As you get older you appreciate that everyone seems to be concerned with the future and you become aware of the progress that has been made particularly in the field of electronics which has seen so many advances in the past century.
There are very few youngsters today who can imagine life without electric light, telephones, television, radio, etc. plus of course the ever present mobile phones to name but a few of our implements which rely totally on electricity.. Just imagine all the present day items which have been brought into existence by the discovery of electricity. We do not appreciate what went on in those past times as It was our forefathers who discovered electricity and what it could be used for and we should give them thanks for starting the ball rolling. We must also appreciate that what we are experiencing today will become history in the years to come and who knows what further advancements will have been made by then. They are already perfecting driverless cars, does that mean we can go for a drink without worrying about the breathalyser? Progress seem to know no bounds as it was not all that long ago that houses were lit by lamps and candles, power in many cases came from steam; news etc. was passed around by word of mouth and entertainment was what we devised for ourselves. But everyone made the best of what was available and life moved on. Travel was expensive and time consuming but many Scots went forth into the world to discover many things and were renowned for what they achieved. Now you could put that down to the boredom of staying in the one place and working at whatever was available, in many cases very little. Therefore to break away from this many Scots joined the army such as Major Archibald Clifford Blackwell Craufurd of Ardmillan who served in India and also at the capture of the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa in 1795. A monument was erected by the Craufurd family on the Byne Hill to their illustrious son, but sadly today it is eroding badly due to neglect. The Craufurds took possession of Ardmillan Castle in 1658 after James Craufurd married Marion Kennedy whose family were very strong in Ayrshire at the time. Ownership of the estate remained in the Craufurd family for some two hundred years before the castle was destroyed by fire in 1919. It was re-built in the form of a large country house but a further fire in 1972 completely destroyed it and all that is left is the lodge at the entrance to the estate. But of course life moves on and I will hopefully see you next week.