“The Travelling Tinker” by John Burr

A painting by the Scottish artist John Burr (1831-1893).  Tinkers were originally tinsmiths or "tinners".  One of many itinerant jobs pursued by a class of casual laborers.  These were mostly skilled and specialized crafts like basket making, shoe repair, leather work, and metal work but many poorer workers were migrant farm labor picking hops and … Continue reading “The Travelling Tinker” by John Burr

Wandering Minstral

Here is a painting by the Scottish artist John Burr (1831-1893) of an itinerant fiddler playing for a family in a Scottish lane probably trying to make enough money to eat or maybe even receive some food for his entertainment.  I can't help but think the father looking out has a skeptical look; possibly wondering … Continue reading Wandering Minstral

Tinker Family in Scotland

Here's a wonderful old photograph of a "Tinker Family in Scotland."  It is believed to be taken sometime in the 1920s but the location was not identified.  The wagon could just about pass for a western American sheep camp.  Even thought they had the wealth to own a wagon it was still a pretty tough … Continue reading Tinker Family in Scotland

Happy Saint Andrew’s Day!

Let us begin the winter feasting season in the old north.  Not just a Scottish or Christian holy day, much of Europe is tied to animal slaughter and feast days to kick off the long dark season.  From and anthropological and historical perspective the feast itself is thought to be a Christianisation of Saturnalia and … Continue reading Happy Saint Andrew’s Day!

Scotland!

As if she needed to advertise.  A wonderful place. A great video on Vimeo and music by Clanadonia. http://vimeo.com/35916887 Scotland.org and Blipfoto present 1,507 entries, 715 photos, 32 countries, 2 months between St Andrew's Day 2011 and Burns Night 2012. The First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond, would like to thank everyone who took part … Continue reading Scotland!