Being out in the countryside with my dogs gives me time to think. I’ve learnt the pleasure of solitude without being lonely, and that’s a good feeling for me.

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Archive for the 'Claivers' Category

The Davidson Legacy to Harley-Davidson® – The Scottish Banner

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

It was old fashioned good luck that saved the near-derelict cottage known locally as the ‘old Davidson cottage’. Local tradition had it that in the mid-1800s it was tenanted by Alexander Davidson whose grandsons were the Davidson side of what has become the Harley-Davidson motor empire. (more…)

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Lamb with a Lion’s Heart – The Scottish Banner

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

THE NORTH-EAST town of Montrose has a heritage and quality of municipal statuary that is arguably unmatched in Scotland. A sculpture trail throughout the town includes many figures by a son of the town who has been largely unacknowledged beyond Montrose but who is beginning to be recognised as one of the most important Scottish sculptors of the 20th century. (more…)

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Talking the Moon Into the Morning: Lewis Grassic Gibbon – The Scottish Banner

Friday, May 31st, 2013

JLM photo - Head & Shoulders - Ref 28 116 27THE NORTH-EAST of Scotland has been a creative cradle of artists, singers, poets, laying claim even to being the wellspring of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns, whose father farmed the croft of Clochnahill, near clifftop Dunnottar Castle, before seeking a new future in Ayrshire. (more…)

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Scottish Cradle of Military Aviation: Part 2 of the story of RAF Montrose 1913-2013 – The Scottish Banner

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

1940: Squadron Leader John Betty, an instructor with No.8 Flight Training School, Montrose in the raised seat of a Miles Master. 1940: Squadron Leader John Betty, an instructor with No.8 Flight Training School, Montrose in the raised seat of a Miles Master. At 11a.m. on 11th November 1918 the Armistice came into effect marking the end of World War One. (more…)

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Scottish Cradle of Military Aviation – The Scottish Banner

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Burkes sheds A Busy Day
2013 MARKS the Centenary Year of Britain’s first operational military airfield which was established in north-east Scotland at Montrose, between Dundee and Aberdeen. The Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre (MASHC) is finalising its preparations to celebrate 100 years of military flight from 1913 – 2013. (more…)

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Memories Revisited – The Scottish Banner

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Sea EagleLAST OCTOBER my wife and I took a holiday in a cottage at Dorlin, on the north side of the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. (more…)

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He Could Eat His Mess – The Scottish Banner

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

P1030626“You’ll never be rich”, his father told him, “but you’ll always feed your family”. (more…)

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Land Girls in Skirts – The Scottish Banner

Friday, August 31st, 2012

BondagersImagine if, in this day and age, it was a condition of a man’s employment that he was required to provide a female worker to share his duties. Two hundred years ago, in some parts of Scotland, this wasn’t just commonplace it was automatic. (more…)

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From Ruin to Restoration – The Scottish Banner

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

2012_0501april0019PROPERTY WAS once the foundation of wealth so it tells us much about the prosperity of the area that more than one thousand castles and castle ruins are recorded in the north-east of Scotland. (more…)

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From Family Seat to Seat of Learning – The Scottish Banner

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Burn House-Feb 12 030MONEY, INFLUENCE and patronage were almost essential for promotion in the eighteenth century British army and, as 4th son of the 2nd Duke of Gordon, General Lord Adam Gordon had all three. (more…)

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