Scotlands History

Scotland's History

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Choose the Picts. Choose the Orkney Venus. Choose the invention of television. Choose the discovery of penicillin and the use of anaesthetics. Choose Dolly the Sheep and Billy Connolly’s banana boots. Choose to read Tam O’ Shanter, Trainspotting and Treasure Island. Choose the great minds of the Scottish Enlightenment. Choose James Watt’s steam engine and Dundee’s jute mills. Choose to invade Stirling Castle. Choose Mary Queen of Scots, Somerled, Wallace and Bruce. Choose crannogs. Choose Votes for Women, Isobel of Fife and Kay Matheson. Choose the Lewis Chessmen.

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Explore 5000 years of people, events and artefacts with our Scotland's History timeline.
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Scots and Canada

Explore tales of adventure and heroism; of Scots explorers, traders and settlers who carved a life in the wilderness.

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Scottish Enlightenment

Learn about the intellectual movement of the 18th century which shaped the way we think and live today.

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Scots and Australia

The stories of the Scots who went to Australia, why they went, and how the experience affected them and changed Australia.

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Scotland and the Abolition of the Slave Trade

Find out about Scotland's role in the slave trade and in its abolition.