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Thursday, 31 July 2008

Scottish Banjos


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Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Scottish Sweetmeats

Scottish Rock is far more difficult to make than Shortbread, as "pulling" is part of the process. If you are not a good puller, you should buy your rock in the same shops that sell the best shortbreads. But you might like to try Butter Scotch and Helensburgh Toffee, which are easier and almost as nice as the shop bought.

For the Scottish Butterscotch, dissolve over gentle heat a pound of brown sugar in an enamelled saucepan, add four ounces of well-beaten butter and stir together until it has boiled long enough to harden when dropped into cold water. Add some essence of lemon or a quarter-ounce of powdered ginger dissolved in a spoonful of water. Beat for some minutes with a fork, pour on to a buttered dish, and while it cools score into squares. These are easily broken off when cold.

For the Helensburgh Toffee stir two pounds of loaf sugar, four ounces of salt butter, a teacupful of water and a tin of condensed milk together in a thick pan for forty-five minutes. At the end of the forty-five minutes add a teaspoonful of vanilla and go on stirring off the fire for one minute longer. You will have learned to stir by that time. Pour into a buttered tin, dot with walnuts if you have them and any strength left. When cool cut into squares.

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Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Scottish Esplanade


Scottish Esplanade. An old view of Greenock Esplanade, on the South Bank of the River Clyde, near Glasgow, Scotland.

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Scottish Watchtower


An old view of the Scottish Watchtower at Arbroath, Angus, Scotland.

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Sunday, 27 July 2008

Best Scottish Cafe Picnic Cafe South Queensferry Scotland


Best Scottish Cafe. One of the very best is the Picnic Cafe, South Queensferry, Scotland. Friendly staff, great food, wonderful location !!

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Saturday, 26 July 2008

Scottish Highland Cordial

For Highland Cordial you must mix a pint of white currants, a bottle of whisky, some thin lemon peel, a teaspoonful of essence of ginger. Allow the mixture to stand for forty-eight hours, after which you strain it, add a pound of loaf sugar and again leave it alone for another day. Bottle and cork. It will be fit to drink in about three months. Scottish Whisky Recipes.

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Thursday, 24 July 2008

Scottish Coat

John Mackay, of Didril, having put on a new suit of clothes, was told by a Scottish Seer that he did see the gallows upon his coat, which he never noticed; but some time after gave his coat to his servant, William Forbes, to whose honesty there could be nothing said at the time, but he was shortly after hanged for theft, with the same coat about him, my informer being an eye-witness of his execution and one who had heard what the Seer said before. George, Lord Reay. Scottish Folklore.

Scottish Eight Day Clock

Mrs Stoba, who lived alone in a cottage at Greenmill, Caerlaverock, died suddenly during the night of Thursday last, from heart failure. Her blind not being drawn up on Friday morning, some neighbours forced the door about half-past ten, and found that she had passed away. It is a singular coincidence that an eight-day clock which had been her property, and is now in the house of her son, the burgh officer of Dumfries, stopped at five minutes before midnight on Thursday, although it was wound up, and there was no apparent reason for the stoppage. J Maxwell Wood, 1868-1925.

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Scottish Cursed Grave

In the Scottish churchyard at Rothiemurchus, near Aviemore, is a grave known locally as The Grave with the Curse. The burial ground is celebrated as the last resting place of the local lairds. One such laird was Farquhar Shaw who defeated the Davidsons of Invernahaven in battle in 1396. On his grave are five cylindrical stones of granite, and the local old wives' tale recounts that anyone removing these stones is rewarded by sudden death. Nearby is the tombstone of one who did just that, and paid the price!

In 1856, 22 year old Robert Scroggie, a footman to Elizabeth, Duchess of Bedford, removed one of the stones as a joke. He was drowned whilst bathing in the Spey a few days later!

The local stories do note that the Shaw stones once came from a burial mound a short distance away, a mound guarded by a Brownie, a particularly mischievous spirit of Scottish elf lore. Scottishs Folklore.

Scottish Iron Age Loch Dwelling


Scottish Iron Age Loch Dwelling, Kenmore, Loch Tay, Perthshire, Scotland. Crannogs are an ancient type of loch dwelling found throughout Scotland. People lived in them from as early as 5,000 years ago, up until the 17th century AD. They were built out in the water as defensive homesteads, secure from wild animals and invaders. Many Scottish crannogs were originally timber built round houses supported on stilts driven into the bed of the loch. Scottish Crannog Centre Photographs.

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Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Scottish Plague

In a central part of the churchyard of Nigg there is a rude, undressed stone, near which the sexton never ventures to open a grave. A wild apocryphal tradition connects the erection of this stone with the times of the quarantine fleet. Read More.

Scottish Hare Witch

Laird Harry Gilles of Littledean was extremely fond of hunting. One day as his dogs were pursuing a hare they suddenly stopped and gave up the pursuit. He being angry with his hounds, swore that the animal they had been in chase of must be one of the witches of Maxton. Read More.

Scottish Piper Ghost

Many years ago a Scottish drover, while making his way north and crossing that wild and thinly populated district which lies between the head of the parish of Parton and the Moor of Corsock had a Ghostly experience. Read More.

Ancestry Tours of Harrapool Scotland


Ancestry Tours of Harrapool, Broadford, Isle of Skye, Scotland.

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Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Scottish Towns

The Scottish towns are like none which I ever saw, either in England, Wales, or Ireland: there is such an air of antiquity in them all, and such a peculiar oddness in their manner of building. But we were most surprised at the entertainment we met with in every place, so far different from common report. We had all things good, cheap, in great abundance, and remarkably well dressed. John Wesley.


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Scottish Paradise

Nothing prompts the desire to get married like the sight of the numerous happy households which are to be found in this country. I have often said that Scotland is the husbands' Paradise. These gentlemen, however, don't appear to appreciate their good fortune, and take it all as a matter of course. The Chevalier de Latocnaye.

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Scottish Glasgow Women

Scottish Glasgow Women. In general the women display an elegance and agility in their gait, and many of them have charming persons. Anon.

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Scottish Melancholy Women

One cannot but be conscious of an underlying melancholy in Scotswomen. This melancholy is peculiarly attractive in the ballroom, where it gives a singular piquancy to the enthusiasm and earnestness that they put into their national dances. Anon.

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Scottish Virtues

Virtues peculiarly Scottish, of self-denial, submission to severe hardship without repining, education and refinement much beyond their condition, with considerable ambition and aspiring thoughts. Mrs Grace Fletcher.

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Scottish Edinburgh Ladies

The Scottish ladies of Edinburgh possess a more graceful deportment than those of London; they are at once slenderer and more fragile. Up to the present time I have found among them fewer laughing Hebes than haughty Junos and stately-walking Dianas. To grace of figure the young ladies of Edinburgh add, for the most part, the charm of some agreeable talents. There are few of them who are not musicians, and who are deficient in extraordinary skill in the labours of the needle; there are few of them also unacquainted with French. Amedee Pichot (1822).

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Monday, 21 July 2008

Sunday, 20 July 2008

Scottish Horse Tram


An old view of a Scottish Horse Tram in Stirling, Scotland.

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Friday, 18 July 2008

Visit Dunn Square Paisley Scotland


Visit Dunn Square, Paisley, Scotland.

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Thursday, 17 July 2008

Scottish Picture Postcards


Scottish Picture Postcards remain as popular as ever, despite the prevalence of Scottish emails and Scottish text messages.

Wednesday, 16 July 2008

Scottish Crannog Activities


Scottish Crannog Activities, Kenmore, Loch Tay, Scotland. The Scottish Crannog Centre is founded on experimental archaeology, and all visitors are invited to experiment in a range of craft activities.

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Saturday, 12 July 2008

Scottish Presbyteries


Scottish Presbyteries.

Presbytery of Ardrossan
Presbytery of Dundee
Presbytery of Dunfermline
Presbytery of Edinburgh
Presbytery of Falkirk
Presbytery of Europe
Presbytery of Glasgow
Presbytery of Hamilton
Presbytery of Inverness
Presbytery of Lochaber
Presbytery of Moray

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Thursday, 10 July 2008

Scottish Ferry House


An old view of a Scottish Ferry House on the Island of Mull, Scotland.

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Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Waiting For a Scottish Steamer


An old view of passengers waiting for a Scottish Steamer on the Island of Arran, Scotland.

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Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Ancestry Tours of Kirkintilloch Scotland


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Saturday, 5 July 2008

Scottish Champagne Cruises


Scottish Champagne Cruises. We run exclusive champagne cruises on Loch Ness for parties of up to six. We are a small Highland family business who focus on personal service and our aim is to help create memories that will last a lifetime.

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Friday, 4 July 2008

Scottish Reflections


Scottish Reflections today on the River Tay near Strathtay, Perthshire, Scotland.

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Thursday, 3 July 2008

Essence of Scotland


Essence of Scotland. Taste of Scotland. The food of Scotland reflects the glorious natural landscape; game from the heather-clad moors and dense forests; fresh fish caught from the seas, lochs and rivers; wild fruits, berries and herbs gathered from the hedgerows, and oats and barley harvested where the terrain allows. The dishes that stem from these ingredients are steeped in local history and tradition.

Celebrate the culinary heritage of Scotland in this delightful collection of 30 recipes ranging from the iconic haggis, celebrated in verse by national poet Robert Burns, to the finest shortbreads, bannocks and buns.

The book features authentic dishes from every region, including Roast Young Grouse and Cullen Skink from the Highlands; Traditional Bannocks and Herrings in Oatmeal from Orkney, Shetland and the other islands; as well as Potato Cakes, Kale with Mustard Dressing and Dunfillan Bramble Pudding from the Lowlands and Border country.

All the classic recipes are here, from Porridge and Scotch Broth to Mutton Hotpot and Dundee Cake. Learn how to make Neeps and Tatties, and the famous Clootie Dumpling.

Over one hundred atmospheric colour photographs illustrate every recipe, with key stages of preparation shown step by step. Discover the tastes and traditions of authentic Scottish home cooking, with thirty easy-to-follow recipes.

A wonderful sampler of dishes from the Scottish Highlands, Islands, Lowlands and Borders, with classics such as Scotch Broth, Cullen Skink, Haggis with Clapshot Cake, Stoved Chicken, Drop Scones and Highland Coffee.

Features warming Scottish soups, hearty stews, succulent roasts and a magnificent range of tasty bakes, cakes and desserts. A Taste of Scotland: The Essence of Scottish Cooking, with 30 Classic Recipes Shown in 120 Evocative Photographs.

Wednesday, 2 July 2008

Scottish Ferry Cottages


An old view of Scottish Ferry Cottages in Lawers, above Loch Tay, Perthshire, Scotland.

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Tuesday, 1 July 2008

Scottish Fishing Nets


An old view of East Coast of Scotland Fishermen working with their fishing nets.

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