The Well of the Seven Heads

An old obelisk with a macabre tale has long stood by the side of Loch Oich in the Scottish Highlands. Erected in 1812 by the Chief of Clan Macdonnell, the … Continue reading The Well of the Seven Heads

Dracula Salad

In the late 1980s, I visited Slains Castle, Cruden Bay, with my closest medical school friends. We did so on several occasions as it gave us a guid excuse to … Continue reading Dracula Salad

Eleanor Rigby

As a family in ‘lockdown’ we recently watched the film ‘Y E S T E R D A Y’. What a lovely film. If only Andrew could have been with … Continue reading Eleanor Rigby

Garden Cottage

For nearly half-a-century Nicol Cathie was gardener at Airthrey Castle. He and his wife lived in Garden Cottage by auld Logie Kirk. Garden Cottage has been abandoned for many years … Continue reading Garden Cottage

The Past in the Present

Sir Arthur Mitchell (1826 – 1909) was a Scottish doctor involved in the study and care of patients with mental illness. He served on several public commissions, and wrote widely … Continue reading The Past in the Present

‘How the World Thinks’

For my birthday, my son Andrew gave me ‘How the World Thinks’ by Julian Baggini. What a wonderful world journey it takes you on as it explores philosophies of living. … Continue reading ‘How the World Thinks’

Hints

I would suggest that these hints matter today as much as any time in history:

Doctor, why are you striding about there?

My recent wanderings at Inchbrakie returned me to Newton of Condie. For me, now in late 2018, this was a timely re-acquaintance. Laurence Oliphant of Condie [as described in 1831]: … Continue reading Doctor, why are you striding about there?

The poetic genius written out of Scottish history

I was delighted to see the Perth poet William Soutar on the front page of the Scotsman of 4th January 2018. Ajay Close is correct, William Soutar has a most rightful place in … Continue reading The poetic genius written out of Scottish history

REPARATION (a prequel and sequel)

Filmed at Lynedoch, Perthshire, Thursday 15th June 2017. Peter is reading the words of Hilary Mantel (from the Reith lecture 2017) Music is composed and performed by James Ross – … Continue reading REPARATION (a prequel and sequel)