Ian Bradley

Boar's head funeral effigy in the Argyll Mausoleum. (Ian Bradley)

No Scottish clan is as controversial as the Campbells. Yet, says Ian Bradley, the opening of its Argyll Mausoleum offers a chance to re-assess a contentious past.

Portrait of James Ramsay by Carl Frederik von Breda, 1789

After years of service in the West Indies, writes Ian Bradley, Ramsay in England helped to inspire the crusade for Abolition.

Since Tudor times, and for four centuries, the observance of the Sabbath was strictly enjoined by Government regulation.

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

Since its foundation, writes Ian Bradley, the Old Vic theatre became in turn a drinking den, a temperance hall, and the home of serious ballet and drama.

Ian Bradley traces the development of the Salvation Army's brass sections.

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.

As Elizabeth II celebrates 60 years on the throne, Ian Bradley looks at the fundamentally religious nature of monarchy and the persistence of its spiritual aspects in a secular age.

Ian Bradley looks at the life of Vincent Priessnitz, pioneer of hydrotherapy, whose water cures gained advocates throughout 19th-century Europe and beyond and are still popular today.

W.S. Gilbert, 1878

Ian Bradley examines the achievements of the surprisingly radical Victorian dramatist and librettist who, in collaboration with the composer Arthur Sullivan, created classic satires of English national identity.