Lost and Found

This is a film that is based on my visit to 14 William Street, Greenock on the last Saturday of August 2019. No. 14 William Street is a rare survivor. … Continue reading Lost and Found

Girgenti: footnotes and forget-me-nots

Introducing Girgenti At Girgenti you can still hear two girls sing. Girgenti followed Paestum From Thimble Row to Discoveries:

Discoveries at Gigenti

This is my final film on Girgenti:

Colin

Colin, your daughter recalls how principled you were before your untimely death. I retrace your footsteps in revealing the wonder of Scotland’s architecture. And now, I am the principled bugger. … Continue reading Colin

Argyll

I was most fortunate that throughout my childhood I was able to spend the summer months in Argyll. My uncle, John Gibson Scott, had a cottage high above the shores … Continue reading Argyll

“An atmosphere of calm boredom”

For my birthday my wife bought me the Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire edition of the “Buildings of Scotland”. I was interested to come across this description of Carstairs State Hospital: In … Continue reading “An atmosphere of calm boredom”

A whole Gothic world had come to an end

Patrick Allan-Fraser of Hospitalfield, Arbroath, had this mortuary chapel and mausoleum built as a memorial to his wife Elizabeth following her death in 1873. I visited it with my wife … Continue reading A whole Gothic world had come to an end

The funeral took place in radiant sunshine

Auchengray House has been a ruined shell since a catastrophic fire in 1937. At the time all was going horribly wrong for the multi-millionaire owner, J M Colville. Not only … Continue reading The funeral took place in radiant sunshine

To restore the innocent eye

This film is based upon the meeting held at Edinburgh’s Old Royal High School on the 29th May 2016. The meeting was entitled “Traditionalism: Edinburgh’s dilemma”