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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List of Clans and Dates for Tattoo Clan Parade

List of Clans and Dates for Tattoo Clan Parade

Clans and Families attending The Tattoo in August 2017 Updated 16.1.17 1 Here is the latest list of what Clans are marching on what days for The Splash of Tartan. There will be a series of Clan Parades that will take place each night of the Tattoo. This will be a major event within the Clan-themed […]

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The Flodden 500 Service at St Giles, Edinburgh.

The Flodden 500 Service at St Giles, Edinburgh.

On Monday Amanda and I were privileged to be able to attend the service in commemoration for the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden held at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh. Over 40 Clan Chiefs were in attendance and you will be able to read the list of names below. The service included lessons […]

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Sam Heughan is Outlander’s Jamie Fraser

Sam Heughan is Outlander’s Jamie Fraser

It’s official – Scottish actor Sam Heughan has been cast in the upcoming television adaptation of Outlander. In a statement released yesterday, American cable network Starz confirmed the casting after the news was leaked via Twitter last week. Heughan will play the role of Jamie Fraser in the drama series based on the international best-selling […]

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‘Outlander’ Set For The Small Screen

‘Outlander’ Set For The Small Screen

With over 20 million copies sold, Diana Gabaldon’s hugely successful series of novels set in the Highlands has been greenlit for televison. Outlander centres around a love story between an 18th Century Mackenzie clansman and a 20th Century WWII nurse, and has received a 16-episode order from American cable network Starz. The Outlander series spans […]

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Map Reveals Scots Modern-Day Surnames

Map Reveals Scots Modern-Day Surnames

A map of Great Britain’s most popular surnames shows the dominance that clan areas still hold in Scotland, while other areas show the effects of modern-day immigration. Created by experts from three English Universities, Uncertainty of Identity uses surnames listed on the electoral roll to find the three most popular names in each electoral ward. […]

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The Battle of Clachnaharry

The Battle of Clachnaharry

Perched atop a hill overlooking the Beauly Firth in Inverness, the Clachnaharry Monument commemorates a particularly fierce battle between Clan Munro and Clan Chattan that occurred in 1454. After a day of sunbathing (in April) in the Highlands, I decided to take advantage of the unusually warm evening and take a walk out to the […]

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New Battlefield Sites to be Protected for Future Generations

New Battlefield Sites to be Protected for Future Generations

Historic Scotland has recently opened a consultation with the public as it moves to increase the number of recognised historic battlefield sites around Scotland. Under plans drawn up areas such as the site of the battle of Loudon Hill, One of Robert the Bruce’s early victories, Mary Queen of Scots defeat at Langside and the […]

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All hail to the female chiefs

All hail to the female chiefs

Men and women have long been recognised in Scotland as equals. A good example of this is that female chiefs supply a goodly number of places in the current 135-strong listings of the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs. They hold exactly the same responsibilities as their male counterparts. Here are some shining examples of female […]

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