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Loch Lomond

Updated on August 30, 2009

The Bonnie, Bonnie Banks O' Loch Lomond

My mother's maiden name was Douglas. We have ancestors in Scotland, somewhere around Loch Lomond in the county of Dunbartonshire.  The tune, "The Bonnie Banks o' Loch Lomond", has some special resonance for me. It makes me nostalgic for an era I never knew and homesick for a place I've never been.

This tune is often the final piece of music played after a show in Scotland. They remember, too,

The song is from a highlander who was captured during the 1745 uprising of Scottish against the English invaders in Scotland. The songwriter was a Jacobite.  He was captured by the English, and the English tortured the Jacobites by saying one would live and one would die--they had to chose themselves who would live and who would die.

O you'll take the high road and I'll take the low road

And I'll be in Scotland before ye

But me and my true love will never meet again

On the bonnie, bonnie banks o' Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond lies on the border between the Scottish Highlands and the Scottish lowlands.  This area is Highland in sympathy.  The Highlanders have been traditionally independent, remaining true to their Celtic roots, and Gaelic language.  They resisted the Protestant Reformation and the unification of Scotland with England, remaining Catholic (Jacobite), while many Lowlanders converted to Protestantism.  Before the 19th century this area was home to a much larger population, but due to the outlawing of the traditional Highland way of life following the Second Jacobite Uprising and the infamous Highland Clearances, the area is now one of the most sparsely populated in Europe.

The Corries

Loch Lomond

Robbie Burns, On a Visit to Loch Lomond

 From Mossgiel on 7th July, 1787 in a letter to John Richmond, friend from Edinburgh, Burns included the following ...

"... I have lately been rambling over by Dumbarton and Inverary, and running a drunken race on the side of Loch Lomond with a wild Highlandman; his horse, which had never known the ornaments of iron or leather, zigzagged across before my old spavin’d hunter, whose name is Jenny Geddes, and down came the Highlandman, horse and all, and down came Jenny and my bardship; so I have got such a skinful of bruises and wounds, that I shall be at least four weeks before I dare venture on my journey to Edinburgh...

The New Loch Lomond National Park

The new Loch Lomond National Park has ensured protection for what is not only Britain's largest freshwater lake, but one of its most beautiful.

West of the lake are the steep Arrochar Alps, toegerther with scores of much less visited lower hills, stretching down to the seacoast. This means there are walking routes for all levels of ability, from easy rambles to strenuous hikes to mountainous ascents.

Largest Lake in Mainland Britain

 Loch Lomond is a freshwater Scottish loch, lying on the Highland Boundary fault, between the western lowlands of Central Scotland and the southern Highlands.  It is the largest lake in mainland Britain, by surface area, and contains over 60 islands, including Inchmurrin, the largest fresh water island in the British Isles.  It is 24 miles long and varies in width between 3/4 miles and 5 miles wide.  It's average depth is about 120 ft. 

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    • Paradise7 profile imageAUTHOR

      Paradise7 

      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thankk you, Mrs. J.B., I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

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      Mrs. J. B. 

      7 years ago from Southern California

      Happy Easter: This is a beautiful hub filled with so much interesting information. I enjoyed it so much

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      liamscotslad@aol.com 

      7 years ago

      Alba Gu Brath

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      Shadow@aol.com 

      7 years ago

      You should check out another hub I just read about Scotland. It is just like yours fabulous.

    • Paradise7 profile imageAUTHOR

      Paradise7 

      8 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thank you again, Duchess!

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      Duchess OBlunt 

      8 years ago

      Just found this little treasure Paradise7. Lovely hub.

      My own family tree has been traced back the late 1600's but stops at Fordell Scotland. I have made many attempts to find Angus Brown but have run into snags every time. Sigh.

      My dream is to visit Scotland at least once and for at least 3-4 weeks. I would prefer 3-4 months, but unfortunately, I have not won the lottery yet LOL.

      Loved this hub.

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      Paradise7 

      8 years ago from Upstate New York

      You're welcome, heyju. Glad you enjoyed it!

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      heyju 

      8 years ago

      Paradise,

      I loved your hub, I would love to go to Scotland it looks so beautiful. Loved the song you added as well. Great stuff!! Thank you.

    • Paradise7 profile imageAUTHOR

      Paradise7 

      8 years ago from Upstate New York

      James, praise from you is praise indeed! Thank you, though I don't think it begins to measure up to your hub on Wales.

      Catherine R: (I enjoy your hubs, so much!) I WILL get to Scotland someday. I'd just love to find out if there's anyone on the olde sod from my family

      dohn121: You're so welcome. I've bookmarked your hub on Laos, and if we don't meet in Laos, we may meet in Scotland!

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      dohn121 

      8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Such beautiful scenery. Loch Lomond reminds me of some of the rural narrow expanses of the might Hudson River. I'd sure like to visit someday! I really enjoyed reading this, thank you.

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      Catherine R 

      8 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      I have never been to Scotland although I lived in England for many years. It does look so beautiful. You must go there to the home of your ancestors!

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      James A Watkins 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      WOW! These are incredible photographs. I just love them. I have been to Scotland and it is very beautiful. I will do a Hub about my travels there one of these days. Thanks so much for this fine Hub.

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