Arbigland’s Gardener

John Paul was the Head Gardener for Arbigland in the parish of Kirkbean. He died in 1767 and his tombstone in the local churchyard records that he was ‘universally esteemed’. … Continue reading Arbigland’s Gardener

At the Thieves Pass

In the CANMORE archive there is a photograph album that belonged to Isabel Asher. The album gives a tantalising glimpse of a holiday in Edwardian Scotland, including this delightful photograph … Continue reading At the Thieves Pass

Oor Big Braw Cosmos

Last night, at the University of Glasgow, I attended the book launch of “Oor Big Braw Cosmos”. It was written by John C Brown, Astronomer Royal for Scotland, and Rab … Continue reading Oor Big Braw Cosmos