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US links to exiled 17th Century Scots soldiers revealed

The US ancestors of dozens of 17th Century Scottish soldiers who were exiled following one of Scotland’s most brutal battles have been informed about their long lost family members.

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The new Skara Brae stamp which marks the Orkney prehistoric site. PIC Contributed.

Ancient Orkney site of Skara Brae to feature on new stamp

The prehistoric village of Skara Brae on Orkney that was inhabited more than 4,000 years ago is to feature in a new series of Royal Mail stamps.

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The Old College Bar is thought to be the oldest pub in Glasgow. Picture: Wikicommons

Glasgow’s oldest pub threatened with demolition

It is one of the last visual reminders of Glasgow’s ancient past and a time when the High Street was the bustling heart of the city.

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Still from a cine film of Bothwellhaugh, the village that now lies beneath the loch of Strathclyde Country Park, Lanarkshire. The film was made by Joe Griffiths and has been restored by the Scottish Film and Television Archive.

The former mining village submerged under Strathclyde Loch

A legacy of Scotland’s rich industrial past, Bothwellhaugh in the Clyde Valley was once a thriving mining village which now lies under water.

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Skara Brae in Orkney is a world heritage site. Picture: Donald MacLeod

Hotels plan for heritage sites unveiled

Luxury hotel resorts should be considered for Scotland’s world heritage sites and national parks, according to a blueprint aimed at boosting the value of the industry by more than a billion pounds in the next three years.

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A series of Masonic signs have been found "hidden" in paintings of Scotland's bard. Picture; SWNS

Series of Masonic signs found hidden in paintings of Robert Burns

A series of Masonic signs have been found “hidden” in paintings of Scotland’s bard Robert Burns by one of the nation’s greatest painters.

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TV show to tell story of jewellery to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

Origins of Auschwitz heroine’s lost ring revealed

New information about a long-lost ring that belonged to a British missionary who died in Auschwitz will be revealed on the Antiques Roadshow.

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Dunbeath Broch at Dunbeath Strath, Caithness. PIC: Chris Sinclair Photography.

Secrets of the Highland broch to be unlocked

A major three-year project to unlock the secrets of the Highland broch is underway in the very far north of Scotland.

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The main entrance to the Mackintosh Building at Glasgow School of Art. Picture: Robert Perry/TSPL

Architects head to Glasgow to celebrate city’s buildings

Architectural historians from around the world will attend a birthday party for Charles Rennie Mackintosh in Glasgow this summer in recognition of his lasting international legacy.

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The Carnegie library at Leuven University, Belgium. PIC Wikicommons/Bobak Ha'Eri

The grandest Andrew Carnegie libraries around the world

More than 2,500 libraries were built around the world at the turn of the 20th Century thanks to generosity of Scottish philanthropist and industrialist Andrew Carnegie, with many to become grand architectural expressions of the power of learning.

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Picture quiz: Edinburgh or Glasgow?

Picture quiz: Edinburgh or Glasgow?

How well do you know Scotland’s two largest cities; can you figure out which is which?

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Canadian Gerald Hutchinson (left) kept the watch for more than 80 years after it was handed to him by a Scottish ship cook during the resuce of TSS Athenia in 1939. PIC: Courtesy of Glasgow Life.

Watch sent to Glasgow museum sparks WWII mystery

A curator is seeking the family of a Scot who survived a World War II torpedo attack off the coast of Canada after his long lost watch was sent to a Glasgow museum.

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Reese Witherspoon. Picture; contributed

Reese Witherspoon ‘quit movie’ due to terrible Scottish accent

Hollywood actress Reese Witherspoon has admitted that her Scottish accent is so bad that she had to quit a movie.

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A foreman at John Dickson & Son holds a shotgun.

Edinburgh gunmaker John Dickson & Son closes after 200 years

Historic gunmaker John Dickson & Son - which has counted poet Lord Byron among its customers - is to close its Edinburgh shop after almost 200 years in the capital.

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Leanach Cottage by Culloden battlefield, where Jacobite officer Robert Nairn was seriously injured and sent to be cared for by Anne McKay in Inverness. PIC Creative Commons.

The silent Jacobite wife sentenced to 800 lashes

She was jailed after helping a Jacobite officer flee from a makeshift prison in the cellar of her Inverness home.

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Kinloch  Castle on the island of Rum. PIC: Hamish Campbell/TSPL.

Kinloch Castle “faces demolition” due to repair bill cost

A Hebridean mansion which became famous for its high society parties and Royal guest list could be demolished unless £20m is found to secure the Grade A listed building for the future.

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The cat sith was said to steal the souls of dead people, according to Highland folklore. PIC Flickr.

The Highland myth of the soul-stealing black cat

Cats have loomed large in Highland folklore with some clan chiefs said to despise the animal for its supernatural links.

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The dunes at Rattray Head, close to the castle site which was destroyed by moving sand whipped up by a  violent storm in the early 1700s. PIC www.geograph.co.uk

The North East castle that disappeared in a sandstorm

It was once home to one of the most powerful families in Scotland and the chief homegrown enemy of Robert the Bruce.

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