April 23rd, 2011

Specific wording for a loyalty oath 17th century

My story takes place in the late 17th century in the scottish highlands. I am about to set the scenery for a clan meeting during which some of my characters are suppose to give a loyalty oath to their chief. I want to know if there was a certain way in which this was done and if there was specific wording.
I found some information in another novel, but am not sure whether that was the common way of doing that or if the author just made it up - if so, I obviously can't use that.

I searched google with following words and phrases:
- clan history
- loyalty oath wording
- oath of allegiance
- scottish oaths
- loyalty oath clan chief

from the offered results i checked

- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loyalty_oath
- http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-12940384.html
- http://news.scotsman.com
- http://www.clangrant-us.org/FAQ.html
- http://www.bayviewkentallen.co.uk/glencoemassacre.html
- http://mysite.verizon.net/.../clanmactavishseannachie/id20.html

- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oath_of_Allegiance_(United_Kingdom)
--> this site does give wording examples for oaths, but only for oaths of allegiance to the king or queen of england

Maybe I am just trying to be too precise, yet I want to know if there was a specific way for that kind of ceremony and if there were specific words that were used.

It would be great if someone could help. Even if you just tell me, that there was no specific way and it was done individually, depending on the clan maybe.

Oh - the clan that I am referring to are the Frasers of Saltoun. If that is of importance.

How did the brakes on a 1922 Nash Roadster work?

This barely matters in the grand scheme of the story, but it is bothering me so much.

What was the gas/brake configuration like in a 1922 Nash Roadster? It doesn't specifically have to be the 1922 model--hell, it doesn't specifically have to be a Nash--since the story is set in an alternate universe US circa 1926-1928, so I have room to play a little fast and loose with actual facts. But a fairly cheap and sporty car of that era, would it have the brake pedal on the floor yet? Because I'm almost sure the earliest mass-produced, priced-for-the-middle class cars had a different mechanism than what the ones now have. I'm almost remembering it being a handbrake, but I could very easily be completely imagining that.

I feel like I should know this since I did my undergrad history major mostly concentrating on the US from about 1900-1940 and I can almost remember reading about that. But I've looked on Wikipedia and some vintage care restoration sites and the Google, and in some classic car books at the library where I work. I just cannot find any good pictures of the driver's side interior of a car from the era I'm looking for or much about what the various bits of it do.
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Boarding School Regulations

I'm looking for some of the regulations that might surround visitation at boarding schools in the United States. This is particularly in a high school boarding school. I know that there are some boarding schools that have restrictions on parents just coming up to grab their child (for the purpose of protecting students from parent kidnapping) but would like to know more about what this might entail (and if anyone has ever heard of it).

I Googled "boarding school visitation rules" and "parents visitation boarding school." I found something very brief about boarding schools in the UK requiring parents to schedule visits.