In late May 2021, the Aberdeen Arms, Tarland, was my home for several days. I was the only guest! Around Tarland I visited a number of forgotten places and wrote … Continue reading c o n t e x t o
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.
The Book of Scottish Anecdote also shares this: I collect quotes on umbrellas from books that I have read. I once wrote this poem about the umbrella makers who lived … Continue reading Umbrellas in Glasgow
This wonderful painting by Siobhan McLaughin featured in yesterday’s Scotland on Sunday. I love the colour, pattern and scale. The painting is called Glen Muick. Glen Muick is one of … Continue reading Around Scotland.
This is an account of the grafitti of John Gordon, the last of the ‘Third Family’ of Cluny and the “richest commoner in Scotland”. Through John Gordon’s graffiti it is … Continue reading Graffiti