Category Archives: Scotland

New Year’s Eve Tradition of “Auld Lang Syne”~ From Where Does It Come?

 Tomorrow night many of you will break out into the strands of “Auld Lang Syne.” The song evokes nostalgia and a sense of belonging. But what do you know of the song’s origin? Of its lyrics?  According to “The History … Continue reading

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From Where Does the Name “Cutty Sark Scotch Whisky” Come?

With the news of the anniversary of the Cutty Sark ship this past week, I thought to renew this post. First a bit on the clipper ship: On 22 November, Cutty Sark celebrates the 146th anniversary of her launch. Originally designed … Continue reading

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Drambuie: Scotland’s First Commercially Produced Liqueur

To fully appreciate how Scotland claimed drambuie as its own, one must possess a general knowledge of what is known in Scottish/English history as the Rebellion of ’45. James II of England and Ireland (James VII of Scotland) converted to … Continue reading

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Zombies: Monsters of the People and of Politics

Have we not all at one time or another felt like a zombie? We work ourselves into a mindless blob of humanity. This month I have had several articles on vampires for I rereleased my Pride and Prejudice paranormal vagary, Vampire … Continue reading

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What Could Be in a 19th Century Vampire-Slaying Kit?

‘Vampire-slaying kit’ bought by Royal Armouries museum The box contains a prayer book and “vampire-slaying equipment” Related Stories Vampire-slaying kit sells for £7k Vampire-slaying kit up for sale In 2012, the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds sold a “vampire-slaying kit.” The … Continue reading

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The Popularity of Primogeniture in Regency England

Of late, I have been studying the laws and statutes that comprised the practice of primogeniture in Regency England. In truth, I can only work on the project for a few hours each day for some of the material is … Continue reading

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Celebrating the ReRelease of “Vampire Darcy’s Desire”with an Excerpt + a Giveaway

In late 2009, at the height of the Twilight mania, Ulysses Press approached me regarding my writing a vampiric version of Pride and Prejudice. [Each book in the Twilight series was inspired by and loosely based on a different literary … Continue reading

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