The seven bloodiest battles in Scottish history

In the days when Scotland was an independent nation, pitched conflict was a regular occurrence, with scores of bloody wars, major battles and minor skirmishes taking place prior to and after the Act of Union in 1707.

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Edinburgh then and now: A decade of Google Street View

SINCE it launched in the US a decade ago, Google Street View cameras have captured much of the Western world and beyond.

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Meadowbank Stadium through the years. Pictures: TSPL

In pictures: Meadowbank Stadium through the years

LAST weekend Edinburgh bid a fond farewell to Meadowbank Stadium, as the multi-purpose sports facility closed its doors for the final time after almost fifty years. But the sporting history of the site stretches back much further than that.

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Can the Christmas card trace its origins back to Leith?

IT’S estimated that around a billion of them are sent every single year in the UK alone, but few have ever given the origin of the Christmas card a single thought. Some say it came from Leith.

AC/DC's Brian Johnson, left, and Angus Young perform in 2003. Picture: AP Photo/Aaron Harris

How big freeze of 1963 convinced AC/DC family to move to Oz

THE SCOTTISH roots of Australian rock legends AC/DC are well-recorded, lesser known, though, is their families’ reasons for emigrating to the other side of the world in the first place.

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12 things everyone will remember from Edinburgh Christmas past

Edinburgh’s Christmas celebrations are something to behold, with lots of exciting new rides and attractions added every year.

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Children play on the model of the Golden Arrow engine in Jenners, Edinburgh, November 1965

Pictures of Edinburgh at Christmas from a bygone era

Christmas in Scotland’s capital seems to get bigger and begin earlier every year - but there was a time when it was a far simpler affair.

The castle is thought to date back at least three millennia. Picture: Getty/YouTube

Video: Divers discover 3,000-year-old castle in Turkish lake

ARCHAEOLOGISTS have discovered the fortified remains of an ancient Iron Age civilisation hidden at the bottom of Lake Van in Turkey.

Blossom the chimpanzee was the oldest chimp in Europe. Picture: Blair Drummond Safari Park

Tributes pour in for Blossom, Europe’s ‘oldest chimpanzee’

EUROPE’S ‘oldest chimpanzee’ has died at the age of 62, Blair Drummond Safari Park has announced.

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A history of Dundee’s Wellgate ‘nursery rhyme’ clock

DUNDEE’S iconic Wellgate Centre clock has kept local kids enthralled and entranced for generations.

David Cassidy played Scotland nine times.

In pictures: David Cassidy’s time in Scotland

SEVENTIES teen heartthrob David Cassidy has died at the age of 67. We take a look back at the late star’s time in Scotland.

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‘Who is Kezia Dugdale?’: English media reacts to I’m A Celeb appearance

AS KEZIA Dugdale begins her stint in the I’m A Celebrity jungle media organisations south of the border are feeling the need to explain who she is.

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.

Next year's TRNSMT Festival will take place over five days. Picture: Getty Images

TRNSMT Festival to span two weekends as date change revealed

THE organisers behind Glasgow’s TRNSMT Festival have announced that next year’s event is to be extended to five days.

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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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.


Video: Rare footage of Edinburgh in the 1930s

A rare piece of footage showcasing Edinburgh life in the 1930s has proved a big hit online.

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Union Street in Aberdeen. Picture: TSPL

Ten things you (probably) didn’t know about Aberdeen

ABERDEEN is a veritable oil well of intrigue, the kind of town it would take a lifetime to get to know completely. And that’s just the pubs.

George Butcher Garry arrested for numerous crimes including fraud, theft and breach of peace.

Online ‘rogues gallery’ uncovers Fife’s criminal past

HUNDREDS of historic records and mugshots of Fife’s crooks, convicts and ne’er-do-wells - young and old - have been made available online for the first time.

A surviving subway ticket dating from before the 1977 refurbishment. Picture: Wikimedia Commons/Johannes Vogel

Merkland Street: Glasgow’s ‘lost’ subway station

Four decades ago Glasgow’s famous ‘Clockwork Orange’ lost one of its segments: Merkland Street Station.

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