The Gallowglass were a group of elite mercenary warriors who played a significant role in Irish history. Known for their ferocious fighting skills, the Gallowglass were often hired by Irish chieftains to bolster their armies in times of war and helped turn the tide of battle on many occasions. The origins of the Gallowglass can … More A Brief History of the Gallowglass
At the mouth of the River Clyde, where the river meets the firth, lies Dumbarton Rock. This imposing great chunk of volcanic rock looms large over the surrounding landscape and features an impressive castle. The castle which rests on the rock was originally built by King Alexander II in the 13th century to defend against … More The Kingdom of Alt Clut: The Brittonic Realm in the Heart of ‘Scotland’
Robert the Bruce is undoubtedly Scotland’s most famous monarch. The warrior king who played a pivotal role leading Scottish resistance against English rule under Edward I, and later his son, Edward II. The subject of many a tale, Robert the Bruce is a fascinating character and a towering figure in Scottish history. Here are five … More Five Facts About Robert the Bruce
On 10th August 1460, King James III of Scotland was coronated at Kelso Abbey. James inherited the throne from his father, James II, following his death during the siege of Roxburgh Castle just four days prior. He was just a child at the time, and during much of his early reign Scotland was governed by … More This Day in Scottish History: James III of Scotland is Crowned at Kelso Abbey
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.
… More The Battle of Falkirk : The End of the Beginning
On 19th July 1333, the town of Berwick-upon-Tweed lay under siege. Close to breaking point, the town’s Scottish defenders had agreed to surrender to the besieging English army on 20th July unless a relief force arrived. And in the gloom of the early morning salvation appeared on the horizon. 15,000 Scots under the command of … More The Scottish Disaster at the Battle of Halidon Hill
In 2022, cholera outbreaks in Britain are an issue confined to the history books. Yet in towns and cities across the country during the 19th century, the deadly infection wrought havoc among the population. Fuelled by poor sanitation, overcrowding and a lack of clean water sources cholera spread like wildfire, causing violent cases of vomiting … More The Story of the Aberdeen ‘Cholera Riot’
On 23rd June 1725, the streets of Glasgow were a scene of absolute chaos as the ‘malt tax riots’ erupted. The riots broke out in response to the extension of English taxes on malt across Scotland – a move which would have seriously impacted Scottish brewers and raised the price of beer for the average … More The Story of the Infamous Glasgow ‘Malt Tax Riots’
In 1779 a daring plan was hatched by American revolutionary commanders to invade the port town of Leith. The proposed ‘invasion’ formed part of an audacious campaign to take the fight to British shores as the American Revolution raged across the Atlantic. And it would be led by John Paul Jones, the Scottish-born ‘Father of … More John Paul Jones and the American ‘Invasion’ of Leith
In November 1666, an army of Covenanter rebels was defeated by government troops in the Pentland Hills in what came to be known as the Battle of Rullion Green. While believed to be a small engagement, the clash occurred during a spontaneous rebellion, known as the ‘Pentland Rising’, in response to repressive policies against Presbyterian … More The Covenanter Uprising Crushed in the Pentland Hills