Tag Archives: Scotland

A Rat in the Face

Snippets 200.  Today marks something of a milestone on Windows into History, the 200th “snippet”.  If you will permit a little self-indulgence, I thought it would be nice to return to the subject of the very first “snippet”, from way back … Continue reading

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Thanks for visiting, son. Here’s your bill.

Quick Quotes 21.  The following quote is taken from John Bull and His Island, by Max O’Rell, published in 1883: But it is in Scotland above all that one must look for sound business principles. Indeed, those who have never … Continue reading

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The First Police Boxes

Snippets 182.  Most people nowadays would associate a police telephone box with Doctor Who and little else, but they were once a common feature of British streets.  They were not actually a British invention though.  The first one in the world … Continue reading

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Sneck the Door (Snippets 53)

In 1792 Sir John Sinclair published his Observations on the Scottish Dialect.  Sinclair was the 1st Baronet of Ulbster and Thurso Castle, and was a Member of Parliament from 1780.  Although he was Scottish himself, his Observations are rather condescending at … Continue reading

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Journals 6.2 – Excursion to Scotland, 1832 (Part 2)

The following is a continuation of my essay on Excursion to Scotland, 1832.  For the first part, please see the earlier entry from 10th August 2015. On a happier note, the anonymous writer was impressed with the architecture of Glasgow, … Continue reading

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Journals 6.1 – Excursion to Scotland, 1832 (Part 1)

The website archive.org brings together collections of scanned books from universities, etc. It is a fantastic resource, and includes some unpublished manuscripts. One such manuscript, from the University of Toronto, is titled Excursion to Scotland, 1832. The author is unknown. … Continue reading

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Journals 4.4 – Men and Manners by Grant Thorburn (Part 4)

This is the fourth part of my article on Grant Thorburn’s journal.  For the previous parts please see the earlier entries from 1st July,  5th July and 9th July 2015. At the Royal Society of Surgeons, Thorburn viewed the dissecting … Continue reading

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Journals 3.2 – A Year Abroad by Willard C. George (Part 2)

This is the second part of my article on George’s journal.  For the first part, please see the entry posted on 15th June 2015. George offered his opinions as to the state of Ireland in general, attributing much of their … Continue reading

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