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.”
With just days until the opening of the Queensferry Crossing over the Forth, Michael Alexander meets some of those tasked with building the biggest transport project in a generation.
The recently released Dunkirk movie has inspired former journalist Ian Nimmo, of Fife, to write down his late father’s first-hand account of being evacuated from the beaches. Michael Alexander reports.
SOLD BY Cambridge-based Cheffins on July 12 was a rare copy of one of the most remarkable books of the 20th Century – The War of the Worlds.
Passchendaele: ‘the whole of the battle area is a veritable quagmire’.
It was a fire that indelibly marked the public's memory as it gutted an Angus landmark 30 years ago.
A unique record of speaks at the Royal Scottish Geographical Society in Perth is being preserved thanls to a donation. Michael Alexander reports.
The distinguished and sometimes tragic story of Black Watch soldiers in the 20th century is being explored in the new official authoritative history of Scotland's oldest Highland regiment. Michael Alexander spoke to the author.
A permanent tribute to the service of Courier Country’s seamen and women during the Great War was unveiled by HRH the Princess Royal during a poignant ceremony in Dundee yesterday.
A series of poems written by a Tayside woman commemorating an Angus rail tragedy has been uncovered after more than a century.