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The Bachelors Club at Tarbolton was formed in the 18th century by Scottish poet, Robert Burns together with his brother Gilbert and five other friends as a debating society for the amusement and interest of young men who were ‘a professed lover of one or more of the female sex’.

Ettleton Cemetery is located near Newcastleton in the Scottish Borders region.This burial-place is of importance to persons wishing to connect with the Border Reivers era and Clan Armstrong in particular. The ancestors of Moonwalker, Neil Armstrong have been traced to nearby Langholm.

Today, I visited the Willow Tea Rooms at 217 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow.  The interior and facade were designed by Glasgow’s most famous architect/designer, Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) whose key achievement was the design of places to be inhabited. The street name ‘Sauchiehall’  means ‘alley of the willows’ and throughout the rooms Mackintosh used the willow motif.