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Free trams laid on for Edinburgh's Hogmanay revellers

Free tram rides are to be laid on in Edinburgh for the first time since the controversial service began operating - for the city’s Hogmanay revellers.
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The headstone of Andrew Brownlie (top right) will be among those reinstated at Sighthill Cemetery.

Headstones reinstated in Scots cemetery to recognise war dead

For decades, their ultimate sacrifice has been all but forgotten, with their final resting places rendered uncertain by the passing of time.

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Crew of the Bella pictured in a German PoW camp after they were captured off the North East coast in 1916. They are pictured in their fishermen's jumpers and caps. From left to right as David Cargill, John Cargill, James Ritchie Jnr, skipper James Ritchie (Auld Briney), James Freeman Ritchie and William Ritchie. PIC Maggie Law Museum, Gourdon.

The six North East fishermen captured by a German U-Boat

They were presumed lost at sea, the wreckage of their boat found floating in the water just a few miles from home.

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Sir Walter Scott. Picture: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

On this day in 1832 - Scots novelist Sir Walter Scott dies

THE famous Scottish Novelist Sir Walter Scott has long been considered the inventor of the historical novel.

Is this Nessie? Pic: Contributed

Has the Loch Ness Monster picture mystery been solved?

It is the picture hailed as the most convincing evidence yet of the existence of the Loch Ness monster.

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House that inspired Kidnapped novel goes on sale

House that inspired Kidnapped novel goes on sale

The home which inspired Robert Louis Stevenson to write his classic adventure novel Kidnapped is on the market for £850,000.

Battle of Dunbar Scots to be commemorated. Picture: Richard Annis / Durham Univeristy

No return to Scotland for 1650 Battle of Dunbar prisoners

The remains of Scottish prisoners of war who died after being captured by Oliver Cromwell’s troops following the Battle of Dunbar nearly 400 years ago will not be reburied north of the Border, archaeologists have announced.

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Aerial views of Berwick-Upon-Tweed. Picture: TSPL

On this day in 1482: Berwick is captured by England

The historic Border town has changed hands between England and Scotland 13 times.

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The Loch Ness monster.

On this day in 565: St Columba spotted the Loch Ness Monster

The Loch Ness Monster has long fascinated Scots and tourists alike, with regular reported sightings of the aquatic beast.

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The Glenfinnan Monument on the banks of Loch Shiel. PictureL Adam Elder/TSPL

On this day in 1745: Jacobite rising begins at Glenfinnan

On this day in 1745, the Jacobite standard was raised at Glenfinnan by the army of Bonnie Prince Charlie - marking the beginning of the final Highland rising.

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Allied troops prepare to go over the top at the Battle of the Somme. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Contemplation garden in jute baron’s mansion marks Somme death

He was a Scots soldier killed at the Battle of the Somme, one of the bloodiest conflicts of the First World War.

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Scottish writer John Buchan was a great believer in the Empire. Picture: Sasha/Getty

Scottish writer’s role in Great War propaganda campaign

John Buchan’s anti-German espionage novel The Thirty-nine Steps was an instant success when it was published in 1915, a year after the outbreak of the First World War.

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WWI soldiers were given an almost inedible stew to eat every day. Picture: Contributed

Stephen Jardine: Army ration stew added to WWI suffering

A century ago, the Battle of the Somme was raging on the Western Front.

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Kirsty Wark campaigns for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Listening Project at Glasgow Western Necropolis

Why Kirsty Wark will never forget the thousands of war dead in Scots graves

Fought between July and November 1916, the Battle of the Somme was one of the defining events of the First World War.

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Old Woodhouselee Castle in Roslin, Midlothian. Picture: Supplied

Castle owned by world’s first gun-toting assasin for sale

The ruins of a castle which once belonged to a Scot who carried out the world’s first documented assassination by firearm have gone on sale.

The  Kitchener Memorial at Marwick Head. Picture: PA

Families gather to remember 737 who died in 1916 Orkney sinking

A special commemoration service has been staged of the north of Scotland to mark 100 years since the sinking of First World War ship HMS Hampshire with the loss of hundreds of lives.

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Sea Cadet Ethan Megson from South Queensferry studies a picture of the Grand Fleet  in the Firth of Forth in 1916. Picture: Jon Savage

Keith Brown: How Jutland changed course of war

Scotland is uniting to remember the human cost of the greatest of naval battles, writes veterans secretary Keith Brown

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The telescope which saved the life of Lieutenant Rhoderick McGrigor at the Battle of Jutland. Picture: PA

Lifesaving Battle of Jutland telescope to go on display

A telescope which saved the life of a naval officer at the Battle of Jutland who went on to become the Admiral of the Fleet is among artefacts at a new exhibition to mark the centenary of the largest naval battle in history.

Ian Charleson plays Eric Liddell in the 1981 film Chariots Of Fire. Picture: The Kobal Collection

Leader comment: Censorship would dishonour Liddell’s memory

We have to withhold final verdict until the movie is released later this year, but an issue over Chinese censorship of a film about Olympic hero Eric Liddell is ominous.

This is the very first picture taken of the Stone of Destiny when it was returned to Arbroath Abbey in April 1951, three months after its disappearance from Westminster Abbey, with custodian of the Abbey James Wishart. Picture: Arthur Binnie

On this day: Stone of Destiny returned to Westminster Abbey

DESPITE its dull appearance, the Stone of Destiny has a fascinating history behind it - including its status as the centrepiece of a daring heist in 1950.

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