What is it about the MacLeods? I obviously have a thing for the name..
As J.K. and Jack Brighton, I use the clan name for two hugely important characters. I've just blogged about this as J.K. on my 'Naked Hero' page, where Lewis MacLeod is the star of that series, and I thought it would be a good time to do an equivalent blog here on Jack's 'The Wild Side' page, where Angus MacLeod rules supreme as The Master of The Wild Side.
So, I have two MacLeods, which might not sound very original, but it's not so simple, and I'll tell you why...
There are actually two branches of the MacLeod clan, both with the same origin: a chap called Leod, who was born about 1200, the son of Olaf the Black, King of Man and the Isles. One of those isles was Harris and Lewis in the Hebrides. Leod had two sons (Mac meaning son of). The eldest Tormod, formed the MacLeods of Harris - sometimes known as the MacLeods of MacLeod. While his second son, Torquil, formed the MacLeods of Lewis.
Not surprisingly, I have Lewis in Naked Hero come from the MacLeods of Lewis. Their motto is 'I BIRN QUHIL I SE', which translates literally as, 'I burn while I see', or more appropriately for my troubled young tennis player, 'I burn but am not consumed', with a shining sun as the symbol. They also have 'The Loud MacLeod' as their tartan - a bright yellow number as shown below - a tamed down version of which I briefly dress young Lewis in.
But I can't imagine my other MacLeod in something like that!
The green and blue Macleod of Harris tartan is a lot more butch, and this is the one Angus would wear, and is very similar to the kilt I wore as a young man. And the clan badge with it's motto is far more appropriate for Angus as well: A snorting bull with red flags above, sums him up pretty well - he's hung like one, and he ruts like one, and you certainly wouldn't want to make him angry as he can charge and gore like one as well. And the motto 'HOLD FAST' also hold true, as no one could ever ride this bucking bronco, and those who are part of his riotous life need to hold fast if they want to stay with him.
I use the clan badge in scenes with both my characters. Lewis is presented his as an actual badge with a piece of lucky heather prior to a big tennis final, while Angus is presented his in a very different manner. The actual deed happened years before, but here is Angus MacLeod being presented it again, by a man called Paddy McGuire...
“Still as fine as ever!” declared MacLeod on seeing it, his heart swelling with pride and his cock straining with desire as he took in the glory of what was his and his alone. A fact that was advertised by the MacLeod family crest that was tattooed on the Irishman’s right butt cheek – a black bull’s head between two red flags, surrounded by a circular buckled belt with the motto ‘HOLD FAST’ boldly on top. It marked the ass and the man as his, although MacLeod didn’t need a tattoo to be sure of that. Whatever happened between them as time took its toll, no other man’s cock would go up there. Paddy would kill before he allowed such a thing, and no one in their right mind would try to take him by force as that also would result in a trip to the morgue.
Extract from 'Christmas at The Wild Side'.
Jack Brighton is a British author who specialises in gay erotica with a BDSM