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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The Human Face of Robert the Bruce

The Human Face of Robert the Bruce

People may think …  ‘not another facial reconstruction’ and just give this a fleeting glance, comment on the ‘funny’ hairstyle and not look any further.  But this is so much more.  Not only is this a scientifically based reconstruction based on facts rather than presumptions it gives us a new insight into the life of Robert the […]

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Clans to take part in the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in August

Clans to take part in the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in August

Clan chiefs have been sending out rallying calls to their Clansmen and Clanswomen all over the world to come and join them at the Edinburgh Tattoo this August.  Rather than setting a fire on-top of a hill – this time they’re using the internet. Back in 2009 many of us remember the epic Clan March […]

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Happy Ramadan to our Muslim Friends

Happy Ramadan to our Muslim Friends

Happy Ramadan to our Muslim Friends 🙂 Wishing you four weeks of blessings. Scottish Muslims have a long history to celebrate. Scotland has been closely connected with Muslim countries as far back as the Middle Ages. In the 8th and 9th centuries pilgrims travelled to the Holy land and Scottish traders visited the Muslim countries […]

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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

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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Landslide victory for Jeremy Corbyn in the UK:  What will election of a new Labour Party leader mean for Scotland?

Landslide victory for Jeremy Corbyn in the UK: What will election of a new Labour Party leader mean for Scotland?

Scottish Americans are hearing some interesting news from the United Kingdom today.  The UK Labour Party has chosen socialist Jeremy Corbyn as its next leader by a landslide.  A big one.  It is a result that is sending a few shock waves through Britain.  What will the election mean in Scotland?  More specifically, what will a […]

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Scottish Indy Quick Update: One more poll showing a majority now in favor of Scottish independence

Scottish Indy Quick Update: One more poll showing a majority now in favor of Scottish independence

Just a few days ago we took note of the first reputable poll ever to have identified a clear majority of Scots in favor of Scottish independence (Bletherskite September 3).  Our takeaway, like most others, was well, that is very interesting and definitely worth watching.  We asked questions like, is it an aberration that will be erased […]

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Watching Scotland: A peek at the Scottish Green Party

Watching Scotland: A peek at the Scottish Green Party

In the last Watching Scotland blog we took a look at the Scottish Conservative Party, or (from an American point of view) the somewhat unfortunately nicknamed “Tories”. From a right of centre perspective we now swing over and investigate what is going on over on the left with Scotland’s fourth largest political party (out of […]

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