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Gunn Clan Reference Information

The list below will be added to as more information flows in from all of your sources and ours.

Meanwhile, courtesy of the Clan Gunn Society of North America some useful information with which to do a litttle digging.

A list of Caithness parishes with earliest record dates.

More information at the Scottish Records Office.

And for those visiting Scotland, contact these offices to inspect their acrhives and libraries.

You can also find some interesting travel information in the the Gunn Travellers’ Journal.

Scotland’s Music

Here is an interesting book you might wish to investigate.

A History of the Traditional and Classical Music of Scotland
from Early Times to the Present Day
by John Purser
Published by Mainstream, 1992.
(7 Albany Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3UG)
ISBN 1-85158-426-9
311 pages; 225mm x 285 mm, hardback, 25 pounds – More on the book here

The Gunns
Thomas Sinclair’s history of Clan Gunn, Scotland.

The Gunns
Excerpts and chapters of Mark Gunn’s history.

Clan Heritage: Clan Gunn
Pocket sized history and introduction to Clan Gunn.
Compiled by Alan McNie.

The Gunns of Kinlochlaggen
Family history of this lkine of Gunns and migration to the USA
by David Roy Gunn.

Viking Ancestors
Chapters of various books of clan history as it relates to Viking heritage and settlement of Orkney and Cathness.

Ancient Norse Fathers of Clan Gunn
History of Nordic Background of Gunns
by Gerry Bryant.

The Septs
Collection of articles by Eyre-Todd and Mark Rugg Gunn. Also a section of articles on Monuments and Tombstones in Scotland relating to septs.

Articles, loose records, etc.
Census records of various states of original Gunns: 1880, 1900 and 1910. Not all are complete but they are useful.

Canadian Gunns: Collection of records.
Gunns of Augusta Co., VA: Gunns in NC circa 1800
Gunn: Index to articles, general information, excerpts of books 1700-1870. Copy of LDS records.
Parish Record entries in Sutherland County, Scotland.

Towns and Parish Information

Scottish Poetry

We all know what haggis is? Well here is a poem about the haggis. Declaimed at every Burns’ Supper celebrated around the poet’s birthday on 25 January, the closing stanza is said to have been composed by Burns “off the cuff” during a dinner. The poem was published soon after Burns arrived in Edinburgh. The earliest known recipe for this traditional Scottish dish using oatmeal, herbs and offal, was published in the same year.

Address to a Haggis
Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o the puddin’ race!
Aboon them a’ ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye wordy of a grace
As lang’s my arm.

The groaning trencher there ye fill,
Your hurdies like a distant hill,
Your pin wad help to mend a mill
In time o need,
While thro your pores the dews distil
Like amber bead.

His knife see rustic Labour dight,
An cut you up wi ready slight,
Trenching your gushing entrails bright,
Like onie ditch;
And then, O what a glorious sight,
Warm – reekin, rich!

Then, horn for horn, they stretch an strive:
Deil tak the hindmost, on they drive,
Till a’ their weel-swall’d kytes belyve
Are bent like drums;
The auld Guidman, maist like to rive,
‘Bethankit’ hums.

Is there that owre his French ragout,
Or olio that wad staw a sow,
Or fricassee wad mak her spew
Wi perfect sconner,
Looks down wi sneering, scornfu view
On sic a dinner?

Poor devil! see him owre his trash,
As feckless as a wither’d rash,
His spindle shank a guid whip-lash,
His nieve a nit:
Thro bloody flood or field to dash,
O how unfit!

But mark the Rustic, haggis-fed,
The trembling earth resounds his tread,
Clap in his walie nieve a blade.
He’ll make it whissle;
An legs an arms, an heads will sned,
Like taps o thrissle.

Ye Pow`rs, wha mak mankind your care,
And dish them out their bill o fare,
Auld Scotland wants nae skinking ware
That jaups in luggies:
But, If ye wish her gratefu prayer,
Gie her a Haggis!

We love poetry. And on the topic of love, here are some interesting love poems from one love to another.


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