"The miller's daughter walking by
With frozen fingers soldered to her basket
Seems to be knocking
Upon a hundred leagues of floor
With her light heels, and mocking Percy and Douglas dead.
And Bruce on his burial bed,
Where he lies white as may With wars and leprosy,
And all the kings before
This land was kingless.
And all the singers before
This land was songless . . . "
—Edwin Muir, "Scotland's Winter"
Rockford in July seems an unlikely place and time to hold "The First Annual Highland Games" unless it were in obedience to the biblical admonition that "the...