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National Library unveils exhibition to mark The Scotsman’s bicentenary year

A new exhibition charting the history and evolution of The Scotsman over the past two centuries will today welcome its first visitors.

A soldier guards prisoners at Chile's National Stadium in 1973, shortly after the country endured a violent political coup. Picture: Bettmann Archive

The Scotland v Chile friendly labelled the ‘match of shame’

When Ally MacLeod’s team played a friendly against Chile in Santiago in 1977 it was labelled Scotland’s ‘match of shame’, writes Euan McTear

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Fred Rotchell, a 19-year-old sailor, was among nearly 200 men who lost their lives in the tragedy off South Ronaldsay in Orkney. Picture: Contributed

Family find link to sailor a century after one of Scotland’s worst wartime tragedies

It was one of the worst tragedies to befall Scotland during the First World War, when all but one of the crew aboard two Royal Navy destroyers perished in the waters off Orkney in treacherous conditions.

Inverness, Highlands & Islands
Scottish writer William Soutar, at his graduation from Edinburgh University in the 1920s.

William Soutar: The poetic genius written out of Scottish history

Hugh MacDiarmid wrote the least-generous introduction to a collection of poems in history after the death of his friend and rival William Soutar, once hailed as perhaps the greatest living Scots poet, says Ajay Close

Opinion 5
Haggis can now be exported to Canada

Seven tons of haggis has been exported to Canada since ban lifted

Macsween has shifted enough haggis to feed 40,000 Canadians since an export ban was lifted.

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Hundreds in US town gifted with ‘free titles’ in Scottish Highlands

Residents of the rural town of Scotland in the US State of Connecticut are set to be granted ‘land titles’ in Glen Coe.

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£25m plan to replace Edinburgh bandstand in turmoil

Edinburgh’s plans for a new outdoor concert arena have been plunged into doubt just months after a winning design was chosen for the £25 million scheme.

Music 5
Ian Palmer at the Lomond Hill. Picture: contributed

Rye whisky made in Scotland ‘for first time in 100 years’

A new distillery has revealed rye will be used in Scotch whisky production for the first time in over a century.

Edinburgh, Fife & Lothians 1
The prize was awarded to Glasgow University. Picture: John Devlin

Dictionary spanning 1,000 years of words scoops prize for Glasgow uni

A dictionary spanning more than a thousand years compiled by Scottish academics has been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education.

Education 4
PJ Harvey performs on stage.

Exploring the ‘hidden’ side of the Edinburgh International Festival

Edinburgh's Hogmanay street party is one of the most famous New Year celebrations in the world. Picture: Getty

Why Scotland has Oliver Cromwell to thank for Hogmanay

One of the most famous New Year celebrations in the world happens in Edinburgh, where the traditional Hogmanay street party attracts around 75,000 revellers each year.

Frozen unicorn in George Street. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Scotland’s history to be told in stunning ice sculpture display

This stunning unicorn sculpture is part of an ice installation to go on display in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh, Fife & Lothians
The Great Fire of Edinburgh lasted for five days and destroyed many historic buildings on the Royal Mile. Picture: Wikimedia Commons

How the Great Fire of Edinburgh helped create the modern fire service

We’ve all heard of the Great Fire of London, but few know about Edinburgh‘s similarly devastating disaster.

The Grassmarket became the official spot for public executions in Edinburgh in 1660.

11 secrets of Edinburgh’s Grassmarket you probably didn’t know

Think you know the Grassmarket?

The Picture House's line-up of films being shown in 1960.

Campbeltown Picture House archives get national treasure status

A treasure trove from the archives of Scotland’s long-running cinema has been secured for the nation.

‘Record year’ for alleged sightings of Loch Ness monster

Fans of Scotland’s favourite mythical beast have enjoyed a bumper 2017, with Nessie enthusiasts claiming a record number of sightings have been made.

Neil Oliver's NTS appointment has proved controversial. Picture: Dan Phillips

Kirsty Gunn: Fearful, divided Scotland risks becoming like poet’s abusive father

We are a divided nation. The terrible row over the appointment of Neil Oliver as president for The National Trust for Scotland is proof of a country that has become riven with animosities and strife, unable to make a reasonable show of letting both sides of a debate have their time. Instead, it seems, we’ve devoured the very idea of a dialectic discussion with its shared outcomes and reasoned argument.

Alasdair Graham, of architects Chipperfield, and Sir Ewan Brown, chair of the Impact Trust, at the site of the new concert hall.

£45m Edinburgh concert hall to open up access to huge chunk of New Town

Edinburgh’s new £45 million concert hall will open up access to a huge swathe of little-known New Town squares, lanes, terraces and gardens, its backers have revealed.

Saltmarket from Bridgegate, 1868  1871 by Thomas Annan. Picture: National Galleries of Scotland

The early images that show how Scotland pioneered photography

During the 19th century, the new art form of photography gave people the ability to capture images in a revolutionary way.

The Maid of the Loch laid up at Balloch in 1997. The paddle steamship was launched in 1953 but has not sailed since 1981. Picture: Allan Milligan/TSPL

Campaign to restore historic Loch Lomond paddle steamer

She was the last paddle steamship built in the UK but has not sailed in over three decades. Now a campaign has been launched to complete the restoration of the Maid of the Loch with the aim of seeing her sail on Loch Lomond once more.

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