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    Scotiana’s Favourite Castles: Fyvie Castle – Part I

    There are many fabulous castles in Scotland but some of them, like Fyvie Castle or Drum Castle which I introduced last time on Scotiana, well deserve to be visited again and again. We discovered Fyvie Castle in 2006, re-visited it in 2007 and again in 2015 but we would have nothing against visiting it again. […]

    Dr John Rae Arctic Explorer : Scottish Canadian link

    While surfing on Twitter, I stumbled upon a video from Peter Mansbridge (documentary film producer – Toronto – Canada) which tweet captured my attention: “Okay, so I got a little carried away in Scotland today doing a little Canadian history. Here’s a teaser for you.”

    I watched the video and was delighted to hear […]

    Scotiana’s Favourite Castles in Scotland: Drum Castle

    Drum Castle is certainly one of the most beautiful and interesting castles we’ve visited in Scotland and when we went back to Drum for the second time, in May 2015, daffodils were still blooming here and there in the magnificent wooded park and the effect was truly magical! But there’s more than that. I remember […]

    John Maclean Scottish Socialist featured on Russian Postage Stamp

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    In my ongoing quest of postage stamps relating to Scotland, I stumbled upon this enigmatic russian stamp issued in 1979 to commemorate the 100th birth anniversary of John Maclean, a Scottish schoolteacher and revolutionary socialist of the Red Clydeside era.

    I googled his name and discovered that he was born in […]

    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 […]