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    Illegibility of Glasgow postmark saves Madeleine Smith from the gallows

    For those of you who appreciated the articles I’ve posted on the blog relating to philately, I have yet another one to share. 🙂

    Mind you, I am not a fan of murder cases, as MairiUna would witness, but in this particular event, postal history is involved, so it strikes my fancy ! I cannot […]

    Scottish Castles Series: Falkland Palace–Part 2

     

    Contrary to Linlithgow Palace where one’s steps ring heavily on the stone floors of big empty rooms and draughty passages, Falkland Palace, which is a mix of ruined and restored buildings, looks much more cheerful with its magnificently refurbished rooms full of beautiful rugs and tapestries, furniture, paintings and antiques. The atmosphere is such […]

    Happy Hogmanay, Happy New Year et Bonne Année 2018!

    As you’ve guessed, Hogmanay is the Scottish New Year. Nobody is quite sure where the name comes from. A few theories include the Gaelic Og maidne or new morning and the Norman French word hoguinane which was derived from the Old French anguillanneuf or “Gift at New Year.” Hogmanay’s roots reach back to […]

    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 […]

    Falkland Palace’s Trompe l’Oeil

    Your great article, Mairiuna, in the Scottish Castles Series featuring Falkland Palace shed light on another historic gem in the care of the National Trust for Scotland.

    What is great about it all, is that sites in the custody of NTS receive regular survey, inspection and maintenance programmes that preserve some unique elements housed […]