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October 2020

King James VI and The North Berwick Witch Trials

2020-10-21T20:44:32+00:00

The events which led to the North Berwick Witch Trials began, not in Scotland, but at the other side of the North Sea. It all began on the 22nd October when James VI, King of Scots set sail for Norway to collect his bride, Anne of Denmark. The Scottish King got caught up in [...]

King James VI and The North Berwick Witch Trials2020-10-21T20:44:32+00:00

The Lore of the Scottish Rowan Tree

2020-10-21T20:41:48+00:00

The rowan tree has a special place in the hearts of the Scottish people. It was once worshipped by the Druids, planted near the doorways of homes as a protection from witches, used as part of the rituals in quarter-day celebrations and features prominently in Scottish folklore. Perhaps the most famous is the tale of [...]

The Lore of the Scottish Rowan Tree2020-10-21T20:41:48+00:00

September 2020

The Gorbals’ Vampire: The Iron-toothed, Child Eater who Terrorised Glasgow

2020-10-15T16:48:39+00:00

The words ‘The Gorbals’ Vampire’ spread from lip to lip. Wide-eyed, the children relished the horror of the tale. It had pale skin! Its eyes were red! They glowed in the dark! It was seven foot tall!  It had sharpened fangs made of iron. You will never guess where it lives! In the Gravy (The [...]

The Gorbals’ Vampire: The Iron-toothed, Child Eater who Terrorised Glasgow2020-10-15T16:48:39+00:00

Turning the Wheel of the Year

2020-10-15T18:30:41+00:00

The turning of the wheel of the year is something which is always with us. At the summer solstice, I stood watching the sunset at the Browland Standing Stones in Garmouth, one of the villages on the Spey Estuary. The standing stones make a four-poster circle which is an unusual stone circle configuration for the [...]

Turning the Wheel of the Year2020-10-15T18:30:41+00:00

August 2020

William Wallace: The Man, the Myth, The Legend

2020-10-15T19:30:33+00:00

William Wallace was executed on the 23rd of August 1305. He began life as an obscure laird or lord, one of Scotland’s lesser nobility. Wallace was never king of Scotland but for a short while, he led the country. He was a soldier and yet he fought in relatively few battles. So what caused his [...]

William Wallace: The Man, the Myth, The Legend2020-10-15T19:30:33+00:00

Lughnasadh, Lunastal or Lammas: The Celtic Harvest Festival

2020-10-15T18:32:07+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 Festival2020-10-15T18:32:07+00:00

July 2020

The Battle of Killiecrankie: Scotland’s Most Haunted Battlefield

2020-10-15T18:32:58+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 Battlefield2020-10-15T18:32:58+00:00

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

2020-10-15T17:54:16+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?2020-10-15T17:54:16+00:00

June 2020

The Battle of Bannockburn: The Making of the Bruce Legend

2020-10-15T19:31:37+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 Legend2020-10-15T19:31:37+00:00

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

2020-10-15T18:05:34+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 Stones2020-10-15T18:05:34+00:00
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