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The 15,000 Scots children shipped to Canada

A search is underway for the families of up to 15,000 vulnerable children from Scotland’s children’s homes who were shipped to Canada in a programme of forced emigration and cheap labour that lasted almost 100 years.

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Former Scotsman editor Ian Stewart. Picture: TSPL

Scotsman 200 anniversary book launched

Last night saw the private launch of Telling Scotland's Story by Ian Stewart - pictured below in the historic location of the old Scotsman offices courtesy of the Front Page Bar and Lounge in The Scotsman Hotel.

National Trust for Scotland staff at work at Broughton House, Kirkcudbright, the former home of Glasgow Boy artist EA Hornel. PIC: National Trust for Scotland.

8 curious gems found at Scotland’s historic homes

National Trust for Scotland is working on a huge project to catalogue more than 100,000 items in its care.

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Can Scotland’s empty landscapes be populated once again?

Human presence barely registers on stretches of Scotland’s vast, empty landscapes - but it wasn’t always that way.

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Frozen unicorn in George Street. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Scotland’s history to be told in stunning ice sculpture display

This stunning unicorn sculpture is part of an ice installation to go on display in Edinburgh.

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Those with union-themed street names are less likely to identify themselves as Scottish only

Research finds your street name shows how Scottish you feel

Scots living on streets commemorating Britain are less likely to define themsleves as Scottish only, new research has revealed.

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Hovercraft at Finnart, Loch Long, 1965. Picture: TSPL

The story of Scotland’s hovercraft and why they failed

Scotland, a maritime nation of sea lochs, islands and more than 6,000 miles of coastline seemed like the perfect place for the hovercraft to take off, but it never did. We take a look at the reasons why.

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Tom Bailey (left) and Ben Weeks (right) on the summit of  An Sgurr on Eigg the night before they discovered the bones. PIC: Contributed.

Walkers who found Eigg skeleton saddened by cave discovery

Two walkers who first discovered bones from the skeleton of a teenager likely killed during a 16th Century clan massacre said they had been saddened by their find.

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The Swedish Runestone is not easy to see now but its planned new location in George Square will make it more accessible. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Edinburgh’s forgotten Viking stone to get new home

It is one of the most historic relics to be found in the heart of Scotland’s capital – but lies fenced off from the public in the shadow of the iconic visitor attraction it pre-dates.

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Loch Ness: 2017 has been the busiest year for Nessie sightings this century. PIC: Creative Commons/Flickr

Bookies slash Nessie odds after record sightings

Bookmakers have slashed odds on the myth of the Loch Ness monster being proved true after the eighth verified sighting this year.

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Haggis, whisky and tartan; these are all Scottish, right? Picture: iStock

7 things associated with Scotland that aren’t actually Scottish

CULTURAL items such as the kilt, whisky and haggis are instantly identifiable as icons of Scotland throughout the world. But just how many of these so-called Scottish icons have been appropriated from elsewhere? The answer may surprise you.

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Picture: Tom Duffin/Weephotos of Edinburgh Facebook page

Craigmillar Castle and the yew trees of Mary, Queen of Scots

CRAIGMILLAR Castle is one of Edinburgh’s least visited tourist sites, but easily among its most interesting. Situated in its courtyard stands a pair of yew trees with a royal distinction.

The Picture House's line-up of films being shown in 1960.

Campbeltown Picture House archives get national treasure status

A treasure trove from the archives of Scotland’s long-running cinema has been secured for the nation.
The Who in 1965 - the same year they pitched up in Elgin following the release of My Generation. PIC:

When The Who’s Keith Moon was kicked out a cafe in Elgin

It is where Keith Moon cleared a cafe with a stink bomb, Van Morrison lost his jewellery after being ‘captured’ by screaming fans and The Beatles launched their first UK tour on a freezing January night.

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The graveyard at St Machar Cathedral which was a regular haunt of the city's bodysnatchers. PIC: Flickr/Creative Commons.

The Aberdeen body snatchers that sparked a riot of 20,000

The arrest of Burke and Hare for 16 murders in Edinburgh caused widespread revulsion across the country - and not least in Aberdeen.

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‘Record year’ for alleged sightings of Loch Ness monster

Fans of Scotland’s favourite mythical beast have enjoyed a bumper 2017, with Nessie enthusiasts claiming a record number of sightings have been made.

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St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall dates from the 12th century. Picture: Wikicommons

Man in court following St Magnus Cathedral vandalism

An historic cathedral was forced to hold its annual Remembrance Sunday service with boarded-up windows after being damaged during a break-in.

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John Swinney joined Scottish schoolchildren at Auschwitz

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

Neil Oliver's NTS appointment has proved controversial. Picture: Dan Phillips

Kirsty Gunn: Fearful, divided Scotland risks becoming like poet’s abusive father

We are a divided nation. The terrible row over the appointment of Neil Oliver as president for The National Trust for Scotland is proof of a country that has become riven with animosities and strife, unable to make a reasonable show of letting both sides of a debate have their time. Instead, it seems, we’ve devoured the very idea of a dialectic discussion with its shared outcomes and reasoned argument.

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The boat that led the search of Scotland’s “Blue Planet”

It led the search of Scotland’s deep oceans for nearly 30 years and allowed the “inner space” beneath our seas to be explored like never before

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