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    Discovering Scottish Unicorns: Dunfermline


    Abbot House Unicorn in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland © Scotiana 2015

    In every form or shape, the unicorn has always fascinated me and thus, I have gathered many collectables over the years, be it stamps, figurines, book covers, illustrations, postcards, photos…you name it!

    So, it is with great pleasure that I take this opportunity to share with you some of my findings throughout my numerous quests and more particularly of the Scottish related ones.

    At the same time, I’ll will tell you some stories on the whereabouts of discovering such lovely places that we visited during our many trips to the beautiful and mysterious Scotland.

    This picture of a white unicorn was taken in the garden of Abbott House, in Dunfermline (Fife) where we enjoyed a delicious lunch composed of home made soup and scones. Hot tea was very welcomed as the wind was blowing hard and the air was quite cold.

    Dunfermline Abbey is one of Scotland’s most important cultural sites and our visit there proved quite fascinating: the large stone lettering on top of the tower, Robert The Bruce’s magnificent grave and the pulpit in the Abbey church, the massive decorated pillars and the ruins of the nearby Abbey and castle.

    Royal_Coat_of_Arms_of_the_United_KingdomThe Unicorn was adopted as Scotland’s national animal by King Robert in the late 1300s. They are, properly speaking, heraldic supporters appearing in the full Royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom. The lion stands for England and the unicorn for Scotland. The combination therefore dates back to the 1603 accession of James I of England who was already James VI of Scotland. By extension, they have also been used in the Coat of Arms of Canada since 1921. Wikipedia.


    Above: Tour Scotland’s video of the Unicorn Statue outside the Abbot House.

    Dunfermline Scots: Dunfaurlin, Scottish Gaelic: Dùn Phàrlain is a town and former Royal Burgh in Fife, Scotland, on high ground. 3 miles (4.8 km) from the northern shore of the Firth of Forth.

    Stay tuned for more!


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    In Memory of Friday 13 November 2015 in Paris…



    Dear readers,

    Just a few words today in memory of all the people who fell victim in the Paris attacks of 13 November 2015…


    Iain and Margaret sent us a very moving message on this sad occasion:

    “Our hearts and minds are with the people of France today, a country

      and a people committed to secularisn, equality and compassion.

              In sorrow, we hope for their safety.”

                             Douglas McLellan, Chairman, Scottish Secular Society.


    Dear Friends, we are just beginning to learn of the appalling crimes that were committed in Paris yesterday evening, and struggling to understand all that has happened.

    We think of you all, and hope that you do not have personal friends among the hundreds so cruelly murdered.  We have no words to express the depth of our feelings.

    It is probably best to be silent, and to mourn.

    With love.

    Margaret, Iain.


    French colours on George Square © 2015 Scotland Now

    French colours on George Square © 2015 Scotland Now




    Many thanks to our very dear friends from Scotland and Quebec and to all people who are sharing our sorrow.

    Mairiuna & Jean-Claude in the name of the whole team of Scotiana.

    Glasgow Titan Crane in blue white red © 2015 Scotsman

    Glasgow Titan Crane in blue white red © 2015 Scotsman


    The Usher Hall in blue, white, red. © 2015 Scotsman Edinburgh News

    The Usher Hall is lit up blue, white, and red. Picture: @edinburghcoffee


    “The victims of this outrage were ordinary people simply enjoying their lives,

    and this could have happened in any city in the world.

    All of the people of Paris are in our thoughts and prayers.”

    Edinburgh castle in French colours © 2015 BBC News

    Edinburgh castle in French colours © 2015 BBC News






    More lights in the darkness…



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    Scottish Artists’ Houses: Hornel at Broughton House, Kirkcudbright


    Kirkcudbright panoramic view © 2015 Scotiana


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    Great Scottish Gardens & Parks: Broughton House…

    Kirkudbright Source wikimedia © LeCardinal, CC-BY5

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