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Latest Blog Posts for Living with Clans and Castles
- Flodden 1513on May 5, 2016The most recent Scots Heritage Magazine has a piece on the feud between the Montgomery and Cunningham families in the 15th/16th centuries. It's a depressing story but I read it anyway: castles burned with folk inside them, a parade of individuals amb...
- The Scots who migrated to Bath.
- General Hugh Mercer: Jacobite, Doctor, Symbol of the American Revolutionon Dec 29, 2015General Hugh Mercer was a Jacobite who fought at the Battle of Culloden (1746) as a 20 year old surgeon and died as a general in George Washington's Continental Army, fatally wounded at the Battle of Princeton in 1777, now aged 51. Washington said of...
- Clashing Cultures
- Gallipoli 1915 and Culloden 1746on Jul 12, 2015My adopted town of Hawick remembers its dead. In May I visited the Gallipoli peninsular, scene of a disastrous campaign in 1915. At the great Helles Memorial to those who died, a marble plaque from the town commemorates the Hawick fallen, and each ye...
- Scotland says 'No'. But now that you're listening...on Sep 23, 2014So what should those outside these shores make of our Independence Referendum?In short, the 'No' vote won but we are now in a much better position - with more devolution on the way - than we were a month ago.Much passion has been generated and...
- Come home to Scotland!on Jun 29, 2014How lucky we are in Scotland to have a colourful and vibrant clan culture to underpin our tourism industry! But are we looking after our Diaspora?...making it easy for folk to find and enjoy the experiences that they seek?Yesterday I was at the very...
- Rewriting the Battle of Bannockburn
- What is a 'Broken Clan'?
- When is a castle not a castle?on Jan 19, 2014A castle is advertised for sale. So I took a look.Cavers Castle (or maybe Cavers House?) in its prime.Cavers Castle, a tower house of the Black Douglas, was destroyed by the English in 1545, remodelled in the 1750s and much extended in 1887. It has b...