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Old 01-25-2014, 12:35 PM
Location: Lompoc, CA
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...sort of. That's simplifying it.

For those who might not know, the Red Wedding is a famous scene from Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire in which a lot of people are slaughtered at a wedding. My girlfriend, a big fan of the books, told me about how the scene was inspired by real life events:

'Game of Thrones' author George R.R. Martin: Why he wrote The Red Wedding | Inside TV | EW.com

I'm descended from the Campbell clan, in the Argyll region of Scotland. In 1692, the Campbells killed 38 members of the Clan MacDonald and 40 more died in the freezing temperatures in the aftermath:

Massacre of Glencoe - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I have a family member who's done family lineages going back to that time and I compared some of the names on that lineage with this article:

Earl of Argyll's Regiment of Foot - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

And found somebody, I believe it was Duncan Campbell in the regiment's third platoon, who was in my family lineage listed as Capt. Duncan Campbell who was alive around that time (they didn't have an exact birth-death date). I realize the names "Duncan" and "Campbell" were hardly uncommon in that area at that time, but I figure that if I'm a descendant from the clan (and one of my family members was even listed as an Earl of Argyll), I'm probably related to somebody who took part in the massacre.

So yeah, sometime long ago somebody I'm descended from probably helped to inspire a horrific scene in a modern work of fantasy!
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Old 01-26-2014, 11:31 AM
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That's kool.....Im descended from the Campbell clan myself too.
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Old 01-26-2014, 01:56 PM
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So's my husband -- maybe -- his last name is Campbell. We've been married for over 30 years and I never took his name. I told him the massacre was the reason why.
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