Friday, 8 January 2016

The Pirates (& Priory) Of Pittenweem...



Who loves a good swashbuckling adventure on the high seas? We do! 

The popularity of Jack Sparrow in Pirates of The Carribean has ensured a mult-movie franchise. Meanwhile, if you're looking for a TV show (adults only!) to see you through the long winter nights, we can highly recommend Black Sails!



Still, what you might not know is that real pirates could once be found much closer to home, just off the coast of Pittenweem. In fact, pirates are linked to the history of our own village priory...

"The local parish church dates from the 16th century and nearby are the ruins of the priory. The priory was originally located on the Isle of May, 6 miles off the coast, however, a move to the mainland ensued when the administration was turned over to the Augustian monks of St Andrews. The move to Pittenweem eliminated the threat of invasions from sea pirates who were a menace to the original Isle of May site. The new priory brought a welcome boost to the area and as a flourishing town Pittenweem established itself as one of the most prosperous areas in Scotland." - BBC History 

So, there it is...a Funky Scottish history lesson to rival hollywood's most mischievous pirate tale...

Our hand-painted, bespoke pirate plate was created by resident artist, Karen Edward. Discover more about commissioning a ceramic gift at www.funkyscottish.com


About...

Living by the sea, Karen Edward @ Funky Scottish is naturally drawn to coastal themes and has developing her own unmistakable flair for showcasing the unique character of the East Neuk. Her favourite subjects include the houses, animals, boats and seascapes she observes in and around the fishing villages. Karen will also happily paint bespoke ceramics reflecting your own unique character and interests. Choose a gift or crockery collection to celebrate special occasions including birthdays, anniversaries and weddings. If you'd like to order your own exclusive, hand-painted piece, please get in touch!  

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