Historic Events

Historic Events

Video: Ten historical Scottish artefacts recovered from time

All over Scotland, archaeology is painting a 7,000-year picture of our natural identity.

Balnakeil Village will feature on the trail. Picture: Robert Perry

New Highland trail to celebrate Gaelic poet Rob Donn

‘TRAILING Donn’ will establish a themed trail linking places and people from across Mackay Country in the north Highlands which appear in the stories, poems and songs of Rob Donn.

Inverness, Highlands & Islands
Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan. Picture: Supplied

Scotlander bloggers to visit 28 Outlander locations

A GROUP of top Scottish bloggers is dealing with the effects of Outlander being off the screens - known as “droughtlander” - by taking on a challenge to travel hundreds of miles and visit 28 filming locations on VisitScotland’s Outlander map in the space of just 34 hours.

Inverness, Highlands & Islands
The annual Moffat Sheep Races have been cancelled after more than 80,000 sign petition.

Moffat sheep races cancelled after 80,000 sign petition

An annual sheep racing event in Moffat has been cancelled over licensing issues.

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Culloden Battlefield. Picture: Jane Barlow

NTS criticised for trademarking of Culloden and Bannockburn

THE National Trust for Scotland has become embroiled in a new row after being condemned for trademarking heritage sites Culloden and Bannockburn.

Inverness, Highlands & Islands
Poison bottles from the shocking murder trial of Glasgow socialite Madeleine Smith in 1857. Picture: NRS

Famous Scots from the past highlighted at Edinburgh Fringe

MEMORABILIA from famous and infamous Scots goes on show for the very first time.

Edinburgh, Fife & Lothians
The melding of the talents of Adrienne Truscott, Zoe Coombs Marr and Ursula Martinez has produced a joyous crossover. Picture: contributed

Festival preview: Wild Bore

WILD Bore might show you some buttocks, but it won’t give you a bum steer on bad reviews, Claire Smith discovers

Historic Events

Scotland set for gold rush as 10,000 panners hunt for fortune

A remote Scottish town is in for a gold rush over the next week as 10,000 panners hope to get their hands on the valuable metal.

Dumfries & Borders
Picture of Dunning's aircraft on a ship. Picture: Orkney Library and Archive

Historic aircraft landing a century ago in Orkney remembered

THE first aircraft landing on the deck of a moving ship a century ago has been marked in Orkney – with the Royal Navy’s latest aircraft carrier forming an impressive background to the commemoration of Edwin Dunning’s achievement.

Inverness, Highlands & Islands
An abandoned cottage on North Uist. Picture: Contributed

Traumatic story of the Hebridean Clearances retold

A BOOK based on the true story of the daughter of a North Uist landowner during the Highland Clearances is to detail the brutal episode for Hebridean crofters in the 19th century.

Inverness, Highlands & Islands
The earliest letter written by a young Mary, Queen of Scots 1550. Picture: SWNS

Earliest Mary Queen of Scots’ letter centrepiece of exhibition

The earliest surviving letter written by Mary Queen of Scots is to go on display from today as part of a historic exhibition.

Passchendaele: Music, faith and humour - how Scots soldiers sought comfort in the mud

Passchendaele: Music, faith and humour - how Scots soldiers sought comfort in the mud

By 1917, against the backdrop of continued carnage, inhumane combat conditions and military blunders, the men and women serving on the Western Front had found a variety of ways to accommodate the intensity of their feelings and prevent the breakdown of their physical and mental health. The often appalling conditions in which they fought, worked and lived were confronted and negotiated by means of a variety of belief and support systems. They were inspirited or spirited on by religion, humour, literature, artefacts, lucky charms, music, compassionate interactions with animals, and esprit de corps.

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New extension. Picture: Supplied

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.

Edinburgh, Fife & Lothians
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.

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.

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