Scottish Soldiers in Norway

G. Blair Lister

Message 11944 · 5 May 1998 00:23:26 · Variable-width font · Whole thread

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>On Fri, 01 May 1998, Ken McFarland <xxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxx.xxx> wrote:
>>The story is about a group of Scottish soliders - possibly soldiers for
>>hire, but maybe some Earl's army - who were travelling through Norway, were
>>trapped by Winter snow, and never left. They are supposed to have settled
>>down and inter-married with the locals. ...
>

This reminded me of the following from Duncan A. Bruce's book, "The Mark of
the Scots".

"After the Battle of Pavia in 1525, some Scots, who had fought a losing
battle for Francis I of France, tried to get home by way of the Val
Cannobina, Julius Ceasar's road from Cis-Alpine to Trans-Alpine Gaul, and
were stopped by blizzards at the town of Gurro, short of the Simplon pass.
Today Gurro is populated by their descendants, who have names like Patritti
(Patrick), Tenenti (Tennant), and Gibi (Gibb). The people of the town still
use tartan cloth and say slante (in Gaelic, slainte = health) when
proposing a toast. In 1971 the people of Gurro were given rights as members
of the Clan Gayre by its chief, Lt. Col. R. Gayre of Gayre and Higg, and in
1973 a memorial was dedicated in the town with great ceremony to Sant'
Andrea degli Scozzesi."

Could these be the lost Scots?

Blair

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