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SERGEANT McLEOD AND THE MEN IN THE RANKS

British history books are filled with accounts of wars and great commanders. The names of generals such as Marlborough, Wellington, Montgomery, Slim, Havelock, Clive and Wolfe spring from the pages, faces that peer from the powder-smoke and reap the rewards … Continue reading

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THE BOSTONIAN AND THE GURKHAS

The British Empire threw up an amazing array of colourful characters and none more so than David Ochterlony. With such a name it is obvious that he has a Scottish background. His father came from Forfarshire, now Angus, north of … Continue reading

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This crazy ideas about nationality

People fight wars over national boundaries. One set of people kill and maim another set of people because of some silly line drawn on a map by some politician or king or other jumped up self-important yahoo. How crazy is … Continue reading

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December in Scottish History

DECEMBER IN SCOTTISH HISTORY 01 December 1768: The first volume of Encyclopedia Britannica was published in Edinburgh, edited by William Smellie. 1787: The lighthouse at Kinnaird Head, Fraserburgh began operations. ┬áIt was built by Thomas Smith and Robert Stevenson. 02 … Continue reading

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Dundee at a Glance

Dundee is a most dynamic city, always changing, always innovative. Once a major linen centre, then, as Juteopolis, the centre of the world’s jute trade, it was also the port where the best Arctic ships in the world were built, … Continue reading

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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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BOOK LAUNCH

Autumn is usually a busy period. I have just returned from giving a presentation in Stornoway in the Island of Lewis and now am preparing for a book launch in Dundee. The island of Lewis was pretty spectacular, with some … Continue reading

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