Post by jeffreythancock on Oct 2, 2018 21:15:54 GMT
I got a 15mm wild haggis from irregular last week! How shall I use it? Put it in a pen with pigs, or out to pasture with sheep? Let it wander in a camp, hide in the woods, or fight alongside my wild Scots?! What color eyes do wild haggis have? For the record, this is the hairless variety
However you use your Haggis wether he be the hairless or shaggy variety make sure he always has a slope to stand on.
This is because the left side legs of the Haggis are always 6 inches shorter than those on the right. This came about through evolution. It allows the Haggis to contentedly graze on a Highland mountainside whilst remaining perpendicular to the horizon. The downside of this of course is that the Haggis can only run around the mountain in an anti clockwise direction. To catch a Haggis you only have to run around in a clockwise direction. Thus the ease of capture is why the wild Haggis is so rare today. It is also the reason that many older Scotsmen have right legs slightly shorter than their left.
As I got it for Dark Ages, Bonnie blue won't be suitable for his tam'o Shanter. Simple plaid of earthy colors?
Pretty much, yes. Slightly out of period, but Ian Heath's "Armies of Feudal Europe" book (see figs 48-50) makes it clear that the concept of the tartan for particular clans was something of a myth, and actually came from the fighting men wearing haggis-skin capes. These varied from area to area due to genetic variation, but were of earthy colours to allow some camouflage on the bleak gorse covered terrain. Scott
Assuming historical accuracy was kept, the film "Brave Heart" does have a scene where a small haggle (correct term to use for a collection of Haggis or Haggi) can be seen grazing on a hillside behind Mel Gibson's character. Please note they are all facing anticlockwise round the hill as previously discussed. The colours are indeed earthy and subdued which suggests they are supposed to be wild. Not the domesticated form of haggis which was bred to have more colourful long haired coats which when cross bred with the Kelpie (an art now lost to us) gave the shaggy Sporrran. The shaggy hair of the Haggis gave warmth and the tough hide of the Keplie protection, which is why most scotsmen wore it in front of the kilt to protect the nether regions. Especially when the wind blew up the Trussocks.
Interesting to see that the second (very rare picture) shows a wild trumpet nosed Haggis. Their call call can be heard across the heather on still frosty nights "Oc tha Noooooo, Oc tha Nooooooo"
Another little know fact is that Haggis are sometimes affectionately known as Jimmys. Most especially in Glasgow, where often on a Saturday night in Glasgow's Sauchiehall Street outside any Pub or bar one can hear men calling out "I'll Get you Jimmy!"