May 9, 2006

Day 2 - Stirling Castle addendum 1

Great Scot

One of the things that I found to be odd while driving around the Scottish countryside was how the towns and villages suddenly simply stopped. I am used to the urban sprawl which surrounds my city (and its suburbs), which seems to go on forever. Conversely, in the towns/villages that we saw, there was a distinct identifiable point where the town ended and the surrounding countryside began. I made a comment about this observation to one of Lord Elgin's sons. He indicated that this phenomenon dated back to a certain royal decree from King Robert in the 1300s regarding preservation of farm land.

8 comments:

rachel tsunami said...

Dan that is so cool. All of it. Didn't you just quiver the whole time you were there?

Ludwig said...

he quivered till he ran out of arrows...(sorry, couldn't help it. really.)

rachel tsunami said...

ludwig m'boy, your genes are showing.

Big P said...

Imagine that! wanting to preserve farmland ( for sustenance, no doubt). I'll bet there were even shops with living quarters above instead of silly zoning laws

X-ON Designer said...

To neat.

Ludwig said...

um.

Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band said...

more like, um.....

Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band said...

Wow, so Robert the Bruce was a tree-hugger. Strange, I figured conquering back kingdoms wasn't the tree-hugger way.

just kidding