You may be surprised to learn that this local holiday actually dates back to the 12th Century when it was granted by the King of Scotland, William the Lyon after the Bishop at the time asked for permission to hold festivities within the boundaries of Glasgow Cathedral. By the 1800s the Fair moved to the North Bank of the River Clyde to what we now know as Glasgow Green. Initially the fair was a time for buying & selling wares & for trading Livestock but as time went on the ‘F
What’s it about? Genealogical.com State: This work identifies the major sources and repositories for those just getting started on their research, and it also focuses on the other, less commonly used, sources that exist, which will allow more advanced researchers to put the basic facts they have gathered into context. With an emphasis on publications, manuscript sources, and archival records, David Dobson highlights ways to trace Scottish ancestors using alternative sources
What’s it about? The Royal Air Force may be the youngest of the three-armed services but its near century-old history ranks amongst the finest annals of our national heritage. The sacrifice, skill & bravery of those who have worn 'light blue' in many forms are legendary. It is therefore vital that the tens of thousands of men & women who have given the RAF its world-renowned reputation should not be over-shadowed by the aircraft they have flown in or supported on the ground.
One Place Studies have similarities to both Family History & Local History & focus on a single place. The definition of ‘Place’ can vary & a study may take in a Village, Street, Stately home, Business, Graveyard etc. By researching the people, industry, environment, stories, images & any other information available we can learn so much more about the social history of that place through time. I suppose it is no surprise to hear that many Genealogists & Local Historians progre
New Years Eve or the 31st December is celebrated the world over, but in Scotland there is a massive celebration called Hogmanay (pronounced Hog-ma-nay). The origins of the word Hogmanay are debated with some believing it to have Anglo Saxon or Scandinavian roots. The Scottish celebrations take place over 3 days from Hogmanay until the 2nd of January. In the United Kingdom all other countries are given the 1st of January as a Public Holiday but in Scotland the people get the 1
In the decade before World War One the race was on for man to take flight! The Wright Brothers conquered this in 1903 when their aircraft reached a height of 10 feet & travelled a distance of 200 feet. Many other inventors tried to make better & faster machines, including Robert ‘Rab’ Black a cousin of my Great Grandmother! As a young boy my Grandfather & his brothers would stand in a field & watch Rab with his own flying machine reach the height of the telegraph poles. How e