Archive for December, 2009

A Celtic Christmas

December 18, 2009


Exploring the Mystical Kyle of Tongue

by Janet Nicol

Along Scotland’s most northern coast is a charming Highland retreat overlooking a point of land jutting out like a tongue. Vistiors to the village, known as Tongue and its inlet, the Kyle of Tongue, can expect to explore spellbinding landscape.

So begins the story of a pilgramage to my paternal ancestors’ croft along the northern tip of the British Isles. My encounters with the memorable landscape, flocks of sheep and a lone “Nicol” clanswoman are chronicled in the December, 2009 issue of Celtic Life magazine, published out of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Also in this issue, “Murder Most Foul: Scottish Nightingale Still Haunts Vancouver” I revisit the unsolved murder in 1924 of Scottish immigrant nanny, Janet Smith.

Available in the Spring 2010 issue, I profile James Cunningham, Scots-born stonemason, who immigrated with his family to Vancouver before the First World War. Cunningham dedicated the second half of his long life to building the Stanley Park seawall.

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