Edinburgh festival celebrates its 75th year.
Thousands of performers from across the world are in Scotland for the world's largest arts gathering.
Official Website: www.eif.co.uk/
King Robert the Bruce Statue, Stirling Castle Battle of Bannockburn - Day 1 On 23 and 24 June 1314 King of Scots Robert the Bruce defeated the English Army under Edward II. Edward II mobilised a massive military machine: summoning 2,000 horse and 25,000 infantry from England, Ireland and Wales. Although probably only half the infantry turned up, it was by far the largest English army ever to invade Scotland. The Scots common army numbered around 6000, with a small contingent on horseback. It was divided into four "divisions" or schiltroms (massive spear formations), led by King Robert Bruce, his brother, Edward, and his nephew, Sir Thomas Randolph, Earl of Moray. Despite being vastly outnumbered, Robert the Bruce chose his ground well and masterminded a tremendous victory over the English army. Over the two days of battle, Edward’s army was repeatedly thwarted by the Scots’ stubborn resistance, before finally finding themselves trapped by the surrounding terrain, with no room to manoeuvre their huge force. The result was an unprecedented rout of Edward’s army. However, the victory at Bannockburn did not secure peace and Edward II refused to recognise Robert as king of an independent Scotland. In 1320 Bruce organised for
MAY 21-22 | East Tennessee USA
Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival and Games
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/SMSFHG
The celebration features 57 clans and historical societies, nine entertainment bands, seven pipe and drum bands, 70 athletes, 22 merchandise vendors and seven food vendors.
APRIL - SCOTTISH AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH
April 6th - National Tartan Day (in the USA)
-- Anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath, the Scottish Declaration of Independence, which inspired the American Declaration of Independence.
LEARN MORE: www.scottishamerican.org/history#arbroath
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What are you doing Saturday?!
Remember the 700th Anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath (the Scottish Declaration of Independence) with everyone else in Scotland and across the world together (Digitally/Online).
In the U.S.A., National Tartan Day, every April 6th, celebrates the Declaration of Arbroath which the American Declaration of Independence was modeled after 456 years later.
LEARN MORE: www.indyref2020.com/history#arbroath
An aerial view looking across to the island of Scalpay sitting to the east of Tarbert on the Isle of Harris.
This full 360° aerial panorama has a wealth of detail. Spot the Caledonian Macbrayne ferry entering Loch Tarbert and look back onto Skye in the far distance. Scroll, pan and zoom to enjoy the beauty of the Outer Hebrides.
For a higher resolution experience, visit: www.scotland360.co.uk/Panos_Aerial.html
27 March to 26 April 2020 - the Declaration of Arbroath to go on public display for the first time in fifteen years.
The document will be displayed within the Scotland galleries of the National Museum of Scotland. The document has not been on public display for 15 years, when it was last displayed at the Scottish Parliament. The 700-year-old document, which is cared for by National Records of Scotland, can only be occasionally displayed in order to ensure its long-term preservation, they explain.
Central Florida Scottish Highland Games
January 18, 2020 - January 19, 2020
Winter Springs, Florida USA
A weekend of Scottish culture and fun presented by The Scottish-American Society of Central Florida, with pipes & drums, Celtic entertainment, athletics, Clans and more.
Happy New Year! Videos from New Year's Eve Hogmanay celebrations across Scotland: -- Shaun's video from Edinburgh's Hogmanay Street Party: youtu.be/dZyl6GHaCdE -- Tonight's fireworks show over Edinburgh Castle: youtu.be/xE0IaK8vrAc -- STV News: Torchlit parade brings ‘river of light’ to Edinburgh streets www.facebook.com/stvnews/videos/470453290570958/ -- Ceilidh Music And Dancing in Perthshire, Scotland youtu.be/al68tRktLPM -- BBC tonight: Julie Fowlis perform 'Auld Lang Syne' youtu.be/hfC0INyJB-s -- New Year's Day Street Music and Dancing in Perthshire Scotland youtu.be/YAdV_47HH7E -- About the Scottish Hogmanay Tradition: youtu.be/wpJE59tPsiM ARTICLES: -- What is Hogmanay? A guide to the Scottish celebrations. metro.co.uk/2014/12/31/what-is-hogmanay-a-guide-to-the-scottish-celebrations-5002648/ -- Wikipedia article on Hogmanay: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hogmanay
Tonight as the clock strikes midnight, many across the world will sing the Scottish song: "Auld Lang Syne" by Robert Burns, famous poet of Scotland.
The song explained: youtu.be/_xWxyxsVAsQ
Dougie MacLean singing: youtu.be/sMFnqj6aFwY
Rod Stewart singing: youtu.be/Al7ONqrdscY
MORE INFO: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auld_Lang_Syne
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9 DEC 1165 - King William I ("The Lion") became King of Scotland after the death of Malcolm IV. His story, from a personal viewpoint, and a lesson that nothing good can ever come from Scots submitting to the lordship or rule of the English. He is known for his Lion Rampant banner which was later developed into the Scottish Royal Flag known today. During his lifetime, William was known for building the Arbroath Abbey and his wars to keep Scottish the southern counties of Northumbria (Northeast England) which ultimately were unsuccessful. To make peace with the English, William chose to submit to the English crown setting a very bad precedent that would haunt Scotland in the coming centuries. William also married off (sold) his daughters to English Barons in an apparent attempt to make peace. One daughter being a great grandmother of mine and why I am part English (just a wee bit). Oh, the times have changed, thank goodness. WHAT IS OUR LESSON FOR TODAY? Never treat women like property and never place Scots in a position to have to yield to the ultimate lordship or rule of the English, because nothing good can ever come from it.
7 December 521
THIS DAY IN SCOTTISH HISTORY
Saint Columba of the Celtic Church was known as the Apostle to Scotland, is believed to have been born in Donegal, Ireland today. LEARN MORE, WATCH VIDEOS: www.scottishamerican.org/history/faith#celtic-christianity
In the Dark Ages, Columba established a school on the Scottish Isle of Iona training missionaries and students in the Bible, arts, and sciences that was famous throughout Europe. He is credited with training a movement of missionaries which converted to Christianity the pagan Picts, Welsh, and Angles of England.
The December 2019 issue of Scotland Correspondent is out now! bit.ly/37WcbpV
More than 200 pages of greats photos, stories and video about all things Scottish...and it's free!
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon opens Scotland's first ever university-style campus for disabled learners in Leith
BBC News | Glasgow has been listed as the top cultural and creative centre in the UK in a report from the European Commission. Following in the top five were London, Bristol, Brighton and Manchester, with Edinburgh just missing out in sixth place. Dundee was the next Scottish city to be ranked, coming in 12th. Glasgow came first for "openness, tolerance and trust" and "cultural participation and attractiveness". The study ranks 190 cities in 30 European countries on various factors.
12 Nov 1869 - THIS DAY IN SCOTTISH HISTORY
Edinburgh University first admitted women to the study of medicine.
Sophia Jex-Blake, was the first practicing female doctor in Scotland and led the campaign as a student to secure women access to a University education for herself and six other women, collectively known as the Edinburgh Seven.
Though Jex-Blake passed her exams, she was not allowed to graduate as regulations prevented women from actually serving on the wards. Petitions to the management failed to convince them to change the rules. Jex-Blake eventually managed to obtain her licence from the Dublin College of Physicians, and devoted her life to promoting the cause of female medicine, together with an active role in the women's suffrage movement.
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John Bercow, recently retired speaker of the House of Commons (UK Parliament), is speaking out. Bercow believes former Prime Minister David Cameron thinks he was born to rule. He also said the public was not demanding a Brexit referendum but Cameron did it just to quiet those in his party.
General Election: Nicola Sturgeon lists demands to Jeremy Corbyn. - The National.
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