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Surname Profiler Project

University College London has created an online project to share research on the distribution of surnames throughout Great Britain. The project traces the history of family names as well as their geography.

Mistress Signy Dimmridaela Wins Harp Championship

Baroness Signy Dimmridaela, OL (Tracie Brown) won the 2006 U.S. National Scottish Harp Championship, held October 21, 2006 at the Stone Mountain Highland Games in Atlanta, Georgia. She also won the championship in 1987 in Alexandria, Virginia, and placed third in the 1985 All-Ireland harp competition in Listowel, County Kerry.

Scottish Swordsmith Takes on Parliament

Swordmaker Paul Macdonald is fighting City Hall - or more appropriately the Scottish Parliament - who recently passed a law strictly regulating the sale of swords in the country. Macdonald crafts historically-accurate weapons for re-enactors which he sells to museums, theatres and collectors.

"Murthly Hours" Online

The National Library of Scotland has posted an online version of the Murthly Hours, a richly decorated manuscript written in Paris in the 13th century.

Dun Or Baronial Anniversary

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In honor of Their Excellencies Colyn and Muiriath, who are celebrating their first Anniversary as our Baron and Baroness, our theme is Scottish: In 1322, Robert the Bruce of Scotland won a decisive victory over King Edward of England at the Battle of Byland. This defeat spurred England to finally accept Scotland ’s independence. (In the words of our Baron: “ Scotland was always free; it just took a while to convince England of that.”) So get out your tartans and kilts and join us in the spirit of Scotland ! Location:
Barony of Dun Or (Quartz Hill, California)

Brits are All Celts Under the Skin

According to a recent study of the genetic makeup of Britain's population, nearly all residents are descended from the Celts. "If one thinks that the English are genetically different from the Scots, Irish and Welsh, that's entirely wrong," said Professor Bryan Sykes, a human geneticist at Oxford University.

Time Team Seeks 12th Century Monastery in Edinburgh

Experts from Channel 4's Time Team have discovered the foundation of an ancient monastery beneath the manicured lawn of Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, Scotland.

How to Wrap a Great Kilt

Mystified by the process of wrapping a Scottish great kilt? Tartanweb.com can come to your aid with diagrams and photos to make the process easy.

Animal Sacrifices or Something the Cat Dragged in?

A new study of burial cairns and brochs has led researchers to question whether animal remains found at the sites were offerings to the dead or merely "something the cat dragged in."

Scotland Hopes to Crack Down on Crime and Violence by Banning Swords

Scottish Justice Minister Cathy Jamieson has announced that the new ban on the sale of knives and swords in the United Kingdom will help stem knife violence in the country. So far, over 12,000 blades have been turned in to authorities.

300 Skeletons Unearthed in 6th Century Burial

The excavation of a burial site in Aberdeen, Scotland has disclosed over 300 skeletons. The dig was part of the renovation of St. Nicholas Church, one of the oldest in Scotland.

14-ft Inflatable Sheep Stolen

That's a right big sheep, laddie! Thieves in Rochester, Minnesota recently stole a 14-foot-tall inflatable sheep from a local mattress store. "I can't figure out what someone would do with a 14-foot sheep," store owner Sather said.

Gathering of the Clans

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Ay, tis time once again for the Gathering of the Clans and MY BIRTHDAY! A BALLOON Prize Tourney, a FENCING Prize Tourney, a Chefs of STEEL COOKING Tourney, an ARCHERY Prize Tourney, and if time allows HIGHLAND GAMES TOURNEY, BARDIC till you can't sing any longer!!!

WHEN: July 8 2006, starting at 10:00 AM until the bugs drive us off!

WHERE: at 2252 S. Lodge Dr. Big Lake AK, Rolynnda's and Ardrude's Location:
Barony of Selviergard (Big Lake Alaska)

Leis or Kilts?

The 25th annual Hawaiian Scottish Festival and Highland Games at Kapi'olani Park in Honolulu, Hawaii featured demonstrations by the local SCA group.

17th Fairway Yields Medieval Ruins

The 17th fairway of a golf course under development in East Lothian has revealed the ruins of houses dating back from the 12th-15th centuries.

Today in the Middle Ages: June 16, 1567

The 25-year-old Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned in England on June 16, 1567, a few weeks before being forced to abdicate her throne.

"Da Vinci Code" Leads to Rosslyn Vandalism

Dan Brown is not a popular name at Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland. The fame — or notoriety — of Brown's Da Vinci Code has led some to try to breach the chapel's secret vaults.

Today in the Middle Ages: June 1, 1494

On June 1, 1494, Friar John Cor created the first written record of a batch of Scotch whiskey.

Scottish Silver Archives

The Compendium of Scottish Silver, an extensive resource for metalsmiths and others interested in Scottish silversmithing, is available online in a fully-searchable format, free of charge from Cornell University's DSpace project. Written by Rodney and Janice Dietert, the 551-page book is also available as a print-on-demand download for a fee.

"Compendium of Scottish Silver" Online

Metalsmiths and researchers of Scottish silver will be glad to know that the Compendium of Scottish Silver is now available online in a fully-searchable format.

Today in the Middle Ages: May 20, 635

On May 20, 635, an invading Northumbrian army was soundly trounced by the Picts under the command of King Bridei.

Today in the Middle Ages: May 10, 1291

On May 10, 1291, Edward I of England met with the nobles of Scotland to select their king.

World's Oldest Football to be Displayed in Hamburg

A 16th century football (that's soccer to those of us in the States) will be on display in Hamburg, Germany during the summer of 2006 for the game's World Cup.

14th Century Palace Located Outside Glasgow

After decades of searching, the ruins of the Bishop of Glasgow's palace have been discovered outside the city. The 13th century building stood for three centuries before being destroyed in the Reformation.

Templar Castle on the Market

For sale: Knights Templar Castle in Barnton, Edinburgh, Scotland. Great for studying the Da Vinci Code.

Today in the Middle Ages: April 10, 1512

King James V of Scotland was born on April 10, 1512. He was the son of James IV of Scotland and Margaret Tudor, the sister of King Henry VIII.

War of the Clans II

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Bring ye Clan, Friends and Foes alike, and share in the fun with Rivermarch and the War of the Clans II. There's something for everyone with even a wee bit of Scottish in them. And we KNOW ye do.

Activities include:

  • Scottish Games for the Young and More than Young Alike: Caber Toss, Stone Toss, Tossing the Sheaf, Tug of War
  • Adult and Kids divisions
  • There will be a 22 pound hammer toss for the Elders Location:
    Shire of Rivermarch (Pine Mountain, Georgia)

World's Strongest Whiskey

A 300-year-old recipe for malt whiskey may produce the world's strongest single malt at 92 per cent. The drink is being produced at the Bruichladdich distillery on the west coast of Scotland.

The Mystery of Scotland's Brochs

Archaeologist Caroline Wickham-Jones looks at Scotland's 2,000-year-old stone towers known as brochs, which were built by master builders for the purpose of defense.

Bronze Age Cairn Links Wales and Scotland

A Welsh burial mound from the Bronze Age reveals links to northern Scotland. Clues show that burial customs were similar to those in the Orkneys and Perthshire in Scotland.