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Castle Menzies, Weem, Scotland

This evening, I am reporting on Castle Menzies (pronounced ‘Mingis’) near Aberfeldy in central Scotland.

Menzies ancestors were the Norman Mesnieres who came to England after the Norman Conquest in 1066 and then moved north to Scotland with King David in the early 12th century. The Menzies were very close and loyal to the Scottish Crown and were rewarded with considerable land grants in central Scotland thus underpinning the family’s wealth.

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Flora MacDonald Memorial, Kilmuir, Isle of Skye

This evening, I am posting images of tangible connections on the Isle of Skye, Scotland with Flora MacDonald (1722-1790). A summary of Flora’s adventurous life is provided below.

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Jedburgh Abbey, Scotland

Today, we travelled to the Scottish Borders, an often overlooked part of Scotland with rolling hills, rich arable farmland and ancient buildings.

First stop was Melrose which has a history dating back to the Roman period. Here our key focus was Melrose Abbey. This now ruined structure was originally founded by King David I in 1136 for an order of Cistercian monks. Severe damage was inflicted by English armies during the Anglo-Scottish wars with re-building during 15th century. Catholic worship ceased at the Reformation in 1560 and the last monk died in 1590. Notable for a stone carving of a pig playing the bagpipes and (the alleged) burial-place of the heart of King Robert the Bruce.

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