Sunday, 14 April, 2024

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Neil Ritchie

Neil Ritchie is the founder and editor of ScottishHistory.org. Neil is also the editor of other online publications covering military history, defence and security. He can be found on Twitter: @NeilRitchie86.

The Ardeer Company and the defence of Nobel’s Explosive Factory

In November 1912, Nobel's Explosive Factory at Ardeer in Ayrshire formed a company of reserve soldiers from their workforce to guard the site in the event of war with Germany. The Ardeer Company was...

Evidence of a drawbridge at Brodick Castle discovered

Evidence of an early 17th-century drawbridge protecting Brodick Castle has been discovered during recent conservation work by the National Trust for Scotland. During the repointing work on the exterior of Brodick Castle, blocked vertical slots...

The sinking of HMS Dasher

On 27 March 1943, Royal Navy Avenger-class escort carrier HMS Dasher (D37) suffered a major internal explosion and sank in the Firth of Clyde, midway between the Isle of Arran and Ardrossan. The vessel was built by the...

Propeller from Second World War aircraft found on Arran

A propeller blade thought to be from a Second World War aircraft has been discovered on the Isle of Arran. A contractor working for the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) discovered the propellor blade wrapped...

Strong support to save traditional skills in heritage sector

A recent survey conducted by Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has found that there is significant support for the preservation of traditional skills and jobs required to protect Scotland's historic buildings and properties. The survey...

Gaelic language under threat as SNP Government cuts funding

The Scottish Government has reportedly decided to cut £354,000 from Bòrd na Gàidhlig, a body set up to protect and promote the Gaelic language. This cut in funding has raised concerns that the survival...

The search for Scotland’s ancient pinewoods

Trees for Life and Woodland Trust Scotland have begun a project to discover the lost pinewoods of Scotland before they disappear. The Wild Pine Project is a joint initiative by Trees for Life and Woodland...

Massacre of Glencoe: Last act of the Highland War

In the early hours of 13 February 1692, Scottish government soldiers under the command of Captain Robert Campbell of Glenlyon fell upon their hosts, the Macdonalds of Glencoe. In a cold-blooded breach of highland...