lyle e davis
I don’t want to frighten anyone
but the Scots are coming! The
Scots are coming!
What’s more . . .they’re coming
Ah, lasses and laddies, there’s nae
fear! The Scots wha boast o’
havin’ bled wi’ William Wallace,
the same Scots that fell at the
Battle of Culloden . . . those
same fierce warriors of auld, are
today, quite friendly folk. It’s a
gathering o’ the clans that they
feature every year.
When you begin to hear the skirl
o’ the pipes, you’ll know the
Scots are here! This year they’ll
be coming to Brengle Park in
Vista. Yes, the San Diego
Scottish Highland Games &
Gathering of Clans will take
place on June 27 & 28, 2009,
from 9 am to 5 pm at Brengle
Park, 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, in
There will be Highland Dancing,
Drum Majors, Bagpipe &
Drumming Competitions, Sheep
Dog Trials, Scottish Country
Dancing and plenty of Scottish
food, drink & merchandise.
Just who are the Scots, you ask?
Well, they’re a proud people
from a country contiguous to
and just north of England.
Scotland is about 275 miles long
and 150 miles wide at its widest
point, covering about 30,000
square miles. The circumference
around its irregular coastline is
over 6000 miles. The furthest
distance from the sea that one
can get in Scotland is about 40
They come from a country that
is lovely to look at with lots of greenery. But, caution! Thee’s a
reason for all that beautiful
greenery. It’s called rain.
And with that rain comes lots of
rivers . . . and running water.
And with this combination the
wise and thrifty Scots developed
a national export. The biggest
export of Scotland is whisky.
Scotch whisky must be aged only
in Scotland; foreign whiskies are
usually spelled "whiskey."
Ocht, ay, ye’ll be getting an
opportunity of sampling one of
the world’s finest whiskys.
Glenfiddich will have a tent
where, for $10, ye’ll have a variety
of samples of fine
Glenfiddich whisky. Naturally,
ye’ll hae tae be ower 21 years of
Yes, Scotland does tend toward
the cool side, even in summer.
But for some reason it seems to
turn out might productive folk,
artists, inventors, scientists, doctors,
all kinds of talent.
For example, it is believed there
have been more major inventions
from the Scots than any
other country in the World, if you are looking at
head of population.
Here is a list
Medicine: John Williams, born
Glasgow, developed the
vaccine against smallpox.
born in Ayrshire, discovered
James Simson, born
Bathgate, was the first
man to use chloroform.
and Electronics: Alexander Graham
Bell, born in
Edinburgh, invented the telephone.
John Logie Baird, born Helensburgh,
invented the television.
Field of Transportation: James Watt, born Greenock, invented
the modern steam engine, while
William Symington born in
Lanarkshire, was the first man to propel a boat by steam.
John Boyd Dunlop, born Scotland,
patented the pneumatic tire.
John Loudon MacAdam, born in
Ayr, invented tarmac road surface.
Kirkpatrick MacMillan, born in
Thorhill, invented the bicycle.
Charles MacIntosh, born in Glasgow,
patented the raincoat.
John Chalmers, born in Dundee,
invented the adhesive stamp.
Patrick Ferguson, born in Scotland,
invented the breech-loading rifle.
Mrs Keiller, born in Dundee, invented
Antiseptic surgery-Joseph Lister
In addition, the U.S. Navy was
founded by a Scot, John Paul
Jones, and the arts? Ay, the arts.
Well Scots are well known in the
Robert Burns (poet)
James Barrie ("Peter Pan")
Sir Walter Scott (author)
Carnegie (philanthropy and libraries)
Arthur Conan Doyle ("Sherlock
Robert Louis Stevenson (author)
Scots Drum Major
Well, then, there’s a rather
impressive list, Ay? While it’s not
been authenticated it is also
alleged by a great many that the
Scots were the first to discover
best how to brew “a nice wee cup o’
Oh, by the way, do you drink
Lipton Tea? Well, then, say
thanks to Sir Thomas Lipton.
Many of the tea plantations in
India were developed by Scots.
By the late 1800’s
controlled 10% of
the world tea trade.
Lipton was born in
a Gorbals tenement
in Glasgow and
America when he
was 15 years of age.
He returned to
Glasgow five years
later and opened
his first grocers
shop. Soon he had
expanded into a
chain of shops and
was a millionaire by
the time he was 30.
stretches for 108
miles (174 kilometres)
Solway Firth along
the Cheviot Hills and the river
Tweed, to the North Sea.
Hadrian's Wall, built by the
Romans, ran further south than
this, from Carlisle on the river
Eden to the river Tyne in the
Ay, laddies, ye’ll hear all about the
rich Scots history; aboot how the
Scots fought and died with Sir
William Wallace, Scotlands greatest
national hero, and to whom
the song references, “Scots Wha
Hae Wi Wallace Bled . . .” - you’ll
also hear about the mighty battle
of the Culloden battlefield, the
last battle fought on British soil.
A decisive defeat where brave
Scots warriors were soundly
thrashed but bravely fought on
in a losing battle to restore the
House of Stuart to the throne of
the Great Britain.
Ocht, ay . . . ye’ll be fairly mesmerized
by the stories they Scots
will tell . . . and ye’ll be surrounded
by music, and food, and well
trained dogs that will show ye how
sheep are to be properly herded . .
. the only time of year dogs are
allowed at Brengle Park. But to
hear to see these things . . you’ve
got tae be there at Brengle Park
this Saturday! Cheerio the ’noo!
Above, Hadrian's Wall