Tag Archives: Scotland

HISTORIC DISCOVERY SHARE: JACOBITE GOLD

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HISTORY SHARE: THE PICTS

  Meet The Picts: The Ancient Blue Wildmen Who Protected Scotland From The Roman Empire

HISTORY SHARE: THE FORMING OF GREAT BRITAIN

The upcoming Brexit deal (or no deal, depending), has parts of the United Kingdom not feeling all that united. But here’s how they came to be so in the first place. https://www.history.com/news/united-kingdom-scotland-northern-ireland-wales

TRIVIA TRAIL: THE SCOTTISH POMPEII

Question: What stone age village is known as “The Scottish Pompeii”? Answer: Skara Brae http://www.wallswithstories.com/uncategorized/the-scottish-pompeii-skara-brae-a-prehistoric-village-on-the-west-coast-of-the-island-of-orkney.html

HISTORY SHARE: TAY BRIDGE DISASTER

This occurred near to where, nine and a half years later, my grandfather, and thirty-five years later, my father, would be born, so I expect my paternal great-grandparents, both Duke & Stewart, remembered it well. http://taybridgedisaster.co.uk/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHT_Gz2fJuM http://www.mcgonagall-online.org.uk/gems/the-tay-bridge-disaster  

HISTORY TIDBIT: HISTORIC HEIST: THE STONE OF DESTINY

On Christmas Eve, 1950, Scottish Nationalists broke into Westminster Abbey and carried off an oblong block of red sandstone called, in Gaelic, Lia Fail. Also known as the Stone of Scone and the Stone of Destiny, the kings of Scotland had been crowned sitting atop it since about the ninth century AD (although not in […]

HISTORY TIDBIT: ADDRESS TO A HAGGIS

“Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face, Great chieftain o’ the pudding-race!” Thus starts the Scottish Bard Robert Burns’s Address To A Haggis, penned in 1786. Contrary to what Scots like to tell the gullible, haggis is NOT made out of a reclusive, strange-looking creature of the same name, found only in the highlands of Scotland. […]

HISTORY SHARE: HISTORY OF BAGPIPES

Today is Robbie Burns Day, a time to think of all things Scottish. Like bagpipes. Even though they didn’t actually originate in Scotland, they’re definitely associated with it. Bagpipes were supposedly even played in ancient Egypt, and I certainly heard them in modern Egypt. (Well, relatively modern. I was there in 1979.) Descending some stairs […]

HANDSEL MONDAY

While Hogmanay (New Year) is a big deal in Scotland, there was a time that Handsel Monday was a big deal too, and it is still celebrated there, as well as in some places in Ireland and Northern England. Handsel Monday (in Gaelic, Diluain Traoighte, or ‘Drained Monday’) is observed on the first Monday of […]

BIGGER ISN’T ALWAYS BETTER: THE BATTLE OF BANNOCKBURN

Seven hundred years ago, near Stirling in Scotland, its king, Robert Bruce, and about six thousand determined Scots saw off the considerably larger (as in almost three to one) army of England’s King Edward II at the Battle of Bannockburn. The two sides met and inflicted damage on each other for two days (June 23rd […]

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