Electric Scotland News
The Flag in the Wind
The Scottish Nation
Poetry and Stories
Book of Scottish Story
The Concise Household Encyclopaedia
MacKenzie, Selkirk, Simpson
Guide to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland
Loch Etive and The Sons of Uisnach
Commemorative Biographical Record of the County of Kent
Children's Rhymes. Children's Games, Children' s Songs, Children's
Stories (New Book)
The Scot in America - Revolutionary Heroes
Raise a Glass to The Immortal Memory of Robert Burns
50 pure dead giveaways that you are Scottish
ELECTRIC SCOTLAND NEWS
I'd like to congratulate our American friends on getting a new
President. There does seem to be a lot of International hope that he
will bring in a new era in global politics so we wish him the very
best on all the challenges he is now facing. I was also amazed that
there is some Scottish blood in his genealogy :-)
I thought I'd also advise that we've switched to a new advertiser
for our in-text advertising links. These are the ones that are
double underlined and in green. We've been advised that we could get
a three fold increase in revenue due to the higher rate that they
pay. So as we're not adverse to earning more money we've implemented
this on the site and will try it out for a month or so to see what
I should also say that it will take a few weeks to sync with their
advertisers as they will need to learn about our content but
hopefully as we develop a relationship the links will become more
The adverts only pop up when your mouse cursor goes over the double
underlined green links. You can then view the pop up box and you
will only go to the site if you click on the box.
The pictures I'm posting up in our header right now are ones taken
from the lands of Clan MacThomas which is near Glen Shee. These were
taken in 2004 when I spent a day in the area and just happened to
see a sign with Clan MacThomas on it. I think this is the only clan
sign that I ever saw in Scotland which was on a main road. I've also
been in touch with the clan and they are going to send me some
pictures of the last clan gathering they attended there.
Starting a new book which might bring back some memories of old
nursery rhymes of which more below.
Steve tells me that he has finished his crash testing of our
community service and as a result looks to bring it back up this
weekend in simple format. We should then see steady progress during
next week as he adds back in all the other facilities we had and
other new things.
I might add it was very important to us that we could make certain
that this system could be restored quickly in the event of a hard
disk crash or other event and hence some of the delay in getting
this back. This should mean that if we go down again it will only
take 24 hours to come back. Being down for this long is completely
unacceptable and just makes us look like idiots.
We are also going to install a new version of the Arcade system that
has become available since we went down. We now know more about
these arcade games so we'll only be bringing up the most recent
versions of the games that were written to take advantage of the new
Ranald McIntyre is sending me in scans of a book about James Darling
who is his great grandfather. He was very active in the Temperance
movement and also a kirk elder. As Ranald is sending in the scans
I'm ocr'ing them onto the site and will make them available when
complete. As far as we know this is the only book ever produced
about a Kirk Elder so should make some good reading. It will not be
out of order to give you the Preface to whet your appetite...
The subject of this short memorial sketch is a Christian layman, and
it must be confessed that this is a department of Christian
biography which has hitherto been too much overlooked. If it is not
an unwrought, it is certainly an unexhausted mine. How many shining
examples of Christian excellence in private members of our churches,
and in "elders who have obtained a good report," have been allowed
to pass away without a record to perpetuate by their example, their
influence even, in the district in which they had lived and moved!
The picture which I shall be called to present is not that of a man
of great intellectual gifts,—though he was by no means deficient in
these, and was remarkable for his commonsense,—but rather of one in
whose character self-forgetting devotedness to the good of his
fellow-men was the outstanding feature; and who, in helping the poor
and needy, reclaiming the outcast, guarding the tempted, and
encouraging those who had been brought back as lost sheep to the
Divine Shepherd's fold,—and all this through a period of more than
half a century,—made both the world and the Church his debtor.
Nothing but the living power of Christian principle within him could
have produced such a character. Those who were brought into intimate
and frequent intercourse with him felt his example acting upon them
as a moral tonic, and making it easier for them to do good, and they
seemed to hear the words ringing in their ears—
"Work, work in the living present,
Heart within and God o'erhead."
"As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men,
especially unto them who are of the household of faith."
ABOUT THE STORIES
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link in our "What's New" section at the link at the top of this
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THE FLAG IN THE WIND
This weeks Flag is compiled by Jennifer Dunn. This time Jennifer is
telling us things that are irritating her and it would be
interesting to compare what is irritating her with what is
irritating you :-)
In Peter's section he is talking about Robert Burns...
One of the best known Scottish traditions and customs world-wide
must be the annual celebration, on and around 25 January, of the
birth of our National Bard, Robert Burns. Within a few years of the
poet’s death in 1796 his friends and admirers started to meet in
order to remember Robert Burns and to toast his Immortal Memory.
Scots travelling abroad carried a copy of work in their pouches and
took the tradition world-wide. Over the past 200 years there have
been countless Haggis addressed, Lassies toasted and Immortal
Memory’s delivered, but this year, the 250th anniversary of his
birth is rather special. It marks the start of Homecoming Scotland
2009 when it is hoped that many folk of Scots descent will come home
and enjoy some of the 300 events, including a huge Clan gathering in
Edinburgh. A whole year to celebrate Scotland and all things
Scottish and what better way to start than by celebration of our
No Burns Supper would be complete without the Haggis being addressed
with the Bard’s own poem ‘To A Haggis’. With just one poem he raised
the humble haggis to national status. The poem was composed within
two weeks of Robert Burns arrival in Edinburgh for the first time,
and was printed in the pages of the ‘Caledonian Mercury’ on 20
December 1786. It was produced, apparently extempore, at a dinner
held in the Castlehill home of merchant Andrew Bruce.
Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face,
Great Chieftan o' the Puddin-race!
Aboon them a' ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye wordy of a grace
As lang's my arm.
The Scottish Nation
My thanks to Lora for transcribing these volumes for us.
Since the last newsletter we've added to the Supplement...
Geddes, Gordon of Fyvie, Irvine, Johnstone, Landsborough, Lockhart
of Cleghorn, Low and Macaulay.
An interesting account of Johnstone which starts....
JOHNSTONE, MRS. CHRISTIAN ISOBEL, one of the most esteemed of modern
female novelists, was born in Fifeshire in 1781. Very early in life
she married a Mr. M’Leish, whom she was compelled to divorce. About
1812 she married, a second time, Mr. John Johnstone, then
school-master at Dunfermline. They afterwards removed to Inverness,
where Mr. Johnstone purchased the Inverness Courier, of which he
became editor. The assistance of his wife aided materially in giving
to that paper a character and a tone not often attained by a
provincial journal, although afterwards ably maintained by a
succeeding editor, Mr. Robert Carruthers. While at Inverness, Mrs.
Johnstone wrote ‘Clan Albyn, a National Tale,’ published at
Edinburgh anonymously in 1815.
The Inverness Courier being sold, Mr. Johnstone and his wife removed
to Edinburgh, where Mr. Blackwood, publisher, engaged Mrs. Johnstone
to write another novel. The novel referred to, ‘Elizabeth De Bruce,’
was published in 1827 in 2 vols. post 8vo. It was decidedly
successful, although not to the extent Mr. Blackwood expected. He
had printed 2,000 copies, the usual impression of a three-volumed
novel being 500. Some 1,200 or 1,400 were sold readily, at the
The copyright of the Edinburgh Weekly Chronicle was bought by Mr.
Blackwood and Mr. Johnstone, the latter of whom had opened a
printing-office in James’ Square. Of that newspaper Mr. and Mrs.
Johnstone were the editors. Under them the principles of the paper
were much too liberal for their co-proprietor, who belonged to the
old Tory party, and the connexion did not long continue. The
Chronicle was subsequently sold by the Johnstones, on their
undertaking other projects. Amongst these was the publication of
‘The Schoolmaster,’ a three-halfpenny weekly journal, conducted and
almost wholly written by Mrs. Johnstone. This was one of the first
of the cheap periodical papers published in Edinburgh, and at the
outset was tolerably successful; but being really too good, grave,
and instructive for the price, readers of cheap publications not
being then so numerous as they afterwards became, it began to
decline, when it assumed a monthly form as “Johnstone’s Magazine,’
published at eightpence. That periodical, devoted almost entirely to
literary and social subjects, to the exclusion of purely political
matters, was, soon after, incorporated with ‘Tait’s Magazine,’ which
had previously become a shilling, instead of a half-crown, monthly.
This was in 1834.
Book of Scottish Story
Our thanks to John Henderson for sending this in for us.
This week have added...
An Incident in the Great Moray Floods of 1829
Here is how it starts...
THE flood, both in the Spey and its tributary burn, was terrible at
the village of Charlestown of Aberlour. On the 3d of August, Charles
Cruickshanks, the innkeeper, had a party of friends in his house.
There was no inebriety, but there was a fiddle; and what Scotsman is
he who does not know that the well-jerked strains of a lively
strathspey have a potent spell in them that goes beyond even the
witchery of the bowl? On one who daily inhales the breezes from the
musical stream that gives name to the measure, the influence is
powerful, and it was that day felt by Cruickshanks with a more than
ordinary degree of excitement. He was joyous to a pitch that made
his wife grave. Mrs Cruickshanks was deeply affected by her
husband’s jollity. "Surely my goodman is daft the day," said she
gravely; "I ne’er saw him dance at sic a rate. Lord grant that he
[‘fey’ – a word which the common people express those violent
spirits which they think a presage of death.]
When the river began to rise rapidly in the evening, Cruickshanks,
who had a quantity of wood lying near the mouth of the burn, asked
two of his neighbours to go and assist him in dragging it out of the
water. They readily complied, and Cruickshanks getting on the loose
raft of wood, they followed him, and did what they could in pushing
and hauling the pieces of timber ashore, till the stream increased
so much, that, with one voice, they declared they would stay no
longer, and, making a desperate effort, they plunged over-head, and
reached the land with the greatest difficulty. They then tried all
their eloquence to persuade Cruickshanks to come away, but he was a
bold and experienced floater, and laughed at their fears; nay, so
utterly reckless was he, that having now diminished the crazy
ill-put-together raft he stood on, till it consisted of a few spars
only, he employed himself in trying to catch at and save some
haycocks belonging to the clergyman, which were floating past him.
But while his attention was so engaged, the Hood was rapidly
increasing, till, at last, even his dauntless heart became appalled
at its magnitude and fury. "A horse! a horse!" he loudly and
anxiously exclaimed; "run for one of the minister’s horses, and ride
in with a rope, else I must go with the stream." He was quickly
obeyed, but ere a horse arrived, the flood had rendered it
impossible to approach him.
MacKenzie, Selkirk, Simpson
The Makers of Canada, By Rev. George Bryce, D.D. (1910)
We're completed the Selkirk biography with...
Chapter VII - Bloodshed
Chapter VIII - An Expedition of Rescue
Chapter IX - Worry and Disaster
Chapter X - The Shadows Fall
And we've now started on Sir George Simpson...
Chapter I - Dark Days and the Man for the Time
Chapter II - The Men he Led
Chapter III - The Domain of an Emperor
Here is how Chapter I starts on Sir George Simpson...
SOMETIMES the names of men intimately associated or diametrically
opposed to one another are continually appearing together before us.
It was so in the case of the two men, Sir Alexander Mackenzie and
Lord Selkirk, whose careers we have been following. Of two whose
lives afford a striking example of friendship it was said, "in their
death they were not divided." It may be similarly remarked in regard
to these two notable opponents. Mackenzie's book gave the impulse to
Lord Selkirk's movement ; Mackenzie's company gave the clue to Lord
Selkirk for his scheme; Mackenzie was the chief opponent in the
Hudson's Bay Company to the sale of territory to Lord Selkirk for
his colony; under Mackenzie's silent but powerful opposition, the
chief obstacles were thrown in the way of His Lordship's
colonization project; and now within a month of each other the two
antagonists were called away from earth's trials and rivalries, Sir
Alexander dying on his way home from London, March 12th, 1820; and
Lord Selkirk passing away twenty-seven days later, on April 8th, far
from home, seeking; health in a foreign land,
which brothers had been divided, and chief friends thrown into
hostile camps. He had seen that breach closed and those wounds
Fifteen or sixteen years had passed since that time, and Ellice
advocated, under the circumstances similar to those of the earlier
date, that the two great companies which had been fighting a battle
royal should lay down their arms and be friends. He urged strongly
the plea of self-interest. Both companies were reduced to the verge
of bankruptcy. He pointed out that there was great extravagance in
the conduct of trade. Two rival traders, outbidding each other, gave
more for the furs than they were worth, simply to gain the victory
over each other. Often two traders were stationed where the catch of
furs was limited, and both establishments at the close of the year
showed a serious shortage. The necessity of watching rivals, of
ascertaining their plans, and of counterworking opposing movements
caused a great loss of time, and so a loss of money and of prestige.
Guide to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland
By George Anderson and Peter Anderson of Inverness (1850)
Making more progress with this book and have added the following
Town of Inverness
Perth to Inverness, across the Grampians, by the Highland road,
through Athole, Bedenoch, Strathspay, and Strathdearn
Branch A. From Crieff and Greenloaning Station, by Lochearn-head,
Killin, and Kenmore, to Tummel Bridge and Blair, and by Aberfeldy to
Dunkeld; and by Curricmucklach and Aberfeldy to Dalnacardoch
To Amulree and Aberfeldy
To Lochearn-head, &c
Branch B. From Blair-Athole to Grantown, in Strathspey, by Glen Tilt
and the Castletown of Braemar
Branch C. Routes across the Grampians to Braemar and Athole, with
Loch-an-Eilan, Cairngorm, &c.
Branch D. Strathspey and Lochindorbh
Branch E. Strathdearn and the River Findhorn
Branch F. Strathnairn and Stratherrick
Here is what this chapter covers...
Inns, Steamers, &.c.; Objects worthy of Observation; Beauty of the
Scenery, 1.—Character of the Surrounding Country, 2.—Origin of the
Name; Situation; rslands in the Ness, 3.—Stone Bridge, 4.—Streets,
5.—Jail, 6.—Town-house, 7.—Population; Manufactures; Trade, S
—Churches, 9.—Acadeniy; Schools; Infirmary, 10. Improvements; Public
Charities; Walks; Country Seats, 11.—Antiquity of lnrerness,
12.—Castles of Inverness; Murder of Kin; Duncan, 13.—history of the
Castle; Duke of Gordon, Heritable Keeper; Old Fort-George, 14.—The
Burgh Charters, 15.—Early disturbed State; ncient Commerce,
16.—Royal Visits; Queen Mary's Visits, 17.—Crornwell's Fort,
18.—Form of Architecture, 19.—Ancient Politics and Manners,
20.—Magistracy, 21.—Spirit of Irnprovenient, 22.
Loch Etive and The Sons of Uisnach
By R. Angus Smith (1885)
Moving ahead with this book and now added...
Chapter I - Dunn Add
Chapter II - The Children of Lir
Chapter III - Evonium
Chapter IV - Loch Etive
Chapter V - Kerrera
Chapter VI - The Sons of Uisnach
Chapter VII - Is it a Sun Myth?
Chapter VIII - The Rocks of Naisi
Here is how the chapter on Loch Etive starts...
"Few here the smooth and rounded rocks,
These made by nature in her dreams,
Still bear the marks of sudden shocks,
And deeply cutting ice-bound streams."
Margaet—Now we are at Connel, but there are no falls.
Cameron.—No; the tide is high and the water is smooth. Connel falls
are strange: sometimes the water falls this way, and sometimes that;
sometimes the water here is smooth as at present, sometimes it is a
roaring fall of several feet, with a swirling rapid of several
hundred yards, and people half a mile off are wakened in the night
by the noise. At the south side there is a deep place where vessels
can pass at high water.
Margaet.—I see the reason; there is a bank of rocks nearly across
the narrow part of the loch, and the tide makes the fall as it flows
out and in.
Cameron.—We often pass smoothly. Many a time have I crossed the loch
both above and below with anxiety. The rocks at this gorge narrow
the loch so much that here it is only about 150 yards broad,
although it is too, or nearly a mile, up at Kilmaronaig, and as it
is 22 miles long, there is a great deal of water to pass so
frequently. The passage between these rounded rocks has probably
been made when the sea-beach was lower. The heights correspond.
Cameron.—Many a fine rock cod have I caught beside these shores, and
they made many a good breakfast in Lochanabeich. Let us go up the
bank. This old sea-beach has been made into rabbit warrens where it
is steep, and into cornfields where the slope is gradual. The whole
of the plain here is composed of debris, chiefly rolled boulders,
not very large, and it seems to have been flattened like a
sea-bottom. It is now nearly all covered with moss, and it lies
almost a waste, with a few cottages at its skirts. These cottages
have only lately been built along the road; they were put up by
General Campbell of Lochnell some forty years ago or so, that he
might always have people to help him with his carriage across the
ferry at Connel below the falls. Now so many people come with cattle
and carts that men are always kept ready; but the cottages are
pleasant companions of the district, and contain cheerful faces to
meet us on the road. This heath is wild. Professor Daniel Wilson in
his Prehistoric Annals of Scotland calls it "The Black Moss." It is
no blacker than others, but uncomely places have often more abundant
honour, and some have called this the heath of Lora, and Connel the
falls of Lora. I who agree to this may explain to you that Lora
means a noisy stream, and I may remind you of that beautiful
beginning of Cath Lodin (or Loda), generally put the first of
"Oh! thou traveller unseen, thou bender of the thistle of Lora."
That is the travelling breeze, the light wind that shows itself to
exist only by the result of its efforts. The very breeze is made
into a mysterious agent, and takes its place among the spirits of
the hill. And there before you is the thistle of Lora, gracefully
bending before the unseen power.
Children's Rhymes. Children's Games, Children' s Songs, Children's
A Book for Bairns and Big Folk by Robert Ford (1904). This is a new
book we're starting and I hope this might bring back some memories
for you :-)
Here is what the Preface has to say...
In offering to the public this collection of Children's Rhymes,
Children's Games, Children's Songs, and Children's stories ---the
multitudinous items of which, or such, at least, as were not living
in my own memory, have been gathered with patient industry, albeit
with much genuine delight, from wide and varied sources—I anticipate
for the work a hearty and general welcome, alike from old and young.
It is the first really sincere effort to collect in anything like
ample and exclusive fashion the natural literature of the children
of Scotland, and meets what has long appealed to me as decidedly a
felt want. The earlier pages are occupied with a commentary,
textually illustrated, on the generally puerile, but regularly
fascinating Rhymes of the Nursery, the vitality and universal use of
which have been at once the wonder and the Muzzle of the ages. This
is followed in turn by a chapter on Counting-out Rhymes, with
numerous examples, home and foreign, which is succeeded,
appropriately, by a section of the work embracing description of all
the well-known out-door and in-door Rhyme-Games—in each case the
Rhyme being given, the action being portrayed. The remaining
contents the title may be left to suggest. I may only add that the
stories--including "Blue Beard," and "Jack the Giant Killer," and
their fellow-narratives —ten in all—are printed verbatim from the
old chapbooks once so common in the country, but now so rare as to
be almost unobtainable.
Essentially a book about children and their picturesque and
innocent, though often apparently meaningless, frolics, by the young
in the land, I am assured, it will be received with open arms. From
the "children, of larger growth" those who were once young and have
delight in remembering the fact.- the welcome, if less boisterous,
should be not less sincere. Commend to me on all occasions the man
or woman who, "I with lyart haffets thin and bare," can sing with
"Och hey! gin I were young again,
Ochoue! gin I were young again
For chasin' bumbees owre the plain
Is just an auld sang sung again."
The Scot in America
We have now completed this book with the final chapter
"Revolutionary Heroes" which starts...
THERE was much in the Revolutionary movement which resulted in the
formation and independence of the United States to attract Scotsmen
to the cause. In Scotland the people were by no means intense in
their loyalty to the Orange King or the Hanoverian Dynasty, and in
the Highlands especially, the fact that "a stranger filled the
Stuarts' throne" rankled in the hearts of every one. Even in the
Lowlands, where the majority of the people were not in favor of the
restoration of the "Auld Stuarts," movements looking to greater
freedom under the prevailing Government were rife. Such movements
were termed seditions and were repressed with all the severity and
cruelty possible. Many of those concerned in these movements were
glad to fly to America, and we can easily imagine that their views
anent human freedom and the right of all citizens to a voice in the
affairs of State did not change after they had crossed the sea. The
close of the seventeenth century and the whole of the eighteenth was
a period of unrest in Scotland as well as in Continental Europe, and
would probably have found vent in the end in rebellion there, if not
in revolution, as in France and America, had not Robert Burns
crystallized the sentiments of the people into many of his matchless
lyrics and inspire them with hope for the future in such reassuring
prohetic-like words as those of "A man's a man for a' that."
The Scotch soldiers who were settled on grants of land in the
States, as a reward for their military services, were steadfast in
their loyalty to Britain at the outbreak of hostilities. They still
regarded themselves as soldiers of King George, and considered, in
view of their land holdings, that they were under obligation to
continue to fight his battles when occasion demanded, without any
consideration as to the merits of the question which was to be
settled by a resort to arms. The well-known loyalty of these men and
their military reputation drew upon them -- and, to a certain
extent, upon their countrymen -- the ill-will of many, and caused
some of the patriots to describe the Scots as being generally
anti-revolutionary in their ideas, although, had they chosen to look
around a little, exactly the opposite truth might become apparent to
them. It was on this erroneous idea that John Trumbull of
Connecticut wrote the doggerel lines of "McFingal." Describing that
fictitious hero, Trumbull says:
"His high descent our heralds trace,To Ossian's famed Fingalian
race;For tho' their name some part may lackOld Fingal spelt it with
a Mac;Which great McPherson, with submissionWe hope will add, the
next edition. His fathers flourished in the Highlands Of Scotia's
In commenting on this passage, the late Benson J. Lossing, the
latest and best editor of the poem, wrote:
"The Scotch were noted for their loyalty, in this country, and were
generally found among the Tories, especially in the Carolinas. This
fact and the odium that rested upon the Jacobites in the Mother
Country made the Americans, during the Revolution, look with
suspicion upon all Scotsmen. Jefferson manifested this feeling when
he drew up the Declaration of Independence. In the original draft he
alluded to 'Scotch and foreign mercenaries. This was omitted on
motion of Dr. Witherspoon, who was a Scotsman by birth. In most
minds the word Jacobite was synonymous with Popery. Trumbull showed
his dislike of the Scotch by his choice of a hero in this poem.
Frenau, another eminent poet of the Revolution, also evinced the
same hatred. In one of his poems, in which he gives Burgoyne many
hard rubs, he consigns the Tories, with Burgoyne at their head, to
an ice-bound, fog-covered island of the north coast of Scotland,
" 'There, Loyals, there, with loyal hearts retire;There pitch your
tents and kindle there your fire,There desert nature will her
strings display,And fiercest hunger on your vitals prey.'"
The bulk of the Scots who crossed the Atlantic, other than those in
the military service, from 1700 till the outbreak of the Revolution,
and long after, were discontented with the prevailing condition of
things at home. Some wonder, knowing the intense loyalty of the
Scots of the present day, that settlers of that country should have
taken such an active part in the pre-Revolutionary movements in
America, and been so ready to throw off their allegiance; but no one
who has studied the history of the people, particularly in the
period named, will be in the least surprised. The exiles of Dunbar
and of Cromwell's regime may have had some sentimental regard for
the King they fought for, but the news of his doings after the
"blessed restoration" crushed it out. The prisoners of the
Covenanting frays had little reverence for the royal authority and
their descendants had none. After religious liberty had been won,
the movement for civil liberty commenced in earnest and men were
sent to prison for holding sentiments as well as for standing out in
actual opposition to "the powers that be." Even such sentiments as
"The nation is essentially the source of all sovereignty" and "Equal
representation, just taxation, and liberty of conscience" were
deemed treasonable enough to cause the arrest of their utterers, and
such policy sent hundreds of good men and true across the sea. These
wanderers found in America an opportunity for securing that
religious liberty and that freedom and perfect equality before the
law they could not obtain at home. When the Revolutionary troubles
began they or their descendants entertained no loyalty for King
George or his dynasty; they knew that Scotland had suffered deeply,
not only at the hands of the last two Kings of the old royal house,
but at those of King William "of blessed memory." Besides, from the
time that John Knox had established in the Kirk the most perfect
form of republican government of which the world has yet had
knowledge, a growing sentiment, although in most instances an
unconscious sentiment, in favor of a republican form of government
for State as well as for Kirk existed in the country. These are some
of the reasons which made Scotsmen in America, or rather the
majority of them, be as devoted to the principles at stake in the
American Revolution as were any of the native patriots.
Raise a Glass to The Immortal Memory of Robert Burns
Good wishes from Kensington Palace & Clarence House together with
support from MSPs of the Scottish Parliament have raised the spirits
of Falkirk based Julie Deans and Steve Higson who are co-ordinating
a “Worldwide Toast to Robert Burns.”
In the final countdown to the 250th Anniversary of Robert Burns,
millions of people plan to celebrate the Bard’s birthday and Toasts
and Suppers across the globe are already being counted on the
Worldwide Toast web-site, especially designed to record the number
of glasses raised worldwide.
At this early stage, countries as far and wide as USA, Canada,
Australia, Cyprus, Turkey, The Netherlands and, of course, Scotland
and England have raised a glass to the Bard with The Sons of
Scotland in Winnipeg and the Alabama Scots being the first to
register their toasts on-line and kick off this fantastic Worldwide
Ryan from Alabama Scots told Scottish Gemini “We all participated in
the Toast and it was very exciting! I read your note just prior to
the toast and it brought the excitement to a fever pitch! I feel as
though your idea of the Toast really energized our group last night.
I am truly glad that I found you on the Internet!”
Julie Deans of Scottish Gemini explained “It’s really easy since all
you need to do is raise a glass, add up the numbers and complete a
brief form on the web-site
http://www.worldwidetoasttorobertburns.com to record your
numbers. We urge everyone, everywhere to raise a glass and Take
Part. All toasts taking place from now until 7th February will be
counted towards the overall total although if your toast is being
held at 9pm GMT on 25th January you can be included as part of the
Guinness World Record Attempt.
By keeping it simple, it is hoped that millions across the globe
will unite with their Toasts and become part of this historic event.
The team are also fundraising for the new Robert Burns Birthplace
Museum in Alloway. Shonaig Macpherson, Chairman of the NTS, referred
to the campaign as “an exciting project” and the thrilling yet
simple ‘Donate a Pound Campaign’ will give the opportunity for all
corners of the globe to contribute a single pound so that everyone
can help to ‘give something back to Burns.’
50 pure dead giveaways that you are Scottish
Was sent in this email and thought I'd share it with you...
1. Scattered showers with outbreaks of sunshine and a cold northerly
wind, is your idea of good weather.
2. The only sausage you like is square.
3. You were forced to do Scottish country dancing every year at high
4. You have a wide knowledge of local words, and know: Numpty is an
idiot, Aye is yes, Aye right is No, Auldjin is someone over 40, and
Baltic is cold.
5. You have an irrational need to eat anything from the chippy, as
long as its deep fried - Haggis, pizza, white pudding, sausage,
fish, chicken and battered Mars Bars.
In particular this page gives you not only the actual poem but also
an explanation of each verse for those not familiar with the Scots
language. In addition we also have a real audio recording of it for
you to listen to as you read it. As Connie commented on the page
"Lovely to read this little poem. Hearing it with Real Audio while
reading makes it suddenly very understandable. What a gift we have
been given with the internet!"
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