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

September 2020

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

April 2020

The Stone of Destiny: The Holy Grail of Scotland?

2020-10-15T19:31:55+00:00

On the 11th April 1951, Scotland’s Stone of Destiny was found on the High Altar of Arbroath Abbey. The Stone had been missing for months. Some would argue that the Stone had not really been stolen for the Stone had been wrested from Scotland some seven hundred years before. But how can a simple block [...]

The Stone of Destiny: The Holy Grail of Scotland?2020-10-15T19:31:55+00:00

The Declaration of Arbroath and Historical Events at Arbroath Abbey

2020-10-15T19:28:37+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 Abbey2020-10-15T19:28:37+00:00

November 2018

The Tale of Randolph’s Leap  

2020-10-16T18:49:01+00:00

In the heartlands of Moray, there is a chasm cut by the swift white waters of the River Findhorn, called Randolph’s Leap. It is an impressive sight to see, even without the backdrop of the story that played out there many centuries ago. It is a tale of feuding families, civil war, a bloody battle [...]

The Tale of Randolph’s Leap  2020-10-16T18:49:01+00:00
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