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It was Scots who were the most vocal advocates of a vibrant, imperial, Protestant Great Britain,

Volume: 64 Issue: 5 2014

At what point did the Scots first see themselves as a distinct kingdom separate but equal to that of England? Dauvit Broun explores the medieval origins of Scottish sovereignty and independence.

Volume: 64 Issue: 3 2014

In September 1513 the fourth James Stewart became the last king to die in battle on British soil.  Linda Porter argues that his life and achievements deserve a more positive reassessment.

Volume: 63 Issue: 9 2013

Deborah Cohen opens the archives of the Scottish Marriage Guidance Council, founded in 1946, and finds that couples in the postwar years were more than happy to air their dirty linen.

Volume: 63 Issue: 2 2013

Though Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland, the influence of St Columba on Scottish Christianity remains profound. Ian Bradley examines the Celtic evangelist’s legacy 1,450 years after his arrival on the Hebridean island of Iona.

Volume: 63 Issue: 7 2013

The historical debate over the United Kingdom has been led by those who wish to bring the Union to an end. David Torrance believes the public deserves a more balanced discussion.

Volume: 62 Issue: 3 2012

The debate on Scottish independence has been dominated by economic arguments, to its detriment, argues Tim Stanley.

Volume: 62 Issue: 5 2012

The romantic ‘braveheart’ image of Scotland’s past lives on. But, as Christopher A. Whatley shows, a more nuanced ‘portrait of the nation’ is emerging, one that explores the political and religious complexities of Jacobitism and its enduring myth-making power.

Volume: 62 Issue: 7 2012

Roger Hudson on a moment in the story of Scottish emigration captured in 1923.

Volume: 62 Issue: 6 2012

David Torrance examines a pioneering article, first published in History Today in 1990, which argued that the Scottish Enlightenment was not restricted to Edinburgh but was a genuinely national phenomenon.

Volume: 62 Issue: 1 2012

Patricia Cleveland-Peck tells the story of Fanny Calderón de la Barca and her life as an author, ambassador’s wife and governess to the Spanish royal family.

Volume: 62 Issue: 7 2012

James Boswell, Samuel Johnson’s future biographer, found Glasgow a dull place. Yet it was at the city’s university that he came into contact with the political economist Adam Smith, whose insights forced the student to grapple with competing claims on his conscience, as Robert Zaretsky explains.

Volume: 61 Issue: 4 2011

Mary Queen of Scots left Calais for Scotland on August 14th, 1561, aged 18 years old.

Volume: 61 Issue: 8 2011

The story of a country that has long punched above its weight is told in Scotland’s refurbished National Museum, says David Forsyth.

Volume: 61 Issue: 8 2011

Richard Cavendish remembers the death of an ill-fated medieval Scottish king, on August 3rd 1460.

Volume: 60 Issue: 8 2010

Martin Greig reveals the intimate relationship between the powerful Earl of Lauderdale, Charles II's Secretary for Scotland in the 1660s, and a Scottish spinster who became the earl's 'Presbyterian conscience' during a tumultuous period for kirk and crown.

Volume: 60 Issue: 9 2010

Richard Cavendish traces the evolution of today's 'mega-bucks' sports industry back to a small competition in Scotland in the mid-19th Century.

Volume: 60 Issue: 10 2010

The visually spectacular Scottish capital witnessed fierce dynastic struggle before it welcomed the spirit of the Enlightenment, as Patricia Cleveland-Peck discovers.

Volume: 59 Issue: 1 2008

The emperor Hadrian presided over the Roman empire at its height, defined its borders and was one of the most cultured rulers of the ancient world. Neil Faulkner revisits his legacy, as the British Museum opens a major exhibition on his life and times.

Volume: 58 Issue 8 2008
 Excavations at Whithorn Priory in south-west Scotland have revealed a hitherto unknown settlement of Norse origin dating from AD 950-1100.
Volume: 37 Issue: 1 2008

Richard Cavendish marks a failed attempt on the Scottish and English thrones by the last Stuart pretender, on March 23rd, 1708.

Volume: 58 Issue: 3 2008

Alexander I succeeded his father Malcolm Canmore, Macbeth's killer, as King of Scots on January 8th, 1107.

Volume: 57 Issue: 1 2007

R.S. Taylor Stoermer takes a transatlantic perspective on the Anglo-Scottish Union of 1707.

Volume: 57 Issue: 5 2007

Gervase Phillips explains how and why Henry so badly mishandled his relations with the Scots.

Issue: 55 2006

Richard Cavendish marks the anniversary of King James I's creation and proclamation of a union flag, on April 12th, 1606.

Volume: 56 Issue: 4 2006

Simon Chaplin describes the extraordinary personal museum of the 18th-century anatomist and gentleman-dissector John Hunter, and suggests that this, and others like it, played a critical role in establishing an acceptable view of dissection.

Volume: 55 Issue: 2 2005

Murray Watson looks at the historical roots of a phenomenon few commentators have noted: the sizeable English presence in Scotland.

Volume: 55 Issue: 6 2005

Andrew Fisher asks who William Wallace really was, and why he has become an icon of Scottish resistance to the English.

Volume: 55 Issue: 9 2005

The Scottish king fought Malcolm Canmore on July 27th, 1054.

Volume: 54 Issue: 7 2004

Alexander Wilkinson considers what the French made of the controversial royal who played a pivotal role in the French wars of religion, both as Queen of Scots and Queen of France.

Volume: 54 Issue: 7 2004

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