The Border Reivers Cursing Stone

The Border Reivers Cursing Stone

Border reivers were raiders along the Anglo-Scottish border from the late 13th century to the beginning of the 17th century. These were rugged, tough people who enforced their own brutal code of conduct in what was to be known as the 300 Year War. There are 77 predominant family names who can claim to have […]

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The Gorbals Vampire

The Gorbals Vampire

A short distance from Glasgow city centre on the south bank of the Clyde is an area known as The Gorbals.  The origins of the Gorbals are quite surprising  – most people, myself included just think of the history of slums associated with this area, but The Gorbals started off as a small village centred on one street, […]

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A brief history of tartan in Scotland

A brief history of tartan in Scotland

Tartan is one of the most distinctive and recognisable textile in the western world and Scotland has become one with it. The earliest reports we see about tartan come from the Roman writers Virgil and Tacitus who wrote that the picts/celts were wearing striped, sometimes across, cloaks, shiny and bright.   Tacitus also says they were […]

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A History of Scottish Highland Dancing

A History of Scottish Highland Dancing

The origins of Highland dancing like most of our Scottish traditions are swathed in the mists of time. Our proud history and traditions were orally told and passed through the generations.   It is said that the old kings and clan chiefs would hold Highland games as a means to select the best men at […]

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Ancient map returned to Castle Fraser

Ancient map returned to Castle Fraser

A rare 17th Century map found hidden by a chimney on the Castle Fraser estate has been returned home to Aberdeenshire. The incredible rare document, one of only three created by Dutch engraver Gerald Valck, was discovered in Drumnahoy House, then part of the castle estate, during the 1980s. Paula Swan, property manager at Castle […]

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Buying a kilt v hiring

Buying a kilt v hiring

We all know that a kilt is an expensive purchase, but when you think of all the suits you’ll be buying over the years compared to one kilt that is specifically made to last a lifetime, is it really? You could hire a kilt. Let’s just say you are getting married and of course you’re […]

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