The question was, “Ye Hielands and ye Lowlands, O, whaur hae ye been?” The answer is, they were off burning Auchindoun. Y’see, the Earl of Moray was a Mackintosh, and Huntly owned Auchindoun. The rest follows.
The Burning of Auchindoun Child #183
Balvenie Castle1 in Dufftown used stones from the ruins of Auchindoun in its construction.
For those in search of trivia, the Earl of Huntly was George Gordon, who may well have been the “Geordie”2 of that other ballad.
The Gordons cam, and the Gordons ran,
And they were stark and steady,
And ay the word amang them a’
Was, Gordons, keep you ready.
Continued from Open Thread 182.