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John Bryson Ancestry Tour Glasgow

Friday, February 29, 2008

This evening I am presenting an image of a grave-marker from Glasgow's Southern Necropolis.

It records the passing of John Bryson, Butcher of Eglinton Street, Glasgow on Dec 20th 1902 age 76 years.

Also, John's wife, Marion Sommerville is mentioned but no dates or age are provided.


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Margaret G Wham Ancestry Tour Glasgow

This evening I am posting an image of a memorial to the Finlay family located in Glasgow's Eastwood Old Cemetery.

At the foot of the memorial is a record of Margaret G Wham, wife of R.N. Finlay, who died on Feb 5th 1948.

Wham is a very unusual name. For more information see this Wham family website.

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Mary Cowan Ancestry Tour Glasgow

This evening I am presenting an image of a memorial stone from Glasgow's Eastwood Old Cemetery.

It records the Halliday family including the wife of Alexander Halliday, Mary Cowan who died Feb 6th 1931 age 75 years.

Cowan can be a Hebrew/Jewish name but more likely in this case to be a derivative of McOwen, an Irish/Scots name meaning son of Ewan/Owen.



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Robert Finlay Ancestry Tour Glasgow

This evening I am presenting the image of a memorial found in Glasgow's Eastwood Old Cemetery which records the deaths of:

  • Robert Finlay on July 12 1933 age 85
  • Daughter Christina died March 6th 1885 age 11 months
  • Nephew Robert F Hendry died March 8th 1885 age 14 months
  • Wife Mary Young who died Jan 19th 1931 age 85
  • Daughter, Mary Young Finlay died Jan 5th 1935 age 54
  • Margaret G Wham, wife of R.N. Finlay, who died Feb 5th 1948.


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Alexander Halliday Ancestry Tour Glasgow

This evening I am presenting the image of a grave-marker from Glasgow's Eastwood Old Cemetery.

It was erected by Mary Cowan in memory of :

  • Husband Alexander Halliday who died May 11 1925 age 69
  • Three children who died in infancy: Willie, George and Jeanie.
Mary died Feb 6th 1931 age 75.

Halliday is a Scots version of the English name Holiday and means birth/baptism on a holy day.

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Robert Fletcher Ancestry Tour Glasgow

Thursday, February 28, 2008

This afternoon I am presenting an image from Eastwood Old Cemetery, Glasgow. This is a memorial to Robert Fletcher who died in Nanaimo, British Columbia on March 22nd 1910 age 84. The memorial also records:

  • Infant son, John who died Oct 4th 1862
  • Daughter, Mary who died May 2nd 1878 age 15
  • Wife, Hannah who died Nov 8th 1881 age 53
  • Daughter Martha Freeman who died in New York Feb 25th 1901 age 33.

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Gavin Ralston Logan Ancestry Tour Glasgow

This afternoon I am presenting the image (taken this morning) of a memorial to a couple who died at sea during WW2:

  • Captain Gavin R Logan who died at sea as a result of enemy action on Feb 17th 1940 age 42.
  • Gavin's wife Janie Elizabeth Smith who was lost at sea on Jan 19 1942 age 46.
The memorial can be found in Eastwood New Cemetery.

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Gavin Ralston Logan was the Master of the SS Baron Ailsa which was torpedoed and sunk on the date given. He and a fireman were the only crew members to lose their lives.
His CWGC entry is here: http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2452932

and he is also commemorated on the Giffnock War Memorial.
http://warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/warmemscot-ftopic18.html

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Mary Crawford Ancestry Tour

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

This evening I am presenting an image of a grave-marker for Glasgow's Southern Necropolis.

Four of Mary's six children died in infancy whereas both Mary and her husband, James Howatt both lived to very ripe ages of 71 and 86 respectively.

Mary died on Nov 19th 1881.



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James Howatt Ancestry Tour

This evening I am presenting an image of a grave-marker from Glasgow's Southern Necropolis.

For those interested in social history this is a sad record of high infant mortality which was prevalent in Glasgow in the mid 1800s with this family losing four of their six children to an early death.

The memorial records the death of James Howatt on June 22nd 1896, age 86. His occupation is stated as a Measurer. This may be an occupation in the textile industry but I think a more likely modern day equivalent is that of a building or land surveyor (construction industry).

Apart from James, the memorial records the passing of:

  • Wife, Mary Crawford who died on Nov 19th 1881 age 71
  • Daughter, Jane who died on Feb 12th 1839
  • Son, Henry who died April 11th 1850
  • Daughter, Marion who died June 18th 1854
  • Daughter, Margaret Ann who died August 16th 1854
  • Daughter, May who died August 5th 1897
  • Daughter, Elizabeth who died Dec 1st 1916.


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Janet Park Ancestry Tour Scotland

This evening I am presenting an image of a grave-marker from the Southern Necropolis, Glasgow.

It records Janet Park, wife of Robert Mitchell. Janet died age 78 on July 18 1853, a very good age for that era.

The memorial also records the passing of Janet's husband, Robert Mitchell and their son, David Mitchell who died in New Zealand.

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John Henderson Ancestry Tour

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

This afternoon I am presenting the image of an unusual iron memorial from Glasgow's Southern Necropolis recording the Henderson and Hetherington families.

The memorial was erected by John Henderson, Collector of Police, in memory of his wife,Marion McDonald who died June 24 1863 age 74.

John Henderson died Dec 27th 1874 age 80 years.

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Benjamin Conner Ancestry Tour

This afternoon I am posting the image of a grave-marker recording the passing of Isabella Tait, wife of Benjamin Conner. The memorial was erected by James Russell who was the husband of Janet Tait, presumably Isabella's sister. Isabella died May 7th 1846 age 25, perhaps in childbirth?

No further information is available at this time regarding Benjamin Conner.


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Glasgow Southern Necropolis Tour

This afternoon I am presenting an overview of Glasgow's Southern Necropolis. This is a 'closed' cemetery located close to Glasgow's Gorbals area and is home to remains of about 250,000 people.

This is an absolutely fascinating site to visit.It holds the graves and headstones of of leading merchants, traders, shipbuilders and architects all of whom contributed to generating the wealth which positioned Glasgow as the 'second city of the British empire'. There is much to interest the ancestry researcher and people interested in social history such as the high incidence of infant mortality which was a feature of the 19th century.

Entrance to the Necropolis is through an impressive, castellated Norman-style gatehouse built by Charles Wilson in 1848, currently in a poor state of repair.





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Tait Family Ancestry Tour Glasgow

Monday, February 25, 2008

This evening I am presenting an image of a memorial/grave-marker from Glasgow's Southern Necropolis. It appears to record the deaths of two Tait sisters, viz:

  • Isabella Tait, wife of Benjamin Connor who died May 7th 1846 age 25
  • Janet Tait, wife of James Russell who died Jan 22nd 1871 age 62.

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James Russell Ancestry Tour

This evening I am presenting an image of a memorial/grave-marker from Glasgow's Southern Necropolis.

This was erected by James Russell in memory of his wife, Janet Tait and other family members.

James Russell died Jan 12 1899 aged 87, a very good age for that era!

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Francis Moore Ancestry Tour

Sunday, February 24, 2008

This afternoon I am presenting an image of a memorial at Glasgow's Southern Necropolis. I find this absolutely fascinating. It was erected by Jeanne Moore in memory of her father, Francis Moore who fought with the Grenadier Guards at the Battle of Waterloo on June 18th 1815.

Francis died in Glasgow on June 4 1875 age 88yrs from which it follows he was borne in 1787 and would have been age 28 at the Battle of Waterloo.

The memorial also records:

  • Jeanne's mother, Janet Bryson who died in Glasgow age 75 on Oct 24 1862
  • Her brother, Sergeant Major John Moore (late of 11th Regiment) who died in Glasgow age 50 on Nov 6th 1875.

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Robert Templeton Ancestry Tour

This afternoon I am presenting an image of a memorial/grave-marker erected by Robert Templeton in memory of:

  • Brother, Robert B June 3 1829 and died Oct 8 1859
  • Robert's wife Ellen Lee B Aug 19 1832 D Sept 16 1859
Note that this couple died relatively young and within a few weeks of each other. Maybe casualties of Glasgow's various epidemics (Diphtheria, Cholera, etc.) which were prevalent at that time.

The memorial is located in Glasgow's Southern Necropolis.


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John Templeton Ancestry Tour Scotland

This afternoon I am presenting an image of a memorial/grave-marker from Glasgow's Southern Necropolis.

The memorial was erected by John Templeton, a merchant of Glasgow in memory of:

Daughters:

  • Elizabeth B July 7 1848 D Aug 13 1867
  • Sarah B Dec 1 1851 D April 3 1853
  • Agnes Maria B April 28 1861 D June 15 1862
Wife:

Agnes Haddow B June 29 1824 D Aug 30 1872

Son:

William B July 6 1855 D Feb 5th 1879



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John Graham Ancestry Tour Glasgow

This afternoon I am presenting an image of a memorial/grave-marker from Glasgow's Southern Necropolis.

It records John Graham of Rowanlea, Pollockshields who died on March 26th 1887 age 68.

There is also the evidence of high infant mortality as evidence by the deaths of his sons:

Donald Henry on Feb 12th 1861 age 6 months
James Currie on Jan 22nd 1865 age 7 years

Another son, Alexander Macdougal lived to the age of 46 and died on May 5th 1898.

His wife, Anna MacDougal lived to the grand old age of 82 and died on Jan 30th 1901.

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Thomas Cuthbert Ancestry Tour

Saturday, February 23, 2008

This evening I am presenting an image of a grave-marker from Glasgow's Southern Necropolis.

This is an interesting record of social history as manifested by the high rate of infant mortality.

The memorial is to:
  • Thomas Cuthbert who died age 38 on Nov 2nd 1872 and his children:
  • Catherine Jane age 8
  • Elizabeth who died in infancy
  • Thomas who died July 2nd 1878 age 9
  • Wilhelmina who died age 27 on May 12th 1893.
The memorial also records the passing of Thomas's wife Catherine Miller on Aug 7th 1879.


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Elizabeth Colouhoun Campbell Ancestry Tour

Friday, February 22, 2008

This evening I am presenting an image of a grave-marker from Glasgow's Southern Necropolis.

It records Elizabeth Colouhoun Campbell, wife of Peter Murdoch late of Islay, who died July 29th 1886 age 67.

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Currie Ancestry Tour Scotland

Thursday, February 21, 2008

This evening I am posting an image of a grave-marker from Glasgow's Southern Necropolis.

This is in memory of Flora, daughter of Lieutenant Neil Currie of the island of Islay. Other persons remembered:

  • Elizabeth Colouhoun Campbell wife of
  • Peter Murdoch, also of Islay who died July 29th 1886, age 87
  • Robert Scott who died Feb 8th 1931 age 71.


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Seath AncestryTour

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

This evening I am presenting an image of a Seath family grave-marker in Glasgow's Southern Necropolis.This is a very strange/unusual name for Glasgow as the name is common in southern England (Kent).

Note the Greek influenced design at the top-echoes of Glasgow architect, Alexander Greek Thomson.

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Hi,

Actually Seath is a very common name originating in Fife. Thomas Bollin Seath was a ship builder of the upper clyde.

Please see my website page for more details.

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Cheers and keep uyp the good work

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Mary Sinclair Ancestry Tour

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

This evening I am presenting an image of a grave-marker at Glasgow's Southern Necropolis.

The stone is in fair condition.

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Colin Campbell Ancestry Tour

Monday, February 18, 2008

This morning I visited Glasgow's Southern Necropolis which is full of monuments to prominent citizens of the 18th and 19th centuries. Here is a memorial to Colin Campbell and his family including wife, Agnes McDougall. Colin died 1871.


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John Gow Ancestry Tour

Sunday, February 17, 2008

This evening I am presenting some images of Kinloch Kirk, Perthshire. Here there is a major memorial to John Gow who died Jan 15th 1876 age 29 at Butterstone. The name Gow is quite common in this area, in particular the famous Neil Gow, an 18th century Scots fiddle composer.To this day there is a John R Gow Ltd in Dundee.


Here is the memorial.
Here is the Kirk. It has sound roof but otherwise is somewhat neglected.


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Govan Carved Stones Tour

Thursday, February 14, 2008

This morning I am presenting some images of one of Scotland's most iconic sites.

Govan (near Glasgow) has a remarkable heritage of thirty one early Christian carved stones which date from the 9th-11th centuries. They range from a sarcophagus and recumbant cross-slabs to free-standing crosses and cross-slabs together with a group of five hogback monuments. The stones indicate influences from Pictland to the north and Cumbria to the south. The present church dates from the 19th century but it sits on the site of an early Christian church dedicated to St. Constantine which may have been founded by the late 9th century.

The Govan Old Parish Church is effectively a museum housing the famous stones and is well worth a visit.

Hog back with 'roof tiles'. Beasts at each end face each other over the ridge of the hogback.


Interior of Govan Old Parish Church

Two of the carved stones

One side of the 'sun stone' showing a rider on a strange beast.



Sarcophagus which it assumed was created to hold the body of the founder of the early church, possibly St. Constantine.

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Cawdor Castle Tour

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

This evening I am presenting some images of Cawdor Castle, which is located near Inverness. The castle has a tenuous connection with Shakespeare's Macbeth (Thane of Cawdor).

This is a classic medieval castle with tower and drawbridge. It is open to the public where visitors can view the sitting room, dungeon, freshwater well and kitchens. Contents include paintings, tapestries, furniture and books.

The gardens are of great interest also, both formal and riverside.There is also a maze.

Here is the Golf Club 'Club House'.

Avenue in the gardens
Gardens and maze
View of the castle
View of the formal gardens

Overall, worth a visit if in the area.The gardens and quite fascinating.

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Glasgow Necropolis Tour

The Glasgow Necropolis is considered one the most significant cemeteries in Europe. It is located conveniently close to Glasgow Cathedral and easily accessible. Commanding views of Glasgow are available from the summit.

The Necropolis has been described as a 'unique representation of Victorian Glasgow, built when Glasgow was second city of the (British) empire. It exudes the confidence, wealth and security of that era.

The site is populated by memorials to the merchant patriachs of the City and contains the remains of leading Glaswegians. The memorials are designed by such notable architects as Alexander 'Greek' Thomson, Bryce, Hamilton and Mackintosh.

The masonry work is of a very high standard.

This first image is actually of the Southern Necropolis near the Gorbals. Like its northern sibling it contains the memorials to the Great and the Good.It is strange place, partly vandalised but kept in a neat condition.


General view of the Necropolis
This is the Major Archibald Douglas Monteath Mausoleum which is based on the Knights Templar Church of the Holy Sepulchre,
Another general view with the Dunn of Duntocher Monument to the immediate right.


A view with the John Henry Alexander Monument in the centre left.This gentleman died as the result of an incident in a Glasgow theatre and the memorial reflects his thespian background and demise. The front section is an elaborate proscenium stage, with footlights, and the figures of tragedy and comedy complete with a laurel wreath all representing Alexander's final curtain call.

Both Northern and Southern Necropolis appeal to a wide range of interests including photography, history, architecture, masonry and social history. Allow about 1 hour for each visit.

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Finlaggan Tour

Monday, February 11, 2008

This evening I am presenting a couple of images of Finlaggan. This was the home of the MacDonald chiefs for almost 400 years, from the 12th to the 16th centuries. From this location, the Lords of the Isles ruled the Atlantic seaboard from Kintyre to Lewis..

Finlaggan is situated a few miles to the south-west of Port Askaig on the island of Islay.

Here is an image looking north towards the Isle of Jura with some friendly bovines looking on.

This is the actual site at Finlaggan-to the right of the picture.In the foreground is a prehistoric standing, stone.

Apart from Finlaggan, Islay is famous for its whisky distilleries and is well worth a visit.

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Acharn Tour

Acharn is small village on the edge of Loch Tay near Kenmore. It is a great little spot for a short but energetic hike. Firstly, you walk uphill to the Falls of Acharn, which are quite spectacular and are approached through a very spooky 'Hermit's Cave'. Then you walk on up to a prehistoric stone circle high up on the hills and which affords magnificent views of Loch Tay below.


Here is the stone circle at the top.

Here is the view of Kenmore and Loch Tay.


This is an image of the river on the way down.


The following are images of the Falls of Acharn.



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Hermitage Tour

The Hermitage is located close to the little town of Dunkeld in Perthshire. For most visitors it is a misnomer, because most pay a visit to Ossian's Hall which is quite spectacular. The Hall is located on the river Braan-80 miles in length, one of the shortest in Scotland..

About 200k visitors p.a.

Was part of Atholl Estates. Design landscape around Dunkeld. Hermitage a “finger” of landscape garden.

Layers of history. Douglas Firs-large grove-tallest grove in UK. Planted 1920 16-180 ft. Trees from NW America. Will last another 300/400 years.

Douglas Firs grow tall to start (struggle for light) then pad out.

Tree on opposite side of pool about 200ft-one of tallest in GB. Possibly a natural seedling.

Salmon can’t get up falls.

Bridge built 1770 to enhance nature.

Cave has cobbled floor-can’t be seen.

Ossian’s Hall-built as Summer House 1758 (afternoon tea).

James McPherson (local tutor) gathered local legends and dedicated same to Ossian =(3rd cent.). Summer House dedicated to Ossian by Duke of Atholl.

Entrance screened from river. Wordsworth-Garden of Eden. Entrance painted to look like door. Walls and ceilings decorated with mirrors. Series of experiences.

In 1860 blown up by local rioters. Mirrors shattered but not replaced. Mirrors stayed until 1920s. Danger of collapse in 1944 when Trust took over. Rebuilt with design by Basil Spence (Architect). Now a viewing platform.

Refurbished in 2007.Has retainedelements of series of experiences. Reinstated doors, skylights and mirrors (polished stainless steel).

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Abernethy Round Tower Tour

Abernethy is a small town located in central Scotland. During the Dark Ages (5th-11th centuries) Abernethy was a place of considerable importance.

The Tower is a structure of great antiquity (dating from the Dark Ages period) and may be the oldest such building, substantially in its original state, to be found in Scotland. There are no official dating records. The architectural style points to mid 9th century whereas features such as the windows suggest 11th century.

The Tower is believed to have been connected with a Celtic monastry. Today, it sits at the gate of the Abernethy church and thus still retains the link with religion.

Round towers are unique to Ireland, Isle of Man and Scotland and are considered part of the Celtic monastic culture. The are all free-standing and usually sited a short distance from, and with their doors facing towards, the monastic church.

There are three possible reasons for the construction of the towers, viz:

  1. As watch towers.
  2. As belfries
  3. For penitentiary purposes, a sort of hermit's residence. This is considered the most likely.
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Skye Photogrpahy Tour

Sunday, February 10, 2008

This afternoon I am presenting some images of the Isle of Skye which lies off the north west coast of Scotland. It is a large and very scenic island and visitors should allow at least one full day to tour the entire island. Skye can be accessed via ferry or bridge.

Here are a couple of images of a rainbow at Broadford.






The following four images are of the Quaraing. This is accessible on foot to most people.






Here is the famous Mealt Falls.


This is Kilt Rock-very interesting from a geological viewpoint.



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Trossachs Tour

Today, I am presenting some images of a Trossachs tour (Scotland).

The Trossachs is an area between Argyll and Perthshire, stretching north from the Campsies and west from Callander to the eastern shore of Loch Lomond.

The scenery is stunning, comprising lochs, craggy mountains, and forested glens. It is superb walking country.

The following three images were taken around Loch Earn




Here is a happy group whisky enthusiasts at the Famous Grouse Distillery, Crieff.


A colourful stream at Famous Grouse

Traditional Highland Gentleman at Loch Katrine. This loch is Glasgow's principal water supply.

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Tour Scottish Parliament

This afternoon I am presenting some images of the new Scottish Parliament, which opened in the autumn/fall of 2004.

The design is controversial.

Tours of the interior are available.

Worth a visit as part of an Edinburgh tour.






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Tour New Lanark

This afternoon I am presenting some images of New Lanark which is a world Heritage Site centred on the 200 year old sandstone cotton mills built by Dave Dale.

The dramatic gorge of the River Clyde provided the water power for this early industrial complex which became renowned for the enlightened work force management of Dale's son-in-law, the social pioneer, Robert Owen.

A visit to the site takes a few hours with a range of places to see including a Wildlife Centre,the Falls of Clyde, Robert Owen School, Village Store, Millworkers' House, Robert Owen's House, Mill 2 and Mill Three.

This site is easily accessible from Glasgow and Edinburgh.






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Dundonald Castle Tour

Friday, February 08, 2008

This evening I am presenting some images of Dundonald Castle in Ayrshire, which has connections with the Cochrane family.

There is evidence of defence/occupation on this site dating back into prehistory.

The present castle originated as a fortified Tower House built for King Robert II in 1371 and was used as a residence by the Stewart kings through to about 1520. Robert II died at Dundonald in
1390.

The remains of the castle are accessed by a steep climb which is worth the effort as the view can be spectacular.

A visit to this castle fits in nicely with a tour from Glasgow taking in Burns Cottage and Culzean Castle.



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Corbridge Tour

This morning I am presenting some images of the Roman town of Corbridge (Coria) near Hadrian's Wall. This site has a long history of occupation. A fort was established in the 80s and continued through to 160s. Thereafter a town evolved on the site extending to 12 hectares.

This site is well worth a visit. It has a well endowed museum. The site includes granaries, the road knows as Stanegate, a fountain fed by an aquaduct, a courtyard building and compounds.

Here are some re-enactment legionaries at the site.

Granary
Strongroom in the headquarters building.
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Luss Tour

Thursday, February 07, 2008

This evening I am presenting some images of Luss, a quaint and popular village located on the shores of Loch Lomond and conveniently situated about 45 mins from Glasgow. Now a 'picture postcard' village but was originally constructed by the local landowner to house workers for the slate quarry nearby.

Here is one of the houses.


Inside of the church. We were fortunate with our timing as the church is usually locked and was opened up for a tour group. By Scottish standards the church is relatively young, being constructed in Victorian times, albeit on an ancient site.


Hogback grave markers. These are about 1100 years old and have Viking influences.



View of the beach with swans and Ben Lomond in the distance.


View of the pier.

Luss is great stop as you venture out of Glasgow on the way up north and/or west.

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Machrie Moor Standing Stones Tour

This evening I am marshalling some images from a 2007 stone circles tour.

Machrie is a very rich site being located on a remote part of the Isle of Arran, off the west coast of Scotland.

This site is a fascinating collection of prehistoric monuments, chambered tombs, hut circles and six megalithic rings.

The variety of design suggests that the various structures were erected over a span of hundreds of years in what may have been a sacred area.Will we ever know why they were built and what precise function they served? The scale of the task in transporting and shaping the stones would suggest a wealthy and hierarchical society about 4000-5000 years ago.











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Linlithgow Palace Tour

This evening I am presenting some images of Linlithgow Palace. This is accessible from Edinburgh.

The Palace is now a romantic ruin, having been destroyed by fire in 1745, possibly due to a cooking fire left by a retreating Jacobite soldier.

The Palace was a favourite of the Stewart monarchs from James I with both James V and Mary, Queen of Scots being born in the Palace.

Features worthy of note are the Great Hall and Chapel (late 15th century). The qaudrangle has a richly carved 16th century fountain.

This attraction is well worth a visit. It benefits from being situated in a park close to the Linlithgow Loch.

Gallery

The fountain

The Great Hall


Outer Gate
There is something for all interests here, photographers, students of architecture, historians and even somewhere for the children to play!

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Walk Hadrian's Wall

Today, I am presenting some images of a re-enactment march along Hadrian's Wall from 2006.

This was great event. We all tried to replicate as near as possible the actual conditions of the Roman soldier including diet and lodgings. As regards the latter, we used bunk houses, which in some cases were very basic!

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Drumlanrig Castle Tour

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

This magnificent castle is built of local pink sandstone. It was constructed by the 1st Duke of Queensberry during the period 1679-91 and was superimposed upon the 14th/15th century Douglas stronghold. The architects are believed to have been Robert Mylne or his son-in-law James Smith.

This castle (palace?) houses a celebrated art collection and is set in the huge Queensberry Estate with a focus on wildlife conservation and landscape enhancement.

Visit this castle with Catswhiskerstours in context of a tour of Dumfriesshire and the Borders.

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Rabbie Burns Tour Alloway

This evening I am presenting some images of the clay and timbered two-roomed thatched cottage where Burns was born on 25 January 1759. Close by is the Brig o'Doon ( where Tam o'Shanter's mare, maggie made her mythical jump) and Alloway Kirk where the witches danced to the Devil's bagpipe.

Burns had a relatively short life (1759-96) and he is best remembered for writing Auld Lang Syne. He is Scotland's most famous poet whose works have been translated into dozens of languages.

Avail of a Burns themed tour in Ayrshire. This is within easy distance of Glasgow. Contact Catswhiskerstours for more information.


Front of cottage

Tableaux inside the cottage
Rear of cottage

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Culzean Castle Tour

This afternoon I am presenting a few images of Culzean Castle which is located about 60 mins south of Glasgow via a scenic drive along the Ayrshire coast. It is possible to link in a visit to the Castle with a visit to Robert Burns' birthplace.

Culzean Castle is really a grand house. It benefits from a magnificent location on the coast and sits in a huge estate open to the public. So, it is possible to spend the whole day there-weather permitting!!

The castle is an 18th century mansion designed by Robert Adam for the Kennedy family. There is also an interesting garden.

Images below are of the castle and grounds.






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Exclusive Golf Vacations Scotland

Today, I am presenting a few images of the famous Old Course at St. Andrews (home of golf).

This in recognition of the fact that Catswhiskerstours is shortly to announce a new golfing product centred on top courses with a PGA golf pro. So, please see the main website at www.catswhiskerstours.co.uk for more information.

Old Course tee times may be available.


Here is an image of the famous Swilken Bridge at St. Andrews


Old Course with Royal and Ancient on the left.


View of Old Course

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Personalized British Heritage Tour

Today, I am presenting some images of a small group heritage tour from 2007.

Here is an image of architecture in the University city of Oxford.


Here is Anne Hathaway's cottage near Stratford. (Shakespeare's wife)


Here is a an approx. 2000 year old Roman mosaic at Chedworth Roman Villa in the Cotswolds.


Quaint thatched cottage near Hidcote (Cotswolds)

Hidcote Manor Garden.

Famous medieval market at Chipping Campden

Hadrian's Wall at Birdoswald

Shakespear's birthplace at Stratford upon Avon


Shakespeare's old school at Stratford.


Glasgow Cathedral, Scotland.
Quaint fishing on Fife Coast (Crail)


Famous Abbey on the island of Iona, West Scotland


Prehistoric burial cairns at Clava, near Inverness-about 4000 years old.

Clearance village in Perthshire. A sad episode in Scotland's history.

Culzean Castle in Ayrshire, Scotland. Famous for Eisenhower connection


Contact Catswhiskerstours.co.uk for a great journey into Britain's history and heritage.

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Scotland Photography Tour

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

This afternoon I have collated some images from last year's tours to provide a flavour for the photo opps which are available in and around Scotland.


The first four images are of Glasgow at night.





Here is Fingal's Cave, Staffa.
Iona Abbey cloisters

Floating children at Stirling Castle


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Tour Antonine Wall

Here are some images of walk along the Antonine Wall from 2007.

Building commenced about AD142 of the Wall which runs between Forth and Clyde, a distance of over 40 Roman miles ( 37 British miles). The rampart was largely built of turf blocks but mostly on a stone base at least 14ft wide.

Here is Bar Hill Roman Fort



Here are images of the wall with walkers to indicate the scale of the Wall.




For tours of the the Antonine Wall and Roman Britain please contact Catswhiskerstours.

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Melrose Abbey Tour

Today, I am presenting some images of Melrose Abbey which is one of the most fascinating of the Borders abbeys.These ruins date from the 14th and 15th centuries.

The Abbey is built of red sandstone and was destroyed by the English on the 14th century. The remains are Gothic and famous for their decorative stonework.

Melrose Abbey was founded by David I in 1136 and was rebuilt by Robert the Bruce whose heart is buried at the Abbey.

At time of my visit a wedding was in progress.

Overall, well worth a visit in context of a Borders tour.






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Garden of Cosmic Speculation Tour

This is not the result of a hedge fund manager using an illegal substance! In fact this garden is located in the Borders area of Scotland and is owned by a businessmen who has a full time garden staff to manage and develop this unique confluence of art and horticulture. Visits are by appointment only but well worth the effort.

Enjoy the images below.








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Scone Palace Tour

Scone (pronounced Skoon) Palace is one of Scotland's grand homes. This was the traditional crowning place of Scottish monarchs dating back to the 13th century. However, the current Palace only dates from the early 19th century.

Within 50 metres of the Palace lies the foundations of the lost Abbey of Scone which was built in 1115 near Moot Hill, an ancient mound where generations of Scottish kings were crowned at the Stone of Destiny. This Stone was said to have been placed beneath the throne at every coronation.

The Abbey was destroyed in 1599 during the Reformation.

Here is an image of Scone Palace


Here is an image of Moot Hill and its chapel


Scone is well positioned for a tour of Perthshire

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Scotland Gardens Tour

This afternoon I am collating images from a gardens tour. We visited a whole range of properties ranging from private houses and botanical gardens through to castle gardens all over Scotland. Enjoy the stunning scenery and colours. Contact Catswhiskerstours for a gardens tour of Scotland or England. Enjoy!!

















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Dunkeld Cathedral Tour

Monday, February 04, 2008

Dunkeld is a great little town nestling on the banks of the River Tay in central Scotland.

The Cathedral is well renowned being part ruin and part living church.Its origins go back to AD 570 when Celtic missionaries built a wattle monastery.

The architecture is a mix of Gothic and Norman and was built between 1260 and 1501.

The Cathedral is dedicated to St. Columba, an Irish missionary who founded the Abbey at Iona.

Dunkeld Cathedral has twice suffered desecration and destruction: in 1560 following the Reformation and in 1689 during the Battle of Dunkeld.

A visit is recommended.


Here are images of the ruined section.



A view of the bridge over the Tay from the Cathedral

A view of the Cathedral


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Provand's Lordship Tour

Friday, February 01, 2008

This afternoon I am providing some information on Provand's Lordship which is Glasgow's second oldest building from the medieval period. The building was a manse belonging to the clergy of Barlanark or Provan but is believed to have been built as a manse for the hospital of St. Nicholas. The building dates from about 1471 and was built by Andrew Muirhead. This ancient building is well worth a visit and is conveniently close to the Cathedral and Necropolis.

The image is a view of the rear of the building.

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Clava Cairns Tour

Today, I am presenting some images of Clava Cairns which is a 'must' for persons interested in pre-history and are visiting the Inverness area of Scotland.

The Balnuaran of Clava is a well preserved group of prehistoric burial cairns which were built about 2000BC. The site consists of:

  • The North-East Cairn, a passage grave aligned to the mid winter solstice.
  • The Central Cairn, which is a ring cairn as distinct from a passage grave.
  • The Kerb Cairn comprising a small ring of boulders located close to the central ring cairn.
  • The South-West Cairn, which is almost identical to the other passage grave and shares the same winter solstice orientation.
There is free entrance to this impressive site.



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