Historic Events

Historic Events

Rare letters from World War One veteran up for auction

An unpublished archive of letters written from the trenches in the First World War is expected to fetch up to £5,000 at auction.

Islay pays tribute to World War I dead

Islay pays tribute to World War I dead

The residents of a Hebridean island where hundreds of troops perished during one of the worst wartime tragedies in Scotland’s seas have gathered to pay tribute to the dead.

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Three cars crushed by fallen masonry in Bruntsfield Gardens after the January gales in Edinburgh in 1968. Picture: TSPL

Hurricane Low Q whipped up trail of death, damage and despair

Fifty years ago this weekend Hurricane Low Q whipped through Scotland’s Central Belt at 104mph, leaving behind a tragic trail of death, damage and despair.

Edinburgh, Fife & Lothians
Klaus Forster, 80 (third from the right) and four generations of his family from Germany attended the memorial site at Hare Hill, Pentlands where his father, a Luftwaffe bomber pilot, died when his aircraft crashed in August 1943

Family pays respects to German pilot killed in historic Pentlands plane crash

The family of a Luftwaffe pilot killed when his plane crashed in Scotland 75 years ago have visited Scotland to pay their respects to him.

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Oberstleutnant Fritz F�rster was killed when his Luftwaffe bomber crashed in the Pentlands in 1943

Leader comment: We should grieve the deaths of old enemies

Seventy-five years ago, four people died on what was to them a foreign field. It was the Second World War, they were German and the Luftwaffe had sent them on a mission to bomb Leith Docks.

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Thoren Ferguson plays the Jacobite violin. Photograph: Neil Hanna

Fiddles made from native trees set history to music

A self-taught Scottish violin- maker has vowed to honour Scotland’s history and famous figures by making a violin from trees in locations connected to their story.

A recreation of the royal stronghold of Rheged at  Dumfries and Galloway. PIC GUARD Archaeology.

5 amazing archaeological finds made in Scotland in 2017

From a lost Dark Age kingdom to a big nosed Pictish warrior, its been a good year for those seeking to piece together information on Scotland’s past.

Here we look at 5 of the best finds made during 2017.

Charles MacLaren, co-founder and co-editor of The Scotsman from 1817.

Allan McLean: The Scot who found Troy and predicted railways

A lot of people have heard of Heinrich Schliemann, the discoverer of Homeric Troy. But not so many know of the Scot who beat Schliemann to it.

Opinion 1
The remains of the skull of a Scottish prisoner of war captured by Oliver Cromwell's troops in 1650 (Picture: PA)

Leader comment: There’s a warning in faces from our brutal past

We’ve had quite a few “faces from the past” recently with reconstructions of Richard III, Robert the Bruce, St Nicholas, an “ordinary” 13th century man from Cambridge.

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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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Firemen tackle the blaze in Edinburgh's Old Town. Picture: Tony Marsh

On this day 2002: Cowgate fire rips through Edinburgh’s Old Town

On this day in 2002, firefighters battled to extinguish an uncontrollable fire, that ravaged through the Cowgate area of the city, leaving the UNESCO World Heritage site damaged beyond repair.

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Bonnie Prince Charlie retreated from Derby believing they were about to be overrun by redcoats loyal to the Hanoverian government. Picture: TSPL

On this day 1745: Bonnie Prince Charlie retreats from Derby

On this day in 1745 Bonnie Prince Charlie and his Jacobite forces made their fateful retreat from Derby, just two days after taking the English town.

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A bone fragment could belong to fourth-century St Nicholas, who inspired the Father Christmas story.

Fragment of bone could belong to the real Father Christmas

A fragment of bone said to belong to the fourth-century saint who inspired the story of Father Christmas could indeed be from the legend himself, scientists have said.

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Video: Christmas and New Year traditions in Scotland

From Auld Lang Syne to the Loony Dook, Scotland is the home of Hogmanay.

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John Swinney joined Scottish schoolchildren at Auschwitz

John Swinney joined almost 200 Scottish schoolchildren yesterday at Auschwitz on the eve of Armistice Day.

Mary Queen of Scots portrait found underneath 16th century painting

Mary Queen of Scots portrait found underneath 16th century painting

A ghostly image of a woman believed to be Mary Queen of Scots has been discovered hidden beneath a 16th century portrait.

Heinrich Steinmeyer died in 2013. Picture: Mark Ferguson

Villagers asked how to spend windfall left by former Nazi soldier

The people of a Perthshire village will be asked next week to decide how a windfall left by a former Nazi storm trooper should be spent.

The three violins, made in commemoration of the war poets who met at the golf club in 1917, are to be played together for the first time. Picture: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

War poets honoured with violins to mark anniversary

A violin maker has crafted three violins from a tree in the grounds of a shell-shock treatment hospital in honour of three renowned First World War poets.


Astonishing press photographs capture interwar era Edinburgh

If there’s a finer collection of images showing Edinburgh in the 1930s, I have yet to encounter it.

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