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Coastal history IN SCOTLAND

Eilean Musdile lighthouse, Lismore, inner Hebrides. Built by Robert Stevenson in 1833, this lighthouse is one of dozens around Scotland’s coast that once employed local men and provided a beacon and landmark for passing ships
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About History Scotland

The March/April issue of History Scotland is packed full of the latest research news and in-depth reads from experts in the fields of Scottish history, heritage and archaeology. Highlights include: 'The Stewart Queens of Scotland: Margaret of Denmark. New research on the life of Margaret, who reigned alongside James III of Scots Scottish coastal history: a wide-ranging overview of Scotland’s coastline over the centuries A guide to Agricola’s campaign in Scotland Curator review of the new Ancient Egypt Rediscovered gallery at National Museum of Scotland Underwater archaeology at Loch Tay New excavations at the prison of Mary Queen of Scots in Sheffield Castle Plus: Family history advice, archaeology dig reports and finds analysis, history of art series and lots more…​

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History Scotland
The recent discovery of the earliest reference to a
NEWS
A permanent memorial to Scottish world war I poets has been unveiled by the lord provost in Makars’ Court, Edinburgh in recognition of their bravery and sacrifice in service, as well as the rich body of work which they have left behind for future generations
The Scottish government has announced funding to enable
An excavation in the Grassmarket, Edinburgh, has unearthed rare remains of a large carved stone similar to a cannon ball, dating to the 13th century
Reference to earliest Scottish vessel sailing to north
The recent analysis of a skeleton that archaeologists named ‘Ava’, buried more than 4,000 years ago at Achavanich, shows she would have looked markedly different from her Caithness neighbours
As National Museum of Scotland opens three new galleries, we discover the stories of some of the Scots who discovered the treasures on display
FEATURES
How successful are immersive technologies in engaging with visitors to Scotland’s major heritage sites? Dr Agiatis Benardou and Dr Leo Konstantelos present the latest findings of an ongoing project to measure the effectiveness of these technologies
‘Fundamental Components of the Gameplay Experience:
To mark the 200th anniversary of the opening of John Barclay’s shipyard, John Moore takes a look at shipbuilding on the Clyde during a period of rapid industrialisation
Professor Michelle D Brock and Dr Chris Langley introduce Mapping the Scottish Reformation, a new online resource which, when completed, will be one of the largest databases of thinkers, theologians and preachers in the world, mapping the lives of thousands of Scottish clerics
The recent film Peterloo portrayed the circumstances surrounding the Peterloo massacre, almost 200 years ago, looking at the hardships faced by those employed in mills and factories around the British Isles. But not all mill owners were heartless tyrants, as David Wibberley shows, following Robert Owen’s journey from Manchester to New Lanark
ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS
Professor John Moreland and Martin Gorman present the results of archaeological excavations and research at the remains of Sheffield castle in South Yorkshire, an important site in the study of Scottish history due to its status as a longterm prison of Mary Queen of Scots
A report on recent underwater fieldwork at Loch Tay, with new results revealing intriguing clues about when and why Scotland’s iron age people built crannog dwellings. By Michael J Stratigos, Piotr Jacobsson, Derek Hamilton and Gordon Cook
IN-DEPTH FEATURES
Christopher Reekie investigates the origins of Edinburgh’s famous Cafe Royal pub, and uncovers a fascinating story of behind-the-scenes horse-trading between the British government and a local plumbe
In the conclusion of a two-part study, Dr David Taylor traces the continuing rise of the Robertson siblings, who escaped their humble roots in early-19th-century Badenoch to become fabulously wealthy farmers and businessmen in the fledging colony of Van Diemen’s Land, modern Tasmania
Dr Amy Hayes continues her series on the late medieval Stewart queens of Scots by exploring the life of Margaret of Denmark, wife of James III, mother of James IV and possibly the most mysterious of all the royal consorts
Dr David Worthington explores the importance of the coast in Scottish history, suggesting that treating coasts as coherent spaces could offer fresh insights into past communities
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Vol 19.3 May/June 2019 On sale: 13 April 2019
Historical records of the personal stories of a post-war disaster are explored by Dr Tristram Clarke of the National Records of Scotland
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Murray Pittock explores a poignant account of the local impact of the Eyemouth ishing disaster of 1881
Katy Jack enjoys a unique insight into the fishing operations of 16th-century Crail, and the men and women who contributed to the industry’s success
A protestant lord in James VI’s Scotland: George Keith
In the footsteps of John Muir, 2 February to 28 April
History Scotland’s consultant editor, Dr Allan Kennedy, explores the famous Roman invasion of Scotland in the 1st century AD
This issue we present David Laing, 1793-1878, Antiquary, a richly-detailed work of art that portrays one of the founders of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Moidart, in Lochaber, has a long and rich history which
Did you receive a DNA test kit for Christmas? Ken Nisbet has some words to the wise if you are hoping to use the DNA results to expand your family tree
Annie Tindley introduces a Stewart miscellany collated by an editor who had privileged access to neglected material relating to the exiled Stewarts
Charlotte Rostek, the newly-appointed Head of Collections at Mount Stuart on the Isle of Bute, shares the experiences of her first few months in this role