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    Celebrating the 250th birthday anniversary of Walter Scott

    On April 16th 2021, I decided (at last) to fulfill the promise we made a few years ago to Sir Walter Scott during one of our unforgettable visits at Abbotsford in the Scottish Borders… […]

    Great Scottish Books to Help Pass the Time in Lockdown…

    Dear readers,

    Ages seem to have passed since my last post on Scotiana and our wonderful trip to Scotland in winter. In the meantime, there has been the outbreak of that infamous covid 19 pandemy and I sincerely hope that you, your friends and family are doing well in such hard times.

    Country […]

    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 […]

    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 […]

    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 […]