Scottish Snippets

5 April 2014

Number 657

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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Small Gigantic Country

When Sharma Krauskopf undertook to write a guide book on Scotland she looked forward to this adventure with great joy. But she found that "only" 70,000 words meant she had to pick and choose, otherwise the book would have been 200,000 words or more and she concluded that Scotland is indeed a "Small Gigantic Country." See: Small Gigantic Country

Coffee and Shortbread at Turnberry

A visit to Turnberry Golf Resort in Ayrshire by Sharma (a non-golfer) confirms that it has the best coffee and shortbread in Southwest Scotland. But the iconic lighthouse seen by millions of TV viewers on the golf course proves to be a disappointment. Never mind though - she meets a friendly Morgan Freeman, the well-known actor. See: Coffee and Shortbread at Turnberry

Saintly Rivals

Columba was not the only saint to bring Christianity to Scotland. BrendŠn, DonnŠn, MŠelrubai, Boniface, Ternan, Machar and AdomnŠn (many of whom were proclaimed as saints) all made a major contribution. See: Saintly Rivals

AdomnŠn and the Ionan Paruchia (Parish)

The real apostle to the Picts was not Columba but AdomnŠn, the prime mover of the cult of Colum Cille. AdomnŠn was the most self-effacing of all Scottish saints. See: AdomnŠn and the Ionan Paruchia (Parish)

Lighthouses - Carraig Fhada (Port Ellen)

Carraig Fhada Lighthouse is located at the tip of a rocky promontory just over a mile from the harbour of Port Ellen on Islay. The building was commissioned by Walter Frederick Campbell in memory of his wife, Lady Ellenor Campbell. The building is unusual for a Scottish lighthouse being a square shape. See: Lighthouses - Carraig Fhada (Port Ellen)

Lighthouses - Dubh Artach

Dubh Artach is a remote skerry of basalt rock off the west coast of Scotland lying 18 miles west of Colonsay and 15 milessouth-west of Mull. The rock is subject to extraordinary sea conditions with waves of 92 feet (28 m) or more being encountered by the keepers. The difficult conditions meant that it took from 1867 to 1872 to construct it. See: Lighthouses - Dubh Artach

Marriage Customs in Scotland

Some of the customs which used to be prevalent in Scotland and some which have survived to this day. Did you know it was Queen Victoria that started the fashion for white wedding dresses? Prior to that, any colour was ok except green (which was associated with the fairies) and black (which was for mourning). See: Marriage Customs in Scotland

Legend of Lucky White Heather

Here is his tale about why white heather is considered lucky as related by "Ossian" (who, in all probability was the Scottish poet James Macpherson). See: Legend of Lucky White Heather

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