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Friday, March 23rd, 2007
11:32 am - Great Scots !

A little hobby I've had of late has been to slowly build up some LJ entries on some Great Scots.

Might be of interest to some in this Scottish History group... so thought I'd share.

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Thursday, March 15th, 2007
2:21 pm

Hey all!

I'm currently in a Scottish history class and our second paper is not only worth a whopping 40% of our grade, but I have to make up my own topic for the paper. Needless to say, my mind is drawing a blank. I just wrote the last paper for the class on the Europeanization of Scotland from 1100-1300. This one is supposed to span on an event from 1488 to the present.

Can any of you give me some good ideas for a paper topic, perhaps one that's unique? It doesn't have to be mainstream, just so long as I can find reliable sources, preferably books/articles. To tell you the truth, i'm pretty sick of reading/writing about wars and rebellions so anything interesting other than that would be great!


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Monday, November 20th, 2006
9:54 am - Staring at the SKYE for answers...
hillzbillz Hello, I've been reading some of the postings, and it looks as though one or two people are actually from Scotland. One my mom's side, I'm very clearly Irish, and know pretty much everything I'd ever want to know. On my dad's side, however, it's a bit more mysterious. A few generations ago, one of my ancestors came to America from the Isle of Skye, with the name MacLeod. I never got the chance to be a MacLeod though because apparently my family was a bunch of horse thieves. So today, I stand as a Smith. Anyway, I made it to Fort Williams in Scotland to visit some of my Irish relatives, but I never made it to Skye. Does anyone here know anything about it? Or perhaps anything about MacLeod's in Skye?

current mood: optimistic

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Sunday, November 20th, 2005
6:33 am - Tales of the Bonnie Prince's Escape

I am seeking well-written and/or well-researched stories of Bonnie Prince Charlie for a personal storytelling project. In particular, I am curious about the "mythic" persona of Charlie after his retreat, defeat and escape from Scotland as well as the origins for the Skye Boat Song lyrics. As I understand it so far, Sir Harold Boulton penned the traditional Skye Boat Song lyrics during the Victorian era (in 1884), but I'm not positive he was the first to write them down. Later Robert Louis Stevenson wrote another version of the lyrics. Stevenson's lyrics became famous and were the ones I learned as a child.

Skye Boat Song
Traditional chorus by Sir Harold Boulton, 1884

Speed bonnie boat, like a bird on the wing,
Onward, the sailors cry
Carry the lad that's born to be king
Over the sea to skye

And here is a link to Robert Louis Stevenson's version of the Skye Boat Song.

Thank you in advance for thoughts and links. X-posted to folklore

current mood: curious

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Thursday, April 14th, 2005
12:36 am - Butterfly on the Clyde


was in Scotland 1984-1986 I took many trips up down and accross the Clyde. I did this painting from memory. miss the fish and chips alot!

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Tuesday, March 1st, 2005
8:34 pm - An Introduction and Macbeth

Hello everyone, it is great to find a community about Scottish history and archaeology. My name is Jenny, and I am interested in archaeology, medieval history, folk lore, and most things Celtic. I have only been to Scotland once, but I would love to study abroad for a semester in Scotland or Wales.

Given the interests of this community, I thought you may be interested in Catherine Wells' Will the Real Macbeth Please Stand Up?. I recently came across the website when doing some research on the historical Macbeth, and found it to be very useful and well researched. As a side note, this year also happens to be Macbeth's 1000th birthday. Enjoy.

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Saturday, January 1st, 2005
3:42 pm - Bonnie Prince Charlie and some what ifs...

What would be different if Bonnie Prince Charlie had listened to his advisors, paid more attention to the needs of his men and actually won the war against England to regain the throne for his family and placed James on the throne that Mary and William of Orange "stole"?

What would have happened to the Brittish Empire?
Would the United States have been settled the way it was? Many Scots that left the Highlands fled to the Americas because of the English soldiers' brutality toward them. Would they have eventually left anyway?
How would this have effected the actions of the English in the Colonies?
Would the English still be occupying Northern Ireland?

I know this isn't the usual stuff discussed but would love to hear what you all have to say about this.

I'm working on a story that involves this and could use all the ideas I can come up with so if anyone is willing to share...*hopeful look*
Thanks in advance!

current mood: curious

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Friday, October 22nd, 2004
5:28 pm

is there a correct way to say "scots-irish". some people say "scotch-irish" and "Scot-irish". are all these correct?

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Friday, October 8th, 2004
8:16 pm - Petition Drive!

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10:16 pm - Wallace Monument

15 foot sculpture installed at Loudonhill in the Irvine Valley, Ayrshire, to commemorate the historical significance of the area during the Scottish Wars of Independence.

Link: BBC News

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Friday, August 20th, 2004
10:43 pm - Bannockburn Revealed

email from William Scott, author of 'Bannockburn Revealed'

'Bannockburn Revealed costs £25. It is a hard back of about 500
pages with every relevant source printed in it and
analysed. It is the definitive work on the battle.
A cheque with postage of £5 to me will receive an
immediate copy by return. If I replied before and you just baulk at the price,
forgive me.

Donald Morrison of Dunoon thinks it is worth £250.
He has two copies and has spent about a year making a
3d model of the battle area from the maps I made in
the book which are fully explained and justified.

He and others have visited the site with me and are
100% confident about my discoveries.

My address? W Scott, 23 Argyle Place, Rothesay, Isle
of Bute, PA20 0BA. It is also on sale in shops here:
at Watergate, 2 shops have copies.'

I can vouch for what he's saying, its meaty, packed with accurately researched info about the battle and leaves no stone unturned.

Also, if you but the book, and read it, he will give you a tour of the battlefield and the places in the book.

Amazon book description:

'This 525pp hardback contains every relevant source, old map, document and letter translated and analysed; 50 photos of the battlefield which cannot be understood otherwise, 12 maps of the conflict, showing even [to a close approximation] the very woodland of 1314, the finest ever, which will be impossible to improve upon significantly. All worthy previous versions are demolished. The errors of profs Barrow, Duncan and General Christison are exposed and proved by including copies of the very documents and maps. Since there is nothing else to refer to, there can be no decent dispute about this. Every conclusion is justified and rated. Where Bruce killed Bohun, Douglas killed Gloucester, Randolph fought Clifford and Beaumont and the position of the main battle of day 2 is determined; the true path of the Pelstream, the huge bogs never seen before, the pottes and the ground conditions. The Scots won because they were brilliant. They understood the ground and made the most of it. No scholar before has ever done so. The victory was inevitable. The English were never allowed onto the Dryfield and the battle could not have occurred there because of the woodland there in 1314; could not even have taken place there in 1750 because of woodland there even then. The Scots got up at 3am, dismounted all their cavalry, marched down the steep hill through Balquhiderock Wood and by 4am had advanced on foot to within 60yds of the English cavalry who could not use their momentum to run down the Scots because they could not get up speed and there were enough Scots to withstand the short charge. Hemmed in between the Pelstream and the Bannock, they were easily defeated by pikemen. 14 independent parameters from sources and the ground define the battle lines. Prof Barrow believed the battle took its name from the place. Not so! An enlarged photo of the map of the place in 1750 shows 3 houses 150 yds apart: no village. Four centuries earlier with a quarter of the population there would have been only one house or less: no village; no place. The battle took its name from the stream for it and its banks provide the finest natural defence for hundreds of miles on the route to Stirling. The book contains hundreds of fresh insights never seen before partly because of the close analysis of sources. The accurate map is essential, especially the slopes and the woodland for cavalry cannot fight in woodland and what was possible is obvious. An expert who lives in Stirling reports being 'overwhelmed' by this book. He lost a week-end reading it, only going out for short car trips to check details in the ground he had not noticed. There is a 20 page description of the battle but everything else is original insight, argument, evidence, justification, rating of arguments. Everything here is proved and every conclusion reached with a very high level of confidence. Mathematics, science, psychology and philosophy as well as geography and history have been used in a simple way to understand this important event. No Scotsman can afford to be without this; to read, to study and to treasure. Here is the very best of Scotland, 'Bannockburn Revealed'. Scottish History is changed by this book. So is medieval history, for any history in future which fails to use the novel procedures introduced herein risks demolition because of them.'

More books on The Bruce:


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Monday, August 9th, 2004
11:11 am - Intro

Hey, have been lurking for a little while and thought I'd introduce myself.

My full name is Stephanie Cummins Wolfe. Mostly English, but the Cummins side is obviously Scottish. My grandfather had extreme pride in his heritage, and I can't tell you how many times I heard the story of John the Red's murder at Dumfries.

So, when it comes to 14th century Scottish history, I'm a big supporter of Wallace, and not so much a big fan of the Bruce. Still something to get in a heated argument about.

Anyways, so I've always fostered a love of Scottish history. Most of my knowledge is from that era, but I'm always trying to learn more.

I don't claim direct ancestry to John the Red, I just know that somewhere, we're related. At some point, I want to start looking into the geneology, because let's face it, it would be neat to find a direct ancestor so close to the throne.

Anyways, I have a question: At the foot of Arthur's seat, on the other side from the University, there are some ruins. I've tried tracking down detailed information on those ruins, but haven't been very successful. Does anyone know anything about these ruins? Also, if anyone knew any stories behind the monuments on the top of Arthur's Seat, I'd be curious to hear those as well.

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Tuesday, August 3rd, 2004
4:29 am

I'm new in this community, & I have a story regarding to my great great great great grandfather William Wallace.
I recently found out I was nearly full-blooded Scottish.
Long story.
If you wish to know about my Scottish heritage or my relations to William Wallace, IM me at Bjork t i m e and I will gladly tell you.
I love telling people, I love having pride in something..

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Saturday, July 3rd, 2004
5:32 pm - Robert the Bruce


Is Celtic manager a distant cousin of Robert the Bruce?

3rd July, 2004

TO THOUSANDS of Celtic fans, Henrik Larsson has been the reigning king of Parkhead - but manager Martin O’Neill may actually be the true royal and a distant cousin of Scotland’s most famous king, Robert the Bruce.

New research has discovered that the O’Neill family from Northern Ireland were closely related to Bruce, who led Scottish forces to victory over the English at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.

And some of the same character traits that made Bruce such a great leader may have been passed on to the Celtic boss, whose success in European competitions seven centuries later include victories over top English sides Blackburn and Liverpool.

The connection between Bruce and the royal O’Neills has been made through research by an American genealogist called Andrew MacEwen and is to appear in the fourth edition of Robert Bruce and the Community of the Realm of Scotland by Professor Geoffrey Barrow of Edinburgh University.

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Monday, June 28th, 2004
10:53 pm - Rabbits Threaten Viking site


The Scotsman.com, June 2004

A FORMER Viking power base seen as one of the most important sites of its
type in Scotland is under threat from new attackers, a plague of rabbits.

The Bornish site in South Uist is one of the most extensive and complex
Norse settlements on the Western Isles and also one of the largest rural
settlements of its type in Britain.

It is thought to have been the home of a prominent Viking figure who had
political control of the islands and close ties with the Norwegian king.

Archaeologists, who are in the final year of studies at the site supported
by Historic Scotland, say the site is being heavily disturbed by rabbits.
Niall Sharples, senior lecturer in archaeology at Cardiff University, who is
leading the current work, said: "There will have to be a decision about the
long-term preservation of the site, as it's being badly damaged,
particularly by rabbits. That is one of the main threats.

"The long-term future of the site depends on the local crofters negotiating
some kind of stewardship scheme."

A survey has revealed a complex of more than 20 houses covering an area of
more than two acres. The site spans the period of the Viking conquest of the
islands and includes evidence for the preceding Pictish period as well as an
early Viking building dating to at least the 10th century.

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10:43 pm - Roman Fort Goes on the Web

William Chisolm The Scotsman.com, June 2004 map of fort

IT REMAINS one of the most remarkable Scottish archaeological excavations of
all time, carried out by a self-taught amateur, and without the benefit of
the aerial photographs and geophysical surveys that are considered essential

A hundred years ago a Melrose solicitor, James Curle, was hatching plans to
unlock the secrets of the largest Roman settlement in Scotland, where
Agricola's army of 2,000 soldiers and 1,000 camp followers developed a
sprawling fort and annexes on 340 acres in the lee of the Eildon Hills from

His attention to detail in the project for the Society of Antiquaries of
Scotland, and the 420-page report he produced after the work at Trimontium
was completed, survive as classic examples for modern Roman scholars and
would-be archaeologists.

But copies of Curle's A Roman Frontier Post and Its People have become
relatively rare, often changing hands for £150 or more.

Now, thanks to an initiative by the Trimontium Trust, the book, complete
with photographic plates and many of Curle's pen and ink drawings, has been
given its own internet site.

At a ceremony yesterday in Melrose Library, the website www.curlesnewstead.org.uk
- received the family seal of approval from
Barbara Linehan, his only surviving daughter.


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Friday, May 14th, 2004
2:39 am - introduction and request

new to the comm and am enjoying reading whats been posted

I have a question that is somewhat selfish to ask though it does have to do with some more modern scottish history so i am going to go ahead and ask anyway :)

While tracking down my family history m'da told me that my great great granda once owned farmland in partick ( glasgow.. but afore it was incorporated) and there is supposedly a picture of this Farm hanging in some bar ( i think he said it was the highland bar.. possibly on fordyce(sp) st?)

Now i was wondering if anyone who still happens to live in scotland.. and may have easier access to the information could confirm that there was a farm in partick (either at or near partick cross)owned by one Patrick McTaggart?

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Saturday, April 17th, 2004
10:05 pm - What Lies Beneath Edinburgh

What lies beneath

SAM HALSTEAD , scotsman.com 15th April, 2004

ARCHAEOLOGISTS will begin exploring the fire-hit Cowgate site next week in a bid to uncover the early beginnings of the historic area.

The owners of the Old Town site have hired a team of archaeologists to carry out an extensive excavation underneath the foundations of the present ruins.

Experts hope to unearth the remains of 15th century buildings - or even earlier - across the entire site, which was devastated by a massive blaze in 2002.

The major dig, which marks the first step towards the re-development of the site, will give a clearer picture of life in the Cowgate centuries ago when it was one of the city’s most fashionable quarters.
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Sunday, April 4th, 2004
9:58 pm - World Heritage status bid for the Antonine Wall


Antonine Wall

SCOTLAND’S attempt to have the country’s largest relic of the Roman invasion recognised on equal terms with the great pyramids of Egypt and the Great Wall of China was launched yesterday.

Frank McAveety, the minister for tourism, culture and sport, met European experts in an attempt to win World Heritage status for the Antonine Wall.

Built to keep Scots tribes out of the northern fringes of Rome’s vast empire, the 37-mile-long Antonine Wall will officially be ranked as one of the most historically important sites in the world - if the bid is approved.

Stretching from Bo’ness on the River Forth to Old Kirkpatrick on the Clyde, the wall remains one of most significant structures of one of the most powerful and vast empires the world has ever seen.

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Tuesday, March 30th, 2004
11:30 pm - Mesolithic Find in Cairngorm Mountain region

Archaeologists have uncovered flints and axes in the Cairngorm mountain area, that date back to the Mesolithic period of around 8,000 years ago. This is an important discovery as it shows that early settlers made their way through the mountain passes and were not strictly confined to foraging around costal areas.

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