Scotland

By: Abby

Scotland

Scotland is the northern country in Great Britain. Great Britain is made up of England, northern Ireland, and Scotland. Scotland's capital is Edinburgh, and has a population of appropriately 5.2 million people.

Why the Scottish came to America

Scottish immigrants came to America for many reasons , but some of the main reasons are, for religious freedom, better land for farming, and overall just like every other immigrant coming to America, they came for a better life.

Scottish myths

Scotland is very well known for "Nessie". Otherwise known as "The Loch Ness Monster". "Nessie", is known to be a 40 foot serpent with a long neck. There have been many sightings of "Nessie" some even as far back as the sixteenth century, when St. Columba wrote in his diary that he had seen a serpent. However, the only photographic evidence, was taken in 1930. The most convincing evidence that "Nessie" really does exist was in 1954 when a fishing boat from Peterhead claimed to have seen "A large Object" around 480 feet to 100 feet above the bottom of the Loch. There have been many other sightings of "Nessie", but she still remains a mystery to many.

Scottish Food

Scotland is very peculiar when it comes to food. Scotland's traditional dish Haggis, made from mashed sheep intestines, has definitely won the prize! New Years's Day is another important holiday filled with lots of food. Such as Oatcakes, soup, potatoes, turnips, haggis, and shortbread.


Recipe for Oatcakes

1) Mix oatmeal, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl. Add melted fat ( or butter ) and hot water. Mix this together until it makes a thin, soft paste. 2) Sprinkle some oatmeal onto a board. form the dough in a round shape, and roll it out so that it is thin, while adding oatmeal to the surface of the board to prevent it from sticking. Cut of extra oatmeal. 3) Set oven to 375 degrees. Heat a griddle or frying pan. 4) Test the heat of the griddle by sprinkling it with a little bit of flour. If the flour immediately turns brown, the pans to hot. It should take about 3 to 5 seconds to turn brown. Bake dough on the griddle until the edges begin to curl. Then turn the cakes over and cook the other side. The oatcakes should turn a pale tan color, don't let the oatcakes burn! 5) Put the oatcakes on a large ungreased baking sheet and pop them into the oven. Cook the oatcakes for about 15 to 20 minutes. 6) Put the oatcakes on a wire rack to cool. 7) ENJOY!

St. Andrew's Day

St. Andrew and his brother Peter were the two of the original apostles. However little is it known that St. Andrew was a fishermen from Galilee and spread the Christian religion in Greece. It is believed that he was crucified on a cross in Greece by the Romans that lived there. Three hundred years later the bones of St. Andrew were moved as far away from Greece as possible. Legend has it that a Greek monk was warned by an Angel in a dream and intentionally moved the relics to Scotland. At this point Scotland was belived to be the "end of the earth." St. Andrews later became the religious capital of Scotland, and in 832 St. Andrew became Scotland's patron saint. Acording to legend, the Scots were invaded by an English army and the Scottish king prayed to St. Andrew for help. And when he saw the cross flag of St. Andrew In the bright blue sk, he swore that if the Scots won the battle, St. Andrew would forever be Scotland's patron's saint. The Scotland Worriers won the battle and ever since then the cross of St. Andrew has been the national flag of Scotland.

Conclusion

Scotland is an amazing country and I will continue reading and learning about my Scottish heritage. And if you have any kin from Scotland, I encourage you to get researching!

About the Author

Abby was born on November 3rd 2002 in American Fork Utah, and moved to Wisconsin in 2011. Abby has kin from Scotland and enjoys reading and learning about her heritage. Abby is in 4th grade in Mrs. Zavernik's class. Her Favorite subjects are reading

and writing.