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Best of Scotland - My Home - My Family

Updated on February 22, 2015

The Best of Scotland my Home - The Armstrong Clan

Hello, and welcome to The Best of Scotland my Home, my Family. I have created this squidoo lens due to the love of my family, and Scotland. Throughout you will read about The Best of Scotland my Home,my Family, where we live, and what we are doing up to the present date.

I also intend to highlight a town or city of the month for your pleasure. If you would like information on any cities or towns of Scotland, I shall endeavor to please, whether direct, or through this lens, so please feel free to post comments/advise, and now, sit back and enjoy The Best of Scotland, my Home, my Family.

Motto: Invictus Maneo (I Remain Unvanquished)

Gaelic Name: Mac Ghillieláidir

Origin of Name: Strong Arm.

The Armstrong's are a significant border clan whose origins lie in Cumberland, south of the frontier between Scotland and England that was officially established in 1237.

Scotland's Flags - The Best of Scotland my Home, my Family.

The Flag of Scotland, also known as the Saint Andrew's Cross or more commonly The Saltire, is the national flag of Scotland. The Saltire is the correct flag for all individuals and corporate bodies to fly in order to demonstrate both their loyalty and Scottish nationality. It is also, where possible, flown from Scottish Government buildings every day from 8am until sunset, with certain exceptions; for example United Kingdom National Days.

The Royal Standard of Scotland, (Royal banner o Scotland), also known as the Banner of the King of Scots, or more commonly the Lion Rampant of Scotland, is the Scottish Royal Banner of Arms. Used historically by the King of Scots, the Royal Standard of Scotland differs from Scotland's national flag, the Saltire, in that its correct use is restricted by an Act of the Parliament of Scotland to only a few Great Officers of State who officially represent the Sovereign in Scotland. It is also used in an official capacity at royal residences in Scotland when the Sovereign is not present.

Armstrong Ancestry Coat of Arms Frame

My family crest and history all rolled into one frame, I actually got mine at Disney World, a little more up market and more expensive, never the less this is an ideal gift for any Armstrong! The Armstrong name has been carefully researched, the origin investigated and let me tell you, we have history. Comes with our coat of arms and will certainly be a cherished gift on display for everyone to see!

Armstrong Ancestry Coat of Arms Frame Cherry with Gold Accent 9" X 12" Beveled-cut Double Mat Wall Décor
Armstrong Ancestry Coat of Arms Frame Cherry with Gold Accent 9" X 12" Beveled-cut Double Mat Wall Décor

The frame size is 9inch by 12 inch, made in the U.S.A. and from solid cherry wood, ready to display on the wall as soon as you receive, creates a nice talking point at gatherings.

 

Armstrong History

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The Armstrong name alledgedly has a mythological origin, in that it is said their heroic progenitor, Fairbairn, saves his king of Scotland in battle, and not from a wild beast as is the case with another Border clan - the Turnbulls.

It is said that, dressed in full armour, he lifted the king onto his own horse with one arm after the King's horse had been killed under him in battle. The family crest records this act of heroism that was to be rewarded with a grant of lands in the Borders and the famous Armstrong name.

The first specific reference locating them in Liddesdale, which would become their family seat, is in 1376. Liddesdale was also the seat of their unquestioned power in the region that allowed them to expand into Annandale and Eskdale to accommodate their growing population. It is reputed that by 1528 they were able to put 3000 horsemen in the field.

The Armstrongs' relationship with subsequent Scottish kings was turbulent to say the least. The most notorious event in this uneasy relationship occurred in 1530. John Armstrong, known in history as 'Gilnockie', was persuaded to attend a meeting at Carlingrigg with King James V who, unknown to Gilnockie, had the malicious intent to silence the rebellious Borderers. The ruse succeeded as Gilnockie and fifty followers were captured.

The Royal order to hang them was issued and despite several pleas for the King to be lenient in exchange for obedience, it was carried out. Defiant to the last, Gilnockie said these words directly to King James V:

"I am but a fool to seek grace at a graceless face, but had I known you would have taken me this day, I would have lived in the Borders despite King Harry and you both." His defiance is commemorated and echoed in the soulful popular Border ballad, "Johnie Armstrong":

"Farewell! my bonny Gilnock Hall

Where on Esk side thou standest stout !

Gif I had lived but seven yeirs mair

I wad a gilt thee round about

John Murdered was at Carlinrigg

And all his gallant companie;

But Scotland's heart was ne'er sae wae

To see sae mony brave men die."

In 1587 an act was passed by the Scottish parliament "for the quieting and keeping in obediance of the inhabitants of the Borders, Highland and Isles ..." That contained a roll of Chieftains and clans that confirms the status of Border families as an important part of clan history, and the Armstrongs as perhaps the most significant Border clan.

The clan's authority resided intact at Mangerton in Liddesdale, a succession of Armstrongs retaining the 'Laird of Mangerton' title, until 1610 when Archibald Armstrong was 'put to the horn' as a rebel.

After this, the Armstrong lands passed into the hands of the Scotts.

For more info about the Armstrong Clan, click on the Tartan or visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clan_Armstrong

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A Wee Tour of the Armstrong Clan Society - The Best of Scotland my Home, my Family.

Take a walk down the path of history and learn more!

Mum & Dad

William Charles Armstrong

Born Musselburgh

Occupation: Army - Miner - Mason

Margaret McLellan Ferguson Armstrong

Born Musselburgh

Occupation: Typist - Retired

Resides: Family Home Musselburgh

The Best of Scotland my Home, and my Family.

My Mum and Dad :-) sadly we lost Dad a few years back, and now Mum is now within his arms once again....they may be gone, they will be missed so so much, but they shall certainly never be forgotten.

Mum & Dad I miss you so much..Love you!

Big Sister

Mariane Armstrong McGowan

Born Musselburgh

Occupation: Scottish Government

Residence: Musselburgh

Big Sis Mariane, single Mum, living in Musselburgh just around the corner from Mum, Mariane has two daughters (Yes more girls) Charlene and Stephanie, owe yea, Mariane is a proud Grandma hehehe, little Jay is the addition to the family. Mariane is in full time employment and works for the Scottish Offices in Edinburgh. She enjoys gardening and spending quality time with family.

Big Sister

Joyce Armstrong Reid

Born Musselburgh

Occupation: B&Q

Residence: Aberdeen

Married to Ian Reid, living in Aberdeen, a few hours drive away from Mum. Joyce has one son, Paul, and a daughter, Coleen. Joyce is employed full time at B&Q (Home Depot - Lowes type of store), and Ian runs his own Taxi business, so if you are ever in Aberdeen and need a taxi, let me know and I will get family discount :-)

Billy (Me)

William Armstrong

Born Musselburgh

Occupation: Royal Navy Police - Cruise Line Security Manager

Resides: Valencia California

Still single, living in Valencia, California, which is about an hours drive North of Los Angeles. Working for a large Cruise Line Industry as the Company Security Manager.

My abode is a small one bedroom apartment, enclosed within a gated community, and shared with my little Sun Conure Parrot "YOSHI", (check her lens out).

Since leaving school at a ripe old age of sixteen years, I have either been at sea or moving around for most of my life. The countries I have visited throughout my Naval career, and while aboard Cruise Ship's, are amazing, not only in number, but geographical location.

The Armstrong Clan still reside in Scotland and yours truly is the only one that ventures afar. I return home predominantly every year to visit family and friends for a few weeks at a time, and yes it is sad to leave them again.

My hobbies vary from time to time, I like to workout whenever possible, have been known to throw a few kicks and punches on the mats at the TaeKwondo Studio where I managed to obtain my Black Belt. I like to scout around on the internet, play my virtual game "Entropia Universe" (check the lens out) and naturally visit Squidoo.

My music varies a lot, and I have a great collection of CD's form all around the world, oh yes, there is a lens for that also :-). I am a little bit of an entrepreneur and considered a gadget guy, well who isn't to a certain degree :-)

Fell free to ask questions, have fun browsing.

Wee Sister

Doreen Armstrong Thomas

Born Musselburgh

Occupation: Housewife

Residence: Musselburgh

Married to Mervyn Thomas, living in Musselburgh, in a nice property just across the road from Mum. Doreen has three daughters (Yes more girls) Laura, Sarah, and wee Kelly. Busy little housewife, and has been known to help hubby out with his business.

The girls are all teenagers, so I guess I shall leave it at that, as you ladies out there know how that goes, main point is that they love their Uncle Billy :-)

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The Best of Scotland my Home, my Family. - Musselburgh - My Home Town History

Musselburgh is the largest settlement in East Lothian, Scotland, on the coast of the Firth of Forth, six miles east of Edinburgh city centre.

It was first settled by the Romans in the years following their invasion of Scotland in AD80. They built a fort a little inland from the mouth of the River Esk and bridged the river here. In doing so they established the line of the main eastern approach to Scotland's capital for most of the next two thousand years. Musselburgh is the oldest town in Scotland and has the oldest golf course in the world.

The name Musselburgh is Old English in origin with mussel referring to the shellfish, and burgh derived from the Old English for 'town'.

The town motto "Honesty" dates back to 1332, when the Regent of Scotland, Randolph, Earl of Moray, died in the burgh after a long illness during which he was devotedly cared for by its citizens. His successor offered to reward the people for their loyalty but they declined, saying they were only doing their duty. The new regent, the Earl of Mar, was impressed and said they were a set of honest men, hence "Honest Toun".

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Armstrong Castle.

11 June 2012

The Chief - Wee Maggie my beautiful Mother - Rest in Piece..I love you dearly.

Your Watch has ended Mum!

Don't panic, the streets are safe, Wee Maggie is on watch :-)

The Riding of the Marches, Musselburgh

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The Riding of the Marches was first mentioned in the record books in 1682 and customarily takes place every 21 years. It saw its origins in days when there was great rivalry between landlords who were always trying to encroach on the property of each other. The Lairds conscripted men to protect their boundaries. Later the custom became a symbolic ceremony, enacted by elected or appointed men of the burgh, whereby a town champion dressed in full armor and a turf cutter checked the 12 points along the boundary of the burgh. Honest Toun Festival was first held in 1936, when it was decided that the time was right to hold another festival each year as long as it did not impose on the Riding of the Marches.

According to the historic custom of approximately 21-year cycles, the next Musselburgh Riding of the Marches is due to take place in July 2016. The last Champion, I am proud to announce, was my Uncle John Downie (Mum's Brother), rest in peace Uncle John, you are sadly missed.

Capital of Scotland Edinburgh

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Edinburgh Castle is a castle fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland, from its position atop the volcanic Castle Rock. Human habitation of the site is dated back as far as the 9th century BC, although the nature of early settlement is unclear. There has been a royal castle here since at least the reign of David I in the 12th century, and the site continued to be a royal residence until the Union of the Crowns in 1603. As one of the most important fortresses in the Kingdom of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle has been involved in many historical conflicts, from the Wars of Scottish Independence in the 14th century, up to the Jacobite Rising of 1745, and has been besieged, both successfully and unsuccessfully, on several occasions. From the later 17th century, the castle became a military base, with a large garrison. Its importance as a historic monument was recognized from the 19th century, and various restoration programmes have been carried out since.

Few of the present buildings pre-date the Lang Siege of the 16th century, when the medieval fortifications were largely destroyed by artillery bombardment. The notable exception is St Margaret's Chapel, the oldest surviving building in Edinburgh, which dates from the early 12th century. Among other significant buildings of the castle are the Royal Palace, and the early-16th-century Great Hall. The castle also houses the Scottish National War Memorial, and National War Museum of Scotland.

Although formally owned by the Ministry of Defense, most of the castle is now in the care of Historic Scotland, and it is Scotland's most-visited tourist attraction. Although the garrison left in the 1920s, there is still a military presence at the castle, largely ceremonial and administrative, and including a number of regimental museums. It is also the backdrop to the annual Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and has become a recognizable symbol of Edinburgh and of Scotland.

For more info about Edinburgh and what's on offer, click on the picture or visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edinburgh

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, 2011.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, one of the worlds most spectacular entertainment events, takes place every year throughout the month of August (3-25), and is thee event you wont want to miss!

Check out the Edinburgh Military Tattoo website for 2012. (http://www.edintattoo.co.uk/ )

If your going, remember to book early, and I mean early, as tickets disappear very fast.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Poll

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My very own Scottish Tattoo design! Got this done about a year ago in California :-)

Town/City of The Month - St Andrews

St Andrews has a population of 16,680, making this the fifth largest settlement in Fife.

There has been an important church in St Andrews since at least the 8th century, and a bishopric since at least the 11th century. The settlement grew to the west of St Andrews cathedral with the southern side of the Scores to the north and the Kinness burn to the south. The burgh soon became the ecclesiastical capital of Scotland, a position which was held until the Scottish Reformation. The famous cathedral, the largest in Scotland, now lies in ruins.

The town is home to the University of St Andrews, the third oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of the UK's most prestigious. The University is an integral part of the burgh, and during term time students make up approximately one third of the town's population.

St Andrews is also known worldwide as the "home of golf". This is in part because the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, founded in 1754, exercises legislative authority over the game worldwide (except in the United States and Mexico), and also because the famous links (acquired by the town in 1894) is the most frequent venue for The Open Championship, the oldest of golf's four major championships. Visitors travel to St Andrews in great numbers for several courses ranked amongst the finest in the world, as well as for the sandy beaches.

Ye Auld Scottish Recipe Section

Courtesy of allrecipies.com

Haggis

I absolutely love my Haggis. I really do ! So, if you're ever in Scotland try some. Here's a wee recipe for authentic Haggis taken from rampantscotland.com, where you can find many, many more great Scottish recipies.

Ingredients:

Set of sheep's heart, lungs and liver (cleaned by a butcher)

One beef lung

3 cups finely chopped suet

One cup medium ground oatmeal

Two medium onions, finely chopped

One cup beef stock

One teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pepper

One teaspoon nutmeg

½ teaspoon mace

Traditional Scottish Haggis

(Pack of 2)

Finely chop the meat and combine in a large bowl with the suet, oatmeal, finely chopped onions, beef stock, salt, pepper, nutmeg and mace. Make sure the ingredients are mixed well. Stuff the meat and spices mixture into the beef bung which should be over half full. Then press out the air and tie the open ends tightly with string. Make sure that you leave room for the mixture to expand or else it may burst while cooking. If it looks as though it may do that, prick with a sharp needle to reduce the pressure.

Place in a pot and cover with water. Bring to the boil and immediately reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for three hours. Avoid boiling vigorously to avoid bursting the skin.

Serve hot with "champit tatties and bashit neeps" (mashed/creamed potato and turnip/swede). For added flavour, you can add some nutmeg to the potatoes and allspice to the turnip/swede.

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Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 30 min

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 cups rolled oats 1/4 cup white sugar 4 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup dried currants 1 egg
  • beaten 1/2 cup butter
  • melted 1/3 cup milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking sheet.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, salt, and currants. Make a well in the center. In a small bowl, beat egg until frothy, and stir in melted butter and milk. Pour into the well, and mix to create a soft dough. Pat dough into two 1/2 inch thick circles. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Score 8 wedges into each circle of dough.
  3. Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until risen and browned. Split wedges, and serve warm.
Cast your vote for Scottish Oat Scones
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 55 min
Ready in: 1 hour 15 min

Scottish Shortbread

  • 2 cups butter 1 cup packed brown sugar 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. Cream butter and brown sugar. Add 3 to 3 3/4 cups flour. Mix well.
  3. Sprinkle board with the remaining flour. Knead for 5 minutes, adding enough flour to make a soft dough. Roll to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut into 3x1 inch strips. Prick with fork and place on ungreased baking sheets.
  4. Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 20 to 25 minutes.
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: Four

Scotch Eggs

  • 1 quart oil for frying 4 eggs 2 pounds pork sausage 4 cups dried bread crumbs
  • seasoned 1 cup all-purpose flour 4 eggs
  • beaten

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Heat oil in deep-fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Place eggs in saucepan and cover with water. Bring to boil. Cover, remove from heat, and let eggs sit in hot water for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from hot water, cool and peel.
  3. Flatten the sausage and make a patty to surround each egg. Very lightly flour the sausage and coat with beaten egg. Roll in bread crumbs to cover evenly.
  4. Deep fry until golden brown, or pan fry while making sure each side is well cooked. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.
  5. Cut in half and serve over a bed of lettuce and sliced tomatoes for garnish. If mustard is desired it looks beautiful over this.
Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 35 min
Ready in: 1 hour 5 min
Yields: Six

Forfar Bridies

  • 12 ounces ground lamb 1 onion
  • chopped 2 tablespoons beef broth 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • or to taste 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • or to taste 1 recipe pastry for double-crust pie 1 egg white
  • lightly beaten

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a large heavy skillet over medium heat, cook lamb until evenly brown; drain excess fat. Remove from heat, and stir in onion, beef broth and Worcestershire sauce. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll pastry out to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into 6 inch rounds. Place approximately 1/2 cup filling on one half of each. Fold the pastry over the filling, and crimp edges to seal. Brush lightly with beaten egg white, and cut three slits in the top to allow steam to escape. Place on baking sheet.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until golden brown.

Gifts from Scotland!

Lyon's Gift (The Highland Brides Book 2)
Lyon's Gift (The Highland Brides Book 2)

A story of real people with desires, and a beautiful lady that is the answer to peace between the clans

 
Westland Giftware Mwah Magnetic Scottish Terriers Salt and Pepper Shaker Set, 2-3/4-Inch
Westland Giftware Mwah Magnetic Scottish Terriers Salt and Pepper Shaker Set, 2-3/4-Inch

Salt and Pepper Shakers with a difference, these little Scottish Terriers shall deliver at meal times if you need seasoning on your food, has a magnet that will keep both shakers together, cute and certainly a topic to talk about at the table!

 
Scottish Fine Soaps Poetica 5 Piece Keepsake Box Gift Set
Scottish Fine Soaps Poetica 5 Piece Keepsake Box Gift Set

Hidden within a nice gift box is some very nice Scottish soaps which include Body Butter, Body Was, Hand & Nail Cream and soap, a perfect gift for any lady!

 
Hamleys of London Bagpipe Playing Scottish Teddy Bear
Hamleys of London Bagpipe Playing Scottish Teddy Bear

He is 8 inches high, dressed in red tartan kilt, bonnet and the compulsory bagpipes. This item is pretty hard to come by in the U.S.and is not always available, suitable for children 3 years and older, that's if the adults can leave it alone!

 

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      blue22d 5 years ago

      Hi my Squidoo friend. Love your lens. I have a mix of Scottish and Irish. Rumor of the history is that we Smiley's were from Scotland and moved to Ireland - but I don't know. I love both histories and would love to visit both countries. Our creator made us both and I thank Him for the variety!

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      malena10 5 years ago

      I would love visit Scotland one day and this article is "must read" before you go there, thanks for sharing beauty of Scotland with us.

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      BPennywise 5 years ago

      Ach that was a lovely wee glimpse of bonnie Scotland;) I'm scottish born and immigrated to Canada as a wee lass. I've ate and enjoyed haggis, but never seen the recipe before. Not sure I have the stomach to try to make it. Black pudding, mealy(sp?) pudding and scones are old favourites, but a rare find here in Edmonton. I really enjoyed our lens! God bless you and your family, Billy:)

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      poppy mercer 5 years ago from London

      Scotland is indeed beautiful. I've only seen the west coast, but I'd love to see more. I see you have a parrott. My neighbour has one, and every day I go and give him/her a little bow. (discretely of course, so the neighbours don't think I'm totally bonkers). He/she bows/bobs back. It feels quite profound sometimes.

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      patinkc 5 years ago from Midwest

      Thank you for featuring my lens here! I do hope to visit Scotland someday soon.

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      victoriahaneveer 5 years ago

      Fascinating glimpse into your life. Thanks for sharing.

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      Great page, I would love to go there sometime.

      It's funny as out of the blue I watched Karen Boyle today.

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      You have truly shared the best of Scotland in vivid detail. Thank you for sharing your home and family, as well as yourself. I enjoyed the "honesty" tale.

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      PhotosVac 5 years ago

      Great lens! I would love to visit Scotland!

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      How fun to read all about your family and where you live. I love peeking into other people's lives.

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      Michey LM 6 years ago

      Just learn some facts about your family and Scotland, I like the places from your pictures.

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      MarcellaCarlton 6 years ago

      What in the world is beef bung? Love this lens and everything Scottish except golf. Great bagpipe playing. I'm Stewart, Campbell, and Wallace. Do you think I have any hope?

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      Bill Armstrong 6 years ago from Valencia, California

      My thanks to everyone for all those congratulations/blessings and kind comments on receiving a Purple Star, I am overjoyed and proud at this lens receiving the Purple Star and will endeavor to update as much as possible for your enjoyment, once again, many thanks to everyone.

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      Winter52 LM 6 years ago

      This is one amazing lens. It must have taken you hours and hours! Have never been to Scotland, but I'm certainly thinking about it now.

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      Wanda Fitzgerald 6 years ago from Central Florida

      You sure have a lot of women in your family. I enjoyed getting to know them from the comfort of my home. Great story.

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      AlleyCatLane 6 years ago

      Enjoyed getting to know you and your family, as well as your Scotland home. Congrats on the purple star!

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      AlleyCatLane 6 years ago

      Enjoyed getting to know you and your family, as well as your Scotland home. Congrats on the purple star!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Back for another visit to congratulate you on your purple star. Well deserved!

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      aksem 6 years ago

      Congratulations. You has made a tremendous job!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Awesome lens! I hope to spend at least a few weeks there next year. In the meantime, watching "Hamish Macbeth" is the closest I can get for now. :-)

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      BarbaraCasey 6 years ago

      Really nice lens. Heartfelt and interesting... with bagpipes, too. Blessings.

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      Dianne Loomos 6 years ago

      Scotland is indeed a very fascinating place. That's one place I'd love to visit some time. Congrats on your pretty purple star!

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      Susan300 6 years ago

      Very interesting reading. Congratulations on your Purple Star! :) *Angel Blessed*

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      Bill Armstrong 6 years ago from Valencia, California

      @charlb: I love the weather when I go back home for holidays, no matter conditions, just a nice change from the heat in California

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Just came back for another look, still a great lens and a lovely tribute to the family.

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      charlb 6 years ago

      Ah what a nostalgic lens! My mum is Scottish and I have only been once. Would love to live there but afraid of not tolerating the weather after growing up in the sunny Mediterranean!

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      getmoreinfo 6 years ago

      I really enjoyed learning more about your home and you have such a lovely family. rated up 5 stars.

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      Lisa Morris 6 years ago

      A truly wonderful lens about you and your family It is very nice to meet you. You have been blessed.

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Terrific meeting you and your Armstrong family. Plus doubly-pleased to meet a fellow Scot. I've never been, but my ancestors on two sides of the family came from Scotland to America by way of Canada. My uncle and my mom both visited Scotland, but I've yet to make the trip. Perhaps I could go stay with 'wee Maggie' in Musselburgh. She sounds like a lady I could quickly relate to. :-).

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      Bill Armstrong 6 years ago from Valencia, California

      @HealthfulMD: Why thank you Comfortdoc, appreciated and glad you liked the lens, thanks for your blessing

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 6 years ago from Northern California

      Lovely tribute to you family and your clan.

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      Bill Armstrong 6 years ago from Valencia, California

      @TonyPayne: Appreciate your kind words and blessing especially for a lens close to my heart. Now about that 1/2 mile drive past, hmmm sorry cannot give credit, need do that extra distance next time :-)

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      Bill Armstrong 6 years ago from Valencia, California

      @bossypants: Thank you for kind comments, I have actually started on tracing family roots, coming across some hurdles and can only do so much when away from home, planning another visit soon so hopefully can proceed further down the tree

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      Bill Armstrong 6 years ago from Valencia, California

      @WriterJanis2: Thanks for visit and blessing Janis, appreciated

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      Bill Armstrong 6 years ago from Valencia, California

      @MarcoG: How is Princess Street looking, last year when I was there they were still digging up for tram :) Thanks for visit

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      Bill Armstrong 6 years ago from Valencia, California

      @cheapmicrowave lm: Cheers fur ra visit and wuld luv a beer wi ya!

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      Bill Armstrong 6 years ago from Valencia, California

      @grannysage: Thanks for visit, yea Wee Maggie is a character, still going strong, will be going to visit soon so hopefully have more pictures

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      Bill Armstrong 6 years ago from Valencia, California

      @Elyn MacInnis: Bravo..there is a lot of people out there who will not try, can't blame them really when you consider what is within, but I like and eat as often as possible when visiting home, many thanks for your visit

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      Bill Armstrong 6 years ago from Valencia, California

      @Gloriousconfusion: Many thanks for visiting, love the blessing :)

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      Bill Armstrong 6 years ago from Valencia, California

      @SheGetsCreative: Thanks for the visit, have actually just been to your Clan Armstrong Gear and Gifts and loved it, seems I need get myself some of those Armstrong gifts for friends presents, have linked your lens here in my great lenses to browse over, appreciate blessing ;)

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      Angela F 6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      *blessed* from a fellow Clan Armstrong and adding to my Clan Armstrong Gifts and Gear page

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      Diana Grant 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Nice lens, and nice memories of Scotland, so here are some blessings from me.

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      Elyn MacInnis 6 years ago from Shanghai, China

      I don't like animal innards. But you know what? I ate it anyway. To be polite. I am giving myself the courage award. ;-)

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      grannysage 6 years ago

      I love Wee Maggie! Thank you for introducing me to your family and heritage. My husband is a Wallace and can trace his roots way back.

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      cheapmicrowave lm 6 years ago

      Love the lens! I am a scottie living in glasgow! Let me know when you are in these parts we could have pint ;-)

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      cheapmicrowave lm 6 years ago

      Love the lens! I am a scottie living in glasgow! Let me know when you are in these parts we could have pint ;-)

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      Marc 6 years ago from Edinburgh

      I loved being in Edinburgh last week, love Scotland!

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      WriterJanis2 6 years ago

      Such a wonderful lens. Blessed.

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      bossypants 6 years ago

      Wonderful to read about your heritage, family and home! I wonder how much was research for you and how much you've learned just from family legend? (I always like legend the best, myself!)

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      Bill Armstrong 6 years ago from Valencia, California

      @TonyPayne: Cheers Poddys, appreciated

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      What an excellent lens, which is apparent right from the start. I can claim that I have been to Scotland, but does 1/2 mile driving past the "Welcome To Scotland" sign north of Berwick On Tweed really count? Loved learning more about you, the family and your ancestral home. Nicely done, blessed.

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      Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

      Aye Scotland is our Home!

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      Bill Armstrong 6 years ago from Valencia, California

      @anonymous: Hi dave and welcome back, I try to update regular, have managed to get into Tier 2, was so close for Tier 1, not made it there yet but will some day soon, appreciate your support

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      Bill Armstrong 6 years ago from Valencia, California

      @troybreimon lm: Thanks Trot, appreciated, fun doing this lens

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      troybreimon lm 6 years ago

      wish I could live here. beautiful photos and great write up Billy.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Back for another visit, Billy. Your lens makes me want to cross the pond for a visit. I'd love to come over and have a wee dram. All the best.

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      Bill Armstrong 6 years ago from Valencia, California

      @aquarian_insight: Ah how naughty are you, so close and yet not so far and still no visit..I would leave it another few months and hopefully they will have Princess Stereet all complete, they are putting in tram lines all way along and further, should be an awesome sight when finished and add a touch of class, no matter when you decide to go have fun and save some pictures for us to see :-)

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      Bill Armstrong 6 years ago from Valencia, California

      @tea lady 2: Have a blast when visiting and yes agree it would be grand if you did find family members, you never know :-)

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      Bill Armstrong 6 years ago from Valencia, California

      @Nancy Hardin: Hi Nancy...got to hold some good topics back, William Wallace will certainly be one of my topics :-) I actually have a very very beautiful drawing in a frame of Mel when doing Braveheart back home in Scotland, only 2 ever done, will be showing that on this lens and believe me I am sure you will like. Many thanks for your blessing..Hugz

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      aquarian_insight 6 years ago

      I am down south in London, but Scotland is my dream destination. It's ridiculous how I have managed to visit places all over the globe, but not bonnie Scotland. I loved your lens, meeting the Armstrong clan and just getting a feel for your Scotland. You may be far from home, but you carry her in your heart.

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      Pat 6 years ago from Midwest, USA

      Scotland has been on my list of next place to go for a long time. I really enjoyed your photos and meeting your family! Maybe when I get to Scotland, I'll find some of my family! Wouldn't that be grand?

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Love the lens. I noticed you make no mention of William Wallace. I know Edinburgh has a statue of him, I just wondered why no mention of him. I did one of my college essays on The Real Braveheart, who was actually much better than the movie one. Oh, and I got high marks for it too. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      AJ 6 years ago from Australia

      Very nice to meet the Armstrongs.

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      AJ 6 years ago from Australia

      Very nice to meet the Armstrongs.

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      AJ 6 years ago from Australia

      Very nice to meet the Armstrongs.

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      Margaret Schaut 6 years ago from Detroit

      A very personable introduction to Scotland! I'm delighted to meet the clan, see the countryside, and be excused from the heart, lungs and brains!

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      aishu19 6 years ago

      Well it was very nice to meet you, learn more about your family and home. Scotland is a place that has amazed me for years. Hope I get a chance to visit one day. I am sorry to hear about your dad.

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      Bill Armstrong 6 years ago from Valencia, California

      @Saralyn LM: Thanks for visiting, appreciate your comments

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      Bill Armstrong 6 years ago from Valencia, California

      @Terrie_Schultz: Thank you for your kind words Terrie, my top lens and hopefully it shall reach Tier 1 soon :-)

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      Bill Armstrong 6 years ago from Valencia, California

      @MarcoG: Have fun Marco...plenty of Armstrong's outside of Edinburgh in that wee place called Musselburgh

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      Bill Armstrong 6 years ago from Valencia, California

      @Heather426: Hi Heather, thanks for visiting my lens, so your not too far away from me :-) prey tell more about your Scottish Kings, is that not a lens in the making? Oooh my company, I am the only one in it, more of a consultant, small sales company, they must work for another with similar name. Keep in touch

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      Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      hmm, interesting to happen on this lens. first off, I'm descended from many Scottish kings. secondly, I live across the valley from you in Canyon Country and hubby and I go over to Valencia often for dinner, etc. Plus he's in the running club here in the Valley and several people who work for your company are in his group. funny.

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      Marc 6 years ago from Edinburgh

      I'm off to Edinburgh next week...and we have an Armstrong in the family! We're from the Kilmarnock neck of the woods :)

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      Terrie_Schultz 6 years ago

      Lovely tribute to your family and homeland. I've been to Scotland and would love go back.

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      Saralyn LM 6 years ago

      great lens. I love Scotland,been there once and it's also part of my lineage.

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      Bill Armstrong 6 years ago from Valencia, California

      @grega85: I understand ;)

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      Bill Armstrong 6 years ago from Valencia, California

      @Jillynn: Please do Jilly, I would love you to see beautiful Scotland ;) and Scotland would love to see beautiful Jilly ;)

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      Bill Armstrong 6 years ago from Valencia, California

      @Thrinsdream: Thank you Cathi, I share all these beautiful comments with Wee Maggie when I go home, appreciated

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      Bill Armstrong 6 years ago from Valencia, California

      @happynutritionist: I'm blushing ;) appreciate your love for my lens, my top lens and not too far off a Tier 2 ;)

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      Bill Armstrong 6 years ago from Valencia, California

      @getwellsoon: Your welcome, appreciate your kind comments and hope you visit Scotland soon ;)

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      getwellsoon 6 years ago

      I have always wanted to visit Scotland, thanks for the great lens!

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      happynutritionist 6 years ago

      What a wonderful page, my heritage is Scottish, and when I looked at the "what you'd do if you won millions" quest today, a visit to Scotland was the first thing that came to mind, and so I found you, and visited, it will have to be the next-best thing for now, and well worth the visit.

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      Bill Armstrong 6 years ago from Valencia, California

      @HalloweenRecipes: Yea done Six Flags myself, once was enough :-) Fancy a Taser :-) Thanks for kind coments

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      Bill Armstrong 6 years ago from Valencia, California

      @Edwardjames81: Would bring a box of Tasers back if I could, sadly they are illegal in UK :-(

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      Thrinsdream 6 years ago

      Wonderful, first of all you introduce Yoshi, who I adore and now Wee Maggie who is a super star! What a wonderful article. With thanks and appreciation. Cathi x

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      Jillynn 6 years ago

      I want to go! What a lovely lens of your homeland and family!

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      Edwardjames81 6 years ago

      An inspiring lens this - top stuff. Surely that taser isn't legal in the UK?!? If it is, can you bring one when you are next home and I will drive up to pick it up (I only live in East Anglia).

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      grega85 6 years ago

      I love Scotland.

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      HalloweenRecipes 6 years ago

      Your lens is inspiring Billiebraveheart! It was lovely to meet your family and learn about your home. I've been to Valencia, we went to ride all the roller coasters at Seven Flags Great Adventure and had a wonderful time doing so.

      The taser looks rather interesting!

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      goo2eyes lm 6 years ago

      it's nice to meet you and your whole family. squidangel blessings to the armstrong clan.

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      nextz77 6 years ago

      Your lens really inspired me Billy, thank you

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      hhc3333 6 years ago

      This lens is unique.

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      hftm69 6 years ago

      Wow, Scotland really is interesting country, I love their culture :)

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      kimark421 6 years ago

      Great lens. Scotland is so beautiful, I hope to visit one day.

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      Amelia7410 6 years ago

      Your hometown is so beautiful :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wonderful lens, your mom is awesome :)

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      Rose Jones 6 years ago

      What a great lens, I am really glad you shared all this with us. Blessed!

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      Bill Armstrong 6 years ago from Valencia, California

      @mumsgather: Thank you for the blessing :-)

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      mumsgather 6 years ago

      What a lovely way to introduce your family. Blessed. :)

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      Bill Armstrong 6 years ago from Valencia, California

      Thanks for all your kind comments

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