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On this day in Scottish History

Notable – and not so notable – events that happened on this day in Scottish History

battle of dunbar 1650

On this day: Battle of Dunbar 1650

On the 3rd September 1650, English Parliamentarians commanded by Oliver Cromwell decisively defeat a Scottish Covenanter army led by David Leslie, Lord Newark, at the Battle of Dunbar. Following...
Battle of the Standard

On this day: Battle of the Standard

On the 22nd August 1138, the Battle of the Standard (also known as the Battle of Northallerton) was fought between a Scottish army under King David I and English forces commanded by William...
battle of dunkeld

On this day: Battle of Dunkeld

On 21st August 1689, in the Battle of Dunkeld, 5000 Jacobites under the command of Alexander Cannon attack a Scottish Government force of 800 Cameronians, commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel William Cleland, in and around...
robert iii of scotland

The birth of King Robert III of Scotland

On 14 August 1337, the future King Robert III of Scotland was born at Scone Palace, outside Perth. Robert III was christened John, but in Scotland, this was deemed to be too unpopular and...
king's own scottish borderers

Battle of Killiecrankie

On the 27th July 1689, Scottish Government forces under the command of Major-General Hugh MacKay of Scourie are defeated by a Jacobite army, loyal to the deposed King James VII/II, commanded by...
Battle of Bannockburn

Battle of Bannockburn: Day Two

At dawn on the 24th June 1314, on the second day of the battle of Bannockburn, the engagement opened with an initial skirmish between both armies archers. Robert the Bruce then sent...
Battle of Bannockburn

Battle of Bannockburn: Day One

On the 23rd June 1314: The first day of the Battle of Bannockburn near Stirling. An advance manoeuvre by the Earl of Gloucester, the Earl of Hereford and Robert de Clifford, attempting to relieve...
battle of glenshiel

Battle of Glenshiel

On 10 June 1719, Jacobite and Spanish forces are defeated by government troops commanded by Major-General Joseph Wightman, at the battle of Glenshiel, on the steep slopes of Glen Shiel in Kintail,...
murder of James Sharp

The murder of James Sharp, Archbishop of St Andrews

On the 3rd May 1679, a group of Covenanters led by John Balfour of Kinloch murder James Sharp, Archbishop of St Andrews on Magus Muir, Fife. Sharp was returning to St Andrews...
battle of carbisdale

Battle of Carbisdale

On 27th April 1650, a Royalist force commanded by James Graham, Marquis of Montrose, was heavily defeated by a Scottish Covenanter army led by Colonel Archibald Strachan at the Battle of Carbisdale.