Tour Scotland Video Bagpipes And Drums Forfar and District Pipe Band



Tour Scotland video of the bagpipes and drums music of the Forfar and District Pipe Band from Angus, Scotland. This Scottish Band are a non competing band who aim to promote and to keep alive piping and drumming music in the Forfar area, by tutoring and playing at various engagements. Also to be ambassadors for Angus. The band wears Hunting Macrae old colours tartan

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Tour Scotland Video Clan Currie Drive B880 Road Across Isle Of Arran



Tour Scotland video of part of a drive on the B880 road across the island on a Clan Currie ancestry visit to the Isle of Arran, Scotland. This route was originally numbered as the A842, which continued to the coast in Blackwaterfoot. However, there was a review of the road numbers on Arran during the 1920s and by 1932 the route had been renumbered as the B880, which it remains to this day. The B880 bisects Arran from the island capital of Brodick on the east coast to Blackwaterfoot on the west coast. The name Currie is alleged to be a reduced form of MacMhurrich. Tradition has it that like some of the old Arran families they had charters of the lands of Feorline. This, I am afraid, is unsupported by evidence. Down to the end of the eighteenth century the name Currie does not appear in Feorline at all. In 1796 they came to Feorline. (Tormore Curries.) One was a taxman in Kilpatrick, one in Feorline, another in Clachan. There were several in Tormore at the same period. Arran in all its long history has never thrown up a poet of any standing, though we have a few rhymers. There were one or two of the Curries who made brave attempts. One of them was called Gobha Beag, the wee smith. The other was Donald Currie. Poaching in Arran was always looked upon as a heinous crime. The Gobha Beag, first of these Curries wrote a very pathetic poem of his eviction from Arran for poaching-the following is a translation from Gaelic of four of the verses:-

In the calm summer morn, ere the sun with his rays,
Would waken in beauty our valleys and braes,
With my take in my skiff I so gladly would come,
To the shade of the Castle where nestled my home.
Dear Beallach nam Mean, how my heartstrings were torn,
When banished the spot where my darling was born,
'Tis my fate in the Lowlands to nourish my wrongs,
Since fortune once placed too near to the Longs.
The factor ordained in the pride of his power,
My kin should disown me if e'en for an hour,
They'd shelter or aid me, his ire they would feel,
Be stripped of their farms, and crushed by his heels.
But those who expelled me from Arran shall be
Without sheep on the moorland, or cow on the lea;
While I openhanded shall live in Tormore,
To drink my cup yet, and eat of my store.

There is ample evidence of the survival of the Currie clan.

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Tour Scotland Video Bobbin Lace Making Medieval Fair Perth Perthshire



Tour Scotland video of a woman Bobbin Lace Making in the city centre on ancestry visit to Perth, Perthshire, Scotland. Hamilton lace was introduced, in the 1750s by Anne, Duchess of Hamilton, who brought over a native of France to teach it to the poor girls on her husband’s estate, giving them a respectable occupation. Initially Hamilton lace was held in high repute among the higher classes, but eventually Hamilton lace went out of fashion. Thread was always a heavy charge on the lace maker, costing her about a tenth of the price of her lace. Until the 19th century fine linen was imported from the continent and there was a heavy duty imposed on it. Before the middle of the 18th century linen thread was always spun by hand.

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Tour Scotland Video Hand Spinning Wool Medieval Fair Perth Perthshire



Tour Scotland video of a woman Hand Spinning Wool with a spinning wheel in the city centre on ancestry visit to Perth, Perthshire, Scotland. In medieval times, poor families had such a need for yarn to make their own cloth and clothes that practically all girls and unmarried women would keep busy spinning. Mass production only arose in the 18th century with the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution. Hand spinning remains a popular handicraft.

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Tour Scotland Music Video 5 Festival Fringe Royal Mile Edinburgh



Tour Scotland music video 5 compilation of street performers at the Festival Fringe on visit to the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Scotland. Including choirs, singers, and much more. Every day, you can catch a whole afternoon of free entertainment on Edinburgh's Royal Mile, just outside the Fringe box office and the city-centre landmark of St Giles' Cathedral. The road's closed to traffic, and temporary stages are set up to show extracts from performances across the whole range of genres at the Fringe.

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Tour Scotland Video Portrait Artist The Mound Festival Fringe Edinburgh



Tour Scotland video of a portrait artist on The Mound during the Festival Fringe on visit to Edinburgh, Scotland.

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