cold childhood

This church, as probably many others all over the country, has seen decisive events in the history of this nation. A king was crowned within these walls when he was just over a year old; a baby still. The Protestant Church of the Holy Rude (founded at 1129) was the stage where the son of... Continue Reading →

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William Wallace’s fourth part

The Scottish warrior and hero of a nation was captured by the English and suffered an atrocious death. Taken to London and hanged, drawn and quartered, his head was put up on London Bridge, the four parts of the body taken to four different places of the realm: Berwick, Perth, Newcastle seem certain. The fourth... Continue Reading →

The Snow Kirk

What is now a graveyard, hidden away in the grounds of the University of Aberdeen, was once a church: The Snow Kirk. A rather unusual name for a church in Scotland. It goes back to Rome and the Basilica Santa Maria Magggiore, also known as Sancta Maria Maggiore ad Nives, Saint Mary of the Snows.... Continue Reading →

St Andrews – Scotland, Saint and Saltire

St Andrews – Scotland, Saint and Saltire St Andrews is the heart of Scotland in many ways. One reason is its name, taken from the patron saint of Scotland who is said to be buried here. “St Andrew has been celebrated in Scotland for over a thousand years, with feasts being held in his honour as... Continue Reading →

a sensible man

From Newtyle Churchyard, Ruthven, Perthshire Here lies the body of Robert Small, Who, when in life, was thick not tall; But what of greater consequence He was endowed with good sense. Raymond Lamont-Brown: Scottish Epitaphs. Chambers; Edinburgh, 1990    

Mary, lift my head

The story of a Viking Princess, a white cow and a love death could not part - Craigmonie This is an ancient site. Not a graveyard in itself but a place of death: Craigmonie, sometimes spelled Craigmony, a small hill at the back of Drumnadrochit. A beautiful and well-marked walk (1) takes you there. After... Continue Reading →

the funeral fight

Kirkhill – a peaceful and quiet burial ground East of Beauly. St Mary’s,  the old Wardlaw Parish Church, goes back to 17th century, the belfry dates back to 1722. Quite some time before that, probably some time in the early 17th  century, an extraordinary event took place here in this very graveyard during a funeral. The... Continue Reading →

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