Ever wanted to know what that silly name "Laggan Rhye" means ? Or are you just curious and do you want to know where Laggan Rhye originated ? Well, let's hope this page will answer that and furthermore : Sit back and enjoy this nice little story about Laggan Rhye.
First of all, the name: What does Laggan
Rhye mean? Well, in July 1991 the band had their holiday in
During the tour (by backpack) through
The band liked their dram and had a few
drinks when they came up with "Laggan Rye". And a few days this was their
new name. But as they got more and more acquainted with the people of
Let's get some details right.
It is not to be expected many people have visited the western highlands of Scotland frequently. So let me point out to you where the little town of Laggan resides.
At the southern boundary of Loch Ness, there's a town called Fort Augustus. It has a nice church with lots of the clan history of the area. A "must visit" if you are in the area. Also, if you want to know more about the habitant of the lake, Nessie, there is a elaborate information centre about this prehistorically remnant.
Well, if you travel 15 miles to the southwest, along the banks of the Caledonian Canal, you stumble upon a lock. Around it there are only a few houses and thought the town is tiny, during holiday-season it can get crowded. A nearby beautifully situated complex of lodges and increased boating activities in the summer attract tourists.
picture source : West Highland Sailing (thanks)
How about the second part of the name: Rhye.
As mentioned before the Celts and Gaelic speaking people write it as " Rhye", and in old English it is spelled "ryge".
1. A cereal grass (Secale cereale) widely cultivated for its grain.
2. The grain of this plant, used in making flour and whiskey and for livestock feed.
3. Whiskey made from the grains of this plant.
[Middle English from Old English ryge.]
1. the seed of the cereal grass
2. hardy annual cereal grass widely cultivated in northern Europe where its grain is the chief ingredient of black bread and in North America for forage and soil improvement [syn: Secale cereale]
3. distilled from rye or rye and malt [syn: rye whiskey, rye whisky]
Date: 1785 : a whiskey distilled from rye or from rye and malt
Source : Merriam-Webster dictionary
Cronus, jealous of the future power of his children and to secure his dominion, ate his own children but Rhea managed to rescue one son, Zeus. She hid him in the Dictean Cave in Crete and gave Cronus a stone wrapped in the clothes of the infant, which he swallowed. Thus Rhea succeeded in making him believe that he had killed all of his children. When Zeus reached maturity he overpowered and dethroned his father and made Cronus disgorge his siblings.
Rhea is identified with mother goddess Cybele from Asia Minor and is also known as Rhea Cybele and Magna Mater ("great mother"). She was worshipped with orgiastic rites. Rhea is depicted between two lions or on a chariot pulled by lions.
source : pantheon
Let's get on a journey through the western Highlands...
View from Laggan in the summer, facing southwest : Loch Lochy
Near Loch Lochy, travelling from Laggan to Invergary
Laggan locks some 50 years ago.
Now we travel the odd 15 miles northeast from Laggan to Fort Augustus, near Loch Ness :
The mountain in the background is Ben Tee, from which you get a beautiful view over the Loch Ness area.
Well, this is Loch Ness. At the right side (in the back) Ben Tee.
Loch Ness in the sunshine.
This is a spectacular view from Ben Tee.
...and in aftermath
the reflection declines...
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