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Happy Robbie Burns Day!

Happy Robbie Burns Day! In celebration of the (second) best country in the world, here are some amazing facts about Scotland:

  • In 1794 Scottish engineer William Murdoch built the first-ever house to be lit by gas. (Coincidentally, Edinburgh was the first city in the world with its own fire brigade, in 1824...I’m just sayin’)

  • Like Rome, Edinburgh was built on seven hills

  • Edinburgh was home to the Skye terrier Grey Friar’s Bobby, who captured the hearts of the nation by sitting on the grave of his dead owner for 14 years.

  • One particularity of Scots law is that a criminal trial may end in one of three verdicts: 'guilty', 'not guilty', or 'not proven'. The "not proven" verdict may be referred to as the Scottish Verdict abroad.

  • No one can come up with weirder names for food: Forfar Bridie (a meat pastry), Cock-a-leekie (soup), Collops (escalope), Crappit heid (fish dish), Finnan haddie (haddock fish), Arbroath Smokie (smoked haddock), Cullen Skink (haddock soup), Partan bree (seafood dish), Mince and tatties (minced meat and potatoes), etc.

  • Scottish surnames are divided in two main categories : Gaelic names (typically starting with "Mac-" or "Mc-") and Germanic names (e.g. Barclay, Blair, Brown, Cumming, Hamilton, Hope, Howard, Hunter, Lawson, Livingstone, Park, Stewart...).

  • The two first Prime Minister of Canada, John A. Macdonald (1815-1891) and Alexander Mackenzie (1822-1892), were Scottish. (of course they were!!)

  • Scotland has approximately 790 islands, 130 of which are inhabited. (just curious – is there free land available on any of the remaining 660?? Are they even habitable???)

  • The motto of Scotland is “Nemo me impune lacessit”, or: "No one provokes me with impunity". It is used by the Order of the Thistle and on later versions of the Royal coat of arms.

  • The very first recorded appearance of the elusive Loch Ness Monster occurred in 565 AD, when a "water beast" attacked one of St. Columba's followers in the loch.

  • It is home to the oldest tree in Europe, a twisted yew which has stood in Fortingall for 3,000 years. According to local legend, Pontius Pilate was born in its shade and played there as a child (What I took from this = PONTIUS PILATE WAS SCOTTISH!!!)

  • There are as many Scottish people living in North America as in Scotland, with censuses in the United States and Canada identifying around five million people claiming Scottish ancestry.

  • Famous Scottish inventions include the television, developed by John Logie Baird in 1925, the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell  in 1876 and penicillin, by Alexander Fleming in 1928.

  • Scotland has three officially recognised languages: English, Scots and Scottish Gaelic, with just one per cent of the population using the last. (I need to find me some of those key Scottish Gaelic phrases)

  • Scotland has the highest proportion of redheads in the world. Around 13 per cent of the population has red hair, with 40 per cent carrying the recessive gene.

  • The Romans referred to Scotland as Caledonia (actually, knowing the Romans, they probably never referred to Scotland at all…LOL, those crazy barbarians)

  • The official animal of Scotland is the Unicorn. (seriously, how can you possibly top that???)

Gun cuireadh do chupa thairis le slainte agus sonas.
(May your cup overflow with health and happiness.)
  • Current Location: My Office
  • Current Mood: content content
  • Current Music: Skye Boat Song - Outlander Soundtrack
Cool....your husband is proud you love his country so much!!!
As good as Scotland is, Canada is better...two words...Justin Trudeau (sorry, Scotland...Brexit...call me after your next referendum)

I still want me one of those islands...I aim to be queen of a Scottish isle...(too much???)