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Welcome to the May/June issue of History Scotland, where as usual, we’ve packed the magazine full of articles, news, research and opinion from the country’s finest historians, archaeologists and museum professionals.

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In the May/June issue of History Scotland we present the latest research from experts in the fields of Scottish history, heritage and archaeology, as well as news, opinion, book reviews and upcoming history events. Highlights include: · The tragic attempt by the tobacco heir David Guthrie Dunn to sail around the world in his small yacht, Southern Cross, in 1930 · A fresh contribution to the ongoing debate as to where the elusive abbey of Selkirk was situated during its brief existence in the early 12th century · A new study of the causes and consequences of the devastating famine of 1623 Plus: Family history advice, archaeology dig reports and finds analysis, National Records of Scotland column and lots more…

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A major exhibition produced by National Museums Scotland will tour the country during 2018, with the support of the museum’s research partner The Glenmorangie Company
‘Ground-breaking’ research will explore land use after
Historic buildings which form part of the palace of Holyroodhouse complex are to be transformed into a new learning centre
Explore more than five centuries of remarkable Scottish
Jo Woolf introduces a Scotsman who achieved two world firsts whilst on a whaling expedition to the Antarctic
Neil McLennan shares stories gathered during a trip to France and Flanders with his father to commemorate World War I and Scottish connections on the Western Front
Alison Burke presents a unique selection of Piranesi prints which portray the faded splendour of 18th-century Rome, at a time when it was home to the exiled Stuart court
Alice Brown introduces a new, temporay exhibition at Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum which presents the legacy of Charles Rennie Mackintosh through a variety of mediums including stained glass, mosaic, metalwork and textiles
We continue our series on online research with a round-up
Vanessa Habib explores the history of the Scotch carpet, produced by Scottish handloom weavers for more than two centuries, which has carpeted both humble and grand houses, from Edinburgh to London
In the centenary year of two World War I maritime disasters which took place off the coast of Islay, Les Wilson tells the story of how out of adversity, bonds between this Hebridean island and the United States of America were forged which endure to this day
In his winning entry in the Scottish History Network School Essay Prize, Conlan McPherson discusses the role of Robert the Bruce in helping secure Scotland’s victory in the Wars of Independence.
We report on a community project to investigate a 400-year-old burial ground which is home to a number of rare gravestones
Kevin Hall explores the causes and consequences of a major but overlooked 17th-century famine, whose impact on Scotland may well have been even more devastating than that associated with the more famous dearth of the 1690s
David I. Hutchison tells the exhilarating but ultimately tragic story of David Guthrie Dunn and his ambitious quest to circumnavigate the globe during the early 1930s in the small Clyde-built yacht, Southern Cross
Jacqueline Jenkinson uncovers the fascinating story of how Scotland, and Glasgow in particular, responded to the influx of Belgian refugees during the First World War, thousands of whom came to Britain in order to escape German occupation of their homeland
Responding to a previous feature in History Scotland, Lindsay Neil sifts the difficult and fragmentary evidence in an effort to recover the lost location of 12th-century Selkirk abbey, Scotland’s first Benedictine monastery
Elspeth Morrison and Matthew Shelley introduce an archive which contains the biographies of more than 7,000 goldsmiths, mint workers and apprentices who, over the centuries, have produced finely-crafted and highly-prized gold objects
Established in 2000, this local history society exists
In his latest genealogy guide, Ken Nisbet explains how to use street directories for exploring the lives of our ancestors
A major six-part series featuring new research on the
Dr Tristram Clarke spotlights a document which marks a dramatic event in history when the Church of Scotland was torn apart following the ‘ten years’ conflict’
Laura Stewart examines the first full study of Robert Baillie’s life and career which seeks to the understand the man whose writings have proved vital to studies of covenanted Scotland
Michael Meighan delves into a volume which draws attention to Glasgow’s complex history, and how that history has shaped its importance to Scotland’s – and Britain’s – future
Liz Trevethick enjoys a new study of life in Aberdeenshire from the 18th century onwards, with a particular focus on a 1913 cookery book from Huntly and the local families that led to its creation
A new season of history and archaeology outdoor events begins as we enter the summer months, with events including history tours, guided walks and an archaeological dig
Canaletto & the Art of Venice presents a spectacular
Paul Wilson, a project leader on the James I Charterhouse Project, talks to History Scotland about this new initiative, which is focusing archaeological, historical and technological research onto the city of Perth, to give a unique insight into the precariousness and richness of life at the heart of this medieval town