The Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye (My Photo)
I decided to create this wee space as a way to have the content of posts I’ve made on Scottish history, folklore etc across social media all in one place. In addition I sometimes write longer articles especially for the blog on here.
I’m from Scotland & I’m very passionate about our history, folklore & culture, so it’s important to me to share as accurate information as possible from reliable sources.
The posts on this site will appear in the “Blog” section & be categorised using tags. A list of tags can be found either near the top of the sidebar or near the bottom of the page, depending on the device you’re using – click/tap a tag to see all posts related to that topic. There’s also a search function & an additional “Resources” section for links, books etc. (All posts include sources, but again I think it’s helpful to have things all together in one place as well).
Some are surprised to learn that we have snakes in Scotland but indeed we do! Adders are our only venomous snake but generally they’re not dangerous if sensible precautions are taken with both people & animals. Of course some people don’t like snakes, but I do, plus adders are a Protected Species in the whole of the UK & have some interesting folklore associated with them, appear to be carved on Pictish stones etc. So, I decided to name this site in their honour.
3D model of an example of a Pictish stone with possible adder on it – ‘Aberlemno A’ by Douglas Ledingham (also known as Aberlemno No.1):
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Cochno vs Kilmartin – fascinating talk on major rock art sites now available on YouTube (plus some Scot Arch Month 2022 Highlights) 📺
A fabulous talk given by Dr Kenny Brophy from University of Glasgow for Kilmartin Museum is now available to watch for free online, running time approx. 120 mins including Q&A. In it he talks about his work on the Cochno Stone & West Dunbartonshire sites, the value of archives for not only historians but archaeologists […]
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⚠️ LAST CALL – consultation on a legislative pardon for those convicted of “witchcraft” ends tomorrow (15th Sept) 🗓
If you’re interested in helping achieve a legislative pardon for all those convicted of “witchcraft” during the Scottish witch trials be sure to have your say before the consultation closes on the Scottish Parliament Website ⬅️ After an official apology being given earlier this year by the Scottish First Minister on International Women’s Day this […]
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