Friday, 16 September 2022 11:09

 

As Her Majesty The Queen’s coffin was taken in procession to St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh on 12 September

the Master of Lauderdale, deputising for the Chief as Bearer for the Sovereign of the Sovereign's National Flag

for Scotland was in close attendance on the King.

 

The Chief has sent a letter of condolence to the King on behalf of himself and of our clansfolk.

A further letter was sent on behalf of Clan Maitland in Australia.

 

 

 

 Banner Bearers enter with heralds 

 

 Royal family with the Queen's coffin

 

 The Duke of Hamilton, Hereditary Keeper of the Palace Holyroodhouse,

and the senior non-royal duke in Scotland, places the Scots crown on the coffin.

The Honours of Scotland, including the crown are the oldest crown jewels in Britain.

 The Honours were hidden at Dunottar Castle during the Commonwealth period,

whilst the English crown jewels were broken up and melted.

 

Members of the King's Bodyguard for Scotland, The Royal Company of Archers take post around the coffin 

 

 

The Royal party departs, with banner bearers leading them.

Tuesday, 27 October 2020 14:41

 

 In May Sarah and I agreed to marry

Sarah was an interior decorator by profession and is a widow, so we married in church, though in present circumstances it had to be a very “quiet” wedding. Sarah has plenty of Scots antecedents. Her Great Grandfather was the celebrated  fishing skipper Captain Gray of Peterhead who sailed his ship the Eclipse into Arctic waters and the ice-pack in the late 19th century. He was noted as a naturalist with acute observation of marine life as well as a fisherman.  Sarah's Maclean great-uncles (left)  served in the London Scottish Rifle Volunteers during the Boer War, then emigrated to the Americas. 

Sarah has travelled widely, early in her career she managed a preparatory school regarded as one of the best in England, worked in Australia in a restaurant kitchen, spent some time in New York working as a decorator, also had experience in the rag trade, and spent some years living in Spain and Provence, and worked as a decorator in London after her late husband died about thirty years ago.

I’d known Sarah for nearly ten years, but our social interactions  had been limited to drinks after church either in the presbytery or the pub with fellow worshippers, and dinner with Ann in our respective homes.  St Mary's Bourne Street holds a “champagne - or sort of” reception after Sunday High Mass and we then go on as a group to the pub.