Entries by Diana MacFarlane

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New Clan MacFarlane Commissioners to Louisiana, USA

Meet our new Clan MacFarlane Louisiana Commissioners – Mari & James Bittner!

We are very happy to announce the appointment of two new representatives from the great USA state of Louisiana, Mari (pronounced Mary) and James Bittner.  Mari and James have graciously volunteered to serve as Commissioners for their home state and have been appointed to the posts.

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The Scottish Banner
Feb 2022

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LOCH LOMOND: A STORY OF CULLODEN
The song Loch Lomond is well-known by Scots. Most of us learnt it as children. The lyrics are not immediately clear; it is a lament bout “me and my true love” but it does not say who they were. The story behind the song is true. “Me and my true love” were Robert King and his wife Janet Kissock who lived in Renfrewshire from 1673 to 1746. They courted in 1698 - 1700 and married in 1700, to be parted by his death 46 years later.

FINLAY WILSON: THE KILTED YOGI
Viral Scottish yoga star Finlay Wilson is back with his new book Wild Kilted Yoga: Flow and Feel Free, get ready for more tartan, more dramatic scenery and more tips and tricks to make your yoga practice extra special. Finlay took time to speak to the Scottish Banner on his love of yoga, his rescue dog Amaloh, tartan and of course Scotland.

THE KING AT PLEASURE AND PRAYER
James IV is usually remembered as the tragic king who not only lost the Battle of Flodden in 1513, but also died on the field. In fact, he was a very much more complex and interesting figure who influenced both the world of the church and the world of the arts. One place where these interests came together was Linlithgow Palace.

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The Scottish Banner
Jan 2022

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FOR THESE ARE MY MOUNTAINS | The Scottish Banner speaks to Tristan Cameron Harper.  Tristan Cameron Harper is a photographer and mountain guide with a passion for Scotland’s incredible outdoors. Tristan took the time to speak to the Scottish Banner on his love of the Scottish Highlands, being a former professional ice hockey player and Munro Bagging.

SCOTLAND AFTER DARK | Keeping curiosity alive after sunset. David C. Wenczok explores the beauty of Edinburgh after dark. "I write this in Edinburgh on the 4th of December, it is fully dark outside by 15:45. Elsewhere in Scotland, night comes much sooner. wo days ago, a friend who recently moved back to Orkney after several years living in the Central Belt lamented the loss of all-natural light there by 14:30. Tellingly, the Scottish Gaelic term for the month of December is..."

SCOTLAND IS CALLING FOR 2022 | Misty green landscapes and towering peaks, ancient city streets and tales of the past, freshly opened casks and the cent of seasonal dishes... they are all calling. Calling explorers, thrill-seekers, beach-goers, city-breakers, solo travellers, families, and everyone in between – no matter the season Scotland is the place...

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The Scottish Banner
Oct 2021

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Talking Tartan Across The World

The Scottish Banner recently caught up with ScotlandShop’s founding director Anna White on being in the tartan business, opening a new North American branch and her love of the Scottish Borders.

Sailing Down The Water

Scotland's steamboats. In their hundreds, they once chuffed and puffed their way along the mighty River Clyde, as well as many other canals and waterways of the west coast of Scotland. Before the advent of diesel power, it was steamboats that ruled the water, carrying cargo and passengers to remote communities and scenic holiday spots. And it was fitting that the area became home to so many steamers – while there were several inventors and engineers around the world working on the idea of putting Scotsman James Watt’s steam engine to work in boats, it was in Scotland that key developments were made in an industry that was to transform the world...

Dumbarton Rock

Scotland's most underrated fortress? Find an outcrop of rock in Scotland and chances are someone, at some point, called it a seat of power. Inland crags, coastal cliffs, and the stone spires left by retreating glaciers 12,000 years ago are commonly crowned by castles or their prehistoric equivalents - duns, brochs, hillforts, lookout towers, and every other type of fortification imaginable...

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Discover Scotland
Issue 59

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WALKING WITH THE DEAD
Generations of Scots traversed makeshift paths barely wide enough for two people over uneven ground, up and down steep hills, carrying the bodies of their dead loved ones to ensure a Christian burial. Discover Scotland goes on a walking tour with Gerena Sumen, an expert on these "coffin roads"  surrounding Loch Lomond to experience this very special part of MacGregor, Colquhoun and MacFarlane clan history.

GLASGOW'S COWBOY EXPERIENCES
Most Glaswegians will admit to knowing a few cowboys but few realise there is a statue to a real one in Scotland’s largest city. The day Buffalo Bill came to Glasgow.

THE SKIRMISH THAT CHANGED HISTORY
Almost everybody’s heard about the Jacobite victory at Prestonpans and ultimate defeat at Culloden but few know much about the Battle of Highbridge and its historic importance.  It was here, on the 16 August 1745, at a crossing over the River Spean in Lochaber that a small band of Highlanders, outnumbered seven to one, fired the first shots in the rebellion that was to change Scotland for ever.

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The Scottish Banner
Nov 2021

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The Kilted Coaches - The Kilted Coaches are Stephen Clarke and Rab Shields, two Scottish friends based in Perth with a passion for health, happiness, positivity and the wellbeing of the body and mind.  The Kilted Coaches have amassed a huge following on social media and their videos have been seen by millions of people. The Kilted Coaches now have a new book out and took the time to speak to the Scottish Banner on their love of Scotland, health and kilts.

If I Could Walk 5,000 Miles - Michael and Luna a rewilding journey across Canada.

Scotland's Connection To Harry Potter - This month marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the first of eight in the hugely successful film franchise. The magic of Harry Potter began in Scotland, from the first books being written in Edinburgh to its stunning backdrops being used to create scenes in the films, as Nick Drainey explains.

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