‘Battle for the Wallace Monument’

As reported in the Stirling Observer, 16 September 2020. Did you know that there was an even greater ‘battle’ over the Wallace Monument which goes back over 160 years – … Continue reading ‘Battle for the Wallace Monument’

Diana Rigg

Diana Rigg died on 10th September 2020. A special women with such talent and style. She will be missed by so many. Diana Rigg was married to Archibald Stirling of … Continue reading Diana Rigg

Last Monday

The following poem is addressed to Robert Hepburn who died in Temple, 1798.  It is based on a  stone gateway that has out-survived the house that it long since introduced. … Continue reading Last Monday

The inscriber ran out of room

On the back of a tombstone in Humbie Churchyard I came across this inscription: You will notice that, in the second line, the inscriber ran out of room. Footnotes: *The … Continue reading The inscriber ran out of room

‘WE AL MUST PAS’

In Humbie Churchyard I came across this incredibly intricate and well-preserved 17c tombstone: This tombstone recalls the SKIRVING family of: At the bottom of the tombstone is this carved Angel: … Continue reading ‘WE AL MUST PAS’

STOBS

Last week I visited the ruined Church of Temple, Midlothian. On the south gable wall a tombstone was long ago inserted: This tombstone remembers Charles Hitchener who died in April … Continue reading STOBS

THERE’S MORE

A few images[observations] from the West End of Glasgow, Monday 14th September 2020:

HOME and AWAY

Yesterday I took Big Ted with me yesterday to Glasgow. I was not there for any reason other than to wander and observe. I was exploring the West end area … Continue reading HOME and AWAY

The Ormiston Yew

I visited the Ormiston Yew on Monday 7th September 2020:

“As It Is, and as It Is To Be”

This was a feature in The GRAPHIC, 1 December 1906:

THE SHOP FOR KEEN BUYERS

Late summer 2020: John Ferguson, County Place, Perth is relocating. This film is for Dai and Eileen. Music credit: Billie Marten’s cover of ‘You Make My Dreams’ by Hall & … Continue reading THE SHOP FOR KEEN BUYERS

broken

This is an artistic film by a ‘modern ruin’. The film carries some of my recent adventure in and around Lothian. I found Dryden bridge broken (the house was long … Continue reading broken