Saturday, 11 July 2015

Near as I can figure it, through the possibly flawed perceptual filters of my own reality tunnel, the most likely answers this week, seem to me to be:

Q1. The Battle of Kilsyth

Q2. A.G. Barr (aka Andrew Greig Barr)

The initial clues seem to place us in the town of Kilsyth, north west of Cumbernauld, in the Scottish central region. "N'oubliez', is the motto of the Marquess of Montrose, who was victorious in a battle against a team called 'The Covenanters', just outside of Kilsyth, c 15th August 1645. Travelling east out of Kilsyth would take us past the renaissance style mansion of Colzium house, which appears to have been built c 1783 for the Edmonstone family. Prior to this it had belonged to a good old Jacobite (at this point a glass of red wine should be raised in a toast to the king, over a bowl of water) called William Livingstone, 3rd Viscount of Kilsyth, who was like many Scottish families, declared attainted and had his estates forfeited, after keeping it real on a hunting expedition, went a bit too far (they were probably hunting the dragoons of the upstart Hanoverian pretender to the throne, c 1715).

The former mining town of Kilsyth, lies close to the Antonine wall and the Forth & Clyde canal. Tracking eastward along the navigation, would bring us to the site of Rough Castle Roman fort. The 'Lilia' which are situated next to the fort, are the Roman version of Punji sticks ie they are pits, which at one time were filled with sharpened stakes and covered with brushwood or plant material to conceal them from any unwary attackers. A local historian once told the Eastender, that Falkirk churchyard, has twenty five thousand bodies buried in it, due to all of the fighting that happened in that neck of the woods. The forces of William Wallace (died c 1305) were defeated here in a clash with the nasty old fascist, Edward I, c 1298, while another good old Jacobite general called Lord George Murray (born c 1694), defeated an amateurish royalist general (Henry Hawley), at the battle of Falkirk Muir c 1746.

Falkirk is the birthplace of Andrew Greig Barr, born c 1872 and his most famous drink, Irn Bru, is widely drunk as a restorative in these parts, (mostly after a night out on the beer and whisky, in the Eastender's opinion).The only thing which comes close to being as good at curing what ails you, is coconut water......

Rough Castle, is situated very close the Falkirk Wheel, which by means of an ingenious rotating boat lift, held together with 15,000 bolts, connects the Forth & Clyde Canal, with the Union Canal. Prior to this, eleven locks were required to do the same job and these were demolished c 1933. 

N.B. The Eastender has moved to moderated comments due to the number of people who normally write poison pen letters in green ink, posting on his page. Rest assured though, if you have a non abusive comment relating to solving the puzzle and possible solutions, he will publish it.

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