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The Jacobite burning of Strathearn

From 25-29 January 1716, in the midst of a bitter winter, the Jacobites burn the Strathearn villages of Auchterarder, Blackford, Dalreoch, Crieff, Dunning, and Muthill in order to hinder the advance of the Duke...

Volunteers sought for NLS map transcription projects

Over the next few months the National Library of Scotland (NLS) is looking for volunteers to help with a set of new collaborative projects to transcribe features and text from maps. NLS is hoping to gather all...

Ruthven Barracks

Situated on the south side of the River Spey near the small town of Kingussie in Badenoch, Ruthven Barracks was constructed between 1718 and 1721 on the site of an earlier medieval fortification. Designed by...

James Wolfe and the Gorbals Fire of 1749

On the evening of 4 June 1749, a devastating fire raged through the Gorbals area of Glasgow. Stationed in the city was Lord George Sackville's Regiment of Foot who assisted with the fire-fighting and...

The Scots at Marston Moor

In a field west of York near Long Marston the combined forces of the Scottish Army of the Solemn League and Covenant, reinforced by Lord Fairfax and the Earl of Manchester’s separate local English...

The Battle of Haddon Rig

The battle of Haddon Rig, fought on 24 August 1542, came as a consequence of European politics. Recently faced with the threat of war to replace the schismatic English King Henry VIII by the...

The Cromwellian Fort of Ayr

In 1652 following military defeat and the declaration of a Commonwealth between England and Scotland, English occupation forces began the construction of fortified posts to hold down a war-weary yet hostile Scots population. While...

Tummel Bridge

Tummel Bridge is situated at the western end of Loch Tummel in Perthshire and was built in 1730 to carry Lieutenant-General George Wade’s Crieff to Dalnacardoch military road across the River Tummel. General Wade in...