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

Scotland’s oldest Pharmacy

THE CHEMIST AND DRUGGIST  November 5, 1955 For centuries the life of Edinburgh flowed along the Royal Mile, of which the Lawnmarket forms a part. Today the ancient thoroughfare comes … Continue reading Scotland’s oldest Pharmacy

That the poet’s first book should have been his last

Sited at the side of the Crow Road going over the Campsie Fells is this fine well dedicated to Jamie Wright, a Campsie burn fisherman and finder of the spring, … Continue reading That the poet’s first book should have been his last