Scottish Ancestors’ Religious History: Druids, Celtic Spirituality, Recusants, John Knox & Cross-eyed Archibald

I have often wondered how my Scottish ancestors evolved religiously, from druidism and mysticism to Celtic spirituality, to Christianity, and conversion by St. Columba to embracing a more formal Roman Catholicism. St. Columba, Apostle to the Picts. Then in the 1500s, they were likely swept up in the Protestant Reformation, a reaction against corruption in... Continue Reading →


How Accurate Are Genealogical Records?

My DNA analysis suggests Swedes, Vikings, Northern and Southern European, including from the Iberian Peninsula in my ancient past. And about one percent of my DNA comes from sub-Saharan Africa. My oldest recorded Buie ancestor, Archibald Buie, was born on Jura in 1640. But according to records, he died in Midlothia (Edinburgh, rather far... Continue Reading →

Who’s Like the Scots?

"The average Englishman, in his home he calls his castle, puts on his national costume - A shabby Raincoat patented by Charles MacIntosh of Glasgow, Scotland. "He drives a car fitted with tires invented by John Boyd Dunlop of Dreghorn, Scotland. "At the office he receives his mail with adhesive stamps which, although they bear... Continue Reading →

Kilmartin Glen, Site of Ancient Ancestors

In Western Scotland, on our way to the isle of Skye, my siblings and I visited Kilmartin, a small village in Argyll and Bute where some of our ancestors came from. It has one of the richest concentrations of prehistoric monuments in Scotland. Photo Essay  

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