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Amergin Posted on: 12-Aug-2019, 05:41 PM

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"Five long years," thought the old bard, now even more careworn and travel weary than before. "Five long years on the road, finding new adventures, learning new songs and stories. I wonder who I will find in my old haunt, the place where I spent so many pleasant hours, and so much coin, with so many dear and dastardly friends."

He pushed open the door and peered into the darkness. No faces visible yet in the black corners of the room, as he waited for his vision to adjust from the bright sunshine outside. He noted that his old favorite seat was open, and creaked into it.

"Wat'll it be, traveler?" groaned a hauntingly familiar voice.

His old eyes turned toward the sound of the voice. "Whisky if you please." he replied to the stunning middle-aged woman behind the bar. Her face looked familiar too, he mused, though he could not bring to mind any occasion of having met her.

"You look as if you've seen a ghost," she grinned as she pushed a glass in his direction..

"Perhaps I have," he mumbled distractedly. "You look familiar. Yet is is five long years since I set foot in this place, and I cannot recall ever having met you."

"You'd be right in thinking that," she replied is a wistful voice. "For I was raised by my mother in a place far from here, and lived there on my own after her passing until last year, when my father died and left me this place."

"You are daughter to old Hamm then?" Amergin babbled excitedly. "You certainly bear resemblance to that old codger, yet in a far more comely fashion."

"I'm thanking ye for that," she replied with a smile." I only met him a few times, and my mother raised me far differently, but folks tell me I'm a lot more like him than you'd expect for all that." She reached out a hand. "Mariel, daughter of Hamm, and proprietor of this dubious establishment. And you?"

"Amergin," he replied, taking the proffered hand. "Bard extraordinaire, at least in my own mind. Songs, stories, cheap tricks. Blessings and curses if you pay enough. Back from years on the road, ready to rest these weary bones for a while."

"Welcome indeed," said the engaging owner, "Let me buy you another drink, and let's hope you can attract me some more customers. It's been slow and dreary all this year. The old ones miss my father, the younger ones are too cheap to buy drinks and food. And no one has brightened the place with music for a good long spell."

"Let's see if we can cure that last one," grinned the bard, taking a sip of the whisky and pulling an aging but obviously well cared for harp out of a worn leather bag at his feet. "Here's one that used to please."

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Amergin Posted on: 16-Dec-2013, 02:19 PM

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QUOTE (Séreméla @ 15-Dec-2013, 10:29 PM)
I am not a Thompson but my 5th Great grandmother is or she might be my 4th from Tillsonburg, ON, Canada. She married into my family the Crossetts'. No clue about her side yet.

Welcome Séreméla, always glad to hear from one of the family. If you have questions about your family history, one really helpful place is the Clan Thompson genealogy forum at http://clanthompson.org/CTF/index.php?board=2.0

Lots of good information on the web page and forum, and a chance to meet others. I figure we're all related if there's a Thompson in the line somewhere. thumbs_up.gif
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Amergin Posted on: 14-Aug-2012, 12:33 PM

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Nothing is worn under the kilt, it's all in perfect working order.
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Amergin Posted on: 12-Aug-2012, 07:14 PM

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QUOTE (sisterknight @ 11-Aug-2012, 12:03 PM)
...she gives the new bartender a wink and heads over to a quiet table next to the fire place.....and waits, "will they come??"

"I do have a question though, has it been so long you have been gone that you do not recognize our beloved Hamm? He trimmed his beard and washed his face last year when a pretty face brightened the surroundings, but he is far from new." biggrin.gif
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Amergin Posted on: 12-Aug-2012, 07:10 PM

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"Well known indeed," thought the old bard as he sipped his drink, "but stranger? Not here. Not here indeed!"

"Greetings Sisterknight!" he smiled in her direction, "May I be allowed to buy your first round after so long a time? It has indeed been a while since much of anyone stopped in, and music is even scarcer these days. You well remember when the fiddles played, the bodhrán beat, and the wombat danced, but long has it been since we have seen those wonders. Welcome indeed!"
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Amergin Posted on: 26-Feb-2012, 07:33 PM

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The old bard smiles as he finishes his tune. How pleasant to have some company at last. The long sleep of the winter snows is finally ending and the melting gales of spring may have finally begun. A long time yet until we can sleep in the sunshine, he thinks, but the warm glow of conviviality combines well with a good drink ("Thanks Hamm, yes, I will have another.") and the sharing of music and story; the simple pleasures of a bard's life.

"Lady Leelee, I most heartily welcome you back. It has been too long since we shared those good times here. May I introduce my new friend Eirani Copperwood? An appreciator of good music, from all indications. And here! Someone new coming in to share with us."
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Amergin Posted on: 18-Feb-2012, 12:22 PM

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Greetings Eirani Copperwood, and good tidings. When first I came to this place, I found lively company, music, and refreshment for the spirit, but of late, it has indeed been quiet. I can only hope to restore a bit of former days in responding to so gracious an invitation. For to ask a bard to play is like asking him to breathe. Of a certain, we cannot help it. Perhaps this will do?

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Amergin Posted on: 04-Feb-2012, 09:43 PM

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The old bard eyed the newcomer without overtly staring. She was certainly distinctive. Not too tall in stature, ears somewhat reminiscent of an elf, something canine about the mouth. Yes, distinctive indeed. He nursed his drink and waited for what would come next.
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Amergin Posted on: 28-Nov-2011, 09:07 PM

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Suddenly, Amergin looked up with a twinkle in his eye. "Say Perkeo," he winked, "you're a lover of the hurley. But fascination for that sport doesn't always bring the best to those who practice it. Have you ever heard the story of how the Irish hero Cuchulain got his name?"
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Amergin Posted on: 28-Nov-2011, 09:01 PM

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The tall stranger nudged a bit closer to the fire and relit his pipe, feeling the cold wind in Perkeo's poetry. "Nice to have a warm hearth and the company of friends," he said, to nobody in particular. "Níl aon tinteán mar do thinteán féin, the Irish say. There's no fireplace like your own fireplace. But a cozy fire in a friendly pub is the next best thing."

He began to play softly on his beloved harp, staring thoughtfully into the fire.
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Amergin Posted on: 20-Jun-2011, 09:48 PM

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"Well, we have a kilted Celt and a hurling pirate now, that should liven things up." thought the bard, as he puffed on his pipe and looked on with anticipation. "Now we hope for the musicians and dancers who once enlivened this place, perhaps even the wombat and the others who came here for conversation and conviviality. May it be."
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Amergin Posted on: 26-Mar-2011, 02:02 PM

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"Welcome Perkeo!" quoth the bard still seated by the fire, gathering dust and cobwebs, "And a hearty welcome to life and laughter and lively tunes in this place once again."

"The drum and the tune I mind not a bit," continued the bard, puffing on a long-stemmed pipe, "but I must admit, I do look askance at a rum-swilling scalawag bouncing in here so brash and bold."

He winked at the drummer and puffed a bit more on his pipe. "Though I do see you are an honorable practitioner of the bodhrán, and a hurler as well, so perhaps it's not as bad as all that."

Amergin ordered another round of fine whiskey for himself and rum for the bouncy newcomer, who had once frequented these walls more than at present.

It had been more than a long year and a day since that door last opened, when the lovely Lady Leelee hoped for some conviviality during the cold winter months. A second winter come and gone, and now the first buds of spring bid welcome to some new life in the old gathering place at the crossroads. One looks forward to more of the same.
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Amergin Posted on: 17-Jul-2010, 11:14 PM

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I have a friend in Panama City on the Gulf Coast of Florida who's
looking for a session in his area. Anybody know if anything nearby?
He's somewhat of a newbie and wants to experience more of the TRAD
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Amergin Posted on: 17-Jul-2010, 11:11 PM

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I have a friend in Panama City on the Gulf Coast of Florida who's
looking for a session in his area. Anybody know if anything nearby?
He's somewhat of a newbie and wants to experience more of the TRAD
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Amergin Posted on: 25-Dec-2009, 09:06 PM

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Nollaig Shona Dhuit to all of you from Clan Thompson.
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Amergin Posted on: 13-Dec-2009, 08:55 PM

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I am a Celtic Christian, and an aspiring bard. I seek knowledge of the old ways of the Celts, especially the Irish, and I pose an interesting conundrum.

I know that no reconstruction of ancient druidic belief or practices can claim to be authoritative, but I have been fascinated by the stories of Morgan Llewellyn, who seems to have an excellent grasp of the ancient times, in so many ways. This is especially evident in her books, The Bard, and Thew Druids.

I also realize that institutions have dramatically corrupted the Christianity of Jesus and the early disciples. In looking at what the Bible really teaches, as opposed to what organized religion may teach today, I find many areas of kinship with ancient Celts and Druids. I see some holes in their belief system, in that they see power and personality in so many aspects of nature, and yet fail to see the person who is the power behind it all, but I also see so much in common between anti-religious Christians such as I am, and those who lived so close to the nature world they could see the hand of the creator in every bush and tree.

I see many posts on this board decrying the intolerance of contemporary (and certainly Medieval) Christianity toward the druids and ancient Celts, but I wonder if anyone has ever really explored the common ground between ancient Christianity and Celtic spirituality? I see so much in common that is never acknowledged by either side, and it saddens me.

I've tried to read as much as I could on this forum before posing this question, but it wanders into so many areas, it is hard to find a common thread. So I seek the common ground between those who have a relationship with Christ, and those who commune with the nature He created; and I look for relationships with those who have a common quest. Are there any kindred spirits here?
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Amergin Posted on: 13-Dec-2009, 08:24 PM

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Met a kinsman from Clan Thompson at a recent hooley in Denver.

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Wish you could have been there.
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Amergin Posted on: 07-Nov-2009, 11:00 PM

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Welcome back to the pub Annabelle. I'm fairly new here myself, compared to these locals, but it's an enjoyable place and we hope to see it revived as a place of hospitality and conviviality. As you may be able to tell, I'm a bit of a poet and a bard, which may help explain the flowery language. biggrin.gif

I'll buy you a round if you stick around.
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Amergin Posted on: 11-Aug-2009, 11:07 AM

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I raise my glass to the Lady Leelee.

Wishing you always walls for the wind,
A roof for the rain,
Tea beside the fire,
And the love and laughter of those you hold dear.

A good pub is a precious find. I await the day when ours shall live again.

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Amergin Posted on: 11-Aug-2009, 12:06 AM

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I often wear the kilt, at the annual Rabbie Burns supper, to perform Celtic music, and at festivals, such as the Colorado Scottish Festival and Rocky Mountain Highland Games this past weekend:

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And by the way, that song about the blue ribbon is called "The Scotsman." Our band sings it quite often, much to the amusement of our audiences. Here's a version I found on YouTube.

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Amergin Posted on: 10-Aug-2009, 11:44 PM

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Amergin raised his eyes as the door opened. A weary looking traveler squinted into the semi-darkness, sighed and closed the door, leaving the pub quiet and nearly lifeless.

Amergin wondered where the music had gone, what had happened to the wombat who once danced for a bowl of ale, to the lively bodhrán player who had burst in so boisterously, to the sounds of guitar and fiddle and flute that had once moved dancing feet, but now lay silent.

There was life once here, he thought, but it seems dormant now. I tried to reanimate it, but perhaps some things are beyond even the power of the bard. Perhaps they will come back. I hope so. It's a hard life on the road. I had hoped for some small comfort of human contact here. Now I wonder.
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Amergin Posted on: 10-Aug-2009, 11:36 PM

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Clan Thompson had a great time at the festival in Highlands Ranch Colorado. Ya shoulda been there!

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Amergin Posted on: 18-Jul-2009, 06:13 PM

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Come join Clan Thompson at the Rocky Mountain Scottish Festival and Highland Games in Highlands Ranch Colorado, August 8th and 9th. It will surely be a blast. Scottish Festival
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Amergin Posted on: 04-Jul-2009, 02:53 PM

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Happy Independence Day from Clan Thompson!

Come find out more at Clan Thompson web page
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Amergin Posted on: 26-Jun-2009, 06:43 PM

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Thompsons and the Curse

In 1525, the Reivers had become such a nuisance that the then Archbishop of Glasgow, Gavin Dunbar, put a curse upon all the reivers of the borderlands. The curse has often been called the “mother of all curses” and was more than 1000 words long. It was read aloud from pulpits of churches throughout the border region.

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The Cursing Stone, which sits on the Millennium pathway, is a monumental chunk of inscribed granite which has been inscribed with an extract of a medieval curse. It was installed at Carlisle’s Tullie House Museum in 2001. The museum has been linked to nearby Carlisle Castle by a new underground pathway: the Millennium Subway which has been sandblasted with the surnames of the descendants of the Border Reiver families. If you enlarge the photo above, you will see the name THOMSON inscribed on the floor to the right of the stone.

“I curse their head and all the hairs of their head; I curse their face, their brain (innermost thoughts), their mouth, their nose, their tongue, their teeth, their forehead, their shoulders, their breast, their heart, their stomach, their back, their womb, their arms, their legs, their hands, their feet, and every part of their body, from the top of their head to the soles of their feet, before and behind, within and without.”

”I curse them going and I curse them riding; I curse them standing and I curse them sitting; ”I curse them going and I curse them riding; I curse them standing and I curse them sitting; I curse them eating and I curse them drinking; I curse them rising, and I curse them lying; I curse them at home, I curse them away from home; I curse them within the house, I curse them outside of the house; I curse their wives, their children, and their servants who participate in their deeds. I (bring ill wishes upon) their crops, their cattle, their wool, their sheep, their horses, their swine, their geese, their hens, and all their livestock. I (bring ill wishes upon) their halls, their chambers, their kitchens, their stanchions, their barns, their cowsheds, their barnyards, their cabbage patches, their plows, their harrows, and the goods and houses that are necessary for their sustenance and welfare.”

“May all the malevolent wishes and curses ever known, since the beginning of the world, to this hour, light on them. May the malediction of God, that fell upon Lucifer and all his fellows, that cast them from the high Heaven to the deep hell, light upon them.”

“May the fire and the sword that stopped Adam from the gates of Paradise, stop them from the glory of Heaven, until they forebear, and make amends.”

“May the evil that fell upon cursed Cain, when he slew his brother Abel, needlessly, fall on them for the needless slaughter that they commit daily.”

“May the malediction that fell upon all the world, man and beast, and all that ever took life, when all were drowned by the flood of Noah, except Noah and his ark, fall upon them and drown them, man and beast, and make this realm free of them, for their wicked sins.”

“May the thunder and lightning which rained down upon Sodom and Gomorra and all the lands surrounding them, and burned them for their vile sins, rain down upon them and burn them for their open sins. May the evil and confusion that fell on the Gigantis for their oppression and pride in building the Tower of Babylon, confound them and all their works, for their open callous disregard and oppression.”

“May all the plagues that fell upon Pharoah and his people of Egypt, their lands, crops and cattle, fall upon them, their equipment, their places, their lands, their crops and livestock.”

“May the waters of the Tweed and other waters which they use, drown them, as the Red Sea drowned King Pharoah and the people of Egypt, preserving God’s people of Israel.”

“May the earth open, split and cleave, and swallow them straight to hell, as it swallowed cursed Dathan and Abiron, who disobeyed Moses and the command of God.”

“May the wild fire that reduced Thore and his followers to two-hundred-fifty in number, and others from 14,000 to 7,000 at Anys, usurping against Moses and Aaron, servants of God, suddenly burn and consume them daily, for opposing the commands of God and Holy Church.”

“May the malediction that suddenly fell upon fair Absolom, riding through the wood against his father, King David, when the branches of a tree knocked him from his horse and hanged him by the hair, fall upon these untrue Scotsmen and hang them the same way, that all the world may see.”

“May the malediction that fell upon Nebuchadnezzar’s lieutenant, Olifernus, making war and savagery upon true Christian men; the malediction that fell upon Judas, Pilate, Herod, and the Jews that crucified Our Lord; and all the plagues and troubles that fell on the city of Jerusalem therefore, and upon Simon Magus for his treachery, bloody Nero, Ditius Magcensius, Olibrius, Julianus Apostita and the rest of the cruel tyrants who slew and murdered Christ’s holy servants, fall upon them for their cruel tyranny and murder of Christian people.”

“And may all the vengeance that ever was taken since the world began, for open sins, and all the plagues and pestilence that ever fell on man or beast, fall on them for their openly evil ways, senseless slaughter and shedding of innocent blood.”

“I sever and part them from the church of God, and deliver them immediately to the devil of hell, as the Apostle Paul delivered Corinth. I bar the entrance of all places they come to, for divine service and ministration of the sacraments of holy church, except the sacrament of infant baptism, only; and I forbid all churchmen to hear their confession or to absolve them of their sins, until they are first humbles/subjugated by this curse.”

“I forbid all Christian men or women to have any company with them, eating, drinking, speaking, praying, lying, going, standing, or in any other deed-doing, under the pain of deadly sin.”

“I discharge all bonds, acts, contracts, oaths, made to them by any persons, out of loyalty, kindness, or personal duty, so long as they sustain this cursing, by which no man will be bound to them, and this will be binding on all men.”

“I take from them, and cast down all the good deeds that ever they did, or shall do, until they rise from this cursing.”

“I declare them excluded from all matins, masses, evening prayers, funerals or other prayers, on book or bead (rosary); of all pilgrimages and alms deeds done, or to be done in holy church or be Christian people, while this curse is in effect.”

“And, finally, I condemn them perpetually to the deep pit of hell, there to remain with Lucifer and all his fellows, and their bodies to the gallows of Burrow moor, first to be hanged, then ripped and torn by dogs, swine, and other wild beast, abominable to all the world. And their candle (light of their life) goes from your sight, as may their souls go from the face of God, and their good reputation from the world, until they forebear their open sins, aforesaid, and rise from this terrible cursing and make satisfaction and penance.”
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