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    22 May 1859 : Birth of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in Edinburgh

    22 May 2019

    Today is the 160th birth anniversary of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle but not everybody knows that the father of Sherlock Holmes was born in Edinburgh. A beautiful bronze statue of the detective stands in Picardy Place at the top of Edinburgh’s Leith Walk just opposite the birthplace (demolished c. 1970) of Sir […]

    Scotiana’s choice of books for Christmas 2018…

    “Heap on more wood! The wind is chill ; But let it whistle as it will, We’ll keep our Christmas merry still.”

    (Sir Walter Scott – “Christmas in the Olden Time” from Marmion: A Tale of Flodden Field, 1808)

    With hardly one month left until Christmas, it’s high […]

    Bibliotheca Scotiana: our favourite books for Christmas !

    “One can never have enough socks,” said Dumbledore.

    “Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair.

    People will insist on giving me books.”

    (J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)

    Christmas funfair in George […]

    1586: From her prison cell Mary Queen of Scots remembers…

    On my desk is Alex Nye’s book For My Sins, a fascinating historical novel I’ve just finished reading. I recommend it to all people interested in Mary Stuart’s life. There are many books devoted to Mary Queen of Scots but this one is particularly moving since the narrator is Mary herself.

     

    In […]

    The Scottish Tales of Moray Firth with Hugh Miller…

    Hugh Miller was born in 1802, in Cromarty. It is a lovely little town, a former royal burgh, situated at the end of the so-called “Black Isle” which, contrary to what the name suggests and also, on a quite different register, contrary to Herge’s description of the place in his volume of Tintin entitled The […]