Hole Ousia is interested in Scotland today and Scotland past; Scotland’s countryside and Scotland’s architecture from noble families to the common ankle-high rickle-stane remains of most of us.

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The ‘five-mile limit’ was lifted today:

Apollo’s Temple

25 February 2019: Peter and Sian wandered the grounds of Taymouth Castle. It was the first day of a wonderful short break. We were looking for ‘Apollo’s Temple’. We came … Continue reading Apollo’s Temple

Let us turn to our poet’s windows

In the attic of Upper Quoigs I came across a scatter of left-behinds, all plastered with pigeon poo: an album by Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band; Julius Caesar ‘Thinking it over’, … Continue reading Let us turn to our poet’s windows

‘Two inner gates’

16 April 1809, Marieville, Stirling: ‘Got the two inner gates at the back of the house put up. They were made out of part of the Lime trees that grew … Continue reading ‘Two inner gates’

MARIEVILLE

It is likely that you will have never heard of: I had not heard of it either. It once stood tall on Upper Bridge Street, Stirling, and was one of … Continue reading MARIEVILLE

Lacunar Strevelinense

A film that shares the ‘STIRLING HEADS’: ‘Lacunar Strevelinense : A Collection of Heads, etched and engraved after the carved work which formerly decorated the roof of the King’s Room … Continue reading Lacunar Strevelinense

Can you make sense of this?

The Roundel Stone

Set in Stone

Monday last week, I visited the Roundel: In visiting, I was aware that the inscribed stone that is associated with it, had long since been removed: Yesterday, on the last … Continue reading Set in Stone

Upper Quoigs

Early this morning I visited the abandoned farm of Upper Quoigs, Greenloaning. In the attic of Upper Quoigs I came across a scatter of left-behinds, all plastered with pigeon poo: … Continue reading Upper Quoigs

The Roundel

Early this morning I headed north from Bridge of Allan. I stopped five miles on, at the Roundel. The inscribed stone, that once stood central in the Roundel, was removed to … Continue reading The Roundel

Argaty Photograph Album

Strirling Council Archives have kindly made open to all,  photographs from Argaty estate, that were taken in the 1920s: After a fire in April 2011, Argaty House was left as … Continue reading Argaty Photograph Album

Dracula Salad

In the late 1980s, I visited Slains Castle, Cruden Bay, with my closest medical school friends. We did so on several occasions as it gave us a guid excuse to … Continue reading Dracula Salad