Robert Burns Love Poem: “A Red, Red Rose”

Robert Burns Love Poem: “A Red, Red Rose” Robert Burns, a poor man, an educated man, and a ladies' man, is representative of Scotland, much like whisky, haggis, bagpipes, and kilts. He lived a life shortened by rheumatic heart disease, 1759-1796, but his life journey through poverty, informal education, disappointed love, nationalism, and literary and financial success can...

Nessie, the Beast of the Loch

Nessie, the Beast of the Loch There were fierce hill tribes in what is now Scotland, and we called them Picts. The name seems to mean "The Painted People" for they were known to love bright body art and multi-coloured clothing. They were artists, prolific carvers of stone and from the carved standing stones still found...

How the Military Saved the Scottish Kilt

How the Military Saved the Scottish Kilt The kilt in its modern form which we all know and love, would not have survived if it were not for the military. If you look at the kilt's history, you will see that the garment would have been lost to Scotland, and the rest of the world If it...

Scottish Clans and Their Tartans

Scottish Clans and Their Tartans The Clan System The clan system probably developed after the Romans left Britain around 410 AD and was mainly based in the Highlands and Islands of the country we now know as Scotland. Clan in Gaelic means 'family' so clans differentiated themselves along 'family' lines. All members of a clan...

Scottish Kilt – One of Scotland’s Proud Inheritances

Scottish Kilt – One of Scotland’s Proud Inheritances The Scottish kilt in its present form which we know and adore, would not survived if it were not because of the military. If you search at the history of Kilt, you would see that the article of clothing would have lost to Scotland and the rest of the entire...

Traditional Scottish Clothing

Traditional Scottish Clothing The Historical Importance of Traditional Scottish Clothing Clothing has played an important part in Scottish history. In 1746 the act of proscription sought to assimilate the Scottish highlands and eradicate any sense of national identity. One of the things it enforced was the dissimulation of the clan system. Back then...

Top Fashion Designers Choose Scottish Jewellery

Top Fashion Designers Choose Scottish Jewellery Scottish fashion designers are having something of a moment. Jonathan Saunders, he of block colour dresses and graphic prints, won Designer of the Year at the fifth Scottish Fashion Awards last month. Holly Fulton won Young Designer of the Year at the same awards; although you'll better recognise her name...

The Claymore, Scottish Dirk and Sgian Dubh

The Claymore, Scottish Dirk and Sgian Dubh If you were preparing for battle and could only bring three weapons, which would they be? Ancient Scottish warriors would have brought a Claymore for their primary weapon and a Scottish Dirk with matching Sgian Dubh for their backup. Claymore swords had blades that were notoriously large and double-edged. These...

Scottish Celtic Symbols

Scottish Celtic Symbols The Scottish Celtic people are also known as Pict's, the word Pict having its roots in Latin. They lived in Northern Britain at that time and the Romans described them as being covered in pictures of animals and other figures. The Pictish people were so notoriously difficult to conquer that...

Scottish Country Cottages

For those tourists who enjoy beautiful countryside's and down to earth people, Scotland is the ideal vacation destination. One of the most popular ways to visit Scotland is by indulging in its beautiful country cottages, which cater to families and honeymoon couples alike. With views of rolling hills and vibrant...

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