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Posted on February 6, 2013 by | 27 views | 4 comments
The thistle of Scotland is said to be the oldest national flower on record, the legend of how this proud and regal plant became a national emblem goes back many hundreds of years, to the time when Scotland was being rampaged by the vicious Vikings. From 795 Scotland was under assault by wave upon...
Posted on May 12, 2013 by | 21 views | 2 comments
The stories that I have about him came from my mother, Mary MacLeod who, along with some others we are acquainted with, went to the same primary school in Skye as Iain Dubh, albeit at a later date. Although he came from a God-fearing people, Iain, due to his exploits, became known as “The Wizard of...
Posted on July 15, 2013 by | 20 views | 2 comments
This article - or more 3 articles was kindly sent to us by William Shaw Of-Easter Lair. It's three diary pieces; the first wrote from the point of view a tribal warrior during the time of the Roman incursion, the second from a young man living on the Tay circa 800 and finally the third from a Clan ...
Posted on July 16, 2013 by | 336 views | 2 comments
A list of some of the Clan and Scottish Surname DNA projects. Please let me know about others and I can update this list. Click below to visit the project's page. A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | L | M | N | O | P | R | S | T | U | W | Y A Abernathy Agnew Allison A...
Posted on July 17, 2013 by | 90 views | 2 comments
Flodden was fought just after Henry VIII came to the throne, a long time before he became the chubby, wife murdering tyrant so loved by novelists. It's a battle that people tend to know very little about, but it's a battle that changed - well world history. In 1513 Henry was suprisingly - young, h...
Posted on February 6, 2013 by | 5 views | 1 comments
The Battle of Otterburn is remembered as the fight where ‘a dead man won the field’. A Scottish attack was made in Northumberland on Henry Percy and his estates, led by James Douglas, 2nd Earl of Douglas, on the 5 August 1388. During the fighting, Douglas was very badly wounded. He told his office...
Posted on February 6, 2013 by | 7 views | 1 comments
Living around the same time as the legendary Nostradamus was a farm labourer called Coinneach Odhar. His prophesies are maybe not as well known as his contemporary but the alarming accuracy of his predictions has added to the sense of mystery that still exists around the Black Isle. Indeed many of...
Posted on February 7, 2013 by | 13 views | 1 comments
Almost every Scottish loch has a monster, or at least stories about a monster. Perhaps they are just convenient tales told by grannies to stop local children playing too near the water? The most common monster in these watery warnings is the kelpie, the waterhorse. The kelpie was a creature that li...
Posted on February 7, 2013 by | 22 views | 1 comments
Like much Scottish history the tale of Rob Roy is shrouded in mystery and intrigue. The people of the time were mostly illiterate and stories of the famous battles and legendary characters were mainly passed down the generations by word of mouth, embellished as they went, to provide the great tales ...
Posted on March 7, 2013 by | 79 views | 1 comments
  tartan-footprint.pdf (2MB) We have put together a presentation about Tartan Footprint, it says a bit about our vision, the aim is that this will help promote Tartan Footprint to the wider Scottish communities.  Please ask me if you need it in a higher resolution.
Posted on January 27, 2014 by | 15 views | 1 comments
As dusk fell over Culloden Moor on the 16th April 1746 the last major land battle to be fought on British soil had drawn to a conclusion. With close to 2,000 dead and wounded Jacobites the campaign to restore the Stewart monarchy to the throne had been dealt a decisive final blow. In the days and...
Posted on February 6, 2013 by | 10 views | comments
Measuring for a Gents Kilt (and Older Boys) Taking Your Measurements: For men it is important to have the correct "starting point". this is exactly 2 inches above the hip bone. Gents Measurement Guide For Wearing A Kilt WAIST (1) From this starting point measure around the stomach, this is the wais...