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The Red Wedding and the Dwarf Assassin. Not ‘Game of Thrones’ But Everyday Clan Warfare

The Red Wedding and the Dwarf Assassin. Not ‘Game of Thrones’ But Everyday Clan Warfare

| April 13, 2015 | 1 Comment

With a new season of Game of Thrones on TV screens avid fans will be enthralled at the twists and turns of this epic tale. However as I recently discovered while staying on Islay, the inspiration behind many of the series’ most bloody moments come from the stories of our own Scottish Clans. The Island […]

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Highland Titles: The Boy Who Called ‘Troll’

Highland Titles: The Boy Who Called ‘Troll’

| February 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

The rather impressive bit of ‘bling’ above is the insignia of the Order of the Thistle. This is a Scottish order of Chivalry that has among its order the Earl of Elgin (the direct descendant of Robert the Bruce) and a very impressive line up of other lords and ladies and among its officers the […]

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Highland Titles’ Twitter Battle with Scottish Lawyers (result: home win)

Highland Titles’ Twitter Battle with Scottish Lawyers (result: home win)

| February 13, 2015 | 9 Comments

Over the last 2 days Highland Titles – the company that sells ‘souvenir’ plots of land where you can title yourself a Laird, Lord, Lady of Glencoe became the focus of an onslaught of social media activity - a posse of very sharp lawyers had the scent of blood and went for them, it was quite incredible to watch it […]

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The Castle v the ‘Cooncil’ – the Sad Tale of Castle Toward.

The Castle v the ‘Cooncil’ – the Sad Tale of Castle Toward.

| February 9, 2015 | 4 Comments

A short ferry trip from Gourock to the west of Glasgow takes you to the town of Dunoon. This seaside town was once a favoured destination as families from the polluted tenements of Glasgow would seek a respite from the foul air. The Cowal peninsula is a gateway to the highlands and one of the […]

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Chief of Clan Kennedy, Marquis of Ailsa Dies Suddenly

Chief of Clan Kennedy, Marquis of Ailsa Dies Suddenly

| January 16, 2015 | 18 Comments

News has just reached us of the sudden death of Charles Kennedy, the 8th Marquis of Ailsa and Chief of Clan Kennedy. Lord Charles passed away suddenly while over in Florida attending Central Florida Highland Games. He was 58. As well as being Marquis he was also 19th Earl of Cassilis, 21st Lord Kennedy, 8th […]

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What Now Scotland?

What Now Scotland?

| September 29, 2014 | 3 Comments

What now Scotland?….. Last Thursday evening I set my alarm for 2am and took to bed early, the fridge was stocked with snacks and beer and a bottle of wine sat in the kitchen, champagne seemed too much like tempting fate. I checked my phone just before 2.00 to find a message from a friend, Clackmannanshire […]

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The View From the Ground in Aberdeen

The View From the Ground in Aberdeen

| September 16, 2014 | 1 Comment

It could be any other lazy, late summer afternoon today in Aberdeen. Sunlight is attempting to squeeze its way through the clouds, seagulls are circling in droves, and ship horns are belching at the city’s bulging harbour. Right on cue, the haar has begun to roll in off the North Sea, making the crowd of […]

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The World Is Watching – A View From the USA

The World Is Watching – A View From the USA

| September 15, 2014 | 6 Comments

The world is watching Scotland this week. This is nothing new to those of us who know and hold our Alban ancestors in great respect. We have been keeping an affectionate eye on Scotland for hundreds of years. Like tens of millions of others across the globe, I am descended from those of Scotland’s children […]

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Outlander on Starz

Outlander on Starz

| August 29, 2014 | 3 Comments

Fans of the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon have been voicing rave reviews about the new series featured on Starz. The show itself has proved to be as difficult to categorize as the books, but no matter which genre it falls into, Outlander season one has already proven to be a hit. Perhaps the main […]

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ScotClans on the Road to the Isles

ScotClans on the Road to the Isles

| August 2, 2014 | 3 Comments

There is something about the North West coast of Scotland. Maybe it’s the ancient weather beaten rocks of the shoreline or the near perfect sandy beaches with their scattering of tiny tidal islands. Perhaps its the light or the remote locations. Whatever it is I always feel like I’ve ventured into another world, as if […]

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