Scotland Magazine – March 2023
English | 86 pages | pdf | 51.81 MB

Editor’s letter
During my travels across Scotland, I’ve often been blown away by the beautiful craftsmanship still in evidence today – be it makers continuing centuries-old traditions, or contemporary designers whose muse is the local landscape – and so this issue we are celebrating Scotland’s creative side with a bumper Made in Scotland special (p17).
Throughout these more than 30 pages, you can read about the Mull and Iona Arts Trail, which hopes to draw visitors to hidden corners of these neighbouring isles in Made in Mull (p19), learn more about the meteoric rise to world domination of our most iconic pattern, tartan, in Chequered History (p34), and read about that most cherished of Scottish knits, Fair Isle, in Woven with love (p42), plus lots, lots more.
Elsewhere this issue, our history writers has been busy trawling archive materials and mining their own expertise to bring you some fascinating tales of long ago. In The Story of St Kilda (p72), Andrew Millham explores what life was like for the former inhabitants of this remote island group and uncovers a community built on incredible resilience and resourcefulness.
Our resident genealogist, Dr Bruce Durie, starts a new series looking at clan names and their origins by casting a critical eye over one of the most common ancestry claims in I’m a Norman, you know (or are you?) (p52), while James Gracie kicks off another new series on Scotland’s kings and queens, starting with the very fi rst Kings of Alba, the MacAlpins, in The Early Kings of Scotland (p62). Think bloodshed, family rivalries, and ruined castles. Hollywood
fi lms have nothing on this, so buckle up for the ride.

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