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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Why is Scotland so… Google Reveals All

Why is Scotland so… Google Reveals All

Internet search giant Google has revealed questions the world wants to know about Scotland, unfortunately showing rather unflattering results. The auto-complete feature imbedded in the search engine suggests common search terms when certain information is entered, revealing what internet users really want to know. When asking Google the question ‘Why is Scotland so…’, auto-complete suggests […]

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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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Edinburgh and Glasgow’s Rivarly Began Over Bread

Edinburgh and Glasgow’s Rivarly Began Over Bread

It has been recently suggested that the centuries-long rivalry between Scotland’s capital and Scotland’s largest city all started over bread. It seems to have begun in 1656 when the Glasgow town council spoke of their worries about the low quality of bread its local bakeries were producing, and two bakers from neighbouring Edinburgh cheekily offered […]

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