Sir Walter Scott


The crowning glory of Scotland’s history

February 23 2019

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.

Man with two dogs

The fallen and Fenella’s fate

February 18 2018

On Monday I did something I had been meaning to do not quite for as long as I can remember, but for a long time. I drove to Stonehaven to walk to the memorial to the dead of the First World War and the Second World War, which sits atop the Black Hill overlooking the town.


Have Burns suppers become a ‘joke’?

January 25 2017

As raucous Burns suppers again take place across the world, a Dundee University professor tells Michael Alexander how Scotland’s bard was taken far more seriously during the 19th century.