The Landscape and History of
I’ll be using this space to tell some of my stories of Scotland, as well as to provide information both for the Life Long Learning Series I give, and the Distance Education course I teach on this topic.
1. Internet Resources on Scotland
2. Books on Scotland
3. Travelling to Scotland
4. The Landscape of the Hebrides - Layers of History in Scotland
I’ve been fascinated with
Scotland ever since our first visit there – a few days tacked onto the end of a trip up through England. I read my first Nigel Tranter novel, about the great Scottish hero ‘Robert the Bruce’ on the plane trip home, and I was hooked!
Scottish history is amazing, the landscape is even moreso, and the evidence of that history is scattered across that landscape from one end to the other. We’ve travelled there 3 times since that first visit nearly 20 years ago, and I just get more interested every trip.
Fingal's Cave in lava flow, Island of Staffa, Inner Hebrides.
Reading about the missionary St. Columba arriving on Iona in 563 A.D., the many ancient battles, the even more ancient stone circles, the clans and the more recent Jacobites is all compelling history. But when I read about the ‘clearances’, that’s when my heart breaks with the suffering those ‘cleared’ went through. They may have included one group of my ancestors. To think they were among the most successful ‘pioneers’ when they reached this side of the
Atlantic is a tribute to the human spirit.
Ring of Brodgar, Orkney.
Most of my ancestors are from
Scotland. Although that’s not why I got interested, this gives a personal connection that reinforces my fascination with the place. My grandfather was a Scottish missionary to Canada! Some day I must write more about that!