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

Old Gala House, Galashiels

January 19, 2022

  “Sour Plums” is a very strange motto for a town, I would have thought 🤔.  But this is Galashiels in the Scottish Borders and…

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Iona Abbey, Scotland

January 8, 2022

  Millions of people have been travelling to Iona Abbey over the past 1400 years.  Many would have walked along Sraid Nam Marbh (the Street…

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Roslin Castle, Scotland

January 1, 2022

  The hill is terribly steep and slippery after two days of solid rain.  Squishing my way through the mud and wet leaves, I finally…

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The Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, York

December 26, 2021

  “Where are you looking to go, Pet?” asked one of the men sitting on a low wall in Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate Street.  We clearly looked like…

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Moy Castle, Isle of Mull

December 2, 2021

  A low fog was rolling in from the sea.  I pulled my raincoat closed and flipped the hood up over my head as the…

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Gala Aisle, Scotland

November 22, 2021

  The first parish kirk in Galashiels stood on a site just south of the Old Town Cross, along Church Street.  It was built in…

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Iona Augustinian Nunnery

November 21, 2021

  I could almost feel the presence of the sisters of the old Augustinian order as I sat quietly in the chapter house of the…

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St Cuthbert’s Church, York

November 16, 2021

  As part of my research into Anchoritism during the Middle Ages in the North of England, I ventured to the ancient city of York. …

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St Leonard’s Hospital, York

November 13, 2021

  The ruins of the medieval St Leonard’s Hospital lie just on the edge of Museum Gardens in York.  The ancient building can be best…

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Duart Castle, Isle of Mull

November 6, 2021

  Powerful, dominant, and intimidating.  These are the words that spring to my mind seeing the castle fortress of Duart on the Isle of Mull…

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