Posts Tagged ‘hilary’

Finding names at the Glasgow Necropolis

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

One of the most beautiful parts of Glasgow that I was able to see during our limited couple of days there was the Glasgow Necropolis, which is located on a hill just east of St. Mungo’s Cathedral (otherwise known as Glasgow Cathedral). We walked there on our first afternoon just before sunset, which was the perfect time to meander about and enjoy the peace and quiet above the bustling modern city.

While we were there, I kept an eye out (and employed Catie to do the same) for the names Blair and Crawford, the family importance and Scottish history of which my dad had told me about when I informed him we were traveling to Scotland. I felt fairly confident in our ability to accidentally find a few Blairs (admittedly only because I assume it is an old and important name due to Tony Blair, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom who was born in Edinburgh, Scotland), and sure enough I did stumble across a couple, but I got excited when Catie also spotted two (in two separate locations, no less) especially old-looking headstones with the name Crawford on them. One was so old and worn that nothing could be made out except for the surname, but the other clearly read the full name of William C Crawford. I will have to talk to my dad again to see if a William C is mentioned anywhere in our family history, and to attempt to firmly establish my status as ‘most devoted son’.

Glasgow, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Glasgow, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)

Photos taken in Glasgow, Scotland on September 30, 2010.

A short hike in Holyrood Park

Friday, October 8th, 2010

As if I hadn’t already fallen in love with Edinburgh enough, our second day there we took a long late morning walk to Holyrood Park, which was easily the most spectacular in-city park I have ever seen. It consists mostly of a series of many rolling grassy hills. The highest point of the park is at Arthur’s Seat, and it also happens to be the highest point in all of Edinburgh as well. The hike up was easy enough and it provided fantastic views of the entire city as well as the North Sea. It also provided fantastic views of a number of golf courses in and around the city (including one directly south of the park) that I would do unspeakable things to be able to go back and play regularly. I decided that day that my dream life might very well consist of living as an artist in Edinburgh, (being able to afford) playing golf a couple times a week, and taking Catie’s and my (future) dog for hikes and runs in Holyrood Park. (Although, Tasmania is still very much in the running as well. In fact, the two places feel quite similar to me in several ways.)

Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 30, 2010)

Photos taken in Edinburgh, Scotland on September 30, 2010.

The social side of Edinburgh

Friday, October 8th, 2010

You may have noticed that the last post filled with photos from my time in Edinburgh was uncharacteristically sans any people (besides Catie’s shadowed form in one image, and a few anonymous Scots on the streets). I decided to group most of the more ‘social’ shots from Edinburgh together this time, and that is what this post is for (along with this Facebook album, if you so prefer)! We had a fantastic time hanging out with friends old and new in Scotland, and Hilary and Phil were extremely gracious hosts and excellent city guides. (More on Adriane and Glasgow to come in later posts, but spoiler she was also fantastic.)

Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Sep 29, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Oct 2, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Oct 2, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Oct 2, 2010)
Edinburgh, Scotland (Oct 2, 2010)

Photos taken in Edinburgh, Scotland between September 29 and October 2, 2010. Also available in Facebook format.