Where recorded history has gone astray: Rabbie Burns

Rabbie Burns made two [recorded] visits to Stirlingshire.  Of these visits,  the most definitive account was published in 1899: Betty Black’s Inn. ‘PH’ bottom left, off Brook Street First OS  … Continue reading Where recorded history has gone astray: Rabbie Burns

ELECTRO-BIOLOGY

Bridge of Allan’s Music Hall once stood where DOMINOS pizza outlet now operates. At this Music Hall, on the 15th and 16th of October 1858 – ‘for postively Two Nights … Continue reading ELECTRO-BIOLOGY

Professor Ewart: For lovers of the marvellous

On the last Saturday of June 1856, ‘Professor Ewart’ the ‘Greatest Ventriloquist in Europe’ performed in Bridge of Allan. The Old Music Hall, where he performed, is long gone. It … Continue reading Professor Ewart: For lovers of the marvellous

Told with an evident truth as unflinching as it is tender

I recently read Father and Son by the writer and poet  Edmund Gosse. This ‘memoir’ was written in 1907 and subtitled ‘a study of two temperaments.’ I was reminded of … Continue reading Told with an evident truth as unflinching as it is tender