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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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  To commemorate and honour the 274th anniversary of the Battle of Culloden, I thought I’d share some resources for researching Jacobite ancestors, some of these you will know from this blog’s resource page, and some are new. A Brief History: The Battle of Culloden was fought on 16 April 1746 between the Jacobites, a […]

Jacobites, Research Tips, Scotland, Scottish History

Jacobite Resources

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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

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    In this week’s blog post I will be explaining the different components of women’s ancient Highland Dress. The clothing shown here was worn by the general population of Scotland, but not necessarily by women of aristocracy.   The Arisaid: Most Scottish women wore the arisaid ( known as earrasaid or earasaid in Gaelic), a long, […]

Clans, Highland Dress, Scotland, Scottish History

Highland Dress Series Part 2

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Highland dress is a fascinating subject and one of my favourites. In these four blog posts I will be explaining the different kinds of Highland dress worn by women, men and children, but for now, let’s have a quick look at how tartan was made. Clan Tartan: Individual clan tartans were not officially in use […]

Clans, Highland Dress, Research Tips, Scotland, Scottish History

Highland Dress Series: Part 1

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  This blog post has been on my mind for a while, well, ever since I started thinking about starting a blog! My ancestors have constantly inspired me, motivated me and blew my mind again and again at their bravery, courage, kindness and their ability to never give up. For a long time I have […]

Jacobites, Scotland, Scottish History

Barbara Campbell

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