Logging the ladies of Scottish history

Often marginalised in the annals of history, women have never really been celebrated for their deeds or heroic contribution to mankind. A glance through...

Fought over, commemorated, eaten – some hearts for Valentine’s Day

The heart has long been used as a symbol for love, emotion and romance. And nothing says Valentine’s Day more than hearts. Today, people...

From Carbisdale Castle to the Huhne case – a short history of revenge

What, one wonders, is going on in inside the head of Vicky Pryce, Chris Huhne’s ex-wife? Is she enjoying this moment, or ruing the...

St Kildan ‘postcards from the edge of the world’ reach Norway

The contents of a mailboat launched from St Kilda on 29 July 2011 have finally washed up on Norway. Knut Wågø was walking his...

Escaping the silly season: five ways to do it differently this Christmas

By Elizabeth McQuillan Christmas is the silly season for a great many people, where all normal rules of engagement with the family go awry. Pressures...

Make do and mend – surviving with nae cash when austerity bites

By Elizabeth McQuillan This isn’t the first time we’ve been a bit strapped for cash. We’ve come through two world wars and an estimated eight...

Historic opportunity for Stirling to build on successful castle revamp

By Matthew Shelley Historic Scotland is feeling pretty chipper about the success of its £12 million revamp of Stirling Castle. Just five months after the...

Never mind Christmas, there are still lessons to learn from Halloween

By Charlie Laidlaw It’s that time of year when our thoughts turn to Santa Claus, turkey and how to keep Aunt Mabel off the sherry....

Clip-clop, red-top: memories of the St Cuthbert’s milk horses

By Elizabeth McQuillan As a small child, in the early 1970s, I would listen for the clip-clop of the milk horse doing the rounds in...

Review: How the Scots invented Canada

By Graeme Murdoch The Scots are history’s underdogs. Sir Walter Scott wrote: “I am a Scotsman; therefore I had to fight my way into the...