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Feature Articles

Within this section, you will find selected articles which have appeared in the association newsletter, The Journal, or are written up or supplied by our members, which would be of interest to our our members, potential new members and site visitors.



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SCOTTISH PAINTED CEILINGS

Jennifer Merredew and a recent client on creating a Scottish Painted Ceiling

Decorative artist Jennifer Merredew gets a call to create a medieval painted ceiling.


Date added: 17 Jun 2010 read more about scottish painted ceilings
BLACKHALL MANOR HISTORY

Blackhall Manor - Its History and Restoration

Although a very modest house in the context of Scottish “castles” in general and the SCA’s membership in particular, Blackhall Manor in Paisley, Renfrewshire has a history which stretches back 850 years.


Date added: 15 Jun 2010 read more about blackhall manor history
ARMS & ARMOUR

A brief history of

David Lee Donachie give us a brief history of Arm and Armour.


Date added: 14 Jun 2010 read more about arms & armour
VANESSA HARRYHAUSEN

Vanessa Harryhausen... I presume

Scottish Castles Association member Vanessa Harryhausen comes from a very interesting family. Fellow SCA member, John Buchanan Smith, met Vanessa as she was looking to acquire an historic Scottish property.


Date added: 14 Jun 2010 read more about vanessa harryhausen
PAUL MOWBRAY

Paul Mowbray - Artist, Designer and Wood Craftsman

Paul has accomplished a broad variety of projects from small intricate jewellery boxes for Argyll’s Lodging to large-scale projects like a panelled room at Wolmerstoune House.


Date added: 14 Jun 2010 read more about paul mowbray
FA'SIDE CASTLE

Fa'side Castle - by Sue Brash

SCA Member Sue Brash writes about the history of her home, Fa'side Castle, which is just outside Musselburgh.


Date added: 11 Jun 2010 read more about fa'side castle
CRAMOND TOWER

Cramond Tower - A Derelict Property - Rescued, Restored and Reoccupied

Although part of a much larger castle at one time, Cramond Tower is a tall narrow 16th-century tower house, with a vaulted basement. It is located in the picturesque village of Cramond.


Date added: 11 Jun 2010 read more about cramond tower
FORTS OF OMAN

The Forts of Oman - By Alastair Bain

SCA member Alistair Bain writes about Omani forts of Arabic design, with some Persian and Portuguese influence.


Date added: 14 Apr 2010 read more about forts of oman
BARHOLM CASTLE RESTORATION

Bringing Barholm Castle back to life

Unlike many of those who purchase a castle, we did not trawl Scotland’s ruined castles looking for one to restore. We simply fell in love with Barholm Castle the moment we saw it.


Date added: 14 Apr 2010 read more about barholm castle restoration
CASTLE OWNER PILGRIMAGE

A Castle Owner's Pilgrimage

SCA member Tom Clarke has successfully restored some fabulous historical properties including Howgill Castle, Lochhouse Tower and Kilmartin Castle. Here, he gives us a fascinating insight into his life...


Date added: 24 Feb 2010 read more about castle owner pilgrimage
SCOTTISH FLAG HERITAGE CENTRE

The Scottish Flag Heritage Centre

SCA member, John Pringle investigates how the village Athelstaneford got its name after a battle won by Picts and Scots along with other historical facts and myths linked with The Scottish Flag Heritage Centre.


Date added: 22 Feb 2010 read more about scottish flag heritage centre