Highland Clearances

The Highland Clearances The day will come when the big sheep will put the plough up in the rafters . . . The big sheep will overrun the country till they meet the northern sea . . . in the end, old men shall return from new lands.  The Brahan Seer ( 17th century Highland Prophet)Continue reading “Highland Clearances”

Scottish Soldier

Rogart…even the inhabited land is everywhere encumbered with rock. Thompson, John, The Traveller’s Guide to Scotland & its Isles, 1824 Clan Map of Scotland, Rogart is marked with a star William Leslie was in the Fencibles, but some of these militia men also volunteered for short-term service in the new 93rd Regiment of Foot, knownContinue reading “Scottish Soldier”

Canada’s Johnny Appleseed

  George Leslie’s was Canada’s very own “Johnny Appleseed”, but who was the original Johnny? And how was George like Johnny? The original “Johnny Appleseed” was John Chapman (1774-1845). The myth of Johnny Appleseed has him wandering around America, scattering apple seeds here and there. Like all myths, it has an element of truth. John ChapmanContinue reading “Canada’s Johnny Appleseed”