Scottish Snippets

14 March 2015

Number 678

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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Memory Lane Just Got Longer

There was an excellent response to the Memory Lane pages covered in the Newsletter that was published in February As a result of feedback that section now has another 6 new sections/pages and 8 more memories added to existing pages. The overall index is still at Memory Lane Index

The new sections are:

Memory Lane - Medical Services

Medical advances in the last century have meant that some medical conditions can be treated differently and often more effectively now than used to be the case. Briony's item could also have been added to the Wartime section as her Dad married her Mum on 1 June 1944 (see wedding day picture here) while on compassionate leave and returned to his army unit in time to be in the Normandy landings on 6th June! See: Medical Services

Memory Lane - Genealogy

Delving into your family tree and finding out about your heritage can yield a lot of interesting facts - and often unexpected surprises! Brian Campbell's family tree goes back to 690 AD (being a distant relative of a Duke helps!). See: Genealogy

Memory Lane - Organisations, Clubs and Societies

Focuses on recollections of past events involving various clubs, societies and organisations. Alistair recalls collecting money for the Boys Brigade in Dunfermline. See: Organisations, Clubs and Societies

Memory Lane - Returning to Scotland

Coming back to Scotland after a long spell abroad can be a great experience but it can also be difficult to adjust to the changes that have taken place, particularly after a long time away. David recalls the journey back to Scotland from India and Jack finds it hard to adjust to all the changes when he comes back to Glasgow. See: Returning to Scotland

Memory Lane - Sport

Memories of sport and sporting occasions related to Scotland, whether as a spectator or as a participant. Dave recalls the "Hampden Roar" and the "Victory International" against England at Hampden when Scotland won! See: Sport

Memory Lane - Washing Day

In the days before automatic washing machines and spin dryers, all clothing had to be cleaned mainly by hand. Irene recalls the communal wash house in the Fife village of Dysart. See: Washing Day
Additions have also been made to the following sections:

Memory Lane - Wartime

Six additional items have been added to this page including Evacuation and Low Flying German Aircraft; "Skitten Airdrome" Fools the Germans; Sleeping Under the Table During Air Raids; Wheel Barrow Transport to Air Raid Shelter; Wartime Memories of Edinburgh - and the World! and Luftwaffe Over The Forth. See: Wartime

Memory Lane - School

Three more items have been added including My First Day in School Was In India, Tall Trees From Little Acorns Grow and Short Day! See: School

Memory Lane - Holidays/Vacations

Two new items here - Vacation in Onich, 1954 when a visitor got chased by a bull and Lest We Forget where a visitin Canadian is welcomed by a local in Glencoe. See: Holidays/Vacations

Send In YOUR Memories!

I'm sure that reading the above pages will stir your own memories and encourage you to send in your own recollections (and any graphics, if you have any) to add to "Memory Lane"! Just send them in an email to - and I'll do the rest!

Tartan Day

Yes it's coming up to the time of year when Scots around the world, especially in North America, mark the contribution of Scots in their own area. I'll be looking round lots of Web sites to update the page of Tartan Day events for 2015 - but if you know of any in your part of the world, please send me the details to the usual address See the current Tartan Day Events page at Tartan Day Round the World

The Ideasboard

An Edinburgh friend of mine has launched a website which aims at encouraging people to collaborate on innovative nonprofit projects. He is keen to spread the word so please have a look here and pass on to your contacts if you like the project. See:

Ideasboard - YouTube
Ideasboard - Web Site
Ideasboard - Twitter

Next Newsletter

The next newsletter is scheduled for 28 March and will be mainly more of Tam's Tall Tales.

Yours aye


Previous editions of this Newsletter are available in an Archive. The Index to the other pages of the Rampant Scotland site is available here.

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