Category Archives: Land trust

Symphonic Scotland

I am starting to plan another trip to Scotland in September of 2015. So, this morning when thoughts and mental pictures of Scotland swirled through my mind as I was waking up, I attributed it to the research I have … Continue reading

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Tattoo in Scotland (No, not that one)

Of the websites that I peruse often, ScotlandsPeople is one of my favorites. As the National Records of Scotland release information about the various years of valuation records, ScotlandsPeople publishes a bit about the more interesting people. Today, Prince Vallar caught my … Continue reading

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Hamish

As Kyle and Liisa and I drove up through the Trossachs from Stirling, we took the A84 with a planned stop at the The Trossachs Woolen Mill at Kilmahog, near Callander. We all made good use of the woolen mill shop, but … Continue reading

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No Horsing Around By the Water

The mythical kelpie is a supernatural water horse that was said to haunt Scotland’s lochs and lonely rivers. One is recorded as being banished by St Columba from the River Ness. The river Conon (Conan) in Perthshire, which can be … Continue reading

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Scottish Heart Goes to the Red Rocks

In my home country of America, I have had the good fortune to live in some of the most beautiful places in this very large piece of land. For ten years, the 1990’s, I made as many trips from my … Continue reading

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John Muir

Born in Dunbar, Scotland (April 21, 1838), John Muir was the third of eight children. Muir’s father was both strictly religious and religiously strict. In 1849 the Muirs moved to the US near Portage, Wisconsin. His father made him work hard … Continue reading

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Tartan Day

Fraser Ancient Hunting Tartan In 1982, Scottish Americans gathered in New York City to celebrate Scottish-American heritage and the contributions that Scots have made to American culture and history. The gathering was organized by the New York Caledonian Club and … Continue reading

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Battle for the Battlefield

I received a message last week from some people in Scotland: a developer wants to build housing adjacent to Culloden Battlefield (Drunmossie Moor).  Sixteen houses are planned for an area less than a half a mile from what is now the … Continue reading

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Shameless Plug

That last blog has prompted me to get off m’arse and go back to writing the book I began a few years ago.  It is more “creative non-fiction” and delves deeper in to those magical moments that have woven my … Continue reading

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Carving the Runes

Here I am, sitting in my room, writing away with classical music in the background, and the announcer says that a guitar quartet will be playing (Sir) Peter Maxwell Davies’s “A Farewell to Stromness” — so I stop writing and … Continue reading

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