Gaelic name Alba
Capital City Edinburgh
Highest Peak Ben Nevis
1344 m (4409 ft)
Patron Saint St Andrew
Flag St Andrews Cross or Saltire, oldest National Flag in The world (still in use)
Nation State within the UK
Scotland has a long and bloody history with as much internal conflict as well as having to fend off repeated invasions from such foe's as the Romans
and the Anglo Normans English
Scotland was an Independent Sovereign State until 1707 when the 'act of union' was agreed upon Joining Scotland with England and Wales to Form Great Britain
.Although never popular with the common people The New State did bring Benefits for all three nations The British Empire
Was one such example with Scots playing a major role.By the time of the Industrial Revo...
Gaelic Name, Dùn Èideann,Dunedin
Also Known as Auld Reekie
and The Athens of the North
Population 450,000 (approx)
Capital City of Scotland since 1437.
The city is dominated by a huge castle
built upon an extinct Volcano
and the history of Edinburgh is woven around this grand structure.Originally a Celtic
Hillfort inhabited by the Votadini tribe called it Din Eidyn later anglicised into the present name.Edinburgh can be split in to two areas,The old town which grew around the castle and slopes and the New town largely built in the 18th century.Holyrood Palace is found at the other end of the 'Royal Mile'which leads down a slope from the castle.This Palace has been a royal residence of Scottish Monarchs since the 15th century,The present Queen of Great Britain also uses it.
Edinburgh is home to the Scottish Parliament(Restored in 1999)
Edinburgh has a Fascinating History and is the most visited City in Scotland
Some Famous People Born in Edinburgh Include, Tony Blair
,Alexander Graham Bell, Robert Louis Stevenson ,Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sir Walter Scott and Feild Marshal Sir Douglas Haig
In Scots it means a plume of smoke. can also be used as reekie or reeking not to be confused with the other common usage meaning smelly
look at the reek from that lum
Lang may ye'r Lum Reek =scots proverb
word for Chimney or flue,allows the reek
to exit a house!
Santa Clause is comin
He's comin doon the Lum!
Ye Better Pit The Fire oot!
in case he burns his Bum!
There is a saying in Scotland ,"Wha's Like Us?", which means Who Compares? Below is a Brief summary of Genius from our small Nation, Although Factual it should be read with tongue in Cheek
Especially if you are English.
The average Englishman in the home he call his castle slips into his national costume, a shabby raincoat, patented by Chemist Charles Macintosh (Mac)from Glasgow, Scotland.
En-route to his office he strides along the English lane, surfaced by John Macadam (Tar Macadam)of Ayr, Scotland.
He drives an English car fitted with tyres invented by John Boyd Dunlop,(DUNLOP Tyres) Veterinary Surgeon of Dreghorn, Scotland.
At the office he receives the mail bearing adhesive stamps invented by John Chalmers, Bookseller and Printer of Dundee, Scotland.
During the day he uses the telephone invented by Alexander Graham Bell
, born in Edinburgh, Scotland. At home in the evening his daughter pedals her bicycle invented by Kirkpatrick Macmillan, Blacksmith of Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, Scotland.
He watches the news on television, an invention of John Logie Baird
of Helensburgh, Scotland, and hears an item about the U.S. Navy founded by John Paul Jones of Kirkbean, Scotland.
Nowhere can an Englishman turn to escape the ingenuity of the Scots.
He has by now been reminde...
Also known as "the bombshell" due to the fact it was heavily bombed during WW2
.Often lumped together with its more Famous Neighbour Glasgow
(as indeed many unfortunate other towns are!)A town that should hold its head high for the fact of its Shipbuilding
history Many famous ships were born there!not least the Queen Mary
adding to the legacy of the Clyde
.But sadly no more. like most of the Clyde yards they were Privatised by the British Government
and then left to Neglect and die!
Clydebank was where ships were made!
The old Scots pet name for Edinburgh
It means Old Smoky in English and refers to the lum reek
(chimney smoke) that used to hang over the city
auld reekie is a lot more environmentally friendly nowadays