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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, becoming the world's first golf club. 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 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 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 '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


Spanish Gold in Tobermory Bay?

Following their defeat at the hands of the English navy in the summer of 1588, the surviving ships of the Spanish Armada were forced to make their way home around the north and west coasts of Scotland





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