Tuesday, 28 July 2009
Monday, 27 July 2009
Sunday, 26 July 2009
Ancestry Tours of High Street, South Queensferry, Scotland.
Friday, 24 July 2009
Thursday, 23 July 2009
Tuesday, 21 July 2009
Thursday, 16 July 2009
Tuesday, 14 July 2009
Ancestry Tours of Restalrig, Scotland. Restalrig is a suburb of Edinburgh, Scotland. The oldest building is the chapel of Saint Triduana in Restalrig village. The castle of the Logan family, now owned by Edinburgh Council, overlooks Lochend Park. Restalrig Road runs from Jock's Lodge to Leith Links.
Monday, 13 July 2009
Ancestry Tours of Langholm, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. The town grew around the textile industry, but is now best-known as the birthplace of Hugh MacDiarmid and Thomas Telford. The town was an important centre for the Border Reivers. Locally known as the Muckle Toon, located on the River Esk.
Sunday, 12 July 2009
Friday, 10 July 2009
Ancestry Tours of Tolbooth, Kirkcudbright, Scotland. A Scottish town in the south of Scotland in Dumfries and Galloway. The town lies south of Castle Douglas and Dalbeattie, in the part of Dumfries and Galloway known as the Stewartry, situated at the mouth of the River Dee, some six miles from the sea. It was the county town of the former county of Kirkcudbrightshire.
Thursday, 9 July 2009
Wednesday, 8 July 2009
Ancestry Tours of Tweedsmuir, Scotland. The village of Tweedsmuir is located eight miles from the source of the River Tweed, in The Borders of Scotland. The village is set in the valley with rolling hills and burns on both sides covering some fifty square miles. It incorporates settlements at Hearthstane, Cockiland, Menzion and Oliver. Oliver Castle was one of the strongholds, and later country estates of the Tweedie family, and there are notable gravestones in the parish churchyard. It is home to the Crook Inn on the A701, one of many claimants to be the oldest inn in Scotland, and where Robert Burns wrote Willie Wastle's Wife.
Monday, 6 July 2009
Ancestry Tours of Castle Moil, Isle of Skye, Scotland. A ruined castle located near the harbour of the village of Kyleakin. The castle, an ancient seat of the Mackinnon clan, was a fortress commanding the narrow sound between Skye and the mainland, through which all ships had to pass or else attempt the stormy passage of The Minch. The present building dates back to the 15th century, but is traditionally reputed to be of much earlier origin. According to that tradition, Alpín mac Echdach's great-grandson Findanus, the 4th MacKinnon chief, brought Dunakin into the clan around the year 900 by marrying a Norse princess nicknamed 'Saucy Mary'. Findanus and his bride ran a heavy chain across the sound and levied a toll on all shipping vessels. The Princess lies buried on Beinn na Cailleach on Skye, her face reputedly turned towards Norway.
Whatever the veracity of the castle's traditional history, there is good reason for supposing the existence of a connection of some kind with Norway. King Haakon IV is thought to have assembled his fleet of longships there before the Battle of Largs in 1263, hence the name Kyleakin or Haakon's kyle. Haakon's defeat there effectively ended Norse domination of the islands. Mediaeval and early modern documents also refer to the castle itself as Dunakin, Dun-Haakon, which is again strongly suggestive of a Norse connection.
Thursday, 2 July 2009
Ancestry Tours of Wamphray, Scotland. Newton Wamphray is a village in Dumfries and Galloway. Wamphray is the name of the surrounding parish and of the Wamphray Water, which flows south-west through the Wamphray Glen to join the River Annan near the small village, or hamlet, of Newton. The is near Annandale Water, roughly halfway between Moffat and Lockerbie, and has for centuries been close to the direct Glasgow to Carlisle route, which around 1776 was made into a turnpike road suitable for mail coaches travelling between England and Glasgow.
Ancestry Tours of Gifford, Scotland. A Scottish village in the parish of Yester in East Lothian, Scotland. It is located 25 miles east of Edinburgh. The village takes its name from Sir Hugo de Giffard of Yester, whose ancient Scoto-Norman family possessed the baronies of Yester, Morham, and Duncanlaw in Haddingtonshire, and Tayling and Poldame in the counties of Perthshire and Forfar. The first Hugo de Giffard's grandson, Hugh de Giffard, was a noted magician who built a tower house at Yester, the ruins and an underground chamber, the Goblin Ha, can be seen in Yester Wood. The same Hobgoblin Hall featured in the poem Marmion by Walter Scott. The Mercat Cross was built in 1780 and is still standing in the centre of the village.
Wednesday, 1 July 2009
Ancestry Tours of Bunessan, Scotland. A small Scottish village on the Ross of Mull in the south of the island of Mull, on the west coast of Scotland. Originally a small community of farmers in the Scottish farming tradition called crofting, the village once had a mill, weavers and a small fishing fleet.