vagabond language

A family follow the Cypress avenue at Craigtoun Park to the gatepiers (1974) Notes: The architect for Craigtoun died the day I was born (but 53 years before) My daughter … Continue reading vagabond language

‘a small wayside Inn’

The Woodside Hotel, Doune, has a special place in the history of both my mother’s family and my father’s family. Today it remains a special place for all our family. … Continue reading ‘a small wayside Inn’

They don’t make days like they used to

This film is for Sally Scott, my great-great aunt, who died on the 24th April 2018. Music credits: (1) Superorganism – recorded live, Tiny Desk Concert (2) Inspiral Carpets – … Continue reading They don’t make days like they used to

My talk for the Deeside Heritage Society

I have been asked to give a talk for the Deeside Heritage Society and will be giving this in Aboyne on the evening of the Thursday 19th October 2017. My … Continue reading My talk for the Deeside Heritage Society

Abergeldie – on the edge of the Dee

3rd January 2016: I was distressed to wake up this morning to hear the news that Abergeldie castle’s fate is more uncertain than it has ever been. Abergeldie has the … Continue reading Abergeldie – on the edge of the Dee

Ash and Rowan Lament for Bovaglia (part 2)

Now Queen Victoria brings my mind to a rather special and dear cousin of Bovaglia – none other than John Brown, the Queen’s devoted Highland Servant. The bond comes through … Continue reading Ash and Rowan Lament for Bovaglia (part 2)

God With Us – Abergeldy (part 1)

Chapter 4 of ‘Deeside Tales’: Abergeldy has become a dear friend to me and perhaps in another life I would be fortunate enough to be its chatelaine. Yet that is … Continue reading God With Us – Abergeldy (part 1)