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W lc m t You only need to look at the contents of this month’s Scottish Memories to see why our heritage is celebrated all around the world.
This month’s pages are packed full of wonderful characters, such as the little known James Tytler, whose hot air balloon rose over the eighteenth-century Edinburgh skies; or the comedy double act Francie and Josie (remember them?) who had them rolling in the aisles in the 1960s. Staying on the subject of humour (April Fools’ Day is almost upon us, after all) our fun feature charts the history of Scottish joke books and cartoon strips, and shares a few wisecracks along the way.
eighteenth-century Edinburgh skies; or the comedy double act Francie and Josie (remember
Elsewhere we celebrate the iconic images used to represent Scotland on labels, letters and stationery in an intriguing collectors’ guide, explain the heart-warming story of Kirkoswald’s Shanter Head statues, which celebrate some of the Ayrshire village’s most popular characters; and explain the many superstitions surrounding wedding days.
With this rich heritage it’s no surprise that people around the world join together to remember their Scottish roots. In our feature on Tartan Day, the annual celebration of all things Scottish, we describe the global celebrations that happen each April. The events are each different in their own way, but are all geared around having a good time!
I’m sure you’ll share this sense of fun as you read this month’s treasure trove of stories!
C t ts5ThenandNow
News and events, headlines from the past, and interesting facts
Matt Hill, Editor
36 Finding your roots Alan Stewart explains how family history societies can help with your research
10 Flying the flag
A look at the growing numbers of communities who celebrate Tartan Day
37 WIN! A hamper worth £75! Your chance to win a Galloway Lodge Preserves hamper, worth £75, in our fantastic competition
15 A glimpse of the Middle Ages
Myra Douglas takes a walk around medieval Neidpath Castle
38 Years of laughter Frank Bruce looks at the books and comics which chart our changing sense of humour
16 Memories Mailbox
Readers’ letters. Plus, George Forbes’ Writing to Remember column
40 Scotland remembered Reader memories of working in Woolies, 1960s Galas and the Scots accent abroad
18 Pieces of History
John Scott takes a look at the beautiful stationery of years gone by
22 The Shanter Heads
The story behind the curious stone carvings which take pride of place in the Shanter Hotel
24 Year to Remember: 1963
Our new series which features the news headlines, music, sport and films of previous decades
44 Scotland’s forgotten heroes The story of James Tytler, who made Britain’s first hot air balloon flight
46 Wee Harry Our hero acquires an unpopular pet
47 My Scotland Popular TV presenters Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan on their love of Scotland
48 Sights and sounds of Scotland Book and CD reviews
27 Destination Inverness
Your comprehensive visitor guide to Inverness, including View of the Month
51 Francie and Josie The comical duo who entertained audiences with their iconic brand of Glasgow humour
34 Getting mairrit Jean Brittain explores wedding traditions. Plus, Iain Gray on the trials of learning to dance
52 Puzzles WIN! Test your knowledge to win a Scottish Quest board game
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