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Aragorn 
Posted: 27-Jan-2005, 01:58 PM
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The rose of Scotland was a kind of weed called "the wild thistle". A long time ago, when Vikings invaded Scotland, they were slowed in their attack by the thorns of the wild thistle. This allowed the people of Scotland time to escape from the Viking's sudden attack. Because of this legend, "the wild thistle" became the national flower of Scotland.

The tartan kilt has long been the most recognizable cultural tradition of the Highland Scots. However it was developed in the nineteenth century, not by Scottish Highlanders, but by the Nobles of England and Scotland

Alexander Graham Bell (1847 - 1922) was born in Edinburgh. Having emigrated to Canada and later the USA, Bell became the inventor of the telephone in 1876.

The kilt started life being entirely confined to the Highlands. The Lowlanders, who have always made up the majority of Scots, regarded what they considered a "barbarous" form of apparel with 'loathing' and 'contempt' and conferred the derogatory term of 'redshanks' on the Highlanders, Today anyone with the smallest claim to Scots ancestry proudly wears the kilt.

What's In Scotland
100 Distilleries, 600 Golf Courses, 70 National Nature Reserves, Over 200,000 wild red deer in addition to roe and sika.

The longest single word place name in Scotland is Coignafeainternich in Inverness-shire.

The shortest scheduled flight in the world is one and a half miles from Westray to Papa Westray in the Orkneys. The trip takes 1 minute and 14 seconds.

Scotland includes 787 islands, of which most belong to groups known as the Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland but only 62 are over 3 square miles


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Posted: 27-Jan-2005, 03:39 PM
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Fascinating! Thanks Aragorn! I don't have anything of interest to add, just wanted to let you know that I enjoyed it! smile.gif


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Thanks Allen.

Scottish Kail-bell

From time immemorial, one of the town bells has been daily rung, at a certain hour, on every lawful day except Saturday, to remind the good citizens of Edinburgh to repair to dinner, lest they should be apt to forget this necessary part of the work of the day or perhaps to give a hint to customers, who might be so indiscreet as to pro long their shopping at a very unreasonable able time. It was familiarly known as the Kail-bell ; and at its summons about a century ago shops were almost all closed from one to two o?clock. ?In 1763, it was a common practice to lock the shops at one o?clock, and to open them alter dinner at two. ?

Tinkle-swoetie,? or the ??aucht bours? hell,? was the name given to the bell which rang at eight o?clock in the evening, to call attention to the hour for closing the shops. This bell was so denominated because the sound of it was supposed to be sweet to the ears of the shoprnen and apprentices, as it set them at liberty to close for the night.
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Posted: 27-Jan-2005, 05:47 PM
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Here is one for you Allen,

Scottish Moon

No Highlander would begin any serious undertaking in the waning of the moon, such as marrying, moving house, or going on a far journey from home. When the roth, rath, or circle of the moon was full, then was the lucky time for beginning every serious or important matter.

Hence the Gaelic word roth or rath, luck or fortune, as such a person is called rathail or mirathail, i.e., lucky or unlucky; or, in other words, the full moon arose or did not arise on his destiny.
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I enjoyed the history behind the wild thistle. If I come across any I will be sure to post.


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Hey all, back again with another round of fun and interesting facts:

The Scots were the tallest race in Europe, according to the 1909 Census. But the carnage of WW1 changed that. By the 1930s, the average height of men in Scotland had been reduced by 9 inches.

The Scots lost the greatest number of soldiers per head of population in WW1

Despite being a minority in a dominantly Protestant country, Scotland's Catholic Church has the greatest number of observed Saints days in the World.

Scotland was a completely separated land mass from England in the days of Pangaea. They collided millions of years ago, and stuck together ever since, but their geological composition is totally different.

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