The Master of Bruce - The eldest son of the eldest son of the Earl of Elgin, the Hon. James Bruce, holds the 14th-centtury sword of Robert the Bruce by the King's tomb in Dunfermline Abbey. The brass effigy of 1889 is set in a great slab of porphryy, reputedly from the tomb of Constantine I, given to the 7th Earl by Ottoman Sultan Selim III, and brought to Scotland in 1802.
The Cailleach ::The ancient Goddess of the lands we refer to as Scotland, as well turning up in Irish mythology. According to myth, it is from her apron that the stones fell that created the mountains, and it is from her touch that the bare earth is covered with snow and frost. The Cailleach may appear to be a “death” Goddess as we are surrounded in Winter’s bleakness however it is during this time of repose, light and life is drawn away from the surface, deep into the earth itself::
A scanned image from page 196, of the book Footsteps of Dr. Johnson (Scotland), by George Birkbeck Hill, published in 1890. The illustration is an engraving. It pictures a claymore and armour, relics of the Macleods of Dunvegan.