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The Scottish Banner
February 2023

In this issue... ISLE OF CUMBRAE DISTILLERS: THE FEMALE SCOTTISH GIN MAKERS On Scotland’s Ayrshire coast lies the Isle of Cumbrae, just a short ferry trip from Largs. A group of five international women have come together to create the islands first gin distillery called Isle of Cumbrae Distillers. Bronwyn Jenkins-Deas from the team spoke to the Scottish Banner on building a new business during the pandemic, how a women led business is contributing to the community and just why visitors to Scotland should be adding Cumbrae to their travel plans. READ MORE CROWN OF THORNS: SAVING THE ICONIC SYMBOL OF LINLITHGOW When the spire on Linlithgow’s parish church was first erected in 1964, its modern shiny look, contrasting so sharply with the weathered stone of the ancient building, sparked a fierce reaction. Some said it looked like a rocket waiting to take off, others compared it to a wigwam. Certainly many felt the contemporary aluminium “crown of thorns” did not belong on a medieval church just a stone’s throw from the birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots. READ MORE STELLA: A SCOTTISH CINDERELLA A new Scottish feature film about a German Jewish refugee who finds herself working in a stately home belonging to aristocratic supporters of fascist leader Oswald Mosely has won an international Best Drama award. Stella, inspired by Cinderella, took the award at the Melech Tel-Aviv International Film Festival where it had its world premiere. And it has now been nominated for the Montreal Independent Film Festival – one of the most popular events of its kind. The makers of the film, which features Gary Lewis, Susan Vidler, Richard Hansell and Rufus Wright, are also in negotiation for UK distribution. READ MORE
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History & Heritage of The Gaelic Language

Have you ever considered learning a new language? Perhaps you're intrigued by the unique and beautiful Gaelic language. Gaelic, also known as Gaeilge, is an ancient Celtic language spoken in Ireland, Scotland, and the Isle of Man. It has a fascinating history, having been spoken in Ireland for over 1,500 years and in Scotland for over 1,000 years. In this post, we'll take a closer look at the history of the Gaelic language and provide some steps on how you can start learning this beautiful and unique language. CLICK/TAP PHOTO ABOVE TO READ MORE
photo of cover of The Scottish Banner, November 2022 issue
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The Scottish Banner
November 2022

In this issue... 10 REASONS TO VISIT SCOTLAND IN 2023 Autumn is often the time when thoughts turn to travel plans for the coming year. To inspire you in planning you next trip, we’ve teamed up with Visit Scotland, Scotland’s national tourism organisation, to bring you our top ten reasons to visit Scotland in 2023! THE CLAN MACPHERSON MUSEUM OPENS On Friday 5th August 2022, as part of the 75th Annual Clan Macpherson Gathering, Clan Chief James Brodie Macpherson of Cluny and Blairgowrie invited a group of approximately 190 clansmen and women to ‘raise a glass’ to the future prosperity of the Clan Macpherson Museum as the latest chapter in the Museum’s illustrious history was written. The Clan Macpherson Museum.... IAN BAIRNSON - SHETLAND'S MUSIC MAKER For some Scottish musician Ian Bairnson may not be instantly a recognised name, however you are very likely to have heard the many projects which he was part of. Neil Drysdale tells the story of the Shetland guitarist who played on Kate Bush’s biggest hit Wuthering Heights. Ian Bairnson, who also had a No 1 hit with Pilot, also recorded backing vocals on Paul McCartney’s Mull of Kintyre and sold millions of records with the Alan Parsons Project.
Photo of Discover Scotland Issue 50 Cover© International Clan MacFarlane Society
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Discover Scotland
Issue 50

In this issue... 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.

Tag Archive for: Scotland

promotional art for Northwest Celtic Fest Clan MacFarlane Hospitality Booth Hoffman Estates, Illinois USA

Shenanigans on the Green – Northwest Celtic Fest | Clan MacFarlane Hospitality Booth | Hoffman Estates, Illinois • USA

JOIN US... at the Northwest Celtic Fest. The International Clan MacFarlane Society will host a Hospitality Booth at Shenanigans on the Green - Northwest Celtic Festival at the Village Green (which is adjacent to the Now Arena) in Hoffman Estates,…

North Georgia Highland Games | Clan MacFarlane Hospitality Tent | Clayton, Georgia • USA

JOIN US... at the North Georgia Highland Games in Clayton, Georgia, USA. The International Clan MacFarlane Society will host a hospitality tent located in the Clans area of the event. The tent will be hosted by Jason McFarland, ICMS Commissioner…