MAOLCOLM, BEQUEST OF THE BROTHERHOOD
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Maolcolm's charmed life and a penchant for story-telling wouldn't have come as a surprise to the monks
of Kilkillian Priory in Ireland where he was raised as a lad. They would never find out, however for they lay dead,
slaughtered by those who lusted for the presumed wealth of the monasteries of the sixteenth century and others, who were caught
in the frenzy of reducing to mere brick and mortar a church they thought had strayed.
Maolcolm, the son of a midwife and blacksmith, two professions with exceptional powers, would carry
on their legacy under the guise of a penitent banished from the priory in order to do penance in Scotland just as an ancient
predecessor had done. Maolcolm follows pilgrim tracks across midland Scotland oblivious to the turmoil going on around him,
including of all things, the Protestant Reformation. As he travels, he encounters endless perplexing individuals, some
reasonable, some saintly and some downright daffy. His adventures enchant endless audiences in ancient alehouses or
wherever he is able to assume his place beside the hearth.
There's a seriousness to Maolcolm's quest to accomplish the tasks that the monks of Kilkillian want
him to accomplish, but alas, forces beyond his control twist his mission within a mix of sometimes tragic, sometimes triumphant,
but always colorful circumstances. A fatal error in judgment at the end of his journey was by design as we come to find
It wasn't his passing that was so disturbing, it was the demise of oral traditions and old belief
systems that otherwise would be transmitted naturally to future generations. Imperative was the need to find an ear
to hear his story and possibly save the wealth of traditions for another millennium. All is told in the old alehouse
on the west coast of Scotland.
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Appeal The Scottish and Irish among us
Those who love fantasy
Those who have a love of history
Others who have found as I did that 16th century Scotland is an endless source of movie plots.