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With Boughs of Holly

article from Colonial Williamsburg website journal, 2008 by Mary Miley Theobald photos by Dave Doody   From Peasant Hut to royal palace, Europeans have for centuries decorated their homes and churches with greenery at Christmas. The tradition antedates the Christian era. Pagan societies like the Romans, the Celts, and the Norse observed Midwinter, the shortest … Continue reading

The World of Guinness — Our Celtic Community

Guinness is one of the most internationally recognized symbols of Ireland, well-earned thanks to being the most popular alcoholic beverage in countries all over the world (10 million pints sold each day). Launched in Dublin, Ireland by Arthur Guinness in 1759, it remains a beloved part of Celtic life and heritage. Today Guinness is exported […] … Continue reading

Strome Castle — Scots Roots

Strategically placed on a rocky promontory on the north side of Loch Carron in Wester Ross, Strome Castle was built in the early 1400s as a stronghold for the Lords of the Isles. The castle later became a source of bitter rivalry between the Clan McDonald of Glengarry and the Clan Mackenzie of Kintail. […] via … Continue reading

The World of Guinness

Guinness is one of the most internationally recognized symbols of Ireland, well-earned thanks to being the most popular alcoholic beverage in countries all over the world (10 million pints sold each day). Launched in Dublin, Ireland by Arthur Guinness in 1759, it remains a beloved part of Celtic life and heritage. Today Guinness is exported … Continue reading

Burns Night

from liquoricetree January 25th marks the celebration of Scottish poet Robert Burns Born in Ayrshire in 1759, Robert Burns’ work has inspired generation after generation. On January 25th Scots all around the world come together on the anniversary of his birth to honour his memory and celebrate his work. A traditional Burns night consists of … Continue reading

Dun Troddan

Source: Dun Troddan

Here are 8 things you may not know about King Arthur!

Source: Here are 8 things you may not know about King Arthur!

The Theft of the Crown Jewels

The Theft of the Crown Jewels contribution written by Ben Johnson, posted on http://www.historic-uk.com One of the most audacious rogues in history was Colonel Blood, known as the ‘Man who stole the Crown Jewels’. Thomas Blood was an Irishman, born in County Meath in 1618, the son of a prosperous blacksmith. He came from a … Continue reading

Kildrummy Castle

Originally posted on Scots Roots:
Kildrummy Castle, in Aberdeenshire, was built in the mid-13th century and became the stronghold of the Earls of Mar. The castle was abandoned in 1716 following the failure of the Jacobite rebellion. Although now in ruins, the remains of its curtain wall, round towers, hall and chapel can still be…

St Maelrubha’s Well, Isle of Skye

Originally posted on Scots Roots:
Beneath the vegetation lies a stone-lined structure into which water flows through a channel from an earlier stone-lined spring. Archaelogical evidence suggests that the site, near Broadford on the Isle of Skye, has been important to local people for more than 10,000 years. A piece of limestone engraved with a…

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