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”:

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 . . .

Hope Endures

This film is about a Scottish castle that was demolished in 1956. Craighall castle, Fife, was an ancient seat of a a Scottish family that reached out. This film is … Continue reading Hope Endures

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 mind’s full of things nobody else thinks about

British Psychiatry still teaches young doctors to divide the subjective from the objective. I am of the view that this is not just unrealistic but that it is harmful to … Continue reading My mind’s full of things nobody else thinks about

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

“He was familiar with every road in Scotland”

Yesterday, whilst searching for family story, I found this obituary of my great-great-great grandfather: My great-great-great grandfather, John Gordon (born 1816, died 1899) was born in the ‘fairm-toun’ of Bovaglia … Continue reading “He was familiar with every road in Scotland”

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

Where eagles soar (part 1)

Chapter 2 of ‘Deeside Tales’: Where Eagles Soar – The Camlet The Camlet goes back to Abergeldy’s earliest days with a tied history stretching back to at least 1635, when … Continue reading Where eagles soar (part 1)

Rowan and Ash Lament for Bovaglia (part 1)

Chapter 3 of ‘Deeside Tales’: Rowan & Ash Lament – Bovaglia I expect this to be a difficult chapter to write, not because I am blinded by my love of … Continue reading Rowan and Ash Lament for Bovaglia (part 1)