The Well Hoose

The following account of visiting Bridge of Allan Well House is by Dr Murray Cook [as published in the Stirling Observer, 7 October 2020] The following images were taken by … Continue reading The Well Hoose

In the middle of the Yew

My fascination with Yew trees has neither a beginning nor an end.  

I have written my heart in my poems

I visited Little Tullybelton last Sunday [5th July 2020]. I found a forlorn scene. Detritus surrounded the abandoned farm of Little Tullybelton. The smell of degrading waste was overwhelming. The … Continue reading I have written my heart in my poems

‘Two inner gates’

16 April 1809, Marieville, Stirling: ‘Got the two inner gates at the back of the house put up. They were made out of part of the Lime trees that grew … Continue reading ‘Two inner gates’

MARIEVILLE

It is likely that you will have never heard of: I had not heard of it either. It once stood tall on Upper Bridge Street, Stirling, and was one of … Continue reading MARIEVILLE

Lacunar Strevelinense

A film that shares the ‘STIRLING HEADS’: ‘Lacunar Strevelinense : A Collection of Heads, etched and engraved after the carved work which formerly decorated the roof of the King’s Room … Continue reading Lacunar Strevelinense

Tam o’Shanter letter

Burn’s Nicht 2008. Recital by Andrew R. Gordon:

The Echo of Friars’ Carse

Captain Robert Riddell of  Frairs Carse had built a small “ivied cot” folly called the ‘Hermitage’ in the Crow Wood, a secluded part of the estate and just a few … Continue reading The Echo of Friars’ Carse

ANGEL Inn

This is how the ANGEL INN, Kilmarnock, was described in the 1858 Ordinance survey book: “A Second Class Inn, three Storeys high, Slated and in good repair, with extensive Out … Continue reading ANGEL Inn

PUDDIN’

May I introduce to you the ‘Bathgate Gaberlunzie’:

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

Scotland’s oldest clockmaker dead

In January 1920, William Craik of Dalkeith, then ‘Scotland’s oldest clockmaker’ died. He advertised: “as a practical man W.C. would particularly recommend these American watches to those working men requiring … Continue reading Scotland’s oldest clockmaker dead