Today in 1780 the first edition of Robert Burns’ poems, The Kilmarnock Edition, was published by John Wilson of Kilmarnock, under the title of “Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect”.It cost three shillings and the entire print run of 612 copies sold out within a month, justifying Burns’s belief in his own abilities and in the merit of his poems.

Today in 1780 the first edition of Robert Burns’ poems, The Kilmarnock Edition, was published by John Wilson of Kilmarnock, under the title of “Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect”.

It cost three shillings and the entire print run of 612 copies sold out within a month, justifying Burns’s belief in his own abilities and in the merit of his poems.

On this day in 1187, MacWilliam was beaten by William I (Lion)of Scotland in the Battle of Mam Garvia, Moray William I faced revolts in Galloway where he had the royal castle of Dumfries constructed to help keep the peace, and in Ross where the Earls of Orkney were attempting to extend their influence. The rebellions in the north affected lands as far south as Perthshire, and William took several years to restore order. His Galloway campaign was hindered by the northern revolt, in 1181, of Donald MacWilliam, grandson of King Duncan II, who wanted William’s kingship. Eventually Donald was killed in 1187 at Mamgarvia Moor by Roland of Galloway.   Many of you will not know of this battle or many others, there are 190 known battles listed here, http://unknownscottishhistory.com/articlefifteen.php and if you want to know more about the background of this battle check the great Ian The Picts site here http://iainthepict.blogspot.co.uk/2011/07/battle-of-moor-of-mam-garvia.html

On this day in 1187, MacWilliam was beaten by William I (Lion)of Scotland in the Battle of Mam Garvia, Moray

William I faced revolts in Galloway where he had the royal castle of Dumfries constructed to help keep the peace, and in Ross where the Earls of Orkney were attempting to extend their influence. The rebellions in the north affected lands as far south as Perthshire, and William took several years to restore order. His Galloway campaign was hindered by the northern revolt, in 1181, of Donald MacWilliam, grandson of King Duncan II, who wanted William’s kingship. Eventually Donald was killed in 1187 at Mamgarvia Moor by Roland of Galloway.  

Many of you will not know of this battle or many others, there are 190 known battles listed here, http://unknownscottishhistory.com/articlefifteen.php and if you want to know more about the background of this battle check the great Ian The Picts site here http://iainthepict.blogspot.co.uk/2011/07/battle-of-moor-of-mam-garvia.html

Good Morning from Scotland

Good Morning from Scotland

Forget the golden post boxes from the Olympics, Glagow brings you the golden cone!!

Forget the golden post boxes from the Olympics, Glagow brings you the golden cone!!

Spirit of Independence

Spirit of Independence

scotianostra:

Castle of the Day, Stirling Castle
The Birdman of Stirling Castle
This a bit of a repost but I have gained many followers since I last told the story and it was some time ago.
One day in 1507, John Damian, alchemist to King James IV, declared that he would fly to France. Then he climbed the battlements of Stirling Castle, put on a pair of homemade wings, leaped into space, and landed in a dungheap, breaking a leg. Afterwards, he declared that if only he had made his wings with eagle feathers instead of chicken feathers, he could have flown all the way to Paris.
Damian was scorned and mocked in song and verse for centuries. But he deserves credit for his bravery. Visitors to Stirling Castle can look down and judge for themselves whether they would have had the nerve to jump. And he did manage to glide some distance before crash-landing 75 metres (250 feet) below where he started. That measure of success was probably due to the fact that he took off into the west, using the uplift of the westerly winds against the castle walls just as he had observed the local birds doing. This also explains why he lived on into old age after his feat.
Another one from the archives  and one of my favourite stories from Stirling Castle

scotianostra:

Castle of the Day, Stirling Castle

The Birdman of Stirling Castle

This a bit of a repost but I have gained many followers since I last told the story and it was some time ago.

One day in 1507, John Damian, alchemist to King James IV, declared that he would fly to France. Then he climbed the battlements of Stirling Castle, put on a pair of homemade wings, leaped into space, and landed in a dungheap, breaking a leg. Afterwards, he declared that if only he had made his wings with eagle feathers instead of chicken feathers, he could have flown all the way to Paris.

Damian was scorned and mocked in song and verse for centuries. But he deserves credit for his bravery. Visitors to Stirling Castle can look down and judge for themselves whether they would have had the nerve to jump. And he did manage to glide some distance before crash-landing 75 metres (250 feet) below where he started. That measure of success was probably due to the fact that he took off into the west, using the uplift of the westerly winds against the castle walls just as he had observed the local birds doing. This also explains why he lived on into old age after his feat.

Another one from the archives  and one of my favourite stories from Stirling Castle




Good Morning from Scotland

Good Morning from Scotland

My mate Jon’s house in Dundee

My mate Jon’s house in Dundee

Tartan paint, now available in several clan colours.

Tartan paint, now available in several clan colours.

Two tiny people starting at the Forth Bridge at sunset last night

Two tiny people starting at the Forth Bridge at sunset last night

Good Morning from Scotland

Good Morning from Scotland

bboysage98, I would say get the ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan, and either train or fly to London, if you book early you can get good deals

CacaOlat, Canon’s are men in frocks who in the Catholic church are mainly part of Cathedrals or Collegiate Churches. Films I would recommend, A sense of freedom and. Restless Natives

Ask away

Ask me anything you want, I will answer you, canons welcome

pershing100:

Dean Cemetery, Edinburgh

pershing100:

Dean Cemetery, Edinburgh