Historic Events

Historic Events

When a racing team from Merchiston won Le Mans

FOR two consecutive seasons in the 1950s, a small, resourceful racing team from Merchiston swept aside the big guns to become Le Mans 24hr champions

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Scottish explorer and missionary Dr David Livingstone

Scotsman 200: Dr Livingstone mapped a continent in good faith

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of The Scotsman, we are dipping into our archives to bring you a selection of some of the greatest stories ever told over the last two centuries. We begin this series with The Explorers, and the following edited extract covers Dr David Livingstone’s remarkable journey across Africa in 1856.

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The germs are preserved in a glass case and feature an inscription by Fleming on the back, identifying it as the mould that first made penicillin.� (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Penicillin mould signed by Alexander Fleming sells for £12,000

How much is an old, dried out piece of mould worth? Apparently £12,000 if it was created by the Scottish doctor who discovered penicillin.

The former Ramsay Tecnical College building on Inchview Terrace. Picture: Bill Henry/TSPL

When the army took over Charles’ Portobello chocolate factory

WHEN successful Galashiels cloth merchant Charles Schulze decided to open Scotland’s first continental chocolate factory in Portobello, it should have been a triumph. But within just a few short years the venture would quickly melt into a tragic case of wrong time, wrong place.

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Detail from James Hamilton's Massacre of Glencoe. PIC Contributed.

Who ordered the Massacre of Glencoe?

He is known as the “Curse of Scotland” for his role in the Glencoe Massacre, the government minister whose exploits went largely unpunished following the infamous murders which took place 325 years ago this week.

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A piper of the 7th Seaforth Highlanders leads four men of the 26th Brigade  after the attack on Longueval in 1916. Photograph: Lt. J W Brooke/ IWM via Getty Images

How pipers called the shots at the Somme

A war correspondent reporting from the Battle of the Somme described the powerful impact of the pipes as Highland regimental pipers went into battle “screaming out the Charge”, and how afterwards the pipers played a Scottish “love song” as a lament to fallen comrades.

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Details from Old World to New World (1874) which typified the movement of people from Europe in the mid 1800s. PIC Wikicommons.

The 200 Scots buried in a mass grave in Quebec

They sought life in the New World; weavers, farmers, wives and children who boarded a ship at Greenock in 1857 to be met by both opportunities and loved ones in Montreal.

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Arras men leaving the trenches

Scots pupils to visit Arras battle site during WW1 commemorations

Scottish school pupils are to visit the site of the Battle of Arras as part of this year’s First World War commemorations.

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Former British land and water speed record holder Donald Campbell. Picture: PA/PA Wire

Donald Campbell: 50th anniversary of Bluebird crash marked

The 50th anniversary of the death of former British land and water speed record holder Donald Campbell will be marked at the site of his fatal crash.

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A record number of tickets have been snapped for Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations this weekend.

More tickets for Edinburgh's Hogmanay sold than ever before

Tickets for Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations are selling at their quickest rate since the turn of the century as organisers warned revellers they face being turned away if they leave it to the last minute.
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The Scottish Government is ploughing an extra �90,000 to provide the curtain-raiser to the 70th anniversary of the Edinburgh International Festival and Festival Fringe in 2017. Photograph: Steven Scott Taylor

Let there be lights – and lasers – at Hogmanay tribute to 70th Festival

The 70th birthday celebrations of the Edinburgh Festival are to be heralded at the climax of the capital’s Hogmanay festivities, organisers revealed today.

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Heinrich Steinmeyer in his SS uniform. Picture: SWNS

German PoW leaves £400k to Scottish village

A small Scottish village has been rewarded for the kindness shown to a former German prisoner of war after he left them nearly £400,000 in his will.

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Detail from front cover of The Stowaways: The Story of the Boys on the Ice, willl be published next month by Magic Torch Comics. The graphic novel tells a story little mentioned for almost 100 years. PIC Mhairi M Robertson.

The Arran stowaways thrown off a ship in Newfoundland

They became known as the Arran Stowaways, the youngest just 11-years-old, who smuggled themselves onto a boat bound for Quebec on a hapless adventure that was to end in torture, bullying and death.

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The 12 nobles set sail from Fife in 1598 for Lewis PIC Wikicommons

The plan to colonise Lewis by the Fife Adventurers

Twelve nobles set sail from Fife in 1598 in an audacious plan forged by King James VI to “civilise” the Hebridean island of Lewis and exploit its natural resources to profit the Crown.

Heinz Kurt Voigt
Soldier, POW and financial director
Born: 11 August, 1925 in Saxony, Germany
Died: 4 November, Bonar Bridge, aged 91

German POW refused Humanist funeral by Highland church

A church has refused a family permission to hold a humanist funeral in its hall.

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Dr Jackson Armstrong, history lecturer at Aberdeen University, who discovered the papers. PIC Aberdeen University.

Lost medieval records of Aberdeen found after 200 years

Fragments of Aberdeen’s missing medieval records, which form part of a collection so significant it has been recognised by UNESCO, have been discovered in the city after more than 200 years.

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Arbroath Abbey. PIC www.geograph.co.uk

“World class” celebration to mark 700th anniversary of Declaration of Arbroath

A “world class” event is being planned to mark the 700th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath.

Clan members will have a starring role in the 2017 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Edinburgh Military Tattoo to give clan members starring role in 2017 production

Clan members from around the world will get the chance of a starring role in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo for the first time.
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A two-minute silence will be observed across the UK later to remember the nation's war dead for Armistice Day. Picture: Poppyscotland2016

Armistice Day 2016: comment from The Scotsman and The Yorkshire Post

WEMBLEY tonight will be no place for the neutral.

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The effects of liquid chloroform on Simpson and his friends.
 PIC Wellcome Library, London/Creative Commons.

The drug-induced Edinburgh dinner parties that revolutionised medicine

Sir James Simpson changed the course of anaesthesia after dishing out liquid chloroform - and other then experimental drugs - to dinner guests at his Edinburgh town house.

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