A History of Scottish Highland Dancing

A History of Scottish Highland Dancing

The origins of Scottish Highland dancing like most of our Scottish traditions are swathed in the mists of time. Our proud history and traditions were orally told and passed through the generations.   It is said that the old kings and clan chiefs would hold Highland games as a means to select the best men […]

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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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Filling The Gaelic Gap:  Cultural Reclamation and Revival In The Diaspora

Filling The Gaelic Gap: Cultural Reclamation and Revival In The Diaspora

This is the first in a series of Bletherskite blog posts that we like to call “Not Your Father’s Gaelic”. We briefly introduced the series a few weeks back. The broad goal of the NYFG project is to provide needed support and energy for a growing Gaelic cultural and language revitalization movement within the Scottish […]

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Symbols of Edinburgh

Symbols of Edinburgh

Our wee series of articles on Edinburgh continue today with a look at some of the symbols that have become synonymous with the city, their origins and what they represent and we’ll start off with what must be the most famous of them all, the Luckenbooth…. The story of the Luckenbooth begins on the Royal […]

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‘Birth certificate of Scotland’ unearthed by archaeologists

‘Birth certificate of Scotland’ unearthed by archaeologists

There has been a remarkable breakthrough in discovering Scotland’s origins. The ancient mound known as the Moot Hill in the ground of Scone Palace was once the site of the “lost” abbey of Scone, founded in 1114 by Alexander I, where Scottish kings are believed to have assumed the mantle of power on the Stone […]

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