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On This Day: The Battle of Glen Shiel 1719 On this day in 1719 Jacobite and Spanish forces are defeated by Government troops (mostly Scots), commanded by Major General Wightman, on the steep slopes of Glen Shiel in Kintail, Scottish Highlands. Spain was at war with Great Britain and France in The War of the Quadruple Alliance (17181720), and sought to organize an expedition to Britain involving some 7000 men to invade England and replace George I with James Stuart, with a diversionary force landing on the west coast of Scotland.



On This Day: Robert the Bruce is Crowned King of Scots

"At the beginning of AD 1306, the aforesaid Robert de Bruce, on the day of the Annunciation to the Blessed Mary, had himself crowned as King of Scotland at Scone, in the presence and with the agreement of four bishops, five earls and the people of the land. And the wife of the Earl of Buchan..."



On This Day: The Kings Own Scottish Borderers was Formed

On 18th March 1689 The King's Own Scottish Borderers are raised in Edinburgh by David Leslie, 3rd Earl of Leven. The regiment was raised to defend Edinburgh against the Jacobite highlanders of James VII and II. It is reported that 800 men were recruited within the first two hours.


On This Day: The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers is Founded

On 7th March 1744 The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers is founded in Leith. They petitioned the Edinburgh Council to provide a silver club for competition winners. The first winner of the cup was John Rattray...

  On This Day in Scottish History

24/July/1304: The fall of Stirling Castle. Edward I takes the stronghold using the 'Warwolf', one of the largest Trebuchets built

24/July/1411: The Battle of Harlaw. The Lord of the Isles is defeated by a Royal army under the Earl of Mar

23/July/1745: Charles Edward Stuart lands on Eriskay in the Western Isles. Within a month he had raised his Standard at Glenfinnan

23/July/1637: A riot erupts in St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh, in protest of Charles I Book of Common Prayer



On This Day: The Battle of Ancrum Moor

On the 27th February 1545 on Ancrum Moor, just north of Jedburgh, a Scottish army under the command of Archibald Douglas, 6th Earl of Angus, wins a decisive victory over a larger English force commanded by Sir Ralf Eure and Sir Brian Layton


On This Day: The Battle of Roslin 1303

On the 24th February 1303, a Scottish force under the command of John Comyn, Lord of Badenoch (who Robert the Bruce would later murder) and Simon Fraser defeat an English army under the command of Sir John Segrave at Roslin, south of Edinburgh


On This Day: The Execution of James Renwick

On February 17 1688 James Renwick, the last Covenanter martyr, was executed. He had been declared a rebel after renouncing his allegiance to Charles II in 1680 and declaring him a tyrant and usurper


Machrie Moor

The atmospheric Machrie Moor on the west side of the Isle of Arran is home to six stone circles, standing stones, burial cairns and field systems dating from 3500 to 1500BC


Soldier's Leap

Soldier's Leap

Soldiers Leap on the River Garry in the Pass of Killiecrankie, Perthshire, where Inverness soldier Donald McBane is said to have jumped 18 feet across to escape pursuing Jacobite highlanders following the Battle of Killiecrankie, 27th July, 1689


Dunstaffnage Chapel

Dunstaffnage Chapel

The ruins of the 13th century Dunstaffnage Chapel, in the woods near Dunstaffnage Castle, Argyll. Built by Duncan MacDougall of Lorn around the same time that he had Dunstaffnage castle constructed, c.1220

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