Mesdames’ return to court has not had any great effect up till now. They are keeping quiet and Mme Adelaide seems to have greatly moderated her desire to meddle in everything. The Queen received Mesdames in a kind and friendly way, but in a manner designed to show them that their domination is over.

–Ambassador Mercy to Maria Theresa, 2 July 1774 [translation: Margaret Anne Macleod, There Were Three of Us in the Relationship]


Crockett & Jones Pembroke Brown Grain

Music: Sidewalk Shade by Kevin MacLeod

i don’t get it when people think that they’re not pretty. prettiness is 100% subjective. if someone doesn’t like a certain food/colour/movie then that doesn’t mean everyone else doesn’t like it too, cause that’s not how brains work. opinions are based on hormones. if someone doesn’t think your hair looks nice, then that doesn’t take away from the fact that someone else thinks your hair looks nice. someone may think you’re ugly, you may think you’re ugly, but that random stranger you passed on the street thinks you’re gorgeous. everyone has different opinions, so stop letting the bad ones define you. you’re beautiful to so many people, just make sure you’re one of them.


Happy National Tartan Day!

“Nowhere beats the heart so kindly as beneath the tartan plaid.”    William Edmondstoune Aytoun 

From our stacks: The Scottish Clans and Their Tartans With Notes. Library Edition. W. & A. K. Johnston, Limited, Edinburgh and London. Undated {1902}.

Tartans pictured:

1. The Rob Roy Tartan

2. Old Stewart

3. Hunting Stewart

Old And Rare Scottish Tartans With Historical Introduction And Descriptive Notices by Donald William Stewart F.S.A. SCOT. Edinburgh: George P. Johnston, 1893.

Tartans pictured: 

1. Wallace

2. Balmoral

3. Drummond Of Perth

4. MacLeod

Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye, Scotland 

Dunvegan Castle is the seat of the MacLeod Clan. The castle is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and has been the stronghold of the chiefs of the clan for 800 years. In the 13th century a curtain wall was built on the hill around a former Norse fort which was only accessible through a sea gate. A castle was constructed within the curtain wall by Malcolm MacLeod in about 1350.

Around 1500, a second tower was added by the 8th chief, Alasdair Crotach. This tower, intended as accommodation for guests, was dubbed the Fairy Tower. In 1623 the 15th chief, Ruairidh Mor (Rory Mor), replaced the old medieval feasting hall with a range of state apartments above storage cellars. Ruairidh Mor’s grandson added a Piper’s Gallery in 1664, and a south wing two decades later.

The old tower was left roofless when the new state apartments were complete, and it wasn’t until 1790 that the 23rd chief had it re-roofed to become a comfortable drawing room. A barrack block was added at the same time. Over the 18th and 19th centuries the authentic medieval underpinnings of the castle were gradually hidden beneath an elegant array of mock battlements.