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Greyfriars Bobby

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Greyfriars Bobby (Edinburgh, Scotland)

Never heard of Bobby? He has a somewhat similar story to Hachiko.

The Scotsman’s Lounge

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The Scotsman’s Lounge (Edinburgh, Scotland)

Last summer I was invited, by a couple of new Scottish friends, to watch some football at The Scotsman’s Lounge. Of course, I joined them. While I could understand about 70% of the Scottish English being spoken by the two of them, the older guy in the group was completely unintelligible to my ears. I take that back, I could understand him when he said “fuck” or “cunt” which was about every other word so I guess I could understand about 50% of what he said.

W Bow

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West Bow (Edinburgh, Scotland – July 2021)


Edinburgh, Scotland (July 2021)

Dunkeld Cathedral

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Dunkeld Cathedral and a Monkey Puzzle Tree (Scotland, July 2021)

I should have done more research before my tour in the Scottish Highlands. Had I done so, I would have made a mad dash for this place when we had a half-hour break on our way to Loch Ness and the Isle of Skye. Instead, I got some food and ate it in a park near the bus. Cool town, but I feel like I didn’t even scratch the surface of its history–including the 1689 Battle of Dunkeld that was fought around the cathedral between the Jacobite Highland clans and the British government. Maybe the tour guide described all of this, but on day one of the tour, I could only understand a fraction of what he said.

St. John’s Church from The Parish Church of St. Cuthbert

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Edinburgh, Scotland (July 2021)

Since returning from my European adventures this past summer, I began reading the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. I’m currently in the third book, and there are lots of Edinburgh references in both the second and third books. Unfortunately, I didn’t take photos of many of the places mentioned. I noticed, and read the history on the side of, The World’s End Pub (but no photos). I did get a few photos of Holyrood. Kirk of the Canongate was being painted when I was there so no photos of it either.

Today’s photo, with St. John’s Church in the background isn’t mentioned in Outlander for good reason. St. John’s wasn’t built until 1818. The church at my back when I took this photo (Parish Church of St. Cuthbert) isn’t mentioned that I know of, but it was there in the 18th Century. Their website says

“1745: September, news reached Edinburgh that the Highland Army was approaching. The Gaelic-speaking horde had a fearsome reputation and so great excitement and terror was roused in the population. Prince Charles Edward Stuart seized the city. Several hundred in Edinburgh actively supported him and attended the Ball at Holyrood House after the Jacobite victory at Prestonpans but the Ministers of St Cuthbert’s Church – Rev Pitcairn and Rev McVicar – opposed him. Apart from one service held at the Tron Church, there was no public worship in the city itself during this time and many people sought refuge in the countryside. The Ministers of St Cuthbert’s, however, continued to hold normal services which were well attended despite the political and military upheaval happening all around.”