Category Archive: Scottish History

From Party Drug to Medical Miracle

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  Persons of a certain age who had surgery as children may remember the anesthesiologist placing a gauze covered wire cage over their noses and mouths. With the cage firmly in place, the… Continue reading

The Long History of Soccer

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This week, with everyone’s attention riveted on FIFA The World Cup, the final pitting Croatia against France on Sunday, as well as the Thailand Wild Boar soccer team and their dramatic rescue from… Continue reading

Orkney and the Hudson’s Bay Company

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Folks from the Orkney Islands in Scotland impacted the exploration and settlement of Canada by Europeans heavily, particularly through their close connections to the Hudson’s Bay Company. It isn’t difficult to understand why… Continue reading

First In Freedom

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As a new resident of a new state, I have been going through the ritual of getting a new driver’s license, voter registration, car registration and all the other obligations that come with… Continue reading

The Great Fire of Edinburgh

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  Most people have heard of the Great Fire of London, but the Great Fire of Edinburgh might be more significant, since it heralded in the modern era of British firefighting. Edinburgh in… Continue reading

Time Travel

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I learned at a young age that time is relative, particularly historical time. Something ancient history to me might be a fond memory to my parents or grand parents. (Or not so fond,… Continue reading

The Surveyor in Snowshoes

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Wandering around the great medieval cathedral of St. Magnus in Kirkwall, Scotland I came upon an unusual monument among the 14th century stones and 18th century funerary inscriptions. The life-sized statue depicted a… Continue reading

Big Jock McCluskey and the Buffalo Plaid

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I sat in a meeting a few weeks ago with my new red and black buffalo plaid jacket lovingly placed over the back of my chair. When I glanced around the room at… Continue reading

The Man Who Changed How We Think About American History

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For many students, the study of American History begins with Columbus wandering mistakenly into the New World, followed by a dash around eastern North America with French and English explorers, and finally settles… Continue reading

Living History: Frontier Culture Museum (Staunton, VA)

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In this second post in the Living History series, we move from Tidewater Virginia to the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains on the east and the Ridge-and-Valley Appalachians on… Continue reading