The Battle of Bonnymuir

On the 6th of April 1820, during the course of Scotland’s brief but intense Radical War, a small army of weavers clashed with troops from the regular army and the local Stirlingshire Yeomanry, one of the many volunteer government militias of the time. The Radicals were led by Andrew Hardie of Townhead in Glasgow...

Happy Old New Year

In Burghead in Moray in the north east of Scotland, a fire festival takes place on 11th January every year to celebrate Old New Year. Back in the mid 1750s, there was a discrepancy of 11 days between two calendars, the older Julian calendar and the more modern Gregorian calendar. Most European countries changed...

Skye August 2019

Really looking forward to giving a talk on the magical Isle of Skye on Saturday 17th August in a stunning venue. I’ll be speaking about the interesting times of 1745-6 and the men and women involved in those. The wonderful and talented Barbara Henderson and I are presenting separate events and then coming together...