11 definition by Alba gu Brath

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Gaelic name Alba
Capital City Edinburgh
Languages English, Scots and Gaelic
Pop 5000.000(aprox)
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,saxons,Vikings 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 EmpireWas one such example with Scots playing a major role.By the time of the Industrial Revolution ,Scotland Was at the centre of innovation and invention.Glasgow became known as the second city of the Empire and The industry in Central Scotland and Clydeside made it known as the 'workshop of the world' Recent Times have seen a shift in the Nations fortunes With the decline of shipbuilding coal mines and steelworks being replaced with technological industries.
1999 witnesed the first Scots Parliament in Edinburgh in nearly 300 years.The current First Minister (at time of writing) is Jack McConnell
Having Read many Opinions on Scotland on here I thought I would Write a Factual One See Scottish Inventions for more insight to our unique heritage
by Alba gu Brath June 22, 2006

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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 ,Sean Connery ,Alexander Graham Bell, Robert Louis Stevenson ,Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sir Walter Scott and Feild Marshal Sir Douglas Haig
by Alba gu Brath June 23, 2006

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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(chimney)
Lang may ye'r Lum Reek =scots proverb
by Alba gu Brath July 04, 2006

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Scots 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!
by Alba gu Brath July 04, 2006

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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 reminded too much of Scotland and in desperation he picks up the Bible, only to find that the first man mentioned in the good book is a Scot, King James VI, who authorized its translation.
He could take to drink but the Scots make the best in the world Whisky.
He could take a rifle and end it all, but the breech-loading rifle was invented by Captain Patrick Ferguson of Pitfours, Scotland.
If he escaped death, he could find himself on an operating table injected with penicillin, discovered by Sir Alexander Fleming of Darvel, Scotland, and given chloroform, an anesthetic discovered by Sir James Young Simpson, Obstetrician and Gynecologist of Bathgate, Scotland.
Out of the anesthetic he would find no comfort in learning that he was as safe as the Bank of England founded by William Paterson of Dumfries, Scotland.

Perhaps his only remaining hope would be to get a transfusion of guid Scottish blood which would entitle him to ask:

"Wha's Like Us"
Scottish Inventions? "Wha's Like Us?
by Alba gu Brath July 07, 2006

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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 and QE2 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!
by Alba gu Brath July 21, 2006

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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
by Alba gu Brath July 03, 2006

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