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Culture February 14, 2018

Q-Aye – Burns Edition

As we brush up on our Tam O’Shanter and get those neeps mashed up for Burns Night, here are a few little-known facts about the bard and his influence around […]

Culture February 8, 2018

Q-Aye – Valentine Edition

Romantic (and some… not quite so romantic) Scottish Facts for St Valentine’s Day   A small wooden box bearing the message, ‘Corpus Valentini Martyris’ or ‘Body of St Valentine’ has […]

Culture February 1, 2018

Q-Aye 3! – More Scottish Facts

The third round of our essential weird and wonderful Scottish facts – part 2   Edinburgh has more statues of animals than it does of women. Statues of bears, dogs, […]

Heritage January 25, 2018

Burns, Set In Stone

Memorials to the Bard exist all around the world   MANY years ago I met with members of the Atlanta St Andrews Society in Georgia, USA. They told me how, […]

Culture January 19, 2018

An Homage To Burns

In 1796 Scotland mourned the death of Robert Burns, and so too did The Scots Magazine, dedicating six pages to his obituary. Here is its final message…   Upon the whole, we […]

Culture January 17, 2018

1786 Burns Poetry Review

For Burns Night we’ve dug deep into our archives to find our first printed review of the poetry of Robert Burns, published in The Scots Magazine way back in December 1786… Surprising effects […]

Heritage January 5, 2018

Hamilton’s Scottish Heritage

Discover the Scottish roots of Alexander Hamilton, feisty right hand man of George Washington and the inspiration behind one of the most successful Broadway musicals of the decade   Hamilton […]

Community December 29, 2017

Bring Back Burns!

Will you be singing Auld Lang Syne at Hogmanay?   A survey by Sainsbury’s has found that only 3% of Brits know all the words to Auld Lang Syne, and […]

Community December 26, 2017

First Foot Favourites

Yes, it’s that time of year again – time to pop next door to wish your friends, relatives and neighbours a Happy New Year   It doesn’t matter if you’re […]

Culture December 11, 2017

Jay Is For January

Our nature expert Jim Crumley encounters a jay, or, as the colourful bird is described in Gaelic, a “sgreuchag-choille” – screamer of the woods   One of those half-dark-at-noon January […]

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