I’ve been thinking a lot about my parents especially as we get closer to the holidays. Then today I look at this and am shocked at how much of my mom I see in @valgal365 ❤️ These two are a reminder to stop and smell the 🌹 🥀 🌺 🌸 💐 more often 🙏🏽
Braemar Castle was built in 1628 by John Erskine, Earl of Mar. Its primary purpose was to check the power of the Farquharsons, nominally tenants of the Earl but fiercely independent.
John Erskine died in 1668 and was followed by his son, Charles. When he died in May 1689 Braemar Castle and the Earldom passed to his son, John Erskine. The previous year the Catholic James VII had been overthrown and replaced with the Protestant William of Orange. Scotland was deeply divided, with Jacobite rebellions erupting in April 1689. Whilst John Erskine supported the new King, the neighbouring Farquharsons supported the deposed James VII.
The Government provided a detachment of dragoons to ensure the safety of Erskine's property but this did not deter John Farquharson from leading an assault on the castle. The garrison was ejected and castle burnt.
When Queen Anne died in 1714, the throne passed to George I and John Erskine was excluded from the new administration. Outraged the Earl returned to Aberdeenshire where he began to plot against the new regime. On 6 September 1715 the Earl proclaimed James Francis Edward Stuart as King James VIII, commencing the second Jacobite rebellion.
By October 1715 the Earl controlled all of northern Scotland but Government troops poured into the area and in November 1715 the rebels were engaged at the Battle of Sheriffmuir. The result was inconclusive but the rebellion lost steam and the Earl was forced into exile.
Braemar Castle remained garrisoned until 1831 and thereafter returned to the Farquharsons. The castle was occupied until the late 20th century and in 2006 it was leased to a local community group who have opened it to the public.
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1. Someone holding a position on a probationary basis, subject to performance or examination.
2. A term used by firefighters to identify a probationary firefighter , or rookie.
To me, a Probie should represent an eager individual new to the trade who wants to learn. Someone who wants to work. A sponge looking to absorb all the information and knowledge they can.
This next quote is taken from Steve Delson's book "The Fire Inside: Firefighters Talk About Their Lives", Page 41. "A probie never complains. A probie keeps his mouth shut, his eyes open. A probie is never idle. A probie is always learning or drilling or cleaning. That's why you're still called a probie: for one year after you leave training school."
Just remember, once you are finished your Probie period it doesn't mean you stop learning, drilling, or cleaning!