Hello, and welcome to the Historiette site

My name is Tiana Wilson-Buys.  I love history – always have.  And I love sharing my history explorations with other like-minded people.  Hence the birth of Historiette.

I have a particular interest in the medieval period (but I do explore and write about other historical periods too!).  And I love buildings and architecture in general.  So it’s no surprise then that you can often find me exploring medieval churches, old town walls, castles and forts.  And then I share my experiences with others – here and on social media.

You see, I believe we all need to know more about our history.  Our heritage.  This is where we come from.  It is part of our DNA.  For me, understanding more about our history somehow completes me, in a way.  And what is more fun than going on mini adventures to explore the past?

I hope, through Historiette, to inspire more people to explore amazing historical sites and buildings.

I invite you to explore the wonderful world of history with me.


Recent Posts

Saved From Ruin: Castle Menzies

October 7, 2023

As with so many Scottish castles, Castle Menzies was on the brink of utter ruin by the mid-20th century.  Roofs were in a state of…

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Athelstaneford Parish Kirk, Scotland

May 26, 2023

  With connections to a prince, a king, a well-known songwriter, and the birth of the Saltire (Scotland’s national flag), the little parish kirk in…

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St Martin’s Kirk, Haddington

May 6, 2023

  Very, very few 12th-century parish churches survive in Scotland today.  Through wars, Reformation, and general neglect, most such buildings have sadly been lost to…

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Urquhart Castle, Scotland

April 14, 2023

  In the Great Glen of the Scottish Highlands, you will find the magnificent Loch Ness – the second largest lake in Scotland. And on…

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The Culloden Battlefield

April 2, 2023

  It is windswept.  It feels desolate.  There is a sadness to this place, like I have never experienced before.  This is the place where…

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Greyfriars Church, Edinburgh

February 22, 2023

  When James I of Scotland invited several Franciscans from the Low Countries, to settle in Edinburgh, they very quickly accepted the invitation.  In 1447,…

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Two Men Gave Their Lives to Deliver the Mail

February 9, 2023

A heavy snowstorm was blowing around the town of Moffat, on 1 February 1831.  The Mail Coach from Dumfries pulled up at the Star Inn,…

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Holy Trinity Church, St Andrews

October 5, 2022

  Sometimes when a day’s plans go “off-script”, the day turns out even better than expected.  On a recent trip to St Andrew’s on the…

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St Andrews’s Castle, Scotland

September 27, 2022

  Once the residence of bishops and archbishops, St Andrew’s Castle stands majestically overlooking St Andrew’s Bay, on the East coast of Scotland.  Within these…

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Beauly Priory, Scottish Highlands

July 19, 2022

  They came from Dijon in France – the Valliscaulians – and settled here at Beauly Priory in the Scottish Highlands.  The monks belonging to…

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