If you’ve visited Edinburgh Castle and seen the Honours of Scotland – Scotland’s crown jewels – you’ll know they are a breathtaking sight. The ornate sceptre was presented to James IV by Pope Alexander VI in 1494. The sword in an elaborate scabbard is also a rare survivor of a papal gift to a medieval monarch.
Today marks exactly 100 years since some women first won the vote, with 8.5 million women eligible. Caroline Lindsay finds out more about the Suffragettes’ epic struggle for equality.
Remembrance, inexorably linked with the annual commemoration of Armistice and the red Flanders poppy, is still an integral part of our national character. Poignant sentiments expressed in November 1918 are, for so many, similarly relevant today.
In the penultimate excerpt from The Courier’s book The First World War – The Scottish Soldier’s Story, we look at a tale of courage from the Battle of Jutland.
As our series of excerpts from The Courier’s book A Scottish soldier’s story continues, we look at the Battle of the Somme. Early on the morning of July 1 1916, whistles were blown to signal the start of the bloodiest day in the history of the British Army. Men across Courier Country made the ultimate sacrifice.
On the morning of September 25 1915, long lines of khaki-clad British infantry advanced on heavily defended German positions in and around Loos, a small coalmining town in the heart of the industrial area of north-east France, says Dr Derek Patrick, University of St Andrews.
In our second excerpt from The Courier’s book The Scottish Soldier’s Story, we learn how Pte William Manson endured the bleakest hardship after being captured during the first Battle of Ypres.
As the centenary of Armistice Day 1918 approaches, we will take a look over the next week at real-life accounts of some of the soldiers who gave their all in the First World War, recorded in The Courier’s special commemorative book The Scottish Soldier’s Story.
THERE WASN’T much scope for George Lowden when he opened for business in Dundee in the 1840s as an optician and maker of instruments. Scientists elsewhere had been inspired by the presence of a comet and eclipse in the Scottish skies in 1737. But recalling his own early days, Lowden noted: “For a few years I had a hard pull to live, besides having to teach Dundee what scientific instruments were, and how to use even such a simple apparatus as a thermometer.”
Passchendaele: ‘the whole of the battle area is a veritable quagmire’.