Historic Events

Historic Events

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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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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