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HES seeks views on updated guidance for Scotland’s inventory of historic battlefields

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is seeking input from the public regarding proposed changes to the guidance for designating historic battlefields in Scotland. The public consultation will remain open until Tuesday, 2 July 2024. HES has...

The Royal Navy’s capture of Eilean Donan Castle

During the Jacobite Rising of 1719, Royal Navy warships attacked and captured the Spanish-held Eilean Donan Castle in Kintail. The castle was the main Jacobite base and was cannonaded into submission before being seized...

Battle of Loch nan Uamh during the Jacobite ’45

On 3 May 1746, three Royal Navy warships sailed into Loch nan Uamh in Arisaig and engaged two French privateers that had arrived to deliver weapons and money for the Jacobites. The French privateers, Le...

The first muster of the Black Watch at Aberfeldy

In May 1740, the 43rd Highland Regiment of Foot (Black Watch) mustered for the first time on the banks of the River Tay at Aberfeldy. The regiment had been established by Royal Warrant on 25...

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...

Old Military Road in Glen Croe to be improved

Transport Scotland has announced that work to improve the Old Military Road through Glen Croe, which was once part of Major William Caulfeild's Dumbarton to Inveraray military road, would go ahead. A contract has been...

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...