Galdus the Scottish King whose legend is honored in ancient monuments

Little is known of the mysterious King Galdus. However, in legend he is described as a Scottish Chief who fought the Romans. His fame was such that ancient monuments, built long before his time, became associated with him. However, there is not likely to be any connection between this historical figure and these prehistoric remains.  One of the sites is that of the two Neolithic tombs of Cairnholy, in Dumfries and Galloway in South-west Scotland.

The Scotland Herald: "Scotland was The Midwife Of Canada's Birth"

From the Scotland Herald:

Here is a story about government officials travelling round the Highlands and Islands in the 19th century and when they arrived in one particularly remote community asked locals where their leaders were. “They are away running Canada," came the reply.

This Saturday sees the 150th anniversary of the act of the British Parliamentcoming into force, which effectively founded the country.

Scottish island of South Uist proudly hoists its flag

South Uist (Scottish Gaelic: Uibhist a Deas) is an island in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. There are a number of sites of archaeological interest on the island, including chambered tombs, Beaker sites, a Bronze Age hoard, roundhouses, brochs, cairns, ogham inscriptions and  Viking settlements. South Uist is also the only location in Scotland where prehistoric mummies have been found. They were found under the prehistoric village at Cladh Hallan (Scottish Gaelic: Cladh Hàlainn).

Bryn Celli Ddu prehistoric monument reveals more of its mystery

The 5000 year old mysterious Late Neolithic passage tomb of Bryn Celli Ddu is a remarkable structure. The monument appears to have begun in the later Neolithic period around 5,000 years ago, as a ‘henge’ or a ritual enclosure.  It consisted of a bank (now lost) around an inner ditch, which enclosed a circle of upright stones. The ditch originally measured 21 meters in diameter. The outer edge can still be seen and a number of stones from the inner stone circle also survive.

Scottish city of Perth hosts 2017 International Celtic Congress

Perth  (Scottish Gaelic: Peairt) is hosting this year's annual International Celtic Congress 2017 from July 17th to 22nd. The International Celtic Congress (Breton: Ar C'hendalc'h Keltiek, Cornish: An Guntelles Keltek, Manx: Yn Cohaglym Celtiagh, Scottish Gaelic: A' Chòmhdhail Cheilteach, Irish: An Chomhdháil Cheilteach, Welsh: Y Gyngres Geltaidd) is a cultural organisation that seeks to promote the culture, ideals, and languages of the Celtic peoples.

How Scotland Laid the First Stones in the Building of Modern Canada

Haunting remains of the Arichonan township, a Scottish village cleared during the Highland Clearances.

Haunting remains of the Arichonan township, a Scottish village cleared during the Highland Clearances (Photo: Jan Holm / Shutterstock) - complimnets of Inews

Gráinne Ní Mháille: Gaelic "Sea Queen of Connacht" who refused to bow to the English Queen

Grace O'Malley (c. 1530 – c. 1603; Irish: Gráinne Ní Mháille) was chieftain of the Ó Máille clan in the west of Ireland. The only child of Owen Dubhdara Uí Máille, the O’Malley of Umhall Uachtarach, and Margaret Ní Máille. She was commonly known as Gráinne Mhaol (anglicised as Granuaile). A proud and courageous woman, she is a well-known historical figure in 16th-century Irish history. Sometimes known as "The Sea Queen of Connacht" or even “The Pirate Queen” after she inherited her father’s significant shipping and trading business, which was sometimes described as a form of piracy.

Isle of Man: Ned Maddrell Lecture 2017

Press release from Culture Vannin:

 Ned Maddrell Lecture 2017

This year's Ned Maddrell lecture will be held on Saturday afternoon, the 22nd July at Tynwald Mills Conference Centre at 2pm.

Scottish and Welsh politicians condemn deal between UK Government and DUP

Political leaders in Scotland and Wales have condemned the £1 billion deal between the UK Government and the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party. The deal has been described as “grubby”, a “straight bung” and “unacceptable”.  First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon said the £1 billion in new funding for Northern Ireland meant any sense of fairness had been sacrificed to help Theresa May cling to power. First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones said it had “killed” the idea of fair funding for the devolved nations. Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood called the deal a "bribe"

Conservative £1 billion bribe met with condemnation in Cornwall


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Within minutes of the announcement that the Conservative Government had secured a £1 billion deal with the Northern Ireland Democratic Unionist Party so gaining the support of ten of its MPs in order to prop up a minority government desperate to hang on to power, condemnation started to appear on social media sites maintained in Cornwall.

A few moments later, the news emerged that the Queen is to receive an 8% increase in income, in excess of £6 million from public funds, after the Crown Estate's profits rose by £24m and yet more anger emerged.


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