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James of the glen

Ballachulish (at the end of Glencoe) perched on the edge of Loch Leven is a monument. It was here in 1752 that a local man was hanged for a murder he didn’t commit. The man’s name was James Stewart of the Glen.  Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel, Kidnapped fictionalises the Appin Murder with a cast of [...]

September 12th, 2019|History|

Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle , famous Scotsman

22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930 was a Scottish writer best known for his detective fiction featuring the character Sherlock Holmes. Originally a physician, in 1887 he published A Study in Scarlet, the first of four novels and more than fifty short stories about Holmes and Dr. Watson. The Sherlock Holmes stories are generally [...]

September 6th, 2019|History|

The Liverpool Scottish Regiment

The Liverpool Scottish Regiment Due to work and marriage, my dad (from Oban) was living in Liverpool, then a big Irish centre.  My mum was Irish. I was baby knapped from Connel (Oban) at an early age, that’s another story. The Liverpool Scottish, known as "the Scottish",  in the later half of the 19th century [...]

July 22nd, 2019|History|

The two Cathedrals in Oban

The two Cathedrals in Oban St John's Cathedral, part of The Scottish Episcopal Church - or the Cathedral Church of St John the Divine (Scottish Gaelic Ard-eaglais Eòin an Diadhair) is a cathedral of the Scottish Episcopal Church. It is one of the two cathedrals of the Diocese of Argyll and the Isles, and [...]

April 24th, 2019|History|

The Battle of Altimarlach

The Battle of Altimarlach A delve into Scottish history through the eyes of Paul McLean.  Here we go again with more clan disputes in Scotland.  This time – for a change – the Campbell’s are involved, shock!  The 13th of July, 1680 saw the last significant clan battle to be fought in Scotland, with the [...]

March 25th, 2019|History, Uncategorized|

Mote Church (Stormont Mausoleum)

Mote Church (Stormont Mausoleum) "Boothill" is thought to be a corruption of 'Moothill'. The Gaelic name is 'Tom-a-mhoid'. The hill is also said to have been called, 'Collis Credulitatis' - 'the Hill of Belief' - and 'Omnis Terra' - 'Everyman's Land,' - and to have been been connected with the coronation ceremonies which took [...]

February 25th, 2019|History|

The Aftermath of Culloden

The Aftermath of Culloden - and the English/Germans called the Scots savages! Culloden, April 1746.  Written by  Robert Forbes who witnessed the Battle " But the most shocking part of the story is yet to come, - I mean the horrid barbarities committed in cold blood, after the battle was over. I do not know [...]

February 19th, 2019|History, Uncategorized|

The Battle of Glen Trool

The Battle of Glen Trool was an engagement in the Rebellion, fought in April 1307. Glen Trool is a narrow glen in the southern uplands of Galloway, Scotland. Loch Trool is aligned on an east west axis and is flanked on both sides by steep rising hills, making it ideal for an ambush. Robert [...]

February 8th, 2019|History, Uncategorized|

Wallace & the Battle of Black Earnside – Perthshire

Wallace & the Battle of Black Earnside - Perthshire One of the lesser known battles of the War of Independance (Scotland against the English aggressors) took place in the neighbourhood of Newburgh/Lindores Abbey (approx. 11 miles from Perth where I live just now), within the 'Forest of Irnsyde'. Historians find difficulty in reconciling the [...]

January 21st, 2019|History, Uncategorized|

Who is Scotland’s Greatest Hero?

Who is Scotland’s greatest hero? With many tours under my belt over 20 odd years, it’s a question I have been asked many times. Here I list a few of the main contenders; in no particular order. I have a shortlist of my own, but how about you? All these are SCOTS. King Alexander [...]

January 11th, 2019|History, Uncategorized|