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The War of the One-Eyed Woman

I’ve just discovered, through @Beatonna (Kate Beaton, of the fabulous and funny Hark, A Vagrant) that there is a video describing a historical event which is in my first novel, Kilea. It’s the War of the One-Eyed Woman, a clan battle which took place in 1601 between the MacLeods and the MacDonalds on the isle of Skye, where I grew up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1D5HOrnDPA&feature=autoplay&list=ULTAe8Kg53mkU&playnext=1

The whole video is fascinating, with beautiful scenery on a unusually sunny and bright day in Skye, but you can go straight to 4:40 to hear the story of a handfasting meant to calm tensions between the clans and which led to a fight so bloody that the small river in the glen where it took place was re-named ‘the little red river’.

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