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NEWS
Queen’s Anniversary Award for Historical Thesaurus
A thesaurus which explores more than 750,000 words and spans 1,000 years of the English language has been awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize
Winner of inaugural Scottish History Network essay prize announced
The winner of a national competition for the best history essay by a High School pupil has been announced by the Scottish History Network
New conservation work begins at Ring of Brodgar stone circle
The next steps are underway to conserve the 4,000-year-old Ring of Brodgar, one of the largest stone circles in Britain, Historic Environment Scotland has announced
Preserving key websites for future generations
National Records of Scotland has announced the launch of its new Web Continuity Service, a new web archive which will preserve key offi cial websites and make them available for future generations
Mary Kingsley (1862-1900)
Jo Woolf tells the story of an intrepid explorer who was the fi rst woman to ascend the mighty Mount Cameroon in Africa
Splendours of the Subcontinent
We explore an array of priceless and expertly crafted gifts presented to the Prince of Wales during a landmark tour of India by the fabulously wealthy princes and maharajas of the Indian Subcontinent
Scotland’s Own Coinage
Jesper Ericsson introduces a new exhibition at The Hunterian in Glasgow
Argyll adventures
Neil McLennan explores Argyll and the Isles to discover what draws thousands of history and heritage tourists to this beautiful region every year
FEATURES
EXPLORING SOCIAL NETWORKS OF THE AUCHINLECKS OF AUCHINLECK
David Affleck shares details of his research journey which explored the life of John Auchinleck, a chaplain at Holy Trinity in St Andrews who was sentenced to serve alongside John Knox in the galleys for his actions during the Scottish Reformation
St Andrews University quad
NEW DIGITAL RECONSTRUCTION SHOWS AS IT APPEARED 500 YEARS AGO
Hundreds of medieval manuscripts to explore online
Walter Bower’s Scotichronicon and many other important historic manuscripts can now be studied by researchers as the Parker Library at the University of Cambridge makes the Parker collection freely available on its website
The Grand Tour: Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s Vedute di Roma
This spring sees the opening of a unique exhibition of Piranesi prints which portray the splendour of Rome, home to the exiled Stuarts, as seen through the eyes of an 18th-century tourist
Introducing
Dr Allan Kennedy introduces the latest History Scotland project, a lecture series which will travel around Scotland, giving people across the country the chance to learn more about Scotland’s history
Face of 313-year-old ‘witch’ reconstructed
Researchers at the University of Dundee have recreated the face of an 18th-century ‘witch’ who died in jail before she could be burned for her ‘crimes’
Robert Burns The radical exciseman
Dr Tristram Clarke introduces two new letters currently on show in National Records of Scotland, which reveal Robert Burns’ views on politics and public service
A Scottish Royal Army Medical Corps captain at the Front
Excerpts from the Diary of Patrick Cameron Macrae (1889-1917)
A bright future for ecclesiastical treasures
Against a background of the gradual erosion of Scotland’s ecclesiastical heritage, the Scottish Redundant Churches Trust strives to strike a balance between the conservation and reuse of historic churches. By Victoria Collison-Owen
NEW IMAGE 17TH-CENTURY SCOTTISH SOLDIER brings people face to face with 17TH-CENTURY SCOTTISH SOLDIER
NEW IMAGE 17TH-CENTURY SCOTTISH SOLDIER brings people
ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS
Living on Water The early Iron Age crannog-dwellers of Loch Tay
Michael Stratigos, Gordon Cook, Derek Hamilton and Piotr Jacobsson report on an underwater archaeology project that focuses on those crannogs of the early Iron Age which, due to being submerged underwater, have rarely been studied in detail
Archaeology: the year ahead
Whether you’re a seasoned dig enthusiast or an armchair archaeologist there are plenty of archaeology projects to look forward to this year, with opportunities to get involved in a dig or watch live archaeology projects virtually from wherever you are in the world
IN-DEPTH FEATURES
FROM LOG-BOOK TO E-BOOK The farm diary of Thomas Graham Bonar of Greigston
Marie Robinson uncovers the fascinating story of a log book kept by one Fife farmer in the 1820s and 1830s, an invaluable source of information about life on a 19th-century farm which has recently been published in electronic form
MUTINOUS SCOTS A different facet of empire
Professor Alistair Mutch explores the role of four Scottish offi cers of the East India Company in the Bengal ‘Batta’ conspiracy of 1766, tracing how anxieties over status and personal advancement helped drive these skilled soldiers towards mutiny
REGULARS… IN EVERY ISSUE
The First World War and policing in the Scottish Borders
In the concluding half of his study, Dr David Smale continues to assess how the activities of the Border police forces were transformed during the First World War, while also analysing the extent of wartime criminality and the relationship between the police and the army
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THIS BELONGS TO US!
Richard C. Hoffmann and Alasdair Ross conclude their exploration of tensions between the royal burgh of Stirling and the canons of Cambuskenneth abbey over which one of them had premier right to fish salmon on the river Forth
The battle of Culloden
Martin Marguiles reviews a history of the battle of Culloden, which takes a look at the people and places involved in the last major battle fought on British soil
Exploring the archaeology of the Tarbat peninsula
Chris MacDougall examines a new study which explores the countless artifacts found on the Tarbat peninsula, spanning more than 1,000 years of history in one location
Island life
Laura Cowan enjoys an autobiography which describes life on the island of Eriskay in the Outer Hebrides, with a particular focus on fishing, crofting and how World War II affected the islanders
History and archaeology conferences
This spring sees four history and archaeology conferences
Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol
Until 29 April New Lanark Exhibition gallery See over
The Marseille Middleton Holloway Collection
Letters from Robert Burns, Voltaire, James VI, Benjamin Franklin and prison reformer Elizabeth Fry are just some of the examples in a new collection of once lost letters recently donated to the University of St Andrews Library
Spotlight on... The Association of Scottish Genealogists & Researchers in Archives (ASGRA)
Spotlight on... The Association of Scottish Genealogists
RAF centenary
Ken Nisbet offers his recommendations for online resources which can help you find out more about the service of an ancestor who served in the RAF
FINAL WORD
Aksa Ali, an ambassador for the Scottish Government’s themed Year of Young People 2018, talks to History Scotland about what the year has in store and her hopes for its legacy