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October 15, 2022

Scottish Essay: 29 Beautiful Vintage Black and White Photos Captured Life in Scotland in 1947

In 1947, LIFE profiled Scotland's landscape, economy and traditions, touting its most celebrated exports—among them whiskey, golf, tweed, herring, ships and bagpipes.

Hans Wild’s photos for LIFE, and the hundreds of outtakes never printed, capture the intricate detail of Scottish culture down to the shearing of a wooly sheep and the fingering on a traditional bagpipe melody. Pride, in both national heritage and familial lineage, courses through the images.

Competitors for the world championship danced the Reel of Tulloch, Scotland, 1947.

Competitors for the world championship danced the Reel of Tulloch, Scotland, 1947.

Ancient Castle Rock and its fortifications (upper right) have looked down on Edinburgh for centuries. The royal residence of Scottish kings beginning in 1004, it was also the scene of witch burnings. The “Royal Mile,” a mile of streets connecting castle and Holyrood Palace, began beyond the castle at the extreme right. Essayist Thomas De Quincey was buried in the cemetery of St. Cuthbert’s Church (lower left).

Eilean Donan Castle guarded Loch Duich in the western Highlands near Dornie. Under the low cloud (right) lay the Isle of Skye, to which Prince Charlie once fled, disguised as the serving maid of Scottish Heroine Flora Macdonald. The castle was wrecked by British gunfire in 1719 when it was a headquarters for Spanish and Scottish leaders in one of the endless revolts against the English crown.

The key to the Highlands was once this old bridge over the Forth Stirling. For centuries it was the only escape route for clansmen fleeing north.

Lord Lyon King of Arms, Thomas Innes of Learney, was supreme judge of all Scottish genealogies and determined precedence and succession of clan chiefs. His full accouterments included an appliquéd tabard, chain of office, Grand Cross of Royal Victorian Order and Baton.

In full dress, a piper of the famed Black Watch regiment piped a pibroch at Perth Barracks.

Scotland, 1947.

Scotland, 1947.

Scotland, 1947.

In Stewart Tartan an Aberdeen lass competed in a championship Highland dancing contest held each year at the Cowal gathering at Dunoon. Other events included piping and the fling.

Scotland, 1947.

Scotland, 1947.

Scotland, 1947.

Scotland, 1947.

Scotland, 1947.

A four-year-old boy branded the newly sheared sheep with tar, Scotland, 1947.

A champion steer stood in a pasture, Scotland, 1947.

Scotland, 1947.

A newly released prisoner of war brought carcasses (shot the night before) up to shore, Scotland, 1947.

St. Giles Church was where Knox preached. Near it, in a now-vanished yard, he may be buried. Nearby also stood Tollbooth Prison (Scott’s Heart of Midlothian).

Scotland, 1947.

Glamis Castle, first built in the 11th century, where Macbeth supposedly murdered Duncan, at the time of this photo housed the 23rd Baron Glamis.

Scotland, 1947.

Highland farms like these near Spittal were islets amid bare hills. Spittal (hospital) meant the place where travelers were offered shelter.

Scotland, 1947.

Scotland, 1947.

A man threw an eight pound weight, Scotland, 1947.

Scotland, 1947.

(via LIFE)




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