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This week in Scottish History

01 June 1831:  While accompanying his uncle, John Ross, on an expedition to find the North West Passage, Sir James Clark Ross sledged across the Arctic ice and on this day he found the magnetic North Pole and claimed it for … Continue reading

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This week in Scottish history

01 May 1455 Battle of Arkinholm, near Langholm, Dumfriesshire: The Laird of Johnstone led a royal to victory over the rebellious Douglases. Johnstone sent the severed head of Archibald Douglas, Earl of Moray as a trophy to the king. 01 … Continue reading

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Old King Cole and the Catholic Church

Are children still taught the old nursery rhymes? I know we were: Mary Mary, quite contrary, which was a sixteenth century political commentary on Mary, Queen of Scots, perhaps, Ring a ring of roses, which harked back to the days … Continue reading

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Palestine: the forgotten campaign

When we think of the First World War, various images come to mind, and various names haunt the fringes of our collective memory. We may see the hellish mud of Passchendaele, or the gas clouds of Second Ypres, or remember … 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

07 February 1603: Battle of Glenfruin. After a raid by MacGregors into Luss, a body of Colquhoun women showed the bloodstained shirts of their slain men to King James VI, who authorised reprisals. The MacGregors struck first, killing scores of … Continue reading

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On this week in Scottish history

24th January 1873 East of Fife Record ‘Romantic affair at Aberdeen…About three months ago a beardless, rosy faced young person of some eighteen summers, rigged out in regular jack tar habiliments, made application…to be apprenticed. During the voyage, which was … Continue reading

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