legend of Machim and the possible first discoverers
of the island of Madeira.
legend goes that in the reign of King Edward III (1327
-1377) a young commoner Scotsman, Robert Machim,
living in London besotted himself over a young gentlewoman,
Ana de Arfet, from the English aristocracy.
Their love for each other became apparent to the parents
of the young lady and it was hence forbade her to
make any contact whatsoever with her disapproved young
suitor. Indeed, the parents of the young gentle lady
made quick preparations to court her with a more suitable
candidate for husband from the English Royal Court.
These arrangements met the approval and endorsement
of the King of England himself, who had an eager interest
in not having any one of his gentry mix into the hoardish
Scottish blood from up north. King Edward spent much
time battling the Scots and their leader King David
II. The Scots were despised.
Machim was never to see his dear Ana again. Their
love had been strong for each other and their promises
made to each other to never love another forced them
to rupture themselves from the good society of London
and possibly elope. In desperation Robert Machim mustered
some of his friends up and kidnapped Ana to Bristol.
Plans had been made for a voyage to France and a boat
was made ready for their escape upon arrival in the
port city. With a couple of the close adventurous
friends they set sail at night - avoiding any undue
attention that may reveal their true identities. They
headed out towards their destination unawares of the
immediate dangerous events to occur in the days ahead.