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
Much like the rest of Scotland, the Lothian region is steeped in history and renowned for its beauty. The area is also home to Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh. There are few who can say the focal point of their home town is a castle perched atop an extinct volcano – the ancient lava flow from which … More Fact or Fiction? The Murky History of Lothian
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
It was a warm July day as they clambered to plug gaps in the walls; flesh and bone replaced their bricks and mortar. They had endured much already, yet with every slaughtered horse they piled up, the grotesque stench grew in severity, permeating the humid air and lingering in their nostrils. Guy, Count of Namur … More The Battle of Boroughmuir : Desperation in Defeat
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
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
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? Scotland’s Darkest Historical Events
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
Throughout the late 13th to early 14th century, Britain and Ireland was the scene of intense bloody conflict. The Scottish Wars of Independence – which saw Robert Bruce secure his position as King of Scotland – were arduous, brutal conflicts that tore the very fabric of medieval Britain. Scotland had long been prized by the … More Dreams of the Past: A United Celtic Kingdom