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Scotland Magazine

Scotland Magazine

July/August 2021

Published 6 times a year every issue of Scotland Magazine delves in to the history of Scotland; from the mysterious clans to the great leaders, from the spirited creative individuals to the historical life of Scotland’s greatest castles and houses. Filled with the wonderful hidden secrets of the country, Scotland Magazine captures the spirit of this great nation, explores its history and heritage and recommends great places to visit.

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in this issue

1 min
suits you

Anyone who has visited the Harris Distillery recently can attest that the staff uniform is super stylish, with beautiful jackets made of the distillery’s very own tweed. The tweed was the result of a local competition run with Harris Tweed Hebrides, the Harris Tweed Authority and the islands’ education services, in which local children were asked to design a new Isle of Harris Distillery tweed while learning more about the history of the fabric that is synonymous with the island. The winner of the competition was 14-year-old Scott Murray from Sir E. Scott School, and his winning tweed was woven in consultation with Scottish designer Judy R Clark to create a unique cloth. Now you can buy one of the jackets, which include teal velvet collars embroidered with rose gold threads and whose…

5 min
pick up the pipes

Even just 25 years ago, the conventional route to learning the bagpipes was to do so through your local pipe band, or – if you could – your local Boys’ Brigade pipe band. “If you go right back in history, to the turn of the 20th century, the Boys’ Brigade had, in the Glasgow area alone, about 130 pipe bands,” explains John Mulhearn, head of piping studies at the National Piping Centre in the city. That’s difficult to comprehend now, he admits, but not because of a general loss of interest in learning the Highland bagpipes. Quite the opposite: most youngsters in Scotland now learn to play the Highland bagpipes in school: 29 out of Scotland’s 32 local authority areas have piping teachers in both state and private schools. “That’s incredible and wasn’t…

1 min
editor’s letter

It’s been a long, hard lockdown. We’ve done what we can to get through it – we’ve reconnected with nature, we’ve exercised outdoors and we’ve learned to appreciate what’s in our own backyard. But now it’s time to spread our wings a little, to travel to the places that have been calling us, and it’s time to go inside. This issue, to celebrate the fact that many of our finest houses and most romantic castles are opening their doors to the public again, we’ve selected six of our favourite stately homes, where you can expect a warm reception, in Roll out the red carpet (p24). No longer must these properties be admired from their exquisite grounds or via photographs, now you can step inside the interiors and be transported to another…

4 min
clan reunited

Many clans in Scotland are ancient and have centuries of history and tangled tales to draw upon, of rivalries and septs, of bloody battles and homelands that still call them back. But few Scottish clans that have disbanded, have reformed again and fewer still have done so after a period of more than half a millennium. Since its last clan chief died in 1493, there has been no chief of Clan MacEwen and so it has been considered Armigerous. Until now, that is. As of 2019, Sir John R. H. McEwen has been named Commander of the Clan MacEwen, recognised by the Court of Lyon, and though he has not been fully recognised as chief yet – there is a lengthy process involved in which he must prove himself over a period…

3 min
the greatest honour

Being from Braemar, it was my early ambition to play in the massed pipes and drums at the Braemar Gathering. At roughly seven or eight years old I joined the Ballater and District Pipe Band as a junior member. I played with them throughout my teenage years at various Highland games in the northeast of Scotland. My interest in joining the military as a piper was generated from being exposed to Her Majesty’s Royal Guard at Balmoral Castle every year. I was mesmerised by the pipe bands and really attracted to the idea of being a soldier and a piper. Throughout my military career I have been an infantry soldier and a piper. Our pipers and drummers are soldiers first and I have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan on several…

6 min
the real-life horse whisperer

James Clarke is a farrier working in the Scottish Borders. With its traditional common ridings and other equestrian events, the Borders is definitely horse country. But James Clarke is more than just a man nailing shoes on horses’ hooves. He possesses a rare gift for communicating with the equine family. I spent a day with this talented farrier, who talks to the animals just as surely as you and I talk to other humans. And although they don’t talk back, there is a definite channel of understanding and communication. James, affectionately known as Jim-X, began his love affair with horses as a child. He can’t remember a time when there weren’t horses in his life. His father used to drive cattle with horses, and his grandfather bred and raised Clydesdales. When not…