How is he, that gentle gardener?

   

50 years a gardener

I came across this much broken and worn tombstone in Kirkliston Kirkyard. I believe it commemorates Alexander Gibson who was 50 years a gardener at Newliston House.

the first creatures to smile

In Nabakov’s memoir he does more than ‘speak M E M O R Y’. One of the passages that I most love from his memoir is this: What makes you … Continue reading the first creatures to smile

It was the rain

This film is for the Reverend Charles Brian Holliday (1934 – 2019). My uncle was known by his middle name Brian. The music is ‘To A Wild Rose’ by MacDowell … Continue reading It was the rain

In search of lost time

A film about Robert Scott, Robert Scott Moncrieff, Walter Scott, Henry Raeburn, Marcel Proust and a left-behind gateway that brings them all to auld Fossoway. This film is for my … Continue reading In search of lost time

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”:

‘Like the deck of a ship’

Kennetpans, an estate on the river Forth near the Kincardine Bridge, used to belong to my grandfather’s grandfather, Bob Scott (the man standing tall in a hat). Here is my … Continue reading ‘Like the deck of a ship’

The Peoples’ March

London, Saturday 23rd March 2019: All photographs taken by my cousin Adrian Holliday. Music Credit: ‘Roll Along’ by Roddy Woomble Radio Clip at the end: ‘Thought for the day’ Radio … Continue reading The Peoples’ March

The Rock

Clive Wright, the Makar of Stirling, wrote this sonnet: Rachel Fiona Gordon receiving her Dux Medal at Wallace High: Andrew Robert Gordon catching a rugby ball:  

Boathouse

This is a film about Alexander MacCallum Scott, MP, who was born in Boathouse, Blantyre, on the 16th June 1874. MacCallum Scott was MP for Bridgeton, Glasgow until 1922. He … Continue reading Boathouse

The brig that spans the Wharry

The Wharry glen is a magical place. The glen nestles between Bridge of Allan and Dunblane. Under the old stone Wharry bridge I wrote in chalk “That was lovely”. The … Continue reading The brig that spans the Wharry

My uncle, who was President of Zambia

My uncle, Guy Lindsay Scott, became Africa’s only white president on the death of President Sata on the 28th October 2014. He was in office until the following year. “I … Continue reading My uncle, who was President of Zambia