Welcome to my fictional Story and History of Scotland Blog. As well as writing poetry I also like to write short stories, and am fascinated by the History of Scotland my Birthplace. Please come back from time to time and read some of my stories, everyone is always welcome. Thank you. William. Sinclair. Manson
Firstly, thank you for following me, I am passionate about the History of Scotland and I am enjoying sharing these awsome sites and buildings with you. Today I would like to share a beautiful building in Edinburgh or what is left of it lol. Holyrood Abbey in Edinburgh.
Hey folks, hope you are well. As you probably know Scotland has its own Parliament Ministers make decisions about Scottish Business, but it is still Governed by Westminster, I was lucky to work just around the corner from this awesome building, here is some History.
In Victorian times, people were enthralled by the novels of Sir Walter Scott, who portrayed a man called Rob Roy in his work… a dashing and chivalrous outlaw. Of course, the truth was a little less glamorous. For centuries the ‘Wild MacGregor’s’, cattle rustlers and brigands, were the plague of the Trossachs in Scotland.
hey friends, hope you are all well. Do you remember the movie “Braveheart” the part historical movie with a Scottish speaking Mel Gibson lol, well today I would like to talk about one of the heroes from that Movie but this is factual. Enjoy.
Hey folks, ever wondered what it is like living in Scotland? especially the Capital City were I was born and raised, well go no further read this fascinating post. Situated in east-central Scotland, this region is home to Scotland’s capital city – Edinburgh – and has the perfect blend of vibrant city living, and wide-open green spaces to enjoy.
Population: 858,000 (approx.) Five Fascinating Facts:
The Battle of Bannockburn (Scottish Gaelic: Blàr Allt nam Bànag or Blàr Allt a’ Bhonnaich) on 23 and 24 June 1314 was a Scottish victory by King of Scots Robert the Bruce against the army of King Edward II of England in the First War of Scottish Independence. Though it did not bring overall victory in the war, which would go on for 14 more years, it was a landmark in Scottish history.
Monastery information Order Cistercian Established 1136 Disestablished 1609 Mother house Rievaulx Abbey Diocese Diocese of Glasgow Controlled churches Cavers Magna; Dunscore; Ettrick; Hassendean; Mauchline; Melrose; Ochiltree; Tarbolton; Westerkirk; Wilton People Founder(s) David I of Scotland important associated figures Waltheof, Jocelin
The Scot monument is a brooding, 200-foot (61m), Gothic spire which opened in 1846 in honour of the prolific local novelist Walter Scott. It has been called “the largest monument to a writer in the world”. Situated opposite Jenners and very near Waverley Station, the “gothic rocket” has a very dark complexion, caused by pollutants and soot sticking to its oily, shale stone structure. In spite of attempts to clean up the monument – during the 1990s it was under scaffolding and covered up for many years – it still has a heavy, dark colouring.
The Nearly Completed Queensferry Crossing in July 2017
The River Forth was first bridged by the Forth Bridge in 1890, a monumental piece of railway engineering and an iconic landmark. In 1964 the Forth Road Bridge opened to traffic and since then the narrowing of the Forth between Queensferry and North Queensferry has been home to two world class bridges: and more recently to three. On 30 August 2017, a second Forth Road Bridge.
Hello folks, Scotland has many landmarks, today we will look at Holyrood Palace, situated within minutes from Arthurs seat. If you ever visit Scotland this beautiful Palace is a must see.
Perhaps one of the most famous monarchs to live at the Palace of Holyrood house,Mary, Queen of Scots‘ chambers where she lived between 1561-1567 are not to bemissed. When you climb the steps up to the north-west tower you enter a world of intrigue, tragedy and murder.
Hi folks, this is a really interesting part of Scottish History. please enjoy and come back for more.
Battle of Flodden Part of the War of the League of Cambrai Flodden Memorial at the site of the battle
Belligerents Kingdom of England Kingdom of Scotland Commanders and leaders Catherine of Aragon Earl of Surrey Lord Thomas Howard Lord Edmund Howard Baron Dacre Sir Edward Stanley Marmaduke Constable James IV † Lord Home Earl of Montrose † Earl of Bothwell † Earl of Lennox † Earl of Argyll † Strength 26,000 30,000–40,000 Casualties and losses 1,500 5,000–17,000 Location within Northern England Date 9 September 1513 Location Near Branxton, Northumberland, England Result English victory show • vte War of the League of Cambrai show • vte Anglo-Scottish Wars
Hi friends, One of the rather spectacular places in the City of Edinburgh is the Royal Mile, its named because it is one mile long and leads to Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, the Palace is Visited by Her Majesty the Queen once a Year. This street is beautiful with endless Architecture and stories galore, they say certain parts are haunted. If going from HOLYROOD PALACE the road takes you to Edinburgh Castle. If you have not visited, I highly recommend you do if your love beautiful buildings and History.
The Piob Mhor, or the Great Highland Bagpipes by Ben Johnson How bagpipes arrived in Scotland is somewhat of a mystery. Some historians believe that bagpipes originate from ancient Egypt and were brought to Scotland by invading Roman Legions. Others maintain that the instrument was brought over the water by the colonizing Scots tribes from Ireland.
When I lived in Edinburgh I was about a 10 minute walk away from this glorious landmark. It is simply beautiful and the views are exceptional from the castle keep. Edinburgh Castle has played a pivotal role in Scottish history, both as a royal residence – King Malcolm Canmore (r 1058–93) and Queen Margaret first made their home here in the 11th century – and as a military stronghold. The castle last saw military action in 1745; from then until the 1920s it served as the British army’s main base in Scotland. Today it is one of Scotland’s most atmospheric and popular tourist attractions.
The Covenanter government of Scotland had allied itself with the English parliament and had entered the war in England in early 1644, the Scottish army having a dramatic impact in the campaign for the north of England. In response, following the royalist’s dramatic defeat at Marston Moor (Yorkshire, July 1644), the King appointed the Marquis of Montrose as his military commander in Scotland. On 28th August 1644 Montrose raised the royal standard and with little more than 2000 troops fought a campaign in which he was to win a series of dramatic successes in the Highlands against the Covenanter forces.
This poem was written by ROBERT BURNS to celebrate his appreciation of the Haggis. As a result Burns and Haggis have been forever linked. This particular poem is always the first item on the program of Burns’ suppers. The haggis is generally carried in on a silver salver at the start of the proceedings. As it is brought to the table a piper plays a suitable, rousing accompaniment. One of the invited artistes then recites the poem before the theatrical cutting of the haggis with the ceremonial knife.
Address to a Haggis
Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face, Great chieftain o the puddin’-race! Aboon them a’ ye tak your place, Painch, tripe, or thairm: Weel are ye worthy o’ a grace As lang’s my arm. The groaning trencher there ye fill, Your hurdies like a distant hill, Your pin wad help to mend a mill In time o need, While thro your pores the dews distil Like amber bead. His knife see rustic Labour dight, An cut you up wi ready slight, Trenching your gushing entrails bright, Like onie ditch; And then, O what a glorious sight, Warm-reekin, rich! Then, horn for horn, they stretch an strive: Deil tak the hindmost, on they drive, Till a’ their weel-swall’d kytes belyve Are bent like drums; The auld Guidman, maist like to rive, ‘Bethankit’ hums. Is there that owre his French ragout, Or olio that wad staw a sow, Or fricassee wad mak her spew Wi perfect scunner, Looks down wi sneering, scornfu view On sic a dinner? Poor devil! see him owre his trash, As feckless as a wither’d rash, His spindle shank a guid whip-lash, His nieve a nit; Thro bloody flood or field to dash, O how unfit! But mark the Rustic, haggis-fed, The trembling earth resounds his tread, Clap in his walie nieve a blade, He’ll make it whissle; An legs an arms, an heads will sned, Like taps o thrissle. Ye Pow’rs, wha mak mankind your care, And dish them out their bill o fare, Auld Scotland wants nae skinking ware That jaups in luggies: But, if ye wish her gratefu prayer, Gie her a Haggis.
Hi folks, hope you enjoyed the post on Scottish Monarchs part 1
please enjoy part 2.
This page covers all the kings and queens of Scotland from Robert the Bruce in 1306 up to the Union of the Parliaments in 1707 in the reign of Queen Anne. The dates shown beside each entry relates to the years in which they reigned. Part 1 of this feature describes the monarchs from earliest times up to King John. There is also a further page showing a chronology of all the kings and queens of Scotland, England, United Kingdom and France.
Hi folks, here is some more History of Scotland with the KINGS AND QUEENS. Introduction This page covers all the kings and queens of Scotland in sequence up to the end of the 13th century. Part 2 covers from Robert the Bruce to Union of the Parliaments in 1707. The dates shown beside each entry relate to the years in which they reigned (although in the early years historians are sometimes uncertain of the precise dates). There is also a further page showing a chronology of all the kings and queens of Scotland, England, United Kingdom and France.
Hi folks, welcome, this is another famous Scottish Battle, I hope you enjoy and get an insight into Scottish battles.
Part of Mary, Queen of Scots Civil War.
Mary Q Scots 1567.JPG Commemorative Stone at Carberry marking the site of the conflict Date 15 June 1567 Location Carberry Hill, near Musselburgh, East Lothian, Scotland Result Victory for opponents of Mary, Queen of Scots Belligerents Forces loyal to Mary, Queen of Scots Forces opposed to Mary, Queen of Scots Commanders and leaders James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell William Kirkcaldy of Grange Strength 2,000, including 200 musketeers 300 pikemen 2,000 Casualties and losses Mary, Queen of Scots feuds.
Hey folks yet another battle fought in Scotland. In the period following the battle of Flodden (1513) an uneasy truce existed between Scotland and England, but in 1542 the tensions once more erupted into open conflict. Following its Reformation in 1534, England stood independent from Catholic Europe. In response Pope Paul III sought an alliance between Scotland, France and the Holy Roman Empire against England.
The Covenanter government of Scotland had entered into alliance with the English parliament and entered the Civil War in England in early 1644. The Scottish army had a major impact in the campaign for the north of England. In response, following the royalist’s dramatic defeat at Marston Moor (Yorkshire, July 1644), the King appointed the Marquis of Montrose as his military commander in Scotland. On 28th August 1644 Montrose raised the royal standard. Often with an army of little more than 2000 troops he fought a campaign in which he won a series of dramatic victories in the Highlands against the Covenanter forces. Heavily outnumbered, time and again he effectively exploited the terrain to outmanoeuvre his enemy, defeating them at Tippermuir, Aberdeen, Fyvie and Inverallochy.
Scotland has been handing down its traditions for close to a thousand years now, since the earliest days of the clans in the 12th century. However, Scottish traditions are not something sterile under glass and steel in a cold museum. They are vibrant, living things, constantly growing and evolving, and every generation adds the thumbprint of its own particular Scottish culture to the whole. THANKS OR VISITING.
Hello friends, this is a piece of information regarding Scottish people. The Scots are well known for being nice, pleasant, and friendly Scottish people have a worldwide reputation for warmth and friendliness. Whether it’s the millions of visitors who travel to Scotland every year or the thousands who come to live permanently, so many talk of a genuine friendliness and a welcoming hospitality. Did you know that almost three quarters of European visitors say that one of the main reasons for visiting Scotland is its people? Everyday friendliness.
Jack was over the moon, for the first time since following them he was very soon to meet his idols, a pop group he had followed since ten Years old. He idolized them to a point every poster in his bedroom was the pop group, none of his wall covering was visible, and between that and the figures, he collected it looked like a shrine. Valerie his mum had been entering competitions for two Years, she was determined she would help Jack get his wish come true and as TV programmes like Jim’ll fix it did not exist now she had to opt for entering competitions spending fortunes on magazines and papers and also buy food products the family didn’t even like, all for her son Jack. Jack was now sixteen Years of age, born with Cerebral Palsy he was wheelchair bound, despite this he was able to communicate and knew exactly what he wanted from life.
Forget the movie, Mel Gibson looked nothing like the real William Wallace, and off course the movie was glamorized for box office purposes. William Wallace was indeed a hero of Scottish people around the 12th Century.
Living with depression alienates you from people and things, you do not want to speak to people let alone socialize with them, you are in your own dark World all you want to do is wallow in your own dreary life.
The most talked about Queen in British History was Scottish Queen Mary, Born in 1542 and died in 1567. Mary was brought up in France but by birthright was the rightful Queen to the Scottish throne although England at this time did not recognize Scottish rule she could very well have been the Queen of England as well, she was thought to be quite human for Royalty at that time, she had a passion for people. Mary was crowned after her Father James IV had passed away just as Mary was still in her infancy.
Audrey was an ordinary girl she came from a working class background and was adored by her parents who had tried for years to have a baby without much success, in those days there were no tests no quick fixes as is Today.
Audrey’s parents were humble and enjoyed married life very much, her Father was a Carpenter and mum was stay at home, her dad did not make a lot of money but he was really gifted and made things with his own hands.
Adrian breathed a sigh of relief, the tests were hard,the waiting excruciating but in the end it was all worthwhile, yes he thought hard and took his time but he had to do something, it was her last resort.
The tests would identify if he was going to be a suitable match, bloods matched even though they both had a rare blood thank the Lord he thought to himself they matched.
We are all aware that Witchcraft was very real in the early Centuries in England, Women were either drowned or burnt to the stake after being accused of being a Witch, the funny thing was (not for them off course) if they died they were “innocent” if they survived after being dunked they were Witches? obviously a very real and terrifying ordeal for everyone around that period.It got to the stage that if one person did not like the other they were reported as being a Witch and were subjected to these bazaar tortures so it must have been pretty awful worrying if you were going to be next! Surprising to me it happened in Scotland and here are my discoveries on Witchcraft in Scotland .
I remember when I was about 12-13, things were pretty tight, being dad was out of a job and mum was the breadwinner, only working part time, she could only afford so much, and keeping a house and a large family going with food and clothes took most if not all of her wage, anyway we did OK, we really never wanted for food, shelter or even Christmas our parents did us proud.
As we are all aware, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde were fictitious Characters by Scottish Born, Robert Louis Stevenson who also wrote the famous book Treasure Island, a childhood favourite of mine and a game we played in the woods at the beach at Cramond in the early Seventies.
Growing up in the Seventies in Edinburgh was cool, apart from the flared trousers, which meant you actually swept the streets as you walked, and the wedged shoes which made you seven feet tall ,well fashion tends to come and go just like History thats why it is named History lol, a thing in the past, a memory.There was so much to do, so many places to visit,we spent a lot of time at the beach, in fact most or all of the summer. The beach was called Cramond, not a beach you would associate with sunny climes, golden sands, heat lol no it was more like a shore than a beach, although further along Cramond there was stretches of sand and Golden at that leading to one of the many small Islands in the Firth of Forth.
In the early days Edinburgh, well pretty much everywhere wasn’t the most hygienic of places, disease was rife, bad sanitary conditions made it even worse, people used to shout “Gardy Lou” when they were throwing their human waste out of the windows, yes sounds lovely lol but that was the way they lived. The words Gardy Lou came from the French meaning Gardez L’eau, which meant “watch out for the water” sounds like you had to watch out for a lot more lol.
I was privileged to visit my home City (EDINBURGH), (SCOTLAND) for a few days to catch up with family.
I had not been home for 7 years.
I made my life in England, following my family, now this is the place I am home to.I do not however disregard my Birth place as a distant memory, as I caught up on the many places I was familiar with, places I grew up in which naturally are no longer there.
The streets of Edinburgh are still beautiful, the weather remains the same, having practically all the seasons in one day.
Calton Hill in Edinburgh is a famous landmark, set directly in the City Centre. Housed on this hill is an Athenian Acropolis , unfinished project started in the early 1800,s it is titled the “National Monument” It was just after Napoleons defeat copied after the sculpture in Athens. This was to commemorate the dead from the Napoleonic wars.
Growing up in a fast paced Town really had its benefits, everything was at hand, buses every 2 mins during the day and everything within walking distance once you got of the bus. Edinburgh is famous for many things but the most famous is the FESTIVAL, this City hosts an array of talent on a Yearly basis, lots of stars have been recognized by the festival were they played a part, so they owe it to that for their stardom.
The History of Scotland is known to have begun by the end of the last glacial period (in the paleolithic), roughly 10,000 years ago. Prehistoric Scotland entered the Neolithic Era about 4000 bc, the Bronze Age about 2000 bc, and the Iron Age around 700 bc. Scotland’s recorded history began with the arrival of the Roman Empire in the 1st century, when the province of Britannia reached as far north as the line between the firths of Clyde to the Forth.