The Battle of Singapore: A Nail in the Empire’s Coffin

The invasion and capture of Singapore by imperial Japanese forces in February 1942 was a failure of cataclysmic proportions. … More The Battle of Singapore: A Nail in the Empire’s Coffin

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

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