[lit-ideas] Re: SUNDAY POEM/Macgillonies of Strone

  • From: "Steven G. Cameron" <stevecam@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2004 08:37:20 -0400

David Ritchie wrote:

> Thank you for your responses yesterday.
> And from these we conclude?  The idea of limitless wine appeals to people.
> Female pirates are currently a bit of a hot subject; type "women pirates"
> into Amazon's search engine and you'll see.  Thanks, though, to Steve
> Cameron for telling me which among these books is worth attention.
> Slighty unfortunate name, Cameron.  

**My father thought his former one (Cohen) was even more unfortunate and 
changed it soon after being decommissioned from his WWII navy service -- 
a couple of years before marriage and starting our family.  He said he'd 
grown tired of the abuse suffered, picked on, for being the sole sailor 
on his ship who was Jewish -- and decided not to carry the (then) stigma 
into his professional realm.  How he came to choose Cameron is 
interesting. "Cohanim," of course, has a better known, historical 


/Steve Cameron, NJ

. Lowland name associated with three
> places.  Highland version, "like that of Campbell, is derived from a facial
> deformity, cam-shron, Gaelic for 'wry' or 'hook nose.'  Closely associated
> with the Donalds and Donalls.  The highland branch consists of three
> groupings: the Macmartins of Letterfinlay, the Macgillonies of Strone and
> the Macorlies of Glen Nevis.  If you have any choice in the matter, Steve,
> I'd advise association with the Macgillonies of Strone.  Lovely sound.
> Campbell, by the way, means "wry or crooked mouth."  (refs from George F.
> Black, "The Surnames of Scotland").
> No one expressed curiosity about the four lines I modified.  Perhaps because
> you all knew that they are by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge, about whom *I* knew
> nothing?  The poem, which I confess to finding in the Oxford Dictionary of
> Quotations, is called, "Unwelcome."  Now I'm going to have to look her up.
> S.T. Coleridge was her great, great uncle.  She lived in London, taught,
> died of appendicitis.  The lines I mangled are the four opening ones.  The
> woman turns out to be the unwelcome visitor.  You'll find the full text
> here:
> http://www.poemhunter.com/p/m/poem.asp?poet=3048&poem=363218
> Once more unto the essays...
> David Ritchie
> Portland, Oregon
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