Category Archives: Scottish

Glasgow Police Museum is alive and well

The Glasgow Police were Britain’s oldest police force.  The first attempts to establish a police force for Glasgow were made as far back as 1779 but it wasn’t until the Glasgow Police Act was passed in 1800 that a permanent … Continue reading

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Your central girders…

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Tay Bridge Disaster

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Tay Bridge DisasterYour central girders would not have given way, At least many sensible men do say, Had they been supported on each side with buttresses, At least many sensible … Continue reading

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As soon as the catastrophe came to be known…

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Tay Bridge Disaster

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Tay Bridge DisasterAs soon as the catastrophe came to be known, The alarm from mouth to mouth was blown, Over in Dundee, several groups of people who were watching the … Continue reading

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The wind it blew…

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Tay Bridge Disaster

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Tay Bridge Disaster The wind it blew with all its might, And the rain came pouring down, December 1879 was a bad month all over Europe, with storms and frosts … Continue reading

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Beautiful Railway Bridge

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Tay Bridge Disaster

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Tay Bridge Disaster On the last Sabbath day of 1879 At approximately 7.20 pm on Sunday 28 December 1879, a 1,060 yard stretch of the longest railway bridge in the … Continue reading

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Did your ancestor die in the Tay Bridge disaster?

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Tay Bridge Disaster

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Tay Bridge DisasterOn Sunday 28 December 1879, a 1,060 yard stretch of the Tay Bridge, the longest railway bridge in the world, collapsed killing 75 men, women and children. The … Continue reading

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Round the world in 17 days

Well I might not be visiting as many countries as Phineas Fogg, but I’m definitely off round to the other side of the world – to Australia to be exact. I’ve been invited to speak at the Third Australasian Scottish … Continue reading

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Fisher folk and fisher lassies

Herring has always formed an important part of Scotland’s economy and many of us have both male and female ancestors who were part of the herring trade. What became known as the “Scotch cure” was reputedly invented by a Dutchman … Continue reading

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The Scottish Distributed Digital Library

I’ve just come across the Scottish Distributed Digital Library: a collection of links to digitised sounds, images and texts with Scottish themes on the internet. The collection includes books, photographs, paintings, drawings and websites covering such diverse subjects as Aberdeen-built … Continue reading

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Scottish trade directories go online

Familyrelatives.com have just announced the addition of the Slater’s Royal National Commercial Directory of Scotland for 1889 to their collection of trade directories. From their announcement: Familyrelatives is proud to announce the addition of over a quarter of a million … Continue reading

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