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Historic Dundee Drinkers to go Under Hammer

Historic Dundee Drinkers to go Under Hammer

| April 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Police mugshots of Dundee’s heaviest 20th century drinkers are set to go under the hammer next week. Published in 1905, the book depicts dozens of citizens who were banned from the city’s bars after flouting the era’s strict public drinking laws. Anyone convicted under the Inebriates Act of 1898 three times in the space of […]

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19th Century Clan Catalogue For Sale

19th Century Clan Catalogue For Sale

| April 15, 2014 | 1 Comment

A rare 19th century volume of lavishly illustrated clan fashion is set to go under the hammer in Edinburgh tomorrow. Part of auction house Bonham’s Scottish sale, Costume of the Clans is an illustrated guide that shows how tartan trews and kilts were historically worn. The book, which is numbered 37 of 500 copies, is […]

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Francis Alexander Mackinnon, 35th Chief — A Hat-Trick Victim in his Only Test

Francis Alexander Mackinnon, 35th Chief — A Hat-Trick Victim in his Only Test

| April 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Francis Alexander Mackinnon, born April 9, 1848, was the 35th chieftain of the Mackinnon Clan and a Test cricketer for England. Arunabha Sengupta remembers the life and career of the man who was the second batsman to be dismissed during Test cricket’s first hat-trick. This article was originally written for The Cricket Country, and has […]

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An Ode to Scotland – Meeting a Modern-Day Scots Poet

An Ode to Scotland – Meeting a Modern-Day Scots Poet

| April 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Intertwined and impenetrably linked to Scottish culture, poetry has a long and distinguished history in Scotland. And it’s a history that’s continuing to this day – Edinburgh was recently named the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature, the publishing industry is thriving, the country has more literature festivals per capita than any other, and there’s […]

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Calling all Murrays

Calling all Murrays

| April 8, 2014 | 2 Comments

Blair Castle, one of Scotland’s biggest tourist destinations and the ancestral home of the Murray Clan, is marking Scotland’s Year of Homecoming with an open invitation to all Murrays across the globe to visit their ancestral home, and their visits to the Castle will be absolutely free. The Castle, which has been the home of […]

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Tartan Day Celebrated Around the World

Tartan Day Celebrated Around the World

| April 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Celebrated annually around the world, April 6 is recognised as an international celebration of Scottish heritage and ancestry. Known as Tartan Day, the celebration marks the anniversary of the 1320 signing of the Declaration of Arbroath, sought to assert Scotland’s right to self-govern, and to lift the Catholic church’s excommunication of Robert the Bruce. As […]

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Kelburn Castle Set to Reopen

Kelburn Castle Set to Reopen

| March 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

The seat of Clan Boyle, also known as the ‘graffiti castle’, is set to reopen after a five year £500,000 renovation. Kelburn Castle near Largs, North Ayrshire was closed in 2009 following a fire in the roof. Extensive renovations have now been finished and it is to reopen at the start of April as a […]

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Airline Reveals Tartan-Clad Plane

Airline Reveals Tartan-Clad Plane

| March 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

A distinctive orange and black tartan-clad aircraft has been unveiled to mark a new early morning flight from Inverness to London Gatwick. Budget airline EasyJet launched the tartan today entitled “Highland aircraft” on its Airbus A319 aircraft, alongside a kilt and scarf sported by cabin crew on its inaugural 6:40am service. However the kilt is […]

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This Week in History: Isabel MacDuff and Robert the Bruce

This Week in History: Isabel MacDuff and Robert the Bruce

| March 26, 2014 | 1 Comment

With attention focused on the approaching 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, it’s worth taking a look at the events and figures instrumental in the lead-up to the momentous battle. Strangely absent from the legends surrounding Bannockburn is the role played by women, even though one largely looked-over heroine enabled Robert the Bruce’s claim […]

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Falkirk’s Kelpies Hit The Big Apple

Falkirk’s Kelpies Hit The Big Apple

| March 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Scaled models of Falkirk’s impressive Kelpie statues have embarked on their first overseas tour, just in time for upcoming Scottish celebrations in North America. Unveiled last week at New York City’s Bryant Park, the mini statues are on tour to promote Scotland Week and Tartan Day celebrations to be held in North America in April. […]

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