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Robbie Burns

Burns Night is annually celebrated in Scotland (and the world) on January 25th. It commemorates the life of the bard (poet) Robert Burns, who was born on January 25, 1759.  Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796), also known as Rabbie Burns, the National Bard, Bard of Ayrshire and the Ploughman Poet and [...]

Kidnapped

Robert Louis Stevenson, a famous Scotsman Robert Lewis (later: “Louis”) Balfour Stevenson was born in Edinburgh on 13 November 1850. His father Thomas, belonged to a family of engineers who had built many of the deep sea lighthouses around the rocky coast of Scotland. His mother, Margaret Isabella Balfour, came from a family of [...]

Back o’ nine

“Back o’nine,” we’re told.  “Be ready. I wouldn’t be late.”  I believed him.  Our tour guide, Paul, hadn’t been late yet and I didn’t expect he would start now. “Back o’ nine,” a Scot’s way of saying quarter after nine, was the starting time each morning since we’d arrived in Scotland to tour the Highlands.   [...]