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Welcome to SCOTTISH
Nowadays it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and take the incredible things that happen around us for granted.
You only need to look at the features in this month’s issue to see what I mean. Take our article on Sir Hugh Munro. The nineteenth-century aristocrat walked, hiked and climbed across the country finding more than 200 mountains that nobody thought existed. Today, the more adventurous among us struggle their way to these peaks, now known as Munros, to enjoy the beautiful views from the top.
Then there’s the story of Jim Mollison, the Glasgow-born aviator who bravely clambered into the cockpit of those early flying machines to break records with his equally courageous wife Amy Johnson. Meanwhile, ghillie Gregor Mackenzie was enjoying the Scottish countryside, catching fish (and poachers) for his wealthy employers, and a little later American preacher Billy Graham was causing quite a stir in the cities with his so-called Crusade for Scotland.
Our own memories of years gone by are just as amazing. Whether it’s potato picking in Fife or hearing the news that war had begun, these stories remind us how eventful our lives can be. I’m sure you’ll enjoy reading these recollections as much as I have, and don’t forget, we’d love to hear about your memories too, so why not take some time out to reminisce a little?
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Then and Now News and events, and headlines from the past
10 Mountain Man
The life of Hugh Munro, the man who put Scotland’s mountains on the map
Matt Hill, Editor
34 A life in the Great Outdoors
The story of ghillie Gregor Mackenzie
36 The forgotten canal
Discover the lost waterways of Aberdeen
38 Halloween guisin and tumshies!
The ancient traditions of Halloween
40 Scotland remembered
Readers share their memories
15 A jinxed family
The eventful history of Huntly Castle
16 Memories Mailbox
Write to us and win! Plus, George Forbes takes a walk along the river
18 Banffshire’s villainous coast
The peaceful town of Portsoy was once home to a motley crew of smugglers
20 From the archives.
Intriguing items from Scotland’s past
22 Champions of the world!
Remembering Scotland’s historic 1967 victory over England at Wembley
25 This month in Scottish history
Anniversaries and events from yesteryear
27 Destination St Andrews
Your comprehensive guide to the region
43 Wee Harry
Harry gets into trouble on a bus ride
44 The flying sweethearts
The story of aviation pioneers Jim Mollison and Amy Johnson
47 Crusade for Scotland
Preacher Billy Graham’s tour of 1955
48 Fearless females
Our series on remarkable Scottish women
48 A taste of Scotland
An easy and delicious recipe for honey, whisky and Drambuie créme brulee
49 Scottish roots
Gathering information for your family tree
50 Sights and sounds of Scotland
CD, book and DVD reviews
52 Puzzles WIN!
Test your knowledge in our trivial ten
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