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Lament For The Old Sword

The Lament for the Old Sword is thought to have its roots in the Fion na Gael, a race of warriors bound by a code of honour founded on bravery and justice. Their Bard was Ossian dall, an deigh nam fiann (blind Ossian, the last of the Fiann).

 

Ossian was a son of Fingal who was probably the most prominent and powerful of the many small kings who led the Gaelic tribes and family groups of coastal regions of western Scotland and northern Ireland. The period about which Ossian wrote was between 200 A.D. and 300 A.D., a time that preceded the birth of the Kingdom of Scotland by almost 500 years and preceded the introduction of Christianity by almost 200 years. Although there is no certainty about the Ossian dates, such evidence as exists tends to point that way.

 

Ossian's son was Oscar, a giant of a man renowned for the immense size of his sword and his ability to wield it in battle with deadly effect. Great warrior that he was, he made a relatively early departure from life. The mythology is that through various successions, Oscar's sword passed into and through the hands of the Lords of the Isles and finally wound up in the possession of the Kings of Scotland only to be lost at the Battle of Flodden Field.

 

The piobaireachd itself is a unique melody that might well be played as a song of praise in memory of a time and place where myth and fact mingle in the stories of the ancient Gaelic heritage.

 

The composer is unknown.

 

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