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Historic Events

Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum wins refurbishment funding

WORK on a major renovation of the Scapa Flow Visitor Centre and Museum in Lyness looks set to start in spring next year.

Edinburgh Castle is home to one of the earliest depictions of the US flag.

Edinburgh Castle’s ancient Star Spangled Banner

Edinburgh Castle has played a pivitol role in many aspects of Scottish culture and history, however, visitors to the iconic landmark may not be aware of the astonishing piece of US history tucked away in the Castle.

British soldier and war poet Wilfred Owen (1893 - 1918) in uniform with a young boy, circa 1917.   (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

War poet’s time in Scotland to be marked in centenary year

He was one of the greatest poets of the First World War whose powerful anti-war works such as Dulce et Decorum Est about a gas attack in the trenches have been studied by generations of schoolchildren.

The Battle of the Somme is remembered at the National Memorial

Jane Anderson: Don’t wait for centenary to visit National Memorial

Next month marks the centenary of the initiation of a project at the heart of Scottish culture and heritage.

Pupils from Queen Victoria School Dunblane at the Wallace Monument. Picture: PoppyScotland

Poppy cascade from Wallace Monument remembers Arras fallen

CHARITY Poppyscotland has released 46,000 Poppy petals from the top of the National Wallace Monument, in Stirling, to commemorate the end of the Battle of Arras.

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John Buchan is underappreciated in Scotland, says Dr Mary Brown

Dr Mary Brown: John Buchan not given his due

If John Buchan, latterly Lord Tweedsmuir after becoming Governor ­General of ­Canada, is known today, it is because of his First World War adventure story, The Thirty-Nine Steps, and his great character, Major-General Sir Richard Hannay.

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American author Diana Gabaldon has sold more than 28 million copies of her Outlander novels.

Outlander author Diana Gabaldon to appear at National Museum

The author of the best-selling Outlander novel series is to make a public appearance in Edinburgh this month ahead of a major new exhibition on Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites opening in the city.
Mary Queen of Scots by unknown artist,painting,circa 1560-1592. PIC: Wikicommons.

Festival of Mary Queen of Scots revealed

A new festival to mark the life of Mary Queen of Scots has been announced on the anniversary of her audacious escape from Lochleven Castle.

Piping Live! is launched in Glasgow with massive 23ft mural. Picture: Contributed

Colossal clansman launches piping hot summer in Glasgow

THE world’s biggest week of piping – Piping Live! and The Worlds – to return to Glasgow

Jamie Sives starred in The James Plays at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2014.

Postman turned actor to play John Knox on stage

A former postman and scaffolder who won a screen role in Game of Thrones is to step into the shoes of John Knox on stage.

The Bridge of Carr during floods in 1978. Picture: Contributed

Highland’s oldest bridge celebrates 300th anniversary

THE Bridge of Carr - unsurprisingly located in Carrbridge - is thought to be the oldest surviving bridge in the Highlands and was built between around May and November 1717.

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A Portuguese policeman tries to remove a Celtic fan, wearing a kilt, after he had run onto the pitch after Celtic had scored the winning goal against the Italians. Picture: contributed

Insight: The pilgrimage to Lisbon to watch the Lions play

CELTIC’S victory in the European Cup 50 years ago was a rite of passage for a whole community who still cling to relics of that day, writes Dani Garavelli

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A service takes place at the Scottish National War Memorial, Edinburgh Castle yesterday. Picture: PA

Leader comment: We shall remember the fallen

Of all the First World War centenaries that deserve special commemoration, the Battle of Arras is particularly poignant for Scots.

Scottish schoolchildren lay poppy crosses at the service at Faubourg dAmiens Cemetery, Arras. Picture: Warren Media

Scotland remembers ‘terrible price of war paid at Arras’

Descendants of soldiers killed in the Battle of Arras – including 18,000 Scots – 
gathered at events in Scotland and France yesterday to mark its centenary.

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Highland Dance by men of the 8 10th (Service) Battalion, The Gordon Higlanders outside Arras Cathedral, 24 January 1919. Picture: IWM

Remembering the Scots heroes of the Battle of Arras

At the Battle of Arras, which began 100 years ago today, the proportion of Scots fighting was higher than at any other engagement of the First World War. It was to end in bloody stalemate with the British suffering 160,000 casualties and the Germans 125,000. And yet the High Command’s intention had been to minimise the death and destruction witnessed the previous year.

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Lieutenant Colonel Helen Homewood and sculptor Simon Burns-Cox with 'France 1914' at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery. Picture: David Findlay/Poppyscotland

Unique sculpture depicting WWI arrives at Kelvingrove Museum

A SYMBOLIC sculpture depicting the last remaining tree in a WWI battlefield is set to go on display at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

Lieutenant Colonel Helen Homewood MBE, whose uncle Sergeant John Erskine VC, fought and died in the Battle of Arras, France, at Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow, admiring the recently donated Italian marble sculpture France 1914 by artist Simon Burns-Cox which commemorates the battle. April 5, 2017. The sculpture represents the last remaining tree of the battlefield and hope as the Battle of Arras is remembered a 100 years on this week. The art work which will be on display in Glasgow for 12 months will eventually be auctioned off to raise funds for PoppyScotland.

Kirk Moderator to lead tributes to Arras’ Scottish fallen

It was one of the bloodiest offensives of the First World War which claimed the lives of around 18,000 Scots as the Allies strived to outflank German forces.

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The Battle of Arras raged from 9 April to 16 May 1917 where an estimated 18,000 Scots were killed. Picture: Contributed

Scots to lead ceremonies to mark Battle of Arras centenary

Scotland will play a key role in the international commemorations marking the centenary of the Battle of Arras this Sunday with events taking place both in France and Scotland.

A young boy runs between cross headstones at the French soldiers' cemetery in Belgrade (Photo: ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)

Young people ‘fail to understand importance of First World War’

Many adults do not believe that today’s young people grasp the importance of the First World War, a poll has found.

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D-Type Jaguars are loaded up at the home of Ecurie Ecosse at Merchiston Mews.

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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