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Argyll: Land of Blood & Beauty
Argyll's great names, deeds and institutions resonate through the annals of Scottish history, from Dunadd (the ancient capital of the kingdom of Dal Riata) and St Columba (who...
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Arisaig and Morar
Airsaig and Morar, Norse and Gaelic, the 'river-mouth bay' and the 'great water', part of na garbh Chriochan, an area so rugged and desolate it was itself known as the Highlands...
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Banner in the West
Today, the Long Island is, to many, Britain’s last stronghold of the pure Gospel; a place still defined by heartfelt religion a community where, for instance, the threat of a...
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Bonnie Prince Charlie and the '45
The Young Pretender Charles Edward Stuart was a charismatic, spirited and promising youth who had served with courage at the Siege of Gaeta. He was the last hope of the Jacobites...
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Dumfries Book of Days
Taking you through the year day by day, The Dumfries Book of Days contains quirky, eccentric, amusing and important events and facts from different periods in the history of the...
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Haunted St Andrews & District
With the country's oldest university and the ruins of both a magnificent castle and one of the grandest cathedrals of medieval Europe, St Andrews is one of the most beautiful and...
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Hawick: A History from Earliest Times
As Hawick celebrates the 500th anniversary of the fight at Hornshole, the first stirrings of the defining traditions of the common riding, Alistair Moffat takes the narrative much...
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If History Was Scottish
Scots have made a huge contribution to the world - you only have to look at a tea towel listing the famous sons and daughters of the saltire to see that. Surprisingly, there is...
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Martyrs: Glendale Revolution In Skye
In the 1830s and 1840s the district of Glendale on the island of Skye was swamped by immigrants cleared from other north Skye estates. The resultant overcrowding and over-use of...
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None Dare Oppose
In 1844 Sir James Matheson bought the Isle of Lewis, awash with hope and good intentions, only, in 1853, to put a rat-faced factor from Tain in sole charge of the estate. Within...
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Rivals: Montrose & Argyll and Struggle for Scotland
The struggles of the Scottish Civil War of 1644-45 could easily be personified as a contest between James Graham, 1st Marquis of Montrose and Archibald Campbell, 8th Marquis of...
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Robert Burns
Robert Burns is more than Scotland's national poet. He has become a symbol of Scottish national identity whose work is still read.
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Scotland - The Brief
This is the second edition of Prof Chris Harvie's history of Scotland. It remains short, light, irreverent. It has now been taken in hand by editor Alice Lowenstein and made compatible...
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Scottish Military Disasters
Scotland's reputation as a nation proud of its military history betrays the fact that the past is littered with catastrophes and failures. From the time of the Roman invasions...