Historic Events

Historic Events

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.

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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.

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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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Poppies are assembled at the Lady Haigs Poppy Factory in Queensferry. Photograph: Neil Hanna

Dani Garavelli: It’s hard to remember what poppies once stood for

If you want to understand the extent to which the Armistice Day poppy has been stripped of dignity and meaning, then you need look no further than the front page of Friday’s Daily Mail. On the top right-hand corner sat the ubiquitous scarlet tribute to Britain’s war dead; underneath it, a splash which – by attacking three High Court judges for reasserting the primacy of parliament – sought to undermine the freedoms and democracy the men gave their lives to secure.

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‘Stunning’ Great War statue arrives in Glasgow’s George Square

A SPECTACULAR sculpture commemorating the fallen of the Great War has been unveiled in Glasgow.

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The Rt Hon Donald Wilson,  Lord Provost of Edinburgh City
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opens Edinburgh's Garden of Remembrance. Picture: Jon Savage

Edinburgh’s Garden of Remembrance opens in honour of war dead

Edinburgh’s Garden of Remembrance opened following a ceremony at East Princes Street Gardens.

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Up to 4000 Hogmanay revellers will be able to use the free tram service

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.

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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.

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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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