The North Berwick Witch Trials

Lying just outside of Edinburgh, the now picturesque town of North Berwick was the site of one of Scotland’s most infamous witch trials. … More The North Berwick Witch Trials

New Research to Unlock the Secrets of the Galloway Hoard

National Museums Scotland is set to lead a new research project into one of Britain’s most important archaeological sites, the Galloway Hoard.  Funded through a grant by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the three-year project will carried out in collaboration with the University of Glasgow.  ‘Unwrapping the Galloway Hoard’ The Galloway Hoard is … More New Research to Unlock the Secrets of the Galloway Hoard

Dreams of the Past: The Indian Barrier State

The arrival of Europeans in North America heralded a dark period for indigenous populations the length and breadth of the continent. Within the space of a few centuries, the patchwork of varied, independent tribal societies that littered the modern-day mainland United States was gradually destroyed; with peoples scattered and often subjected to brutal acts of … More Dreams of the Past: The Indian Barrier State

Defeat and Humiliation: The Battle of Neville’s Cross

On the 17th October 1346, Scottish and English forces clashed outside Durham in one of the key battles of 14th-century British history.  The Battle of Neville’s Cross was a disastrous military failure for the Kingdom of Scotland which led to the capture and humiliation of King David II. Embroiled deep in the Hundred Years War, … More Defeat and Humiliation: The Battle of Neville’s Cross

Kings, Queens & Treacherous Schemes: The Gunpowder Plot

Every year on the 5th November, the skies above Britain are awash with colour as thousands of fireworks let out their brief, explosive bursts of light. Bonfires burn throughout the land and Brits young and old recall the rhyme, “Remember, remember, the fifth of November, gunpowder, treason and plot“. The Gunpowder Plot reads like your … More Kings, Queens & Treacherous Schemes: The Gunpowder Plot

The Battle of Falkirk : The End of the Beginning

The Battle of Falkirk, which took place on the 22nd July 1298, is one of the most famous battles of the Scottish Wars of Independence.

The euphoria of victory would be short-lived, however. And at the Battle of Falkirk, Wallace and the Scots would go toe-to-toe with a far different animal to the one they previously encountered on the banks of the River Forth.
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Great Catastrophes, Part 1: The Great Fire of London

Human history has been shaped by great catastrophic events. In this series of articles, I will explore a wide range of catastrophes throughout our history, ranging from natural disasters to pandemics and global conflicts. In September 1666, the Great Fire of London began its devastating rampage throughout the city. It is by all accounts the … More Great Catastrophes, Part 1: The Great Fire of London