Chapter Two of Part Three of ‘Decline and Fall’

In Chapter Two of  Part Three of ‘Decline and Fall’ by Evelyn Waugh, the prison Governor asks  ‘D.4.12’ [Paul Pennyfeather]:  ‘I wonder whether you have narcissistic tendencies? Did you lead … Continue reading Chapter Two of Part Three of ‘Decline and Fall’

‘The Halt Stone’

Not far from Loch Eun, a small fishing loch in Caithness, there used to be an upright stone called ‘Clach Seasaimh’ or  ‘the Halt Stone’. A translation of the Gaelic … Continue reading ‘The Halt Stone’

sad C A P T A I N

A film about the abandoned farm of Knowehead on the hills above Blackford, Perthshire. Filmed at Knowehead on Monday 23rd September 2019 Music credit: ‘Sad Captains’ by ELBOW

Dunbog House

Dunbog House, Fife, was demolished in 1952. An Eastern gable somehow survived and is now covered by ivy and surrounded by trees. This sad account of the house was given … Continue reading Dunbog House

Craigroy [do you think memories are made of atoms too?]

Last week I visited Craigroy on the Altyre Estate. My great-great-grandparents, John Gordon and Euphemia Ferguson, raised their family here before moving to Cothall. More than 30 years ago my … Continue reading Craigroy [do you think memories are made of atoms too?]

Altyre

I was delighted to find on re-visiting Altyre estate, that the Home Farm, once so weel kent tae my family, has recently opened as an Innovation School for The Glasgow … Continue reading Altyre

Cothall

140 years ago, Cothall, on the Altyre Estate, was home to four families. It is my understanding (going by the census returns and the window counts therein) that in the … Continue reading Cothall