Oor Big Braw Cosmos

Last night, at the University of Glasgow, I attended the book launch of “Oor Big Braw Cosmos”. It was written by John C Brown, Astronomer Royal for Scotland, and Rab … Continue reading Oor Big Braw Cosmos

“When Harry met Mary under the Yew tree”

It has been romantically recalled [in folklore] that Lord Darnley and Mary Queen of Scots were betrothed under an ancient yew tree in the grounds of Crookston Castle, Renfrewshire. This … Continue reading “When Harry met Mary under the Yew tree”

For Rabbie

25 January 2019. What follows are a few of my old posts and films on Rabbie Burns. Burn’s Nicht 2008. Recital by Andrew R. Gordon: The story begins with a … Continue reading For Rabbie

Ruins: by a ‘modern ruin’

Mavisbank: Hatton House: Gladney House: Temple of Decision: Gartincaber: Rossie Castle: Auchtavan, Glen Fearder: Barnbarroch House: Meigle steading: Jerah: Straid, Comrie: Bishopfauld, Comrie: Edmonstone Estate, Edinburgh: Amisfield Estate: Kennetpans: The … Continue reading Ruins: by a ‘modern ruin’

Auld Lang Syne

Last Thursday we were lucky enough to be in the audience of Mairi Campbell who was performing Auld Lang Syne at the Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling. It was most special … Continue reading Auld Lang Syne

Scotland’s oldest free library

As part of Doors Open Day we visited the old library of Inverpeffray on Sunday 23rd September 2018. This is my film. Music credit: Menagerie Choir – cover of “Wrapped … Continue reading Scotland’s oldest free library

Digamma

This film is about Reverend George Gilfillan of Dundee. His two best friends called him ‘Digamma”. George Gilfillan was born in 1813 and died in 1878. A monument to him … Continue reading Digamma

To write in the dialect of his country

This film was shot at Gilbertfield castle, near Cambuslang. William Hamilton of Gilbertfield (c. 1665-1751) was a friend and correspondent of the poet Allan Ramsay. It was Hamilton who encouraged … Continue reading To write in the dialect of his country