December 2023
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Notes about “Old Mortality” by Sir Walter Scott…

When Janice and I made our promise to Sir Walter Scott to read all his books, we certainly did not realise the magnitude of the task 😉 How many books did the great Scottish author write, I could not tell exactly but what I do know is that there are many of them! 😉

Today, […]

Samuel Smiles – Scottish Self-Help Pioneer

‘Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself’.~ William Faulkner

While skimming through the SCOTS Heritage Magazine tucked into the bookshelf, I was inspired to pick up a copy with a very colorful cover featuring Jamie Macnab, the 24th Chief of Clan Macnab.

Not so […]

15 August 2021: Happy Birthday Sir Walter!!!

Today, 15 August 2021, is a keydate on the Scottish calendar. It is the 250th birthday of Sir Walter Scott, one of the most popular authors in Scotland and his popularity goes far beyond its frontiers. As one of his French admirers, I could not help writing a few lines on Scotiana today. How I […]

Robert Burns : Our Poet at Ellisland Farm, 1788-1791 ..

Robert Burns : Our Poet at Ellisland Farm, 1788-1791 ..


Portrait of Robert Burns by Alexander Nasmyth, 1787, Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

Bonjour Janice, Marie-Agnes et Jean-Claude. Hello again from Scotland ! 🙂 We do hope that you’re all keeping safe.

Margaret and I were very happy, Marie-Agnes, to receive a […]

‘Carve the runes and then be content with silence’…




A Work for Poets

To have carved on the days of our vanity A sun A ship A star A cornstalk

Also a few marks From an ancient forgotten time A child may read

That not far from the stone A well […]