Here are a range of videos relating to key dates in Scottish history. The videos were produced around the theme of This Day in Scottish History, but there are scientists, monarchs, extra ordinary men from Scotland’s past and women from Scotland’s past.
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The Britons were one of five groups who were the foundation of the Scottish people. Scottish history tour guide Bruce Fummey explains, as he visits Dumbarton Castle, ( Alt Clut ) and Govan Old Church to find out about the Strathclyde Britons.
Kinmont Willie Armstrong was one of the most notorious border reivers. Scottish history tour guide, Bruce Fummey gives a taste of his story from Gilnockie Tower, the Scottish Borders and Carlisle Castle
Who were the border reivers? Who was Johnny Armstrong? Why did James V care?
Scottish history tour guide Bruce Fummey tells the story of Johnny Armstrong from the Clan Armstrong Centre at Gilnockie Tower
Scots aren't one thing, so who made the Scottish people? Scottish history tour guide, Bruce Fummey looks at the four kingdoms and five peoples who were the basis of Scotland. This episode looks at The Scots
Scottish history saw Highland clearances give way to land raids in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Bruce Fummey tells how the final land raid by the seven men of Knoydart held emotional and political significance and resonates to this day
Was he the first Scottish Australian in history? They call Lachlan MacQuarie the Father of Australia. Scottish history tour guide Bruce Fummey takes you to the place of his birth and final resting place on the Isle of Mull to summarise his story.
Margaret Tudor was the Grandmother of Mary Queen of Scots. Two Scottish queens. Scottish history, and indeed British history, was hugely impacted by the Tudor sister of Henry VIII, all too often obscured by her more famous granddaughter.
Scottish Inventors are famous, but did you know it was a Scotsman who invented the Fire Brigade? James Braidwood started the first municipal fire service in Edinburgh in 1824. James Braidwood is undoubtedly on of the unsung Scottish heroes
Innerpeffray Library is a magical place in Scottish history. The oldest public lending library, and first stop for many emigrants in the 18th and 19th Centuries. Bruce Fummey tells its story from Robert the Bruce to the US Declaration of Independence
The History of Scotland condensed into twelve and a half minutes. Scottish history tour guide, Bruce Fummey gives you Scottish history in a nutshell as he breaks down the sweep of Scottish history for folks who want an overview
Sir John de Graeme was the best friend of William Wallace. He is also an oft forgotten hero of he Scottish independence struggle, who died at the Battle of Falkirk. Scottish history tour guide Bruce Fummey tells his tale from Scottish history.
The Battle of Harlaw was the biggest clan battle in Scottish history. What happened and why? Scottish history tour guide, Bruce Fummey, tells one of the oft forgotten tales from Scotlands History
MacPherson's Rant is a story from Scottish history that's morphed into one of Scotland's Folk tales and folk songs. Bruce Fummey takes you to the places associated to tell you the tale
Was The Marquis of Montrose was Scotland's greatest ever general? Bruce Fummey, takes you to an Outlander film location to discuss the Battle of Tippermuir and the Year of Miracles in The War of the Three Kingdoms (English Civil War}
The American Civil War. Not something that would involve home grown Scots sailors.. yet it did. Bruce Fummey tells you about Scottish blockade runners, Clydebuilt Gunrunning ships and the base of Confederate operations in Bridge of Allan.
You can learn Scottish Gaelic today, and Scottish history tour guide Bruce Fummey has some suggestions from his own experiences learning Gaelic. He'd tried eight different ways and gives his opinions on which are best.
There are famous Scottish Americans, but a Canadian Native American isn't expected in a Scottish graveyard. Bruce Fummey honours a less celebrated man from Cree First Nation in the history of Scotland in a churchyard in Stirling
The history of Scotch whisky has lasted hundreds of years, but here Scottish history tour guide Bruce Fummey gives you a summary in ten minutes
Why would Lowlanders wear a kilt ? Sir Walter Scott !
Scottish history tour guide, Bruce Fummey, deals with the question of when to wear kilts in Scotland and why lowland Scots wear kilts and why Sir Walter Scott was such an important part of it.
Can a Black Watch mutiny tell us anything about the right to protest today?
Scottish history tour guide, Bruce Fummey, takes us to Leith to tell us the tale
Bruce Fummey describes the history of the world's oldest building society
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That's right, the SAS special forces were invented by a Scotsman... like pretty much everything else really. Bruce Fummey takes you to the memorial to David Stirling to tell you a bit about the early life of a man who dared and won
If the Scottish Enlightenment invented the modern world then Bruce Fummey takes you to it's birthplace. This Scottish history tour guide takes you in and around Edinburgh's Royal Mile to tell tales of Adam Smith, David Hume, John's Coffee House
During the War of the Three Kingdoms, Cromwell left General Monk to do his work in Scotland as Cromwell himself headed off, chasing Charles II to the Battle of Worcester. Dundee was about to have it's worst day ever. Bruce Fummey explains
Black Agnes was undoubtedly one of the heroic women who fought for Scottish Independence. History tells of Scottish heroes like William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, but Bruce Fummey reminds us of one of the women in Scottish history.
Should Black People Talk About Scottish History? Responding to a question raised in the comments section of another video, Scottish historical tour guide, Bruce Fummey asks What makes you Scottish?
Did Alexander Graham Bell really invent the telephone? Who invented the telephone and was it an American, Scottish or Canadian invention? How much do you really know about who invented the telephone and which country can take credit?
The Stuart kings, and Mary Queen of Scots are seen as tragic, yet they were our longest running dynaasty. Scottish history tour guide Bruce Fummey takes you to the seat of the first Stewart king to explain where they came from.
Why did the Battle of the Clans take place and who was the Highland Warrior and chief of Clan Shaw who haunts his graveside to this day. Bruce Fummey takes you to the grave of the chief who led Clan Chattan on that day to get to the root of the story
Why did the people of Sutherland cross from Scotland to Canada? Were the Highland Clearances exciting adventures to which folk went eagerly, or is there a sadder tale in Scottish American history?
Highland Clearances in Sutherland weren't crofters simply laying down. They fought an uneven struggle, but they did have small victories. Bruce Fummey tells the tale
Medieval Scotland was a crossroads. Celtic Kings of Scots became Norman Kings of Scotland. What was the turning ponit and who were the forgotten Kings of medieval Scotland? Bruce Fummey explains how one family asserted Norman primogeniture
Scottish people and American people seem to look for different things when talking about Scottish history. Are Americans right? Are Scots right? From Kenmore on the banks of Loch Tay Scottish history tour guide Bruce Fummey compares the two.
How did Mary Queen of Scots spend her last days in Scotland? Escape from Loch Leven was followed by The Battle of Langside just eleven days later. The Battle of Langside was Mary Stuart's last roll of the dice. Bruce Fummey explains the Battle
Everyone knows The Battle of Bannockburn is where Robert the Bruce won the Scottish War of independence? William Wallace, Robert the Bruce then Bannockburn. Yet the Declaration of Arbroath was 1320. Bruce Fummey explains the real date of Independence
Flora MacDonald was a heroine the Jacobite rebellion, but wasn't alone. In 1715 Lady Winnifred Maxwell led a daring escape for her husband, 5th Earl of Nithsdale, for Flora to follow in 1745. Bruce Fummey compares Flora and the Countess of Nithsdale.
So if St Andrew was the Patron Saint of Scotland who is St Kessog? We have the Saltire, the St Andrew's cross, St Andrew's Societies and St Andrew's Day. So when was Scotland's patron saint decided and was he at the Battle of Bannockburn?
Say Highland rebellion and you think Jacobites and Stuarts Kings. Bruce Fummey takes you to Ardtornish Castle to tell of a Highland rebellion forgotten in Scottish history. It involved the War of the Roses, John Lord of the Isles, The Earl of Douglas
From Argyll warlord to King of the Isles. From Ardtornish Somerled built his Hebridean Kingdom to become Lord of the Isles and grandfather of several Scottish Clans. Ardtornish Castle is a site he would have known well and Bruce Fummey visits
The history of the MacGregor Clan is colourful. Proscribed for 180 years off and on following the Battle of Glen Fruin. Was it the fault of Clan MacGregor, Clan Colquhoun, or Clan Campbell? Bruce Fummey explains who caused the fall of Clan Gregor.
what happened between Braveheart and The Outlaw King?
Bruce Fummey takes you to the site of The Battle of Roslin, one of the most notable battles of the Scottish War of Independence that you never hear about... and hneither Wallace, nor B ruce there
In 1437 James I of Scotland was murdered. Why, and who killed him? Bruce Fummey, takes you round his home town to explain the Royal murder of King James I, Scottish history and international politics in the 15th Century
Somerled Lord of the Isles was King of the Hebrides, but a huge figure in Scottish history. Bruce Fummey tells how the Lordship of the Isles began. Dal Riata needed defending from Viking attacks and Somerled was our King Arthur
Whether you want Real Scottish history or Outlander filming locations, Scottish history tour guide, Bruce Fummey, takes a short trip through the snow to an Outlander location with real Jacobite history, as he tells a story about Lord George Murray
Was MacBeth the last Celtic king in Scottish history? Maybe Malcolm Canmore? Who was the last Celtic king of Scotland and how and why did their reign come to an end? Bruce Fummey traces Scottish history to a key family and turning point in Scotland'
In Scottish American History John Witherspoon was one of the key founding fathers. Bruce Fummey tells of one of the Scots in history, who transformed Princeton, as you find the Scottish roots of a signatory to the Declaration of Independence
Bruce Fummey tells the story of Jock MacGregor VC, MC and Bar, DCM. here's a Canadian hero of WW1 who was undoubtedly a Scottish Hero. Major Jock MacGregor from Cawdor provides us with a tale from Scotlands History
Bruce Fummey looks at the execution of Charles I and how Scottish History fits into The English Civil War. The War of the Three Kingdoms which ended in the Execution of Charles I was very much one of the tales from Scotlands History
Scottish history tour guide, Bruce Fummey visits Burns's Cottage, The Alloway Kirkyard and Brig O'Doon to give a short documentary on the life of Burns.
The causes of the English Civil War were various, but the spark was Scottish. It's final Act was only yards away from it's beginning Tales from Scotlands History
Bruce Fummey, tells some of the Tales from Scotland's History of independence struggles.Scotland's not the only country to have independence struggles and we haven't always been guilt free, but it's worth a look back to see how things have changed
In Birth of Scotland in the Heart of Scotland Scottish history tour guide goes back to Scottish roots to explain why Strathearn is the heart of Scotland
Tam O'Shanter on a Burns Night. This is the closing section of Bruce Fummey's performance of his Edinburgh Fringe show About Tam O'Shanter. You can buy the show in full at https://vimeo.com/ondemand/abouttamoshanter
From Culloden to Princeton, he was a hero of Scottish American History. Brigadier General Hugh Mercer was Jacobite and Scottish American. Tour guide Bruce Fummey tells the story of one of the American Scots who fought twice against Hanovarian Britain
The Jacobite cause came to an end at the Battle of Culloden, but Who was the last Jacobite? Scottish History tour guide Bruce Fummey takes you on a road trip to Braemar to find out...
Without the Bishops who fought Scotlands War of Independence Robert the Bruce may never have even been crowned at Scone. Truth is the links between the church and Scottish independence go back even further than William Wallace and Robert the Bruce
Scottish history tour guide, Bruce Fummey looks at the hey day of the Auld Alliance and the accidental circumstances leading to the marriage of her father James V and her mother Marie de Guise and her succeeding to the throne at six days of age.
Rob Roy MacGregor was many things, but who was the real Rob Roy. Scottish history tour Guide Bruce Fummey takes you on a trip round some of the beautiful places in Rob Roy country as he tells the tale from Scotlands history of Rob Roy MacGregor
King Alexander III of Scotland saved Scottish independence when he was only a ten year old boy. Bruce Fummey, tells a Christmas story, and one of the tales from Scotland's history. This small nation was coveted by monarchs of our larger neighbour
The Auld Alliance ran from late 13th Century, but it was in the early 15th Century that Scotland saved France from England. Scottish history tour guide explains that the motivations were more than just the Auld Alliance.
You will have heard of The Auld Alliance between Scotland and France, but you probably didn't know how it's high point played out on French soil, as they battled the English in the Hundred Years War. The 100 Years War was one of the tales of Scotland
Farquhar Shaw was a Black Watch soldier. A man of renown from a regiment of renown. Bruce Fummey visits the Black Watch Monument in Aberfeldy to discuss Farquhar Shaw and the Black Watch Mutiny.
Saint Columba was the monk who made Scotland. His influence spread from Iona, to the Picts and even Saxon England. If you want to know where Scots came from, you need to know St Columba (Colm Cille)
'Remember the 5th November' they say. Have a bonfire night party! But why are they so keen that we have Guy Fawkes night celebrations? Scottish history tour guide Bruce Fummey sets you a challenge to work out what they're hiding.
Who was Sherlock Holmes? Arthur Conan Doyle was Scottish. Joseph Bell was Scottish. Scottish history tour guide Bruce Fummey takes you round Arthur Conan Doyle's Edinburgh to the homes of Arthur Conan Doyle and Joseph Bell, the real Sherlock Holmes
Scottish history tour guide Bruce Fummey lists seven marriages that made the UK and why. The UK Act of Union didn't happen in a vacuum. From Malcolm Canmore to Queen Anne, the seven key marriages that led to what still seems a disunited kingdom
Bruce Fummey gives a brief history of John Knox. He was genuinely the man who made modern Scotland, though not always intentionally. Not only did he design the Presbyterian Church of Scotland, but changed the culture of Scotland
Womens Education Rights, The Edinburgh 7 and women in Scottish history. Led by phia Jex-Blake these intelligent, determined women fought for the education rights of women and made Edinburgh University the first university in the UK to accept females
James Young Simson was one of the most important doctors in our history. The man who discovered anesthesia was, of course, Scottish. Bruce Fummey visits the statue, the home and the grave of James Young Simpson as he tours Edinburgh to tell the story
Bruce Fummey tells another of the tales from Scotlands history that's often forgotten. The Jacobite rebellion (I prefer uprising) of 1715 ended at Sherrifmuir so they say, but there was more to it than that
B ruce Fummey tells of Ethel tells of Ethel MacDonald. This is another of the tales from Scotlands history that's too often forgotten. The International Brigade contained more Scottish volunteers tha
Bruce Fummey tells one of the tales from Scotlands history of early Scots in Canada. Isobel Gunn and John Fubister were both Scottish people worked for Hudsons bay Company in Canada. For such different people they were very similar.
Bruce Fummey tells tells one of the tales from Scotlands History, that is an early tale from UK history just after the UK Act of Union. Were The UK Act of Union and The Malt Tax Riots inevitable as Scotland was subsumed into England?
Bruce Fummey gives a summary of the life of Lord Thomas Cochrane, the greatest Scottish and British sea captain. A Scottish hero in Chile, Brazil and the Napoleonic wars, yes, but Sir Thomas Cochrane was so much more.
Scottish history tour guide Bruce Fummey tells a tales from the post Jacobite Rebellion life of Jacobite prince then king, Bonnie Prince Charlie. He's the Charles Edward Stewart (Stuart) you've heard of from Culloden. What about the one you haven't.
Bruce Fummey will change your way of thinking about the alliance between Scotland and France. Thhis is one of the best known tales from Scotlands History that everyone has wrong
Bruce Fummey tells of the events and consequences of the wedding of James VI. They were huge for the British Isles. They were particularly important for some poor hapless women on both sides of the North Sea.
Bruce Fummey takes you to Auchterarder old Parish Church to explain the birth of the Free Church of Scotland, it's link to slavery and one of the tales from Scotland's history that is often forgotten.
Bruce Fummey tells of how a boy born illegitimate and poor in a north east Scottish fishing village grew up to become the Prime Minister in the first Labour government of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Bruce Fummey tells of the BAttle of Neville's Cross, the capture of king David II of Scotland, the surrender of royal rights by Edward Balliol to Edward III of England and The Treaty of Berwick. One of the tales from Scotlands history oft forgot
Bruce Fummey continues one of the tales from Scotland's history that is often forgotten, with King David II of Scotland, Edward III of England, Edward Baliol and the Battle of Halidon Hill
Bruce Fummey tells more tales from Scotlands history with The Battle of Dupplin Moor, Edward Baliol, David II and Edward III. This is the first in a series of three videos about Scotlands second war of independence
Bruce Fummey ends one of the tales from Scotland's history of Highland Clearances. With the backdrop of the beauty of Skye Bruce tells of the invasion and occupation of this beautiful island
Bruce Fummey continues one of the tales from Scotland's history which has been too easily forgotten amongst the beauty of Skye. The Glendale Martyrs were one of the key links in breaking the chain of Highland Clearance and the move towards land right
Bruce Fummey tells one of the tales from Scotlands history that's oft forgotten. The Crofters Land Wars saw the ending of Highland Clearances and a move towards crofters' rights.
The beauty of Skye is captured in this Isle of Skye Scotland
Scottish history tour guide, Bruce Fummey tells one of the saddest tales from Scotlands History of one of Scotland's greatest kings. Did King James IV of Scotland really die at the Battle of Flodden?
Bruce Fummey tells one of the gruesome Tales from Scotland;s History from the WW2 POW camp 21, now called Cultybraggan. The Battle of the Bulge, the great escape and the march on London all led towards a gruesome murder
Bruce Fummey tells of Andrew de Moray in one of the tales from Scotland's History that most folk view from the side of William Wallace. Was Andrew de Moray the real hero of the battle of Stirling Bridge.
Bruce Fummey tells one of the saddest Tales from Scotland's History. The Highland Clearances in Sutherland showed the worst excesses of human insensitivity and loss
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Bruce Fummey lets you travel back in time to ancient Scottish history to visit 5000 year old standing stones and an iron age crannog in Perthshire on the beautiful banks of Loch Tay.
Bruce Fummey tells one of the horror Tales from Scotlands History, where a civil dispute turned into a British army massacre. The Militia Act 1797 led to civil strife then a massacre by British troops.
Bruce Fummey tells the tale of two Scottish brothers in the American civil war. The Campbell brothers story goes from Highland clearances to the civil war battlefield with two brothers creating a tale from American and Scottish history
Bruce Fummey tells one of the Tales from Scotlands History that is often overlooked. King David I of Scotland extended influence beyond the Scotland England border that we'd recognise today. The Battle of the Standard was a turning point.
Bruce Fummey, tells one of the glorious and sad tales from Scotlands history, of the Scottish inventor of the television. Not only did he give the first demonstration of television, but made many other breakthroughs.
Bruce Fummey highlights how the real Macbeth's reign started and finished on the same date. Oh and Shakespeare was talking nonsense.
Bruce Fummey, takes you from pre-history to the modern borders of Scotland in 18 minutes
Bruce Fummey tells one of the tales from Scotlands History that led to the Treaty of Perpetual Peace and ultimately to the United kingdom. But the road to the marriage of the thistle and rose was more thorny than some might realise.
Bruce Fummey tells of James VI of Scotland and one of the most sordid tales from Scotlands history. It's not only a key date in British history, but has implications for Scottish American history.