Tuesday, 20 May 2008
North Rising - Sun shines on Avoch marchers
The importance of Avoch in Scotland's long fight to be a free country was celebrated on Saturday [17th May] by a hundred marchers from all a' the airts. Following the tradition of the past ten years members of the Society of Willam Wallace present a new saltire flag to replace the one that flew for the previous year from the flagpole at the cairn in the castle ruins on Ormond Hill. This year John Robertson, the Culblean organiser of the Andrew de Moray Project, did the honours. John and his wife Lorraine have just retired to Nairn. In brilliant Avoch sunshine the procession and flag raising ceremony at Ormond Hill was attended by marchers from Aberdeen, Airdrie, Perth, Moray, Cowal, Inverness, Brussels and all over Ross-shire.
I was the Project Convener and made sure to remind the gatherers that Evan Maclead Barron dug up the story of how important the North of Scotland's part was in the national rising of 1297. The alliances that Scotland had with France and Norway helped sustain our nation. Scotland was a European nation then and is today as we regain our pride of place in the family of people whose distinctive place is their bedrock. It is the cause for which Andrew de Moray and William Wallace fought and died.