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Issue 2 - Letters to the Editor

Scotland Magazine Issue 2
June 2002


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Letters to the Editor

Scotland Magazine is an excellent and worthwhile addition to the newsstands of the world. Its photography is clear and precise, illustrating the beauty of Scotland with the colour it so richly deserves. The sheer breadth of contributions from art, culture, history and tradition give a full sense of the mystery and atmosphere of this gem of a nation. May the many years ahead bring success to Scotland Magazine, in all that it does.

Thank you very much for your kind words. I am glad you enjoyed the launch issue and we will endeavour to keep up the good work.

Today I purchased a copy of Scotland Magazine and when I started to read it I thought ‘nice, well-presented magazine’, a good addition to the magazine shelves.

Then I turned to pages 46-49 and so I write to correct your magazine’s error. Pollok House is NOT the home of the Burrell Collection; it is the ancestral home of the Maxwell family who have lived there since the 13th century and owned the 361 acres of ground in which it is situated. In the 1960s the last Baronet’s daughter – Mrs Anne Maxwell-Macdonald – gifted the house and grounds to the people of the City of Glasgow.

Sir William Burrell gifted his collection to the City in the 1940s but there was no money available to build a gallery to house the collection. For many years much of it was stored and the pictures displayed in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery.

With the gift of Pollok Estate the City was able to build a gallery specifically to house the impressive Burrell Collection. The Burrell Gallery opened its doors in 1983.

So within Pollok Country Park we have two very fine and very different museums – both worth a visit.

Pollok House (where I was a volunteer guide for 10 years) houses probably the finest collection of Spanish art seen outside Spain – including El Greco’s Lady in a Fur Wrap, a world-renowned painting.

The Burrell Collection has many different artefacts covering the whole spectrum of the arts – including decorative arts, paintings, stained glass, tapestries etc. So please, in the future ensure you or your staff get your facts right. Don’t spoil an otherwise excellent new publication with stupid, careless mistakes which could easily offend – not just the people of Glasgow who are extremely proud of their artistic and cultural heritage – but also the Maxwell family who still own many of the works of art in Pollok House!


Let me apologise immediately for any offence to the people of Glasgow and to the Maxwell family. I’m sure you can appreciate the amount of effort that goes into producing something like the launch issue of Scotland Magazine. Although it is unacceptable, it is understandable how the odd error can creep in. We promise to try harder.

I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the launch issue of your magazine which I bought while passing through Edinburgh. In particular, the look and feel of the magazine appeals and I am sure you will have no problem in coming up with ideas for features to illustrate the beauty of Scotland. However, I found the magazine to have something of a masculine bias. Please don’t forget that half of the population might have slightly different interests.


We strive to strike a balance between what are traditionally male and female orientated features. In this issue there are pieces about fashion (Belinda Robertson), entertaining (Scottish breakfasts) and pampering (spas). Without wishing to seem old-fashioned, few of these features will appeal to our male readers just as you might skip the rugby feature. Then again, you might enjoy rugby. The content’s common theme is a celebration of everything Scottish.