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A blackhouse is a traditional house that was once common in Scotland and Ireland. To me, they look like something right out of a storybook. ___ ๐Ÿ“Culloden Battlefields, Culloden Moore, Inverness,




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Closer to home, Ben Nevis has its head in the clouds so to speak and is known for its adventurous spirit and legendary peak. It's also the highest mountain in the British Isles, attracting almost 125,000 walkers each year to Scotland.




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Would you look at that water! You'd be forgiven for thinking we'd expanded into the Caribbean, but it was actually taken today by Michael who's working in the depot this week.






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Salmon ‘at crisis point’ with catches in Scotland at lowest level on record
Open-net farming blamed for rise in parasitic sea lice affecting wild stocks

Levels of wild salmon in Scotland are at their lowest since records began, sparking calls for a radical effort to preserve the species as a matter of national priority. The fish is now at “crisis point” and more must be done to help them, Fisheries Management Scotland said after figures released by the country’s government showed catches are now at their lowest levels since records began in 1952. Water degradation, management infrastructure such as dams, along with open-net salmon farms, climate change and soaring demand for salmon have all taken their toll on a species which is strongly associated with Scottish waters. At the end of 2018, the last Scottish wild salmon netting station closed because there were so few fish to catch. As a result, Scottish wild salmon is now off the menu, and only farmed salmon is widely commercially available. …..Farmed salmon stocks are also collapsing due to infestations of sea lice, which have in turn affected wild stocks. Last month Scotland’s biggest salmon farmer Mowi, revealed the amount of gutted salmon it produced from Scottish waters fell by 36 per cent in 12 months, with infestations of sea lice and disease blamed.

Salmon farming is not good for the environment. They spread disease to wild salmon, are responsible for low fish stocks since other fish are caught to make food pellets for the salmon. The uneaten food and the excrement fall to the seafloor and rot which uses oxygen, thereby destroying the environment of the creatures that live there

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As usual when I start listening to one Martyn Bennett song it leads to me listening to others, to make a great audio-visual experience, listen to Blackbird as you marvel at the skill of Danny MacAskill

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April 24th 1567 saw the first printed book ever published in Gaelic.

The unassuming little book, the opening of whose title translates “The form of the prayers”, is of the greatest national importance. It is the only copy in Scotland of the first book printed in Gaelic. After the Reformation there was a strong impetus, sponsored primarily by the Campbell Earls of Argyll, to evangelise the Highlands and Islands, where Gaelic rather than Scots was spoken. John Carswell, Bishop of the Isles, adapted John Knox’s Book of Common Order into Scottish Gaelic.

It was a hugely ambitious undertaking, particularly considering it would be another two centuries before the New Testament was finally published in vernacular Gaelic. The only surviving copy in Scotland is held by the University of Edinburgh, where the pics come from, you can see it seems to be well used, but people were a lot more god fearing back then!

On April 24th 1558 15 year old Mary Queen of Scots married French Dauphin 14 year old Francis de Valois.

Mary was fifteen and Francis fourteen when they were married with spectacular pageantry and magnificence in the cathedral of Notre Dame, scene of the tragic fire last week, by the Cardinal Archbishop of Rouen, in the presence of Henry II, Queen Catherine de’ Medici, the princes and princesses of the blood and a glittering throng of cardinals and nobles. The Duke of Guise was master of ceremonies. Mary in a white dress with a long train borne by two young girls, a diamond necklace and a golden coronet studded with jewels, was described by the courtier Pierre de Brantôme as ‘a hundred times more beautiful than a goddess of heaven … her person alone was worth a kingdom.’ The wedding was followed by a procession past excited crowds in the Paris streets to a grand banquet in the Palais de Justice with dancing far into the night.

Mary became Queen of France when Henry II died the following year, but Francis died prematurely in 1560. Whether the marriage was ever consummated is uncertain. Mary’s mother also died in 1560 and it suited the French to send her back to Scotland and claim that she was the rightful queen of England as well. She would eventually meet political and romantic disaster in Scotland, enduring years of imprisonment in England where, too dangerous a threat to Elizabeth’s throne, she was executed in 1587, at the age of forty-six.

The pic shows the couple in a painting from the year they were married.

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On 24th April, 1633, Sir John Hepburn raised a regiment of 1200 men which ultimately became the Royal Scots.

The Royal Scots started life as the Royal Regiment of the Foot by Sir John Hepburn, who had been tasked by Charles I to recruit troops to serve in France, where he was in exile after the execution of his father.  They were recalled in 1661 following the disbandment of Cromwell’s  New Model Army and the introduction of the Regular Army. This was the model used by all future regiments.

They were only renamed the Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment) in the 19th century when it became the county regiment of Edinburgh. The regiment joined forces with the King’s Own Scottish Borderers in 2006 and became part of the Royal Scots Borderers.

In the 17th century the regiment took part in a boasting competition with the French Regiment of Picardy who boasted they’d been guardians of Christ’s tomb before the Resurrection. The Scottish soldiers’ response and their subsequent nickname was ‘Pontius Pilate’s Bodyguard’.

When the 9th Territorial Battalion joined forces with the 7th Battalion, they were the only kilted soldiers of the lowland regiment made up of Highlanders who had settled in Edinburgh. They were affectionately known as the 'Dandy Ninth’.
The Royal Scots motto is  Nemo me impune lacessit (Nobody harms me with impunity) It is often translated in Scottish as   'Wha duar meddle wi me, or in Gaelic 'Cha togar m’ fhearg gun dìoladh’ Many of you will know that this is also the motto of the Scottish Kingdom. 

Many regiments have their own marches which were traditionally used to rally the troops and boost morale before battle. The Royal Scots have  Dumbarton’s Drums (quick march) and The Garb of Old Gaul (slow march).
The regiments tartans are the Hunting Stewart (trews) and
Royal Stewart (pipers, kilts and plaids) 

The Regimental museum is housed in Edinburgh Castle and through paintings, artefacts, silver and medals their fascinating story is told, from formation to the present day.