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    Quote Originally Posted by EagleJCS View Post

    So, I'm going to move on to something a little lighter for a while and (maybe) come back to this later. Maybe Plato's Republic
    Plato's Republic will disappoint, unless you like the idea of a society run my philosopher kings ... translation ... political elites.

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    I just received "The Campbells of the Ark: Men of Argyll in 1745" (2 vol.) by Ronald Black. It uses a Gaelic poem (An Airce - a work by a MacDonald poet telling how the various Campbells should be punished (or not) in a great flood for their role in opposing Prince Charlie's rising) to tell the tale of the 65 companies of the Argyll Militia during the '45 Rising. Vol I tells the story of the Militia in the rebellion, and Vol II delves into the details of each individual militia company (and their commanders). Right now I'm skipping around in the text, latching on to the meatier parts. The amount of detail the author includes (complete with Gaelic/English sections of the poem interspersed throughout) is amazing and reflects on the depth of his research into period materials, although I'm not finding anything (yet) concerning Highland dress, uniforms, or weapons used by the militiamen.

    Based on what I've seen in these books so far, I highly recommend them if you're interested in the '45 and its minutia, the Gaelic language, or even genealogical purposes.

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    Just finished Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. It reminded me very much of Orwell's 1984. Useful reading.
    Rev'd Father Bill White: Parish priest, retired Elementary Headmaster, lover of God, people (most of them!) dogs, joy, humour and clarity. Theologian, teacher, leader, philosopher, linguist, dreamer, traditionalist, bon-vivant, encourager of hearts and souls and a firm believer in dignity, decency, and duty. A proud Sinclair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by javankrona View Post
    Plato's Republic will disappoint, unless you like the idea of a society run my philosopher kings ... translation ... political elites.
    Although it is seemingly impossible to divorce the ideal from reality the idea is not one of political elites which would denote the ideas of entitlement and inherited position. Rather the idea was one of ideal fit to position as determined on a generational basis.

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    I just started, "A Cast of Falcons" by Steve Burrows. It's a contemporary birder murder mystery set in the Western Highlands of Scotland. It has a slow start with an intro of several characters. It was an Xmas gift, but I began it just last evening. I'll give a report when I'm done. So far, no political elitism.
    Steve "Jack Daw" McIntyre
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    I actually just finished last weekend a re-read of a book from my days at Catholic High School, by the Catholic Press called. "Mr. Blue", for some reason I have had this urge to read it once more, and I actually got more out of the book this time around, then I did in High School. But I can see why they wanted us to read it.

    Also reading Essential Histories, "The Jacobite Rebellion", 1745-46, by Gregory Fremont-Barnes. Although very generalized, it does provide a very good timeline of the events leading up the Rebellion. My problem, being American, hard to follow all the different monarchs and royalties, not just in England, but in Europe on how much they were intertwined with England. Sometimes I have to re-read, or go back several pages....but enjoying it.
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    Allan Collin MacDonald III
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    Nova Scotia Pioneers, 1790
    Family Scottish Roots: Knoidart, Inverness, Scotland

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