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
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
Some might assume experimentation with psychedelic drugs during the 1960s was a pastime limited to hippies, trippers and youngsters. However, an operation conducted by the British military would suggest otherwise. … More Operation Moneybags: That Time the British Military Dosed Troops with LSD
On this day, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first human to walk on the Moon. Back on Earth, more than 700 million watched with baited breath. … More On This Day 1969: A Real ‘Space Race’ Victory was Secured
The Battle of Glen Shiel, fought on the 10th June 1719, is as a key moment in the protracted struggle to restore the Stuart dynasty, yet it still remains largely unacknowledged. … More Through the Smoking Heather: The Battle of Glen Shiel, 1719
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, 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
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
Commonly known as the Cadaver Synod, the ecclesiastical trial of Pope Formosus began in 897AD and is an event that wouldn’t be out of place in a Monty Python sketch. … More The Cadaver Synod
On 30th November each year, Scotland honours Saint Andrew. Many Scots will be familiar with the patron saint but how many actually know his story and legend? Saint Andrew is said to have been born in Galilee in the early 1st century AD, and it is claimed in the New Testament that he was the … More The Legend of Saint Andrew