The Scalan was once a seminary and was one of the few places in Scotland where the Roman Catholic faith was kept alive during the troubled times of the 18th century. For much of the 18th century, the college at Scalan in the Braes of Glenlivet was the only place in Scotland where young men were trained to be priests. From 1717 to 1799, over a hundred were trained despite numerous attacks by Hanoverian soldiers. Visitors today will note that the college is largely invisible until you are very close to the college, a factor invaluable in evading detection by the Hanoverian soldiers. The college played a vital role in keeping the traditional Catholic faith alive in northern Scotland. It was named after the Gaelic word for turf sheilings ("galan") found in the Braes during that period. The Scalan is now a museum and is open all year for visitors . The Scalan Association seeks to promote the preservation of the college of Scalan and its history . Alexander Geddes, Scottish theologian and scholar, was among the famous figures born here. The last permanent resident of the Scalan was Sandy Mattheson, who died in late 2005. Other word for Scalan: The word Scalan is also referred as a nickname of Scotland.