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Rare face-mask jug found in Scotland

An archaeological dig at the site of the former Rothesay Council Chambers in Scotland has unearthed a rare 13th century ceramic jug. (photo)

Secret letters of Mary, Queen of Scots to be available online

Two dozen letters, written in a secret code by Mary, Queen of Scots, will soon be available online to visitors of the Scottish Catholic Archives website.

Edinburgh University Press journals online

Philip Cromwell reports that for the next two months, the Edinburgh University Press will allow full access to its journal library, including the Scottish Historical Review and the Journal of Scottish Historical Studies.

Mystery of Stirling Castle medallions to be studied

As part of a UK£12M renovation of Scotland's Stirling Castle, historians plan to study 33 wooden carved medallions seeking to discover who the carvings depict and why they were carved.

Modern apprentices to learn medieval skills

The castles and stately homes of Scotland have an ongoing need for joiners and plumbers and the like who are trained in modern and historical arts and trades. A new program seeks to train people in the necessary skills with an apprenticeship.

Following the path of our Scotch-Irish ancestors

"Growing up in North Carolina, I always knew we had a huge group of Scotch-Irish settlers in the Piedmont of the Carolinas, but I didn't understand their ancestry. Were they from Scotland or Ireland?" Jennifer Hudson Taylor looks for an answer on her blog.

Divers seek treasure-laden Armada ship

Marine archaeologists, led by a Scottish royal, are searching the silt of Tobermory Bay near Scotland's Isle of Mull for the wreck of a Spanish Armada ship reputed to have carried a hoard of treasure.

Scotland's annual Treasure Trove includes Roman tombstone

Scotland's Crown Office each year gets the honor of collecting rare artifacts discovered by archaeologists, metal detectorists and treasure hunters into a Treasure Trove. This year's finds include a Bronze Age sword and the first Roman tombstone discovered in nearly 200 years.

Reward offered for the return of stolen Scottish coins

A UK£50,000 reward is being offered for the return of a collection of rare Scottish coins, some dating to the 12th century, stolen in June 2007 from the home of Lord and Lady Stewartby at Broughton, Scotland. (photo)

Jennifer Writing Blog

Jennifer writes medieval to contemporary Christian fiction set in Europe and the Carolinas. Much of her work is inspired by her own family history dating as far back as 1630 when many of her ancestors migrated to America.

Need Scottish Images for 1450-1500

I'm trying to put together a book trailer for my Scottish Medieval novel that will be released in Spring 2010. I'm hoping to find colored images/illustrations/photos/pictorials of some sort for the time period of 1450-1500. I'd like the clothing to be authentic to the time period which will rule out kilts. My hero is a MacPhearson with dark hair and my heroine is a MacKenzie with auburn hair.

Scottish medical history display debuts in Edinburgh

A new exhibit at the library of the Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh features 400 years or more of medical artifacts and books, some being publicly exhibited for the first time.

Did Norse bring Christianity to Scotland?

A team of archaeologists from the University of Nottingham are trying to determine if Vikings brought Christianity to Caithness, Scotland before Saint Columba brought the religion to Iona. (video)

Historic Corrie's concert to be released on DVD

Advance orders are now being taken for a DVD of the 21st Anniversary Concert of the celebrated Scottish folk group the Corries. The concert was recorded by the BBC in 1981.

WebPress blog covers Early Medieval Scotland

Senchus: Notes on Early Medieval Scotland is a WordPress blog devoted to articles on early Scottish life and history. It is the ongoing project of Tim Clarkson, an “independent scholar” with a PhD in medieval history.

Mystery man claims to have found the real "Stone of Destiny"

For years, controversy has surrounded the Stone of Destiny, a relic on display in Edinburgh Castle, with skeptics insisting that the Stone was a fake. Now a "mystery man" claims to have found the real stone in a seaside cave.

Monastery discovery sheds new light on the Picts

Long dismissed as savages who hindered the advancement of civilization in Scotland and the North of England, the Picts are now being seen as a sophisticated culture "capable of great art, learning and the use of complex architectural principles."

Carmelite friars graves found in Perth

A team of archaeologists have discovered the over 50 skeletons dating to the 13th century, of Carmelite friars and other later burials. The remains were found at the future site of retail units in Perth Scotland. The experts have also uncovered the site of the friary church.

12th century abbey unearthed at Scone

Archaeologists are excited about the discovery of the remains of the 12th century Augustinian Abbey at Scone Palace in Scotland. While the palace stands, nothing of earlier history has survived above ground at the site. (Video)

Trevor-Roper says kilts are not period

In his book The Invention of Scotland, the late historian Hugh Trevor-Roper takes on established Scottish traditions such as the tartan and the kilt, calling them "about as authentic as Disneyland." Adam Kirsch of the New York Sun reviews the book.

King of Norway Knights Penguin

Nils Olav, a king penguin residing at the Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland, was knighted by the King of Norway for his long service to the military.

Records of the Parliaments of Scotland to 1707 online

A fully-searchable database chronicling the proceedings of the Scottish Parliaments from 1235 up to 1707 is now available online.

Scots find origins in Ireland

Historians believe that Scotland was colonized by Irish tribes in the 3rd and 4th centuries C.E. Magnus Linklater of the Times Online offers a glimpse of early Scottish history.

[ANT] Autumn War

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My Lords and Ladies, the Barony of Blatha an Oir and the Barony of Stromgard, being unable to settle their differences peacefully, have "regretfully" announced that they have no choice but to settle them on the battlefield.

This means WAR! That's right, Autumn War 2008 is here! That means 5 days packed full of activities with a couple thousand of your closest friends.

Now, of course, everyone loves a good war, and we also know that many members of the populace have other interests, as well. That's why there will also be Archery, Thrown Weapons, Games, Hattie Longtooth Memorial Woodworking Contest, Iron Needle, Single-Entry A&S Competition, a Mini-Ithra, Tabletop Trebuchet Contest, War Siege Engines, Pied Piper activities, and more…. Location:
Randle, WA

Scottish Parliament Archive launched

An online archive of the proceedings of the original Scottish Parliament from its first surviving act of 1235 to its dissolution in 1707 has been launched.

Thief rips off 288 pages from Scottish Catholic Archives

A man posing as a student was caught stealing pages from archives in London. He admitted that he stole them from the Catholic Church in Edinburgh as well.

Bagpipe Major at UC Riverside

Serious pipers will want to know that the University of California, Riverside is offering a degree program in Bagpipes and Scottish Drumming. The program is being chaired by Ian Whitelaw, considered one of the best pipers in the western hemisphere.

Gynaecological study of Mary, Queen of Scots finds her an “adulteress and liar”

A new study by modern gynaecologists paints a sordid picture of the life of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, who, according to the study, was "a 'moral loose cannon', whose striking beauty and sex appeal gave Elizabeth other reasons to imprison and execute her."

Medieval "Chemists" found in Scotland

Archaeologists have discovered a 700-year-old chemists, an herb garden, which supplied the Soutra Hospital near Edinburgh, Scotland.

John the Bruce?

Publishers of a new book by Senator John McCain claim that the American presidential candidate is a descendant of Scotland's great hero, Robert the Bruce, a claim that historians call "baloney."