Category Archives: Scotland

Scotland: East Linton – Phantassie Doocot


The link below is to an article that takes a look at the Phantassie Doocot in East Linton, Scotland. This building was built for keeping doves in order to supply eggs, meat and manure.

For more visit:
http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/phantassie-doocot


Today in History: August 23


On this day in 1305, William Wallace was executed for high treason.

For more visit:
http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2013/08/this-day-in-history-august-23rd/


Article: Scotland – The Battle of Flodden


The link below is to an article that takes a look at the Battle of Flodden.

For more visit:
http://www.scotsman.com/news/the-battle-of-flodden-500-years-on-1-3051178


Article: Scotland – The Great Fire of Edinburgh


The link below is to an article that takes a look at The Great Fire of Edinburgh, which occurred in 1824.

For more visit:
http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/heritage/lost-edinburgh-the-great-fire-of-edinburgh-1-3029833


Article: Lost Picts Kingdom


The link below is to an article reporting on a plan by archaeologists to try and locate a lost kingdom of the Picts in Scotland.

For more visit:
http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/heritage/new-excavations-to-find-lost-pictish-kingdom-1-2925006


Article: World’s Oldest Calendar Discovered in U.K.


The link below is to an article reporting on the discovery of the oldest calendar in the world.

For more visit:
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/07/130715-worlds-oldest-calendar-lunar-cycle-pits-mesolithic-scotland/


Article: Scotland’s Bowling Harbour Boat Graveyard


The link below is to an article that looks at the Bowling Harbour Boat Graveyard in Scotland.

For more visit:
http://www.urbanghostsmedia.com/2013/04/bowling-harbour-boat-graveyard-dunbartonshire-glasgow-scotland/


Article: Death By Tooth


The link below is to an article covering the story of the death of Sigurd Eysteinsson in Scottish history. He was basically killed by a tooth.

For more visit:
http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/94686


Today in History: 25 March 1306


Robert the Bruce Becomes King of Scotland

On this day in 1306, Robert the Bruce became the King of Scotland. He continued as king until his death on the 7th June 1329. He led Scotland during the Wars of Scottish Independence in which Scotland regained its independence from England. He is probably more remembered outside of Scotland for his role in the life of William Wallace, particularly since the film Braveheart based on the life of William Wallace.

For more, visit:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_the_Bruce

Download the following books:
King Robert the Bruce, by Alexander Falconer Murison
The Story of King Robert the Bruce, by Robert Laird Mackie
The Bruce, by John Barbour and William Mackay Mackenzie
Robert the Bruce and the Struggle for Scottish Independence, by Sir Herbert Maxwell


Today in History: 25 January 1759


Robert Burns Day/Burns Night – Burns Supper

This day is known as Robert Burns Day in Scotland, which is of course the day on which the famous Scottish poet Robert Burns, was born. Burns was born on this day in 1759.

Wherever Robert Burns is remembered, a Burns Supper is generally held on or about Robert Burns Day/Night. These suppers usually include a haggis, Scotch whisky and the reading/recitation of poetry written by Robert Burns.

For more on  Burns Suppers visit:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burns_supper

For a book by Thomas Carlyle, ‘Burns,’ visit:
http://www.archive.org/details/burns01carl


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