The Forfar Witches

The Forfar Witches

The Royal burgh of Forfar, a small faming and market town nestled in the Strathmore valley in the east of Scotland, is a respectable and quiet community. The burgh lies only five miles from Glamis Castle, family seat of the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorn, childhood home of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, and the […]

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Gow’s Folly

Gow’s Folly

Gow’s Folly was once cursed by generations of wagoners and hauliers, an odd looking little building with the stone spire in the middle of a busy goods yard. Nobody knew or cared about its origins and it was threatened with demolition on several occasions. Thanks to the Kirkwell Community Council this odd looking building has […]

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The Duelling Trees

The Duelling Trees

Ballencleroch was originally a modest laird’s house of the 17th century but was destroyed in a fire in 1982 but has been re-built as the ‘Schoenstatt’ (beautiful place), a retreat and conference centre. The house stands just to the west of the Clachan, East Dunbartonshire. The lands of Ballencleroch belonged to the Brisbane family from […]

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Douglas and the Heart

Douglas and the Heart

Robert the Bruce, arguably one of Scotlands best known kings died in 1329. On his deathbed he confided in his friend and lieutenant Sir James Douglas, hero of Bannockburn. Now depending on which version of this story you hear he either asked Douglas that his heart be taken from his body and presented at the […]

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Vacancies at ScotClans…

Vacancies at ScotClans…

ScotClans is Hiring!!!   We are looking for a new member of the ScotClans team.   Sales Manager – Full Time   The main part of this role will be overseeing sales coming in and out of ScotClans and answering customer questions and requests. You will need to be a motivated individual with a real […]

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The Story Behind the Crest: Clan Carmichael

The Story Behind the Crest: Clan Carmichael

In part five of this series, Rodger Moffet of ScotClans tells the story of how Clan Carmichael came to have the broken lance as their crest image. The Carmichaels were a large and powerful landowning family from the Southern Uplands of Scotland. They occupied land around Lanarkshire for over 800 years and had strong ties […]

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The Story Behind the Crest: Clan Armstrong

The Story Behind the Crest: Clan Armstrong

In this series of articles Rodger Moffet at ScotClans looks at some of the symbolism used in clan heraldry and explores their meaning and origin. In this episode we look at the powerful border clan, Armstrong. This blog should probably have the working subtitle ‘just when you thought you knew the answer’. I have to […]

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