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Our wedding day at The Mill Forge

July 24, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

This is a we picture of The Mill Forge.
 

We cover dozens of weddings at this venue every month let us know if you were married over the anvil here.. Aerial shot of The Mill Forge Scotland
 


The World Famous Blacksmiths Gretna Green from the air

July 20, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

This is The World Famous Old Blacksmiths in Gretna Green as seen from the air.
 

Filmed with a DJI Phantom 3 advanced
 

Please feel free to leave any comments.. The World Famous Blacksmiths Gretna GreenThe World Famous Blacksmiths Gretna Green filmed from the air by DJI Phantom 3 Advanced.

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Scottish Piper Alan Marshall with his Dirk

July 17, 2015  •  1 Comment

Scottish Piper at The World Famous Blacksmiths Gretna Green..
 

Alan Marshall PiperAlan Marshall PiperThis is a picture of Alan Marshall with his Dirk in Gretna Green
 

Daggers and knives have been part of civilian wear and military dress since the first knives were crafted from stone. A few cultures throughout history, though, have taken this utilitarian tool and really turned it into an item of great cultural significance. The dirk, as developed by the Scots, is one of these weapons
 

The Scots of the Middle Ages and renaissance spent much of their time in conflict whether warring with England for independence or fighting with other clans for local dominance. As such, the Scots were known to go through their daily lives fully or nearly fully armed, more so than other Europeans of the time. A quote by John Hume perfectly illustrates this: "Thy [the Highlanders] always appeared like warriors; as if their arms [weapons] had been limbs and members of their bodies they were never seen without them; they traveled, they attended fairs and markets, nay they went to church with their broadswords and dirks."

Dirks were effective weapons in war as well as a useful tool for everyday tasks, including eating. They were also more affordable than a sword. Taking these things into account, it is easy to see why it was hard to find a Highlander without such a weapon.

What is a dirk? At its most basic a dirk can be defined as a "long dagger with a straight blade." This loose definition of course encompasses many different kinds of knives; in fact, most daggers will fit within this definition. The Scottish dirk, though, has unique features that set it apart from other straight-bladed sidearms.

The Scottish dirk is a direct descendant of the medieval ballock dagger. Looking at the late stylized versions of the dirk, it may be difficult to see a relation to its earlier cousin. The early versions, though, show its lineage more clearly.

 


Handfasting or tying the knot

July 11, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Handfasting is the symbolic act of a couple's hands being tied together, often with cords or ribbons, representing their union. For modern-day couples who choose to be handfasted, it is usually the main focus of their wedding day or engagement and is seen as strongly symbolic and spiritual
 


 


 


Caerlaverock Castle from the air

July 01, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Here is a short film I made a couple of weeks ago of Caerlaverock Castle near Dumfries Scotland on a warm summer night.
 

I will shortly be finishing off a project on The Mill Forge and The World Famous Blacksmiths. Caerlaverock CastleCaerlaverock Castle Scotland Wedding Venue
 

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