John is a Highlander at heart, although not by birth. He was born in Glasgow and raised in the east end of that city until the age of ten, after which he moved to Invergordon in the Highlands. Since that time he has lived in Skye, Kingussie and Aviemore as well as the Highland capital, Inverness. His aim is to see as much of his beloved Highlands as he can, whilst working here.
John has a degree from the university of the Highlands and Islands in Scottish History and Politics, and has also studied the Crusades and Scots language as part of that course. He has been a member of the Historic Saltire society for 15 years bringing history to life by playing the parts of Robert the Bruce, William Wallace and the Wolf of Badenoch amongst others.
Initially attracted to the finer arts of swordsmanship, he joined the local fencing club and was one of only a few members to compete with the sabre; a weapon more like the Scottish Broadsword than other fencing blades like the foil or the epee.
John has helped administer the Historic Saltire Society as Secretary, and has also previously applied his historical expertise as the group’s Living History Manager. He is currently the society’s Heraldry Guildmaster and is also a keen calligrapher, skilled in reproducing two fonts as well as illuminating letters. He practises bookbinding when his heraldic and calligraphic work is finished and is beginning to explore working with stained glass.
Last but not least, he is also the father of two children and hones his story-telling skills on this captive audience with historic tales on long car journeys. We’re not sure if they’re his strongest critics or his biggest fans.
John’s car is the Executive seven-passenger Mercedes Vito dualiner. With leather seats, privacy glass and air conditioning this is a comfortable and stylish way to see Scotland.