Three Blogs

October 20, 2014
What a finale! Friday morning, our last day in Scotland, we headed south to the Scottish Borders to visit Abbotsford, home of Sir Walter Scott, on the banks of the river Tweed.  Scott, a prolific nineteenth century author, playwright, poet, antiquarian, and collector, was also a lawyer by training and served as Clerk of Court of Session in Edinburgh and Sheriff-Depute of Selkirkshire. Best known for his literary accomplishments, Scott’s first novel, Waverley, was published in 1814 and instantly became a best seller.  Among his other popular novels were Ivanhoe and The Lady of the Lake. Have you ever wondered about the common phrases “caught red-handed”, “cold shoulder”, “blood is thicker...Read More
October 16, 2014
The privilege of DAR membership gained new meaning for me on Thursday of our trip, when President General Lynn Young afforded Curator General  Jennie May Rehnberg and me the honor of placing the NSDAR wreath to commemorate our common ancestor, Robert the Bruce, before his imposing statue outside the gates of Stirling Castle. The castle was considered the key to controlling Scotland, and it was Robert who claimed it in 1314 following his brilliant victory at the Battle of Bannockburn. It was the 700th anniversary of that decisive victory that brought us earlier in the day to a relatively new Scottish government memorial on the battlefield site, where an equally imposing equestrian statue of...Read More
October 15, 2014
Greetings from Scotland! During the fourth day of the "Honoring our Scottish Heritage" tour our morning schedule was free, so the daughters and tour mates took advantage of this. Some visited Saint Andrews or Edinburgh Castle and others went shopping and spent their time relaxing. It was wonderful to be able to leisurely explore Edinburgh. In the afternoon we were in for a treat with a tour of Rosslyn Chapel.  I bet everyone knows something about Rosslyn Chapel since it was featured at the end of the movie, The  Da Vinci Code, which has brought large numbers of visitors to the chapel.  Two wonderful guides told us about this ornately carved structure which was commissioned by Sir William St...Read More

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