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August 2020

Lughnasadh, Lunastal or Lammas: The Celtic Harvest Festival

2020-08-02T09:20:56+00:00

Lughnasadh is a festival where the first fruits of the harvest are celebrated on the 1st August. It has its origins in two separate festivals. Firstly, it is the Celtic festival of Lunastal, Lunasdal or Lughnasadh, making it one of the Gaelic quarter-day festivals along with Imbolc, Beltane and Samhain. Later the quarter-day festivals would [...]

Lughnasadh, Lunastal or Lammas: The Celtic Harvest Festival2020-08-02T09:20:56+00:00

July 2020

The Battle of Killiecrankie: Scotland’s Most Haunted Battlefield

2020-07-27T21:10:22+00:00

The site of the Battle of Killiecrankie is said to be the most haunted of Scotland’s battlefields. The anniversary of the Battle of Culloden is said to be marked by the visitation of the ghostly soldiers who died there. Culloden is the site of the last Jacobite Battle and the last battle fought on British [...]

The Battle of Killiecrankie: Scotland’s Most Haunted Battlefield2020-07-27T21:10:22+00:00

Janet Douglas: Witch, Poisoner or the Grey Lady of Glamis?

2020-07-17T19:45:46+00:00

As Janet Douglas, Lady Glamis was led towards the waiting pyre on that fateful day on July 17th, 1537, her eyes must have fallen upon one in the gathered crowd. Her young son, John Lyon, 7th Lord of Glamis, stood between his captors. Perhaps he called to his mother. Perhaps he hung his head in [...]

Janet Douglas: Witch, Poisoner or the Grey Lady of Glamis?2020-07-17T19:45:46+00:00

June 2020

The Battle of Bannockburn: The Making of the Bruce Legend

2020-06-25T15:46:02+00:00

The Battle of Bannockburn fought on the 23rd and 24th of June 1314, was a turning point in Scottish History. To a large extent, it was this battle which made Robert the Bruce the legend he is in modern-day Scotland.  The Scots were greatly outnumbered and yet they won the day. But what happened at [...]

The Battle of Bannockburn: The Making of the Bruce Legend2020-06-25T15:46:02+00:00

Calanais: The Sun, The Moon, The Goddess and The Stones

2020-06-22T17:01:59+00:00

Many people visit the Calanais Stones, on the Isle of Lewis at sunrise on the Summer solstice. They have heard a legend about the arrival of the ‘Shining One’ and go there in the hope of catching a glimpse of this being. But what is the story behind the myth and why are the Calanais [...]

Calanais: The Sun, The Moon, The Goddess and The Stones2020-06-22T17:01:59+00:00

The Feast of the Nine Maidens: A Christian Feast or a Pagan Memory

2020-06-18T22:43:32+00:00

The 18th of June is the Feast Day of the Nine Maidens in Scotland. But who were these women? Did they ever exist? Were they Christian reworkings of an ancient religion tied to Goddess worship? What is the connection between the Nine Maidens, the Cailleach and Brìde? What is their connection with Edinburgh and King [...]

The Feast of the Nine Maidens: A Christian Feast or a Pagan Memory2020-06-18T22:43:32+00:00

The Wolf of Badenoch: Lighting the Lantern of the North

2020-06-17T09:16:00+00:00

Alexander Stewart, otherwise known as the Wolf of Badenoch, is perhaps the most notorious character ever to set foot in the north of Scotland. From his lair at Lochindorb, he began a reign of terror which extended through his lands in Northern Perthshire, to Buchan in the East and Lewis to the West. He was [...]

The Wolf of Badenoch: Lighting the Lantern of the North2020-06-17T09:16:00+00:00

Saint Columba: The Man, the Myth, the Legend

2020-06-09T18:16:27+00:00

The Feast Day of Saint Columba is celebrated on the 9th of June, on the anniversary of his death. In Gaelic, his name is Colum Cille which means ‘church dove’. But the princeling monk was not always the gentle servant of God: his zeal and thirst for learning sparked the first copyright dispute in history [...]

Saint Columba: The Man, the Myth, the Legend2020-06-09T18:16:27+00:00

May 2020

Cardinal Beaton: The Haunted Realm and Restless Spirits of Two Lovers Seperated in Death

2020-05-29T18:44:02+00:00

Cardinal Beaton was a man of many properties, during his lifetime. Many of these were acquired due to his position in the church. However, these were dangerous times to be lining your pocket with your parishioners’ silver. After all, the Reformation was a powder keg waiting to explode in Scotland. His own actions were to [...]

Cardinal Beaton: The Haunted Realm and Restless Spirits of Two Lovers Seperated in Death2020-05-29T18:44:02+00:00

The Battle of Dún Nechtain: The Beginninig of the Scottish Nation

2020-05-20T16:33:55+00:00

As the Battle of Dún Nechtain was taking place, a strange incident occurred in Carlisle.  Iurminburg, Queen of Bernicia, sought refuge in a Nunnery which her sister governed as Abbess. Where else was a woman supposed to find solace when their menfolk were at war? That day she had a visitor, the recently appointed Bishop [...]

The Battle of Dún Nechtain: The Beginninig of the Scottish Nation2020-05-20T16:33:55+00:00
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