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Saddell Castle, formerly home to the Campbells of Saddell

Highland dress

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  Hello! It’s Blak history month in Australia, here is a quote from the Blak History Month Website to  explain more: “Recognising that Australia is steeped in a rich Aboriginal and Torres Strait history, Blak History Month was proclaimed on the shoulders of giants and a cultural continuum from time immemorial.​July was chosen so as […]

Australian History

Blak History Month

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While Anzac Day is a time of reflection and remembrance, it can also be a great time to start researching your Australian ancestors who served in the military. Here are three of my favourite resources: Australian War Memorial (AWM) – the AWM website holds thousands of Australian military records from both world wars, including images, […]

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Resources for Anzac Day

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Yesterday marked the 276th anniversary of the Battle of Culloden, where the Jacobite forces led by Prince Charles Edward Stuart were brutally annihilated by the the forces of Hanoverian king George II, under his younger son Prince William “The Butcher” Duke of Cumberland. Many people wonder why their Jacobite ancestors pledged their loyalty the Jacobite […]

Clans, Jacobites, Research Tips, Scotland, Scottish History, Uncategorized

Reasons why Scots joined the Jacobite Army in 1745

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Hello everyone, I hope you are well. As you know, it’s more important than ever to take care of our planet in every way possible, and a way I like to do that is looking at different aspects of my home and life to see what eco-friendly changes I can make. Here is what I […]

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Eco-friendly genealogy tips

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My blog is a safe, inclusive space. I support the Black Lives Matter movement, and believe in equality for all. Just to be very clear, this includes BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour), LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer), Non-binary people and all other marginalised communities and ethnic groups. Equality is not something that […]

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Equality and Inclusivity

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Hello everyone, I hope you are having a great start to the year! One of the really important parts of researching is keeping your facts neat and tidy, here are five tips to make your researching easier!   1. Save immediately: When I find a record, certificate or fact about an ancestor that I am […]

Research Tips

5 Tips For Keeping Your Research Tidy

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    It is no secret that Scotland has gone all out on New Year for centuries, but where did this come from, what made it such a popular event and how can you celebrate? A Brief History: Many of the classic Hogmanay traditions were bought to Scotland by invading Vikings in the early 8th […]

Clans, Scotland, Scottish History

Hogmanay!

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  It isn’t always easy to trace your family tree in Australia back to the “motherland”, but I’m here to help! Here are some tips: Google the surname: A quick google of your family surname instantly gives you an idea of where your family came from. Try to avoid websites like Wikipedia others similar that […]

Australian History, Research Tips, Scottish History

Finding Where Your Australian Relatives Came From

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  This week I will be explaining the components of children’s Highland dress. Babies: Highland babies wore a tiny tunic and bonnet, as shown below. In colder weather they would be wrapped in a wool blanket or their mother’s arisaids. When they began to walk, girls would wear a short dress and boys would wear […]

Clans, Highland Dress, Scotland, Scottish History

Highland Dress Series Part 4

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In this week’s blog post I will be explaining the components of men’s Highland Dress. The Plaid: Feileadh-mhor (Fee-lay vor) in Gaelic, the plaid was by far the most common article in men’s highland dress from the late 1500’s onwards, and before that, it was worn over the saffron tunic, a common form of Irish […]

Clans, Highland Dress, Scotland, Scottish History

Highland Dress Series Part 3

Arundel Castle, former home of Adeliza of Louvain, the fairy maid of Brabant