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Subject: Re: Mackinder
Author: Jim Young   (guest)
Date: March 7, 2012 at 6:18 AM
Reply to: Re: Mackinder by Marc

Yes, the accepted explanation is the one cited by you and Marc, but the distribution is problematic.
It appears that the word pilgrim may not be a literal description. Deor (Deoraih, Dewar) was, in some instances at least, a religious office. The Dewar was the keeper of the relic of a saint, usually connected to a particular clan. His function was to take the relic to any gathering or ceremony where its presence was required. So his travelling around the country on a holy mission resulted in his being called 'pilgrim'.
In the Highlands the name Macandeor became Dewar (actually a Lowland Scottish place name). The Dewar of Glendochart, in Perthshire, was the keeper of the crozier of St. Fillan.

Messages in this thread:
  • Mackinder - mephistephanies  Mar 5 2012, 11:00 AM
    • Re: Mackinder - Marc  Mar 5 2012, 1:14 PM
      • Re: Mackinder - Jim Young  Mar 7 2012, 6:18 AM