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.
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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