The Radical War of 1820

The Radical War of 1820

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 […]

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The Original Tartan Con Men

The Original Tartan Con Men

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 […]

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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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