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Monday, 26 April 2021

A Lochgorm Lament, the fifth book


 

There have been lots of references to the Episcopal Church in the series and in this one I wanted to take a closer look at one of the temporary clergy who came to minister to the small flock in Ballater in the early years. In addition, I’ve always been fascinated by the Statistical Accounts of Scotland, the Old, taken around 1795, and the New, taken around the time of this book. For some clergy it was clearly an invitation to leap on to their hobby horses and dig their heels in, while for others it must have been a daunting task to complete the questionnaire. I was also keen to shift a little outside Ballater village itself, and take a look on the other side of the Dee along the stunning road that leads to Braemar, crossing back to the north side of the Dee at Crathie. And Wullie’s family needed to say hello!

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