After 18 years of putting my heart, time, effort and passion in this website the time has come to let go.
With a heavy heart I can announce that this website will close for good on July 1, 2024.
From this day on this website will no longer be modified nor updated.
I hope this site gave you a bit of pleasure during your visits.
A fast changing world with hardly any interest in the subject, fast growing and new technology which makes it hard to keep up with marketing strategies, and also fellow websites disappearing made the choice practically easy for me.
Scotland will always be in my heart and I will certainly visit my beloved second home in the future.
THANK YOU for the times you visited the site or asked a question via e-mail.
God bless you all and maybe we meet some time in Scotland. The first round is on me ; )
Hullo, I am Hamish your website host for today.
This site is in English and partly in Flemish Dutch.
I will appear next to important or interesting things on these pages.
We are NOT a travel agency but we do LOVE and ADMIRE this most beautiful country. And we like to share our experiences with you.
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September 9, 2023 will be the 480th anniversary of the
Crowning of Mary, Queen of Scots
François Clouet, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
More remarkable anniversary dates in 2023 in Scotland's history
1940 years ago - 83 AD The Romans defeat The Caledonians at the Battle of Mons Graupius
1460 years ago - 563 AD Saint Columba founds a monastery at Iona and begins his mission to the northern Picts
1385 years ago - 638 AD - Edinburgh captured by Angles
1165 years ago - 858 AD - Kenneth MacAlpin died
1005 years ago - 1018 AD - King Malcolm II defeated Northumbrians at Battle of Carhma; first modern border formed between Scotland and England
760 years ago - 1263 AD - Scots defeated Norwegians at Largs
725 years ago - 1298 AD - English defeated Wallace and Scots at Battle of Falkirk
720 years ago - 1303 AD - Army of 8,000 Scots defeated English army of 30,000 at Battle of Roslin
710 years ago - 1313 AD - Robert the Bruce invaded Isle of Man
695 years ago - 1328 AD - Treaty of Edinburgh signed, recognized Scotland's independence; ended 30 years of wars
690 years ago - 1333 AD - Edward III invaded Scotland; defeated Scots
685 years ago - 1338 AD - English gave up siege of Dunbar Castle
600 years ago - 1423 AD - Treaty of London released James I after 18 years of captivity
535 years ago - 1488 AD - King James III killed at Battle of Sauchieburn
520 years ago - 1503 AD - King James IV married Margaret Tudor, daughter of Henry VII of England
510 years ago - 1513 AD - King James IV, thousands of Scots killed at Flodden; King James V (aged one) crowned
495 years ago - 1528 AD - Patrick Hamilton, Protestant martyr, burned at stake in St. Andrews
480 years ago - 1543 AD - Mary Queen of Scots crowned (nine months old)
475 years ago - 1548 AD - English built major fortification at Haddington; French rescued Mary Queen of Scots
465 years ago - 1558 AD - Mary Queen of Scots married Francois, Dauphin of France
455 years ago - 1568 AD - Mary fled to England
440 years ago - 1583 AD - King James VI escaped
420 years ago - 1603 - Queen Elizabeth I of England died; James VI of Scotland now also King James I of England
385 years ago - 1638 - Covenanters rebelled against Charles I
380 years ago - 1643 - Covenanters agreed to aid English parliamentarians against King
375 years ago - 1648 Second Civil War began; Oliver Cromwell defeated Scots at Preston
335 years ago - 1688 - Rioting in Edinburgh spread across Scotland; King James VI deposed, fled
180 years ago - 1843 - Free Church of Scotland established
155 years ago - 1868 - Reform Act passed, all male householders eligible to vote
140 years ago 1883 - Steamer "Daphne" sunk on river Clyde, 124 drowned
135 years ago - 1888 - Scottish Labour Party formed
100 years ago - 1923 - 40 miners drowned in pit disaster at Redding
95 years ago - 1928 - National Party for Scotland formed; women over 21 received right to vote; discovery of penicillin by Sir Alexander Fleming announced
60 years ago - 1963 - Last hanging in Scotland took place
55 years ago - 1968 - Winds of over 100 mph struck Glasgow, 250,000 homes damaged, 1,700 homeless, 20 killed
35 years ago - 1988 - Bomb on Pan Am flight 757 exploded, crashed at Lockerbie, killed 243 passengers, 16 crew, 11 residents
30 years ago - 1993 - Tanker ran aground in Shetland Islands, spilled 26 million gallons light crude oil
20 years ago - 2003 - Dolly, the cloned sheep, died
15 years ago - 2008 - Scottish National Party overturned Labour majority in election
Air Accident Investigation Branch, OGL 2 <http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/version/2>, via Wikimedia Commons
Photo courtesy of The Roslin Institute, The University of Edinburgh
By Workshop of Nicolas de Largillière - Derivative works of this file: Voltaire-2008-11-24.jpg http://www.deism.com/images/Voltaire.jpg (old image: From en wikipedia), Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=23942
“We look to Scotland for all our ideas of civilisation.” -
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