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Horse Shoe Bar

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Introduction This evening, I am posting information on a famous Glasgow Bar (Scotland), namely the Horse Shoe which is located in Drury Street close to Central Station.   Information on the Horseshoe Bar, Glasgow The Horse Shoe is a good example of Glaswegian pub culture. In addition to drinks the bar is famous for its meat pies and value for money bar food. However, the Horse Shoe’s main claim to fame rests in the length of its bar which, at 104 feet, ranks it as one of the longest bars in Britain and possibly Europe. The Horse Shoe was first established in 1846. It was under ownership of former employee John Young Whyte, who acquired the Bar in 1923, that the equine theme was reinforced and extended throughout the establishment. The building has been assigned Category A listed status which affords protection to the structure. Video clip of Horse Shoe Bar External view of Horse Shoe Bar, Glasgow, Scotland    More information For more information on Glasgow, other Sc

Cowal Peninsula, Scotland

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 Introduction This afternoon , I am reprising a visit to Scotland's Cowal Peninsula during a heatwave.  Swimming in River Eachaig  Information on the Cowal Peninsula trip In the normal course of events the terms ‘Scotland’ and ‘outdoor swimming’ are mutually exclusive, but not today. The West of Scotland is currently subject to a heat wave resulting in temperatures on a par with Hawaii. To benefit from the unusual climatic conditions my wife and myself drove to Gourock (about 30 miles NW of Glasgow) on the Firth of Clyde and then connected with a ferry transfer to Dunoon .Thence onward to our destination of Glen Massan through which flows the River Eachaig.Our trip entailed passing through a valley floor with sheep, horses and haymaking in process. The mountains on either side were heavily wooded (commercial forestry). Glen Massan Haymaking in Glen Massan Marina, Holy Loch Holy Loch and Kilmun We were fortunate to find an isolated spot where the river was deep en

Wildcat Trail, Scotland

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Introduction This evening, I am reprising a small group hike along the Wildcat Trail, around Newtonmore in the Scottish Highlands. Effigy of Wildcat at Newtonmore   Information on the hike Newtonmore is a village with population of 982 which is located about forty-five miles south of Inverness.  Altitude is 253m or 829ft. Tourism is a major industry in the area. The Scottish Wildcat is an endangered species. Using the wildcat as a theme a hiking trail has been established in form of an orbital path around Newtonmore through a fascinating variety of woodland, gorge, river and moorland with associated scenic views. At this time of year there is residual snow on the mountains and Spring lambs in the valleys. The hikers benefited from dry, sunny weather with good visibility. The trail covers 6.2 miles or 10 km.  Woodland Crossing the River Calder River Calder Hiking the Wildcat trail Highland scenery, Wildcat Trail Spring lambs at Newtonmore More information For inform

Loudon Hill

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Introduction Today, I am reprising a visit to Loudon Hill (1037 feet) near Darvel in East Ayrshire. Location is about 28 miles south of Glasgow in S.W. Scotland. Information on Loudon Hill Views of the stunning local scenery were aided by dry, sunny weather. Loudon Hill is a very visible landmark on a relatively flat/undulating landscape. It has origins as a volcanic plug. The feature, (a naturally defensive site) displays a very extensive period of occupation including: Iron Age settlement (c.750BC-AD 43.) A nearby Neolithic cairn. (c. 5000 BC) A Roman Fort extending to about 3.5 acres.This was an auxiliary fort during the Flavian period (Vespasian, Titus and Domitian) of AD 69-96 during which it may have undergone four phases of occupation.During the Antonine period (AD 138-161) the fort was equipped with a new ditch system and a broader rampart.Occupation continued until end of the 2nd century AD after which it was abandoned,. Battle sites: 1296 ( William Wallace ); 1307

Martyrs’ Public School, Glasgow

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 Martyrs’ Public School, Glasgow, Scotland Introduction This evening, I am focusing on Martyrs’ Public School, one of a portfolio of buildings designed by Glasgow’s most famous architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928). Information on  Martyrs’ Public School, Glasgow This building, which is no longer used for educational purposes, is located in Parson Street, near to the High Street and Glasgow Cathedral , although access on foot is difficult. Close by is St.Mungo’s Church. The martyrs nomenclature derives from four Covenanters executed in 1684. The building dates from 1895-8 and is attributed to Mackintosh. Special features of note include: A ‘T’ plan with classrooms around three sides of a central hall at ground level and four sides on upper floors. Lintels above east and west entrances which are similar to features on Herald building. Projecting eaves of each of the staircase roofs have affinity with the Glasgow School of Art. The interior can only be accessed by

Vindolanda Tablets

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 Vindolanda Tablets at British Museum, London  Vindolanda is probably best known for the famous ‘Vindolanda Tablets’, a large number of routine military and private communications from the Roman era.These were written in a Latin script on thin veneers of wood in the mid 120s.Fortunately, the 'tablets' were unintentionally preserved owing to being discarded in a water-logged pit and then secured in  resulting anaerobic conditions. These tablets provide a unique insight into daily life and social conditions including, surprisingly, the presence of women on the frontier. Landscape view of Vindolanda  More information on Roman army life can be found here . More information for the visitor. Information on Hadrian’s Wall , the Antonine Wall and Scotland’s history can be found in Visitors’ Guide to Scotland. The ISBN is 978-1-9161332-0-4. This is also available via Kindle.

Glasgow Evangelical Church

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 Introduction This evening, I am posting information on Glasgow Evangelical Church which is located in Cathedral Square and as such is a close to both  Glasgow Cathedral and Glasgow Necropolis. Glasgow Evangelical Church   Information on Glasgow Evangelical Church The building dates from 1878-80 when designed by leading Glasgow architect John Honeyman who subsequently set up a partnership which employed Glasgow’s most famous architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The building was always used for Presbyterian worship but by 1972 had become run down and was rescued by the current congregation which styles itself as Independent, Protestant and Reformed. Numbers have grown to about 200. The church is built from blond sandstone in the Italianate-style with statues of St. Peter, St. Paul and the Evangelists. Inside is an original Forster and Andrews organ dating from 1887.  Close by are tangible links with Protestant Presbyterianism as represented by a memorial to martyred covenante

Hike North Lanarkshire

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Introduction   This evening, I am posting information on a small group hike through Dalzell Estate and Baron’s Haugh in North Lanarkshire.(Haugh is a Scots word meaning a river-meadow.) The site is located near Motherwell, about sixteen miles S.E. of Glasgow , Scotland.  Hiking through woods Information on the hike This site combines nature and history. Here is a stunning, designed landscape including fascinating historical features, while the woodlands and wetlands are home to an amazing array of birds and other wildlife.   Sand Martin nesting site   As will evident from the images, the weather was very benign, featuring bright sunshine. The hiking group encountered Dalzell House (17th c), a mausoleum, bird life, River Clyde , wetlands and ancient trees.   Spring tree blossom   Woodland garden Woodland garden Inside Dalzell Mausoleum  Tree on legs River Clyde Rural scene Happy hiking group  Ancient 'Covenanters' Oak Tree Dalzell

Ireland Ancestry, Glasgow, Scotland

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This afternoon, I am posting information on Ireland family history as sourced from a memorial at Eastwood New Cemetery, #Glasgow, Scotland. This records the deaths of: Peter Ireland on May 28th 1940, age 40 yrs. Peter Ireland on June 29th 1943, age 74 yrs. Margaret Ireland on July 8th 1969, age 91 yrs.  

Climb Beinn Dubh

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 Introduction Tonight, I am reprising a mid-winter ascent of Beinn Dubh, a horseshoe ridge route commencing Luss on the western side of Loch Lomond, about one hour from Glasgow. Images and Information on the trip  View of Argyll Mountains from summit of Beinn Dubh, Scotland The weather was characterised by sunshine and blue skies Beinn Dubh translates from Gaelic as ‘Black Mountain’ and rises to a height of 657 metres or 2155 feet. The climb proved quite stimulating, traversing a snow-covered route which became increasingly challenging approaching the top due to the sow cover and strong winds. However, the effort was rewarded with superb/stunning views of Loch Lomond, Ben Lomond (mountain on opposite side of Loch Lomond), mountains of Argyll to the west and Ben Dubhchraig to the north. The hike took about three and a half hours and proved very rewarding, especially in terms of photography. View from windswept summit of Beinn Dubh, Scotland   Video clip of Ben Lomond and L