The Tree of a Son of Skye

History | Culture | Ancestry

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

Scotland and the Confederate States of America

The American Civil War is not a conflict that figures prominently in the consciousness of Europeans. Few people in Scotland would be able to tell you much about the major figures of the war, … Continue reading

June 17, 2014 · 12 Comments

John Sayers Orr and Greenock’s Anti-Catholic Riots

Scotland has not always had the most harmonious relationship with religion. Like most of Europe, we’ve had our fair share of civil wars and internal strife based on ‘differing opinions’ of  theological matters. … Continue reading

June 2, 2014 · 2 Comments