July 19, 2007

Own the Stone

This will be of interest to me fellow Tartan Roll bloggers.

As a restoration fundraiser, you can buy a walkway stone at Culloden Battlefield. They're also accepting donations for those of us that can't afford a stone.

I've been to Culloden twice, and it's one of the saddest places I've ever visited. I would love to be able to afford to get a stone for my family. If my Uncle Herb actually owned a computer, I'd pass this on to him.

About Culloden

Iconic … evocative … historic. These words only hint at the profound significance that the Battle of Culloden holds for Scots and their descendants. Many Scots-Americans and Scots-Canadians trace their ancestry to the battle’s aftermath. In a brief, but fateful hour-long clash on April 16, 1746, Bonnie Prince Charlie’s exhausted cadre of 5,000 Jacobite partisans was defeated by a Hanoverian governmental force numbering 9,000. This catastrophic rout shattered any prospect of restoring the exiled Stuart dynasty to the British throne. It altered forever the lives of Scottish Highlanders: their traditional way of life was destroyed. Highland villages were laid waste, livestock was confiscated and sold. Bagpipes were designated ‘weapons’ and along with all other arms had to be surrendered. The wearing of tartans or kilts and the speaking of Gaelic was forbidden. These appalling measures resulted in a major migration of Highlanders across the Atlantic in order to find new lives free of oppression.

Today, the bleak Drumossie Moor on which the battle was fought evokes a visceral response from its 250,000 annual visitors. It is a place of somber reflection. A war grave for over 1,000 fallen warriors. The NTS is a thoughtful conservator: They recognize that in order to preserve this hallowed ground for future generations and guarantee that The Battle of Culloden will never be forgotten; that its meaning is never trivialized, immediate action is necessary.

"Cuimhnich air na daoine on tàinig thu."
* Gaelic for "Remember those from whom you are descended."

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April 6, 2007

Bonnie Prince Charlie Chicken

I thought that, for Tartan Day, I'd share one of my favourite recipes:

Ingredients:
4 chicken breasts, skinned and boned
2 or 3 tablespoons of Drambuie
8 tablespoons (4 fluid ounces or 125ml or US half cup) chicken stock
8 fluid ounces (250ml or one US cup) double cream (whipping cream)
3 ounces (125g or 3/4 stick) butter
1 ounce (25 g) flaked almonds
4 apples
A little flour, salt and pepper

Method:
Flour and season the chicken breasts and fry in hot butter in both sides. When they are well browned, sprinkle with Drambuie, add the chicken stock, cover and simmer for ten minutes.

While the chicken is cooking, peel and core the apples. Cut them into thick slices and cook gently in butter until fairly soft - do not stir to avoid mashing. Remove the chicken to a serving dish, when ready, and keep warm in the oven.

Make the sauce by adding more Drambuie, if required, to the stock left in the pan and gently stir in the cream. Heat but do not boil. Add the roasted flaked almonds. Cover the chicken with this sauce and garnish with the sliced apple.

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Gathering of the Blogs 2007!

Scots Wha Hae!

Welcome to Tartan Day 2007 and the Fourth Annual Gathering of the Blogs.

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On the blogroll below are the participants in this year's Gathering. You will find a bounty of Scots related posts on their blogs. So feel free to explore what we have to offer for this year's Tartan Day celebration!

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April 4, 2007

Calendar of Events

Just a reminder that Dominique Benoit will be here tomorrow to discuss her new novel, and Friday is Tartan Day and the Fourth Annual Gathering of the Blogs.

Hope to see you here!

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April 1, 2007

Tartan Day 2007 -- The Gathering of the Blogs

We're going for a fourth year! It's a tradition now, I guess.

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If you want to participate in this year's Gathering of the Blogs, subscribe yourself here. You DO NOT NEED a Yahoo account. The only thing I'm using this for is to organize all the participants in a way as to create less work and confusion. If you're totally Yahoo phobic, then send me an email, or leave a comment, and I'll do all the work of subbing you. My email is edithna AT yahoo (.) com . It is set to announce only. You will get no more mail than if I emailed you directly. Again, this isn't an email list for people to post to. So if you're worried about getting a ton of unwanted email, please don't. The only email you'll get will be from me with what you need come Tartan Day. You will also have access to Tartan Day buttons and banners, and the blogrolling code. Of course, you're more than welcome to create your own. If, after all that, you still don't want to be on the official list, you can email me and ask to be added to the blogroll. However, any updates and such, you'll have to keep an eye on this blog for as you won't receive email updates.

As Tartan Day approaches, Tartan Day participants are encouraged (but not required) to start making Scottish related posts on their blogs, and put up the Tartan Day blog roll (Many of us keep the blogroll up all year, and you're welcome to as well). On Tartan Day itself (April 6), all participants will have a Tartan Day/Scottish related post up on their blog, and the blogroll. If for some reason you're unable to put up the blogroll of participants, please link back to the post I'll put up on Tartan Day with the blogroll.

We had a lot of fun the last few times, and I hope we will double the fun this year!

Your contribution on Tartan Day can be anything from a photo, a recipe, a bit about your Scots ancestry, or some Scottish activity or food you're fond of. It can even be a link to an article about Scottish history, travel, or culture. Basically anything that somehow has some Scottish content is cool. You don't even need to have a drop of Scots blood -- we're big on adoption :)

So sharpen those Claymores, tie up your dancing shoes, and warm up those pipes!

For the current 2007 list of participants, see below!

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May 23, 2006

This One's For Nin

Permission for Glenlivet to recreate special still

A leading distillery has been given special permission from HM Revenue and Customs to recreate a still which, 200 years ago, was used to make contraband whisky.

The Glenlivet spirit, a Speyside malt, was renowned throughout Scotland and England. Such was its quality and reputation that during a visit to Scotland in 1822 King George IV requested a dram and is reported to have said he would drink nothing else from then on.

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April 8, 2006

A Big Thank You

Thanks to everyone who made this year's Tartan Day, Gathering of the Blogs so much fun! I'm guessing we'll be doing it again next year, so if you missed out, and want to participate, why not sign up now, and that way, you'll be first in the know for 2007.

As always, if you're Yahoo phobic, give me your email address, and I'll do the signing up for you.

Thanks again!

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April 6, 2006

Scots Wha' Hae

Welcome to the Gathering of the Blogs 2006! Below you will find a ist of this year's participants, all of whom will have posts relating to their Scots heritage.

(this post will remain on top today)

Scots, wha hae wi Wallace bled, Scots, wham Brucehas aften led, Welcome to your gory bed, Or to victorie!

Now's the day, and now's the hour;
See the front o' battle lour;
See approach proud Edward's power
Chains and slaverie!

Wha will be a traitor-knave?
Wha can fill a coward's grave?
Wha sae base as be a slave?
Let him turn and flee!

This year's participants:

Wha for Scotland's king and law Freedom's sword will strongly draw, Freeman stand, or freeman fa' Let him follow me!

By oppression's woes and pains!
By your sons in servile chains!
We will drain our dearest veins,
But they shall be free!

Lay the proud usurpers low!
Tyrants fall in ev'ry foe!
Liberty's in ev'ry blow! -
Let us do - or die!

Robert Burns

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From The Archives of the Scotsman

In honour of Tartan Week, the Scotsman is offering selected articles from its archives. A small sample below:

25th October 1854: The fate of Sir John Franklin Scottish immigrant John Rae led a small party of explorers across the Boothia Peninsula in the mid-1850s to map the missing link in the fabled Northwest Passage in Canada. The accomplishment should have earned him glory. Instead, Rae faded from the record amid reports of cannibalism from an earlier expedition involving Sir John Franklin, whose remains Rae discovered. 28th June 1917: Arrival of first Amercian troops in France World War I The US declared war against Germany in April 1917. By June the American Expeditionary Force, led by Gen. John Joseph Pershing, reached France to join the Allied forces in battle. Within a year, two million American soldiers would be on French soil. 11th February 1927: Famous Scottish-Americans Scottish men and women in the thousands have played significant roles in moulding America. There are statesmen, craftsmen, inventors and idealists. They all shared a life that started in Scotland and carried into the New World, where their passion to build a nation was their commonality.
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April 5, 2006

Tartan Day

Tomorrow is Tartan Day, so get those Scots related posts ready to go! I'll make last additions to the blogrolling roll tonight.

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April 2, 2006

April 1, 2006

Another Site for Tartan Day

Here you be.

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March 31, 2006

Farewell Black Watch

Emotional farewell to The Black Watch

Emotions ran high at a ceremony in Perth today, held to bid farewell to the historic Black Watch regiment, writes Dave Lord.

Proud veterans, local politicians and Fair City residents were all on hand to pay tribute to the world-famous regiment, which is now part of the Royal Regiment of Scotland (RRS).

The merger may have caused massive divisions, but locals stood united at a service to mark 266 years of distinguished service.

Held at Balhousie Castle, the regiments HQ, the sombre ceremony included a short service of commemoration and speeches by dignitaries and members of the Scottish Parliament.

Amid emotionally-charged scenes, The Black Watch was described as one of the best fighting units in the world today.

A strong sense of pride was clear for all to see, with politicians insisting The Black Watch must never be regarded as a relic of the past.

In fact, some spoke of their continued opposition to the merger of Scotlands regiments and insisted they would fight for a reversal of the controversial decision.

The rest here.

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March 29, 2006

Gathering 2006

Just a reminder of the impending Gathering of the Blogs 2006

All the info is here.

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March 13, 2006

Gathering of the Blogs 2006

We're going for a third year! It's almost a tradition now.

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If you want to participate in this year's Gathering of the Blogs, subscribe yourself here. You DO NOT NEED a Yahoo account. The only thing I'm using this for is to organize all the participants in a way as to create less work and confusion. If you're totally Yahoo phobic, then send me an email and I'll do all the work of subbing you. My email is edithna AT yahoo (.) com . It is set to announce only. You will get no more mail than if I emailed you directly. There was some confusion on this last year, and I just wanted to clarify. Again, this isn't an email list for people to post to. So if you're worried about getting a ton of unwanted email, please don't. It's set to announce only. The only email you'll get will be from me with what you need come Tartan Day. You wil also have access to Tartan Day buttons and banners. Of course, you're more than welcome to create your own. If, after all that, you still don't want to be on the official list, you can email me and ask to be added to the blogroll. However, any updates and such, you'll have to keep an eye on this blog for as you won't receive email updates.

There will be a blogrolling blog roll and a hand coded roll. It will be your choice as to which to use. A week before Tartan Day participants are encouraged (but not required) to start making Scottish related posts on their blogs, and put up the Tartan Day blog roll (Many of us keep the blogroll up all year, and you're welcome to as well). On Tartan Day itself (April 6), all participants will have a Tartan Day/Scottish related post up on their blog, and one of the two blogrolls.

We had a lot of fun the last few times, and I hope we will double the fun this year!

Your contribution on Tartan Day can be anything from a photo, a recipe, a bit about your Scots ancestry, or some Scottish activity or food you're fond of. It can even be a link to an article about Scottish history, travel, or culture. Basically anything that somehow has some Scottish content is cool. You don't even need to have a drop of Scots blood -- we're big on adoption :)

So sharpen those Claymores, tie up your dancing shoes, and warm up those pipes!

For the current 2006 list of participants, see below!


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