‘The Two Worlds Opinion’

John Wright Paton was born in 1825 at Kennetpans on the banks of the river Forth. By 1851 he had been appointed as Head Gardener at Crimonmogate, Aberdeenshire: It is … Continue reading ‘The Two Worlds Opinion’

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

Something very special

For my recent birthday my brother-in-law gave me a bottle of whisky. I was told that it was not for drinking as it is a very old blend [I do … Continue reading Something very special

‘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 land of lost content

My great-aunt, Sally Scott, died earlier this year just short of her 82nd birthday. By letter, phone, and later also by e-mail, we shared years of correspondence. Sally was such … Continue reading The land of lost content

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