Braemar Gathering

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I have attended several Scottish games in the US. This was my first in Scotland. The following pics show the people in attendance, some of the participants, and a few of the pipers. It was an amazing experience, and one I would definitely repeat.
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The picture above is of the hammer toss. It looks like either the hammer was traveling too fast to be captured, or maybe it was higher than what the picture took. The two fellows following the trajectory of the hammer seem to be focused on something within the frame, but maybe not. If anybody does manage to spot it, let me know.
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The structure on the upper left with the royal emblem and flags is the booth where the queen sits when she attends. She does not attend every year, and she attended last year. Since next year is the 200th anniversary of the Braemar Gathering, it would make sense for her to attend that one. Or not. She’s the queen…she’ll do what she wants.
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Nice little knoll of onlookers.
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Caber toss, my personal favorite.
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Pipes and drums take the field.

These pictures were all taken with the camera on my phone. Eventually I’ll take a closer look at the pictures taken with my actual camera, and add them in to this post and others already posted. Sometimes the camera does better with action shots, but as it was raining, I wasn’t at all sure which camera would be best for the day.

This was one of the most special events we attended the entire time we were in Scotland, and as usual, the pictures flat out don’t do it justice. Sigh.

 

Random Photos from Scotland

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Clock tower in Dufftown, Speyside

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Whisky stills, Glenfarclas Distillery

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Bridge near Ballater

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River passing through Dunkeld

Scottish Heather in Bloom

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This was my 4th trip to Scotland, and at first I feared I had yet again missed seeing the heather blooming. Turns out I was right on schedule. Not long after we arrived, heather was visible on all the hills and mountains…just gorgeous.

These three pictures were taken at Culloden.

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Elgin Cathedral

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One of the most beautiful ruins we’ve ever been to, Elgin Cathedral is in the far north of Scotland.

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Even after hundreds of years of being exposed to the elements, so much detail is as sharp as ever.

Brick Wall of the Month: John Snyder Dashiell

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My brick wall for the month of October is John Snyder Dashiell.

John Snyder Dashiell was born in 1807, Baltimore, Maryland. He married Barbara Shaw Graham in 1830, Davidson County, Tennessee. He died in 1887, Nashville, Tennessee.

He was a steamboat captain, prominent in the Masonic Lodge, and served as Alderman of Nashville.

I would like to find a conclusive connection to his parents, Levin Dashiell and Elizabeth Snyder, and I would like to find exactly where he was buried. He is listed as buried in the City Cemetery of Nashville, but surprisingly no stone exists. One source puts him in the Mount Olivet Cemetery, and he is listed on a tombstone there, with four other individuals, but was he truly buried there?

Would the Masonic Lodge in Nashville have further information on John?

I am grateful for how much I do know, but would like to learn more.

 

Guthrie Family Genealogy II

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This is an update to the post, Guthrie Family Genealogy I, published on May 3, 2013. When I figure out how to link to the first post, I will do so here.

This is information I was able to gather from visiting the Coleman County, Texas and South Carolina areas during the summer of 2013.

This is one of Travel Buddy’s lines, and her research is aimed pretty much at finding out all she can on her Guthrie line.

In Coleman County, we found some old maps at the courthouse that delineated the sections of property owned by her great-grandfather, William Guthrie. He bought up land whenever he could, and amassed thousands of acres of land. But when he died, the property was literally split between three siblings and their heirs, which makes it difficult today to understand exactly where the property lines were.  The maps definitely help with this.

In South Carolina, we located a list of Virginia marriages in a local library, one of which was the John Guttery and Mary Shay marriage in Christ Church in 1822.

Always looking for more.

Highland Cattle

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No pictures of Scotland would be complete without Scottish Highland Coos.
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The first two pics are from Culloden. The third is from Loch Lomond. The last three are from the Scone Palace grounds, where the ancient Scottish kings were invested.

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