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Tag: Scottish

November 17, 2017

The Seashell

by Matthew Steeples

Circular shaped Scottish holiday cottage with just one room for sale for staggering sum of £250,000   A five-star holiday cottage on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula on Scotland’s west coast with just one room has gone on sale for offers over £250,000 ($331,000, €281,000 or درهم1.2 million).   Shaped like a seashell and of a style … Continue reading “The Seashell”

August 17, 2017

A Castle for £130k

by Matthew Steeples

Scottish castle on sale for just £130,000; it comes without a roof and is located near the Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeenshire   A castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland is for sale for £130,000 ($168,000, €143,000 or درهم616,000) in spite of being nothing other than a roofless shell.   Reduced in price from £150,000 ($193,000, … Continue reading “A Castle for £130k”

August 8, 2017

Congratulations Bill

by General

‘Songwriter to the Stars’ Bill Martin to perform for first time at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe; he will enlighten his audience about his successful career   Glasgow born Bill Martin MBE – whose chart topping hits have included Congratulations, Puppet on a String and Shang-A-Lang – is performing a nightly show at The Dome during … Continue reading “Congratulations Bill”

June 27, 2017

DUPed

by Matthew Steeples

Theresa May’s deal with DUP is dangerous, irresponsible and about nothing other than her personal quest for power   Our Lady Macbeth-like Prime Minister has once again proven her personal desire for high office is all that matters to her. In handing over £1 billion and then posing with the DUP’s Arlene Foster looking like … Continue reading “DUPed”

May 25, 2017

An Epic Estate

by Matthew Steeples

Scottish sporting estate, once home to Sir Walter Scott, for sale; it comes with nearly two miles of fishing on the River Tweed, 863 acres of land and seven houses   The Scottish estate where Sir Walter Scott, Bt. (1771 – 1732) wrote his narrative poems Lay of the Minstrel and The Lady of the … Continue reading “An Epic Estate”

May 14, 2017

Spirit & Speed

by Matthew Steeples

Chelsea studio house built for “spiritual artist” Arild Rosenkrantz and later home to the extremely eccentric lesbian heiress and powerboater ‘Joe’ Carstairs for sale for £8.95 million   “Spiritual seeker” and artist Baron Arild Rosenkrantz (1870 – 1964) was born in Denmark, studied in Rome and married his Scottish cousin, Louise Mackenzie, in 1901. His … Continue reading “Spirit & Speed”

May 6, 2017

Jack Schlossberg (AKA John Bouvier Kennedy Schlossberg)

by General

New York born, Yale educated Jack Schlossberg is the only grandson of JFK. The son of designer and artist Ed Schlossberg and former Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, Schlossberg co-founded ReLight New York, a non-profit organsiation that installed fluorescent lights in low-income housing developments, whilst at school and has expressed a desire to pursue a … Continue reading “Jack Schlossberg (AKA John Bouvier Kennedy Schlossberg)”

March 18, 2017

Red Rollers

by Matthew Steeples

Pair of striking red Rolls-Royces with Scottish connections to be auctioned at the Imperial War Museum Duxford   Rolls-Royces tend to be noticed wherever they go but a pair to be auctioned later this month are especially stand-out examples in that they both come in especially bold shades of red.   The first car, a … Continue reading “Red Rollers”

May 14, 2016

Gone fishing

by Matthew Steeples

Week of prime fishing on the River Tay for sale for £145,000

January 9, 2016

Rowling in the Depp

by Matthew Steeples

JK Rowling pays £22 million for a yacht previously owned by Johnny Depp

June 23, 2015

Lady Elizabeth Anson

by General

The Queen’s party planner since 1960, Ladbroke Grove based Lady Elizabeth Anson is tee-total and doesn’t smoke.

June 6, 2015

A royal smuggler

by Matthew Steeples

Rolls-Royce allegedly used to smuggle Wallis Simpson into Balmoral for sale

June 4, 2015

Picture of the Week: Zobop

by Matthew Steeples

The Royal Academy surpasses themselves in the choice of including a stunning staircase as part of their Summer Exhibition 2015

May 24, 2015

Mhairi Black MP

by General

“Baby of the House” Mhairi Black is the youngest MP since 1880. She is a lesbian, Bible reader and supporter of Partick Thistle Football Club.

March 8, 2015

Ross O’Connell Jennings

by General

Edinburgh graduate Ross O’Connell Jennings aims to become the first man to play the bagpipes in all 196 independent countries in the world.

March 2, 2015

Kidnapped from Knightsbridge

by Matthew Steeples

200 acre Scottish estate for sale for the price of an 800 square foot flat in Knightsbridge

February 4, 2015

Moron of the Month: Gregory Lauder-Frost

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests Gregory Lauder-Frost, the vice president of the Traditional Britain Group, as the second The Steeple Times ‘Moron of the Moment’

February 2, 2015

Whisky for the Chancellor

by Matthew Steeples

Scotch Whisky Association calls for a reduction in duty on spirits and highlights that the tax on a £12.50 bottle of Bell’s Whisky is a staggering £9.98

October 30, 2014

Brian Crawford ( – October 2014)

by Matthew Steeples

A director of Jermyn Street’s famous Tramp nightclub, affable Brian Crawford trained at Kensington’s Royal Garden Hotel and also worked at the Dome and Acanthus in Edinburgh.

September 19, 2014

Won and lost

by Matthew Steeples

Gamblers are the winners and losers of Scotland’s independence referendum   Whilst Great Britain was undoubtedly the winner when the result of Scotland’s independence referendum came in at 6am on Friday, there were other clear winners and losers. United as gamblers, the first comes in the form of a punter who bet £900,000 on a … Continue reading “Won and lost”

Anna Smith

by Matthew Steeples

Former Daily Record chief reporter Anna Smith has covered conflicts from Somalia and Rwanda to Kosovo. She was one of the first journalists on the scene after both 9/11 and the Dunblane massacres and now writes crime novels full time. In September 2014, she summed up the feelings of many when she wrote an impassioned … Continue reading “Anna Smith”

Sensible Scotland

by Matthew Steeples

Scotland has taken the right decision   Yesterday the Scottish came out in force and voted ‘no’ to independence. Though the ‘Better Together’ campaign’s win is by a relatively small margin and though their campaign was poorly orchestrated, it is a victory nonetheless and we should all celebrate the common sense of this decision.

September 15, 2014

Wally of the Week: Dame Vivienne Westwood

by Matthew Steeples

England hating designer Dame Vivienne Westwood has the right to leave   Vivienne Westwood was born in Derbyshire and made her supposed £114 million ($185 million) fortune in Great Britain. Yesterday, in using her London Fashion Week showcase to denounce the Union, she yet again showed herself to be nothing but bonkers.

September 14, 2014

A royal’s view on the Union

by Matthew Steeples

The Queen breaks her silence on Scotland’s future   Can the Queen succeed where the hapless ‘Better Together’ campaign has failed? Today, as she left church in Scotland the monarch reportedly told a member of the public: “I hope people will think very carefully about the future” according to Sky News.

Where is David Cameron?

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests that David Cameron needs to show his hand   Yesterday, David Cameron attended the wedding of his wife’s half-brother, Jake Astor. Unlike others, we have no problem with that but at a time when Isis have beheaded a British hostage and when the Union teeters on a knife-edge, many have called for … Continue reading “Where is David Cameron?”

September 12, 2014

Picture of the Week: Defending Scotland

by Matthew Steeples

What will become of Scotland’s ability to defend itself if it becomes independent of the rest of the UK?   Shared by Ahmed Khalil on Facebook, our Picture of the Week mocks up what might happen to Scotland’s ability to defend itself if the ‘yes’ camp secure a win on Thursday 18th September.

September 8, 2014

Beckham’s blend

by Matthew Steeples

David Beckham and Guy Ritchie launch new whisky with Diageo

September 5, 2014

Quote of the Week: Joan Rivers

by Matthew Steeples

The late Joan Rivers on success   Yesterday’s news that the comedienne Joan Rivers passed away is sad but she’ll long be remembered for her wit and acerbic comments.

September 3, 2014

Get a grip

by Matthew Steeples

Britain’s Prime Minister needs to get a grip   Parliament is back in session and we’re now in September. The ‘Silly Season’ should be well and truly over but in fact we’re sinking into a quagmire that can only be described as ‘stupid’ and ‘irresponsible’.

August 26, 2014

Mone moves

by Matthew Steeples

Michelle Mone vows to quit Scotland if the country votes ‘Yes’ to independence   Self-styled “Bra Queen” Michelle Mone OBE took to Twitter following Monday night’s debate between Alistair Darling and Alex Salmond about Scottish independence. She vowed to take her business to London in the event of a ‘Yes’ vote in next month’s referendum … Continue reading “Mone moves”

Chris and Colin Weir

by Matthew Steeples

This former Scottish Television cameraman and his ex-nurse wife won £161 million on the EuroMillions lottery in 2011 and “believe that things do happen for a reason, and that with great wealth comes great responsibilities”. Chris and Colin Weir set up a foundation, the Weir Charitable Trust, to support small, local charities and as SNP … Continue reading “Chris and Colin Weir”

August 25, 2014

Boyling over

by Matthew Steeples

Frankie Boyle owes Jeremy Clarkson an apology   Frankie Boyle is a provocative yet humourless Scottish comedian who’d do well to stay north of the border. In demanding one of Britain’s favourite television presenters is sacked by the BBC, he’s truly gone too far and frankly he ought to make an apology to Jeremy Clarkson.

August 16, 2014

From Spite to Hope

by Matthew Steeples

Scottish castle for sale for just £28.90 per square foot   They say that owning a grouse moor is equivalent to burning £50 notes but the buyer of the 41,433 square foot Carbisdale Castle in Sutherland will take on an altogether bigger burden.

August 9, 2014

Confusing a castle

by Matthew Steeples

Confused.com founder puts castle on market for £1.5 million less than she spent on it   “Wild haired” Kate Armstrong, the Australian founder of Confused.com, bought the medieval Scottish castle Cassillis House in Ayrshire from the Kennedy clan in 2009 for £3 million. She spent four years and £3.5 million updating and improving it but is … Continue reading “Confusing a castle”

July 1, 2014

Reducing an island

by Matthew Steeples

Buy a private island in Scotland’s Summer Isles for a knockdown price   The Scottish independence campaign has been in the main funded by EuroMillions winners Chris and Colin Weir. If their desire doesn’t come to fruition, however, there’s another option for them: They could buy themselves a private island.

April 23, 2014

Celebrating St George

by Matthew Steeples

It is time to make St George’s Day a public holiday   The Irish enjoy a national holiday for St Patrick’s Day and the Scottish celebrate St Andrew’s Day. Today, 23rd April, is St George’s Day and it is time we, the English, marked it properly.

April 18, 2014

Gloria Minghella MBE (AKA “the Queen Mum of the Isle of Wight”, 1930 – 2014)

by Matthew Steeples

The mother of the Academy Award winning film director Anthony Minghella CBE (1954 – 2008) was a matriarch who lived by the philosophy: “You put in what you can, no matter how little that is, you don’t know how far the ripples will go”. Dedicated to community service and charity, Minghella herself was famous for … Continue reading “Gloria Minghella MBE (AKA “the Queen Mum of the Isle of Wight”, 1930 – 2014)”

March 4, 2014

Picture of the Week: Skintland

by Matthew Steeples

A redrawn map of Scotland sums up the perils of independence   It’s always been our belief that the sum parts of the Union are worth more together than apart. Great Britain is great because of the diversity brought together in uniting England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Commonwealth and with their attempt to … Continue reading “Picture of the Week: Skintland”

October 14, 2013

Michael “Chalky” White

by Matthew Steeples

This Scottish producer’s life was immortalised in the 2013 crowdfunded film, The Last Impresario. Jewish and educated at the Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz, White moved from being a Wall Street runner in the 1950s to the pinnacles of showbusiness in the 1960s and 1970s. Known for working on projects as diverse as Monty Python, The Rocky … Continue reading “Michael “Chalky” White”

October 4, 2013

Scotland’s Downton

by Matthew Steeples

Scotland’s most expensive estate comes to the market   In Downton Abbey last week, the Grantham family talked about selling off parts of their estate to cover the costs of death duties. In Scotland, the death of Sir James Cayzer has led to his family selling off one of their estates.

August 24, 2013

Who’s shooting?

by Matthew Steeples

Rolls-Royce shooting brake commissioned by John Entwistle of The Who goes to auction   In the manner typical of a rock star, The Who’s John Entwistle never learnt to drive. Instead, the legendary bass player bought cars because he liked to “drink in them”. One – specially adapted to suit an Irish Wolfhound named Fits … Continue reading “Who’s shooting?”

August 21, 2013

Tripping out

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests TripAdvisor needs to reform its ways   I’ve written about the ‘Trippies’ (those who write reviews on TripAdvisor) before and just like the ‘Groupies’ (voucher loving Groupon users), I’ve had direct experience of their type. They’re an accursed nuisance.

August 4, 2013

Suddenly Last Summer

by Matthew Steeples

Jack Vetrianno puts painting on the market (and throws in a flat)   Whoever buys Scottish artist Jack Vettriano OBE’s £2 million flat in Pont Street, Knightsbridge gets not only a one bedroomed flat, but also a painting titled Suddenly Last Summer.

July 15, 2013

A Fyne accord

by Matthew Steeples

A review of Covent Garden’s Loch Fyne Restaurant   In May 2004, the car park of the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar at Clachan in Argyll, Scotland became famous after Gordon Brown and John Prescott met there to discuss and agree who would be Tony Blair’s successor.

July 12, 2013

Picture of the Week: Smile, it most certainly did happen

by Matthew Steeples

Judy Murray has good reason to smile   An interview with Andy Murray’s mother, the tennis coach and British Fed Cup team captain Judy Murray, appeared in the Evening Standard today. The focus of the article was on the fact she’s started to smile.

June 11, 2013

Frankel-y the best

by Matthew Steeples

A tribute to Sir Henry Cecil (1943 – 2013)   Sir Henry Cecil was undoubtedly one of the greatest trainers ever. His tally of 25 classic winners is unsurpassed since 1900 and in 2012, he crowned his career by training the “wonder horse” Frankel.  

June 2, 2013

Long may she reign

by Matthew Steeples

Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Coronation   Sixty years ago today, Princess Elizabeth became Her Majesty The Queen. Today we at The Steeple Times join with the nation in celebrating this historic moment.  

May 18, 2013

Michelle Mone OBE

by Matthew Steeples

When her husband left her, she could of ‘moaned’ but instead she got on with it and paid her now ex-husband some £24 million for his share of her lingerie business. Glasgow born, Mone “”grew up a Scottish, Labour voting Protestant and is now a Conservative voting Catholic” but it is for her patented Ultimo … Continue reading “Michelle Mone OBE”

May 16, 2013

Selling Savile’s lair

by Matthew Steeples

Jimmy Savile’s cottage to be sold at auction   “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” is the motto Glasgow based auctioneers Ross Harper. This is indeed apt given that they are to sell the late paedophile Jimmy Savile’s cottage in Glencoe on 30th May.  

May 7, 2013

Lord of the Bond

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of a £400,000 castle owned by a man who was an inspiration for the creation of James Bond’s nom de plume Sir Hilary Bray, Bt and for many elements of 007’s character also   Count Robin de la Lanne-Mirrlees (1925 – 2012) is largely thought of as the man whose persona Ian Fleming … Continue reading “Lord of the Bond”

April 30, 2013

Correcting ‘Kate’

by Matthew Steeples

Why do the press continue to refer to the Duchess of Cambridge as ‘Kate Middleton’?   Two years ago yesterday, Catherine Elizabeth Middleton married Prince William. Euphoria reigned throughout the land and 26 million are said to have watched the ceremony in Britain alone.

March 30, 2013

Bill Martin: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks thrice Ivor Novello Award winning songwriter Bill Martin: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Sir Winston Churchill and all he stood for and to win an Oscar for the best “song” as a songwriter.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, … Continue reading “Bill Martin: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

Taking a view

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of a historic £22 million residence on London’s Cheyne Walk   Cheyne Walk in Chelsea is amongst the addresses that an estate agent would describe as “the most sought after in London”. Up there in the company of the Bishops Avenue, Grosvenor Square and Cadogan Square, it has moved from having been home … Continue reading “Taking a view”

March 5, 2013

Incurring no wrath

by Matthew Steeples

Images of Rolls-Royce’s latest model, the Wraith, are leaked ahead of its Geneva debut   When someone “incurs your wrath”, they make you angry but with the addition of an ‘I’ the word comes to be a Scottish dialectal word for “ghost” or “spirit”.   Today, 5th March 2013, Rolls-Royce launch their latest model, an … Continue reading “Incurring no wrath”

February 1, 2013

David Elias

by Matthew Steeples

Some say he died in 2009, others, including the Serious Fraud Office, suspect he’s hiding out in the rainforests of Borneo. This bankrupted businessman was best known for drinking red wine from a teapot at breakfast and for his public spats with Egon Ronay, Richard Desmond, Lord Rothschild and Ernest Saunders. He met his wife, … Continue reading “David Elias”

November 16, 2012

Victoria Spicer: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks the journalist and equestrian expert Victoria Spicer: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? Sat nav, usually.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? I’m stealing my motto from someone else – “Don’t … Continue reading “Victoria Spicer: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

November 1, 2012

Urs Schwarzenbach

by Matthew Steeples

This Swiss born son of a printer has spent over £85 million buying up properties in the Henley-on-Thames area of Oxfordshire. Schwarzenbach also owns 123,000 acres in Australia, 26,000 acres in Scotland and has his own polo team, the Black Bears. This financier’s foreign exchange dealership, Interexchange, is the biggest in Switzerland and betting against … Continue reading “Urs Schwarzenbach”

October 29, 2012

Cows don’t wear Rolexes

by steepleadmin

Charles Mitford Cust asks: “Do the clocks really need to go back?”   Yesterday, once again, the clocks went back and now we are officially in winter. As is always the case on this sad annual occasion, I am left asking myself why we have do something so apparently illogical and what are the origins … Continue reading “Cows don’t wear Rolexes”

September 22, 2012

Rowling on

by Matthew Steeples

J.K. Rowling sells the home where she first moved after the initial success of her “Harry Potter” series   Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is a lady said to be worth some $1 billion. Her path from “rags to riches” is well documented but the announcement of the sale of the Edinburgh home she first … Continue reading “Rowling on”

September 20, 2012

John Reith, The Rt. Hon. The Lord Reith KT GVCO GBE CB TD PC (1889 –1971)

by Matthew Steeples

“Dictatorship tempered with an amount of human decapitation” was his style as Director-General of the BBC. This Presbyterian didn’t get on with Churchill as he felt he could have done a better job himself. John Reith was emancipated by a booze fuelled sailing trip with the governor of the Bank of England without his wife … Continue reading “John Reith, The Rt. Hon. The Lord Reith KT GVCO GBE CB TD PC (1889 –1971)”

August 29, 2012

John King: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks John King, the sales manager for No. 11 Cadogan Gardens: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? My parents.    “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Don’t get mad, charge more.”   Kerry … Continue reading “John King: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

June 15, 2012

Martha Payne

by Matthew Steeples

A fearless child who set about improving school meals by posting photographs and rating the junk she was fed. Her blog, NeverSeconds, became an internet sensation and even Jamie Oliver backed her. Subsequently, bureaucrats at Argyll and Bute Council banned her from taking photographs but all that did was make her more famous. Good for … Continue reading “Martha Payne”

May 13, 2012

Benjamin Boateng

by Matthew Steeples

A club promoter who thought he was above the law. Found guilty in October 2011 of a pre-planned sexual assault, this former actor was previously accused of a similar crime in South Africa whilst his father was High Commissioner there. That time the case was dropped but this time he’s been jailed for nearly four … Continue reading “Benjamin Boateng”

May 11, 2012

James Murdoch

by Matthew Steeples

Considered by many as the pretender to the fortune of his father, Rupert, the phone hacking scandal may have put paid to that. He dropped out of Harvard to start a hip hop label named Rawkus and even gave an airing to a then little known Eminem. Here’s a rebel, complete with two tattoos, who, … Continue reading “James Murdoch”

May 5, 2012

Donald Trump Sr.

by Matthew Steeples

The Donald is an example of the case of if you owed the bank £5,000, they’d close you down but if you owed the bank £5 billion, you own the bank.

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