Fact or Fiction? 5 of the Darkest Events in Scottish History

Scottish history is rich, vibrant and littered with colourful tales of bravery, deceit, violence and lust. It is no surprise that George RR Martin drew some inspiration from it.

There are many tales from Scotland’s past that aren’t immortalised in fantasy fiction, however, yet they are every bit as brutal and harrowing. … More Fact or Fiction? 5 of the Darkest Events in Scottish History

Power to the People: The Battle of the Braes, 1882

For a period of around 100 years from the mid-18th century onward, the Scottish Highlands changed dramatically. The Highland Clearances in the wake of the ’45 Jacobite Rebellion prompted vast cultural changes throughout the region. With a rising population toward the end of the 18th century, this (traditionally) sparsely populated area was booming. Although a … More Power to the People: The Battle of the Braes, 1882

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

The Battle of Largs: Norway’s Death Throes in Scotland

The Battle of Largs, which took place on 2nd October 1263, was by and large an inconclusive engagement between the kingdoms of Scotland and Norway. 

Although the battle itself proved rather indecisive, the repercussions of this engagement were immense; heralding a downturn in Norse influence in Scotland, the death of a king and the consolidation of Scottish influence in the north of Britain.  … More The Battle of Largs: Norway’s Death Throes in Scotland

Black Agnes: One of Scotland’s Most Fearless Female Figures

British history has featured some exceptional, innovative and fearless women. From Boudica to Elizabeth I, Ada Lovelace to the Suffragettes, the list goes on.

One of the most fascinating and relatively unknown characters from Scottish history is Agnes Randolph, Countess of Dunbar.  … More Black Agnes: One of Scotland’s Most Fearless Female Figures