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On this day in Scottish History

Battle of Drumclog

On June 1 1679, Scottish government dragoons commanded by John Graham of Claverhouse are defeated by an armed contingent of Covenanters led by Robert Hamilton and William Cleland who had deployed their forces at...

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. Following his defeat...

Jacobite expeditionary force lands in Kintail

On the 13th April 1719, two Spanish frigates carrying a Jacobite expeditionary force anchored in Loch Alsh. The troops disembarked near the derelict Eilean Donan Castle where Loch Alsh meets Loch Duich and Loch...

Battle of Roslin

On the 24th February 1303, at the Battle of Roslin, south of Edinburgh, a Scottish force under the command of John 'the Red' Comyn, Lord of Badenoch, and Sir Simon Fraser defeat an English...

Orkney and Shetland are formally annexed to Scotland

On 20th February 1472, Orkney and Shetland officially became part of Scotland. The islands were offered up as security for the dowry of Princess Margaret, the prospective wife of James III of Scotland, and...

The death of the Red Comyn in Greyfriars Church

On the 10th February 1306, John Comyn, Lord of Badenoch, known as the Red Comyn, a leading claimant to the vacant Scottish throne, is killed by his arch-rival Robert the Bruce and his supporters...

The birth of George Hamilton, 1st Earl of Orkney

On the 9th February 1666, George Hamilton was born at Hamilton Palace, Lanarkshire. George was the fifth son of William Douglas-Hamilton, Duke of Hamilton and his wife Anne Hamilton, Duchess of Hamilton. A successful...

The Assassination of James Stewart, Earl of Moray

On 23 January 1570, James Stewart, Earl of Moray, regent for James VI, is assassinated in Linlithgow by James Hamilton of Bothwellhaugh who was armed with a rifled matchlock carbine. The killing is often...