10 Responses to “Black Agnes”

  1. Kay A. Ziraphale

    Great entry! I love the Leeroy Jenkins reference XD All the silly little details are exactly what I love about Rejected Princesses. I got the book from the library! :3 It’s amazing! Might I suggest more mythological heroines? And some more LGBTQ+ heroines? I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE A’isha’s entry and her art! Just… GORGEOUS AND SYMBOLIC AND BEAUTIFUL. I’m not Muslim by any stretch, but I need to learn more, because she’s really interesting! Also Marjana is great too. :3 Thank you so so so so so much!
    -Kay A. Ziraphale (an overly excited bookworm)

  2. D.S. Ryelle

    Now I understand why that Hearthstone card pops out two dragons for your opponent. xD

  3. Amy Stevenson

    oh hang on…
    Didn’t I suggest this sometime last year? yaaay :D

    Fingers crossed now for Flora MacDonald

  4. ambaryerno

    I’m pretty sure the ostentatious armor Montague is depicted wearing is entirely artistic license. Something like that would be ridiculously impractical, if not actually DANGEROUS for him to actually wear on the battlefield.

    This was real life, not Game of Thrones.

  5. Nicole Beaver

    Ramsay?! I’m a distant descendant of the clan! The Ramsays (my family branch at least) later became Scottish privateers (during the English’s reign though) and one of my ancestors was actually the ‘ruler’ of Nova Scotia. According to family lore he built the University in Halifax with pirate gold (again though this isn’t confirmed). Thanks for the tidbit!

  6. Amy Gibson

    The Ramsay in question was Sir Alexander Ramsay of Dalhousie, he was later starved to death in Hermitage Castle by Sir William Douglas, ‘the Knight of Liddesdale’. He used a boat to sneak past the English blockade (if I remember correctly, there were also Genoese ships besieging the seaward side of the castle but he got past somehow). It would also be inaccurate to describe him as part of a clan in the strictest sense at this point; the clan-system stretching across the whole country is one of the infamous myths of Scottish history, but that’s more a quibble than anything.
    As for clearer sources, there is at least one near-contemporary reference to the siege of Dunbar in the English Chronicle of Lanercost, but it is very short and simply notes that it held out gallantly and the countess was in command. Similarly the Scot John of Fordun’s chronicle only remarks that the castle was besieged heavily by Salisbury but held out. Late fourteenth century and early fifteenth century Scottish sources embellished the story more fully, notably Andrew Wyntoun’s ‘Oryginale Cronykil’ and Walter Bower’s ‘Scotichronicon’. These have generally formed the foundation for most nineteenth century and modern accounts, though with a good deal of folk material added in and also sometimes some confusion and contradiction between accounts. All of the medieval sources above are online and translated with the exception of the Scotichronicon (but the Book of Pluscarden is online and that largely follows the Scotichronicon account of the siege of Dunbar). Sorry you probably know this already, just in light of your footnotes I thought it might clear up any confusion about quotation sources, e.t.c.

  7. Blaine Pullin

    Well done. Just found out my wife is descended from the Dunbars, and is related to Agnes, in a round-about way.

  8. screwtape2713

    Actually, your family lore is very close to correct (and Dalhousie University in Halifax confirms it). The Earl of Dalhousie was the Governor of the British colony of Nova Scotia during the War of 1812 between the UK and the US. During the war, forces under Dalhousie’s command captured most of the state of Maine from the Americans and then held it for the rest of the war. The Treaty of Ghent in 1814 ended the war by returning the two sides to their pre-war borders between the US and the British colonies, so Maine got handed back to the US. In the meantime, however, Dalhousie had collected taxes and tolls in the captured territory for two years, which he kept and used to found the University. There’s a very nice little plaque on the original university building detailing the story.

  9. Nicole Beaver

    Fascinating! Thanks for that tidbit. I never really knew the whole story!