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.

Bonnie Airlie

In the University of St Andrews photographic collection came across this delightful photograph taken on the approach to Airlie castle in 1890. It would be fun to write a short … Continue reading Bonnie Airlie

Long journey back

Being a magpie in old archives can be serendipitous. In the Aberdeen Press and Journal of 18 May 1985, this poem in Doric, titled Long Journey back  was shared: At … Continue reading Long journey back

Fair scunnert

Aberdeen Press and Journal, 30 March 1932:


This calotype, taken in Forres, circa 1882, includes my father’s grandfather, John Gordon [seated in the centre]. If you look closely you will see that he has a squint. John … Continue reading Squint