Category Archives: People

November in Scottish History

01 November 1889: A Belgian named Professor Albert attempted to become the first man to swim the Firth of Forth. Setting off from the shore of Fife, he reached about half way to Inchkeith before he gave up, disappointing the … Continue reading

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On this week in Scottish history

01 March 1546, George Wishart, Scotland’s first martyr of the Reformation strangled and burned in front of St Andrews Castle. Wishart was the son of an Angus laird and was sometime a teacher in Montrose. He had spent some time … Continue reading

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In this week in Scottish history

19 January 1736; James Watt was born in Greenock. An engineer and inventor, he surveyed the Forth and Clyde Canal and the Caledonian Canal and in 1764 invented the separate condenser, air pump and double acting engine. In 1774 he … Continue reading

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On this week in Scottish history

11 January 1918: Representation of the People’s Act gave the vote to all adult males aged 21 or over except peers, prisoners and the insane. Women aged 30 or over could also vote, provided that they were householders or wives … Continue reading

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On this day in Scottish history

  08 January 1313 In the early hours of this day, Robert Bruce recaptured Perth from the English, who had fortified the town with stone walls and towers. Perth was one of the toughest Scottish towns to attack, for augmenting … Continue reading

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Sawney Bean

  Sawney Bean is the cannibal per excellence. When anybody mentions Scottish cannibals, it is Sawney Bean who springs to mind and no wonder. His is a story of horror, murder and cannibalism that would be suitable for any late-night … Continue reading

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Before the Monster

Of all the monster legends in the western world, that of Loch Ness is probably the best known. This stretch of dark water in the north of Scotland attracts thousands of tourists, year after year, there have been dozens of … Continue reading

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Whaling and Victorian Values

Today, the 1st of December 2015 Japan’s whaling fleet sailed from Shimonoseki in south western Japan. The ships will head to the Antarctic and hunt whales from the end of December until March 2016. During that period they will kill … Continue reading

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Poverty and foodbanks

Last night my wife and I watched a programme about the Dundee Food bank. This is where the public donates food to a central point and volunteers distribute it to people who otherwise would starve. Now a reminder here: this … Continue reading

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Heritage of class

The first day of the year, so my wife hung up a new calendar. You know the type: big glossy picture on top and the dates beneath. I happen to like calendars but I have never really thought about the … Continue reading

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