A Lesson in Skirling

During the Christmas holidays in 1841, Thomas Chalmers, then perhaps the most prominent man in all of Scotland, paid a visit to the tiny Borders town of Skirling in Peebleshire.  During his stay, he consented to stop by the local village school and give a lecture on Mathematics.  The great man was always inclined to leave a moral philosophy lesson …

St. Andrew’s Day

Numbered among the Apostles, the brother of Simon Petereventually became the revered patron of both Greece and Scotland where hisfeast day, November 30, remains a kind of national holiday.Andrew (c. 10-60) may well have been,as tradition asserts, the f…

Hallowmas or Halloween

Christians have celebrated All-Hallows-Eveor Hallowmas since about the 8th century as a night of prayerfulpreparation before All Saints Day.  But, the pagan associations of Halloween with the day are actually mucholder—and perhaps more deep…