Just continuing in the same vein as last post; Commonwealth baton relay and Fort William, with an added sprinkling of Harry Potter magick.
Today's (7/7) BBC tells of how, on 12th July, the baton is due to "take in the Glenfinnan Viaduct", one of the most "iconic locations from the Harry Potter films". In addition, it will conclude it's journey that day at recent earthquake ridden, Fort William. (BBC News)
In case the reader needs put in the picture, the 12th July is known as the "Glorious 12th" and is celebrated by Orangemen (Protestants) in respect of a famous victory by William of Orange AKA King Billy over Catholic King, James 2nd, at the alleged Battle of the Boyne.
From wiki :
Attempts have recently been made to downplay the political aspects of the marches and present the Twelfth as a cultural, family-friendly event at which tourists are welcome, but violence continues.
The top image is from last Saturday in Glasgow, at an Orange Order march. Scotland has a fairly lengthy marching season. (here)
From wiki re Fort William :
The town grew up as a settlement next to a fort constructed to control the population after Oliver Cromwell's invasion during the English Civil War, and then to suppress the Jacobite uprisings of the 18th century. The fort was named "Fort William"' after William of Orange, and the settlement that grew around it was called "Maryburgh", after his wife.
Harry Potter has "connections" with the Protestant - Catholic historical divide and conquer. From my recent post Growling at Rowling :
Some food for thought is that many Potter fans believe that "Voldermort's" grave is located in Edinburgh's Greyfriars Churchyard (Dark Arts). ..
Reverence for the tenets of Judaism was a hallmark of 17th century fundamentalist Protestant thinking when the National Covenant of 1638 seemed to set the seal on the belief that by returning to the "true religion" at the Reformation the Scots had become a chosen people
The National Covenant was signed at Greyfriars.
Note too that William and Mary were crowned joint sovereigns of the United Kingdom on 11th April, the 101st day of the year. I have written about the date many times, and it's "coincidences" regarding the Stone of Destiny, the Dunblane massacre, Prince William and his wings etc. (It's a kind of magick)
On Saturday, Prince William, Harry, and Kate launched the 101st Tour de France.
Whilst I cannot really let William of Orange go without a nod to the Glencoe Massacre (a blood sacrifice) and occultist, friend of royalty, Jimmy Savile's, choice of Scottish abode.