Scottish Snippets

15 October 2011

Number 613

The Scottish Snippets Newsletter in its original format began in April 1997 and continued in an unbroken series for 591 issues. Although no longer produced in that style, there is now this regular update on the new and updated pages on the Rampant Scotland site including "Scottie's Photo Diary From Scotland".

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Midlothian Tourist Guide

Midlothian, south of Edinburgh, tends to get overshadowed by Scotland's capital city, but it has a lot to offer tourists (and locals) including the Rosslyn Chapel (pictured here) which was famous long before the Da Vinci Code came along; and there are quite a few castles such as Borthwick, Crichton and Dalhousie. Dalkeith Country Park has many attractive features and if you want some fresh air and exercise the Midlothian Snowsports Centre at Hillend has the longest dry ski slope in Europe. And for a warmer tourist attraction there is always the Butterfly and Insect World at Lasswade - all within easy reach of Edinburgh. For a Youtube slide show featuring these and other tourist hot spots in the county see Youtube Midlothian Tourist Guide

Pictorial Diary September 2011

The YouTube version of the September graphics is now on-line. It includes pictures from the National Trust for Scotland's Greenbank Gardens, the RSPB Nature Reserve at Vane Farm, Loch Leven, RAF Battle of Britain Air Display at Leuchars in Fife and a small selection of butterflies. See Scottie's Pictorial Diary September 2011

Scottish Place Names in Nashville, Tennessee

In the light of feedback and further research, Ian Kendal has updated his article on Scottish-related place names in Nashville, Tennessee (graphic of the Nashville sky-line via Wikimedia). Of the names of the 913 communities and neighbourhoods in Greater Nashville that have been identified to date, at least 62 (6.8%) appear to be based in whole or in part, on Scottish family names, or Scottish words, or on place names that are found only in Scotland and not elsewhere in the British Isles. There is the possibility that up to 21 further names could also have a Scottish connection, taking the total to around 83 names (9.1% of the total) but these names are also associated with other parts of the British Isles. For all the details, see Scottish Place Names in Nashville, Tennessee.

Yours aye


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