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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: 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

 

On This Day: The Black Douglas Retakes Roxburgh Castle

On the 19th February 1314, James Douglas, also known as the Black Douglas, retook Roxburgh Castle from the English with a small force of around 60 men

 

On This Day: The 'Rout of Moy

On 16th February 1746 a Government force of around 1,500, many of them from the Highland Independent Companies, under the command of John Campbell, 4th Earl of Loudoun attempt to take Charles Edward Stuart by surprise at Moy Hall

 
 
 
Places
 

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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