Tuesday, April 25, 2006

You are Very Welcome

Such is the typical greeting in a Scottish home, and we want to warmly welcome you to The Tweeddales of Gifford Park. Here we will post pictures of Edinburgh, Scotland, and beyond. Hopefully, you will get a feel for our life in Edinburgh.

So please visit the site frequently and feel free to comment. We would love your feedback.

Lastly, we do want to open our home to you. And even if you can't visit us in person, we want you to know that you are most welcome to our home anytime - literally and electronically!

Solving the World's Problems

Three eager, young minds ready to take on the world for Christ after an evening worship service at Buccleuch. Actually, we were all ready to go home and get some grub to eat! Priorities?!

This past Lord's Day (23 April) was the first time back in Buccleuch in over two months. The inside of the church underwent an entire refurbishment. I will try to post some pictures shortly. Needless to say, the renovation work looks fantastic!

Our senior minister Alex MacDonald preached a timely and penetrating sermon on the theme of God's restoration grace. His text was aptly chosen for the occasion from Psalm 23:3, "He restoreth my soul."

Pictured: Alex Brown - a second year Free Church College student (left); Alasdair Black - a public accountant (centre); JWT - the usual suspect (right).

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Craigmillar Castle

These pictures were taken on our recent excursion to Craigmillar Castle – just three miles southeast of Wee Gifford Park! Craigmillar is one of the finest preserved late medeival castles in Scotland, although it is overshadowed by its bigger brother in Edinburgh.

The earliest part of the castle was built in the early 15th century with later additions in the 16th and 17th centuries. It was sometimes used as a peaceful ‘get away’ residence for Mary Queen of Scots. It was here that the earl of Bothwell signed the infamous 'Craigmillar bond' with other nobleman that led to the murder of Queen Mary’s second husband, Lord Darnley.

On another note, the year before the Glorious Revolutation in 1688, a Presbyterian church was formulated on the premise of the castle. For more information about Craigmillar Castle, click here.