With cream . . .

My mother’s family made – and lost – a fortune through marmalade. My father’s family, whisky smugglers, went on to become bankers. [This photograph features our cat Domino sleeping beside … Continue reading With cream . . .

Kailyards

My Gordon family came from remote and lost parts of Aberdeenshire. For some reason I keep returning to the now ruinous homesteads of my forebears where only wild kailyards continue … Continue reading Kailyards

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

Sapere Aude

The author Adam Nicolson in “Sea Room”: The poet and doctor William Carlos Williams talked of an adventure: Mukul Kesavan in “Looking through glass” Captain Charles Ryder in Brideshead Revisited about … Continue reading Sapere Aude

Abergeldie – on the edge of the Dee

3rd January 2016: I was distressed to wake up this morning to hear the news that Abergeldie castle’s fate is more uncertain than it has ever been. Abergeldie has the … Continue reading Abergeldie – on the edge of the Dee

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

The Muckle Inventors – Littlemill

Chapter 7 of ‘Deeside Tales’: The Muckle Inventors – Littlemill This chapter takes us to the life-blood of Deeside, for its capillaries, like the Girnoc, all flow into the silvery … Continue reading The Muckle Inventors – Littlemill

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