Monday, 5 December, 2022
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On this day in Scottish History

Charles I surrenders himself to the Scots

On 5 May 1646, King Charles I surrenders himself to General David Leslie, commander of the Scottish Covenanter army besieging Newark-on-Trent. They would hold him in Newcastle until he was handed over to the...

Loch Ness Monster sighting

2 May 1933: The first reported modern-day sighting of the Loch Ness Monster appeared in The Inverness Courier. A local couple spotted a creature "rolling and plunging for fully a minute, its body resembling...

The birth of Air Chief Marshal Hugh Dowding

24 April 1882: The birth in Moffat of Air Chief Marshal Hugh Dowding, best remembered as commander of RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain and for the "Dowding system" - the first...

Siege of Stirling Castle 1304

On 22 April 1304, Edward I of England begins the siege of the strategically important Stirling Castle, held by Sir William Oliphant and 30 men. The siege ended on 24 July after 3 months...

The Capitulation of Irvine

On 7 July 1297, following a stand-off between Scottish and English forces at Irvine, and with in-fighting amongst the Scottish leadership, the Scottish nobles, including Robert the Bruce, submit to Henry de Percy. The...

Treaty of Perth is signed

On 2 July 1266, the Treaty of Perth is signed between Magnus VI of Norway and Alexander III of Scotland, ending the Scottish-Norwegian War of 1262-66. Scotland gains the Western Isles and the Isle...