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History of Scotland
Every month we will feature articles relating to the history of Scotland - famous people, famous battles, famous places etc. These will build over the months into a full and intriguing insight into the history of this ancient land
Only one nation in the world can celebrate the New Year or Hogmanay with such revelry and passion – the Scots! But what are the actual origins of Hogmanay, and why should a tall dark stranger be a welcome visitor after midnight?
30th November is St Andrew's Day. The union flag of Great Britain is sometimes referred to as the Union Jack and is made up of three overlaid crosses. One of these crosses is the flag of the Patron Saint of Scotland, Saint Andrew...
Margaret was born in 1046 and was a member of an ancient English royal family. She was a direct descendant of King Alfred and was the granddaughter of King Edmund Ironside of England through his son Edward.
In September 1513, the largest battle between England and Scotland took place. The battle took place just outside the village of Branxton, but prior to the battle the Scots were based at Flodden Edge, which is how it became known as the Battle of Flodden.
Although an integral part of every Burns Night supper on January 25th, why is it that haggis, Scotland's national dish, is often the butt of the national joke? Perhaps it is because the truth is a little more frightening than fiction...