Centre for Scottish Culture Blog

Scottish History at a Glance: Agricola’s Caledonian Campaign

Our History Lecturer, Dr Allan Kennedy, provides an overview of the Roman attempt to subjugate Scotland towards the end of the 1st century CE. This article first appeared as part of the ’10 Minutes On…’ column in History Scotland magazine, with whose kind permission it is republished here. Julius Caesar was the first Roman commander to set foot

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Other Worlds, Real and Imagined!

Join us for the first ever celebration of the life and work of Cupar-born early Scottish Science Fiction writer, Robert Duncan Milne in his hometown. Milne made a larger contribution to early Science Fiction than Robert Louis Stevenson or Arthur Conan Doyle, yet his work has been lost to history until now. A collaboration between

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Scottish History at a Glance: The Marian Civil War

Our History Lecturer, Dr Allan Kennedy, provides an overview of the short but vicious civil war that followed the deposition in 1567 of Mary, Queen of Scots. This article first appeared as part of the ’10 Minutes On…’ column in History Scotland magazine, with whose kind permission it is republished here. The turbulent personal rule

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History Scotland Webinar Series

Our History lecturer, Dr Allan Kennedy, has teamed up with History Scotland magazine to host an exciting webinar series. Beginning in 2020 as a attempt to keep History fans engaged during lockdown, the webinar series proved so popular that History Scotland has now announced its continuation into 2022 and beyond. Topics covered so far have

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Scotland and the Low Countries

We are excited to announce that our Senior Lecturer in History, Dr Martine Van Ittersum, will be appearing in an upcoming radio series exploring the historical relationship between Scotland and the Low Countries. ‘Scotland the Low Countries’ is a two-part series presented by Billy Kay which celebrates  Scotland’s historic links with the Flemish and Dutch

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Leaving the Cold Country

In an exclusive preview of his new book, Professor Graeme Morton explores the rise of meteorological science in the nineteenth century, and asks how it might have related to the Scottish experience of mass emigration. Even when the rain and temperature gauge, the barometer and anemometer were commonly used to record meteorological observations, the popularity

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Imagining Union before the Union

The Union of 1707 did not come out of nowhere; Scots had been discussing the concept almost ceaselessly throughout the 17th century. Dr Allan Kennedy outlines the major models of Union they came up with, demonstrating that the form adopted in 1707 was by no means the only possible version. Follow Allan of Twitter at

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Dying to Invest: Scotland and the Tontine

A plot-point in numerous books, films, and TV shows, the tontine is among the most notorious financial products every devised. But, as Dr Andrew McDiarmid explains, this most infamous of investment schemes had a notable – and broadly positive – impact on Scotland during the early 19th century. Follow Andrew on Twitter at @apmcdiarmid1. From

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Dundee Historian wins Local History Prize!

The Centre for Scottish Culture was delighted to learn that our History Lecturer, Dr Allan Kennedy, has been awarded the inaugural Birlinn Prize for Scottish Local History! The prize is awarded annually to the best paper published in the journal Scottish Local History. Allan’s paper, which was named-joint winner, is entitled ‘Cromwell’s Highland Stronghold: The

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Publishing Success for our PhD Researcher!

The Centre for Scottish Culture was delighted to learn that our PhD candidate, Sylvia Valentine, has recently succeeded in publishing some of her exciting research! Sylvia’s article, ‘Meet the vegetarian anti-vaxxers who led the smallpox inoculation backlash in Victorian Britain’, appeared in the most recent issue of Little Doric: The Journal of the Aberdeen Branch

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