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Troubled past of lighthouse murder is recalled after island put on the market

The sale of a beautiful island has led to a retired architect recalling the fateful day he discovered the corpse of lighthouse keeper killed in one of Scotland’s most notorious murders.

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On this day 1913: Edinburgh Zoo opens to the public

On this day 1913: Edinburgh Zoo opens to the public

On this day in 1913, Edinburgh Zoo opened its doors for the first time.

The rock art at Achnabreck gives a tantalising insight into prehistoric Scotland. PIC: Historic Environment Scotland.

The mysterious ancient rock art of Scotland

This 5,000-year-old rock art found deep in Kilmartin Glen in Argyll is a powerful reminder of the area’s prehistoric inhabitants.

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Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard and Fionn Whitehead in a scene from 'Dunkirk'. Picture: AP

How a Glasgow merchant ship saved thousands at Dunkirk

In Winston Churchill’s famous “We shall fight on the beaches“ speech, the Prime Minister hailed the evacuation of Dunkirk as a “miracle of deliverance”.

People & Places
Picture: Ian Georgeson

Edinburgh kiltmaker makes her 20,000th kilt

A KILTMAKER has celebrated a landmark year in the industry by hand-sewing her 20,000th kilt.

People & Places
Sketch of the butterfly-like markings discovered by chance at the 5,000-year-old Ness of Brodgar site. PIC:UHI.

Archaeologists hit jackpot after sun uncovers neolithic markings

Neolithic butterfly-like markings have been discovered by chance in Orkney after they were illuminated by the early morning sun.

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Sophie Stephenson. Picture: Supplied

Ancient Gaelic step dance tradition being kept alive

A 26-year-old dancer from Skye is helping to bring the ancient Gaelic tradition of step dance into the 21st century.

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The Lewis Chessmen are ranked number nine on the list of 25 items. Picture: Neil Hanna

5,000 years of Scottish history summed up in 25 objects

They are the objects deemed to have shaped Scotland’s history, ranging from a medieval football to Antarctic goggles and a dancing fiddle.

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The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the Queen's official residence in Scotland

Andy Wightman on land reform: Who owns the Palace of Holyroodhouse?

The question of who runs and pays for Edinburgh’s royal palace is complicated, writes Andy Wightman

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A detail of the Pictish stone in the churchyard at Aberlemno in Angus. The battle scene is generally accepted to be the battle of Nechtansmere
 in May, AD 685.

Face of ancient Pictish man digitally reconstructed

He died in his 40s, having spent a life engaged in hard work. Now, 1500 years after this Pictish man’s death, we have an idea of what he looked like thanks to digital reconstruction.

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When was the last time a phone box was used for an actual phone call? Picture: TSPL

10 things that have all but vanished from Scotland

We take a look at 10 things that have all but vanished from Scotland, including video rental stores, dedicated sports newspapers and viewing galleries at airports.

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Bonnie Prince Charlie. Picture: submitted

Edinburgh Festival Fringe shows for the history lover

As you might expect, Edinburgh being a city steeped in history, the Festival Fringe has never been short of shows, events and exhibitions to satisfy the appetite of the history lover.

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The Spitfire was restored and put on display.

Spitfire recovered from Loch Doon put on display

A Spitfire has been put on display 35 years after it was recovered from the depths of Loch Doon in South Ayrshire.

People & Places
John Paul Jones, in a George Bagby Matthews painting from around 1890. Picture: US Senate

On this day in 1792: US Navy founder John Paul Jones dies

John Paul Jones, dubbed the ‘father of the US Navy’, was born to Jean Duff and John Paul Sr. in Arbigland, in south-western Scotland on 6 July 1747, under the birth name of plain John Paul.

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A late-16th-century depiction of Edinburgh Castle, where Lady Janet Douglas was burned at the stake in 1537. Picture: Wikicommons

On This Day: Lady Glamis executed for witchcraft in Edinburgh

Janet Douglas, Lady Glamis, was burned at the stake on charges of witchcraft and treason by order of King James V on July 17, 1537. Her ghost, The Grey Lady, is said to haunt Glamis Castle to this day.

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Paisley Pipe Band Competition to be hosted this Saturday.

Paisley town centre to host pipe band competition

Paisley town centre will welcome some of Scotland’s top piping talent for the annual Paisley Pipe Band Competition this Saturday.

Glasgow & Strathclyde
The now derelict Barnton Quarry bunker. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Edinburgh’s secret nuclear bunker prepares to open its doors

Hidden away near the top of Corstorphine Hill is one of Edinburgh’s most unusual abandoned buildings.

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The White House.

Scots gave White House touch of tartan in its creation

A new book reveals the role that a group of Scots had in the creation of the White House – and the little emblem from home they left discreetly carved into the presidential mansion.

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Andrew Carnegie, depicted as a mouse munching on Jacob's Mini Cheddars. Picture: SWNS

Crackers firm ‘sorry’ over Andrew Carnegie mouse advert

A historian has hit out at a “disrespectful” ad which shows Scots businessman Andrew Carnegie as a cracker-munching mouse.

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The Edinburgh roots of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holme's also merit a walking tour. PIC:TSPL.

Best tours for book lovers at Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Edinburgh has inspired writers for centuries with a clutch of walking tours allowing us to trace the footsteps of our literary heroes. Here we look at six tours to satisfy the book lovers amongst us this August.

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