People & Places

People & Places

Island family who emigrated to Australia in 1853 honoured

A Scottish widow who left the Hebrides in search of a new life with her ten children has been honoured in her homeland for her family’s legacy in Australia.

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Archaeologist at work at St Nicholas East Kirk in 2006 when remains of more than 2,000 people were found. PIC: Norman Adams/Aberdeen City Council.

1,000 skeletons found in Aberdeen to be reinterred

More than 1,000 intact skeletons found buried in Aberdeen city centre are to be finally reinterred after funding was secured to build a new crypt.

The Jarl squad at Shetland's Up Helly Aa, the island's annual celebration of its Viking past. PIC: Robert Perry/TSPL.

The “wild women, strong ale and zombies” of Viking Scotland

Experts will gather to discuss the “wild women, strong ale and walking dead” of Viking Scotland at a conference in Inverness.

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An escape artist will attempt to break free from the old Peterhead Prison, part of which is now run as a museum. PIC:  Robert Perry/TSPL.

Escape artist attempts Peterhead Prison jailbreak

A Scottish escape artist is to attempt a jail break from the site of one of Scotland’s most notorious prisons.

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.

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Star Caitriona Balfe touches the Clava Cairns in TV series Outlander. Picture: AP

Outlander fans damaging standing stones ‘performing seances’

A Bronze Age stone circle in the Highlands has seen its fair share of visitors after it featured in timetraveling TV show Outlander.

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St Clement's Church on Harris was built by the chief of one of Scotland's most powerful clans. PIC:

9 lesser-known sites that shaped history of Scotland’s clans

It was an era of conflict, catastrophe and clearance that would transform the Highlands - and Scotland - forever.

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The proposed Rosewood hotel on Calton Hill has promoted warnings over Edinburgh's World Heritage status.

'Red line' warning over Edinburgh's Royal High School hotel plan

One of Scotland’s leading arts philanthropists has warned that turning Edinburgh’s old Royal High School into a luxury hotel is a “red line” that should not be crossed for commercial interests.
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Detail from a portrait of Bonnie Prince Charlie in the dress he wore  to flee Scotland. PIC: NLS/Creative Commons.

Scrap of “Bonnie Prince Charlie’s dress” wows auction

A swatch of fabric from a dress said to have be worn by Bonnie Prince Charlie during his escape from Scotland has sold at auction.

Terry Nicholson, Eddie Lund, Alan Mackie, Darren Welsh, Robert McCafferty, Martin Holingsworth and Graham Pascal celebrate the start of work. Picture: Hugh Dougherty

Scotland’s highest village to finally get rail link restored

A remote narrow-gauge railway which became a lifeline when a road was closed last year is being finally extended to Scotland’s highest village.

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A protester kicks the toppled statue of a Confederate soldier in front of the Durham County courthouse in North Carolina. Photograph: Casey Toth/AP

Dani Garavelli: Confederates’ army still fighting the cause

Monuments to the heroes of the Deep South – and many closer to home – have been rewriting the history of black oppression for too long, writes Dani Garavelli

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A reconstruction of the high-status Pictish site at Rhynie in Aberdeenshire. PIC: Dr Alice Watterson.

Archaeologists return to North East ‘seat of Pictish kings’

Archaeologists have returned to a likely seat of Pictish kings in the North East of Scotland to further explore the high status site.

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The Battle of Pinkie will be re-enacted next month some 470 years after the Scots fought the English near Musselburgh. PIC: Contributed.

Bloody battle between Scots and English to be staged again

One of the biggest ever battles to take place on home soil is to be fought again 470 years after the bloody engagement between the Scots and the English in East Lothian.

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Saoirse Ronan will star as Mary Queen of Scots opposite Margot Robbie as Elizabeth I. Picture: PA

First glimpse of Saoirse Ronan as Mary Queen of Scots

The first glimpse of Saoirse Ronan in the title role of Mary, Queen Of Scots has been released.

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The Balm Well of St Catherine which sits in the grounds of a Toby Carvery restaurant. PIC:

The Edinburgh restaurant and its ancient healing well

For hundreds of years, people from across the Continent were drawn to a healing well on the fringes of Edinburgh to seek a spot of the ‘miraculous’ oil it spouted.

The Greyfriars Bobby statue at the junction of George IV Bridge and Candlemaker Row.

Lonely Planet could join Greyfriars Bobby campaign

Future Edinburgh guidebooks could include advice for tourists not to rub the nose of Greyfriars Bobby, a major publisher has said.

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Late 18th Century sketch of Logan Stone at Rhinns of Kells in Galloway. PIC: Creative Commons.

Scotland’s mysterious rocking stones

They were massive boulders balanced on the smallest of points that could be moved with the touch of a finger.

Pluscarden Abbey. Picture: Ian Rutherford/TSPL

1,300-mile pilgrimage to monks’ Moray Abbey nearing the end

A PILGRIMAGE is retracing the steps of monks who travelled from France to the north of Scotland almost 800 years ago.

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Video: Bid to save Greyfriars Bobby from ‘lucky’ nose rub gains support

TOUR guides have stepped in to help the campaign to save Greyfriars Bobby from damage by warning tourists not to rub the beloved statue.

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The Ballachulish Figure was found in 1880 and is held by the National Museums of Scotland. PIC: National Museums of Scotland.

Who was the 2,500-year-old Ballachulish Goddess?

She was found face down in deep peat in the Highlands and dates to more than 2,500 years ago.

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