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This evening, my theme is the Picts who were the indigenous people of Scotland prior to arrival of the Scots from Ireland around the 5th century AD.

Pictish stone at Meigle

We learn of the Picts from the Romans who called the people Pictii or ‘Painted Men’. Our knowledge base of the Pictsis woefully low with much left to speculation. This is because (a) the Picts seem to have left no record of a written language and (b) they were never assimilated within the Roman Empire thus only tit bits of information from Roman sources are available. The Picts were ultimately subsumed, around the 9th century,within a united country of what is now Scotland ruled by the Gaelic speaking Scots.

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This afternoon, I went down to the Gorbals area of Glasgow to view and photograph the fascinating display of diverse architecture on view.

Gorbals Architecture

Gorbals has a long history with records dating back to 1285 and includes Tradeston, Laurieston and Huchesontown. The name may have Gaelic origin and mean ‘rough village’ or a Brittonic (Welsh)¬†origin meaning ‘wide, spacious place’. Either way. the story of the Gorbals is reasonably well documented spanning 500 years as a village then 100 years of development during the industrial era culminating in a final period of decay and post war redevelopment. In the U.K. the Gorbals became a byword for social deprivation. However, extensive redevelopment during the period 1953-1996 has witnessed a transformation resulting a more confident community residing in a diversified and colourful architectural landscape-as evidenced in the images provided below. This collection includes the now ruined Caledonia Road Free Church design by Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson which dates from 1856. continue reading…

This evening, I am focusing on Drummond Castle which is located near Muthill in Perthshire, central Scotland. This site attracts visitors as a function of the elaborate and well maintained Italianate¬†parterre¬†gardens. Unfortunately the castle ( Tower House) is not open to the public, which is very unfortunate. The original castle was built in 1491 and then rebuilt in 1653 after a siege by Cromwell’s troops. The building appears to be maintained in very good condition and affords a good understanding of an original, 15thcentury high status tower house constructed with defence in mind.

Drummond Castle

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