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April 2021

The Unicorn: The National Animal of Scotland

2021-04-08T19:15:54+00:00

Scotland’s National Unicorn Day occurs on the 9th of April. National animals are frequently chosen from an iconic species in a country, for example, the springbok in South Africa. Alternatively, they may be chosen because they represent the spirit of a country. The United States has the eagle, a symbol of freedom while England has [...]

The Unicorn: The National Animal of Scotland2021-04-08T19:15:54+00:00

Gowk Day: April’s Fool’s Day in Scotland

2021-04-01T21:41:11+00:00

Gowk Day is Scotland’s take on April ‘Fools Day and is also celebrated on the 1st of April. In Scots ‘gowk’ has a double meaning. It can be a cuckoo or a fool. However, the cuckoo also features prominently in Scottish folklore and even has connections with the Standing Stones of Calanais. Gowk Day: Hunting [...]

Gowk Day: April’s Fool’s Day in Scotland2021-04-01T21:41:11+00:00

March 2021

The Sack of Berwick

2021-03-30T13:04:01+00:00

The Sack of Berwick must surely be one of the bloodiest atrocities of the Scottish Wars of Independence.  Today a ghostly piper is said to play his pipes while pacing the ramparts of Berwick Castle. We do not know who this spectre is, but could he be a victim of Edward I of England’s rage? [...]

The Sack of Berwick2021-03-30T13:04:01+00:00

Alexander III: A ghostly visitor at his wedding was a portent of his impending death

2021-03-29T21:31:18+00:00

Alexander III, King of Scots' wedding to Yolande de Dreux was unforgettable. Wine flowed freely in the Great Hall of Jedburgh Castle. This was a grand affair and a masked ball had been organised by the king. Thousands of candles lit the hall and the numerous guests danced to the music. Suddenly the doors burst [...]

Alexander III: A ghostly visitor at his wedding was a portent of his impending death2021-03-29T21:31:18+00:00

Was Saint Kessog Scotland’s Original Patron Saint?

2021-03-10T13:44:29+00:00

Saint Kessog (also known as MacKessog) is an obscure figure in Scottish history who appears out of the mists of time. However, he was once venerated by Robert the Bruce and there are those who argue that he was once the Patron Saint of Scotland, before Saint Andrew was given that iconic role.  Saint Kessog [...]

Was Saint Kessog Scotland’s Original Patron Saint?2021-03-10T13:44:29+00:00

February 2021

Burghead: Fire, Water, Wind and a whole load of Bull!

2021-02-20T15:39:26+00:00

The sleepy coastal town of Burghead becomes the focus of an ancient pagan ritual on the 11th January every year. As the Clavie, a barrel of burning tar is placed on the altar at the Doorie Hill the Brochers (natives of Burghead) watch on. The wood crackles. Sparks rise into the night skies. The flames [...]

Burghead: Fire, Water, Wind and a whole load of Bull!2021-02-20T15:39:26+00:00

Saint Valentine and the Glasgow Connection

2021-02-12T22:19:51+00:00

February the 14th is a time when all the romantics' hearts are set aflutter at the prospect of Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine.  People find themselves travelling around to globe to places renowned for their romantic moods. Paris, Rome and Venice all lay claim to being 'The City of Love' but did [...]

Saint Valentine and the Glasgow Connection2021-02-12T22:19:51+00:00

Mary Queen of Scots: A Haunted Heritage Trail

2021-02-08T16:51:50+00:00

Mary Queen of Scots took her first tentative steps down the stairway as the sun rose over Fotheringhay Castle sometime between 7 and 8 in the morning of the 8th of February 1587. But Mary was a queen, and she would meet her fate with the dignity of her office.  A deadly hush would have [...]

Mary Queen of Scots: A Haunted Heritage Trail2021-02-08T16:51:50+00:00

January 2021

From Imbolc to Candlemas; From the Goddess Brìde to Saint Brigid.

2021-01-30T18:30:32+00:00

Imbolc is a festival which pre-dates the arrival of Christianity in Scotland. The Coming of Christianity In the dawning of time, when Christian missionaries first arrived on Scotland’s shores, they faced a colossal challenge. They were dealing with a strange mix of peoples: the Dal Riadic people of the West, the indigenous Britons of Strathclyde [...]

From Imbolc to Candlemas; From the Goddess Brìde to Saint Brigid.2021-01-30T18:30:32+00:00

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

2021-01-21T20:34:13+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 Poem2021-01-21T20:34:13+00:00
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