Scottish Snippets

18 March 2017

Number 717

Lucky White Heather

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 News and Views.

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Scottie's Photo Diary - January to March 2017

Covering a longer time period than usual, here's A varied collection of pictures from Stirling Castle, Botanic Gardens at Kelvingrove, Glasgow (both inside and outside the greenhouses), a few buildings in the centre of Glasgow, spring flowers in my own garden in East Dunbartonshire and one of nature's spectacles at Hogganfield Loch, Glasgow. See: Scottie's Photo Diary - January to March 2017

Places to Visit - Dunnottar Castle, Aberdeenshire

My daughter spent some time in the north-east of Scotland last year and I've used some of her photos to illustrate a visit to the dramatic Dunnottar Castle on a cliff-top promontory on the coast overlooking the North Sea. See: Places to Visit - Dunnottar Castle, Aberdeenshire

Places to Visit - Scottish Borders Homes of Sir Walter Scott

Sir Walter Scott, novelist and lawyer, lived in a number of Scottish Border locations before settling at his baronial mansion at Abbotsford. See: Places to Visit - Scottish Borders Homes of Sir Walter Scott

Places to Visit - Site of Roman Fort at Inchtuthill, Perthshire

Some years ago a friend who knew of my interest in the Romans in Scotland gave me some rusty nails - they were made by the Romans over 1,900 years ago and had been discovered at the site of a Roman fort at Inchtuthill, Perthshire. This was one of the most significant of a series of forts that once ran across Britain. It could house, feed and train a complete Roman legion with six granaries, all weather indoor cavalry training schools, houses for centurions and barrack blocks, baths, stabling for over 1,000 horses and mules and the all important "factory" building which among other things, made a vast number of nails. (Graphic of Inchtuthill from the air via Wikimedia Commons). See the story of this Roman garrison: Places to Visit - Site of Roman Fort at Inchtuthill, Perthshire

Tartan Day 2017

Although Tartan Day is celebrated in some countries at other times of the year, the USA Tartan Day events probably take place in more locations in the United States and they are focused around 6 April - the official "Tartan Day" in that country. I am busy updating the page listing the events but it will be next week before the page is finally updated. See: Tartan Day 2017.

Next Newsletter

The next newsletter is scheduled for three weeks from now on 8 April 2017 and will be mainly Current News and Events in 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


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