I've just returned from a week in Scotland trying to find out about the Crichton clan and the history of my family.
Unfortunately my investigation in Edinburgh just led me back to London. The critical information I need to track my great-great-great-grandfather George Crichton who was born in Scotland will be his marriage certificate and the only clue I have as to where he was married is that his children were born in Lambeth, London.
However, I did pay a visit to Crichton Castle, just south of Edinburgh, which was spectacularly bleak in the cold October rain.
I've also kitted myself out with the appropriate kilt (Royal Stuart) and caboodle, so Hogmanay should be fun this year (and any other parties I can think of using as an excuse to dress up).