“We met yesterday” said the room

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

My talk for the Deeside Heritage Society

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

Dwine’t awa an Deid

Chapter 1 of ‘Deeside Tales: the stories of a small glen’: Dwine’t awa an Deid The Highland Clearance – we know the history; and why should it be any different … Continue reading Dwine’t awa an Deid

Where eagles soar (part 1)

Chapter 2 of ‘Deeside Tales’: Where Eagles Soar – The Camlet The Camlet goes back to Abergeldy’s earliest days with a tied history stretching back to at least 1635, when … Continue reading Where eagles soar (part 1)

Where eagles soar (part 2)

Given such infamous inextricability, you may not be surprised to learn that Camlet John had brothers, and his elder brother Joseph is of particular interest. For clarity this Joseph has … Continue reading Where eagles soar (part 2)

Rowan and Ash Lament for Bovaglia (part 1)

Chapter 3 of ‘Deeside Tales’: Rowan & Ash Lament – Bovaglia I expect this to be a difficult chapter to write, not because I am blinded by my love of … Continue reading Rowan and Ash Lament for Bovaglia (part 1)

Ash and Rowan Lament for Bovaglia (part 2)

Now Queen Victoria brings my mind to a rather special and dear cousin of Bovaglia – none other than John Brown, the Queen’s devoted Highland Servant. The bond comes through … Continue reading Ash and Rowan Lament for Bovaglia (part 2)

Under the Cosh – Mill of Cosh

Chapter 5 of ‘Deeside Tales’: Under the Cosh – Mill of Cosh Abergeldy has taken us on quite a journey meeting the good, the great, and the not so great … Continue reading Under the Cosh – Mill of Cosh

The Forgotten Door

Chapter 8 of Deeside Tales: The Forgotten Door – The Genechal It was with very great interest that I read chapter seven of Robert Smith’s book ‘A Queen’s Country’ published … Continue reading The Forgotten Door

Lochnagar: stoneballs

Chapter 9 of ‘Deeside Tales: the stories of a small glen’ This chapter, let me say at outset, carries neither political correctness nor respect of authority. You see whisky, Deeside, … Continue reading Lochnagar: stoneballs