Category Archives: life experience

SERGEANT McLEOD AND THE MEN IN THE RANKS

British history books are filled with accounts of wars and great commanders. The names of generals such as Marlborough, Wellington, Montgomery, Slim, Havelock, Clive and Wolfe spring from the pages, faces that peer from the powder-smoke and reap the rewards … Continue reading

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THE BOSTONIAN AND THE GURKHAS

The British Empire threw up an amazing array of colourful characters and none more so than David Ochterlony. With such a name it is obvious that he has a Scottish background. His father came from Forfarshire, now Angus, north of … Continue reading

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Journal from a neglected war

Concentration camps, barbed wire, machine-guns, guerrilla warfare, scorched earth tactics. The words could come from any journal of the Second World War. The names of some of the participants are also familiar: Winston Churchill, Kitchener, Sir John French, Mahatma Gandhi. … Continue reading

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GUEST BLOG: SALLY LAUGHLIN

Hi Folks: I have never had a guest blogger before, so I thought I would start with a good one! For those of you who have not yet discovered her, Sally Laughlin is from the USA. Her last book Fly … Continue reading

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In this week in Scottish history

19 January 1736; James Watt was born in Greenock. An engineer and inventor, he surveyed the Forth and Clyde Canal and the Caledonian Canal and in 1764 invented the separate condenser, air pump and double acting engine. In 1774 he … Continue reading

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On this day in Scottish history

06 January 1865 Surrounded on three sides by water, and with a host of dependant islands, Scotland was always a maritime nation. But while the sea provided food, trade and jobs, it took a cruel toll of those who used … Continue reading

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On this day in Scottish history

    1768 – Dundee Council Minutes mention of a petition of the Fraternity of Masters and Seamen in Dundee who contributed to a fund to look after the ‘decayed and indulgent members of the society’ – at this time … Continue reading

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