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Medieval St Andrews

Medieval St Andrews: Church, Cult, City Michael Brown and Katie Stevenson (eds.) Boydell and Brewer, 2017 418 pages Hardback, £60.00 ISBN: 978-1-783271-68-9

St Andrews Cathedral, from The Baronial and Ecclesiastical Antiquities of Scotland, R.W.
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About History Scotland

In this packed issue we continue our pioneering new series which focuses on the Stewart queen consorts, exploring the life of Arabella Drummond (c.1350-1401) who played a significant role in governing the country following the incapacity of her husband Robert III of Scots. Also in this issue: · The ‘richest commoner’ and his Barra tenants · Excavations beneath the streets of Inverness · New reconstruction of St Andrew’s Cathedral Plus: Family history advice, archaeology dig reports and finds analysis, National Records of Scotland column and lots more…

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History Scotland
The appearance of a group of migrants in a busy city
NEWS
New research suggests Robert Burns may have had bipolar
Kelly Anderson reports on the inaugural History Scotland lecture, held in Dundee on 24 April, the text of which is published on page 36
The bleach fields and retting waters of Scotland are an often forgotten legacy of the once-mighty flax and linen industries that blossomed in the 18th and 19th centuries, writes Matthew Shelley
David Affleck introduces an exhibition which uses historic artefacts to tell the story of a family at the heart of East Lothian history, whose achievements included involvement in 18th- and 19th-century agricultural reform and the creation of Logan Botanic Garden
The People’s Voice project explores the role played by poetry and song in campaigns for the extension of the electoral franchise, between 1832 and 1918. By Dr Catriona M.M. Macdonald
FEATURES
Nicole Hartwell tells the story of a delicatelyembroidered Indian textile whose appearance is at odds with the tumultuous and bloody period of British Indian history to which it is connected
A new digital reconstruction of the cathedral of St Andrews shows the lost splendour of this religious building and its surroundings just before the site was destroyed during the reformation.
In the second instalment of her ground-breaking series, Dr Amy Hayes tells the story of Annabella Drummond, wife of Robert III, who in a relatively short reign of eleven years provided an early blueprint for active, successful queenship
David Finkelstein follows the trail of the Scots-born printers and compositors who crossed borders to take their skills around the world, finding themselves in particular demand in newly-settled towns, where they helped keep the populace informed during times of growth and change
Take a step back into the early days of the Scottish Enlightenment in Edinburgh. By Murray Pittock and Craig Lamont
ARCHAEOLOGY NEWS
Mary Peteranna and Lindsey Stirling of AOC Archaeology report on recent work carried out as part of the River Ness Flood Alleviation scheme, which revealed the remains of buildings beneath the city streets which were thought to have been lost forever
Archaeology volunteers around Thurso in the Highlands were invited to take part in a recent archaeology event at the Caithness Broch festival, and were delighted to discover signs of what may be a previously unknown prehistoric settlement
IN-DEPTH FEATURES
Neil M. Bruce explores the reaction of the press to the appearance on the Scottish mainland of refugees from Barra, who arrived in 1850 in an effort to the escape the effects of potato famine and who found themselves at the centre of a complex and shifting media narrative
Professor Murray Pittock and Professor Christopher Whatley debate the nature of Jacobitism in 18th-century Scotland, discussing what the Jacobite vision for Scotland was and how it compared to the competing ambitions of Scotland’s Whigs, who supported the exclusion of the Jacobite claimants. This article is based on the first History Scotland Lecture, delivered in Dundee on 24 April 2018
REGULARS… IN EVERY ISSUE
Archivist Jocelyn Grant delves into the distressing story of how one Scottish suffragette was treated by the authorities
Gail Jack explores an autobiographical account of one woman’s experience as a Land Girl
Victoria Hodgson enjoys a fresh contribution to the historiography of medieval St Andrews
Ahead of the opening of the new V&A, Neil McLennan visits Dundee to explore the lesser-known historic gems that await both first-time visitors and those returning to the city
Doors Open Days is an annual festival which runs throughout
In our new series, exploring the nation’s history through art, we study the painting Reading the Will by William Home Lizars, in which the artist presents the complexities of human nature through the work’s incredible detail
Spotlight on…The Scottish Society of the History of
Ken Nisbet takes a look at the resources you can use to find out more about your ancestor’s sporting activities, from cricket to Highland games
In the first instalment of a new series about the rich body of primary-source material published by the Scottish History Society, Annie Tindley explores a seminal collection of Jacobite papers edited by Henry Paton at the end of the 19th century