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Pippa Stephenson, curator of European Art at Glasgow Museums, with the lost Rubens’ painting ‘George Villiers, First Duke of Buckingham’

Lost Rubens painting of Jacobean duke found in Glasgow stately home

Oil painting by leading 17th-century Flemish artist is of George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham - a controversial figure in Jacobean times For years it was thought that a portrait hanging in a stately home...
Seilebost, Luskentyre Sands, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides, Scotland. Beautiful photos of Harris and Lewis

Beautiful photos of Lewis and Harris in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland

We take a tour of Scotland’s largest island, which is home to some of the most remote settlements in Britain. Take a look at these stunning photos of Lewis and Harris Desolate yet dramatic, windswept...
William Wallace, Scotland's greatest hero

William Wallace, Scotland’s greatest hero

Mel Gibson played him in Braveheart, but William Wallace was, of course, also a real person. He was Scotland’s greatest hero. William Wallace was a knight who became one of the main leaders during the...
Queen Anne (1665-1714) by Sir Godfrey Kneller

Who was Queen Anne? What was her role in the Treaty of Union?

Queen Anne oversaw the Treaty of Union and the Acts of Union bringing England and Scotland together under a single parliament of Great Britain. She reigned from 1702 to 1714 The 18th century was a time...
Mary Queen of Scots

Who was Mary, Queen of Scots? Why was she imprisoned?

Mary Stuart became queen of the Scots when she was six days old, was widowed at 18 and was executed aged 44. She ruled from 1542 to 1567  Mary Queen of Scots was born in 1542,...
A statue of Robert the Bruce outside Bannockburn Heritage Centre in Stirling, Scotland

Who was Robert the Bruce? Who did he murder?

Robert I of Scotland murdered his rival, attacked English occupiers and eventually negotiated peace talks. He ruled from 1306 to 1329 Born in Ayr in 1274, Robert the Bruce was on the side of King...

Five of the best Bonfire Night celebrations 2016

Remember remember the 5 November with our pick of this year’s best firework displays across the UK. Though Bonfire Night seems less and less about Guy Fawkes, and ever more focused on fireworks, making bonfires,...
culzeancastle castle palace fountain green hedge window castles culzean

Help restore Culzean Castle’s kitchen garden

The historic kitchen garden at Culzean Castle in Carrick, Scotland, set to be restored using funds raised by the National Trust for Scotland’s US Foundation.   The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA has been challenged to raise $45,000...
Calton Hill, Edinburgh

Explore the best of Edinburgh

With the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in full swing, we check out the best things to enjoy in this vibrant city’s theatres and beyond.
The Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Credit: Visit Britain

Top 25 days out in Scotland

Scotland has some of the richest historical sites in Britain, as well as fabulous art, shopping and truly stunning landscapes. Here are our suggestions for a great day out.

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