I cannot recall when I created the above mixed-media of a room. It is probably close to 30 years ago! The sketch below was drawn by me at Bovaglia, Glen … Continue reading “We met yesterday” said the room
This is a book I have published about Royal deeside and a small, lost and forgotten glen – Glen Girnock – that nestles between Balmoral cartle and Birkhall.
I recently shared a film that I made at what little remains of Craighall Castle, Fife. I had long wanted to visit the castle as it was featured in “Fife … Continue reading Auld friends and visitors
This film is about a Scottish castle that was demolished in 1956. Craighall castle, Fife, was an ancient seat of a a Scottish family that reached out. This film is … Continue reading Hope Endures
This is a poem that was written by me in March 2004. It is about a burn (small river) in Glen Muck, Royal Deeside called Allt Darrarie. This burn is very near … Continue reading Visitors may fish the Alt Darrarie
The following is the emigration diary of Joseph Gordon (born 1794 – died 1881). Joseph sailed from Dundee, leaving on Thursday 16 September 1841 and arrived in Sydney on the … Continue reading A voyage to Australia
Northern Scot – Saturday 12th March 1892 The Late ‘La Teste’ Does the road to Parnassus lead on to the Poorhouse? Sometimes it would almost seem so. La Teste – … Continue reading La Teste
I have been asked to give a talk for the Deeside Heritage Society and will be giving this in Aboyne on the evening of the Thursday 19th October 2017. My … Continue reading My talk for the Deeside Heritage Society
There’s Naebody noo in the glen – lang since dwine’t awa. Dwine’t awa an deid. Littlins lachter, sing-sang, chirm and diddle As sailent noo as the shuttered plaid o’ Bovagli’. … Continue reading The Dumfoonert Loon
Tarbrax by the high road tae Forfar Donald Mcpherson far fae Bovagli’s hamely braes. Black bothies left ahind, aiver speerited in saicret. Aye! Girnoc garrons twinty each – wi’ ankers … Continue reading Din-raisin wi’ Donald.
If only I could soar as an eagle to see the world as I cannot. I am a magpie in black and white, in flight through clouds, seeking colour. I … Continue reading Magpie
The author Adam Nicolson in “Sea Room”: The poet and doctor William Carlos Williams talked of an adventure: Mukul Kesavan in “Looking through glass” Captain Charles Ryder in Brideshead Revisited about … Continue reading Sapere Aude