Scottish Snippets

14 May 2016

Number 704

Clydesdale Bank - UK's First Polymer Bank Note

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" and Tam's Tall Tales.

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Scottie's Photo Diary

Daffodils feature in a visit to Geilston House and the spring lambs and a Highland Cow looks after her young calf at Ardardan Farm, while at Dalkeith Palace and Country Park the bluebells and doronicum add a splash of colour as a drone helicopter flies overhead. Finally, a Mallard trumps them all with a brood of 15 ducklings and a pair of Great Crested Grebe perform their mating ritual. See: Scottie's Photo Diary

Places to Visit - Dalkeith Palace and Country Park

An original castle was turned into a palace by Anne Scott, widow of the first Duke of Buccleuch in the early 18th century. The facilities in the Country Park are currently undergoing a major upgrade. See: Places to Visit - Dalkeith Palace and Country Park

Scottish Bank Notes - UK's First Polymer Bank Note
Clydesdale Bank 5 Commemorative banknote for the 125th anniversary of the opening of Forth Rail Bridge was also Britain's first polymer (plastic coated) bank note. See: Scottish Bank Notes - UK's First Polymer Bank Note

Scottish Bank Notes - Commemorative 20 Bank note New Lanark

This Clydesdale banknote was the first to be signed by a female Major Bank Chief Executive. See: Scottish Bank Notes - Commemorative 20 Bank note New Lanark

Scottish Lighthouses - Rattray Head

Rattray Head lighthouse lies 7 miles northeast of Peterhead on the East coast of Scotland. The sand dunes at the beach stretch for 17 miles from St Combs to Peterhead and can be up to 75 feet high. See: Scottish Lighthouses - Rattray Head

Scottish Lighthouses - Girdleness

Girdle Ness Lighthouse is located on the south entrance of Aberdeen harbour. It is a beautiful sight if you fly into Aberdeen airport. See: Scottish Lighthouses - Girdleness

Memory Lane - Sport

Becoming a supporter of a sporting club at an early age usually lasts for the rest of or lives. That has certainly been the case for my undiminished support for Saint Johnstone Football Club. Even though they have sometimes struggled and even been relegated from the top division, I've been a supporter for nearly 70 years! See: Memory Lane - Sport

Next Newsletter

The next newsletter is scheduled for three weeks from now on 4 June and will be mainly Current News and Views about Scotland from David, the News and Views Editor.

Of course, if you have any Scottish memories which you would like to contribute to "Memory Lane" please send them in!

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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