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Monday, April 3, 2017

Bagpipes, Blair, Barrie, and Burns

Bagpipes – Bagpipes have been the traditional sound of the Highlands for many centuries and are thought to have been introduced to Britain by the Romans. After the Battle of Culloden in 1746 they were banned for 11 years, along with highland dress, for inspiring the Highlanders to rebel against English rule. The pipes have now become one of the most recognized emblems of Scotland. Nearly every historical location and shopping center we visited on our tour had at least one piper playing, and the players are always in dress attire. I truly enjoy the sound of the bagpipes. For a sample played by the Pipes and Drums of the 1st Battalion Scots Guards:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HvPDBXMxAI

Blair Castle – This white, turreted castle has been altered and extended so often in its 700-year history that it now provides a unique insight into the history and changing tastes of aristocratic life in the highlands. The elegant 18th century wing has a display that includes the gloves and pipe of Bonnie Prince Charlie, who spent a short time here. Queen Victoria visited the castle in 1844 and conferred on its owners the distinction of being allowed to maintain a private army which still exists today. One exhibit I found surprising and interesting was a showcase of Native American garb, weapons, and supplies brought back by an ancestor who had traveled to America, witnessed an attack, and retrieved relics. http://blair-castle.co.uk/

J.M. BarrieSir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet, was a Scottish novelist and playwright, best remembered today as the creator of Peter Pan. He was born and educated in Scotland but moved to London, where he wrote a number of successful novels and plays. http://www.jmbarrie.co.uk/

Robert Burns – He left behind a remarkable body of work ranging from satirical poetry to tender love songs. His status as Scotland’s national bard is unchallenged and an official Burns Heritage Trail leads visitors around southwest Scotland where he lived. There are multiple museums and sights honoring Burns. To learn more: http://www.robertburns.org/

As a thank-you to the blogging community, and to celebrate one year since its publication, I am offering FREE e-pub copies of my western short story “Broken Angel” from now through April 30. If you would like to receive a copy, simply email me at writinginwonderland(at)gmail(dot)com


Sharon M Himsl said...

Interesting post. I didn't know that bagpipes were introduced by the Romans.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

A display of Native American artifacts in a Scottish castle - now that is unusual.

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

I didn't realize Romans had introduced bagpipes to Scotland. There's a variation on bagpipes in Galicia, Spain, called the Gaito, and there were even bagpipes of a kind in ancient Greece. As for J. M. Barrie: I loved Peter Pan as a kid, of course (who didn't?), but I was also hooked on reading a lot of his plays when I was in high school. His other plays were wonderful.

NotesinaBook Blog said...

Love Peter Pan :) Great book and movie.


Yolanda Renée said...

So cool to learn such interesting facts! Thank you!