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50 Shades of Red

50 shades of plaid

 50 Shades of Red

We may be familiar with Chicago’s St Valentine’s Day massacre, well  some new Valentine violence occurred at a cinema in Glasgow, Scotland this 14 February I suppose 50 Shades of Red!

To us Brits, Glasgow is known as Scotland’s most violent places and is legendary for introducing the so called ‘Glasgow Kiss’, which is a headbutt to the face!

Many years ago, a Scottish colleague/friend said that when there was a tense situation in a Glasgow pub, one of the protagonist’s would say to the other ” Pick a window you’re leavin’.”

The Glasgow cinema was showing the eagerly and hotly anticipated movie version of the British best seller ’50 Shades of Grey’ on St Valentine’s Day.

Three women were arrested for attacking a  man who apparently asked them to make less noise, as they were part of a group of ladies who were screaming during the screening!

The cinema theatre also sells alcohol, which appears to have fuelled the females flames of passion.

I guess this should not be too unexpected getting a group of Glasgow Gals together to check out and ogle the well ripped & fit Jamie Dornan 😉

We wonder if the man, the poor victim, did not produce 50 shades of sh*t (could also perhaps describe what many viewers & critics think of the movie),  when surrounded by a rampant hormonal horde 🙂

Scotland Said NO; We ARE Better Together

we love scotlandScotland have voted.  Scotland said NO to a referendum vote; they have rejected independence from the United Kingdom.  It is 55% No to 45% YES.

More than 84.48 per cent of the Scottish population has voted.  People who were rather lackadaisical when it comes to exercising their rights to elect and have their say heard, ensured that they stood and be counted.

All 32 counties of Scotland have now been counted, including the Highlands, who voted a NO majority.

  • Final result

    So that means the final result is in:

    • 1,617,989 (45%) said Yes
    • 2,001,926 (55%) said No
    • Turnout was 84.5%

This Scottish referendum will not only affect Scotland but has a reverberating effect to the other three nations, especially England, of the United Kingdom.

we love UK

United Kingdom of Four Nations: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.  We are better together!

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O my Luve’s like a red, red rose,

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My Luve is like a Red Red Rose

O my Luve's like a red, red rose, 
That's newly sprung in June: 
O my Luve's like the melodie, 
That's sweetly play'd in tune. 

As fair art thou, my bonie lass, 
So deep in luve am I; 
And I will luve thee still, my dear, 
Till a' the seas gang dry. 

Till a' the seas gang dry , my dear, 
And the rocks melt wi' the sun; 
And I will luve thee still, my dear, 
While the sands o' life shall run. 

And fare-thee-weel, my only Luve ! 
And fare-thee-weel, a while! 
And I will come again, my Luve, 
Tho' 'twere ten thousand mile!
- Robert Burns

 I have always loved this poem by Robert Burns. I remember having to choose it in high school when we were assigned to memorise a poem and recited it in front of the class. I practised and practised it in the mirror and was proud of myself that I knew it word for word. I love how romantic it was; it spoke to my young girl’s heart, still unaware that a heart can be broken.
Anyway, I think I did a good job reciting it on the day, despite squirming with embarrassment and nerves in a language that is English but not quite English, I thought!!! LOL
My heart has been broken a few times but I still love the poem and will love my dear till all the seas gang dry and rocks melt with the sun; until the sands of life shall run.

Shortbread Recipe

Shortbread is my favourite cookie/biscuit. It is a definite mainstay to my Christmas table. I love the crispy buttery taste of it. It looks simple but full of goodness and taste simply delicious.  It could be very expensive to buy so it is more or less a treat for special occasions such as Christmas and Hogmanay (New Year’s eve).

I especially like it with a big mug of hot chocolate, to which I dunk my shortbread when no one is looking! 😉

WalkersShortbread apparently originated from Scotland as early as the 12th Century but it was Mary, Queen of Scot that popularised the biscuit. It might be even named after her one of shortbread designs called petticoat tails; Walkers shortbread are the best known exporter of these cookies. Shortbread is made from butter, flour and white sugar. It is the high content of butter that makes it crumbly, which gave its name shortbread.  Short was an old meaning of crumbly.

Shortbread is such a treat that it should not only be eaten on Christmas and New Year/eve.  Below is a fantastic recipe from the BBC.



Shortbread Recipe


  • 125g/4oz butter
  • 55g/2oz caster sugar, plus extra to finish
  • 180g/6oz plain flour

Preparation method

  1. Heat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5.
  2. Beat the butter and the sugar together until smooth.
  3. Stir in the flour to get a smooth paste. Turn on to a work surface and gently roll out until the paste is 1cm/½in thick.
  4. Cut into rounds or fingers and place onto a baking tray. Sprinkle with caster sugar and chill in the fridge for 20 minutes.
  5. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until pale golden-brown. Set aside to cool on a wire rack.

Morton & Douglas Clan

My colleague had a roll of parchment by the printer. It was just lying there temptingly so I unrolled it and it was his family heraldry with crest and proper seal; it all looked very official. 😉 His surname is Rose; apparently it came from an ancient High Middle German “Rose” Wait for this, Rose means rose as in rose garden, doh! His ancestors may have lived near a rose garden or near a place where there were roses, it could be a painting or a vase of roses. hihihi I know!!! I had to smile at the inanity of the information but still it intrigued me enough to find out the surname I married into.

We were in Shakespeare’s county when we first found out that Morton belongs to Clan Douglas. It showed the tartans and everything.

I must get my husband a tartan skirt, oops sorry, kilt, complete with a matching sporran.

Apparently these are the tartans for Clan Douglas (they are quite classy, not ostentatious!)




I find it amazing that each surname is bathed in history. I want to find out more.


Surname: Morton
Branch: Douglas
Origins: Scottish
More Info: Scotland

Background: Clan Douglas, also referred to as the House of Douglas, is an ancient family from the Scottish Lowlands taking its name from Douglas, South Lanarkshire, and thence spreading through the Scottish Borderland, Angus, Lothian and beyond. The clan does not currently have a chief, therefore it is considered an Armigerous clan.

The Douglases were once the most powerful family in Scotland. The chiefs held the titles of the Earl of Douglas, and following their forfeiture the chieftancy devolved upon the Earl of Angus (see also: Duke of Hamilton). The 4th Earl of Morton held the chieftaincy during the 16th century, the Earldom of Morton was then a subsidiary title of the 8th Earl of Angus after the 4th Earl’s forfeiture and death in 1581.

The family’s original seat was Douglas Castle in Lanarkshire, but they spread to many properties throughout Southern and North-Eastern Scotland.

Motto: Jamais arrière, Never Behind.
Arms: Quarterly, 1st, Azure, a lion rampant Argent crowned with an Imperial Crown Or (Earldom of Galloway); 2nd, Or, a lion rampant Gules, armed and langued Azure, surmounted of a ribbon in bend Sable (Abernethy); 3rd, Argent, three piles Gules (for Wishart of Brechin); 4th, Or, a fess checky Azure and Argent, surmounted of a bend Sable charged with three buckles of the Field (Stewart) of Bonkill); overall, on an esutcheon Argent, a man’s heart ensigned of an Imperial Crown Proper and on a chief Azure three stars of the Field (Douglas).
Crest: A salamander Vert encircled with flames of fire Proper.
Supporters: (on a compartment comprising a hillock, bounded by stakes of wood wreathed round with osiers) Dexter, a naked savage wreathed about the head and middle with laurel and holding a club erect Proper, sinister, a stag Proper, armed and unguled Or.

View the Heraldry Dictionary for help.

The Douglases were one of Scotland’s most powerful families. It is therefore remarkable that their origins remain obscure. The name itself is territorial and it has been suggested that it originates from lands by Douglas Water received by a Flemish knight from the Abbey of Kelso. However, the first certain record of the name relates to a William de Dufglas who, between 1175 and 1199, witnessed a charter by the Bishop of Glasgow to the monks of Kelso.

Sir William de Douglas, believed to be the third head of the Borders Family, had two sons who fought against the Norse at the Battle of Largs in 1263. William Douglas ‘The Hardy’ was governor of Berwick when the town was besieged by the English. Douglas was taken prisoner when the town fell and he was only released when he agreed to accept the claim of Edward I of England to be overlord of Scotland. He later joined Sir William Wallace in the struggle for Scottish Independence but he was again captured and died in England in 1302. His son, “The Good Sir James”, patriot and founder of the Black Douglases was killed in battle in Spain, carrying the heart of his life-long friend, King Robert the Bruce to the Holy land. Douglas and his knights had joined the King of Castille’s crusade against the Moors and in 1330, near Teba in Andalucia, they were cut off from the main Christian force and heavily outnumbered when they were attacked by the enemy. Sir James was killed leading the charge against the Moors but the casket containing Bruce’s heart was recovered from the battlefield and returned to Scotland where it was interred in Melrose Abbey.

Marriage to a Stewart Princess brought wealth and prestige to his great nephew, the second Earl of Douglas, later to die in his moment of Victory at Otterburn in 1388. Sir James’ illegitimate son, Archibald ‘The Grim’, became the third Earl and consolated the family’s position. He successfully defended Edinburgh Castle against Henry IV of England in 1400 but died a year later. Archibald, the fourth Earl, married James I’s sister and in 1437, on the death of James I, he was one of the council of regents, and later lieutenant general of the kingdom. Both he and his son were killed fighting the English in France.

Despire this and other setbacks, in the early fifteenth century the Douglases had become so powerful that they were seen as a thread to the nation’s stability. In 1440 the young sixth Earl and his brother were invited by a rival to dine in Edinburgh Castle with the ten-year-old James II. A black bull’s head, the symbol of death, was brought in, and the Douglas boys were dragged away, given a mock trial, and beheaded. The young king was horrified, but twelve years later he invited their cousin, the eighth Earl, under a promise of safe conduct, to Stirling Castle where he was murdered with the king himself striking the first blow. The ninth Earl prudently spent much of his adult life in England. When he returned in 1484 with a small invading army to recover his possessions, he was captured and confined in Lindores Abbey. He died in 1491, the last of his line.

Meanwhile, another of Sir James’ great nephews, George, first Earl of Angus, was the first of the Red Douglases. He too married a Stewart princess and the Red Douglases soon rose to as great a prominence as the family had held hiherto; this was largely due to the success of Archibald, fifth Earl of Angus, known as ‘Bell the Cat’. He is said to have gained his nickname from an incident in 1482 when a number of the Scots nobility plotted the downfall of certain unpopular favourites of the king. One of the conspirators told the tale of mice seeking deliverance from a cat; all agreed that a bell should be suspended from the cat’s neck to signal its approach, but the question was, which mouse had courage to fasten the bell? Angus is said to have immediately cried ‘I shall bell the cat’. The favourites were murdered, and Angus gained his nickname. He subsequently became Lord Chancellor of Scotland. His grandson, the sixth Earl, made himself guardian of James V by marrying Margaret Tudor, the young king’s widowed mother. He was still taking the field against the English when over the age of sixty.

James, Earl of Morton, younger brother of the seventh Earl was a bitter enemy of Mary, Queen of Scots. He was one of the murderers of her secretary, David Rizzio, and was deeply implicated in the assassination of her second husband Lord Darnley. A brutally effective regent during the infancy of James VI, he fell from power in 1581 and was duly executed.

William, eleventh Earl of Angus and first Marquess of Douglas, was a Catholic and an ardent supporter of Charles I during the civil wars. He was created marquess in 1633 and lived in princely style at Douglas Castle. He joined Montrose after the Battle of Kilsyth in 1645 and was present when Royalist forces were surprised by Covenanter cavalry at Philiphaugh later that year when he barely escaped with his life. He made peace with Cromwell’s government, although he was fined 1,000 pounds.

William, brother of the second Marquess became, through marriage, Duke of Hamilton in 1660. The titles of Marquess of Douglas, Earl of Angus and several others were ultimately all to devolve on the Dukes of Hamilton and the eldest son and heir of that house is always styled ‘Marquess of Douglas and Clydesdale’. Other branches of the family include the Earls of Morton, and the Marquesses of Queensberry, who gave their name to the famous rules of boxing. The Douglas-Hamiltons are the heirs male of the house of Douglas but are barred, under Lyon Court rules, from matriculating as chiefs because of their hyphenated surnae. Angus Douglas-Hamilton, the fifteenth Duke, is an engineer, former RAF test-pilot and author. His seat is at Lennoxlove near Haddington.

Name Variations: Agnew, Blackett, Blacklock, Blackstock, Blackwood, Blalock, Breckinridge, Brown, Brownlee, Cavan, Cavers, Dickey, Drysdale, Forest, Forrester, Foster, Gilpatric, Glendinning, Glenn, Harkness, Inglis, Kidston, Kilgore, Kilpatrick, Kirkland, Kirkpatrick, Lockerby, Lockery, MacGuffey, MacGuffock , McKitrick, Morton, Sandilands, Sandlin, Soule, Sterrett, Symington, Troup, Young, Dowglass, Dovglas, Dowglas, Dulglas, Douglace, Douglas, Douglase, Douglass, Dogles, Dowglace, Dulglass, Douglis, Dowglasse, Dougles, Duglas, Douglles, Drysdale, Glen .


Last name: Morton
Recorded in several forms including Morten, Morton, Moorton, Mourton, Moreton, Mairtoun, and Mirton, this interesting surname can be either English, Scottish or Irish. In all cases it is a locational surname, and if Scottish it originates from the village of Morton in Dumfriesshire, of from Mryrton (now Morton) in Fife. If English, it is from any of over twenty such places called either Moreton or Morton in the various English counties such as Berkshire, Cheshire, Devonshire, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire, and all variously recorded in the famous Domesday Book of 1086. If Irish, its antecedents are English, the nameholders being descendants of early settlers. However spelt all share the same basic meaning and derivation which is “The settlement by the moor”, from the Olde English pre 7th Century word “mor”, with “tun”, a settlement or farm. Amongst the many recordings in the early surviving registers and charters are those of Hugh de Mortun, given as being the prior of May, in Scotland in the year 1204, Robert de Morton of Nottingham in the Hundred Rolls of 1273, and Master Thomas Mirton, who was chaplain to the king of Scotland in 1422. The first recorded spelling of the family name anywhere in the world is probably that of Robert de Mortone, which was dated 1130, in the “Pipe Rolls” of Wiltshire, during the reign of King Henry 1st of England, known as “The Lion of Justice”, 1100 – 1135.

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Scottish Proverbs & Sayings

A fool may earn money, but it takes a wise man to keep it.
– Scotland

scottish proverb

From ghoulies and ghosties
And long-leggedy beasties
And things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us!
~Scottish Saying

Get what you can and keep what you have; that’s the way to get rich.
– Scotland

Never marry for money. Ye’ll borrow it cheaper.
~Scottish Proverb

Penny wise and pound foolish.
– Scotland

They speak of my drinking, but never think of my thirst. ~Scottish Proverb

David Hume, Epitome of Scottish Enlightenment

David Hume

David Hume, Epitome of Scottish Enlightenment

He was one of the most influential amongst British philosophers in the 18th century.

Born on 7 May 1711 in Edinburgh, Scotland
Died 25 August 1776 (aged 65)

He showed a brilliant mind fairly early on.  He entered Edinburgh University at a very young age of 12.  He first studied law and then philosophy.


Where the riches are engrossed by a few, these must contribute very largely to the supplying of the public nnecessities.
-David Hume

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