Tag Archives: Dundee

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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BOOK LAUNCH

Autumn is usually a busy period. I have just returned from giving a presentation in Stornoway in the Island of Lewis and now am preparing for a book launch in Dundee. The island of Lewis was pretty spectacular, with some … Continue reading

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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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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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Strange how things pan out

Isn’t it strange how things pan out in the writing world. When I was working on my university dissertation on Dundee whaling, I realised that the whaling men were a bit, how shall I say this. . . rough. I … Continue reading

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In this week in Scottish history

07 February 1603: Battle of Glenfruin. After a raid by MacGregors into Luss, a body of Colquhoun women showed the bloodstained shirts of their slain men to King James VI, who authorised reprisals. The MacGregors struck first, killing scores of … Continue reading

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He Died for Freedom and Honour

One hundred years ago today, the Battle of Loos was raging in France. This was the biggest British battle of the so-called Western Front in 1915 and, like so many battles of the First World War, there were horrendous casualties. … Continue reading

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How does one feel after writing a book?

It is a strange mixture of emotions. On one hand there is elation that a piece of work is completed; on the other there is a sense of loss. Last night I sent my latest effort to a publisher: Fort … Continue reading

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Ancestors in the Arctic

Hi All Well, tomorrow is the big day. Tomorrow I launch my final book to be published this year. It is called Ancestors in the Arctic and it is a photographic history of the Dundee whaling industry. The images are … Continue reading

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Ancestors in the Arctic

launched on 7 December 2013 with fantastic images

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