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16 SATURDAY NOVEMBER 17 2012 www.ulsterscotsagency.com Ulster- Scot the The ‘Brave’ story of Carrickfergus If you’ve been to the pictures lately, you may have seen Disney Pixar’s latest release Brave. It features the adventures of a fictional Scots princess Merida, daughter of King Fergus, as she resists her father’s attempts to force her into an arranged marriage, while fighting bears, competing in the Highland Games and getting into scrapes with witches and will’ o’ the wisps. There has been huge interest in Brave, which includes the voices of stars like Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Billy Connolly and Robbie Coltrane and it has grossed more than $500million worldwide since its release. But what you may not know is that Ulster has its own story of Scottish royalty, also featuring a real King Fergus. On the slopes of Knockagh Hill in County Antrim lie the almost-forgotten ruins of Monkstown Abbey, the place where over 1500 years of tradition say that Fergus, the first King of Scotland, was buried during the 6th Century. While travelling from Scotland to a healing well in Ulster to cure his leprosy, the boat he was sailing in was shipwrecked on a rock (a carrig) near the entrance to Belfast Lough and he was drowned. The rock was forever named carrig Fergus – Carrickfergus – in his memory, and documents show that throughout the centuries, Scottish pilgrims, royal nobles, respected historical societies and local people were familiar with the story of Fergus, his death at the carrig and his subsequent burial at Monkstown Abbey. Little remains of the abbey today, but it was well known even in relatively recent times, as the notes of the Belfast Field and Naturalists Club outing June 7 1873 record: “the party set off with fresh vigour for Monkstown Abbey, on the south-western slope of the Knockagh. The fragment of this abbey now remaining is so small it was with some difficulty found, and consists of a mere boss of rude rubble masonry covered with foliage, and almost hidden from view. The original structure measured about 63 feet by 17 feet. It was here King Fergus, from whom Carrickfergus derived its name, was buried ...” King Fergus was believed to be travelling to Ulster to visit a healing well. It is believed that this was the well of St Bride, at Carrickfergus. ABOVE: King Fergus from Disney’s Brave LEFT: Fergus, the first King of Scotland While there is no trace of the well, it is commemorated in the name of St Bride’s Street in one of the oldest areas of the town. In the past there was confusion that the well referred to was the well which can still be seen in the Keep of Carrickfergus Castle. However, that well was built at the same time as the castle and there is no record of any activity on the Rock of Fergus before the castle was built by John de Courcy in 1178. King Fergus is revered as the first King of Scotland, but he also has a very current royal connection. Fergus and his two brothers originally moved over to Scotland from Ulster and it is held that Fergus was crowned King of Scotland on a sacred stone that he and his brothers brought from Ulster, which was known as the Stone of Destiny. It is believed that in later times that stone was moved to Scone Abbey outside Perth and the Kings of Scotland were crowned there. In 1296, that stone was seized by the English King, Edward I, who had it placed in St Steven’s Throne, which resides in Westminster Abbey and has been used in the Coronation of all British monarchs since that time. The Ulster-Scots Colouring in Competition began in June 2012 when copies of the colouring in sheet were distributed at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee event at Stormont. Competition organisers decided in early July to extend the competition by distributing colouring in sheets to the 25 community and voluntary groups holding a Summer School during July and August. Entries were returned by post to the Agency’s Belfast based office on Great Victoria Street – slowly at first, but as the summer months passed, entries began to flood in by the dozen. By the closing date in September, several hundred entries had been received! Entries were grouped into five categories – age 5 and under, 6 – 8 years, 9 – 11 years, 12 – 15 years and age 16 and over. With ten Ulster-Scots goody bags as prizes, two competition winners from each age category needed to be selected. The judging panel, made up of three members of Ulster-Scots Agency staff; Lyndsey Sullivan, Martina Morrow and Gillian Pearson got together to decide the ten winners and from these ten, one overall winner. It wasn’t long before the judges agreed that the standard of the entries was extremely high and selecting winners was going to be harder than they expected. We’ve got two fabulous Brave DVD and Book gifts sets worth £25 to give away - simply answer this question and email us your entry. Q. In the Disney Pixar movie Brave what is the name of Princess Merida’s father? Send in your answer and your full name by email putting BRAVE COMPETITION into the subject line to: [email protected] for your chance to win. Good Luck! Ulster-Scot Competition the n n A Brave DVD & Book Gift Set We We e’v ’v ve e go got t t t two o f fa fab bul lous B Brave D Q. In the Disney Pixar movi Ulster- Scot Com th W W WIN CLOSING DATE: MONDAY DECEMBER 3 Emma Barnett’s picture wowed the judges and was named overall winner in the Ulster-Scots Colouring In competition Well done to everyone who entered the Ulster-Scots Agency’s Colouring in Competition! Following much discussion, the panel finally agreed on the following ten winners: Age 5 and under: Lauren Barnett – Sollus Ulster- Scots Summer School, Bready Hannah Rankin – Sollus Ulster- Scots Summer School, Bready 6 – 8 years: Jessica Ralston – Loughries Ulster-Scots Summer School, Newtownards Emma Barnett – Sollus Ulster- Scots Summer School, Bready 9 – 11 years: Katie McAvoy – Edenderry Primary School, Portadown Beth McLean – Five Road Ends Ulster-Scots Summer School, Tobermore 12 – 15 years: Shannon Peake – Cloughskelt Rural and Cultural Association Ulster-Scots Summer School Rachel Carrigan – Ardinariff Historical and Cultural Society Ulster-Scots Summer School Age 16 and over: Sam Arnott – Artability Ulster-Scots Summer School Sophie Elliott – Artability Ulster-Scots Summer School The final task for the panel was then selecting one overall winner from the above ten winners, an extremely difficult challenge at that. Congratulations to Emma Barnett, from the Sollus Ulster-Scots Summer School in Bready (Age 8) SUMMER 2012 COLOURING IN COMPETITION RESULTS OVERALL WINNER WEANS’ WURLD Carrickfergus was named after King Fergus of Scotland, who drowned in a shipwreck near the entrance to Belfast Lough

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    The ‘Brave’ storyof CarrickfergusIf you’ve been to the pictures lately, youmay have seen Disney Pixar’s latestrelease Brave. It features theadventures of a fictional Scots princessMerida, daughter of King Fergus, as sheresists her father’s attempts to forceher into an arranged marriage, whilefighting bears, competing in theHighland Games and getting intoscrapes with witches and will’ o’ thewisps.

    There has been huge interest in Brave, whichincludes the voices of stars like EmmaThompson, Julie Walters, Billy Connolly andRobbie Coltrane and it has grossed more than$500million worldwide since its release.But what you may not know is that Ulster hasits own story of Scottish royalty, also featuringa real King Fergus.On the slopes of Knockagh Hill in CountyAntrim lie the almost-forgotten ruins ofMonkstown Abbey, the place where over 1500years of tradition say that Fergus, the first Kingof Scotland, was buried during the 6thCentury.While travelling from Scotland to a healing well

    in Ulster to cure his leprosy, the boat he wassailing in was shipwrecked on a rock (a carrig)near the entrance to Belfast Lough and hewas drowned.The rock was forever named carrig Fergus –Carrickfergus – in his memory, and documentsshow that throughout the centuries, Scottishpilgrims, royal nobles, respected historicalsocieties and local people were familiar withthe story of Fergus, his death at the carrig andhis subsequent burial at Monkstown Abbey.Little remains of the abbey today, but it waswell known even in relatively recent times, asthe notes of the Belfast Field and NaturalistsClub outing June 7 1873 record: “the partyset off with fresh vigour for Monkstown Abbey,on the south-western slope of the Knockagh.The fragment of this abbey now remaining isso small it was with some difficulty found, andconsists of a mere boss of rude rubblemasonry covered with foliage, and almosthidden from view. The original structuremeasured about 63 feet by 17 feet. It washere King Fergus, from whom Carrickfergusderived its name, was buried ...”King Fergus was believed to be travelling toUlster to visit a healing well. It is believed thatthis was the well of St Bride, at Carrickfergus.

    ABOVE: King Fergusfrom Disney’s Brave

    LEFT: Fergus, the firstKing of Scotland

    While there is no trace of the well, it iscommemorated in the name of St Bride’sStreet in one of the oldest areas of the town.In the past there was confusion that the wellreferred to was the well which can still be seenin the Keep of Carrickfergus Castle. However,that well was built at the same time as thecastle and there is no record of any activity onthe Rock of Fergus before the castle was builtby John de Courcy in 1178.King Fergus is revered as the first King ofScotland, but he also has a very current royalconnection. Fergus and his two brothersoriginally moved over to Scotland from Ulsterand it is held that Fergus was crowned King ofScotland on a sacred stone that he and hisbrothers brought from Ulster, which was knownas the Stone of Destiny. It is believed that inlater times that stone was moved to SconeAbbey outside Perth and the Kings of Scotlandwere crowned there.In 1296, that stone was seized by the EnglishKing, Edward I, who had it placed in StSteven’s Throne, which resides in WestminsterAbbey and has been used in the Coronation ofall British monarchs since that time.

    The Ulster-Scots Colouring inCompetition began in June2012 when copies of thecolouring in sheet weredistributed at the Queen’sDiamond Jubilee event atStormont.

    Competition organisers decidedin early July to extend thecompetition by distributingcolouring in sheets to the 25community and voluntary groupsholding a Summer School duringJuly and August.Entries were returned by post tothe Agency’s Belfast basedoffice on Great Victoria Street –slowly at first, but as thesummer months passed, entriesbegan to flood in by the dozen.By the closing date in

    September, several hundredentries had been received!Entries were grouped into fivecategories – age 5 and under, 6– 8 years, 9 – 11 years, 12 –15 years and age 16 and over.With ten Ulster-Scots goodybags as prizes, two competitionwinners from each age categoryneeded to be selected.The judging panel, made up ofthree members of Ulster-ScotsAgency staff; Lyndsey Sullivan,Martina Morrow and GillianPearson got together to decidethe ten winners and from theseten, one overall winner. It wasn’tlong before the judges agreedthat the standard of the entrieswas extremely high andselecting winners was going tobe harder than they expected.

    We’ve got two fabulous Brave DVD and Book gifts sets worth £25 to give away - simply answer this question and email us your entry.

    Q. In the Disney Pixar movie Brave what is the name of Princess Merida’s father?

    Send in your answer and your full name by email putting BRAVE COMPETITION into the subject line to:[email protected] for your chance to win. Good Luck!

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    WINCLOSING DATE: MONDAY DECEMBER 3

    Emma Barnett’s picture wowed the judgesand was named overall winner in theUlster-Scots Colouring In competition

    Well done to everyone whoentered the Ulster-Scots Agency’s

    Colouring in Competition!

    Following much discussion,the panel finally agreed on thefollowing ten winners:

    Age 5 and under:Lauren Barnett – Sollus Ulster-Scots Summer School, BreadyHannah Rankin – Sollus Ulster-Scots Summer School, Bready

    6 – 8 years:Jessica Ralston – LoughriesUlster-Scots Summer School,NewtownardsEmma Barnett – Sollus Ulster-Scots Summer School, Bready

    9 – 11 years:Katie McAvoy – EdenderryPrimary School, PortadownBeth McLean – Five Road EndsUlster-Scots Summer School,Tobermore

    12 – 15 years:Shannon Peake – CloughskeltRural and Cultural AssociationUlster-Scots Summer SchoolRachel Carrigan – ArdinariffHistorical and Cultural SocietyUlster-Scots Summer School

    Age 16 and over:Sam Arnott – ArtabilityUlster-Scots Summer SchoolSophie Elliott – ArtabilityUlster-Scots Summer School

    The final task for the panel wasthen selecting one overallwinner from the above tenwinners, an extremely difficultchallenge at that.Congratulations to EmmaBarnett, from the SollusUlster-Scots Summer School inBready (Age 8)

    SUMMER 2012 COLOURING IN COMPETITION RESULTS

    OVERALL

    WINNER

    WEANS’ WURLD

    Carrickfergus was named after King Fergus ofScotland, who drowned in a shipwreck nearthe entrance to Belfast Lough