Scottish History Without the Boring Bits: A Chronicle of the Curious, the Eccentric, the Atrocious and the Unlikely

Scottish History Without the Boring Bits: A Chronicle of the Curious, the Eccentric, the Atrocious and the Unlikely

Language: English

Pages: 208

ISBN: 1780272650

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Scottish History Without the Boring Bits: A Chronicle of the Curious, the Eccentric, the Atrocious and the Unlikely

Language: English

Pages: 208

ISBN: 1780272650

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


As an antidote to more sober accounts of Scotland’s history, Ian Crofon offers a colorful chronology of the eccentric, the infamous, the bawdy, the horrific, and the hilarious people and events that have spattered across the pages of our nation’s story. From the Royal High School riot to Marocco the Wonder Horse, from the War of the One-Eyed Woman to the MP cleared of stealing his ex-mistress’s knickers, Scottish History Without the Boring Bits includes a host of little-known tales that you won’t find in more conventional works of history. Ian Crofton’s alternative history of Scotland looks at the country’s past with a quizzical eye.

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tried to escape from her imprisonment in the church belfry, but, bound as she was in heavy chains, fell from the church roof, and died of her injuries a few days later. Stewart hanged himself while in custody. Margaret Barclay was subjected to what was regarded as ‘safe and gentle’ torture, great iron weights being laid upon her shins, causing great pain but failing to break the skin. She was thus induced to confess, urged on by the pious persuadings of several local ministers. As she made this

January) Death of Thomas Aikenhead, the last person in Britain to be executed for blasphemy. In 1696, while in his third year at Edinburgh University, Aikenhead (the son of an apothecary) was summoned before the Privy Council, accused of uttering religious opinions so heterodox as to be blasphemous, and sent for trial. The prosecution was conducted by the Lord Advocate, Sir James Stewart, and the charges against Aikenhead asserted that ‘the prisoner had repeatedly maintained, in conversation,

you give or receive anything from a superior, be sure to pull off your glove, and make a show of kissing your hand, with a low bow after you have done.’ When entering the house of a ‘great person’, a gentleman should take off his greatcoat and his boots, but keep on his gloves – although ‘it is usual in many courts that they deliver up their gloves with their sword before they enter the court, because some have carried in poison on their gloves, and have conveyed the same to the sovereign that

following are a few of the Collection, namely Rats, Cats, Ferret, Coatimundi, Squirrel, Hawks, Owls, Pigeons, Crows, Jackdaws, Magpies, Starlings, Blackbirds, Chickens, Monkeys, Hedgehog, Sea-Gull, Guinea Pigs, Goose, Parrots, &c, &c too numerous to mention. Most wonderful to see how they all agree in one large cage. BOSJEMANS EAT LIVE RATS IN GLASGOW Meanwhile, Glasgow flocked to an entertainment featuring ‘Bosjemans’ – i.e. Bushmen from southern Africa. Although nearly 100,000 people paid a

company know the recipe, which is kept in a bank vault. And these two people are never allowed to fly in the same aeroplane. The only iron in Irn Bru is the 0.0002 per cent ferric nitrate listed in the ingredients. 1951 HER GRACE BESTOWS HER FAVOURS Ian Douglas Campbell, 11th Duke of Argyll, married Margaret Whigham, the US-raised daughter of a Scottish millionaire. Celebrated for her good looks, Margaret lost her virginity at the age of 15 to the actor David Niven. She went on to become

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