Out there in Jutland
In the old man-killing parishes
I will feel lost,
Unhappy and at home.

– Seamus Heaney (1975)

Ad Caledonia – To Scotland.  It’s Latin.



Hello, I’m Kennedy!

Ad Caledonia is part travel blog, part personal diary.

I grew up in Kansas and have made the transatlantic move to Scotland twice now.  First, to study History and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh where I graduated with First Class Honours in 2019.  Second, to for my MSc in Architectural Conservation (2022).

When I’m in class, I spend most of my time drinking coffee and falling in bogs in the Highlands.  In the summers, I can be found on archaeological excavations ranging from Neolithic settlements in Romania, Medieval castles and kirkyards in the UK, or a Roman trade city in Italy. I have volunteer experience at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, the National Museum of Scotland, and with the Bamburgh Research Project.

I also love to work with stained glass, read, and write!  My fantasy manuscript was selected for Round 8 of Author Mentor Match.  That book is currently in the query trenches while I draft my third novel.

I hope to translate the complexities of history to the general public in new and exciting ways.  Whether that be through storytelling or teaching, I love seeing history and archaeology come alive.

This blog is for the people who put up with my incessant complaining.

If you’re seeking more aesthetic content you can check out my bookstagram.