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February 2020

The Curse of Patrick Hamilton

2020-02-28T20:54:56+00:00

Patrick Hamilton was only 24 years old on that fateful day. A tempest was raging through the streets of St Andrews, home to Scotland’s oldest university and once the resting place of the bones of Scotland’s patron saint. Another storm was raging in the hearts of the Scottish people. The flames which consumed the young [...]

The Curse of Patrick Hamilton2020-02-28T20:54:56+00:00

Saint Valentine and the Glasgow Connection

2020-02-14T14:19:11+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 Connection2020-02-14T14:19:11+00:00

Haunted Scottish Highlands: The Massacre at Glencoe

2020-02-12T16:24:34+00:00

Murder! Massacre! Betrayal! Treason! Glencoe is one of the most spectacular areas of unspoiled wilderness in Scotland. There is a haunting quality about the moor-clad mountains that stand as sentinels over the eight-mile long glen which runs from east to west along the northern border of Argyll. And there are those who say that the [...]

Haunted Scottish Highlands: The Massacre at Glencoe2020-02-12T16:24:34+00:00

Sacrist Downie: A Tale of Revenge and Death at Aberdeen University.

2020-02-10T15:12:47+00:00

Less is known about the life of Sacrist Downie than his death. Some think he may never have existed. Indeed, there is no record of the Sacrist ever having worked at Aberdeen University. Today on the 525th anniversary of the University, we are going to investigate a dark tale of revenge and death! The 10th [...]

Sacrist Downie: A Tale of Revenge and Death at Aberdeen University.2020-02-10T15:12:47+00:00

January 2020

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

2020-01-31T21:26:49+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.2020-01-31T21:26:49+00:00

Are the Scots a Nation of Pyromaniacs? Midwinter Fire Festivals in Scotland

2020-01-27T23:35:35+00:00

I am convinced that the Scots are a nation of pyromaniacs. I used to work in a laboratory connected to a famous Scottish food factory located on the banks of the River Spey. The guys that I worked with were obsessed with lighting fires and causing explosions. Alright, so when ‘Fire Starter’ was playing on [...]

Are the Scots a Nation of Pyromaniacs? Midwinter Fire Festivals in Scotland2020-01-27T23:35:35+00:00

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

Christmas in Scotland through the Ages

2019-12-29T15:52:32+00:00

Did you know that once upon a time, Christmas was banned in Scotland- by the Kirk? And that Christmas has only recently become a public holiday? However, from before the dawn of time, this time of year has been important to the inhabitants of Scotland. Stone Age Megaliths are aligned to the Winter Solstice. Many [...]

Christmas in Scotland through the Ages2019-12-29T15:52:32+00:00