A New Battle On Culloden Moor

Jun 9, 2018 by

It was a short, bloody battle that irrevocably changed the course of Scotland’s future.  Though it lasted only an hour, the Battle of Culloden (Scottish Gaelic: Blàr Chùil Lodair) on April 16, 1746, ended the Jacobite effort to restore Charles Edward Stuart, Bonnie Prince Charlie, to the throne of Scotland.  Approximately 2000 Scottish Highlanders sacrificed their lives that day, and more died during the brutal repression of Highland and Gaelic culture that followed soon thereafter.  The sorrow and pain of that day is still felt by many contemporary Scots, as well as those whose ancestors fled Scotland to escape the harsh retaliatory actions meted out by the English in the years following the battle.  For those people, Culloden will always be sacred ground,  “ground zero” of the centuries-long Scottish battle for freedom from the English invaders.

New invaders have now come to Culloden,  developers who want to build houses less 400 meters from the battlefield—and surprisingly, the Scottish government is set to approve those plans.

 

 

People in Scotland and around the world have voiced outrage that such a project would even be considered, much less approved.   Historic Scotland  has given their stamp of approval for the scheme, even though no representative from the government  authority has visited the site to see how it might be impacted.   The National Trust For Scotland (NTS), which owns and maintains the battlefield and visitor center, has expressed great disappointment in the decision, arguing that the approval creates a ” slippery slope”  for future housing schemes, which could result in the the degradation of the historic site at Culloden.

I grew up in Georgia, a Southern state that was the site of many battles during the American Civil War and the American Revolutionary War.  My father was a Civil War historian and ardent battlefield preservationist, who taught me from an early age that historic sites are tremendous visual symbols of what was and, more importantly, what should never be again–specifically, being ruled by a monarchy ( the Revolutionary War) or allowing the enslavement of our fellow men and women (the Civil War).  When you lose those places where people fought and died for their beliefs,  places that are the final resting places of so many souls, you betray their memory.  Moreover, you also lose a valuable teaching tool for future generations who will have no tangible connection to their past.  Textbooks, photos and videos can only go so far—to truly know your history, you must walk the same ground your predecessors walked, feel that sense of connection and emotion that comes from standing where they stood.  Once those historic places are sacrificed for commercial development, they are gone forever.

 

 

Do the souls of those long-dead Highlanders still walk the moor at Culloden?   Celtic mythology holds that there are “thin places” in the world where different planes of existence touch, and the past can sometimes be felt in the present.  If any such place exists in Scotland, it surely must be at Culloden,  where sadness seems to hover over the fields like Highland mist.  I have walked that moorland where Gaelic war cries of fierce, proud Highlanders once rang through the air, and I believe the spirits of those long-dead men are there still.   For me, any encroachment on the battlefield is a defilement of the war graves of brave  men—Scots, Irish and even English who fought with the Highlanders—who died for their country, their families and their way of life.

We will always have competing interests in the name of progress, when developers confront preservationists in the modern world.   Finding a balance between these two interests is difficult and one side (sometimes both)  often believes its arguments have been completely ignored or misunderstood.    In the case of important historical sites such as battlefields, however,  the bigger picture needs to be carefully considered.   Houses can always be built in other places—there will only ever be ONE Culloden.

 

Read more about the proposed housing development, and the arguments on both sides, here:

http://www.scotsman.com/news/environment/historic-scotland-slammed-over-culloden-housing-1-3264115

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/government-called-upon-to-protect-culloden-from-housing-developers.23117157

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-25684570

http://www.scotsman.com/news/environment/light-pollution-fears-over-culloden-housing-plans-1-3266229

http://www.inverness-courier.co.uk/News/Battlefield-site-visit-not-needed-claims-watchdog-10012014.htm

To sign an online petition to stop the proposed development at Culloden, click HERE.

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Leamaneh Castle, County Clare

Jun 9, 2018 by

Built around 1480 on the edge of The Burren in County Clare, Leamaneh ( also spelled Leamanagh) Castle was originally a five-story tower house. These fortified homes, with castellated features, were popular with Norman gentry in the western regions of Ireland during the middle ages.

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Leamaneh Castle in County Clare, Ireland
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The castle stands on the corner of a busy three-way intersection on the southern end of the Burren, where limestone is plentiful. The tower has a spiral staircase, small chambers, and narrow windows that are little more than slits.

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In 1902, the gates were removed from #Leamaneh and taken to Dromoland Castle, as the manor home had fallen into disrepair. Today only the four outer walls remain. Unmaintained and walled off, there is no access to the castle — it stands on private property — but it can be easily viewed from the road. There is no designated parking, however, so be careful where you put your vehicle and watch for traffic!

The tower house was built by Turlogh O’Brien, King of Thomond, one of the last of the High Kings of Ireland, and a direct descendant of Brian Boru.   The name Leamaneh is derived from the Irish leim an eich ( pronounced “laym an uch”), which means “horse’s leap”.

In 1543, Murrough, son of O’Brien, surrendered the castle and his #Irish royalty to Henry VIII. For this he was made a First Earl of Thomond and Baron Inchiquin. He dutifully adopted English custom and converted to the Anglican Church.

In 1648, Conor O’Brien and his wife Mary McMahon (also known as Maire Rua, meaning “Red Mary”) extended the tower by adding a four-story, high-gabled mansion house. The manor house was quite modern for the time and was paid for by #MaireRua through the wealth her first husband bequeathed her.

Conor was killed in 1651 at the Pass of Inchicronan while leading his men against the Cromwellians. There are varied reports of Maire Rua’s reaction to Conor’s death. One report is that he was taken home in a very weak condition by his followers and that Maire Rua nursed him until he died at nightfall. She would have realized that the punishment for Conor’s rebellion was forfeiture of his property. It is reported that immediately after Conor’s death she went, richly dressed, to Limerick. In a bid to retain her lands and estates she offered to marry immediately any Cromwellian officer who was willing. This is refuted in other versions of the story which state that Maire Rua didn’t marry until 1653, two years after Conor’s death.

In either case her third husband was Cornet John Cooper, a Cromwellian soldier. They had a son, Harry (or Henry), and possibly a daughter also. Through this marriage of expediency Maire Rua succeeded in keeping her estates intact for her children. John Cooper left the army and became wealthy through land and property speculation, though he later ran into financial difficulty resulting in the mortgaging of Leamaneh.

In fact and fable, Red Mary was a formidable woman. Legends have grown up around her, many of them exaggerated with the passage of time. Some of them simply untrue. In 1664 she was granted a royal pardon on murder charges brought against her two years previously. These charges related to her supposed involvement with Conor O’Brien’s raiding parties in the 1640’s.

Without doubt, she was a tough, forceful and determined woman. I’ve found no evidence to support the story that Mary threw her third husband out of the window of Leamaneh, or that she forced him to ride his horse over the Cliffs of Moher.  Financially and legally, their marriage of convenience lasted many years, although they perhaps lived separate lives later on.

Legend says she married 25 men after her third husband’s death. Again, there is no written evidence of those unions. With her power and wealth, Red Mary had no need to tie herself to so many husbands. Personally, I think she did what any Celtic woman would do in the same situation: have 25 LOVERS, not 25 husbands.

With so many ongoing feuds, it’s no wonder that Red Mary reputedly came to a very bad end. After the death of her last husband ( presumably one of the alleged 25 ) locals say she was captured by a group of her enemies and taken to a hollow tree. Here she was fastened up and left to die of starvation. It is not clear exactly where she was buried, but her red-haired ghost is said to appear in two different places. One of these is a Druid’s Altar near Clare Castle. Others say Mary still walks the halls of #LeamanehCastle, giving it the reputation as being one of Ireland’s most haunted castles.

It is claimed by some that Maire Rua is buried at Coad Church in #Kilnaboy parish. Her two daughters are buried there (I’ve seen their graves); it is thought that Maire constructed the church there following a dispute with the rector.

If you decide to check out whether Red Mary still haunts Leamaneh, keep in mind that the castle is located on a working farm, with residents living on the premises. Your ghost hunt just might lead you to a living–and highly annoyed– member of our mortal realm, not the Otherworld.

 

Interested in reading more about Red Mary? Click here–>> Marie Rua:Lady of Leamaneh

 

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Rare Scottish Wildcat Kittens Born

Jul 29, 2017 by

Three rare Scottish wildcat kittens have been born at a wildlife centre as efforts continue to save the species from extinction.

The three kittens, born to mother Ness and father Zak, were born on April 11 at Highland Wildlife Park in Kingussie and are now becoming more independent of their mother.

The animals are beginning to leave their dens and explore their enclosures.

Scottish wildcats are under threat in the wild from habitat loss and cross-breeding with domestic cats, with numbers as low as 110.

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Rare Scottish wildcat kittens born at Highland wildlife Park

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The Penclawdd Cockles of Wales

Feb 28, 2017 by

In Wales, one of the oldest occupations found along the coastline is cockle gathering, a task which archaeological evidence suggests dates back to at least the Roman era.  

Penclawdd (pronounced Pen-clawth),  a seaside village in Swansea, Wales, on the Gower Penninsula, is renowned for its local cockle industry.  The Welsh clams are collected from the extensive sandy flats in the Burry Estuary and then sold worldwide as the famous “Penclawdd [or Gower] cockles.”

Cockles are small saltwater clams widely used in cooking  throughout the world, but are especially popular in Wales. 

  Here’s an unusual bit of trivia to impress your friends: In England and Wales, Magna Carta grants every citizen the right to collect up to eight pounds of cockles from the foreshore; pickers wishing to collect more than eight pounds are deemed to be engaging in commercial fishing and are required to obtain a permit from the Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority.   To see what happens when cockle pickers get greedy, read this BBC story.

Though small and humble, cockles have had more than a mere fifteen minutes of fame.  In a popular song that has become the unofficial anthem for Dublin, Ireland,  a tune also covered by U2,  sweet Molly Malone wheels her barrow through the streets of Dublin, crying, “Cockles and mussels, alive, alive, oh!”    If you feel deeply contented by something, that thing (often a good quality whisky or beer) is said  “to warm the cockles” of your heart, although I’m fairly certain there are no cockle valves in the human heart.   

Even gardeners, such as the famously contrary Mistress Mary,  have a history with cockles, sometimes using the ridged shells as edging and soil conditioners in their gardens.

 

Samples of these famous cockles can be purchased at the stalls in Swansea Market and locally in the village itself.  The Penclawdd cockles are also shipped worldwide for fans of this tasty Welsh seafood. 

Penclawdd cockles for sale.

Penclawdd cockles for sale. Image by Scott Dexter

Laverbread made with Penclawdd cockles from Gower.

Laverbread made with Penclawdd cockles from Gower. Image by Smylers.

If you travel to Wales and ask for a full Welsh breakfast, you are likely to get cockles fried in bacon fat alongside your eggs and laverbread cakesCockle pie is a traditional Welsh dish and quite tasty–click HERE for a recipe to try.  

From the mid 19th century up until the 1970s in Wales, the cockles were gathered by women using hand-rakes and riddles (coarse sieves) with the help of donkey carts, often braving very hard conditions.

Some women set up stalls at local markets, while other women sold their harvest door to door. Cockles, boiled and removed from their shells (cocs rhython), were usually carried in a wooden pail, balanced on the vendor’s head, while the untreated variety (cocs cregyn) were carried in a large basket on the arm.

Now they are harvested mostly by men, still by hand, but using tractors or Land Rovers instead of little donkeys. The original small, family-owned factories in Penclawdd have been demolished and cockles are now processed in two large, modern factories in the nearby village of Crofty; the product is largely exported to continental Europe.

Sources:  For more history about the cockle women of Wales, try this wonderful blog post that has many vintage pictures of Welsh women gathering the cockle  harvest.

More stories about harvesting cockles are HERE and HERE, and more info about Penclawdd is available on Wikipedia  and on the Gower website.

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Entrudo, Portugal’s Celtic Mardi Gras

Feb 20, 2017 by

Entrudo Portugal, a uniquely Portuguese type of Mardi Gras, marks the last night of feasting before the start of the Lenten season.

In Portugal, Fat Tuesday (the day before Lent begins) is celebrated with an ancient Celtic festival called Entrudo.

Entrudo has its roots in ancient Celtic fertility celebrations, although it is now tied to the Christian customs of Lent.

Similar to Mardi Gras festivities (but much more localized and family friendly), Entrudo  is a colorful celebration involving hand carved wooden masks, parades, music, lots of food and drink, and mischievous behavior.

 

 

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Masked figure at Entrudo fest in the village of Lazarim, Portugal– Source

 

The Careto tradition is a pre-historical Celtic religious ritual still practiced in some regions of Portugal, namely in the villages of Podence (Macedo de Cavaleiros, Bragança District) and Lazarim (Lamego, Viseu District).

It currently takes place during Carnival and is one of the oldest traditions being practiced in Portugal today.

The careto is very much evident in Entrudo Portugal celebrations.

Caretos are masked young men dressed in suits made of yellow, red, black, blue and green fringe wool quilts. They wear brass bells, leather or wooden masks, and rattles in their belts. Caretos run about wildly, “stealing” wine, and “frightening” people, especially single women.

Entrudo Portugal, in Podence

Caretos at Entrudo Portugal, in Podence —Source

 

 

 

This short video shows that the Entrudo Portugal definitely has its roots in ancient Celtic fertility rituals:

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Even the very young participate in the Entrudo parade, sometimes doing a little clean up along the route.

 

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Child in colorful costume, Entrudo Portugal–Source

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If you go to Entrudo, be sure to bring a camera, a Portuguese phrasebook, and wear warm clothes. It’s cold in the mountainous villages that host the oldest Entrudos.

Enjoy the local stews and drinks, most made especially for the event.

Mostly, though, just enjoy this ancient revelry from our Celtic past!

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Outer Hebrides Teenagers: Life Out Here

Nov 20, 2016 by

Life in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, also known as the Western Isles,  is both harsh and beautiful. Outer Hebrides teenagers learn early on that their island life is unique.

Steeped in Celtic and Viking culture, the Outer Hebrides has lost population over the years.  Villages run the gamut from tiny to small, with typical teenage nightlife and adventures far away on the Mainland.

So, what makes an Outer Hebrides teenager, born and raised on the islands, want to stay?

French photographer Laetitia Vancon set out to answer this question about life in the Outer Hebrides.  She came away with some compelling images and a deeper understanding of what island life is all about.

Click the link below for the full story.

FRENCH Photographer Laetitia Vancon tries to find out how isles’ youngsters reach their decision to stay at home to seek a new life on the mainland.

Source: Island life on Outer Hebrides captured in snapper’s candid peek at ordinary lives on Scotland’s fringe – Daily Record

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Virtual Glen Coe, Autumn Snow

Nov 19, 2016 by

 If you can’t get to Scotland this week, try virtual Glen Coe instead.

This new video takes a virtual tour of this stunning Highland wonderland:

THIS incredible video footage allows viewers to take a journey through virtual Glen Coe from the comfort of their own home. Filmed earlier this month, the five minute clip was shared on YouTube by Sky View Video.The company specialise in 360 degree videos from the ground and also from the air using drones.This was their first time … Continued

Source: VIDEO: Journey through Glen Coe captured on 360 degree camera – Sunday Post

 

 

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2016: Autumn meets winter, looking into Glen Etive and the Glencoe Visitor Centre–Image via National Trust for Scotland Mountain Path Team

Another beautiful photo of snowy Glen Coe, November, 2016:

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The road to Glen Etive, a snow covered Stob Dearg. Image via National Trust for Scotland Mountain Path Team

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To learn more about Glen Coe’s history, geology and conservation click HERE.

The link will take you to the National Trust for Scotland’s info page for Glen Coe, perhaps the most famous of all Scottish glens.

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Caernarfon Weeping Window : A WWI Tribute

Nov 3, 2016 by

Caernarfon Castle in Wales has recently opened a poignant tribute to the many Welsh soldiers who died in World War I: The Weeping Window.

 

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    Caernarfon Weeping Window poppies display–Image via LonelyPlanet

The Caernarfon Castle exhibit, entitled “Weeping Window”, is made up of more than 6000 red ceramic poppies.

  The poppies were first exhibited at the Tower of London in 2014, as part of the ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ memorial.

That display had over 880,000 hand made poppies, which marked every British and colonial death in the 1914-1918 conflict.

 

Artist Paul Cummins assembled the sculpture and said it had taken nearly six days to install. 

Designer Tom Piper said:

“We have got over 5,000 poppies here, representing probably a fraction of the Royal Welch Fusiliers who died in the First World War.”

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Cascading red poppies of the Caernarfon Weeping Window– Image via WalesOnline

Piper also said it was purely chance that the exhibit ended up looking like a red dragon’s claw.  The red dragon, of course, is a renowned national symbol of Wales.

 

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Observers have noted that the Caernarfon Weeping Window display looks like a dragon’s foot Image via Daily Post

Speaking to the Daily Post, Mr Cummins said:

“It wasn’t planned. What happened was on the last day, when they were planting the last ones, it was a bit of a rush, and there archaeological things on the site that meant we were not allowed to spike in certain places.

“You can only go down a few inches in certain places, so we had to go round those places. It’s just fate.”

Here’s a time lapse video of the installation of the Caernarfon Weeping Window:

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Ceramic poppies used in Caernarfon Weeping Window exhibit

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The exhibit is free to the public, but tickets are limited (get them online at Caernarfon’s website here) and demand has been high.

Staff at the castle say the Caernarfon Weeping Window drew almost 40,000 visitors in just two weeks.

The stunning exhibit will remain on display until November 20, 2016.

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Traditional Scottish Tablet

Oct 31, 2016 by

Oh, Scottish tablet! How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…

I’m waxing poetic about one of my favorite Scottish comfort foods: Scottish tablet.

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                                                         Scottish tablet

It’s the grainy cousin of fudge and consists ALMOST ENTIRELY of sugar!

 

 

Scots Tablet differs from fudge in that it has a brittle, grainy texture, where fudge is much softer. Well-made tablet is a medium-hard confection, not as soft as fudge, but not as hard as hard candy.

Easy to make and easy to adapt with additions, like whisky, vanilla and/or nuts.

 

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Click HERE for a tablet recipe with whisky

Eat tablet in wee pieces and the food guilt blues won’t hit you quite so hard. 😉

You can buy traditional tablet online or at the local Tesco, but WHY?! It’s simple to whip up a batch in less than an hour, and homemade always tastes better.

 

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     Lee’s Scottish Tablet Bar

 

 

Here’s a good video that explains how to make this traditional Scottish treat with just 3 ingredients:

Remember: Homemade Scottish tablet makes a terrific

Christmas gift, hint hint.

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Celtic Halloween Samhain

Oct 31, 2016 by

Have a Happy CELTIC Halloween!

Here are few memes and videos to get you into the spirit this Samhain eve.  Just be careful which spirits you let in the door on Celtic Halloween!

 

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Celtic Halloween, when the veil between worlds grows thin…

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Beware the Celtic witch!

 

A history of Halloween in Ireland:

 

 

Make way for zombies from Wales! Welsh band Peasant’s King just released a tribute to the ultimate Halloween video, Michael Jackson’s Thriller–that  Danny has a dang good voice for a zombie:

 

 

 

Castle Ghosts of Ireland, an excellent BBC video, explores the bewitching castles of the Emerald Isle:

More castle ghosts for Celtic Halloween, rising out of Scotland’s bloody history:

Wales has its share of haunted castles, too:

For the ancient Celts, Samhain (sunset on October 31 through sunset on November 1) was a night when then the wall between our world and the Other World thinned, allowing their ancestors to walk among their descendants.

The thinning of the veil also allowed the fairies and fae to walk in the mortal world, though, so people took precautions to protect themselves. Guizing, or wearing masks to hide your identity, was one way to avoid the fairies.   Lighting bonfires, dancing, offering sacrifices from the harvest, all were ancient Celtic customs that have evolved over the centuries into the night we modern Celts now call Halloween.

As Loreena McKennitt sings, tonight is for fun, but also for remembering our Celtic past:

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Culloden Jacobites Not Primitive Savages

Aug 4, 2016 by

Murray Pittock of the University of Glasgow has uncovered evidence he believes shows the Culloden Jacobites were far more professional in their formation and weaponry than has been portrayed in history books.

‘Seldom has the adage that history is written by the victors been more accurate or appropriate than in the case of Culloden.

‘For two centuries after the battle, British historiography framed Jacobitism as primitive because of the threat it posed, and the function the defeat of that threat had in a national narrative of foundational reconciliation and the development of the British Empire.

‘It is no coincidence that this approach has begun to founder since 1970, as the imperial state which grew to maturity in part as a consequence of the defeat of the Jacobite threat has itself taken on more fragmentary, modern and multicultural modes of existence.’

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The Battle of Culloden: A historian claims Culloden Jacobites were framed in British history as ill-equipped because of the threat they posed – and the function the defeat played in a narrative of the British Empire’s development.

The Jacobite army has long been depicted as poorly-led, ill-disciplined, claymore-wielding Highland savages. No surprise then that they were routed by British redcoats deploying muskets and cannon fire.

But did the victors deliberately miscast the Culloden Jacobites as savages?

 

In this brief video, Professor Pittock explains his theory:

 

Source: Bonny Prince Charlie’s vanquished troops were NOT an army of Highland savages | Daily Mail Online

 

Click HERE to pre-order Dr. Pittock’s new book, Great Battles: Culloden on Amazon.

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OUTLANDER RETURNS

Apr 9, 2016 by

Outlander returns tonight–are ye ready?

Outlander returns to Starz

Season Two has Claire and Jamie Fraser journeying to Paris. They will engage in a desperate game of espionage and diplomacy in order to stop the 1745 Jacobite Rising.

Their goal is change history and save the Scottish Highlands from the brutal changes Claire knows will be imposed after the Scottish loss at Culloden.

One thing I need to clarify:  Outlander returns tonight, but not always to Scotland.

Unlike the first season, season two is not filmed mostly in Scotland. The exterior scenes and Paris scenes are filmed in Prague( a bee-you-tiful city), other spots in Europe, and even the south of England.  The scenery will still be spectacular, just not the beauty of Scotland.


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Scottish Proverbs

Jan 31, 2016 by

Scottish Proverbs

Scottish proverbs often seem simplistic at first glance.

Behind the humble words, however, lies a wealth of wisdom and Celtic “can-do” attitude.

Here are a few of my favorite Gaelic Scottish proverbs:

Scottish proverbs

 

In other words, whatever is worth having will take effort to obtain.

There are many examples of how this Scottish proverb applies in life:

finding your soul mate, providing for yourself and your family, achieving Scotland’s freedom from English rule, to name just a few.

Scottish proverbs in Gaelic

This Scottish proverb speaks to the need to always be prepared

Invasion from England and Vikings was a constant threat to Scots for many hundreds of years.  Putting aside the sword for the plough could spell disaster for the clan. Generations later, the wisdom behind the words still rings true, and not just in military situations.

Scottish proverbs for love and romance

This Gaelic phrase is the Scottish proverb equivalent of saying that the course of true love never runs smooth

The illustration is from a 1906 childrens’ book of English history.  It depicts the sad parting of Flora MacDonald and Bonnie Prince Charlie, as he was fleeing the English after Culloden. The romance between Flora and Charles has been greatly embellished over time, and may never have happened at all.

Actual partings of loved ones, however, was a harsh reality for many Scottish Highlanders and Islanders over the centuries.  Whether their men left in search of jobs to earn desperately needed money, or were forcibly removed to an English prison, Scottish women knew well the heartache of separation.

For a fictionalized version of romantic Scottish misery, check out Outlander, the book, by Diana Gabaldon, or the cable series Outlander, based on Gabaldon’s books.

Of course, we all know that this Scottish proverb holds true in the modern world.  As the first proverb above implies, however, sometimes the reward is worth the risk.

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Glasgow: Nat Geo Traveler’s Top 20

Nov 23, 2015 by

Glasgow hasn’t always been a top destination spot for tourists, who hear all about the city’s crime rate, and its gritty, industrial exterior.

Well, forget that outdated description of Glasgow: it’s Scotland’s hottest city, according to National Geographic!

Above: Glasgow’s SSE Hydro Arena, second busiest event venue in the world

Nat Geo’s features editor, Amy Alipio, is an enthusiastic supporter of Scotland’s largest city:

“Glasgow landed on our list for 2016 because it’s one of the most exciting cities in the world right now. 

“Its art scene is just too hot to ignore. Case in point: the Turner Prize is in Scotland for the first time, and the exhibit culminates at Glasgow’s Tramway gallery in January. 

“But fans the world over know that it’s the city’s unrivalled music scene that really embodies Glasgow’s energy and swagger.”

Source: Glasgow named in National Geographic Traveler’s top 20 list for 2016

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Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum exhibit in Glasgow. Source: Damien Entwistle on Flickr

 

Here’s a video that gives you a wee look at this vibrant Scottish city:

Ready to take a tour? Click on the links below for great Glasgow guidebooks:

Glasgow Scotland 55 Secrets – The Locals Travel Guide For Your Trip to Glasgow

Glasgow Travel Guide 2015: Shops, Restaurants, Attractions and Nightlife

Insight Guides: Great Breaks Glasgow (Insight Great Breaks)

On The Trail of Outlander Glasgow Day Trip

Glasgow A Photographic Glimpse (Places To Visit Book 4)

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Jacobite Mansion Up For Sale

Oct 26, 2015 by

The recent listing of an 18th century Jacobite mansion presents a rare opportunity for Scottish history buffs.  If you have a yen to restore a secluded ruin that was a major center of the 1715 Jacobite rebellion, and 150,000 pounds to spend, Grange House may be the fixer upper of your dreams.

 

 

“Grange House East Neuk, Fife, now stands as a secluded historic ruin – looking out across a local golf course and the Firth of Forth.

But 300 years ago the first Jacobite rebellion of 1715 was planned by royal usurper James Malcolm within its walls.

Malcolm built the home in 1708 – and used it as the base for a bloody attempt to replace King George I of Britain with the exiled monarch James VIII and III.

The rebellion failed – and the house was burnt into ruins in the years since – but now any history buff with £150,000 to spare can buy the historic ruins to return them to their former glory.”

Source: For sale: a fixer upper where a plot to overthrow the crown was hatched | Deadline News

 

The land on which Grange House sits was used by local nuns, between the 13th and 16th centuries, as a farm to grow food for the poor. James Malcolm purchased the land in 1708, building himself a grand–and heavily fortified– manor house.

“Fortified with a large surrounding wall on a high vantage point – and with a hidden secret chamber – it is now widely accepted that the house was built as a military base for his cause.

And it was within the walls of the house that the Jacobite rebellion of 1715 was planned to seize Scotland back from George I. The rebellion officially began in August of 1715 – when the banner of James was raised in Aberdeenshire.

By October the 20,000 Jacobites had taken all of Scotland north of the Firth of Forth – but after an indecisive and bloody battle at Sheriffmuir the rebellion lost its momentum and floundered.

After the rebellion many Jacobites were taken prisoner, tried for treason and sentenced to death, and Malcolm was forced to forfeit his possessions and his home to the crown.”

Source: For sale: a fixer upper where a plot to overthrow the crown was hatched | Deadline News

Restoration of the Jacobite mansion will require adherence to a strict set of regulations set by local authorities. Materials will have to be historically accurate and match the existing ruins of Grange house.

The rewards, however, are potentially great: a beautiful, historic piece of Scotland with a view of the Firth of Forth and enough stories to pass down for generations to come.

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