Welcome to the Scotland School and find out more about the history and heritage of the nation from a wide range of in-depth articles that have appeared in Scotland Magazine over the last decade.
A man to die and cry for
DAVID STEWART WAS AN UNLIKELY HERO – BUT HIS BRAVERY EARNED HIM THE DEVOTION OF HIS MEN, AND HE HELPED DEFINE THE STRONG IMAGE OF HIGHLANDERS ACROSS THE WORLD, BY JAMES IRVINE-ROBERTSON
September 2003, Issue 10, page 36
Alexander Graham Bell
The latest in our series of famous Scots leads us to the inventor of the telephone.
August 2008, Issue 40, page 41
America's navel hero
John Paul Jones was one of America's greatest battle commanders during the Revolution. Not bad for a poor boy from Kirkcudbright.
March 2008, Issue 37, page 43
The latest in our series on famous Scots leads us to one of the world's greatest philanthropists.
October 2008, Issue 41, page 41
July 2003, Issue 9, page 72
As sure as Sherlock
We look at the life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Scottish author and creator of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries.
December 2007, Issue 36, page 41
Burying the Bruce
Buried in three (or more) separate places – we investigate the strange story of King Robert the Bruce.
October 2009, Issue 47, page 68
Charles Rennie Mackintosh
One of Glasgow's famous sons.
December 2009, Issue 48, page 41
Charles Rennie Mackintosh: A design for life
Arguably Glasgow's most celebrated designer and architect, Mackintosh was respected around the World yet, for a time, seemed a forgotten man in his native Scotland. Gavin Smith rediscovers one of Sco...
March 2002, Issue 1, page 22
Child of the Mist (Rob Roy MacGregor)
In the latest part of our series looking at Scottish characters, Mark Nicholls sets off on the trail of Rob Roy MacGregor
October 2006, Issue 29, page 65
We look into the life of a 19th century Scottish botanist and explorer.
June 2009, Issue 45, page 41
Doctor Livingstone, I presume?
In the latest of our series on famous Scots, we study the life of Scotland's most famous explorer
November 2007, Issue 35, page 25
Everything you need to know about... The Loch Ness monster
The Loch Ness Monster, or ‘Nessie,' as he, she or it is known locally, has become a popular Scottish icon inspiring poems, books and songs. Over the years, Nessie's image has been transposed onto co...
June 2007, Issue 33, page 74
Friend more than servant
History has preserved the friendship between the widowed Queen Victoria and her personal attendant John Brown. Jackie Cosh reports
June 2007, Issue 33, page 58
From caverns to castles (Robert the Bruce)
Robert the Bruce is arguably Scotland's greatest monarch, Mark Nicholls sets off on his trail
February 2006, Issue 25, page 62
Take a swift history lesson, from James II to Queen Victoria - and discover the influence of the Jacobites on Scotland's past
June 2002, Issue 2, page 36
Annie Harrower-Gray looks at the life behind Mary Campbell, one of the women that so inspired Robert Burns.
August 2009, Issue 46, page 18
In search of Braveheart (Sir William Wallace)
In the second part of our series looking at where you can find out more about great historical figures, Mark Nicholls sets off on the trail of Sir William Wallace
April 2006, Issue 26, page 62
Industrial revolutionary: James Watt
HIS MODIFICATIONS OF THE STEAM ENGINE WERE SO SUCCESSFUL THAT SCOT JAMES WATT TRANSFORMED INDUSTRY FOREVER
February 2003, Issue 6, page 82
Invalid at home, Samson abroad
Isabella Bird wasn't the typical swash-buckling Scottish type of hero. But she was a hero. Sara Wilson explains why
November 2003, Issue 11, page 42
Invented by...Janet Keiller
This regular look at a famous Scots invention or innovation begins with a contentious issue - Janet Keiller and the 'invention' of marmalade. We explore the myth with a little help.
March 2002, Issue 1, page 82
Scottish journalist, playwright and children's book writer, JM Barrie became world famous with his story about a little boy who never grew up.
April 2008, Issue 38, page 41
A life in letters.
April 2010, Issue 50, page 41
John Buchan's classic steps
Gerald Warner gives an overview of the life and works of scottish novelist John Buchan, who rose from obscurity on the merit of his talent
September 2002, Issue 4, page 54
Liz Pickering looks at the life of John Law, Scottish financial genius, gambler and ladies man.
February 2009, Issue 43, page 30
Scotland's saviour of the Sierra.
February 2010, Issue 49, page 41
Macbeth: bloody tyrant or popular king?
Most of us know Shakespeare's version of Macbeth. What was the reality? Jackie Cosh reports
March 2004, Issue 13, page 74
In the latest of our series of famous Scots, we look to the inventor of the bicycle.
April 2009, Issue 44, page 74
The life of a Scots woman and 19th century missionary to Nigeria.
August 2009, Issue 46, page 42
Sally Toms looks at the life of celebrated Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson
August 2007, Issue 34, page
Paint it black
David Hunter discovers a Scottish pioneer that's touched the heart of the modern world - literally: Sir James Whyte Black
July 2002, Issue 3, page 82
Sir Alexander Fleming
The man who discovered penicillin and so much more...
October 2009, Issue 47, page 41
Sir Walter Scott
The latest in our series on famous Scots looks at the great novelist and poet.
December 2008, Issue 42, page 41
The accidental hero: Alexander Fleming
The story of the Scottish scientist who discovered the 20th century's greatest weapon against bacterial infections by chance...
June 2002, Issue 2, page 90
The first private eye
We look at the exciting life of America's James Bond – Allan Pinkerton
June 2008, Issue 39, page 41
The last bandit
Ian R.Mitchell looks at the tale of Ewan Macphee, Scotland's last true outlaw
June 2008, Issue 39, page 42
The light fantastic
PHYSICIST SIR DAVID BREWSTER IMPRESSED ACADEMICS AND THE PUBLIC ALIKE WITH HIS BEST-KNOWN INVENTION: THE KALEIDOSCOPE
March 2003, Issue 7, page 82
The Scottish King (Macbeth)
Mark Nicholls sets off on the trail of the ancient Scottish king, Macbeth, to discover his true character
April 2007, Issue 32, page 64
The tragic queen (Mary Queen of Scots)
In the latest part of our series looking at legendary Scottish characters, Mark Nicholls looks at where to find out more about Mary Queen of Scots
December 2006, Issue 30, page 64
The wheel thing
Brigid James goes round and round attempting to unravel which Scotsman really invented that indispensable mode of transport, the bicycle
September 2002, Issue 4, page 82
The Young Pretender (Bonnie Prince Charlie)
In the latest part of our series looking at Scottish characters, Mark Nicholls sets off to find out more about Bonnie Prince Charlie
February 2007, Issue 31, page 40
May 2003, Issue 8, page 72
May 2003, Issue 8, page 82
July 2003, Issue 9, page 82
Vision of the future
SCOT JOHN LOGIE BAIRD IS THE INNOVATOR WHO BROUGHT US AN INVENTION WE NOW CANNOT IMAGINE LIFE WITHOUT: TELEVISION
November 2002, Issue 5, page 82
GAVIN D SMITH EXPLAINS THE PECULIAR SUCCESS OF SCOTLAND'S WORST POET WILLIAM MCGONAGALL, AKA ‘KNIGHT OF THE WHITE ELEPHANT OF BURMA'
November 2002, Issue 5, page 56