Hi - I was born and brought up in Glasgow, and have lived and worked since then in many parts of this fantastic country of Scotland – as a student at St Andrews in Fife, and in working in local museums in Edinburgh, Perth and Kinross, Wigtownshire, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire and back in Glasgow - before escaping to become a Scotland-wide Blue Badge tourist guide!
I started out with a passion for archaeology and history, but you can’t understand either of these without the context of place, and you can’t get that without being there – seeing how a mountain range restricts communication, farming and population; how the tidal point of a river affects transport, trade and the growth of industry and towns; how changes in climate deliver and then take away bounties like fish stocks on which communities depend; how a painting can change your understanding of a person, place, or point in history.
My working life has been grounded in learning about, understanding, interpreting and presenting Scotland – her history and geography, and the inter-relationship of these with resources and opportunities, which in turn have created the incredibly rich and varied countryside, industries, towns, communities and culture we have today. Landscapes, buildings, objects, stories, songs, pictures, writing and tradition all come together to make that tapestry.
It is now my privilege, and I hope your pleasure, to share that with you.