Monthly Archives: December 2016


Eat your hearts out, world.

Here in Gourock, Morag and Neil have been partying like mad.

Neil opened one of his Christmas presents, a Deluxe Set of  200 Games. all non-electronic. 

We have already played Snakes and Ladders, Dominoes and Tiddleywinks.  Taking a break now, pretty exhausted I tell you.




First, I have impetuously taken up the WordPress offer of a new domain. As I understand things, the name of this site is now in the process of being changed to which is quite nice, I think.   The techies tell me that there may be some ‘instability’ in the site during the setting-up period.   I hope the impact will be unnoticeable to those few who happen by.    Please let me know if you have problems retrieving stuff.    You can email me at 

Second, I have added an embellishment, courtesy of WordPress.  If you scroll to the end of this block of entries, you will find a monthly link to older material.    No list of contents as yet but perhaps it will help a wee bit in looking back.  I also have in mind grouping the MACCORMICKS material in one bloc for ease of reading. 

Let me know if you have any ideas about improving the site.   You can do so in the Comments section below or by emailing me. 


Hard to believe it has been three years since I last arrived in Gourock to help my sister, Morag.  Now after  three operations on my left hip (and several dislocations), today I celebrate the third consecutive Christmas with her.   And this evening, we both enjoyed a nice chateau briand and mini Christmas puddings plus other trimmings.  Hope my readers  had as delicious  a  meal. 

I offer no comment on the state of our world other than to say that I feel great sorrow for the generations following us  that undoubtedly they will face challenges of a more dangerous character and magnitude  than we  ever encountered.

Having regained some  of my strength, I hope to continue the MACCORMICK  family pieces next week.  In the meantime, for those of you who missed the event, here is a report from The University of Edinburgh Law School. 

“Commemorative bust of Professor Sir Neil MacCormick unveiled

“First of four portraits created by sculptor Kenny Hunter revealed on Friday, 25th November 2016

The late Professor Sir Neil MacCormick was a leading legal theorist, public intellectual, and a central figure in the modern history of Edinburgh Law School. The Law School’s main meeting room bears his name as an acknowledgement of his legacy as a scholar, jurist and politician.

“To honour this memory, sculptor Kenny Hunter was commissioned to create a number of busts of Professor MacCormick. The first of these was unveiled by MacCormick’s widow, Flora, on Friday 25th November. Neil’s sister Marion and his daughters, Morag and Sheena, were also present. A large group of colleagues, ex-colleagues, friends, family and members of the Edinburgh Law School community came together to celebrate the occasion.

“Professor Neil Walker, friend and colleague of MacCormick and his successor as Regius Professor of Public Law and the Law of Nature and Nations, spoke in Neil’s honour and Kenny Hunter spoke about the process of developing the portraits.

“The MacCormick commemorative project was enabled by the generosity of friends and alumni of the Law School and we are grateful for their support. Two of the busts will be displayed at the Old College reception [in 2018] following its refurbishment One of the two remaining sculptures will be shown at the Royal Society of Edinburgh and it is intended that the other will reside at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

“You can learn more about the life of Professor MacCormick and his memorial fund here.”