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18th August 2006

It's your Electric Scotland newsletter meaning the weekend is nearly here :-)

You can view what's new this week on Electric Scotland at and you can unsubscribe to this newsletter by clicking on the link at the foot of this newsletter.

See our Calendar of Scottish Events around the world at

This week I've been working mainly on ocr'ing in a couple of books for the site which will start to appear in the next week or so. I must say that both have been time consuming as one has endless footnotes and the other has a significant quantity of the old Scots language and even some gaelic so proofing has been time consuming.

One of the questions that came up in the questionnaire was "why do I only support the SNP on the site?". Well in actual fact I don't support the SNP as such but I do support the Scots Independent Newspaper which does of course fight for Scottish Independence.

The fact is that at one point I thought it would be useful to get each political party to contribute some information to the site and I thus contacted all of them to invite them to contribute. I got turned down by all of them including the SNP.

When I came across the Scots Independent Newspaper they said their mission was to fight for an independent Scotland and also to promote the history and culture of Scotland. So when I discussed doing something with them it was more to do with the historical and cultural activities but I thought it would also be interesting to follow the fight for independence.

Due to the relationship we have built up there is a huge amount of content within the Flag in the Wind including the largest audio recordings of the old Scots language anywhere in the world. They also probably have the most comprehensive time line of Scottish history.

When I first dealt with them they had their own section under Electric Scotland but as this grew and grew I felt it would be better if they kept their content under their own domain and so around 3 years back they moved to their own domain. They have kept the Electric Scotland header which might be why you confuse them as being part of Electric Scotland. The header simply reflects their own mission to promote the history and culture of Scotland which is why they kept it. It may be in the future that they'll decide to remove that and have their own header but that will be their decision.

So hopefully that explains things on this point :-)

Some of the stories in here are just parts of a larger story so do check out the site for the full versions. You can always find the link in our "What's New" section at the link at the top of this newsletter and pick up poems and stories sent into us during the week from Donna, Margo, Stan, John and others.

This weeks edition is by Richard Thomson.

I note with interest that several of the books that were on limited stock alert are now sold out from the launch of their Shopping Mall.

I also note a new feature about Robert Burns started this week by Peter Wright. Here is how he starts...

It is never to early to plan ahead for your next, or indeed first, Burns Supper, and the intention of this new feature is to give you a ready accessible collection of the National Bard’s material for the 25th of January each year. Over the next few months we will give you a variety of items by Robert Burns, which should prove useful to you.

Interest in the life and work of Robert Burns has never faltered and, indeed, as we now approach the 250th anniversary of his birth in 2009, this should grow apace. He holds a special place in the hearts of his countrymen and his appeal spans the continents. A genius, he spoke for his people and captured their hopes and fears, their joys and sorrows, in poetry and song. The Flag collection will reflect this.


We begin with two graces for ‘Before’ and ‘After’ your meal and also the grace made famous world-wide by Robert Burns – ‘The Selkirk Grace’. Prior to its use by our National Bard it was known as ‘The Covenanter’s Grace’.


O Thou, who kindly dost provide
For every creature’s want!
We bless Thee, God of Nature wide,
For all Thy goodness lent:
And, if it please Thee, Heav’nly Guide,
May never worse be sent;
But, whether granted, or deny’d,
Lord, bless us with content! – Amen.


O Thou, in whom we live and move,
Who mad’st the sea and shore;
Thy goodness constantly we prove,
And, grateful, would adore.

And if it please Thee, Pow’r above,
Still grant us, with such store,
The friend we trust, the fair we love,
And we desire no more.


Some hae meat, and canna eat,
And some wad eat that want it;
But we hae meat and we can eat,
And sae the Lord be thanket.

I also noted with interested in Peter's "Scottish Food, Traditions and Customs" section...

This week and next we will look at commemorations being held to mark the important role in Scottish history played by two of the greatest ever Scots – Robert I, King of Scots, and Sir William Wallace, Guardian of Scotland.

It is encouraging that such events are being held as our education system has ill-served Scots as far as their history is concerned. A sound grounding in our own history is surely something every young, and not so young, Scot deserves. The historian and author Chris Brown hit the nail on the head –

‘Scotland is the only country in Europe where there is absolutely no legal requirement for schoolchildren to be taught the history of their country. The fact that there is no adequate history textbook for Scottish schools compounds the problem, but in any case the teachers, mostly the product of Scottish education themselves, have little or no grasp of their country’s history: the problem is circular. Sadly, neither the Scottish government nor Scottish education authorities seem to have any interest in doing anything very practical toward improving the situation, so Scottish schoolchildren will continue to be denied proper access to the history of their country.’

The circle must be broken and Scottish bairns properly taught their own history. It is far too important a subject to be left to chance, as that way misunderstanding arises and facts give way to myth. This is one aspect of Scottish life which will take time to turn around but, hopefully, an SNP controlled Scottish Executive from 2007 will start the wheel turning and ensure that future generations of Scots know their own country’s history.

And of course that was one of the big reasons that I decided to build the Electric Scotland web site so that it would offer just this type of information for anyone interested in finding out more :-)

You can read this weeks issue, see the pictures and listen to the Scots language at

Still working on the S's which you can read at

Good accounts of Stirling and Stirlingshire this week.

The Scottish Nation
My thanks to Lora for transcribing these volumes for us.

We are now on the C's with Cargill, Carlyle, Carmichael, Carnegie and Carnwath added this week.

Here is a bit from the Carmichael entry...

CARMICHAEL, a local surname, of great antiquity in Scotland, derived from the lands and barony of Carmichael, in the parish of that name, in the upper ward of Lanarkshire, of which the earls of Hyndford (a title now extinct), whose family name it was, were the proprietors. The parish appears to have been so named from St. Michael, under whose protection it was placed.

The first of the family known was William de Carmichael, who is mentioned in a charter of the lands of Ponfeigh about 1350. John de Carmichael, supposed to be his son, was infeft in the lands of Carmichael, on a precept from James earl of Douglas and Mar, killed at Otterburn in 1388. The name of William de Carmichael, probably his son, occurs in a charter of donation to the priory of St. Andrews in 1410. Sir John de Carmichael, supposed to be the son of this William, accompanied the Scottish auxiliaries sent to the assistance of Charles the Sixth of France, against the English. At the battle of Beaugé in Anjou, in 1422, he is said to have unhorsed the duke of Clarence, who commanded the English army, a feat which decided the victory in favour of the French and Scots. In the encounter he broke his spear, and his descendants bear for crest a dexter hand and man armed holding a broken spear. This deed has been attributed to the earl of Buchan, and Sir Alexander Buchanan [See BUCHANAN], as well as to Sir John de Carmichael and the honour of it must be equally divided among these three. Sir John died in 1436. By his wife, supposed to have been a lady Mary Douglas, he had three sons, namely, William, his successor; Robert, ancestor of the Carmichaels of Balmadie; and John, provost of St. Andrews, who was one upon a perambulation of some lands and marches in that neighbourhood in 1434.

William, the eldest son, was one of the inquest upon the service of Sir David Hay of Yester, in 1437. He had two sons, Sir John, and George. The latter, a doctor of divinity, was elected bishop of Glasgow in 1482, but died before his consecration, in the following year. He had previously been treasurer of that see, as rector of Carnwath. The same year that he was elected bishop, he was joined in commission with several lords and barons, to treat of a peace with England.

Sir John Carmichael, the elder son, had three sons and a daughter. William, the eldest, had also three sons; Bartholomew, who predeceased him; William, who succeeded him; and Walter, the progenitor of the Hyndford line. On the 8th March 1528 a remission was granted to William Carmichael of that ilk, and three others, for art, part and assistance given by them to Archibald sometime earl of Angus, his brother and eme (or uncle). William’s son, John Carmichael, married Elizabeth, third daughter of the fifth lord Somerville, and had two sons, John and Archibald, and a daughter, Mary, married to John, son of Sir Robert Hamilton of Preston. John Carmichael, the father, his son John, his brother Archibald, James Johnstone of Westraw, and thirty-one others, were, January 8th, 1564, indicted before the high court of justiciary, for wounding and deforcing a sheriff’s officer of Lanarkshire, when apprizing certain head of cattle, and for taking one of his assistants captive and keeping him in confinement in various places. They were ordered to enter into ward on the north side of the water of Spey, and remain there during her majesty’s pleasure.

You can read the rest of this account at

You can read the other entries at

The Celtic Monthly
A magazine for Highlanders

I have now added the second issue of Volume 10 (November 1901) which includes amongst other articles includes ones on George MacKay, President of the Clan MacKay Society, Neil MacLeod last of the MacLeods of Assynt, Martial music of the clans, Clam MacKay gathering at Tongue, The Ossianic Ballads, Simon Fraser, 10th Lord Lovat, etc.

You can see this first issue at

Children's Stories
Margo has now completed Book 111 of the Rolphin's Orb series which can be read at

Scots Minstrelsie
A National Monument of Scottish Song
Edited and Arranged by John Greig, Mus. Doc. (Oxon.)

Have added the following songs...

My Ain Fireside
Awa', Whigs, Awa'!
Bannocks O' Bear Meal
My Bonnie Mary
My Nannie's Awa'
My Tocher's The Jewel
When The King Comes Owre The Water

and you can read these in our current volume at

The Life of James Stewart
D.D. M.D. Hon. F.R.G.S. by James Wells, D.D. (1909)

Am continuing this book and we are now up to chapter 26. Here is how Chapter 26 starts...

Table Mountain—The Native Problem—The Land Problem—-Dr. Stewart as a Daysman—Native Criminal Law—Race Enmity—The Scorners of the Natives—Hopeful Facts.

‘It is the aim of Christianity to blot out the word alien and barbarian and put the word brother in its place.’—Max Muller.

‘British justice, if not blind, should be colour-blind.’—Conan Doyle in ‘The Great Boer War.’

‘Contempt of men is the ground-feature of heathenism. ‘—Marlensen’s ‘Ethics.’

‘Mega anthropos’ (A man is a great thing).—A Church Father.

‘The great ones honoured us, the believers showed us affection, but the people of the world despised us because our skins were black. ‘—Gambella, the Christian Prime Minister of King Lewanika of Barotsiland, on his return from the Coronation of King Edward VII.

THE first object that fixes the gaze of the stranger at Cape Town is Table Mountain, that dark gigantic rock of perpendicular granite, nearly 4000 feet high and 12 miles long. It besets him, monopolises attention, shuts out all objects behind and dwarfs all in front, and looks menacingly upon him through the windows of the house where he is sojourning. When the white chilling mist lies upon it, that dark mass seems to shut out heaven and overhang the whole city.

Since old Africa came to an end in 1900, and Boer and Briton are now at peace, the native problem confronts all thoughtful men in South Africa after the fashion of Table Mount. It is the ‘black cloud’ which overshadows the patriot, and for him there is from it no escape. It is the storm-centre of African discussion and politics. And it had a large place in Stewart’s whole life, and remained a permanent part of the horizon of his mind.

The native problem in South Africa is the greatest of its kind in history, and one of the heaviest burdens ever laid upon the white man. It will probably be the supreme test of modern statesmanship. It may be fairly defined by using the words in which a statesman recently described the kindred problem in India: ‘It is not a phase but a development, not a sickness but a birth which our own Government has created.’ The new wine is bursting the old bottles.

The essential facts are these: Between the Cape and the Zambesi there were, according to the census of 1904, 1,142,563 whites and 9,163,021 natives and coloured people. Dudley Kidd, in his Kafir Socialism (p. 284), says that the native population in Natal has increased seventy-five fold in seventy years—from about 10,000 in 1838 to 700,000 in 1906. The natives have an unconquerable vitality. The vices of the white men have failed to reduce their numbers as they have done in other lands. They are still ‘fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth.’ The Basutos, the most prosperous and intelligent of the African races, have, it is said, increased fivefold during the last thirty years. In Natal, in twenty years, the Zulus have doubled. Bryce, in his Impressions of South Africa (p. 346), tells us that ‘the number of the Fingoes to-day is ten times as great as it was fifty or sixty years ago. The blacks are increasing twice as fast as the whites, as all the checks that formerly kept the population in bounds have been removed.’ Dr. Carnegie says that the negroes in America in 1880 were 6,580,793, and in 1890, 8,840,789. The coloured races are multiplying with a rapidity which many deem alarming. The problem is bow to develop the native into a citizen. Every year it grows graver, and the penalty of failure is appalling. And it is very urgent, for the natives do not move now as by the measured pace of oxen, but as by steam and electricity.

[In his recently published Kafir Socialism and The Dawn of Individualism: An Introduction to the Study of the Native Problem, Dudley Kidd endeavours to set forth all the essential facts in the problem, and to suggest practical remedies. It is a very interesting book, but it is fitted to make the reader feel giddy in presence of the enormous complexities, varieties, and hindrances which belong to the native question. Mr. Kidd says that we are building up our structure at the foot of a volcano, but that, like all Pompeians, we have grown used to it, and do not worry much about our Vesuvius. ‘The problems ahead,’ he says, ‘make one almost afraid to think.’]

There will soon be, if there is not already, a pressing land problem. The territories allotted to the natives are now almost fully occupied. While there are immense stretches of unoccupied lands, the greater part of these is almost waterless, covered with scrub, and incapable of cultivation. Our Empire in South Africa has now reached its territorial limits. Africa now contains no more unparcelled earth of any agricultural value.

It is not surprising that the natives should be discontented when they see the land which belonged to their tribes from time immemorial, now occupied by white men, some of whom, they believe, are coveting the poor black man’s vineyard, and wishing to ‘eat up’ his land. Some one has said that formerly Europeans used to steal Africans from Africa, and now they are trying to steal Africa from the Africans. The recent Boer war and the war in German territory have tended to foster elements of discontent. And their rulers admit that they have real grievances which should be remedied.

Many have written upon this perplexing subject. A perusal of their writings leaves two impressions: all admit the extreme gravity of the problem, and no one suggests a practical and hopeful solution. The Native Affairs Commission left this question untouched. We are in presence of the growing pains of a new and vast Empire. This spectacle has drawn the eyes of the world to South Africa. We may hope that there will never be any serious war of races, though some students of the problem have grave fears. There is a history of Lobengula which has as its frontispiece a white and a black soldier fully armed. It is plain to the eye that the black man has no better chance in battle than the crow has with the eagle. Besides, the various races know not how to unite, though they are now beginning to realise their race unity and their common interests.

Stewart was well fitted to be a Daysman between the conflicting parties. The ‘Great White Father’ of the natives, he could lay a hand on both. The word ‘Lovedale’ had a charm for them. It offered a fair field to all and no favour. There their children ate, studied, worked, and played together with the white children. They all knew that he had devoted his life to them.

[The Reverend Doig Young writes: ‘Once when Dr. Stewart and Mr. Mzimba were travelling together to attend a meeting of Presbytery, they had to spend a night at a wayside inn. Knowing that hotel-keepers as a rule do not give up a bedroom to a native, Dr. Stewart, after being shown his room, asked the landlady what accommodation Mr. Mzimba was to have. "Oh," she said, "I will let him sleep in the loft outside." "Well, well," was the quiet rejoinder, "just let me see the place." They were taken to the loft above the stable. Dr. Stewart turned to Mr. Mzimba and said, in presence of the landlady, "You go and occupy my room, and I will sleep here." "Oh no," was her reply, "I cannot allow that." "But I insist upon it," continued Dr. Stewart; "if you have no bedroom in the house to give my friend, he must take my room." The upshot was that Mr. Mzitnba was shown into a comfortable room. During many years this landlady told this wonderful story to her guests. It seems to have been the only experience of the kind she had known.

‘Dr. Stewart was all through his long missionary life the loyal and sympathetic friend of the native people. He never forgot the old students either. Should he, even when hurrying through the streets of a town to catch a train, notice an old Lovedale lad on the other side of the street, across he would run at once, shake hands, and ask after his welfare. ‘He lived, he worked, he prayed for the advancement of the natives.’]

You can read the rest of this chapter at

You can read the other chapters at

Prehistoric Scotland
We have now started on chapter 7 of this book about General Phenomena of the Early Iron Age - Late Celtic Period. There will be 3 parts to this and now have the first one up in .pdf format at

Again there are a large number of illustrations so those of you that are interested in celtic art work should find this of interest.

You can read the balance of the book at

Byways of Scottish Story
by George Eyre-Todd (1930)

This is a new book with sketches on various topics. The first chapter should be of general interest as it explains "Braid Scots" and here is how that chapter starts...

THERE is probably no presumption more widely taken for granted even in Scotland itself at the present day than the belief that "broad Scotch" is a mere vulgar corruption of "good English." Among people especially who pay some attention to correctness of speech an idea is prevalent that anything, word or idiom, which is not to be found in Webster's or Ogilvy's dictionary must perforce be either vulgarity or slang. So greatly, indeed, has the written language of modern times overpowered the native spoken speech of older Scotland, that the slightest difference of accent from present usage, or the slightest broadening of the vowels, is apt upon a platform, or even in ordinary company, to excite immediate suspicion as to the breeding of the speaker. Not only, however, is the general assumption as to "broad Scotch" entirely wrong, but in many cases the particular departure from ordinary modern usage is both purer and more vigorous speech than its conventional substitute.

The actual position of the ancient language of Scotland among its fellows should be more popularly known than it is; the perusal of books like Malet's "Northern Antiquities" and Dr. Murray's "Dialect of the Southern Counties of Scotland" is confined too much, it is to be feared, to mere scholars and specialists. In Britain during the early centuries, from the time of Bruce downwards, three great Saxon dialects, each of distinctly marked features, were spoken. The most southern of these, the language of Rent and Devon, giving birth to no great literature and possessing no royal vogue, decayed early and died out, though its influence may possibly still be traced in the speech of its ancient region. Middle English, as it is called, the speech of the middle counties of England, and the language of the Bible and Shakespeare, has had a different fate. Supported by Court usage after the death of Norman-French, and made the medium of the best English thought, by the labours, among others, of Chaucer, Gower, and Wiclif, it gradually obtained dominance in the South, and became the national tongue of England. Most northern of the three great dialects, and in many respects the richest and most beautiful, was the language of Scotland. The region in which it was spoken was not large, Gaelic being the language of Galloway and the Highlands. But from the Borders to the Clyde and Forth, and northwards in the East of Scotland to Aberdeen, braid Scots was the vernacular for five centuries. During these centuries it gave birth to a poetry with which, in many respects, and considering the size of the country, the poetry of Greece alone can be honourably compared. In the Scottish vernacular was written Barbour's great national poem, "The Bruce," which, it is not too much to say, takes its place among the great poems of Europe as particularly the Epic of Freedom. In Scottish was written Blind Harry's glowing romance-history, "Sir William Wallace," of which Burns has said it "poured a tide of Scottish prejudice into his veins which would boil along there till the flood-gates of life shut in eternal rest." In Scottish appeared the beautiful "King's Quair" of James I., a composition, according to Mr. Stopford Brooke, "sweeter, tenderer, and purer than any verse till we come to Spenser." In Scottish are preserved Henryson's exquisite rich pastorals and poems, from "Robene and Makyne" to the "Tale of the Upland Mouse and the Burgess Mouse"; Dunbar's fiery rose-heart of song, from "The Goldyn Targe" to "The Dance of the Seven Deidly Sins"; Gavin Douglas's classic grace, and the scorching Reformation satire of Sir David Lyndsay and Sir Richard Maitland; not to speak of minor bards unnumbered, and the rich unrivalled store of nameless ballad minstrelsy. Scottish was the language of Court and Bar, of Bruce on the field of Bannockburn, and of James IV. in the halls of Holyrood.

In the reign of the latter king the language, like the kingdom of Scots, may be said to have reached its meridian. The splendour of the Court in which it was spoken was then at its height. The monarch was alike wealthy and refined, speaking no less than seven languages besides his own. Ambassadors of all the countries of Europe heard the Scottish poets and minstrels recite their lays in the presence of King James. Scottish merchant carvels carried the speech of Scotland across all the northern seas. And altogether the period must be owned to merit the title of an Augustine age.

You can read the rest of this at

We have added 6 chapters and the other 5 are...

The Epic of Freedom
The Shrine of Douglas
The Three Tales of Lindores
The Pagan Faith of Scotland
"Bonnie Jeanie Cameron"

and they can all be read at

James Chalmers of New Guinea
Missionary, Pioneer and Martyr by Cuthbert Lennox (1902).

I thought I'd hold off doing this book seeing as we are already doing a missionary in James Stewart but will start this up again when we complete the other one.

Highland Dancing
As some of you may know I went to the Fergus Highland Games in Ontario last Saturday. I was mainly there to try and get a few video clips of Highland Dancing as I do plan to do a section on the site about this. I got around 8 video clips which you can see at

As I already did a feature on the games last year I didn't bother taking any other pictures this year although I did take one of the Clan Graham Chieften and his wife who had come up from Atlanta, Georgia which you can see at 

David Hunter Photography
As you know David has sent us in the odd collection of superb pictures of Scotland and this week he's sent in another set from Morvern & Ardgour, the old lands of the MacLeans which you can see at

World Pipe Band Championships
Our thanks to Ronnie Simpson of the All Celtic Music Store for sending us in there results.

The ‘Super Bowl’ of World Pipe Banding took place on Glasgow Green in, yes, Glasgow, Scotland on Saturday 12th August. Reports suggest around 200 pipe bands took part in competition over 6 grades, from Grade 1 down to Novice Juvenile, that tallies up to in excess of 3,000 players added to the 50,000 audience.

Pipe bands pay all of their own costs of travel, accommodation and each players living costs and travel from the USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Pakistan, over Europe, from Ireland and Scotland (and there are no cash prizes!). Much as you might expect it the top bands NO LONGER necessarily come from Scotland. Let’s see how 2006 shaped up.

Grade One.
1) Field Marshal Montgomery (Ulster)
2) Simon Fraser University (Canada)
3) House of Edgar Shotts & Dykehead (Scotland)
4) Strathclyde Police (Scotland)
5) Boghall & Bathgate (Scotland)
6) 78th Fraser Highlanders (Canada)

Grade Two.
1) Robert Malcolm Memorial (Canada)
2) Tayside Police (Scotland)
3) The Band Club (Australia)
4) Torphichen & Bathgate (Scotland)
5) Cullybacky (Ulster)
6) Bagad Cap Caval (France)

Grade 3A,
1) Denny & Dunipace (Scotland)
2) Battlehill (Ulster)
3) Gaelic College (Canada)
4) Coalburn (Scotland)
5) Annsborough (Ulster)
6) Linlithgow (Scotland)

Grade 3B
1) Aughintober (Ulster)
2) Cottown (Ulster)
3) Beeston (England)
4) Cullen (Eire)
5) Dunoon (Scotland)
6) Pitlochty & Blair Atholl (Scotland)

1) St.Thomas Episcopal Scxhool (USA)
2) George Watson’s College (Scotland)
3) Kintyre Schools (Scotland)
4) Boghall & Bathgate (Scotland)
5) Sir James MacDonald (USA)
6) Dunoon Grammer School (Scotland)

Grade 4A.
1) University of Strathclyde (Scotland)
2) Lanark & District (Scotland)
3) Benoni (South Africa)
4) Raffray (Not Listed)
5) St.Laurence Howth (Eire)
6) McNeilstowen (Ulster)

Grade 4B.
1) Killadeas (Ulster)
2) Saintfield (Not Listed)
3) Glengarry (Canada)
4) Moneygore (Scotland)
5) Clydebank (Scotland)
6) Methil & District (Scotland)

Novice Juvenile.
1) Kintyre Schools (Scotland)
2) Methil & District (Scotland)
3) George Watson’s College (Scotland)
4) Robert Wiseman’s Dairies Vale of Atholl (Scotland)
5) Johnstone (Scotland)
6) Inveraray (Scotland)

There are two groups in Grades 3 & 4 simply because of the number of entries. Remember these 200 + bands have ALL got to be heard and judged in one day. There are 6 places to be won in each group - winning, trophies, pennants or shields. Scottish bands only won 3 of the six groups, Ulster won 3, Canada won 1 & USA won 1.

The competition takes place on the second Saturday of August every year.

Neil Fraser also sent in the url for the complete results which is at

Clan Newsletters
This week have received newsletters from...

Clan MacKenzie September 2006 Newsletter at

Oliphant Clan and Family Association constitution and July 2006 newsletter at

Clan Munro of Australia Newsletter for August 2006 at

Bits of Electric Scotland
Again from the survey it was suggested that I might highlight bits of the site that I thought might be of general interest.

This week I'm looking at our "Other Pages of Historical Interest" page at

There is a huge amount of reading within this section and here are just some of the links you can find...

Act against the Highland Dress
Parliament, in 1746 and 1747, passed various Acts, by which it was ordained that the Highlanders should be disarmed, their peculiar dress laid aside, and the heritable jurisdictions and wardholding abolished.

The Act of Proscription 1747
An act for the more effectual disarming the highlands in Scotland; and for the more effectual securing the peace of the said highlands; and for restraining the use of the highland dress; and for further indemnifying such persons as have acted in the defence of His Majesty's person and government, during the unnatural rebellion; and for indemnifying the judges and other officers of the court of judiciary in Scotland, for not performing the northern circuit in May, one thousand seven hundred and forty six; and for obliging the masters and teachers of private schools in Scotland, and chaplains, tutors and governors of children or youth, to take the oaths to his Majesty, his heirs and successors, and to register the same.

This Month in Scottish History
Each month brings you interesting accounts of people, places and events in Scottish history.

Declaration of Arbroath 1320
The Declaration of Arbroath was and has been unequalled in its eloquent plea for the liberty of man. From the darkness of medieval minds it shone a torch upon future struggles which its signatories could not have foreseen or understood.

Friends of Grampian Stones
Aberdeenshire, Banffshire, Kincardinshire & Moray - four counties in Northeast Scotland with boundaries created in Norman times based on earlier Pictish land divisions - have the world's greatest configuration of prehistoric and early-historic stones, carved art and clusters of ancient settlements, in an area roughly half the size of Switzerland.

A Scottish saga of the Lothians - a story for Scots [and all those of Scottish intent] wherever they may be. The first novel of the West Lothian shale field.

Battle of Pinkie Cleugh
Pinkie Cleugh was the first "modern" battle on British soil--featuring combined arms, cooperation between infantry, artillery and cavalry and, most remarkably, a naval bombardment in support of land forces. Such an interpretation places Britain in the mainstream of military development 100 years earlier than is generally accepted.

Highland Pibroch
Composed by one of the MacCrummens in the midst of the Battle of Inverlochy, 1427, wherein Donald Balloch of the Isles was victorious over the Royal Force.

The North British Railway
Here is an account of the North British Railway written some time ago which shows the part the railway played in Scotland.

Greyfriars Bobby
As a testament to Bobby's devotion, the people of Edinburgh, erected a memorial to Bobby. In most of the Encyclopedias, under famous dogs, Bobby's story can be found.

Border Reivers
The dull thundering of hooves in the distance would send fear into the hearts of families gathered around the fire. The firelight would reflect the fear in the eyes of women and children as the galloping horses came closer.

Colin Campbell of Glenure
Colin Campbell of Glenure, also known as "Red Colin", was not present at Culloden although he held a commission in Lord Loudens regiment during the uprising. After resigning his commission, Glenure became one of these factors, having sway over the Cameron lands of Lochaber and Stewart lands in Appin.

The Gathering Stone
The stone was erected in the wake of Kenneth McAlpine's defeat of the Picts in 834 AD which led to the unification of the Scottish nation.

Inverness Kirk-Session Records
Extracts from Inverness Kirk-Session Records 1661-1800.

David Loch's Tour of Scotland in 1778
In 1778, David Loch wrote a book entitled— A Tour through most of the Trading Towns and Villages of Scotland; containing Notes and Observations concerning the Trade, Manufactures, Improvements, &c., of these Towns and Villages.

And that's all for now and I hope you all have a great weekend :-)


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