In this category are the twenty chapters from a book Hole Ousia wrote in spring 2006 about his family history

House of Biscuits

Aberlour House in Moray was built in 1838 by William Robertson for Alexander Grant, a slave-owner, planter and merchant from Aberlour, after his return to Britain. His niece, Margaret Macpherson … Continue reading House of Biscuits

Totarder

In last Sunday’s Herald, Totarder cottage, Skye, was advertised as  “DO UPPER” of the week: This account of Totarder was given in April 1893: In November 1911 this sad ending … Continue reading Totarder

Hold Everything Dear

Featuring the gates to Sighthill Cemetery, Glasgow. When Duncan Brown took this photograph [c1856] the cemetery was largely empty. Music credit: ‘Reaching out to you’ by Snow Patrol

Last of a Landmark

The lands of Petershill are situated about one mile and a half north from the Cross of Glasgow, on the east side of the highway to Kirkintilloch, and near the … Continue reading Last of a Landmark

Electricity

This watercolour is of a design for a “cookery demonstration exhibition hall”. There is something electric about this beautiful design. No further details are known about it other than the … Continue reading Electricity

Queen’s Park

When I came across this photograph of Queen’s Park, Glasgow, in the CANMORE archive I shed a tear. You might wonder why? In 2005 I became very familiar with Queen’s … Continue reading Queen’s Park

WHOLESALE Druggists

I wonder if anybody alive today recalls Duncan, Flockart & Co.? There were several Edinburgh branches. The business started out in Perth and advertised as “WHOLESALE Druggists”. Below are some … Continue reading WHOLESALE Druggists

The REGAL Cinema

Located in West Calder, West Lothian. The Regal Cinema was opened in 1938. It was designed for pictures and variety. It was equipped with a British Acoustic(BA)sound system. Alterations were … Continue reading The REGAL Cinema

The VIKING Cinema

The VIKING Cinema, Largs, opened on the 3rd July 1939 and was closed on the 4th August 1973. It subsequently became a bottling plant and distribution centre. This landmark was … Continue reading The VIKING Cinema

MEADOWS, West.

The architect James Gowans deserves to be more widely recognised. A few years ago I made this film about a house built by Gowans that he called ‘Rockville’. This house was … Continue reading MEADOWS, West.

Tommy Bryce

I came across this photograph in the CANMORE archive. The position of repose made me laugh. The image was annotated “Professor T H Bryce in Shetland. Copied from a photograph … Continue reading Tommy Bryce