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Hogmanay: Scotland’s New Year Celebration

Hogmanay is Scotland's New Year celebration, Explore the meaning behind the various customs and symbols associated with this special holiday.
Cover art for December 2022 issue of The Scottish Banner | Clan MacFarlane | MacFarlane.org
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The Scottish Banner
December 2022

SAVING KINLOCH CASTLE Kinloch Castle on the Isle of Rum is an ornate castle which was built by George Bullough. Now frozen in time but slowly crumbling despite all sorts of plans over the years, including intervention by the then Prince Charles, the castle is looking for help to secure its future as a key part of the small island community. NEOLITHIC CULIMARY TRADITIONS UNCOVERED A team of scientists, led by the University of Bristol, has uncovered intriguing new insights into the diet of people living in Neolithic Britain and found evidence that cereals, including wheat, were cooked in pots. CHRISTMAS RECIPES Glazed ham, holiday potatoes and Sherry trifle.
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John Knox | The Thundering Scot

We look back at the life of religious reformer John Knox, one of Scotland's most divisive figures, 450 years after his death. A Scottish reformer whose pervasive influence is still felt, there is no doubting John Knox was the dominant figure in the Church of Scotland's establishment, but little is known of his early life.