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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|

Blood and Guts, Spartans of the North

Blood & Guts – Spartans of the North Who are the Macleans?  Clan Maclean Scottish Gaelic: Clann MhicIllEathain  is a Highland Scottish clan. They are one of the oldest clans in the Highlands and owned large tracts of land in Argyll as well as the Inner Hebrides. Many early MacLeans became famous for their [...]

January 7th, 2019|History, Uncategorized|

Kintyre – Castles and History

Kintyre: castles and history speak volumes Kintyre extends 40 miles from Mull of Kintyre in the south, to Tarbert in the north. The peninsula is no more than ten miles wide, at Tarbert it’s just a mile. The name in the Gaelic Tairbeart, literally translated as "draw-boat" and as "isthmus", Tarbert was important for the [...]

January 3rd, 2019|History, Uncategorized|

Oban, on the beautiful west

Born near the Little Bay Oban OH-bən; not oh-BAN which a lot of people pronounce it as.  An t-Òban in Scottish Gaelic meaning The Little Bay, is a town in Argyll and Bute. Despite its' small size, it is the largest town between Helensburgh and Fort William. During the tourist season, the town can hold [...]

December 20th, 2018|History, Uncategorized|