I live in upland Ayrshire with my wife Sophie, and six dogs, two cats, two ponies and my sheep. Also chicken, guineafowl, and geese. Barn owls nest close by. In theory I am a church historian, and I have published a book, The Grand Designer in an effort to substantiate this claim. I work on the interface of art, architecture and patron in the Victorian era. I lecture upon subjects covered in my book, and greatly enjoy doing it. Leaving comments in this section of my blog will find me if you want to make a booking. I also write short stories with translate the bible into idioms there is some hope that people today will understand, or, as it has sometimes been described, Biblical fan-fiction. Several of these are published on Love Blooms Bright, and its sister blog, Beauty from Chaos. I am currently working on a detective novel set in the Victorian period and inspired by some of the astonishing women who crossed the path of the third Marquess of Bute. I also ride, garden and walk, but actually I love nothing more than a cup of good coffee and internet access.
Why no picture of you?
At the stage I wrote this, I had limited internet with made piccies very difficult. There is one on Facebook. I’ll try and track down one for here.
I really enjoyed reading about your comments of reading the New Testaent in Greek..indeed you quite inspired me to find out more..do you have a contact e-mail?
I would love to ask your advice and hear more!
Well, it is probably easier to write on here. For myself, I found the alphabet the hard bit. The ideal way to begin, these days, and given that Greek classes are not (yet) readily available in churches, there would be three main ways.
1 – find out if you can possibly join a University-taught course.
2 – buy in a correspondence course
3 – buy a good book designed to let you learn at home.
I know this isn’t really the place, but it’s the only contact I found online… I’m working on a paper on the architecture of the Third Marquess of Bute, mostly the terrace houses built on his estate, and how his interests and belief may have influenced these projects. I was wondering if you’d be willing to answer a few questions for me and/or point me to some less-known sources, as your book comes out too late for me to use! Thanks in advance, and sorry for intruding on your personal blog…
That would be fine as long as you made the usual acknowledgements. Are you on Facebook? If you are you could find me on there as Rosemary Vey Jacqueline Hannah
Hope you are well, pictures of the lambs are lovely.
Pat how lovely to see you here – I fear that this year I managed to lose my address book, so, for most people, Christmas cards and letters did not happen.
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I am very much enjoying The Grand Designer and was interested to learn that Bute worked on a calendar of Scottish saints. Was it ever published?
Hello Dr Hannah,
I sent you a missive on Facebook the other day. I was wondering if I could ask you a couple questions regarding the 3rd Marquess of Bute. I just read your biography and it was fascinating. Thanks!
Hi Ryan – nothing from you came to me on Facebook, so I think you must have the wrong Rosemary there –
I am a student at St Andrews University looking into the heraldic stained glass at Falkland Palace (am currently working my way through your wonderful book!). I was wondering if it was possible to contact you with regards to some of the material relating to Falklands? I am especially interested in trying to track down information on Worrall & Co.
All the best,
My company is making a programme for the BBC about the Bute family, mainly the creations of the 3rd Marquess. Can I get in touch with you by phone or email to talk about the programme?
0141 564 9100
Hi replied privately
I have an interest in the history of Cardiff Castle and my family’s possible connection to it during the early life of the 3rd Marquess of Bute. I have read your book ‘The Grand Designer’ and in view of the extensive research you have carried out on the life of the 3rd Marquess, I was wondering if I could email you to ask you a few questions. Thanks.
Yes I would be pleased to help if I can. Email to email@example.com