Tinkers’ Heart

Rab Scott, my grandfather, was a fruit farmer and kept several orchards in Stirlingshire. He used to reminisce about the travelling folk – “tinkers” – who camped on Sheriffmuir and … Continue reading Tinkers’ Heart

The pestling of the Hippocratic oath by a market-driven world

I have come to consider mortar & pestle pharmacy signs as representing the pestling of the Hippocratic oath by a market-driven world, aided and abetted by existential fear. One of … Continue reading The pestling of the Hippocratic oath by a market-driven world

Mrs Hamilton

In the summer of 1859, ‘Mrs Hamilton’ gave a Lecture and performance at Bridge of Allan Music Hall, the title of which was ‘Phrenology, Mesmerism and Music’. So who was … Continue reading Mrs Hamilton

TEMPLE [of unknown origin]

Behind Cupar’s Bonnygate, by East Moat Hill, enclosed within a high wall, there is a forlorn, now unroofed, ‘TEMPLE’.  This Category B listed building has survived from the mid-18th century. … Continue reading TEMPLE [of unknown origin]