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A Review of Darren McGarvey’s ‘Poverty Safari’

If you’re interested in Scottish politics then there is a fair chance that you’ve already heard of Darren McGarvey. I first became aware of him during the 2014 Scottish independence … Continue reading

August 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

New Laws Are Required to Protect Scotland’s Historic Battlefields

Earlier this year my small branch of the clan packed its bags and headed to Skye for a holiday. On the way through Fort William we stopped off at Inverlochy … Continue reading

June 26, 2018 · 2 Comments

The Craignish Men of Argyll’s 1685 Uprising

The mid-17th century was a tumultuous period in the history of Scotland. Between 1639 and 1651 Scottish soldiers participated in the Bishops’ Wars, the Scottish Civil War, the Irish Confederate … Continue reading

April 19, 2018 · 4 Comments

A Review of AncestryDNA

Around six years ago I took a DNA test to determine my genetic ancestry through the company Ethnoancestry. Overall it was a pretty lousy experience as shortly after sending my … Continue reading

January 24, 2018 · 2 Comments

Forestry Project Threatens The Battlefield of Sheriffmuir

For those interested in the preservation of Scotland’s historic battlefields you may want to know about a new forestry project that has been approved on the site of the Battle … Continue reading

July 28, 2017 · 1 Comment

The Dardanelles, Greenock

One of the earliest memories I have of my Grandfather is walking with him through the small lane in the West-end of Greenock known as ‘the Dardanelles’. I can still … Continue reading

July 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Frederick Douglass in Greenock

Frederick Douglass is a towering figure of American History. Escaping slavery in 1838, he became one of the great social reformers, passionately advocating for the end of slavery and the … Continue reading

February 14, 2017 · 2 Comments