So this weekend at the gym, I was catching up on podcasts – who I am I kidding, I am always catching up on podcasts. Anyway, several included Scottish stories, so I thought they would be the subjects of my next several posts.
First up is a podcast from Coast and Country. The Country Ramblings segment features Clare Balding who goes off on a ramble through the British countryside and usually interviews a local expert, conservator or landowner. The episode broadcast on 23 October 2010 was a bit different because the ramble was through Central Glasgow with the Women Make History group of the Glasgow Women's Library.
The bulk of the tour takes place in the Glasgow Necropolis, a burial ground located on a hill behind Glasgow Cathedral. They discuss the monuments, gypsies, John Knox, and burial customs. I visited the cemetery many years ago, as a friend from the Scottish History Department was researching the Necropolis. It is an amazing place, but like most of Scotland there is a whole lot of uphill!
This podcast neatly foreshadows two future blog posts. There is a brief mention of Glasgow and the slave trade and this is the subject of future podcast highlight. Secondly, the same friend who led the tour of the Necropolis, also has published a wee book on the Necropolis: Death by Design: The True Story of the Glasgow Necropolis. I am very sorry to say that this book has been sitting on my shelf for years and I have yet to read it. Yes, I am a bad friend! Needless to say, it has now bounded its way to near the top of the heap of books I’ll be reading for ‘The Bookshelf’ series.
Have a listen to the podcast for the sights and sounds of Glasgow. You can find this episode here to listen to or download here. Alternatively, search for Coast and Country in iTunes. You can learn more about the walks organized by the Women's Library walks here.