Category: History

The Origins of the Picts – Final Part – Pictavia Becomes Alba

‘Seven of Cruithne’s children divided Alba into seven divisions, the portion of Cat, of Ce, of Cirech, children with hundreds of...

Dundee and ‘the Great Plague’ of 1644-8

‘Between Sidlaw and the Sea, Pest or plague shall never be.’[1] The last great plague epidemic to hit Scotland erupted during the...

Scotland’s Mither Tongues: Past, Present and Future: Part II

“This is racism by any other name…” By the dawn of the nineteenth century, the future looked bleak for Scots – it had lost its...

Monck’s Siege of Dundee 1651

“English soldiers were given leave to plunder the town…” The execution of Charles I, in January 1649, sent shock waves...

Scotland’s Mither Tongues: Past, Present and Future: Part I

And their judges spoke with one dialect, but the condemned spoke with many voices. And the prisons were full of many voices, but never the...

James Graham

Covenant, War and the 1645 Siege of Dundee

Over the next three issues we will look at Dundee during the 1640s and 1650s, a time of turbulence when Scottish independence appeared...

The Tattooed Women of Juteopolis

The public house, or pub, and the drink that it provided, was a major medium through which the distinctive working class culture of...

The Origins of the Picts – Part 3

“Roman Britannia was now being repaid in kind for the genocidal invasions …” The Picts entered written history in 297AD when...

Calgacus speaking to the Caledonians

The Origins of the Picts – Part 2

“The last of the free” In AD81, Agricola, the recently appointed governor of Roman Britannia, led an army of 15,000-20,000...

The Origins of the Picts – Part 1

In 1955 the archaeologist and historian, Francis Wainwright, published his ground-breaking study, The Problem of the Picts. He described...