Hame

So you think you know what it is to be Scottish? Well, read ‘Hame’ by Annalena MacAfee. It is a lovely book. This is my “Review”:

Ruins: by a ‘modern ruin’

Mavisbank: Hatton House: Gladney House: Temple of Decision: Gartincaber: Rossie Castle: Auchtavan, Glen Fearder: Barnbarroch House: Meigle steading: Jerah: Straid, Comrie: Bishopfauld, Comrie: Edmonstone Estate, Edinburgh: Amisfield Estate: Kennetpans: The … Continue reading Ruins: by a ‘modern ruin’

My mind’s full of things nobody else thinks about

British Psychiatry still teaches young doctors to divide the subjective from the objective. I am of the view that this is not just unrealistic but that it is harmful to … Continue reading My mind’s full of things nobody else thinks about

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

The Dumfoonert Loon

There’s Naebody noo in the glen – lang since dwine’t awa. Dwine’t awa an deid. Littlins lachter, sing-sang, chirm and diddle As sailent noo as the shuttered plaid o’ Bovagli’. … Continue reading The Dumfoonert Loon

“He was familiar with every road in Scotland”

Yesterday, whilst searching for family story, I found this obituary of my great-great-great grandfather: My great-great-great grandfather, John Gordon (born 1816, died 1899) was born in the ‘fairm-toun’ of Bovaglia … Continue reading “He was familiar with every road in Scotland”

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 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)

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