January 2020

Did Robert Burns’ Trip to Rosslyn Inspire lines from his Poem Tam o’ Shanter?

2020-01-24T14:52:56+00:00

On the 25th of January, Burns’ Suppers are held all around the world to celebrate the birth of the great Scottish Poet, Robert Burns. Perhaps one of his most well-known poems’ is  Tam o' Shanter. Is it possible that lines to this poem were inspired by his trip to Rosslyn Castle in 1787? A Trip [...]

Did Robert Burns’ Trip to Rosslyn Inspire lines from his Poem Tam o’ Shanter?2020-01-24T14:52:56+00:00

Tam O’ Shanter by Robert Burns: Scotland’s Most Haunted Poem

2020-01-23T19:53:28+00:00

The Scottish poet and lyrist, Robert Burns, was born on January 25th, 1759 in Alloway in Ayrshire. He is regarded as one of the greatest poets to come out of Scotland and to this day, the world over, Burns Suppers are held to celebrate his birth. Perhaps one of his most famous poems is [...]

Tam O’ Shanter by Robert Burns: Scotland’s Most Haunted Poem2020-01-23T19:53:28+00:00

December 2019

Hogmanay: The Traditions of Scotland’s New Year’s Eve

2019-12-31T12:40:20+00:00

Hogmanay is by far the biggest celebration in the Scottish year. Traditionally it surpasses Christmas in the degree to which it is celebrated. But why? From ancient times the Winter Solstice has been celebrated by the early people of Scotland. With the coming of Christianity, Christmas became a major celebration. However, during the Protestant Reformation, [...]

Hogmanay: The Traditions of Scotland’s New Year’s Eve2019-12-31T12:40:20+00:00

November 2018

Robert The Bruce: The Man, The Myths, The Outlaw King

2018-11-09T15:08:21+00:00

Robert I, King of Scots is better known by his title Robert the Bruce. This was the man who was to become a legend, a hero, a saviour to his people. This was the man who secured Scotland’s independence from England. He lived in a time when kings saw it as their God-given right to [...]

Robert The Bruce: The Man, The Myths, The Outlaw King2018-11-09T15:08:21+00:00

October 2018

The Scottish Origins of Halloween

2018-10-31T19:19:28+00:00

In the Beginning…   Halloween began as a Celtic harvest festival. The early Celts marked the end of summer with a festival they called Samhain (pronounced sow-in). As part of these celebrations they built fires and burnt animals as sacrifices. Samhain   means "summer's end" in Gaelic, according to the Indo-European Etymological Dictionaries. However, because  ancient records [...]

The Scottish Origins of Halloween2018-10-31T19:19:28+00:00

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