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Haig Memorial, Ladybank

Field Marshal Earl Haig‘s family were the proprietors of Haig whisky. Their Ramornie House was near the town of Ladybank (see the two previous posts) and even had their own waiting room at the local Railway Station, though it was built by a previous onwer of the Ramornie Estate.

Their whisky distillery was a few miles away in Markinch.

There are two memorials to the Field Marshal in Ladybank.

Haig Memorial Gates, Ladybank. The inscription reads, “These pillars and chains were erected by the ex-service men of Ladybank and district to the glorious memory of Field-Marshal Earl Haig.” Ladybank War Memorial is in the background:-

Haig Memorial Gates, Ladybank

The Haig Memorial Garden lies behind Ladybank’s War Memorial. This is how the garden looked in 2018:-

Haig Memorial Garden, Ladybank

Information Board, Haig Memorial Garden:-

Information Board Haig Memorial Garden, Ladybank

A plaque on the wall gives the information that the gardens were refurbished in 1993 and re-opened by Menzies Campbell, then the local MP:-

Refurbishment Plaque Haig Memorial Gardens, Ladybank

Airship R 34 and East Fortune

A plaque at the National Museum of Flight at East Fortune Airfield, East Lothian, commemorates the airship R34 which flew from there on 2/7/1919 to make the first crossing of the Atlantic from east to west (landing on Mineola, Long Island on 6/7/1919) and subsequently made the first double crossing by returning (to Fulham) on 13/7/1919:-

Airship Plaque, National Museum of Flight

The airship’s mooring block is still in evidence:-

Airship Mooring Block

Information Board:-

R34 Information Board, National Museum of Flight

Model of R34. Sorry about the reflectuons. he model is behind glass and not well lit:-

Model of R34, National Museum of Flight

Civilian Aeroplanes, National Museum of Flight

A Comet in Dan Air livery:-


Its interior:-

Comet interior

And its cockpit:-

Comet Cockpit

A BAC-1-11 in the colours of British Airways:-

Bac 1-11

Its cockpit:-

BAC 1-11 Cockpit

The front portion of a Boeing 707 was one of the exhibits. This is its cockpit:-

Boeing 707 Cockpit

Hawker Siddeley Trident Cockpit:-

Hawker Siddeley Trident Cockpit

Sheila Scott’s Piper Commanche:-

Sheila Scott's Piper Comanche

I vaguely remember Scott’s flight round the world in 1966 in the above small aeroplane (the damage obvious in the photo was inflicted by the man she sold it to.)

Sheila Scott

Recognising Former Woolworths

Woolworths is now sadly long gone. However my eldest son actually worked in our local store during the company’s last days.

Like me he has preserved an interest in the company – and its former shops.

Through him I discovered this post from Historic England describing many of the features to look for.

Like him, I didn’t know about the lion heads.

After university I worked in Hertford for a couple of years. I must have seen that shopfront but I can’t remember doing so.

Military Aircraft, National Museum of Flight

More pictures taken at the National Museum of Flight, East Fortune Airfield, East Lothian, Scotland.

A Czech S-103:-

Czech S-103

Lockheed Lightning. I forget which country’s livery this displays:-

Lockheed Lightning

The obligatory Spitfire:-

Spitfire, National Museum of Flight, East Fortune

Messerschmidt Komet. This was a rocket propelled aeroplane as I recall:-

Messerschmidt Komet

Vulcan Bomber:-

Vulcan Bomber, National Museum of Flight, East Fortune


The images of two bombs/missiles under Argentine flags on the fuselage of the Vulcan signal the two raids made by this bomber on the Argentinian forces at Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands during the conflict in 1982. The flag of Brazil is because the Vulcan was forced to detour by engine trouble and land in Brazil after one of the raids.

Mission Markings on Vulcan at National Museum of Flight, East Fortune

Hawker Harrier:-

Hawker Harrier

Exhibits at National Museum of Flight, East Fortune Airfield

See yesterday’s post.

Bomb dropped from Zeppelin. (Luckily for the citizens of Edinburgh where it dropped, it seems not to have exploded.):-

Bomb Dropped from Zeppelin

Model (in the shop) of a Sopwith Camel:-

Model of a Sopwith Camel

Real seat from a Sopwith Camel. It looks like a garden chair with its legs cut off:-

Sopwith Camel seat

Compare and contrast. A more modern ejector seat:-

Ejector seat

Hawk Training Aircraft:-

Hawk Training Aircraft

A Red Arrows XX308:-

A Red Arrows XX308

A New Zealand War Memorial. Inscribed, “In memory of the men from the Dominion who served in Scotland during the 1939 – 1945 conflict. Also in heartfelt remembrance of those who, whilst flying from Scotland’s sea and shore in the Royal New Zealand Air Force and Fleet Air Arm, made the ultimate sacrifice. ‘They watch over Scotia still’.”

NZ War Memorial

The 1930s were possibly the high point of aviation displays – exciting and new. This poster advertises one in Fife:-

Flying Display Poster

National Museum of Flight, East Fortune Airfield, East Lothian, Scotland.

I’d been wanting to visit the National Museum of Flight at East Fortune airfield, East Lothian, Scotland for ages. Last year we finally made it.

It has all the appearance of a Second World War airfield so familiar from films.

Buildings at National Museum of Flight

More Buildings, National Museum of Flight

National Museum of Flight, East Fortune

Control tower:-

East Fortune Control Tower

However, the airfield was first commissioned as a Royal Naval Air Station. This was the gate:-

Former Gates of East Fortune Airfield

The airfield’s complement was tasked with protecting shipping in the Firth of Forth and preventing airship attacks on Edinburgh or the navy and its base at Rosyth :-

East Fortune History


Hangar, National Museum of Flight, East Fortune

Hangar Annexe, a Nissen Hut:-

Nissen Hut, A Hangar Annexe at East Fortune Airfield

Balgonie Castle

Apart from a henge (or two) it’s a toss-up whether the nearest ancient monument to Son of the Rock Acres is Falkland Palace or Balgonie Castle.

We’ve been to the Palace many times but only visited Balgonie Castle for the first time in June last year. The local Heritage Group had its last meeting of the season there with the permission of the Laird.

Balgonie Castle tower and entrance:-

Balgonie Castle

The Castle has of course been used in the TV series made from the Outlander books (it seems almost no castle in Scotland hasn’t.) This door by the pathway from the small car park emphasises the fact.

Balgonie Castle

I believe the castle is not open to visitors at the moment though.

That door is to the right of this part of the castle wall:-

Balgonie Castle Bastion Wall

The castle has been partially restored by the present Laird. Still-ruined portion from courtyard:-

Balgonie Castle, Ruined Portion from Courtyard

Tower from courtyard:-

Balgonie Castle

Part of courtyard wall. The flags are of Scotland and Texas. The Laird’s wife is from that US state I believe.

Balgonie Castle

Courtyard wall with wooden cloister:-

Balgonie Castle Courtyard Wall

Courtyard wall and well:-

Balgonie Castle

External stair from courtyard to main building:-

Balgonie Castle External Stair From Courtyard

Part of castle:-

Balgonie Castle

Coat of arms:-

Balgonie Castle Coat of Arms

Glenluce Abbey

Glenluce Abbey, a former Cistercian building, lies a couple of miles or so from the village of Glenluce in Dumfries and Galloway. It is yet another historic site in the region.

Glenluce Abbey

Glenluce Abbey Ruins


Outbuildings, Glenluce Abbey

Glenluce Abbey Outbuildings

Part of Abbey:-

Part of Glenluce Abbey, Glenluce

This view shows the rebuilt cloister:-

Glenluce Abbey

Which you can also see below:-

Glenluce Abbey Ruins

Ruins, Glenluce Abbey

Showing Abbot’s “House.” That small buiding to the centre right. It’s tiny inside and he’s supposed to have slept upstairs. The floors have gone and there’s no sign of stairs. He must have needed a ladder.



Glenluce Abbey, Arches

Night stair:-

Night Stair, Glenluce Abbey

Window in arch. Note flower growing from bottom left corner:-

Window, Glenluce Abbey

There were plants “climbing” the walls:-

Flwering Plants, Glenluce Abbey

Torrhouse Stone Circle, Dumfries and Galloway

Stone circles aren’t something I associated with Dumfries and Galloway. I think of them more as an up north, Western Isles and Orkney sort of thing.

But here this one was on the road between Kirkcowan and Wigtown. Torrhouse stone Circle is a Bronze Age monument.

Torrhouse Stone Circle

Torhouse  stone circle

Here are three of the stones and a local farm animal, not to mention a tree shaped like a lollipop:-

Torhouse  stone circle three stones + lollipop tree

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