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We stuck to one thing today: looking for the site where James Douglas fought the Battle of Skaithmuir on February 14, 1316. There are a few clues left in old writings, which have been passed on by David R. Ross, the author of the best book I know (there apparently aren't many to choose from) on James Douglas. Between those clues, his own picture of the location he believes it took place, and our GPS directing us to "Skaithmuir Toll," we set off.
The Battle ...
... from 1309 it has been connected with the Percy family - an illustrious family and very good marketers and managers now. Adam Landells in the 1841 census was a gardener so could have been one in the castle - a good story so I shall claim it. Just like the Four Square Man was modelled on my dad _ no actuall proof but believable and a close enough story . The castle is quite magnificent and tidy and well kept . We joined a group listening to all the stories about the use of ...
... to the mainland was in 30 minutes !!! As we did not want to be stuck on the island for 5 hours we reluctantly left and sat at the other end (mainland) of the causeway and watched the tide one in and cover the causeway 30 minutes later we had parked on the beach at Bamburgh and in the sunshine had a great walk along the sand. Circling the castle we soon found ourselves in the ...
... br> Andalusia, Spain earlier in the year I really felt like I got to see much of
the country rather than just getting a little taste of it in the cities and a
few tourist-oriented spots. Getting out into the countryside on a trek of cycle
ride or renting a car to tour around is the way to go for a much richer and
more varied experience than you can get in Europe by sticking to rail passes and
mostly seeing the big cities as I did on my trips to Europe when I was younger.
... centre to warn of and combat raids over the border from Scotland. We also stopped briefly in Alnwick, another well-off looking Northumberland town with a huge castle, now residential. Unusually it is completely hidden from the town instead of rising over it and ...