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    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 […]

    Scottish Artists’ Houses: Hornel at Broughton House, Kirkcudbright


    Kirkcudbright panoramic view © 2015 Scotiana


    ‘I doubt if there be a more picturesque country town in Scotland. Small, clean, silent and respectable; it seems (subject, however, to one enormous deduction) the type of a place to which decent characters and moderate purses would retire for quiet comfort. The […]