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'Promises' - Stroud band Wilderspin remembers Glencoe

By mheads  |  Posted: January 22, 2013

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Local songwriter Mark Wilderspin has written a new song in memory of the Glencoe Massacre which occured on 13th. February 1692.

http://youtu.be/mW7PnUF7bZA

The new track features guest appearances by Scottish vocalist Janice Scott of Rodborough and Sumita Majumdar on flute.  

This poignent event still stirs the soul even today as a result of the tragic circumstances that led to the brutal killing of 38 members of the MacDonald clan and the death of 40 more as a result of exposure to the winter weather as they sought to escape.  

The actual facts and circumstances relating to this tragic event are often skewed and misunderstood and commonly dismissed and explained solely as an inter-clan feud between the Campbells and MacDonalds but as is so often case the truth is more complex and machiavellian and much of the blame lies at the feet of the Scottish Secretary of State at the time, John Dalrymple.

The enduring memory of the event is not least founded on the moral unacceptability of the abuse of common hospitiality and the basic inhumanity demonstrated by the actions before dawn on that day.

The song and accompanying audio-visual can be found at the band's website www.wilderspin.co

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