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Masons turn to students in bid to boost membership

For more than four centuries, its ways have been shrouded in secrecy, known only to a band of brothers which has included no fewer than five monarchs and the likes of Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott.

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Service of Reinternment of the remains of victims of the 1645 plague of Leith, at Rosebank Cemetery'', Wullie Marr Photography

Leith pupils hold memorial for plague victims found below playground

PUPILS at a Leith school have held a memorial service to pay tribute to dozens of plague victims whose remains were discovered below their playground.

The ship is rusting and taking on water at Long Beach, California. Picture: David McNew/Getty Images

Historic liner Queen Mary could sink due to lack of repairs

Fresh fears have been raised for the future of one of Scotland’s most historic ocean liners, the RMS Queen Mary, after a marine engineering expert warned that the beleaguered ship is rusting and taking on water with urgent repair and maintenance work not being carried out.

Lifestyle 14

Loch Ness Monster to feature on new 10p coin

IT is one of Scotland’s best-loved legends, with thousands of people flocking from around the world every year hoping to catch a glimpse of the elusive creature.

Lifestyle 4
St Mary's RC Primary pupils were involved with archeologists at the dig. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Funeral to be held for Edinburgh’s 17th century plague victims

A special funeral service is to be held for dozens of victims of the 17th century plague that swept through Edinburgh – after the remains of adults and children were found beneath a school playground.


In pictures: 10 of Scotland’s most chilling ghosts

If you like the thrill and chill of a good ghost story then you’ll adore Scotland’s rich mine of dark spirit tales.

The Dundee contingent of hunger marchers at Euston Station, London, on 5 November 1932. Photograph: J A Hampton/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

Unemployment and poverty: how Scotland welcomed back its war heroes

They were promised a ‘Land Fit for Heroes’ when they returned from the horrors of the First World War to their homes in Scotland’s cities, towns, villages and islands.

Edinburgh, Fife & Lothians 6

Security squad will protect Queensferry castle from ‘Outlander fans’

AN OUTLANDER castle has drafted in security squads to deal with rampaging fans of the hit TV show.

News 4

Archaeologists trace lost settlements of Glencoe destroyed after 1692 massacre

Archaeologists are to trace the lost settlements of the Glencoe Massacre for the first time and place the human story of the atrocity back into one of Scotland’s most visited landscapes.

Lifestyle 23
James Hogg wrote his verse admiring the youthful beauty of 15-year-old Augusta Gow in 1832, when he was 62 years old.

Unknown poem by Scots writer found in journal of Queen Victoria wet nurse

A previously unknown poem by Scots writer James Hogg has been unearthed in the notebook of a young girl who later became a wet nurse for Queen Victoria’s firstborn.

Books 1

National Trust seeks £1.5m to protect Mackintosh’s Hill House

An urgent fundraising appeal has been launched to find £1.5 million to build a protective box around a crumbling architectural masterpiece.

Politics 5
Auchincruive in Ayrshire, once the home of Richard Oswald, who led American independence talks.

Professor fights to save historic Scottish estate

A prominent Scots/American academic is campaigning to halt the sale of a historic Scottish estate once owned by a key figure in the foundation of the USA.

Politics 2
Ian Scott with items from The Scotsman exhibition. Picture: Jon Savage

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 doesn't need to be eaten with neeps and tatties.

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.

News 11

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.

Companies 16

£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 6
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.

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