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This afternoon, I am posting a video clip taken during my visit to Dumbarton Castle, near Glasgow.

The film was taken from atop Dumbarton Rock and shows a view of the Clyde Estuary (with tide out) and the commencement of football (soccer) match. The latter proved to be an historic event with Dumbarton beating Elgin 6-0 resulting in Dumbarton jumping to top of their league.

Dumbarton translates as ‘Fort of the Britons’. From at least the 5th century AD until 1018 Dumbarton was the centre of the British kingdom of Strathclyde which emerged after the collapse of the Roman empire.

The populace of Strathclyde spoke a language akin to modern Welsh.

There are now few remains of the original castle fortifications but there is evidence of the defensive gun battery which the castle later became. There are many cannons dotted around the defences.

On the right day with good weather the views are superb. However, there are many steps to navigate. Enjoy!

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This evening, I am posting some images following recent visit to Luss on banks of Loch Lomond.

The focus is on Mackessog’s Church which dates from 1875 but is just the current iteration of a long line of places of Christian worship on the site dating back 1500 years.

The still image is of the ancient christening font which is made of solid sandstone and is reputed to be 1000 years old. This font continues to be used for baptisms.

The video clip shows the magnificent hammer-beam roof with oak beams and pine rafters. The design is believed to signify an up-turned boat in commemoration of the 1873 drowning of local laird, Sir James Colquhoun. Light condition for the video were not ideal but, nevertheless, key features are evident. It was pleasing to learn that this church will be open to visitors on a regular basis form now on.

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This evening, I am posting a video clip of the specially constructed building located in Pollock Country Park, Glasgow. This houses the world famous Burrell Collection comprising some 8000 items of art and antiquity spanning thousands of years.

The collection was assembled by Sir William Burrell in the first half of the 20th century using proceeds from the sale of a shipping business in 1916. The collection was donated to the City of Glasgow in 1944.

For anyone visiting Glasgow , especially those with an interest in art or antiques, a visit is strongly recommended. Entrance is free.

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