Notes - Castle Sonas by A.J. Hall
The case of Constantine v. Imperial Hotels was a 1940s English law case which established that inns and hotels could not refuse to accommodate guests based on their skin colour. The “ratio” (ratio decidendi ) is the key part of a case, the part that becomes binding precedent.
“Over quota” langoustines (and other fish) are fish which cannot legally be sold because the boat owner has exceeded relevant fishing quotas.
Sir Fitzroy Maclean was a founder of the SAS and reputed model for James Bond; he also eventually owned the Creggans Inn near Strachur in Argyll. He was a leading light in the Scotch Malt Whisky Society.
“Tighnadobran” means “House of the otter.”
The Ubiquitous Chip is a real restaurant in Glasgow
The Hippopotamus Song is equally real.