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April 2020

The Declaration of Arbroath and Historical Events at Arbroath Abbey

2020-04-06T11:54:07+00:00

The Declaration of Arbroath was signed on the 6th of April 1320. Robert the Bruce and a retinue of earls and knights met at Arbroath Abbey to sign the historic document. Not only was this most likely the most important document ever to be signed in Scotland but the ramifications of its ideals were to [...]

The Declaration of Arbroath and Historical Events at Arbroath Abbey2020-04-06T11:54:07+00:00

March 2020

Spooky Scotland’s Guide to the Scotland’s Haunted Highlands and Islands

2020-03-29T16:44:29+00:00

Perhaps nowhere in the world has as many tales of hauntings as Scotland's Haunted Highlands. The Landscape and Scotland's Haunted Highlands There is a haunting quality to the Highlands of Scotland which conjure up images of kilted clansmen appearing out of the mist. The ruins of abandoned cottages are remnants of a way of life [...]

Spooky Scotland’s Guide to the Scotland’s Haunted Highlands and Islands2020-03-29T16:44:29+00:00

The Deaths of George Wishart and Cardinal Beaton: Martyrdom and Murder at St Andrews Castle

2020-03-01T16:29:31+00:00

The martyrdom of George Wishart at St Andrews on the 1st of March 1546 has a déjà vu feel to it. Only eighteen years prior to this, Patrick Hamilton had a similar fate at the hands of a Catholic Beaton in the town, once said to hold the relics of Scotland’s Patron Saint. George Wishart [...]

The Deaths of George Wishart and Cardinal Beaton: Martyrdom and Murder at St Andrews Castle2020-03-01T16:29:31+00:00

February 2020

The Curse of Patrick Hamilton

2020-03-01T06:37:38+00:00

Patrick Hamilton was only 24 years old on that fateful day in 1528. 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 Curse of Patrick Hamilton2020-03-01T06:37:38+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