Tag Archives: 19th century

SEA BATHING: VICTORIAN STYLE

There is quite a furore about sea bathing and sea bathing attire in Europe at present, with riots in Corsica and political troubles in the south of France.  Well, in Scotland it is not that long since we had our … 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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This week in Scottish history

01 May 1455 Battle of Arkinholm, near Langholm, Dumfriesshire: The Laird of Johnstone led a royal to victory over the rebellious Douglases. Johnstone sent the severed head of Archibald Douglas, Earl of Moray as a trophy to the king. 01 … Continue reading

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First Windrush book

Hi everybody Well, that was a bit of a surprise. As of today, the first book in my proposed Jack Windrush series is out in Kindle format, with the hard copy coming in  a few weeks. I have planned this … Continue reading

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Scots in Hawaii

The Scots have a reputation for poking around in every corner of the world. It is like a gift, or curse, this wanderlust. The first man to cross Australia south to north was Scottish, as was the first man known … Continue reading

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On this week in Scottish history

01 March 1546, George Wishart, Scotland’s first martyr of the Reformation strangled and burned in front of St Andrews Castle. Wishart was the son of an Angus laird and was sometime a teacher in Montrose. He had spent some time … Continue reading

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In this day in Scottish history

07 January 1800: storm January 1800 was long remembered for a ‘Great Storm’ that battered the East Coast for three weeks. The gales blew from the southeast, driving vessels against the rocky Aberdeenshire coast. On the seventh January, eleven ships were … 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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Feelings of publication

Today my Liverpool: Gangs, Vice and Packet rats is published. It is a strange feeling to know that people will soon be reading words that I have written, and not only reading them, but actually paying to read them. It … Continue reading

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The importance of luck

Hi folks I have a very good friend from Baltimore in the USA. She is one of the finest natural writers that I have ever read, yet she has not yet had a book published.  Yesterday I asked myself why … Continue reading

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