28-11-07

Rothesay Castle and the Isle of Bute

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Rothesay Castle is a ruined castle in Rothesay, the principal town on the Isle of Bute, in western Scotland. The castle has been described as "one of the most remarkable in Scotland", for its long history dating back to the beginning of the 13th century, and its unusual circular plan.

The castle comprises a huge curtain wall, strengthened by four round towers, together with a 16th century forework, the whole surrounded by a broad moat. Built by the Stewart family, it survived Norse attacks to become a royal residence. Though falling into ruin after the 17th century, the castle was repaired by the Marquess of Bute before passing into state care last century.

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Bothwell Castle

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Bothwell Castle is a large medieval castle sited on a high steep bank above a bend in the River Clyde, between Uddingston and Bothwell in South Lanarkshire, Scotland, about 10 miles (16 km) south-east of Glasgow. Construction of the castle was begun by the ancestors of Clan Murray, to guard a strategic crossing point of the Clyde. Bothwell played a key role in Scotland's Wars of Independence, changing hands several times.

The huge cylindrical Donjon was built in the 13th century, but before the rest of the castle was completed it was severely damaged in a series of sieges. Rebuilding in the early 15th century enlarged the castle, but it was abandoned by the 18th century and became the present massive rectangular ruin, with the Donjon to the west and the later Great Hall to the east side of the rectangular central courtyard, enclosed by long curtain walls.

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Threave Castle, Dumfries

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Threave (or Thrieve) Castle is situated on an island in the River Dee, 2.5km (1.5miles) west of Castle Douglas, in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. It was the home of the 'Black' Douglas Earls of Douglas from the late 14th century until their fall in 1455.

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On the Road to Passchendaele - Alan Brydon

© Major Gavin Stoddart MBE BEM/ Alan G Brydon

There’s a light that shines in Flanders
As a beacon for the brave
From the distant past it wanders
To recall the lives they gave
And it tells each generation
To be wise and never fail
To remember those who’ve fallen
On the road to Passchendaele

Chorus

On the road to Passchendaele
On the road to Passchendaele
Where the brave will live forever
On the road to Passchendaele
(repeat)

Come with me and I will show you
Why all wars should ever cease
Take a walk among the gravestones
And your tears will cry for peace
For their spirits walk in Flanders
You can hear the grieving wail
For the brave who laid their lives down
On the road to Passchendaele

Chorus
On the road to Passchendaele
On the road to Passchendaele
Where the brave will live forever
On the road to Passchendaele
(repeat)

With sincere thanks to Alan Brydon for providing us with the lyrics.

You can download the song here :

http://www.scotloads.co.uk/album.php/1138/

Calling Doon The Lines can be found here in two versions :

http://www.scotloads.co.uk/artist.php/Alan%20Brydon/

http://www.scotloads.co.uk/album.php/1095/

For most of us the rather unknown Battle Dawn, on one of the albums of Scocha :

http://www.scotloads.co.uk/album.php/141/

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25-11-07

Lyrics Calling Doon The Line - Alan Brydon

The Pipers Call (calling doon the line) © Alan Brydon

The boys stood on the platform in 1917
Waiting for a train to Salisbury Plain
They were only in their teens.
A lad to his mother said dinnae fret
We’ll be home by Christmas day
And the piper played Scotland the brave
As they waved the boys away

Chorus

Calling doon the lines
Calling doon the lines
And they rallied roond to the pipers tune
(that was) Calling doon the lines

The Sgt Major pushed them hard
They were trained in only days
For to bear the brunt of the Western front
They would soon be on their way
So off they marched, rifles shoulder high
And all at once they sang
For we’re no awa, tae bide awa
Tae the pipers in the band

Chorus

The thunder echoed through the trench
As the shells abin them rained
And the generals spent a thousand men
For every inch they gained
And the brave young men faced their battle dawn
So proud to do their jobs
And the piper stood in the line of fire
And played them ower the top

Chorus

When no man’s land fell silent
And they counted all the dead
The victory claimed would disguise the shame
And nothing more was said
And the fallen brave on a foreign field
They gave their very best
And the piper played a sad lament
As they laid the boys to rest

Chorus

Chorus

And they rallied roond
Tae the pipers tune
That was calling doon
The lines

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Highland Cathedral

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02-11-07

Alan Brydon - On the road to Passchendaele

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