Many of you will not of heard of this, what the government called the Scottish insurrection of 1820. Though if you are from or been to Edinburgh you certainly will have heard of the Radical road around Arthurs Seat. The actual Radical War only lasted a few days but despite it almost being written out […]
So, you’ve now bought yourself a traditionally hand sewn kilt and you love it. But now what, how do you wear it? ‘What do you mean, isn’t it obvious’ I hear you say? Well no, its a bit trickier than you think. Its time to learn how to wear the kilt correctly. A traditional kilt is […]
Edinburgh is one of Europe’s top visitor destinations and we have had many people ask ‘I only have one day to spend in Edinburgh – what should I see?” In many cities it would be virtually impossible to take in the main sights in one day without taking an open top bus tour or a handy […]
Back in 1820 or thereabouts there were two wee English brothers, born in Wales, by the names of John Hay Allen and Charles Hay Allen who moved to Moray, Scotland. After being there a while they changed the spelling of their name to Allan, to make it look more Scottish, but then shortened it to Hay. These two brothers are […]
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 […]
Scotland’s been responsible for so many inventions that one wonders just where we would be today without them. We all know the main ones – golf, the television, the telephone, the bicycle, the steam engine (okay, we don’t still use that one but it sure was important) – but here are 7 equally interesting/important ones […]
Hobbie Noble of the Crew in Bewcastle, Cumberland was disowned by his own folk but found favour across the English Scottish Border in Liddesdale with the mighty Armstrongs of Mangerton. He would be betrayed back to the English by an unlikely source, the Armstrongs of the Mains.