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The failed plot to seize Bonnie Prince Charlie

With the Hanoverians trying to seize Bonnie Prince Charlie as he re-entered the Highlands, a bold blacksmith was sent to intercept the government men as they edged towards a Jacobite hideout near Inverness.

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A Battle of Killiecrankie re-enactment group at the Highland site which is due to be further developed by an expansion of the  A9 trunk road. PIC: Flickr/Creative Commons/Iain Cameron.

Calls to search for buried men at Killiecrankie A9 site

Campaigners have called for “categorical” assurances that no human remains lie in the path of the proposed A9 extension over the site of the 1689 Battle of Killiecrankie.

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The clan battle that led to a ban on MacGregors

Fought near Loch Lomond on this day in 1603, the Battle of Glen Fruin left at least 140 men dead and led to an unparalleled campaign of punishment against the MacGregors with the name banned in Scotland for a total of 150 years.

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The stories behind 7 of Scotland’s most popular tartans

OVER the centuries our national fabric has weaved its way into the hearts and minds of people across the globe.

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6 of Scotland’s bloodiest clan battles

There was no shortage of blood spilled as Scotland’s ancient clans fought for reputation, wealth, territory and survival with countless lives lost as a result.

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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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St Andrews took its name in the 9th Century but was named after a legendary monk from Greece before then. PIC: Contributed.

8 Scottish towns and villages that changed their names

Scotland’s place named have rich and varied origins, but not all have stayed the same.

Here we look at eight towns and villages that changed their names - and why.

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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.

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Tom Bailey (left) and Ben Weeks (right) on the summit of  An Sgurr on Eigg the night before they discovered the bones. PIC: Contributed.

Walkers who found Eigg skeleton saddened by cave discovery

Two walkers who first discovered bones from the skeleton of a teenager likely killed during a 16th Century clan massacre said they had been saddened by their find.

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The Hanging Tree at Clifton in Cumbria, where a dozen Scots supporters of Bonnie Prince Charlie died. Photograph: John Black

Jacobite leader in fight over battlefield roundabout plan

A move to “reclaim” land where Jacobite soldiers are believed to be buried has begun after developers turned the site into a roundabout.

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