Outside medicine he was a keen gardener

A few years ago I spent a week exploring Scottish gardens that had been tended by a namesake – Peter Gordon, ‘Jobbing Gardener, Forres’. I had considered that, despite having … Continue reading Outside medicine he was a keen gardener

Chapter Two of Part Three of ‘Decline and Fall’

In Chapter Two of  Part Three of ‘Decline and Fall’ by Evelyn Waugh, the prison Governor asks  ‘D.4.12’ [Paul Pennyfeather]:  ‘I wonder whether you have narcissistic tendencies? Did you lead … Continue reading Chapter Two of Part Three of ‘Decline and Fall’

Craigroy [do you think memories are made of atoms too?]

Last week I visited Craigroy on the Altyre Estate. My great-great-grandparents, John Gordon and Euphemia Ferguson, raised their family here before moving to Cothall. More than 30 years ago my … Continue reading Craigroy [do you think memories are made of atoms too?]

Cothall

140 years ago, Cothall, on the Altyre Estate, was home to four families. It is my understanding (going by the census returns and the window counts therein) that in the … Continue reading Cothall