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Scottish History

Posted on November 15, 2017 by
Looking back to the Medieval days, central Glasgow was fairly well established. Around the year 1119, Glasgow Cathedral was built. It is one of Scotland’s few medieval churches that remained after the Reformation. Glasgow was mostly based around the river Clyde, today’s Saltmarket, High Street and o...
Posted on January 27, 2014 by
As dusk fell over Culloden Moor on the 16th April 1746 the last major land battle to be fought on British soil had drawn to a conclusion. With close to 2,000 dead and wounded Jacobites the campaign to restore the Stewart monarchy to the throne had been dealt a decisive final blow. In the days and...
Posted on July 17, 2013 by
Flodden was fought just after Henry VIII came to the throne, a long time before he became the chubby, wife murdering tyrant so loved by novelists. It's a battle that people tend to know very little about, but it's a battle that changed - well world history. In 1513 Henry was suprisingly - young, h...
Posted on March 2, 2013 by
On the 8th of July 1587, the Scottish Parliament meeting in Edinburgh enacted a General Band (or Bond) For the quieting and keping in obedience of the disorderit subjectis, inhabitantis of the bordouris, hielandis and ilis. This legislation was the first attempt by James VI as an adult to bring thes...
Posted on February 7, 2013 by
‘Many a white-headed champion fell into rank around your banner, and many a handsome youth was mangled under horses' hooves...' 'Song to Sir Hector', Eachan Bacach The execution of King Charles I changed the whole course of the Civil war. The Scots recognized his successor. Cromwell pushed North ...
Posted on February 6, 2013 by
After the success of the Referendum in 1997 the First Minister Donald Dewar announced a competition for the design of Scotland's new parliament building. The winner was the design of Catalan architect, Enric Miralles. His adventurous design with leaf shaped buildings and upturned boat style skyli...
Posted on February 6, 2013 by
In 1997 after nearly 20 years of Conservative rule a labour government swept to power with a landslide victory over largely disorganised opposition. The party had campaigned successfully on the issue of major constitutional reform and among these reforms was devolution for Scotland. The controver...
Posted on February 6, 2013 by
Wednesday 13th March 1996 should have been a normal school day for the children of Dunblane Primary School. Tragically it was not. On that morning unemployed former shopkeeper Thomas Hamilton walked unchallenged into the school armed with two 9mm Browning HP pistols and two Smith and Wesson .357 ...
Posted on February 6, 2013 by
The car ferry making the five minute journey between Kyleakin and Kyle of Lochalsh was finally made redundant in 1995 with the opening of the Skye Bridge. The reasons for and against a large, modern construction in an area of stunning natural beauty, little changed since King Haakon anchored his ...
Posted on February 6, 2013 by
From the Mid 1970's onwards there had been building political pressure towards separate parliaments in both Scotland and Wales. Labour's majority had been whittled down in 1974 and after a series of disastrous by-elections had virtually no majority at all. The Scottish National Party was gaining m...