, #14. Untimely Resurrection, #15. Vengeance is Mine, 16. Dragonfly in Amber, #17. Rent, 18. The Watch, #19 Castle Leoch, #20. Useful Occupations and Deceptions, #21. Je Suis Prest, #22. Both Sides Now, #23. Not in Scotland Anymore, #24. Wentworth Prison, #25. To Ransom a Man’s Soul, #26. The Search, #27. The Gathering, #28. Lallybroch, #29.The Wedding

Wow, that’s a lot of episodes! Have you tallied up your score? Let’s see what level of episode knowledge you’ve mastered!

0-7 Points-Time to Rewatch Before Season Three!

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8-17 Points-You Know Your Way Around the Highlands

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18-29 Points- A True Master…Do You Work for Starz?!

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Let us know how you did on the quiz! And check out our Outlander page here for more Jamie and Claire goodness to see you through the Droughtlander. And if you’re interested in some lovely jewelry, we did a product review this morning for a really great subscription box! Check it out here!

Read about Kelsey’s Scottish historical romances and her contemporary millionaire romance here! And stop by Sarah’s page here to see what fun college romance she has coming out!wfwef

Style by Kenlee

We’ve done a few product reviews, as you can see in our Lover’s Lane page here, but today we have a special treat in the form of an amazing product review of a subscription box. Style by Kenlee provides you with a set of jewelry every month. This particular box includes a bracelet, necklace, and a set of earrings.

Overall Review: 6/6 Glass Slippers

Kendall and Kylie are sister-in-laws, but consider each other long-lost-sisters. They’re from a small town in Alberta, Canada where they have developed skills that make  them a perfect match. Kylie has a background in online marketing, and though she does have a love of fashion and style, Kendall is the fashion expert of the duo.

Their business started in late October of 2016 and just launched their first set of accessory boxes in January. This set is what we’re reviewing and we have a lot to say about this amazing shop!

Kelsey’s Thoughts

I’m all about this box. The ladies at Style by Kenlee are amazing, the packaging is adorable, and the pieces were durable, stylish, and won’t break the bank! They were lightweight, but well made, created with the current fashion trends in mind. My favorite piece was the bracelet, but the earrings were a close second! The necklace is also something that I’m pretty excited to break out in the spring when I can pair it with a cute tank and a peasant skirt!

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I mean, get a look at these earrings! They feel like nothing on and contain two wishes per orb. They’re whimsical and charming with just a hint of fantasy. Let me just show you how good this jewelry makes me look before Sarah gives you her in depth review with some lovely closeups of the other pieces we received.

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Sarah’s Thoughts

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First of all, the box was personalized and a beautiful color. These ladies wasted no expense with their branding, and it made it all the more special. When I opened the box, I was floored at how intricate the wrapping was. Each piece of jewelry was wrapped up delicately in paper to match the box and taped together with a red heart sticker.
The first piece of jewelry that I opened was a necklace.
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What I like about this necklace is that the string is made of leather. I have an issue with nickle in some jewelry. This was perfect. To make it better, the necklace was adjustable. You could elongate it and have it dangle low on your abdomen or tight on your neck like a choker. Since both of these styles are very in fashion right now, it’s almost like two necklaces for one.
The next thing I opened was the bracelet.
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I am not the biggest fan of bracelets on a regular basis because of all the typing I do. When the bracelet hits the keyboard, it bothers me. As a result, I don’t really have any to put on when I’m going out. What I like about this bracelet, besides how the leaf goes with the tree, is that it’s versatile. I feel like I cold wear this with almost anything, from a woodland fairy themed outfit, a casual blouse with jeans, or a fancier flowing skirt. Since it’s also leather, I can wear it all the time. It’s also very light to the point where I almost don’t notice it’s on.
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I absolutely loved the box and loved the ease of it all. Since I don’t wear a lot of accessories, I don’t have the easiest time picking them out or knowing what is best. I LOVE the idea of having two fashionable ladies picking for me. Plus, the boxes are only $24.99 a month. That’s 24.99 for three pieces of jewelry. Last time I heard of a deal like that, I was in Claire’s, shopping with my allowance, and not paying any bills.

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Like what you see? Well, Style by Kenlle has provided us with a coupon code for your first month. If you use the code, GETMYFASHIONFIX, you’ll get your first box for only $19.99! These pieces are worth more than that, so it’s a super bargain!
Plus, they ship worldwide. Fashion doesn’t stop because you live in a different country!
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There’s more! So, you’ve got the jewelry, what if you don’t know what to do with it or you want to try a different look but you aren’t sure where to begin, the girls do weekly Facebook Live posts on how to style the accessories they’re sending or that they’ve sent that month. This to me is the best part of the deal. It’s like having a personal stylist in your jewelry box. The girls at Style by Kenlee have been so nice and responsive, that if you had a question, then I’m sure they’d love to give advice if there is a question you have about any of the jewelry.
Interested in subscribing? Click here and start off 2017 with a new style! But you can also take a look at their Facebook page here and their Instagram page here, to see what kind of pieces they’re working on for their next box. And take a look at their Twitter page here! And, remember to use your special coupon code at the Style by Kenlee website here, because don’t you deserve a treat?
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Are you interested in having us represent your product and take a place on Lover’s Lane? Let us know here! We’d love to see what you’re working on.

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Perfectly Imperfect

I know, another book review! We’ve had a lot of fun things come though our emails lately. So, let’s talk about Perfectly Imperfect by Gabriela Cabezut! It’s a nostalgic college romance that leaves you wondering if first love is always true love.

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Heat Level: ♥♥

Overall Rating: 5/6 Glass Slippers

Genre: New Adult Romance

Farah Dent has been away for her freshman year of college in California for a year. But the summer holiday beckons her home to Boston, as does her best friend Cassie, who is marrying her main man Ryan. It should be fun time; long hot months, days planning a wedding with her BFF, and nights out on the town as a new adult. But one thing threatens to spoil Farah’s time at home. Her ex boyfriend, Chris Lawson.

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She would be happy to never see him again, even though the only reason they broke up was the vast distance between them after high school ended. However, he’s everywhere she turns in their small town, including her photography class. And when it turns out they’re both in Cassie and Ryan’s bridal party, they’re thrust together, for what seems like forever. Can they sort out their differences for their best friends special day? Will they come together and salvage their friendship? Or at the end of the summer, will Farah leave a piece of her heart back in Boston?

This was a nice, lighthearted romance and a very easy read. The characters sounded a little young at times for my taste, but I suppose that’s college freshman for you! The storyline was believable, Farah likable, and her growth in this book was better than I expected. Nothing like a hometown romance to get you in the mood to cuddle up with a good book.

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Confessions of a Nerdoholic

It’s no secret that I find Savannah Blevin’s books totally worth the read. I’ve done her whole hockey romance series and couldn’t find a fault. So when I heard she had a new book coming, I reached out and demanded a spot on her review team. So let’s take a look at Confessions of a Nerdoholic!

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Heat Level: ♥♥♥

Overall Rating: 6/6 Glass Slippers

Genre: New Adult Romantic Comedy

Much like many of us, Eloise Duncan has a type; tall, handsome, bespectacled, and clothed in video game t-shirts and skinny jeans. Give the guy a book, and that nerd is right up Eloise’s ally. She spies the perfect specimen in the library, making for more than a few distracted study sessions, which is bad news for Eloise, since she’s failing her anatomy class. If she flunks out, her dad will force her to move to the other side of the country and give up the college she loves and the bakery she works for.

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Oliver Edwards is just the man Eloise needs to see…about passing anatomy. He trades tutoring for some of her famous baked goods, but more than an oven will be heating things up when they take anatomy, add in some chemistry, and end up with a big bang. But when Eloise’s father threatens to make good on his promise, the pair are suddenly on a deadline with a possible end to their romance in sight.

As always, Blevins mixes comedy and romance to create something fun and sweet that isn’t over the top or corny. There’s also just the right amount of heat to warm up your winter, without making you feel like a perv! You can identify with Eloise, who is just a little bit different than the other girls, and you swoon over Oliver, who offers everything a romance hero should be in a nerdy little package that’s both hot and intelligent. Overall, I recommend this book to anyone who’s looking for a little laugh with their literature.

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Look what contemporary romances Sarah is working on here and read about Kelsey’s Contemporary and Scottish historical romances here!

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Hair Like Claire

We’ve told you where to find clothes like Claire, where to find jewelry like Claire, and now it’s time for hair!

I put together a little video tutorial with some three hair styles. This is my first tutorial, I’m super nervous, so please bear with me. I like to do my hair up in different updos and buns for work, so I decided to do some Outlander inspired hairstyles. The first is an elaborate set of twists based off the hairstyles from the French Court. Next we have an easier bun with braids. Finally, we have a simple version of a French twist.

Let me know if you have any pictures of your Outlander inspired hair styles, I’d love to see them!

 

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An Outlandish Clan History Part3

And the list goes on! I only thought there would be one post, but more and more people kept asking about their own clan and potential family history. You can see part one here and part two here, to see if your clan had been included before this. There was so much interest, a part four is also in the works, so if your clan wasn’t included here, let us know in the comments and I’ll add it in!

Clan Graham

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  • Motto: Ne Oublie- Do Not Forget

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Let’s read a little bit about the Grahams!

  • The Grahams originated, supposedly, from a single man named Greme, who broke through the Antonine Wall, helping to drive the Romans out of early Scotland.
  • The Grahams were close with the Wallace clan and a certain man named Sir John de Graham was literally BFFs with William Wallace, himself and if known as one of the heroes of the Wars of Scottish Independence.
  • The Grahams didn’t participate in the Jacobite uprising, staying decidedly neutral in the matter.
  • Love the kilt? Then thank James Graham, who was instrumental in getting Parliament in repealing the Dress Act of 1746, which made it illegal for anyone to wear any form of Highland dress.
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James Graham did the Lord’s work.

 

The Morrison Clan

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  • Clan Motto: Teaghlach Phabbay- Family of Pabbay (the name of a castle)

Here are a few things to know about the Morrisons:

  • The clan descends from the Normans and received their name form the regular, family, last name of Morris, or Maurice in France and Normandy. However, their lineage has been notoriously difficult to trace.
  • There were many small small clans with the name Morrison throughout Scotland that weren’t related, and they only unified under one chief in 1965. That made it very hard to create one clan history, as many other, more unified, clans have.
  • They were generally a peaceful people, but were often involved in feuds with the more aggressive Macaulay clan, who was always off stealing the Morrison cattle.

Bell Clan

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  • Clan Motto: Signum Pacts Amor- Love is the token of peace

The history of the Bells is difficult to place and map, and they’re not the size of the larger clans, but are known as a “Armigerous clan”, one that has no chief and is not recognized by any Scottish law. Still, let’s see what we can find about them…

  • They most likely originated from France, their name meaning “beautiful”.
  • The Bells were first noted as supporters of the Clan Douglas, a larger and more powerful clan. But when the Douglases fell from power, the Bells struck out on their own.
  • The last Bell chief died in 1628, leaving the clan without leadership. It lapsed and no one took up the title until the 1990’s, but it still chiefless. A fun fact about the last chief is that he was named William “Redcloak” Bell because he took an opposing leader’s cloak in battle and sometimes wore it around as big “F you”.

Clan MacThomas

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  • Clan Motto: Deo juvante invidiam superabo- God help overcome envy

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Let’s get a little history lesson!

  • They originated in the 15th century from Thomas Macintosh, who was grandson of the chief of the Macintosh clan. At that time, Clan Chattan, which we talked about in Part Two, was so large, Thomas decided to strike out on his own.
  • Numerous names are encompassed under the MacThomas name, such as MacCombe, Thomas, and Combie. Even the MacThomas chiefs weren’t always a “MacThomas”. For example, one chief, John McComie, was a total badas*. He once killed a man for being rude to his wife. And another time, he runs off a group of tax collectors that are harassing a poor widow. Also, he is said to have loved wrestling bulls and even fought his own son to make sure he wasn’t raising a wimp.

Clan Anderson

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  • Clan Motto: Stand Sure

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  • This is another Armigerous clan, and is a sept of the Macintosh, as well as members of the Clan Chattan.
  • They took their name from Saint Andrew, the parton saint of Scotland. Anderson means “Sons of Andrew”. The name MacAndrew is also covered under the Anderson name.
  • The Andersons are also closely associated with Clan Ross. Because of this, the Anderson history was pretty much sucked up by the this larger clans.

The Cameron Clan

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  • Old Clan Motto: Mo Righ ‘s Mo Dhuchaich- For King and Country
  • Current Clan Motto: Aonaibh Ri Chéile- Let Us Unite
  • Clan War Cry: Chlanna nan con thigibh a so’s gheibh sibh feoil- Sons Of The Hounds, Come Hither And Get Flesh (Giving me Game of Thrones flashbacks. Anyone else?)
  • No one knows 100% where the Camerons came from. But it’s widely thought that they descended from a Danish prince, who was nicknamed “cam-shròn”, which is Gaelic for “Crooked Nose”. BTW, it’s been shown that a ton of Scots from Northern Scotland carry Viking blood in their veins.
  • Their main enemies were the Chattan clan and the Mackintosh. This was mainly over land disputes, as each group was large and kept trying to gain more territories.
  • The Camerons were instrumental in the Jacobite uprising. Their chief was great friends with Charles Stuart and the clan was on the front lines at the Battle of Culloden. But, since the uprising failed, the Camerons lost their lands to the government for several years, before being handed back in 1784.

Clan Broun/Clan Brown

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  • Clan Motto: Floreat Majestas- Let Majesty Flourish

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  • Broun, or Brown, is a very common name and probably refers to the colorings of the original Celts that made up a portion of their clan.
  • There was one part of the clan, the Brouns of Colstoun, that were descended from the royal family of France. Because of this, they received favor from the Scottish nobles and enjoyed the benefits of intermarrying other royals.
  • As a whole, they weren’t particularly active, as a clan, meaning they do not have a “pedigree” of sorts to widely trade. This is again highlighted by the fact that many Highlanders took on the name”Brown” when they were forced to abandon their own names. So, if you identify as a member of the Browns, you might actually be a from another clan, like the MacGregors!

Clan Kincaid

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  • Clan Motto: This I’ll Defend

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  • The name was more locational, then a reference to a particular person. But in the 12th century, when the Earl of Lennox was granted the Kincaid lands in the 12th century.
  • A castle was added to their crest after they retook Edinburgh Castle from the English in 1692 and continued to maintain their seat at the castle as constable.
  • A large portion of them stayed out of the usual raiding and battles that most of the clans participated in, focusing mainly on farming, after the failed Jacobite uprising of 1715.

The Mackay Clan

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  • Clan Motto: Manu Forti- With a Strong Hand

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  • They are descended from the Forbes and the Farguharson clans and the first chief was recorded in 1210. However, they maintained a strong relationship with the Forbes, strengthened by their mutual long-standing feud with clan Gordon.
  • They were one of the most powerful clans for the better part of their existence, rarely going very long between battles. They even supported the royalists against the Jacobites. But their power and number all ended because of the Sutherlands…
    • The Mackay’s seat was north of the Sutherland lands and in the Highland clearances in the early 1800s, their lands were sold to the Countess of Sutherlands due to debts, and the people were forced off their lands to make room for sheep.

Clan Drummond

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  • Clan Motto: Gang Warily- This phrase means “Go Carefully”. It was said to members of the clan before departing and also meant as a warning against their enemies.
  • Alternative Motto: Virtutem coronat honos- Honour crowns virtue

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  • They came from a Hungarian Prince named George, who was on the run from William the Conqueror. He took refuge with Scottish king Malcom III in the 1000s and married one of the king’s sisters.In fact, the Drummonds continues to marry into the royal family for generations, keeping them powerful and in royal favor.
  • The name refers to the Scottish phrase “dromainn” which means a “ridge or high ground”. This is a nod to the place the Drummonds settled; Drymen in the highlands.
  • This clan were firmly in support of Scottish independence from the beginning. They even were among the first in Scotland to use “caltrops”, a deadly spiked item that would be liberally spread in the lands to injure horses and men on foot during battle.
  • They didn’t get on with Clan MacGregors all that well, as highlighted here…
  • In 1589, some of the Drummonds captured some members of the MacGregors, who were caught poaching. The head of forestry in the lands, John Drummond,ordered their ears cut off. Well, that pissed the MacGregors off. so they rounded up some MacDonalds, kidnapped John, and cut off his head….but wait, there’s more! They went to John’s sister Maggie’s house with the head, gussied up like Thanksgiving turkey, and slapped it right on her kitchen table. Think that’s over? Not so fast. Maggie was super pregnant and upon seeing the bloody head of her brother set up like a roast, she freaked the hell out and gave birth to her son James in the forest. Well, I guess James Drummond Stewart grew up pretty pissed that the MacGregors poached on his family’s lands and took massive revenge on their punishment, driving his mom into insanity. Can you blame him? But he took the long con, rising through the ranks of the Scottish military, biding his time, until he saw his chance for revenge. When it came time for King James VI, who was super pissed at the MacGregors for always fighting against him, to ban the name, James Stewart finally got his chance to give the MacGregors the shaft and helped enforce the terms of the ban.
  • Fun fact! Drummond Castle was used in the filming of Outlander season two as a placeholder for the gardens of Versailles!

The Mar/Marr Clan

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  • Clan Motto: Pans Plus- Think More

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  • They are also known as the Tribe of Mar, descending from the Mormear, the Earlship of Mar, which dominated an area ruled by the ancient Picts in Aberdeenshire.
  • The Mars supported Robert the Bruce’s claim to the throne. In fact, Robert’s first wife was a Mar, and her brother married Bruce’s sister!
  • They supported the Jacobites during the uprising, but their lands were later returned in 1824.

The MacMillan Clan

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  • Clan Motto: Miseris succerere disco-  learn to succour the unfortunate

Here are a few little fun facts:

  • This clan originated from the Celtic church, whose early priests were allowed to marry, before the 1000s. They wore their hair in a specific style, as Saint John, who was called Mhaoil-Iain in Gaelic, was said to do. This made the clan MacMillan.
  • They supported Robert the Bruce and even sheltered him while he was on the run. But their relationship wasn’t awesome with Robert’s son, David II, who ended up exiling from their lands in Loch Lay them due to their alliance with the Lord of the Isles. But it’s okay, because the Lord of the Isles gave them new lands.
  • They weren’t particularly active in the Jacobite uprisings, with only random small groups participating on either side of the fray. On company of MacMillans from Tulloch actually surrendered to the English, after begin promised protection, and were send to the Caribbean to be sold as slaves.
  • Fun Fact: Gwyllyn the Bard from Castle Leoch was placed by a man named Gillebrìde MacMillan

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Clan Keith

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  • Clan Motto: Veritas Vincit- Truth Prevails (Also used as their War Cry)
  • Alternative Motto #1:Quae amissa salva- What has been lost is safe
  • Alternative Motto #2:Veritas vincit Truth conquers

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  • The Name “Keith” comes from the Welsh word “coed”, meaning “wood”.
  • A good deal of the Keith lands were acquired through advantageous marriages and royal favor. Marrying landed heiresses was somewhat of a hobby for the chiefs of the clan and their close relations.
  • George Keith, 5th Earl of Marischal, is the one who hooked up King James VI of Scotland with Princess Anne of Denmark.

The Elliot Clan

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  • Clan Motto: Fortiter et recte- Boldly and rightly

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  • A fire in their main castle in the 1700s destroyed all the clan records, making it relatively impossible to see where the Elliots actually came from. But the name was originally “Ellot, with the “i” being brought in the mid 1600s.
  • Recent DNA testing of the Elliots showed that they are of Celtic-Brittonic origin and settled along the borders.

The Scott Clan

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  • Clan Motto: Amo- I love

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  • The Scotts may have come from Ireland, as the Latin “Scotti” was originally used as a name for the Celts.
  • They were one of the, if not the top, most powerful border clans in Scotland during the 15th century, which came in handy since they were constantly at war with the Elliot and the Kerr clans. It also allowed them to hold a respected place in the eyes of the English. King Charles the II even married one of his illegitimate children to a Scott heiress, who took on the Scott name.
  • Michael “The Wizard” Scot was a medieval philosopher and astronomer whose medical knowledge and ability to foresee the future made him a figure that commanded both respect and fear. He traveled Europe and the Middle East, teaching about his skills or at the courts of kings. It’s speculated that he also dabbled in black magic, but it’s uncertain, as is the date and way of his death…anyone else smell a possible time traveler??

 

That’s all the names I have room for today! You guys have been great at interacting on our social media pages, and it’s great how excited you all are to hear more about your clans! There is a part 4 in the works now, so if you didn’t see your name, dinna fash, just let us know what you’re looking for, and I’ll try tofit it in next time, or even do a part 5 if it comes to that! And, remember to read all out Outlander posts here!

And see who’s hot for teacher in Sarah’s contemporary romance series here and learn about Kelsey’s contemporary and Scottish romance series here!

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Ungranted Wishes

I find author Grace Risata hilarious. She’s written Mowed, My Dirty Detour, and my personal fav, Nights in the Fast Lane. It’s not rare that I actually laugh out loud while reading something, as my resting bitch face is normally at a steady 8.9. Anyways, let’s dive right in.

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Heat Level:♥♥♥♥♥♥

Overall Rating: 6/6 Glass Slippers

Genre: BBW Paranormal Romance

Cleo Welch works at her family’s engine repair shop. She works with the computers, tries to bring in new customers, and is generally a productive co-owner…except when Colton Palmer is in the room. He’s like ten pounds of sexy in a teaspoon. But Cleo is able to take her mind off the tall, handsome distraction when she’s participating in her favorite thing; scouring estate sells for vintage items. Some she keeps, most she sells, and some change her life forever.

She’s at an estate sale when she spies an odd looking, brass teapot. Later that night, after several glasses of wine, Cleo has a funny thought. The $5 teapot looks like a magic lamp! And Cleo did what any of us would do while drunk. She made up some rhyming poems and rubbed the thing. But instead of a few alcohol induced giggles. Cleo got much more than she bargained for. A naked dude in her living room, surrounded by smoke.

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Like this. Only sexy.

“Beck”, short for Khabekhnet gives Cleo two weeks to make three wishes…which is easier said than done when Beck is a mega hottie with ancient and magical ties. What will Cleo wish for? Will something finally come of her infatuation with Colt? What does Beck’s flirtation with her really mean? And when the two weeks is up, will Cleo have finally gotten everything she’s ever wanted?

Risata is one of those self-published authors that goes for quality over quantity. Do I wish there were more funny books of hers floating around? Yes. But I know that I wouldn’t appreciate them as much if she pumped them out once a week and they were just repeats of her last books, just with different names. Really nice to see someone take pride in their work. Besides, I’ve never read a genre quite like this! Anyways, it’s a bit on the explicit side, but it’s a fun book and you’ll really enjoy it is you’re into a bit of heat. Overall, I really recommend this book, and the rest of Risata’s work for anyone who likes some silly with their sex.

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An Outlandish Clan History Part2

We received so much interest in our last clan history post, which you can read here, that we thought it was a good idea to do a second. This installment is made entirely of clans that you readers wanted to know more about! In fact, so many of our followers asked to learn more about their personal clans, a part 3 is currently in the works, so make sure to check back in!

Clan Armstrong

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  • Clan Motto: Invictus Maneo- I Remain Unvanquished

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Let’s learn some fun clan facts!

  • There hasn’t been an Armstrong chief since the clan was outlawed by the British in the 17th century, after decades of unrest between them.
  • Neil Armstrong took a piece of the Armstrong tartan up to him when he went to the moon!
  • The Armstrong clan was so wild with their raids and battles, it is said that in 1524 the Bishop of Glasgow cursed them. He said something like this…
    • “I curse their head and all the hairs of their head; I curse their face, their eyes, their mouth, their nose, their tongue, their teeth, their neck, their shoulders, their breast, their heart, their stomach, their back, their belly, their arms, their legs, their hands, their feet, and each and every part of their body, from the top of their head to the soles of their feet, before and behind…”
  • Lord John Grey’s full name is John William Bertrand Armstrong Grey!

Clan Fergusson

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  • Clan Motto: Dulcius Ex Asperis- Sweeter After Difficulties
  • War Cry: Clann Fhearghuis gu brath!- Clan Fergusson goes on forever!

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  • Here are some interesting things about this clan…
  • They are widely known as “The Sons of Fergus”.
  • They claim to be descended from Fergus Mór, the king of Dál Riata (an area that encompass parts of Scotland and Ireland. In turn, King Fergus claimed to be descended from King Arthur, the legendary British leader. So if you’re a Fergusson, there’s a chance you could be double royal!
  • There aren’t any Fergussons in Outlander, but here’s a wee Fergus to tide you over!

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Clan Donnachiadh/Clan Robertson

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  • Clan Motto: Virtutis Gloria Merces- Glory is the reward for valor
  • War Cry: Garg ‘nuair dhùisgear!- Fierce when roused!

Let’s learn a few fun things about this clan…

  • One of the oldest clans, the Donnachiadhs took on the secondary name of Robertson when they were hearty supporters of Robert the Bruce, AKA King Robert I, in the 1300s.
  • This clan is in possession of the Clach na Bratach, a sacred quartz stone that is said to have been pulled from the ground by their King Duncan in the 1300s on the eve of a battle. They say it has healing powers and has been carried into battle by every chief since.

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Clan Ross

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  • Clan Motto: Spem suvvessus alit- Success nourishes hope

Here are a few things to know about this clan…

  • In 1689, a hundred Ross men were sent to spy on the Mackenzies at Castle Leod to ensure there wasn’t any Jacobite uprisings in the works.
  • Their traditional seat, Balnagowan Castle, is now owned by Mohammed Al-Fayed, former owner of the Harrod’s Department Store. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because his son Dodi was killed with Princess Diana in 1997. Thankfully, Al-Fayed is in the process of restoring it.

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  • Shout out to Ross!

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Clan Gordon

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  • Clan Motto: Bydand- Steadfast
  • Clan War Cry: A Gordon! A Gordon!

Here are a few facts about the Gordon clan:

  • They supported Robert the Bruce and William Wallace in the Scottish Wars of Independence.
  • Clan Forbes were their bitter enemies and they spend decades killing each other. Like the Forbes once invited some Gordons to dine, only to murder them and then the Gordons turned right around and slaughtered a tower full of Forbes. It took two Acts of Parliament to get them to stop killing each other every other week.
  • then chief of Clan Gordon is always known as the “Cock o’ the North”.
  • And here’s Sir Fletcher Gordon, the governor of Wentworth Prison!

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Clan MacNeil

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  • Clan Motto: Cuaidh No Bas- Victory or Death

Let’s learn about the MacNeil Clan!

  • They are said to be descendents of the Irish King Niall of the Nine Hostages, who lived in the 300s. In the legend of his birth, it’s said that his dad was such a d*ick, he forced Niall’s mom to do hard labor, hoping she would miscarry. When Niall was finally born, his mother abandoned him out of fear and he was brought up by a poet. He later returns to his rightful home and rescues his mom. When it comes time for his bio-dad to name his successor, he gives his sons, including Niall, different tasks. One was kissing a hideous monster. The other guys chickened out, but old Niall gave that nasty beast the time of her life and was rewarded by her turning into a beautiful maiden and giving him the fealty of the people for many generations.
  • There is also a large number of MacNeil’s of African descent, more so than any other clan name. It came from the Scotch-Irish servants who served with them or the MacNeil slave masters. While there is no data showing exactly how many, a DNA test could prove to almost any MacNeil, regardless of race, if they had come from the historic MacNeil clan.

The Grant Clan

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  • Clan Motto: Craig Elachie- this was the name of the rallying point for the Grants. They would light signal fires at the bottom of Craig Elachie, also known as “The Rock of Alarm” to call the clan.
  • Clan War Cry: Stand fast, stand sure!

Here are some fun things about the Grant clan!

  • They most likely descended from Normans who came to Scotland with the British.
  • During the 1600s, the Grants hid a number of MacGregor outlaws from the British crown, resulting in fines and threats.
  • After the Battle of Culloden, eighty-four Grants were taken to Barbados and sold as slaves.
  • Clan Grant was affected little by the great Highland clearance that affected many other clans. This is because their chief during that time cultivated a town called Granton-on-Spey that provided enough work to sustain the clan.

Clan Stewart

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Clan Motto: Virescit Vulnere Vistus- Courage Grows Strong at a Wound

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  • The Stewarts originally came from Brittany, France, during the Norman conquest of England.
  • During the Wars of Independence, they were originally sided with the British, then quickly turned to support Robert the Bruce.
  • The Stewarts took the crown of Scotland when Walter Stewart married Robert the Bruce’s daughter, Marjorie. When Robert died, the crown passed to Water and Marjorie’s son, also named Robert. The Stewarts firmly held the crown until 1714.
  • There are 21 sub-clans of Stewarts.
  • Mary Queen of Scots and “Bonnie” Prince Charles Stuart descended from this line.
  • Here are some lovely Charlie gifs…

The MacDougall Clan

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  • Clan Motto: Buaidh no bàsVictory or Death

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Let’s get a little historical up in here…

  • They got their name from their first chief Dougall, who descends from the royals of Norway. In fact, one of his sons, was given the title “King of the Isles” by the King of Norway in the 1200s.
  • The MacDougalls kept the vikings out of Scotland and even won the country the Hebrides from the Norse in the 1260s.
  • The Bruces and MacDougalls hated each other, which made things pretty awkward during the Scottish Wars for Independence, when they both supported William Wallace and independence from England. The MacDougalls kept things chill until Robert the Bruce was crowned king, then they went wild and ambushed him, defeating the Bruces in battle and taking some rather expensive jewelry for their troubles. But Robert was like, “nah, f*uck this,”and overtook the MacDougals three years later. Robert gave all their lands to the Campbells, who have always been loyal to him.

Clan Shaw

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Clan Motto: Fide et Fortitudine- By Fidelity and Fortitude

War Cry:Na Bean Ris A Chat! Touch not the cat! (Because even the Scots know that cats can be as*holes)

  • The history of how Clan Shaw came to be is fuzzy, and it seems to be as a result of a mixture of marriages, chiefs, and second sons wishing for power, but they’re greatly connected to the Macintosh clan.
  • They are a part of Chattan Confederation, a federation of twelve smaller clans, who often worked together. The Shaws were known for their strength and bravery in battle.

Mackintosh Clan

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  • Clan Motto: Touch not the cat bot a glove-Touch not the cat without a glove (Scots and their cats…)
  • Clan War Cry: Loch Moigh- the name of a lake where the clan would rally

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  • They are the chiefs of the Chattan Confederation.
  • They are descendents from Shaw MacDuff, making them the “cousins” of the Shaw Clan.
  • They were heavily involved in an ongoing feud with Clan Cameron that lasted 250 years.
  • The clan saved Prince Charlie during the Jacobite Rebellion. When she heard that the British were coming to get Charlie, Lady Macintosh rallied the men to hide along the road. When the British troops passed, the Macintosh men began shooting and calling for the Cameron and Donald men to advance. It was a buff, neither of those clans were there, but it worked and British retreated.

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The Forbes Clan

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  • Clan Motto: Grace, me guide
  • Clan War Cry: Lonach!- a mountain on their lands where they would rally

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  • The name “Forbes” refers more to an area than a family name. The first record of Forbes referring to a person was in 1271.
  • The Forbes, who were Protestant, were really salty that the Gordons remained Catholic after the reformation. So, naturally, the Fobes killed a bunch of Gordons then the Gordons killed the Forbes…they stopped, eventually, but it took two Acts of Parliament.

Clan Bruce

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  • Clan Motto: Fuimus- We Have Been

Lets learn about the Bruce clan!

  • This clan came from the French de Brus in Normandy.
  • in 1219 Robert the Bruce married the wealthy Isobel of Huntingdon, the niece of King William the Lion, who has a king of Scotland. When King Edward I of England forced the King of Scotland, John, to abdicate, the Scots were left without a king. Robert, who was made the ‘Guardian of Scotland’ along with John Comyn after Willaim Wallace was executed was all, “hey, you know what Isobel? I should be king, not just guidian. I gotta ditch Comyn. He’s cramping my style!” So Robert stabbed him, was excommunicated by the Catholic Church, and crowned king. But the Bruce reign ended when Robert’s son David died without an Heir.
  • Robert the Bruce  was the real “Braveheart” and had his heart removed from from his body after he died, because he wanted his heart to go on a crusade, because who said adventure ends when you die? It was taken for a ride, but the holder died in battle and Robert’s heart was sent back to Scotland all willy nilly. It finally found a resting place in Melrose, Scotland.
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A reconstruction of what Robert the Bruce looked like.

Are you a member of any of those clans? Didn’t see your clan? Let us know, because a third installment of Outlandish Clan History is in the works and we can add your family name to the list!

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