Category Archives: Walter Scott

December in Scottish History

DECEMBER IN SCOTTISH HISTORY 01 December 1768: The first volume of Encyclopedia Britannica was published in Edinburgh, edited by William Smellie. 1787: The lighthouse at Kinnaird Head, Fraserburgh began operations.  It was built by Thomas Smith and Robert Stevenson. 02 … Continue reading

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AUGUST IN SCOTTISH HISTORY

01 August 1798: Battle of the Nile:  ‘There were some of the women wounded, and one woman belonging to Leith died of her wounds, and was buried on a small island in the bay. One woman bore a son in … 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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Lore and Lure of the River

It was Sir Walter Scott who made the Tweed famous, so that people in half the nations of the world learned about the beauty and lore of the Borders through his words. Yet by international standards the river is insignificant. … Continue reading

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