OTHER SCOTCLANS SITES
One small chapter in the story of a great Highland tragedy. Read how the tale of this tiny glen reaches out through the mists of time in a few scratched words on a church window.
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Scottish TimelinesThe History of Scotland is filled with 2,000 years of bloodshed, intrigue and many stories of heroism and valour. From the earliest settlers through to the most recent events in our history we have pulled together a set of significant moments in the shaping of our great nation. Please select a period to begin your journey...
» Read about Ancient Scotland
Great leaders such as William Wallace and Robert the Bruce (above) led Scotland in overwhelming victories over England at Stirling and Bannockburn, however these victories were matched by many crushing defeats such as those at Falkirk and Halidon Hill.
Despite this there were some brighter moments in these otherwise dark ages - St Andrews University was founded and soon followed by Aberdeen and Edinburgh - so beginning Scotland's reputation as a place of great learning. Also its relationship with the Danes improved as Orkney and Shetland returned to Scotland once again.» Read about Medeival Scotland
» Read about Renaissance Scotland
The covenanters emerged and were persecuted for their beliefs, Britain was thrown into a bloody civil war which resulted in the protectorate of Cromwell.
The Crown was soon restored but the troubles did not end there. the Stewart right to the throne was challenged and won by William of Orange. Scotland suffered a double blow after this; firstly in our darkest moment as the Macdonalds of Glencoe (above) were famously massacred and secondly in the ill fated Darien scheme. This failed venture to establish a trading colony in the new world all but bankrupted Scotland and lead indirectly to the Act of Union and the end of Scottish independence.» Read about the Scottish Unification
New attempts were made to control the unruly North as roads were built new regiments raised, however by 1745 unrest was growing again and Charles Edward Stuart 'Bonny Prince Charlie' arrived to carry on his father's work.
Despite victories at Prestonpans and Falkirk and despite reaching as far south as Derby the '45 ended a year later at disastrous Culloden. In the atmosphere of oppression following this defeat emerged two great literary characters; Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott (above), heralding a new age...» Read about Jacobean Scotland
However a new Scotland began to emerge - romanticised by the royal visits of 1822 and 1842. The great age of Scottish enterprise and invention was crowned by the Magnificent Forth Bride (above) and by advancements in communications.
Finally, nearly 200 years after it was lost by the 'parcel of rogues' the Scottish parliament returned.» Read about Modern Scotland
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