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, part place to complain.

In 2015, I left Kansas and moved to Scotland to study History and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh. I graduated with First Class Honours in 2019.

In Scotland, I met amazing friends and joined the Edinburgh Uni Mountaineering Club, where I spent most of my time making coffee in the mud and falling in bogs. Over my summers, I worked on excavations ranging from Neolithic settlements in Romania, Medieval castles and kirkyards in the UK, and a Roman trade city in Italy. I have experience at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, the National Museum of Scotland, and with the Bamburgh Research Project.

I’m currently back in Kansas before returning to Scotland in September 2021 for an MSc in Architectural Conservation. In the meantime, I’ve been busy making stained glass, reading, and writing! My fantasy manuscript was selected as a Mentee for Round 8 of Author Mentor Match and am currently in the long slog of revisions to hopefully one day see my book on shelves.

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.

❤ kenn