Monday, 1 January 2018

I am Lord Fingal

I seem to have found myself an alter ego: "Lord Fingal" of Skye Castle, who is a lovable Scottish Terrier character in the animated BBC children's TV programme "Hey Duggee". I am grateful to a friend (with a small child) for introducing me to "Hey Duggee", which is remarkable, if not unique, for the fact that parental enjoyment does not need to be feigned. 

I am grateful to my scrum master (also with small children) for introducing me to Lord Fingal and insisting that he become my avatar for a variety of professional online purposes.

Lord Fingal

The conundrum is whether Lord Fingal is a Skye Terrier as he lives in Skye Castle? Internet research says "yes and no". Lord Fingal is, to be precise, a Scottish Terrier (Scottie or Aberdeen Terrier), but historically Scotties and other Highland terriers were grouped as "Skye Terriers". Fascinatingly, the Skye Terrier proper is almost extinct, despite the most famous non-fictional dog in the world, Greyfriars Bobby, being of this breed. 

Fingal is voiced by Alexander Armstrong in the style of Billy Connolly, and you will have to decide if there is any resemblance between Lord Fingal and myself. :-) However, before my Mum passed away, and as I was fussing around in her hospital room and sorting things out, she looked at me and I could see she was thinking deeply. "You are like a little Jack Russell terrier." she remarked wisely. It was a time in our lives when we spoke the great truths. I was inwardly pleased as I like to think I have the persistence and activity levels of a terrier, and indeed I have held terriers in great affection, particularly Border Terriers and Jack Russells, before and even more since this incident.

There is no doubt, however, that there is a remarkable resemblance between Skye and Balintore Castles: with a observation turret in the middle, a flag pole, round turrets in the corners, and an arched front door.

Skye Castle
I did upload a very short segment of Lord Fingal to YouTube for including in this blog, but this disappeared after a couple of hours due to copyright infringement: there must be some auto-detection going on. The whole episode was out there on the Web anyhow, so I wasn't sure whether a few seconds would be problematic or not. Anyhow, now we know. :-) If you want to see Lord Fingal in action for yourselves, he appears in Series 1 Episode 17 entitled "The Castle Badge".


  1. Hey Duggee is absolute genius! And Lord Fingal's BC accent hilarious. Fabulous avatar idea!

  2. How can I contact you? Want to restore a castle too (Lennox). Need some words of advice from someone who has done it before.