It commemorates Abbot John Hamilton, one of the three natural
sons of James Hamilton, first Earl of Arran. Appointed in 1625,
through the favour of his father, he exercised great influence over
his brother James, second Earl of Arran, Governor of Scotland
during the minority of Queen Mary. He was appointed Bishop of
Dunkeld in 1543, and promoted to the Archbishopric of St.
Andrews in 1549. A firm adherent of Queen Mary, he was con-
demned by the regent Lennox, and was hanged at Stirling on the
1st April, 1570.
After the execution, the body of the archbishop was quartered, but his mangled remains are said to have been carried by his friends to Paisley, and there interred. In the abbey church is a tablet which looks as if it had once marked his grave. Upon it are the archbishop’s armorial bearings, the letters his initials J. H., and the motto he adopted, Misericordia et Pax.
Abbot John Hamilton
the joker in guise
The message appears
before your eyes
enjoying the dance.
Lost in the music
A heavenly chorus
immersed in light,
a heart resurrected
a wondrous sight.
“The apparent overlaying of pre-Christian, probably Druidic sites, particularly in the more Celticised regions, by the later Celtic monastic orders would seem to run parallel with the view that the Culdees were the ‘Christian inheritors of the Druids’. In other words the same mystery wisdom teaching would appear to be central to both the Druidic and Celtic Christian philosophical tradition, especially when one considers that both appear to have employed the same principles embodied in an ancient sacred science. For example, the siting and format of their places of worship and also the use of holy healing wells.” Barry Dunford
“It would appear that in the remote past certain geomantic vortex points on the earth’s surface were found to be conducive for the interconnection between sub-terrestrial, terrestrial and cosmic influences and vibrations. A specific vibrational field was created by the interaction of these forces which proved conducive to spiritual activities and higher communement with other dimensional frequencies. It was at these geomantic points that sites of spiritual worship were often established, and thus we find megalithic stone monuments (circles, standing stones and dolmens etc.) and later temples, monasteries and churches, all strategically placed at these geomantic power points and almost always sited in some form of alignment with each other.” Barry Dunford
The Barochan Cross
The former site of The Barochan Cross in Renfrewshire is now the location of a war memorial. It is possible, in the past this was a gathering site for the people to come together as a community for prayer and to discuss issues of the day.
I wonder what would happen if instead of war memorials on the power points we had something celebrating the peace makers, the philosophers, the mathematicians, the astronomers, the musicians, the inventors, the artists, the mystics and the poets.
Motto: Avito viret honore
‘Flourishing through ancestral honour’