People & Places

People & Places

University of Glasgow honours life of James McCune Smith

He was born a slave but would go on to become the first African American to receive a doctorate after being thrown an academic lifeline by a Scottish university.


Video: the enduring mystery of the Lewis chessmen

Countless tides have rolled over the enchanting Lewis chessmen as they lay hidden under the sands of Uig Beach.

Loch Hakel. Picture: Contributed

Project launched to celebrate the Gaelic bard, Rob Dunn

HE is arguably as important to Gaelic poetry as his contemporary Robert Burns is to poetry in Scots.

The antics of Jack and Victor have generated a tourism spin-off for Scotland.

VisitScotland reveals tourism spin-off from Still Game

Smash hit comedy Still Game is helping to fuel a booming Scottish tourism spin-off from films and TV shows.

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Hugh Morrison examines an 18th century shield used by Highland clansmen.

Scottish art treasures to go on display in China

Dozens of historic Scottish paintings, photographs and historic treasures have been sent more than 5,000 miles away to go on display in the heart of one of China’s leading cultural attractions.

Geillis Duncan (Lotte Verbeek) and Claire Fraser (Caitriona Balfe) pictured in front of Castle Leoch (in reality, Doune Castle). Picture: Starz

8 Scottish castles from film and television

Scotland has no shortage of picturesque castles and imposing towers, so it’s no surprise that a great many of them have featured on the TV screen or silver screen. We’ve picked out eight of the more recognisable film star fortresses around the country.

The 18th at the Old Course in St Andrews has been named the nation's favourite golf hole.

Scotland's greatest golf holes revealed

It provides one of the world's most famous sporting backdrops and has played host to some of the historic game's most thrilling encounters.
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Penguins at Edinburgh Zoo, which has housed penguins for over 100 years. Picture: Ian Rutherford

A brief history of penguins and Scotland

To mark World Penguin Day 2017, we take a (somewhat brief and in no way extensive) look at the adorable bird’s links with Scotland.

Quiz: Can you tell the difference between Scotland and England?

Quiz: Can you tell the difference between Scotland and England?

Across the UK, you will find spectacular scenery, quaint villages, dazzling architecture and bustling cities.

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Vikings take part 
during a torchlight procession through Edinburgh. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Millions of Brits could be descendants of Vikings, research finds

Millions of Brits could be descendants of Vikings - especially if their surname ends in ‘son’, according to experts.

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The Japanese Garden at Cowden in 1909. PIC: Contributed.

Historic Japanese garden to open for first time in 60 years

The ‘most important Japanese garden in the west’ is to open to the public for first time in more than 60 years after it was painstakingly restored in honour of the Scottish female explorer who created it on return from her travels in the early 1900s.

The miniature of Bonnie Prince Charlie presented to Ensign William Home. PIC: National Trust for Scotland, Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre.

Bonnie Prince Charlie’s gifts to a 14-year-old soldier

They are small, special tokens of appreciation from Bonnie Prince Charlie to a loyal servant who signed up to the Jacobite army when aged just 14.

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Duchray Castle has links to Rob Roy and sits in the heart of the Trossachs. PIC: Contributed.

Stunning Scottish “Rob Roy” castle in price drop

A Scottish castle in one of the country’s most stunning settings is on the market at a reduced price.

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John Muirs Birthplace in Dunbar, where the coast and fields inspired his love of the outdoors

Jo Moulin: Dunbar boy who is a hero to US nature lovers

Today, libraries, parks and schools from Selkirk to San Francisco are holding ­special events to mark John Muir Day, in honour of the man who has been described as ‘the patron saint of environmentalism’.

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The Ring of Brodgar site on Orkney glows in the dark to mark World Heritage Day. PIC: Dig It! 2017/Tom O'Brien.

Video: Orkney’s Ring of Brodgar glows in the dark

The Heart of Neolithic Orkney glowed in the dark this week with a procession of painted people descending on the 4,500-year-old site.

Bettyhill Museum. Picture: Contributed

Highland museums win Lottery cash to secure future

THE Highland Museums Forum has received £54,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project to help secure the future of museums throughout the region.

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Author Sir Compton MacKenzie was prosecuted under the Official Secrets Act following publication of his WWI memoir. PIC: TSPL.

5 Scots spies to mark Edinburgh Spy Week

This week is Edinburgh Spy Week, a festival of espionage, surveillance and the spooks at the heart of both history and fiction.

Abby Richards, from Stirling District Tourism, unveils portraits of Mary Slessor and Maggie Keswick Jencks ahead of the ceremony. Picture:

Mary Slessor and Maggie’s founder inducted to Hall of Heroes

Victorian missionary Mary Slessor and the co-founder of Scotland’s network of Maggie’s Centres for cancer sufferers, Maggie Keswick Jencks, will be the first women whose marble busts will be displayed in the Hall of Heroes at the National Wallace Monument, it was announced last night.

Irvine Welsh has written a film script based on the life story of Scottish music mogul Alan McGee.

Irvine Welsh film rejected for ‘not being Scottish enough'

It will chart the rise of the Scottish music industry mogul Alan McGee, has been penned by Irvine Welsh and will feature Trainspotting star Ewen Bremner in the lead role.

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The Muckle Cross in Elgin. Picture: Moray Council

Restoration work completed on Elgin’s historic Muckle Cross

THE wraps have come off an iconic structure in Elgin town centre following a £45,000 restoration project.

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