- Featuring places connected with my own family history.
- Highlighting places with happy memories.
- Shining the spotlight on place names that appeal.
- Linking my interests in history, travel and photography.
ARCHIVES - I had to include this under A-Z of places, as I used to work in the Heritage Hub, Hawick, home of the Scottish Borders Archive Service. Archives are the bed rock of our family history research and it can lead us on a journey of Adventure exploring the unique records and touching pages that record details of our ancestors in their lifetime, whether it be in a poor law entry, a school record, or a will. Here is the signature of my g.g.g. grandfather on his will.
|Approaching Brocick on the Isle of Arran,|
with Goatfell in the backgorund.
|The distinctive sight of the Cal Mac ferry|
|Church with the "Zwiebal Turm" (onion dome) at St. Gilgen, near Salzburg|
PLACE NAMES THAT APPEAL - I love the way some names roll off the tongue and others immediately present an evoctive image. Applegarth and Applethwaite in the north of England and Appletreehall in the Scottish Borders bring an image of rosy cheeked women outside a cottage garden with trees full of blossom - shades of romantic fiction I know! Scotland abounds with place names such as Auchenshuggle, Auchtermuchty, Ardnamurchan, Achiltibui, and Auchnatteroch. (Achadh" is the Scottish Gaelic for field and "ch" is pronounced as the "ch" in loch.)
Join me on the next stage for a basketful of B's