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Maclean brothers on a whisky challenge over the Atlantic

Three brothers plan to row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic later this year. They launched their boat on Loch Lomond as a trial. Lachlan, 21, Ewan, 27, and Jamie MacLean, 25, from Edinburgh, will take part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in December, rowing from the Canary Islands to the West Indies. First they plan to row to [...]

June 17th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Pennygown Chapel near Salen

Pennygown Chapel near Salen – there are two carved graves lying on the ground. These graves are of Lachlan Cattanach, former chief of Clan Maclean and his wife, they were not allowed to be buried in the chapel’s grounds due to their habit of burning live cats to summon the devil. How true am unsure [...]

June 14th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Dalriada, Alba, Scotland

Recorded history of Scotland begins with the Romans Emire in the 1st century. The Roman province of Britannia reached as far north as the Antonine Wall (these days Glasgow). North of this was Caledonia, inhabited by the Picti, being a strong people forced Rome's legions back to Hadrian's Wall (further south than Antonine). As Rome withdrew [...]

June 10th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Knights Templars in Scotland

It is important to know there were Templars in Scotland since David I,  who granted the Order lands. The Temple in Midlothian was the main Scottish House of the Templars (lying where the airport is now). Let’s go to the Bruce for a while; Robert de Brus, 1st Lord of Annandale, the first of the [...]

June 8th, 2019|Uncategorized|

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 Campbells are involved, shock!  The 13th of July, 1680 saw the last significant clan battle to be fought in Scotland, with the Sinclairs, under the [...]

June 4th, 2019|Uncategorized|

County Kilkenny Ireland

A wee ditty on County Kilkenny Ireland, home of the brave. Why am I writing about Kilkenny you ask? I have a huge family  over there, mum came from there and I have been  many times, lived there from the age of 3 to 6 years old, aye, I am half Irish, the smaller [...]

May 21st, 2019|Uncategorized|

Macleans rule the world

Here are just a few famous Macleans of various spellings. There are many thousands of us scattered all over the globe, some famous, some memorable, some we would rather forget. Clan Maclean: descended from Gilleain-nan-Tuagh (Gillian of the Battle Axe), a descendant of the Kings of Dalriada. Gillian fought against King Haakon of Norway at [...]

May 14th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Scottish slang – go on try it!

I was oot the other day, the grub at the pub was; ‘well tidy scran’ The great Scottish words and phrases you may need some help with, especially if you are coming on tour with us, some can leave folks wondering, some are – well, just funny. Get tae  -  just simply utter ‘get tae’ [...]

April 15th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Paul at The WHITEHOUSE

Paul McLean invited to the Whitehouse Would you just look at those fine examples of Scottish seafood and veg, all local by the way. That’s the Isle of Mull in the background, all you see here is Maclean country! Well he played his trump card, a special invitation he couldnee resist. Paul likes his [...]

April 4th, 2019|Uncategorized|

THE STONE AT KINTRAW – THE FAIRY HILL

THE STONE AT KINTRAW – THE FAIRY HILL The prehistoric landscape here includes a large cairn (badly robbed of its' stones), a kerbed cairn excavated in 1959-60 and shown to contain a cist and a 4m high standing stone. This stone had been leaning and finally fell over in March 1979. An excavation of [...]

April 2nd, 2019|Uncategorized|