Category: Scottish History

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To be a moose an live in fear
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To be a moose an live in fear

Wee, sleekit, cowran, tim’rous beastie, O, what a panic in the Tory breastie! A sad day in Scots long history, Oor chance to be free, an swing oor rattle! The Westminster rule has won the battle! I’m truly sorry for our opinion, We wake up still controlled by the union, We will remain the queens […]

The Great History of Scotland
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The Great History of Scotland

The Prestoungrange Arts Festival team that created the Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry in 2009/ 2010 always hoped its completion would inspire a renaissance in embroidery and tapestry across the nation. There are encouraging signs that is now about to happen. As detailed below, the History of Scotland is to be summarised with the embroiderer’s needle. […]

For Dennis The Menace's 60th birthday he meets President Obama for some mishief
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For Dennis The Menace’s 60th birthday he meets President Obama for some mishief

Happy Birthday Dennis who reached 60 today.  Over the years he has been up to some high jinks, but no longer does he get a slipper but is now all a bit more PC.  However, like Peter Pan he just doesnt age and for his 60th birthday his high jinks allows him to meet President […]

The story of the Saltire the national flag of Scotland
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The story of the Saltire the national flag of Scotland

There is something about the Saltire that stirs the blood of the Scots and reminds those of us descended from Scottish immigrants of our roots, but how many of us are aware of the history of the flag and Scotland’s connections to Saint Andrew, “the first-called” of the disciples of Jesus? The Man While little […]

Dublane Cathedral Welcomes The Prince!
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Dublane Cathedral Welcomes The Prince!

And so to the Cathedral in Dunblane .. and records break! The venues which have hosted our Tapestry as it has criss- crossed the Highlands from Eriskay at end July to Dunblane this past weekend are as diverse as could ever be imagined. A Sports Hall in Fort William, proud Village Halls in Eriskay, Arisaig […]

Background benind the First Scottish War of Independence dating back to 1296
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Background benind the First Scottish War of Independence dating back to 1296

King Alexander III of Scotland died in 1286, leaving his four-year old granddaughter Margaret (called “the Maid of Norway”) as his heir. In 1290, the Guardians of Scotland signed the Treaty of Birgham agreeing to the marriage of the Maid of Norway and Edward of Caernarvon, the son of Edward I, who was Margaret’s great-uncle. […]

The Last Invasion ... 1797 And All That ....
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The Last Invasion … 1797 And All That ….

Fishguard and Goodwick’s Tapestry: The Last Invasion Indwellers of neighbouring Tranent know only too well of their community’s ‘mutiny’ against the The Scottish Militia Act in 1797 [further details at the foot of this NewsNet report]. There’s a fine statue to Joan Crookston, the heroine of that ‘massacre’ in the civic centre today. The events […]

The Paris Gazette ..... reporting October 23rd 1745 on treaty between France and Scotland
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The Paris Gazette ….. reporting October 23rd 1745 on treaty between France and Scotland

Letters arriving from Edinburgh, on the 20th of September, announced that Prince Edward[1], having been proclaimed Regent of the Kingdom of Scotland in the town of Perth, had published a number of edicts concerning the new form of government which he proposed to establish; also two hundred men from his forces had taken Dundee, and […]

198 years before the Battle of Prestonpans, the Scots were heavily defeated at Pinkie in 1547
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198 years before the Battle of Prestonpans, the Scots were heavily defeated at Pinkie in 1547

Yes, we certainly were. It was the largest battle ever fought on Scottish soil. And by chance this very week the Battle Trust here in Prestonpans acquired a map on ebay in the USA that shows both Pinkie and our own Battle of Prestonpans side by side. It’s quite recent, since it includes the North […]

The 'Other' Tapestry and the Battle of Hastings
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The 'Other' Tapestry and the Battle of Hastings

Wondering how? …. Ideas from Battle It was only a matter of time before the ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’ Prestonpans Tapestry project looked at the other great memorial addressing usurpers and rightful accession to the English throne of William the Conqueror – Battle Abbey.