January 2018

Robert Burns and the Da Vinci Code of Paintings

2018-01-28T22:38:47+00:00

Mystery! Intrigue! It began when I was researching out some information about Tam O’ Shanter. What I discovered was something which could have come straight out of a Dan Brown novel. First there was a ‘lost’ Robert Burns painting, thought once to have belonged to Sir James Shaw, one-time Lord Mayor of London. Then mysterious [...]

Robert Burns and the Da Vinci Code of Paintings2018-01-28T22:38:47+00:00

Scottish Graveyards: From a Multi-purpose Commodity to a Dying World

2018-01-28T22:39:37+00:00

Down through the ages, Scottish graveyards or kirkyards have had a variety of uses other than laying our dear departed to rest. This includes the following: being used as market places, being used as prisons, wappenschaws, weapons practice, feeding grounds for animals and inspiration for writers such as Charles Dickens and J K Rowling. [...]

Scottish Graveyards: From a Multi-purpose Commodity to a Dying World2018-01-28T22:39:37+00:00

December 2017

Bring out the Dead! Or Brick them up Alive! Black Death in Edinburgh!

2018-01-30T21:53:00+00:00

Plague! What could be a more chilling, bloodcurdling cry in Scotland during medieval times? Not even advancing armies could inspire such dread as the approaching doom of Bubonic Plague or ‘the Black Death’. The best ghost stories always involve dark deeds and dreadful deaths and it is small wonder that Edinburgh is said to [...]

Bring out the Dead! Or Brick them up Alive! Black Death in Edinburgh!2018-01-30T21:53:00+00:00

Spectral Terrors in Edinburgh’s Tolbooth Tavern

2018-01-02T22:52:05+00:00

From the outside, No.167 Canongate looks impressive. A huge clock overhangs the archway over Tolbooth Wynd and it is obvious that the five-storey high building is one of the Canongate’s oldest remaining constructions. The Tolbooth Tavern was built in 1591 and should not be confused with the Tolbooth Prison, a building which was once [...]

Spectral Terrors in Edinburgh’s Tolbooth Tavern2018-01-02T22:52:05+00:00

November 2017

Doomsday: Friday the 13th and the Templar Connection

2018-02-06T23:51:51+00:00

Friday the 13th is considered to be the unluckiest day of the year and in 2017 we have the double whammy of having Friday the 13th in both in January and October. Any misadventures we encounter on this day can be attributed to the date but on this day 710 years ago, you were truly [...]

Doomsday: Friday the 13th and the Templar Connection2018-02-06T23:51:51+00:00