Monday 15 July, 2024

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Neil Ritchie

Neil Ritchie is the founder and editor of ScottishHistory.org. Neil has a keen interest in the military history of Scotland and in particular the military history of the Jacobite risings. He is also the editor of other online publications covering military history, defence and security.

The Capitulation of Irvine

Following a standoff between Scottish and English forces at Irvine in July 1297, the leaders of the Scottish army who were in revolt against Edward I submitted to the English commanders in what became...

HES seeks views on updated guidance for Scotland’s inventory of historic battlefields

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is seeking input from the public regarding proposed changes to the guidance for designating historic battlefields in Scotland. The public consultation will remain open until Tuesday, 2 July 2024. HES has...

The Royal Navy’s capture of Eilean Donan Castle

During the Jacobite Rising of 1719, Royal Navy warships attacked and captured the Spanish-held Eilean Donan Castle in Kintail. The castle was the main Jacobite base and was cannonaded into submission before being seized...

Battle of Loch nan Uamh during the Jacobite ’45

On 3 May 1746, three Royal Navy warships sailed into Loch nan Uamh in Arisaig and engaged two French privateers that had arrived to deliver weapons and money for the Jacobites. The French privateers, Le...

HES seeks community input for the future management of the Calanais Standing Stones

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is seeking community input to develop proposals for the future management of the Calanais Standing Stones on the Isle of Lewis with the aim of enhancing economic, community, and conservation...

The first muster of the Black Watch at Aberfeldy

In May 1740, the 43rd Highland Regiment of Foot (Black Watch) mustered for the first time on the banks of the River Tay at Aberfeldy. The regiment had been established by Royal Warrant on 25...

Archaeologists uncover grapeshot and a clan chief’s shoe buckle at Culloden

Recent investigations by National Trust for Scotland (NTS) archaeologists at Culloden battlefield have uncovered a wide range of artefacts, including what is believed to be Donald Cameron of Lochiel's shoe buckle. The fierceness of the...