Category Archives: folklore

Dundee at a Glance

Dundee is a most dynamic city, always changing, always innovative. Once a major linen centre, then, as Juteopolis, the centre of the world’s jute trade, it was also the port where the best Arctic ships in the world were built, … Continue reading

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November in Scottish History

01 November 1889: A Belgian named Professor Albert attempted to become the first man to swim the Firth of Forth. Setting off from the shore of Fife, he reached about half way to Inchkeith before he gave up, disappointing the … Continue reading

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Old King Cole and the Catholic Church

Are children still taught the old nursery rhymes? I know we were: Mary Mary, quite contrary, which was a sixteenth century political commentary on Mary, Queen of Scots, perhaps, Ring a ring of roses, which harked back to the days … Continue reading

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On this day in Scottish history

03 January 1746 Advertisement in the Edinburgh Advertiser: ‘Any young woman not under 15, nor much over 30 years of age, that is tolerably handsome, and would incline to give her hand to a Black Prince, upon directing a letter … Continue reading

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This day in Scottish history

01 January 1573 Military: For some years, Sir William Kirkcaldy of Grange, ‘the bravest soldier in Christendom’ had held Edinburgh Castle for the exiled and imprisoned Queen Mary. This day saw the expiry of a truce between Kirkcaldy and the … Continue reading

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Sawney Bean

  Sawney Bean is the cannibal per excellence. When anybody mentions Scottish cannibals, it is Sawney Bean who springs to mind and no wonder. His is a story of horror, murder and cannibalism that would be suitable for any late-night … Continue reading

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Before the Monster

Of all the monster legends in the western world, that of Loch Ness is probably the best known. This stretch of dark water in the north of Scotland attracts thousands of tourists, year after year, there have been dozens of … Continue reading

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