My cannibal ancestors

I mentioned in my post
that I enjoyed the stories that made the family real whereby my brother was interested in ancestory going back way past that whereby the people can become known as living flesh and blood characters. I am starting to revise my thoughts as I am finding his post (Mitochrondral Eve and his other origin blogs) fascinating. But this one….. not only do we have a bigamist in the family but we were also cannibals.

Mountains and rivers

The tale of how a Scottish Mathers killed and ate one of his enemies was discovered by my father when he was reading a Scottish novel from his Uncle John’s library (John Melrose  Mathers 1889-1975). He took great delight in the idea that the medieval Scottish ancestors of the Mathers family had been cannibals. The novel, Cloud Howe, by Lewis Grassic Gibbon was published by Jarrolds, of London, in July 1933. It was the middle novel in a trilogy A Scots Quair, the others were Sunset Song and Grey Granite.

In the Proem to Cloud Howe, Gibbon recounts the history of the village of Segget, which stands under the Mounth, on the southern side, in the Mearns Howe, near Fordoun and Drumlithie. The Mearns was the Gaelic name for Kincardineshire (from A’ Mhaoirne meaning ‘The Stewartry’). Gibbon tells how Hew Monte Alto, a Lombard with…

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About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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3 Responses to My cannibal ancestors

  1. M. R. says:

    Jesus. Still, ya gotta love it for its very … ORIGINALITY, Irene! – I don’t mean in terms of fiction; just in terms of all the other historical tellings we’re offered.


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