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Scotland has been handing down its traditions for close to a thousand years now, since the earliest days of the clans in the 12th century. However, Scottish traditions are not something sterile under glass and steel in a cold museum. They are vibrant, living things, constantly growing and evolving, and every generation adds the thumbprint of its own particular Scottish culture to the whole.

Take, for example, the 60 Highland Games that still take place all across Scotland annually - those are a uniquely Scottish mix of culture, sports, music and community.

Bagpipes, haggis and kilts

Everybody knows the cliché of the piper on the shortbread tin. But have you experienced the breath-taking reality of a hundred pipers skirling in uplifting unison? This isn't an image from Scotland's cultural past: it happens every August at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo and on Glasgow Green.

Or take food, for example. We all know the stereotypical notions of traditional Scottish fare - haggis, porridg…


Hello friends, this is a piece of information regarding Scottish people.
The Scots are well known for being nice, pleasant, and friendly 

Scottish people have a worldwide reputation for warmth and friendliness. Whether it’s the millions of visitors who travel to Scotland every year or the thousands who come to live permanently, so many talk of a genuine friendliness and a welcoming hospitality.

Did you know that almost three quarters of European visitors say that one of the main reasons for visiting Scotland is its people?

Everyday friendliness

The Scots love people – and they like to make others feel at home. You’ll find an enthusiastic friendliness in so many places. Ask a stranger for directions, buy something in a local shop, eat or drink in a pub or restaurant or put on the kettle in your workplace kitchen and you’ll be met with a smiling face and a friendly “Let me help”, “Tell me more about yourself” or “How are you?”

Culture and identity

Scottish people are proud of their nationality…

THE BATTLE OF CULLODEN. (Scottish History.)

Scotland had many battles, especially with the English, for some strange reason we always wanted to fight with them. Below is the details for the battle of Culloden.
Another part of Scottish History.
The last ever pitched battle to be fought on British soil took place on 16th April 1746 on Drummossie Moor, overlooking Inverness.
At the Battle of Culloden, a well-supplied Hanovarian Government army led by the Duke of Cumberland, son of King George II, would face the forces of Charles Edward Stewart, The Young Pretender, in the final confrontation of the 1745 Jacobite Rising.
The Jacobite Rising was an attempt to overthrow the House of Hanover and restore the House of Stuart to the British throne. Having failed in their attempt to gain support in England and advance on London, the Jacobites had retreated all the way back to Scotland.
Under constant pressure from the King’s army, Charles marched his force of around 6,000 men ever further northward, before finally establishing a base at Invern…


Jack was over the moon, for the first time since following them he was very soon to meet his idols, a pop group he had followed since ten Years old. He idolized them to a point every poster in his bedroom was the pop group, none of his wall covering was visible, and between that and the figures, he collected it looked like a shrine.
Valerie his mum had been entering competitions for two Years, she was determined she would help Jack get his wish come true and as TV programmes like Jim'll fix it did not exist now she had to opt for entering competitions spending fortunes on magazines and papers and also buy food products the family didn't even like, all for her son Jack.
Jack was now sixteen Years of age, born with Cerebral Palsy he was wheelchair bound, despite this he was able to communicate and knew exactly what he wanted from life.

 His mum and dad taught Jack all the values he needed, he was a credit to both of them as he surpassed many pupils in his class, his reports from sc…


Forget the movie, Mel Gibson looked nothing like the real William Wallace, and off course the movie was glamorised for box office purposes.
William Wallace was indeed a hero of Scottish people around the 12th Century. 
William Wallace was born in 1270 in a Scottish Town called Ayr, or in the immediate area of Ayrshire and yes this was also the same birthplace as Rabby Burns famous Scots poet and author.
Wallace was taller than Mel Gibson which was unusual for that time, not many people were tall but he towered in comparison.
He got his title "braveheart" from the Scottish people because he battled with Edward Longshanks a ruthless English King, he wanted the Scots to fight along side him against the French but the Scots refused so Edward sent in an army to capture the leader of the Scots who at the time was a kind of King but only recognized by Edward himself.
John Baliol ruled Scotland because the former King of Scotland had died, there were 13 people seeking rights to the Scott…


Living with depression alienates you from people and things, you do not want to speak to people let alone socialise with them, you are in your own dark World all you want to do is wallow in your own dreary life. Waking up at your usual time of 1pm- 2pm or sometimes later is a way of life, your dna makeup, living with depression of any form puts your life on hold, you think only of negative things, you stay up most nights and want to sleep all day, you either eat or you don't, and for some people eating to excess. Millions of people suffering from depression take some form of medication, many try to get through the depression without the aid of meds ,but for some it is imperative it either helps or makes the situation ten times worse, mood swings, sweats, weight gain and so on. Trying to get a balance is really difficult, even when attending sessions to combat depression at your local Mental Health team can have its good and bad points. Lots of people find talking helpful, it gives the…


Mary Queen of Scots
The most talked about Queen in British History was Scottish Queen Mary, Born in 1542 and died in 1567.
Mary was brought up in France  but by birthright was the rightful Queen to the Scottish throne although England at this time did not recognize Scottish rule she could very well have been the Queen of England as well, she was thought to be quite human for Royalty at that time, she had a passion for people.
Mary was crowned after her Father James IV had passed away just as Mary was still in her infancy.
Henry the VIII of England and Henry the second of France acknowledged the rights of the Scottish throne and tried to get Mary to marry one of their sons when she was of age at that time it was believed to be 13 upwards a girl was able to marry.

Mary sailed to France from her retreat at Dunbarton Castle, England had invaded Scotland just for a change, the King of France at the time offered Mary a safe haven and also offered troops to oppose the English. the condition was t…


Audrey was an ordinary girl she came from a working class background and was adored by her parents who had tried for years to have a baby without much success, in those days there were no tests no quick fixes as is Today. Audrey's parents were humble and enjoyed married life very much, her Father was a Carpenter and mum was stay at home, her dad did not make a lot of money but he was really gifted and made things with his own hands. All in all the family were happy, Audrey was a clever child she managed to walk at an early age and for her years she was advanced, one thing that was slow was her speech, she was not able to talk as well as the other children, when she started Nursery the teachers became concerned and called in her parents.
Audrey's mum knew something was not right as she was very behind in her ability to talk but she just put it down to the fact she was quicker at adapting to other things and never thought any more of it.
Audrey smiled and when she did she lit up a r…


Adrian breathed a sigh of relief, the tests were hard,the waiting excruciating but in the end it was all worthwhile, yes he thought hard and took his time but he had to do something, it was her last resort. The tests would identify if he was going to be a suitable match, bloods matched even though they both had a rare blood thank the Lord he thought to himself they matched.
Isobella had been awaiting a kidney transplant for 11 years, Adrian was too young to go through the operation at the time, he felt bad having to watch his sister fight day in and day out to keep alive, watching her turn yellow because her Kidneys were failing, he was sad but at the same time he knew she was a battler and she would fight this until someone came along , a suitable donor.

Isobella was being kept alive by a Dialysis
machine, it was her life support machine without it she would simply "die" what a thought Adrian shivered as if someone had walked over his grave.
Isobella had to travel daily to the T…


We are all aware that Witchcraft was very real in the early Centuries in England, Women were either drowned or burnt to the stake after being accused of being a Witch, the funny thing was (not for them off course) if they died they were "innocent" if they survived after being dunked they were Witches? obviously a very real and terrifying ordeal for everyone around that period.It got to the stage that if one person did not like the other they were reported as being a Witch and were subjected to these bazaar tortures so it must have been pretty awful worrying if you were going to be next! Surprising to me it happened in Scotland and here are my discoveries on Witchcraft in Scotland .
Between 1479 and 1722 more than 4000 men and women were burnt as Witches in Scotland, of that number 300 were executed on Castlehill in
Edinburgh, during the reign of James IV of Scotland.
In this period Witchcraft was evident all over the World it seemed like an epidemic had happened and the World ha…


I remember when I was about 12-13, things were pretty tight, being dad was out of a job and mum was the breadwinner, only working part time, she could only afford so much, and keeping a house and a large family going with food and clothes took most if not all of her wage, anyway we did ok, we really never wanted for food, shelter or even Christmas our parents did us proud.
Our cousins lived not too far away from us, they were pretty comfortable off, both their parents worked so it meant they got quite a bit from them, not OTT, but they did ok, one of the things I longed for as a lad was a bike, everyone seemed to have one, we could never really afford one, so it was up to the good nature of our mates to let us have a go, my wee brother is only a couple of years younger than me so we used to do a lot together, mainly fight lol, but looking back we did have good times together.
He was the same, he wanted a bike also, so like me he relied on his friends to give him a go, back then you coul…


As we are all aware, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde were fictitious Characters by Scottish Born, Robert Louis Stevenson who also wrote the famous book Treasure Island, a childhood favourite of mine and a game we played in the woods at the beach at Cramond in the early Seventies.
But the question is, who did Stevenson base the Jekyll character on? well it was another man from Edinburgh called Deacon Brodie.
Deacon Brodie came from a well respected Edinburgh family, his Father was a high earner making fine cabinets and was a deacon in the incorporated rights of carpenters and other tradesmen, as well as a member of the Town council.
Young Deacon was to follow in his Fathers footsteps and end up the Deacon himself in 1781. When Deacons father died he was left a massive fortune as well as his family home in the Lawn Market in the Centre of Edinburgh.
Deacon Brodie rubbed shoulders with all Edinburghs elite and became a member of the exclusive Cape Club a high Society Club in Edinburgh. So this part of …


You may remember in the early 19th Century there was a craze for medical growth, students eager to learn how the body operated, what killed people and also eager to make a name for themselves in the World of medicine. There wasn't the technology we share today, Students did not have labs they could work in and learn they sometimes carried out their studies in dimly lit rooms without the proper tools and sterilisation methods we have today.
As the science of the body was important needless to say there was a shortage of bodies for medical research, body snatching wasn't a new thing, it had been going on since the early 18th century.
But concerning Burke and Hare, they captured the World with their devious methods of Grave robbing so much so they became infamous and a part although not a pleasant part of Scottish History.
Dr Knox was a famous doctor in Edinburgh and in his medical school he attracted up to 500 students from all walks of life to experience his famous dissections of t…


Staying on the theme of History, I was lucky, I grew up in a Historical City boasting many things to see, all within walking distance, today I am going to talk about EDINBURGH CASTLE. I visited the Castle a few times in my youth but never really appreciated it in its entirety and beauty, we all imagine it as a centre piece for post cards, someone visits Edinburgh and they are sure to send you a post card with the Castle being the attraction, but what do you know about it?
My first job leaving school was in Edinburgh Castle, I was 15 , lucky to get my National Insurance card because I had not quite officially left school so I was terrified I wouldn't be able to start ,thankfully it all worked out in the end. I worked in the tourist cafe for one year, yes not the most interesting jobs in the world but it was, the folks I met the stories I was told was unbelievable because having lived in the City all my life and being a young guy I thought I knew everything about the City History but h…