The Tree of a Son of Skye

History | Culture | Ancestry

Stirling John Rogerson and the 59th Battalion AIF

My Step-Dad’s family are about as quintessentially Australian as you can get – they play cricket, love their footy and speak with the rhyming slang of the Aussie accent. During the process … Continue reading

February 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Marshal Étienne Jacques MacDonald of France – Tour of Scotland in 1825

Étienne Jacques MacDonald was one of France’s foremost military commanders and he was present at many of the most important military and political moments of the Revolutionary, Napoleonic and Restoration periods of French history. MacDonald … Continue reading

December 1, 2014 · 3 Comments

Robert the Bruce and the Battle of Dalrigh

One thing that is always so striking about Scotland is that you can barely turn a stone without finding an interesting story. It really is apparent that Scotland’s landscape is … Continue reading

October 16, 2014 · 6 Comments

The Unlikely Collision of Politics and Genealogy

I generally like to keep politics away from this blog and focus exclusively on Scottish history and genealogy. However, an interesting coincidence happened to me during the independence referendum campaign that … Continue reading

September 24, 2014 · 4 Comments

The Sanctification of World War One

Before our eyes we are seeing the gradual transformation of a historic event into a religious ritual. The striking sanctification of World War One is a phenomenon that not only makes me feel … Continue reading

August 12, 2014 · 6 Comments

Marshal Étienne Jacques MacDonald of France (1815-1840)

(Following on from part one) On the restoration of the Bourbons, MacDonald was met favorably by Louis XVIII. He rode next to the King’s carriage as the royal family returned to Paris. The crowds lined … Continue reading

July 29, 2014 · 5 Comments

Spinners, Weavers and Radicals – The Life of Donald MacDonald (1795-1879)

In an earlier post I touched upon the origins of the MacDonalds as a family from Skye. I also explained that at some point in the late 18th century my MacDonald family … Continue reading

July 3, 2014 · 5 Comments