Historic Events

Historic Events

John Swinney joined Scottish schoolchildren at Auschwitz

John Swinney joined almost 200 Scottish schoolchildren yesterday at Auschwitz on the eve of Armistice Day.

Mary Queen of Scots portrait found underneath 16th century painting

Mary Queen of Scots portrait found underneath 16th century painting

A ghostly image of a woman believed to be Mary Queen of Scots has been discovered hidden beneath a 16th century portrait.

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Heinrich Steinmeyer died in 2013. Picture: Mark Ferguson

Villagers asked how to spend windfall left by former Nazi soldier

The people of a Perthshire village will be asked next week to decide how a windfall left by a former Nazi storm trooper should be spent.

The three violins, made in commemoration of the war poets who met at the golf club in 1917, are to be played together for the first time. Picture: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

War poets honoured with violins to mark anniversary

A violin maker has crafted three violins from a tree in the grounds of a shell-shock treatment hospital in honour of three renowned First World War poets.


Astonishing press photographs capture interwar era Edinburgh

If there’s a finer collection of images showing Edinburgh in the 1930s, I have yet to encounter it.

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Shakespares Macbeth was of course set in Scotland, but did the bard ever visit the country himself? Picture: Getty

Did William Shakespeare visit Scotland to win over James VI?

Robert Burns is Scotland’s bard, but there is some evidence that more than a century before Burns was even born, William Shakespeare made a visit north of the border.

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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

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.

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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.

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
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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