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Dog Buggy outside Supermarket

The past 24 hours has witnessed a reversion to wintry conditions with serious snow forecast for southern Scotland and northern England.

The overnight snow coupled with sunshine provided a good backdrop to my walk around south Glasgow this morning the results of which can be seen in the portfolio of images featuring in this post.

Snow in the suburbs

Railway Line

Giffnock in Winter

Snowstorm on way

Woodland scene at Rouken Glen

Pond at Rouken Glen

Rouken Glen Park.

Inside Garnethill Synagogue.

This evening, I am posting information on Garnethill Synagogue in the centre of Glasgow, Scotland.

Summary facts and information as follows:

  • Opened in 1879 to replace an earlier and smaller synagogue in George Street. At this time the population of Jews in Glasgow city was barely 1000.This was prior to a big uplift in Jewish migration to Scotland in the 1890s.
  • Garnethill grew and maintained its leading position as the Jewish community improved its socio-economic status with populations moving from the outer lying Gorbals region to Garnethill and Hillhead.
  • Here can be found the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre which holds collections which include synagogue registers and minute books of Jewish organisations, photographs, books, newspapers, oral histories, paintings and sculptures, immigration papers, friendly society regalia and your group uniforms, ceremonial keys, trophies and war medals. Admission to  the Archives is free.

Video clip of history of the Jews in Glasgow, at Garnethill.

Inside Garnethill Synagogue.

Exterior architecture of Garnethill Synagogue

Jacobite Express traversing the Glenfinnan Viaduct.

This evening, I am posting a portfolio of images and videos concerning the popular Jacobite Express Steam Train which operates during the tourist season along the 41 mile (66 km) route between Fort William and Mallaig in the Scottish Highlands. This train ride has proved extremely popular on two counts: (1) The outstanding scenic beauty via Loch Eil, Glenfinnan and Arisaig and (2) Connection with the ‘Harry Potter’ stories and film via the ‘Hogwarts Express’.

The term ‘Jacobite’ is widely used in the Scottish Highlands. This dates from the numerous uprisings of the 17th and 18th centuries and efforts by the Royal House of Stewart to reclaim the thrones of England and Scotland. ‘Jacob’ is Latin for ‘James’. James II (England) and VII (Scotland) was exiled in 1688 due to his Catholic religion. Technically, a Jacobite is a Roman Catholic supporter of the Stewart dynasty.

Jacobite Steam Engine at Fort William Station

One of the best vantage points for viewing the train is at Glenfinnan, about 17 miles west of Fort William. Here there is a monument recording the landing of Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745 coupled with excellent views of Loch Shiel.

Whenever possible, I arrange my tours of the area to coincide with the train passing over the Glenfinnan Viaduct which itself is of historic interest being the world’s first bridge built from non-reinforced concrete. It was completed in 1901.

Jacobite Express en-route between Glenfinnan and Mallaig

Steam Engine at Mallaig