December 2017

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

2019-11-04T13:48:15+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!2019-11-04T13:48:15+00:00

Why Was the Skull and Crossbones Carved On So Many Old Scottish Gravestones?

2018-01-28T22:11:02+00:00

A visit to Elgin Cathedral reveals a haphazard array of tombstones eerily carved with skulls, coffins and hourglasses. It seems almost morbid and creepy to us with our modern sensitivities and a culture where talk of death is taboo but let’s rewind back a few hundred years to post-reformation Scotland. In a world of poverty, [...]

Why Was the Skull and Crossbones Carved On So Many Old Scottish Gravestones?2018-01-28T22:11:02+00:00