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Harriet Beecher Stowe in Scotland, Part Ten: Dryburgh Abbey

Dryburgh AbbeyDryburgh Abbey. flickr: Bert Kaufmann / Creative Commons

After visiting Abbotford, Harriet Beecher Stowe was next taken to see two ruined abbeys, Dryburgh Abbey and Melrose Abbey. She was reminded of Scott’s poem, “The Eve of St. John,” which mentiones both places. › Continue reading…

Harriet Beecher Stowe in Scotland, Part Two: Glasgow

002Glasgow Cathedral. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons, Licence:, resized, Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0). Also compare the image of the Cathedral from Sunny Memories with a recent photo).

Having arrived in Glasgow the night before, Harriet Beecher Stowe awoke in Scotland for the first time on April 14, 1853. In Sunny Memories of Foreign Lands, Vol. I (1854), she describes her breakfast:

The next morning I awoke worn and weary, and scarce could the charms of the social Scotch breakfast restore me. I say Scotch, for we had many viands peculiarly national. The smoking porridge, or parritch, of oatmeal, which is the great staple dish throughout Scotland. Then there was the bannock, a thin, wafer-like cake of the same material. My friend laughingly said when he passed it, “You are in the ‘land o’ cakes,’ remember.” There was also some herring, as nice a Scottish fish as ever wore scales, besides dainties innumerable which were not national.

Later that day, she and her entourage visited Glasgow Cathedral. › Continue reading…

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Harriet Beecher Stowe in Scotland, Part One: Entering Scotland

Sunny Memores of Foreign Lands

Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, first visited Scotland during her European trip of 1853. She wrote about her visit in the First volume of Sunny Memories of Foreign Lands (published in 1854).

She and her party entered Scotland by train on April 13, 1853, passing by Gretna Green. In Sunny Memories, Stowe comments on the famous Gretna Green marriages. As the first town across the Scottish border, it became a popular place in the eighteenth century for English minors to get married under the more liberal Scottish marriage laws. It remains a popular wedding destination today. › Continue reading…

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St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Church (1932), N Nicholas St.

My great-grandparents came from the Carpatho-Rusyn area of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (now in Ukraine) and came to St Clair, Pennsylvania. Carpatho-Rusyns are generally Eastern Catholics whose churches use the Byzantine Rite. Yesterday, I took pictures of five Byzantine Rite parish churches in St Clair. Some of these are Eastern Orthodox churches and others are Greek Catholic churches.

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