10 Strange Scottish Deaths.

10 Strange Scottish Deaths.

Scotland has had a long and turbulent history. From the Middle Ages where life was best described by Thomas Hobbes’ quote as ‘Nasty, brutish and short’ through the troubled times of the reformation and on to the Jacobite risings. Here is a rundown of Scots who have met an untimely (or just plain bizarre) end. […]

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The Voyage of the Hector

The Voyage of the Hector

It was only 28 years after the infamous Battle of Culloden, in 1773, when the Hector was moored within Loch Broom taking onboard a group of people from the Highlands. 189 passengers joined the Hector that day, 25 single men, 33 families, a piper and their agent, all of which had one thing in common. They […]

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Murdo Mackenzie: The most influential cattleman in America was from Scotland

Murdo Mackenzie: The most influential cattleman in America was from Scotland

Any cattleman worth his salt will tell you that he’s in the grass business. He either grows it himself or takes his cows where it grows up naturally. That means that it is not so much the cow that deserves attention. The important thing is the land and the water – when water is available, […]

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The MacKenzie Poltergeist

The MacKenzie Poltergeist

Living in Edinburgh we know the ghost tours well. You can’t go through a walk in the city centre without crossing paths with one, combination of pale faced tourists and giggling people huddled in the the back of the group avidly listening to their tour guide theatrically telling ghoulish tales of what terrible deed happened […]

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Top 5: Whisky of the Clans

Top 5: Whisky of the Clans

Intrinsically linked like bread and butter, whisky and the Clans are about as all things Scot as you’re going to get. Here are our top five links between the water of life and Scotland’s oldest families. 1. Dalmore In 1263, an ancestor of Clan Mackenzie saved King Alexander III of Scotland from being gored by […]

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Government Announces Clan Event Fund

Government Announces Clan Event Fund

The Scottish Government announced today that it is to provide funding for clan events to the tune of £200,000 in 2014 and beyond. The move cements the relationship between clans and the government, highlighting the importance of ancestral tourism to the Scottish economy. Known as the Scottish Clan Event Fund, the fund will be made […]

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Lilias, Countess of Cromartie 1918-2013

Lilias, Countess of Cromartie 1918-2013

A much-loved and respected pillar of the North Highlands community and wife of the late chief of Clan Mackenzie has died. Lilias, Countess of Cromartie, passed away peacefully on 11th October 2013 at her home Dower House in the clan seat of Castle Leod at Strathpeffer. Born on the 25th March 1918, Lilias Janet Garvie […]

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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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