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Re: "Cruachan"

Hi Cousins,
	The information I have always read and heard is the Sinclair Battle Cry
was "Roslin, Roslin".  The Bruces and Douglas' always used their chiefs
name as a battle  cry,eg. "A Douglas"  or "A Bruce"  The Sinclairs being
Norman French probably did as other Norman Familys.  I doubt they used
Gaelic, they spoke French and later broad scots.  Some more information.
			Yours Aye,
				David Sinslair Bouschor

> From: dgaskill <dgaskill@mcione.com>
> To: sinclair@zilker.net
> Subject: Re: "Cruachan"
> Date: Sunday, February 22, 1998 11:49 AM
> In a recent post, Toni wrote, in part:
> > I understand that the Sinclair war cry was "Cruachan".  Can anyone
> confirm or deny that?  Maybe we could use it as a name for this Email
> > 
> > All the best.  Toni
> I like this idea of livening up our discussion list with a catchy
> nickname/slogan, but I'm not sure that "Cruachan" ever was the battle cry
> of the Sinclairs. I could certainly be wrong on this point, but I seem to
> recall it being something like "never backward."  I must admit that I
> recall where I saw that.  Maybe Andrew Sinclair's book, The Sword and the
> Grail?  I think he comments in a couple of places on the "berserker"
> tendency among Sinclairs in battle, as when William St. Clair charged
> the ranks of the Saracens while on the mission to carry Bruce's heart to
> the holy land and when Prince Henry died (shortly after his return from
> voyage) while wading into those attacking his castle.  Anyway, my main
> point is that I don't remember "cruachan" as a line in these narratives,
> but of course I could be misremembering.  Any help out there?
> I do see on various websites that Clan Campbell and Clan MacIntyre both
> claim "cruachan" as "their" battle cry.  And I do think it has deeply
> mystical Celtic connotations -- perhaps more Celtic than we Sinclairs
> our Norse>Norman>Scottish roots) can properly latch on to?  Just
> Dave