Scottish Snippets

10 June 2017

Number 721

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 - May 2017 Some of the flowers, birds (including young cygnets, ducklings and Coots) photographed at Hogganfield Loch and Park and Nature Reserve in Glasgow, National Trust for Scotland's Greenbank Gardens in East Renfrewshire and Geilston House Gardens in Cardross, Argyll and Bute; and my own garden in East Dunbartonshire. See: Scottie's Photo Diary - May 2017

Historic Scottish Battles

For centuries, the direction of Scotland's development was influenced by the outcome of the many battles which took place on her soil - or over the Border in England. There were glorious victories and terrible defeats. Many, but not all battles, were fought against the English. And, it has to be said, it was not unknown for the Scots to initiate the contest by invading their larger neighbour! This page has an extensive list of 40 conflicts and gives an outline of many of these battles and in all cases there are links to other Websites where you can find out more. Currently these are all on other Web sites - but I have started o create my own pages describing many of these conflicts and gradually the links will point to these.The first two of these have been set up and are covered in the two paragraphs that follow.
The initial index page is at: Historic Scottish Battles Index and the first two battles covered in more detail are:

Rescue of Kinmont Willie Armstrong - 1596Not a full battle, more a skirmish but one that considerably enhanced the reputation of the Scottish Borders nobleman Sir Walter Scott of Buccleuch and threatened to cause Queen Elizabeth of England to decline to name King James VI of Scotland as her heir - and so alter the course of British history. See: Rescue of Kinmont Willie Armstrong - 1596

Battle of Ancrum Moor - 1545

During the "Rough Wooing" as King Henry VIII of England tried to persuade Mary Queen of Scots to marry his son, an English force marched into the Scottish Borders, destroying Melrose Abbey. The invaders were defeated at Ancrum Moor by a force only half their size consisting of Douglases, Leslies, Lindsays and Scotts. See: Battle of Ancrum Moor - 1545

Bank of Scotland New Polymer Banknotes

Like Clydesdale Bank and Royal Bank of Scotland, Bank of Scotland has also produced a new 5 note using a polymer (plastic) material which should stay in a good condition for longer than the paper version used until now. This new note features Sir Walter Scott, as before, in honour of the man who was instrumental in Scottish banknotes continuing in existence when he persuaded the government in London to allow the three main banks in Scotland to continue to do so - a privilege they continue to enjoy. See: Bank of Scotland New Polymer Banknotes

Next Newsletter

The next newsletter is scheduled for three weeks from now on 1 July 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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