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Scotland Magazine

Scotland Magazine

November/December 2020

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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1 Min.
shinty shoot-out

One of Scotland’s finest musicians and composers, Lochaber’s Ewen Henderson, has won a unique competition held to mark the 200th anniversary of the Royal Celtic Society and the fact that shinty has not been played in Scotland this season. Henderson won for an original piece of composition, a pipe-style ¾ march in three parts. The competition was supported by three of Scotland’s oldest and most significant sporting and cultural bodies – the Royal Celtic Society, Glasgow Celtic Society and Camanachd Association. Chairman of the former, Alan Hay, said: “We are grateful to the Princess Royal for introducing the final competition for us in our 200th year, when she has agreed to become our Patron. […] We were encouraged by the number of young people who took part and the fact…

3 Min.
we’ve got mail

THE HOMECOMING If you have one drop of Scottish blood in your body, there is a Scotland shaped hole in your heart that can only be filled by going there. Ever since I can remember I have wanted to go to Scotland – ever since my Auntie and my Grandaddy Mac told me about the land of my heritage. As a child, I played ‘Scotland’ and made up adventures of the family stories. I was 72 years old before I finally got to take my first trip to Scotland, but I’m making up for lost time and have travelled to Scotland four times so far. Every trip is like coming home but in September 2019 I arranged a family reunion in Scotland. There were 14 of us who were able to come,…

7 Min.
to the manor born

Possibly the quickest way to take ownership of a great estate is to marry an heiress. So it was that Sir Richard Maitland, whose forebears had accompanied William the Conqueror from France in 1066, came into the lands of Thirlestane, Hedderwick and Blythe on his marriage c.1228 to Avicia, heiress of Thomas du Thirlestane. The ruins of the 13th-century tower in which he and Avicia lived can still be seen two miles from the present building on the A697. However, it was not until the late 16th century that Sir Robert’s descendant, Sir John Maitland, erected the eccentric turreted building that forms the central block of today’s splendid edifice. An oblong block is held between four enormous corner towers, corbelled out to squares on top, while six smaller stair-turrets are evenly…

3 Min.
a royal guestbook

Catherine Maxwell Stuart, the 21st Lady of Traquair, grew up at Traquair House, south of Edinburgh, and now lives there with her husband Mark and three children, Isabella, Louis and Charlotte. It was Catherine’s father that discovered the 300-year-old brewery in a wing of the house, which he resurrected in 1965, and her parents who opened the house as a visitor attraction, but Catherine herself who developed the castle’s B&B business. Traquair House’s history is far longer than that, though, reaching its well-kempt fingers back 900 years. Most remarkably, it has been lived in the entire time. The property appears in historical records for hosting the first of its many illustrious guests (albeit not for B&B) in 1107. Alexander I signed a royal charter at Traquair, and although it’s unclear when…

3 Min.
wise buy or a waste of good whisky?

I have written about collecting whisky before but, as the auction market is continuing to heat up – there seems to be a new whisky auction site opening up every week –and investing in whisky is now apparently more profitable than either art or wine, another look is timely. The term ‘flipping’ refers to the practice of buying a bottle when it is first released and immediately sending it to an auction, hoping to make a healthy profit in a very short period of time. Some of these flipping people never even touch the bottles, instead having them delivered direct to the auction house, with the result that some bottles have appeared on auction sites within two hours of their release. Most distillers and some retailers are against the practice and some…

8 Min.
tee time

With wheeling seabirds and arresting views across to the islands of Islay, Jura and Gigha, a strong sea breeze whips the tangy scents of salt and seaweed into our lungs, as we loosen up beside the par-4 first hole at Machrihanish Golf Club, situated miles from anywhere on the craggy west coast of the Kintyre Peninsula. The sign on the tee says it all – ‘The Best Opening Hole Of Golf In The World.’ From a slightly elevated tee, and with the Atlantic Ocean pounding away to our left and faced with a long beach carry to find the fairway, it’s a nerve-jangling start to our golf journey, which takes us through spectacular and remote island and mountain landscapes, while we enjoy the game in its oldest and purest form. The rippling…