Category: Scotland

Clava Cairns

The main attraction in the area around Inverness is the site of the Battle of Culloden.  However, there is another site nearby that is also an important part of Scotland’s past.  One mile southeast of the battlefield set on a terrace above the River Nairn are the Clava Cairns also called the Balnuaran of Clava. […]

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Burns Night

Tonight is a celebration of the birth of the man who is widely known as the national poet of Scotland.  Robert Burns, or Rabbie Burns, is one of the most famous poets from Scotland and is considered to be a pioneer of the Romantic movement.  As the Scottish diaspora sent immigrants around the world, the […]

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The Paisley Witch Trials

Christian Shaw was the ten-year-old daughter of the Laird of Bargarran near Erksine.  She was described as a “sensitive child”.  In August 1696, she caught her servant Katherine Campbell stealing a drink of milk.  Christian duly reported the incident to her mother, and Katherine was reprimanded.  Katherine apparently had a temper and responded by blessing […]

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Skara Brae

  A large storm battered the coast of Orkney Island off Scotland in the winter of 1850.  This is not unusual as the winds there are so strong that trees cannot grow.  What was different about this storm was that the high tides and winds stripped grass and sand from mound known as “Skerrabra” revealing […]

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