Objects of Charitie: Beggars’ Badges

BEGGARS’ BADGES. One of the earliest references to the regulation of begging in Scotland is an Act of the Scottish Parliament, 1424, c. 25, which prohibited from begging disorderly persons fit to work, and granted permission to the poor to continue begging under certain regulations, such poor being identified by the permission of a badge […]

A Royal Pedigree to Half the Population of the Country

That so many families claiming royal lineage should be found among our lowest classes is not astonishing. History tells us of change after change in the ruling dynasties of these islands, and of the advent of races the most varied in time and origin. During the last two thousand years enough kings and nobles have […]

The Five Articles of Perth

That the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper should be received kneeling, and not in a sitting posture, as hitherto. That the communion might, in extreme cases, or to sick persons desiring it, be administered in private. That baptism also might, when deemed necessary, be privately administered. That children, or young persons, should be confirmed by […]

The Highlands Are Quiet

The money is spent, the Highlands are quiet, and this is the only way of accounting between friends. John Campbell,  Earl of Breadalbane and Holland, Viscount of Tay and Paintland, and Lord Glenorchy, Benderloch, Ormelie and Wick, when called by the Scottish Parliament to account for a large sum of money entrusted to him by the Government […]

Both Sides the Tweed

What’s the spring breathing jasmine and rose? What’s the summer with all its gay train? Or the splendour of autumn to those Who’ve bartered their freedom for gain? Let the love of our land’s sacred rights To the love of our people succeed; Let friendship and honour unite And flourish on both sides the Tweed. […]