Category Archives: Scotland 2016

The Globe Inn

On my trip to Scotland last summer, I visited The Globe Inn in Dumfries, once frequented by the Bard of Ayrshire, the Ploughman Poet, the great Robert Burns. I wrote a poem while enjoying the Haggis, Mashed ‘Neeps and Champit … Continue reading

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Knights of Essex

At the Sorbie reunion I attended a few months ago in Scotland, I learned that one of the “cousins” I met there lived in Colchester, England. I had suspected that one of my great great great grandfathers, Sebborn Gonner Knight, … Continue reading

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Hampden Park

To conclude my trip to Scotland, I visited the national stadium, Hampden Park in Glasgow. They have a lovely museum of Scottish Football in the basement which has lots of fascinating exhibits of the early days of football in Scotland … Continue reading

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Research Findings

I believe travel, especially abroad, is a virtue unto itself, so this trip to Scotland would have been well worth it even if I’d been konked on the head and forgotten everything I knew about Mary Milligan and her husband … Continue reading

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Kilmarnock F.C.

I took the day off from genealogy and instead took the train from Dumfries to Kilmarnock to visit Rugby Park, the home of my beloved Kilmarnock Football Club. This was my first trip on ScotRail and I was very impressed. … Continue reading

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Robert Burns

Dumfries has made a minor industry from Robert Burns living his final years here. After checking into my hotel yesterday, I took a wee walk around the various Burns sites. Intuitive readers might assume that my first stop was the … Continue reading

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Haggis at the Globe Inn, Dumfries

Haggis at The Globe Inn – Dumfries Down an alley called a “close” not much wider than a crack in a wall they say this pub was frequented by Robert Burns two hundred years ago rough hewn walls painted white … Continue reading

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Sorbie Family Reunion

Today was the family reunion that provided the excuse for me to return to Scotland. As we introduced ourselves we also described our connection to the family. I said that my great great great great grandmother was knocked up by … Continue reading

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Travel Day

No genealogy today. Instead I drove from Edinburgh to the hotel where the Sorbie reunion will be held tomorrow. It was only about an hour’s drive but I’m still rather timid behind the right-sided wheel so I left myself plenty … Continue reading

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Serendipity

My final visit to the archives was to the archives proper which meant I had to get an official readers card with my picture. I wonder if this will count as identification for the voter suppression law in North Carolina. … Continue reading

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