Once upon a time, history was mostly about dates. It was felt that all school children needed to be able to reel off a list of ‘Important Events’ and when they happened. More recently, historians have taken a different view with the emphasis shifting towards trying to teach a greater understanding the past.
And that should be welcomed. However, it’s just possible things may have gone a bit too far away from the good/bad old days if the dates are wrong even in exam papers.
Killing off Mary, Queen of Scots – John Knox’s ‘wicked woman’, see above – 20 years too early in 1567 may have been a simple mistake.
Mary’s reign as Queen came to an end in that year so a quick glance at a biography might lead to it being conflated with her execution 20 years later in England.
It may have simply been a typo, a persistent scourge of good writing that newspapers know only too well.
But surely someone with a good knowledge of Scottish history should have been proof-checking the National 5 exam paper in question?
After all, Mary was just 25 in 1567.