By: Robert, Tavares, U.S.
I remember the war, it was 1942, Mother was a single mom, we lived in Partick, in a single end, four of us. A lot of days we didn’t eat, we were always hungry.
We ate what we could find in the middins. One day I found a loaf of bread, it was mouldy and hard as a rock. Mother put it in milk and cooked it in the oven. It turned out to be delicious, that and a big dollop of lard.
My brother and I would catch rats (I was 4 yrs old) I remember how proud we were when we got 8-9 rats. Mom would dress them and put them in the pot and make a big stew. All the children knew of mother’s stew and would line up with their bowls….
PS: None of us ever died.
I could on and on about poverty and how we survived.
The winters were harsh, cold, no money fur gas, we would hudddle together in the dark. I would hug my wee sister for warmth. My brother and I would follow the coal merchant with a wee bucket and pick up the droppings. That night was a blessing. I looked at the flames, its warmth. I was so happy.
I could go on and on…. To-day I live in Florida, it was a long journey. I didn’t get here by my own efforts. I got here by the Grace of God and my sponsor Pres John F Kennedy (1963)
Wallace and Robert Bruce
By James Clare, East Kilbride, Scotland.
Stumbled upon your website, and is really great.
Just to help you with your history
(you confess that this is not your forte!)…
William Wallace was not striving to achieve his dream of Scotland becoming an independent country. Scotland had always been an independent country, for many hundreds of years before him.
Wallace was fighting a force which had invaded and occupied his country.
It is extremely unlikely that Wallace and Robert Bruce did not meet. In fact there are many indications alluding to the occasions when they did meet.
I hope that helps a little, and that you’re not too offended by a smart-alec. I will now enjoy the rest of your brilliant site.
Editor’s comment :
Thanks for this great contribution James.
With regards to your first point, I accept that this could have been worded : “Wallace was striving to achieve his dream of Scotland REMAINING an independent country.”
On the second point, Wallace and The Bruce MAY have met, but there is STILL SOME DOUBT as to whether or not they actually did.
My Scottish Heritage
By James Douglas, Southern Ohio, USA.
Hello, my names is James Edward Douglas, as you can guess I’m of Scottish heritage..and PROUD of it! I was reading your humour pages and noticed a lot of the things the Scots do we also do here in Southern Ohio where in the old days was settled mostly by Scottish people – no one else in their right mind would want to live here!
I know from looking at pics Scotland has a lot more beautiful scenery. Keep up the cool website! Alba gu bra!!! For the folks in the old country, my mother still says “ye” for you and other words I have learned to “interpret” through the years.
Sometimes I find myself sounding Scottish, I’ll say “aboot” instead of about and other things. It just doesn’t go away, my heritage I mean. I’ve been on this site for over a hour and still reading. Love it!!
Aye, I am of Scottish heritage.
I would love to visit the old country and see where the Douglas clan lived. Me great grandpa was John Douglas and great-great was James B. Douglas, I believe he was first of my family to come over. Love to hear from any of the Douglas clan in Scotland.